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Two migrant youths from Honduras killed in Mexico: officials - 18 Dec 2018 at 9:48pm - The bodies of two slain Honduran migrant youths were found in the Mexican border city of Tijuana over the weekend, officials said on Tuesday, in a sign of the dangers facing Central Americans in Mexico as they seek asylum in the United States.

Belgian PM offers to quit in crisis started by migrant row - 18 Dec 2018 at 9:42pm - Belgium Prime Minister Charles Michel offered to resign on Tuesday after opponents tabled a no confidence vote in a political crisis triggered by differences over immigration.

Blythe Masters steps down as CEO of blockchain startup Digital Asset - 18 Dec 2018 at 9:42pm - Blockchain startup Digital Asset's chief executive officer and one of the most prominent supporters of the distributed ledger technology on Wall Street, Blythe Masters, is stepping down after about four years in the role, the company said on Tuesday.

U.S. judicial council tosses misconduct claims against Kavanaugh - 18 Dec 2018 at 9:32pm - Scores of complaints accusing U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh of improperly conducting himself during his contentious Senate confirmation process have been thrown out by a panel of eight federal judges.

Asia tenses for Fed call, oil slide boosts bonds - 18 Dec 2018 at 9:31pm - Asian share markets played second string to bonds on Wednesday as a spectacular fall in the price of oil spurred speculation the U.S. Federal Reserve might be done with tightening after its policy meeting later in the session.

Senate easily approves criminal justice legislation - 18 Dec 2018 at 9:24pm - The U.S. Senate on Tuesday overwhelmingly passed legislation long in the making and backed by President Donald Trump to reduce sentences for certain prison inmates.

Penny Marshall, 'Big' director and TV's 'Laverne,' dead at 75 - 18 Dec 2018 at 9:22pm - Penny Marshall, who played an endearingly graceless character with a thick Bronx accent in U.S. television's "Laverne & Shirley" before becoming a pioneering film director with hits including "Big" and "A League of Their Own," has died at 75, her publicist said on Tuesday.

U.S. pledges billions in aid to develop Central America, curb migration - 18 Dec 2018 at 9:20pm - The United States is committing billions of dollars toward development in Central America and Mexico as part of a plan to strengthen economies in the region and curb illegal immigration, the U.S. and Mexican governments said on Tuesday.

U.S. oil prices climb after tumble, but oversupply worries drag - 18 Dec 2018 at 9:15pm - U.S. oil prices rose on Wednesday to claw back part of their more than 5 percent losses from the previous session, with worries about oversupply and a slowing global economy keeping markets under pressure.

SoftBank Corp suffers rare Japan debut drop after record IPO - 18 Dec 2018 at 9:12pm - SoftBank Corp shares slumped more than 10 percent on debut, as investor appetite for Japan's biggest ever IPO was hurt by a recent service outage at the telecoms operator and worries over its exposure to Chinese telecoms gear maker Huawei.

U.S. envoy on North Korea to visit South Korea amid stalled nuclear talks - 18 Dec 2018 at 9:11pm - A U.S. envoy on North Korea is to visit South Korea, officials said on Wednesday, as Washington and Pyongyang struggle to find a breakthrough in their stalled talks aimed at ending the North's nuclear program.

NBA: Warrior Jerebko aims to rock the Jazz once more - 18 Dec 2018 at 9:08pm - Jonas Jerebko's move to NBA title favorites the Golden State Warriors is paying off handsomely for the Swedish power forward who suffered the indignity of being cut by the Utah Jazz.

Angry shareholders slap down National Australia Bank's executive pay plans - 18 Dec 2018 at 8:49pm - National Australia Bank shareholders delivered an unprecedented protest vote against the lender's executive remuneration plans on Wednesday, the latest display of investor disquiet over poor governance in the country's financial sector.

Sears to take $443 million in charges arising from store closures - 18 Dec 2018 at 8:39pm - Bankrupt U.S. retailer Sears Holdings Corp will take a charge of about $443 million arising from store closures, a regulatory filing showed on Tuesday.

UK PM May urges devolved nations to back her Brexit deal - 18 Dec 2018 at 8:37pm - British Prime Minister Theresa May will urge the devolved nations of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to "listen to business" at a meeting on Wednesday and back her Brexit deal, which envisages continuing close ties with the EU.

Cuba panel closes door on gay marriage constitutional amendment - 18 Dec 2018 at 8:36pm - The commission in charge of writing Communist-run Cuba's new constitution has revised an original draft to remove the concept of marriage altogether after originally amending it to open the doorway to same-sex unions.

Port strike turns violent in Chile, complicates fruit exports - 18 Dec 2018 at 8:33pm - A month-long worker's strike and protests in Chile's flagship port of Valparaiso turned increasingly violent and spread to other ports along the nation's Pacific coast early on Tuesday, complicating fruit exports at the start of summer.

U.S. State Department clears $3.5 billion sale of Patriot missiles to Turkey - 18 Dec 2018 at 8:31pm - The U.S. State Department has approved a possible $3.5 billion sale of Patriot air and missile defense systems to Turkey, the Pentagon said on Tuesday after notifying Congress of the certification.

Oil drops over 5 percent on economic slowdown fears, supply glut - 18 Dec 2018 at 8:26pm - Oil prices tumbled more than 5 percent on Tuesday in heavy trade due to fears of oversupply and deteriorating demand, extending a selloff that has taken major crude benchmarks down more than 30 percent from an October peak.

Cardinals release CBs Johnson, Rollins - 18 Dec 2018 at 8:22pm - The Arizona Cardinals released cornerbacks Dontae Johnson and Quinten Rollins and linebacker Jonathan Anderson, the team announced Tuesday.

Elon Musk's Boring Company set to unveil its first Los Angeles-area tunnel - 18 Dec 2018 at 8:21pm - The Boring Company, Elon Musk's underground transit venture, planned an unveiling of its first tunnel on Tuesday, two years after the billionaire entrepreneur complained about Los Angeles traffic and vowed to "just start digging" as a remedy.

NFL notebook: Panthers S Reid drug tested again - 18 Dec 2018 at 8:02pm - Carolina Panthers safety Eric Reid tweeted out a notice from the NFL of yet another drug test, his seventh in 11 weeks with the team.

FedEx sees global trade slowdown, says U.S. economy still 'solid' - 18 Dec 2018 at 8:00pm - FedEx Corp on Tuesday slashed its 2019 forecast after Europe's economy weakened and the U.S. trade row exacerbated a slowdown in China, sending shares in the package delivery company tumbling more than 6 percent after the closing bell.

U.S. reverses policy in move to speed release of migrant children - 18 Dec 2018 at 7:41pm - The Trump administration is reversing a controversial policy that required extensive background checks of all adults living with sponsors of migrant children, in a move that could lead to faster release of migrant minors from shelters.

Judge excoriates Trump ex-adviser Flynn, delays Russia probe sentencing - 18 Dec 2018 at 7:40pm - A U.S. judge fiercely criticized President Donald Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn on Tuesday for lying to FBI agents in a probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election, and delayed sentencing him until Flynn has finished helping prosecutors.

NBA notebook: Raptors coach fined for criticizing refs - 18 Dec 2018 at 7:39pm - The NBA fined Toronto Raptors coach Nick Nurse $15,000 on Tuesday in the wake of his public criticism of the officials following Sunday's loss to the Denver Nuggets.

White House cites 'options' for funding U.S. border wall - 18 Dec 2018 at 7:39pm - The White House said on Tuesday it was searching for ways to unilaterally fund the building of a controversial wall on the U.S.-Mexico border that Congress is balking at, possibly easing chances of a government shutdown this weekend.

MLB notebook: Rangers ink RHP Lynn - 18 Dec 2018 at 7:37pm - Right-handed pitcher Lance Lynn signed a three-year contract with the Texas Rangers, the club announced Tuesday.

Cuba's president, steeped in era of hours-long lectures, turns to Twitter - 18 Dec 2018 at 7:35pm - Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel said his office would shortly launch a new website, Twitter account and Youtube channel as part of his bid to harness the digital era to better communicate government policy to an ever-more connected people.

Olympians make surprise visit to California schools hit by wildfire - 18 Dec 2018 at 7:26pm - Students at two schools in Agoura Hills, California, that narrowly avoided being destroyed by a fierce wildfire received surprise visits this week from Olympic athletes who brought new sports equipment and delivered much needed cheer.

Bank of England needs 'more cost-conscious culture' - watchdog - 18 Dec 2018 at 7:15pm - The Bank of England has hundreds of empty desks, spends more than other public bodies on buildings and IT support and wastes money due to staff ignoring procurement rules, a public spending watchdog said on Wednesday.

High taxes could hasten bank moves from Britain after Brexit - 18 Dec 2018 at 7:13pm - Britain risks driving banks overseas if current high levels of taxation on the industry are maintained after Brexit, a bank lobby group said on Wednesday.

Korean Air to raise refund fees after K-pop fans get the picture, get off - 18 Dec 2018 at 7:11pm - Korean Air Lines Co Ltd said on Tuesday it will raise refund penalties after K-pop fans got on a plane only to take pictures of a boy band on the flight, then demanded to get off before it departed and got refunds on their tickets.

UK economy to slip to seventh biggest in world in 2019 - PwC - 18 Dec 2018 at 7:11pm - Britain risks slipping from being the world's fifth-biggest economy to its seventh-largest next year, when it is due to leave the European Union, with France and India on course to overtake it, accountancy firm PwC said.

Minor UK opposition parties table vote of no confidence in government - 18 Dec 2018 at 7:05pm - The Scottish National Party (SNP) and other minor British opposition parties have tabled a vote of no confidence in Theresa May's Conservative government, the SNP said on Tuesday.

UK to unveil details of post-Brexit immigration system - 18 Dec 2018 at 7:03pm - Britain's interior minister Sajid Javid will on Wednesday publish plans for a post-Brexit immigration system that would bring net migration to the UK down to "sustainable levels", his department said.

United brand can ride out Mourinho sacking but faces tests: experts - 18 Dec 2018 at 6:57pm - Manchester United's sacking of manager Jose Mourinho on Tuesday will not harm their potential as a marketer's dream but a continued slide in on-pitch performance could test the club's aura of commercial invincibility, say sports industry analysts.

Micron sales miss target as chip glut hurts prices - 18 Dec 2018 at 6:49pm - U.S. chipmaker Micron Technology Inc on Tuesday gave quarterly sales and profit forecasts well below Wall Street estimates, citing a market glut of memory chips as consumer and business demand for phones and computers is weakening.

More U.S. adults may be trying to lose weight, after all - 18 Dec 2018 at 6:43pm - (Reuters Health) - - Researchers said last year that the proportion of overweight U.S. adults trying to lose weight has been shrinking - but newly reanalyzed data suggest the proportion of adults trying to slim down actually grew slightly.

S&P flat as government shutdown threat, Fed decision loom - 18 Dec 2018 at 6:10pm - The benchmark S&P 500 stock index ended little changed in a choppy trading session on Tuesday as the possibility of a partial U.S. government shutdown raised investor jitters ahead of a highly anticipated meeting of the Federal Reserve.

J&J moves to limit impact of Reuters report on asbestos in Baby Powder - 18 Dec 2018 at 6:09pm - Johnson & Johnson on Monday scrambled to contain fallout from a Reuters report that the healthcare conglomerate knew for decades that cancer-causing asbestos lurked in its Baby Powder, taking out full-page newspaper ads defending its product and practices, and readying its chief executive for his first television interview since investors erased tens of billions of dollars from the company?s market value.

Middle-class tax cut not focus of Trump administration efforts: Bloomberg - 18 Dec 2018 at 5:44pm - A proposed middle-class tax cut that U.S. President Donald Trump floated just ahead of the November elections is not a focus of his administration's efforts on taxes, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin told Bloomberg News in an interview on Tuesday.

British government to activate full 'no-deal' Brexit preparations - 18 Dec 2018 at 5:43pm - The British government said on Tuesday it would implement plans for a no-deal Brexit in full and begin telling businesses and citizens to prepare for the risk of leaving the European Union without an agreement.

PM May urges devolved nations to back her Brexit deal - 18 Dec 2018 at 5:41pm - Prime Minister Theresa May will urge the devolved nations of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to "listen to business" at a meeting on Wednesday and back her Brexit deal, which envisages continuing close ties with the EU.

Hawks G Bazemore fined for bouncing ball into stands - 18 Dec 2018 at 5:31pm - The NBA has fined Atlanta Hawks guard Kent Bazemore $10,000 for bouncing the ball into the stands during Sunday night's loss at Brooklyn.

Lockheed Martin wins $585 million U.S. defense contract: Pentagon - 18 Dec 2018 at 5:29pm - Lockheed Martin Corp has been awarded a $585 million U.S. defense contract for a Homeland Defense Radar in Hawaii, the Pentagon said on Tuesday.

FDA panel backs prescribing opioid overdose reversal drug along with painkillers - 18 Dec 2018 at 5:13pm - An advisory panel to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday recommended prescribing the opioid overdose reversal drug, naloxone, along with addictive painkillers.

Pittsburgh considers stricter gun laws after synagogue attack - 18 Dec 2018 at 5:07pm - The Pittsburgh City Council began considering a package of gun-control laws on Tuesday, including a ban on assault-style rifles, nearly two months after a gunman shouting anti-Semitic messages killed 11 people in a synagogue.

Judge mulls using monitor to oversee CVS during court process - 18 Dec 2018 at 5:05pm - A federal judge said on Tuesday that he was considering using a court-appointed monitor to make sure CVS Health Corp refrains from fully integrating with insurer Aetna while he examines the companies' settlement with the government.

Yelp, Consumer Watchdog lose Google intervention bid - 18 Dec 2018 at 5:03pm - Search company Yelp and lobby group Consumer Watchdog lost their joint bid to intervene in Google's challenge of a 2.4 billion euro ($2.7 billion) EU antitrust fine after a court said they had no direct interest in the case.