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Tillerson says U.S. ready to talk to North Korea; Japan wants pressure - 13 Dec 2017 at 4:11am - WASHINGTON/SEOUL (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson offered to begin direct talks with North Korea without pre-conditions, backing away from a key U.S. demand that Pyongyang must first accept that giving up its nuclear arsenal would be part of any negotiations.

U.S. slaps terror charges on accused Times Square bomber - 13 Dec 2017 at 4:05am - NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. prosecutors on Tuesday brought federal charges against the suspect in Monday's attempted suicide bombing in one of New York City's busiest commuter hubs, accusing him of supporting a foreign terrorist organization.

Democrat Jones wins U.S. Senate seat in Alabama in blow to Trump - 13 Dec 2017 at 3:44am - BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (Reuters) - Democrat Doug Jones won a bitter fight for a U.S. Senate seat in deeply conservative Alabama on Tuesday, dealing a political blow to President Donald Trump in a race marked by sexual misconduct accusations against Republican candidate Roy Moore.

U.S. prepares to open doors on billion-dollar London embassy - 13 Dec 2017 at 3:34am - LONDON (Reuters) - The United States' diplomatic team in London, custodians of one of the most significant bilateral relationships of the last 100 years, will next month move into a new home: a billion-dollar, 12-storey glass cube overlooking the River Thames.

Men due to leave Gitmo under Obama seem stuck under Trump 13 Dec 2017 at 12:01am
GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba (AP) -- Abdellatif Nasser got what he thought was the best news possible in the summer of 2016: One of his lawyers called him at the Guantanamo Bay detention center and told him that the U.S. decided he no longer posed a threat and could go home to Morocco....

Jones victorious in stunning Alabama Senate upset 12 Dec 2017 at 11:54pm
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- In a stunning victory aided by scandal, Democrat Doug Jones won Alabama's special Senate election on Tuesday, beating back history, an embattled Republican opponent and President Donald Trump, who urgently endorsed GOP rebel Roy Moore despite a litany of sexual misconduct allegations....

FBI agent removed from Russia probe called Trump an 'idiot' 12 Dec 2017 at 11:48pm
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Two FBI officials who would later be assigned to the special counsel's investigation into Donald Trump's presidential campaign described him as an "idiot" and a "loathsome human" in a series of text messages last year, according to copies of the messages released Tuesday....

NFL Network suspends analysts over sexual misconduct suit 12 Dec 2017 at 10:47pm
NEW YORK (AP) -- Hall of Fame player Marshall Faulk and two other NFL Network analysts were suspended after a woman who worked as a wardrobe stylist at the network accused them of sexual misconduct in a lawsuit....

Things to know about Alabama's new US senator, Doug Jones 12 Dec 2017 at 10:42pm
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- Doug Jones, a Democrat who once prosecuted two Ku Klux Klansmen in a deadly church bombing and has now broken the Republican lock grip on Alabama, is the state's new U.S. senator....

Firefighters wrestle to control massive California wildfire - 12 Dec 2017 at 9:42pm - CARPINTERIA, Calif. (Reuters) - An out-of-control California wildfire that has already destroyed nearly 700 homes in its path of destruction crept closer to the upscale hillside community of Montecito on Tuesday despite calmer winds that slowed its progress.

Bitcoin hits another record high in march toward $20,000 - 12 Dec 2017 at 9:36pm - NEW YORK (Reuters) - Virtual currency bitcoin hit another all-time peak on Tuesday, two days after the launch of the first ever bitcoin futures on a U.S. exchange and ahead of the start of another futures contract next week, as investors grew optimistic that the $20,000-mark is within reach.

Did Sanofi, WHO ignore warning signals on dengue vaccine? - 12 Dec 2017 at 9:28pm - CHICAGO/LONDON (Reuters) - When French drugmaker Sanofi published the results of clinical trials of children given its dengue vaccine two years ago, the overall findings were that it protected against the world's biggest and fastest growing mosquito-borne disease.

Crews struggle to keep flames from California neighborhoods 12 Dec 2017 at 8:09pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A cooking fire at a homeless encampment sparked a wildfire last week that destroyed six homes in the Bel Air neighborhood of Los Angeles, authorities said Tuesday, while the fifth-largest wildfire in California history burning northwest of the city kept expanding and kept thousands out of their homes....

Crucial details of Republican tax plan in flux as deal deadline looms - 12 Dec 2017 at 7:54pm - WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Crucial details of the Republican tax plan, including the proposed corporate rate, were in flux late on Tuesday as negotiators from the U.S. Congress rushed to finalize the plan ahead of a self-imposed Wednesday deadline.

San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee leaves behind city in turmoil 12 Dec 2017 at 7:44pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Under Mayor Ed Lee's seven-year watch, San Francisco went from a city mired in recession to a technology-fueled economic powerhouse where housing costs skyrocketed and the chasm between the wealthy and everyone else grew. Lee died Tuesday at 65 after collapsing while grocery shopping....

Donald Trump Jr. wants 'leak' probe, as Congress' Russia probes press on - 12 Dec 2017 at 7:26pm - WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's eldest son asked a House of Representatives committee on Tuesday to investigate possible leaks of information about his Dec. 6 interview with lawmakers, as congressional probes of Russia and the 2016 election picked up steam ahead of the New Year.

Some of Facebook's early friends now its sharpest critics 12 Dec 2017 at 6:51pm
NEW YORK (AP) -- Some of Facebook's former friends are starting to express some serious doubts about the social network they helped create....

Senator Gillibrand calls Trump Twitter post 'sexist smear' - 12 Dec 2017 at 5:59pm - WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand fired back at President Donald Trump on Tuesday and said she would not be silenced after he attacked her on Twitter for calling for an investigation into accusations of sexual harassment and misconduct against him.

Paris hosts major climate summit _ and it's all about Trump 12 Dec 2017 at 4:54pm
PARIS (AP) -- The global climate summit in Paris was designed to bypass Donald Trump, but the U.S. president ended up playing a starring role....

Review: 'The Last Jedi' a welcome disturbance in the Force 12 Dec 2017 at 12:39pm
A welcome disturbance in the Force, Rian Johnson's "The Last Jedi" is, by wide measure, the trippiest, scrappiest and most rule-breaking "Star Wars" adventure yet....