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University of Texas at Austin moving statues of four figures tied to Confederacy

Top Reuters News - 8 hours 6 min ago
(Reuters) - The University of Texas at Austin is removing the statues of four figures tied to the Confederacy, the school's president said on Sunday, saying they had become symbols of white supremacy.

In Montana’s Indian country, tribes take opposite sides on coal

Top Reuters News - 8 hours 24 min ago
LAME DEER, Montana (Reuters) - U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and Vice President Mike Pence took a horseback tour in May of a Montana coal mine belonging to the Crow Nation. They posed for photos with tribal leaders and declared an end to the U.S. government’s “war on coal.”

Trump to present vision for U.S. strategy in Afghanistan war

Top Reuters News - 9 hours 17 min ago
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - It will be President Donald Trump's turn on Monday to address a problem that vexed his two predecessors when he details his strategy for the war in Afghanistan, America's longest military conflict.

U.S., South Korea begin computer-simulated drills amid North Korea tensions

Top Reuters News - 10 hours 4 min ago
SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean and U.S. forces began computer-simulated military exercises on Monday amid tensions over North Korea's missile and nuclear programs, amid reports that Pyongyang has generated at least $270 million since February despite U.N. sanctions.

Ten sailors missing after U.S. warship collides with tanker near Singapore

Top Reuters News - Sun, 08/20/2017 - 21:54
SINGAPORE/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Ten sailors are missing after a U.S. warship collided with an oil tanker east of Singapore on Monday, the U.S. Navy said, the second accident involving U.S. Navy destroyers in Asian waters in little more than two months.

U.S. Navy destroyer damaged in collision with merchant ship near Singapore

MarketWatch Market Pulse - Sun, 08/20/2017 - 21:00

The USS John S. McCain collided with a merchant ship near Singapore early Monday, and U.S. Navy officials say search and rescue operations are underway. The guided-missile destroyer reportedly suffered damage to its port side, and officials with the U.S. 7th Fleet said there were an "unspecified number of minor injuries." Officials said the incident happened around 6:30 a.m. local time in the Strait of Malacca as the ship was headed for Singapore for a routine port visit. The ship was commissioned in 1994 and is named for both the father and grandfather of Sen. John McCain, both of whom were onetime U.S. Navy admirals. In June, seven U.S. sailors were killed when another destroyer, the USS Fitzgerald, crashed into a merchant ship off Japan. Last week, the Navy relieved that ship's top commanders from their posts, citing "serious mistakes."

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Sempra Energy near $9.3 billion deal to buy Oncor: report

MarketWatch Market Pulse - Sun, 08/20/2017 - 19:13

Sempra Energy is close to a $9.3 billion deal to buy Texas utility Oncor Electric Delivery Co., Bloomberg News reported Sunday. Oncor's parent is the bankrupt Energy Future Holdings Corp., and rumors have been flying for months over who might buy the unit. In July, Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway was said to be near a $9 billion deal, and hedge fund Elliott Management Corp. has also been in the mix. Bloomberg said the deal is not yet compete, but may be announced as soon as Monday. San Diego-based Sempra is apparently the mystery buyer that emerged Friday.

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Trump to lay out U.S. strategy for Afghanistan on Monday night

Top Reuters News - Sun, 08/20/2017 - 17:45
BRIDGEWATER, N.J./WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump will lay out his long-awaited U.S. strategy for the war in Afghanistan in a prime-time television address to the American people on Monday night, the White House said on Sunday.

Prominent U.S. religious conservatives defend Trump after Charlottesville

Top Reuters News - Sun, 08/20/2017 - 15:50
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two prominent religious conservatives defended U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday after he was widely criticized for blaming both white nationalists and counter-protesters for last weekend's violence at a Virginia rally organized by neo-Nazis and white supremacists.

Jerry Lewis, king of low-brow comedy and charity fundraiser, dies at 91

Top Reuters News - Sun, 08/20/2017 - 15:15
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Jerry Lewis, the high prince of low-brow comedy on stage and in movies as well as a fund-raising powerhouse with his annual Labor Day telethon, died on Sunday of "natural causes" at the age of 91, his family said.

NAFTA negotiators wrap up first round of talks

Top Reuters News - Sun, 08/20/2017 - 14:02
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Trade negotiators from the United States, Canada and Mexico on Sunday wrapped up the first round of talks to revamp the NAFTA trade pact, amid signs that an ambitious schedule to conclude negotiations by early 2018 could slip in the coming months.

Merkel attacks Turkey's 'misuse' of Interpol warrants

Top Reuters News - Sun, 08/20/2017 - 12:52
BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel criticized Turkey's use of an Interpol arrest warrant to detain a German writer in Spain, telling an election town hall event on Sunday that this amounted to abuse of the international police agency.

U.S. national monument review to test key land protection law

Top Reuters News - Sun, 08/20/2017 - 09:47
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke will recommend on Aug. 24 whether to eliminate or shrink nearly two dozen national monuments, creating the first major test for a 111-year-old law that gives presidents the power to protect swaths of public land.

Thousands protest in Hong Kong over jailing of democracy activists

Top Reuters News - Sun, 08/20/2017 - 06:49
HONG KONG (Reuters) - Thousands of people took to the streets of Hong Kong on Sunday to protest against the jailing of three young democracy activists, with many questioning the independence of the Chinese-ruled city's judiciary.

Police says one man still sought after Barcelona attacks

Top Reuters News - Sun, 08/20/2017 - 05:21
MADRID (Reuters) - The Catalonia police on Sunday said investigators were still working on the hypothesis of 12 suspects in the Barcelona attacks that took place on Thursday and that one man was still sought.

Bankruptcy fight over Oncor to test Warren Buffett's discipline

Top Reuters News - Sun, 08/20/2017 - 01:15
(Reuters) - Warren Buffett takes pride in naming his price to buy a company, and not paying a nickel more. But the largest U.S. natural gas distribution utility, an unyielding hedge fund, and a Delaware bankruptcy judge now present one of the biggest challenges to the billionaire's legendary discipline.

U.S. warship Indianapolis found 18,000 feet deep in Pacific Ocean

Top Reuters News - Sat, 08/19/2017 - 21:12
(Reuters) - Researchers have found the wreckage of the U.S. warship Indianapolis, which was sunk by a Japanese torpedo in the final days of World War Two, more than 18,000 feet (5.5 kilometers) below the surface of the Pacific Ocean, the Navy said on Saturday.

U.S. did not detail request for auto rules of origin at NAFTA talks: source

Top Reuters News - Sat, 08/19/2017 - 19:51
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In the opening NAFTA session of talks, the United States did not give precise details of how much it wanted to boost North American content for autos, a source directly familiar with the negotiations said on Saturday.

Unwavering Trump voters say they will not miss Steve Bannon

Top Reuters News - Sat, 08/19/2017 - 19:43
CHICAGO (Reuters) - Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon's firing has been met with a collective shrug by some of President Donald Trump's most committed supporters who argue the controversial nationalist became an obstacle to the administration's agenda.

Mnuchin tells Yale classmates: Trump does not equate neo-Nazis with peaceful protesters

Top Reuters News - Sat, 08/19/2017 - 18:50
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Urged by his Yale University classmates to resign as treasury secretary following President Donald Trump's response to a white nationalist protest, Steven Mnuchin said on Saturday he would stay in office and that Trump "in no way, shape or form" equates neo-Nazis with peaceful protesters.