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Nuclear Power Nuclear War Everyday JFK quote
Just As Above Ground Nuclear Testing was Stopped, So Too Must Leaking of Radionuclides from the Nuclear Fuel Chain Be Stopped. Even from a statistical point of view they keep discovering that nuclear is more deadly than initially thought. Based on the Oct. 2015 multi-government funded study of nuclear workers, risk appears around 15 times worse than even BEIR VII (ca 2005) thought, maybe even higher: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/12/19/another-look-at-the-recent-low-dose-radiation-exposure-study-inworks/

Clustered DNA damage, which is (almost) impossible to properly repair, is considered a signature of ionizing radiation: “clustered DNA damage sites, which may be considered as a signature of ionising radiation, underlie the deleterious biological consequences of ionising radiation…ionising radiation creates significant levels of clustered DNA damage, including complex double-strand breaks (DSB)” See: “Biological Consequences of Radiation-induced DNA Damage: Relevance to Radiotherapy“, by M.E. Lomax et. al. Clinical Oncology 25 (2013) 578-585

The formation of clustered damage distinguishes ionising radiation-induced damage from normal endogenous damage: https://cordis.europa.eu/pub/fp5-euratom/docs/non_dsb_lesions_projrep_en.pdf

More here: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2016/12/24/on-the-unique-dna-damage-done-by-ionizing-radiation-nuclear-materials-and-on-metting-hultgren-et-al-misleading-the-us-congress-in-this-matter/

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Updated Sunday, 12 March 2017

Why are Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Yemen and Sudan on the travel ban list but not Afghanistan or Bangladesh? Or Germany? This sniffs of putting pressure on the governments to come into compliance with what the Trump administration wants: probably what Exxon wants; possibly what Russia wants too.

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U.S. strategy in Afghanistan will require more troops – general
Posted:Fri, 10 Mar 2017 12:10:27 +0530
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A new U.S. strategy to break a stalemate in Afghanistan will require additional American troops, the head of the U.S. Central Command said on Thursday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/INsouthAsiaNews/~3/rBGUbQjAhLA/usa-afghanistan-idINKBN16G24Z

Pakistan indefinitely closes border with Afghanistan amid rising tension
Posted:Thu, 09 Mar 2017 18:26:32 +0530
Peshawar, Pakistan (Reuters) – Pakistan has indefinitely closed two border crossings with Afghanistan after opening them for two days to let through Afghans with visas, officials said on Thursday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/INsouthAsiaNews/~3/roQcv5DWUFs/pakistan-afghanistan-idINKBN16G1PG

Death toll from Kabul hospital attack rises to 49
Posted:Thu, 09 Mar 2017 15:28:03 +0530
KABUL (Reuters) – The death toll from an attack on a military hospital in Kabul by gunmen dressed as medics has risen to 49 with dozens wounded, a senior health official said on Thursday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/INsouthAsiaNews/~3/5k7dhh4PDU4/afghanistan-blast-hospital-toll-idINKBN16G0RT

Texas lawmakers illegally drew three voting districts on racial lines, court rules Posted:Sat, 11 Mar 2017 11:57:51 -0500
SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) – Texas lawmakers drew up three U.S. congressional districts to undermine the influence of Hispanic voters, a divided panel of three federal judges ruled, in the latest development in a years-long battle over gerrymandering.

Rocks, rip tides kill unwary Asian visitors on Australian beaches
Posted:Thu, 09 Mar 2017 12:40:58 +0530
SYDNEY (Reuters) – Notices in several languages emblazoned with the symbol of the skull and crossbones caution against the risk of being swept off the rocks at Maroubra Beach in Sydney’s eastern suburbs. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/INsouthAsiaNews/~3/9myM5t51VTU/australia-drownings-idINKBN16G0D5

“We stayed quiet and prayed”: survivor tells of Kabul hospital attack
Posted:Wed, 08 Mar 2017 21:39:59 +0530
KABUL (Reuters) – Patient Zia Zabuli was lucky to escape Wednesday’s attack on a military hospital in central Kabul, which has been claimed by Islamic State.http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/INsouthAsiaNews/~3/5KE5-QmiqJM/afghanistan-blast-scene-idINKBN16F21G

Bangladesh acid attack survivors show new confidence on fashion runway
Posted:Wed, 08 Mar 2017 18:40:14 +0530
DHAKA (Reuters) – Bangladesh hosted a fashion show with a difference to mark International Women’s Day, featuring 15 confident catwalk models fighting to overcome the trauma of acid attacks. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/INsouthAsiaNews/~3/jY7gOSQiYPI/bangladesh-acidsurvivors-fashion-idINKBN16F1JY

Defiant U.S. prosecutor fired by Trump administration
Posted:Sat, 11 Mar 2017 21:57:11 -0500
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A prominent U.S. prosecutor said the Trump administration fired him on Saturday after he refused to step down, adding a discordant note to what is normally a routine changing of top attorneys when a new president takes office.

Trump’s disputes with local governments could create fresh conflicts of interest
Posted:Fri, 10 Mar 2017 01:06:48 -0500
NEW YORK (Reuters) – The Trump National Golf Club in Westchester County, New York, has a magnificent course. Just ask its namesake, U.S. President Donald Trump, who until recently was quoted on its website saying the club “provides more than a membership – it’s a true luxury lifestyle.”http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/domesticNews/~3/DKZrLm0xBew/us-usa-trump-conflicts-idUSKBN16H0JN

More than 100,000 customers without power in upstate New York
Posted:Fri, 10 Mar 2017 02:38:36 -0500
(Reuters) – More than 100,000 customers remained without power in upstate New York on Friday and were told that some outages could last for days after fierce winds toppled power lines and damaged homes and businesses.

UPDATE 1-Companies to invest $3.3 billion in solar projects in Vietnam’s Daklak province
Posted:Sat, 11 Mar 2017 00:28:56 -0500
BUON MA THUOT, March 11 (Reuters) – Vietnam’s Daklak province on Saturday granted licences and signed memorandums of understanding for the development of several solar power projects worth a combined $3.3 billion. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/companyNews/~3/XtQjg08hV4o/vietnam-solar-idUSL3N1GO04I

Second plane bought under sanctions deal arrives in Iran
Posted:Sat, 11 Mar 2017 01:31:44 -0500
DUBAI, March 11 (Reuters) – An Airbus A330 airliner arrived in Tehran on Saturday, the second of 200 Western-built passenger aircraft ordered by IranAir following the lifting of sanctions on Iran last year.http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/companyNews/~3/-LY0GFBtspE/airbus-iranair-idUSL5N1GO042

Tesla’s Musk discusses energy proposal with South Australian govt
Posted:Sat, 11 Mar 2017 02:00:08 -0500
SYDNEY, March 11 (Reuters) – Tesla Inc boss Elon Musk spoke with the premier of South Australia on Saturday after the tech entrepreneur offered to install $25 million of battery storage within 100 days to prevent recurring blackouts that have disrupted the state. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/companyNews/~3/6WjhaeqLUAE/australia-power-tesla-idUSL3N1GO04Z

Tesla’s Musk offers to fix South Australia’s power crisis in 100 days
Posted:Fri, 10 Mar 2017 07:03:16 -0500
MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Tesla Inc boss Elon Musk on Friday offered to save Australia’s most renewable-energy dependent state from blackouts by installing $25 million worth of battery storage within 100 days, and offering it for free if he missed the target.http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/PtjiU8JsJg8/us-australia-power-tesla-idUSKBN16H0RL

MIDEAST STOCKS-Plunge in oil dents Gulf; Shuaa, Bank Aljazira surge
Posted:Sun, 12 Mar 2017 03:52:33 -0400
DUBAI, March 12 (Reuters) – Stock markets in the Gulf were mostly lower in early trade on Sunday after crude oil prices plunged at the end of last week to a three-month low, but Dubai’s Shuaa Capital and Saudi Arabia’s Bank Aljazira surged in response to company-specific news.http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/companyNews/~3/lK2WgbbVJ9I/mideast-stocks-idUSL5N1GP05G

CORRECTED-UPDATE 3-Enbridge CEO says Canada only needs two more export pipelines
Posted:Sat, 11 Mar 2017 16:02:59 -0500
CALGARY, Alberta, Feb 17 (Reuters) – Two new crude oil export pipelines will provide enough capacity to ship Canadian production to market until at least the mid 2020s, Enbridge Inc Chief Executive Al Monaco said on Friday, making clear his company’s Line 3 should be one of them. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/companyNews/~3/WX3WfwIVoNI/enbridge-inc-results-idUSL4N1G243S

UK offshore wind power subsidies set to drop below nuclear: Siemens
Posted:Fri, 10 Mar 2017 06:15:13 -0500
LONDON (Reuters) – Subsidy costs for British offshore wind farms are likely to fall below that of new nuclear plants in next month’s government auction, German firm Siemens’ head of its British offshore wind turbines business told Reuters.

U.S. Plains wildfires leave thousands of cattle dead
Posted:Thu, 09 Mar 2017 15:33:21 -0500
AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – Fast-moving wildfires that burned through nearly 2 million acres (809,380 hectares) of Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas this week have devastated ranches and left thousands of cattle and other livestock dead, officials said on Thursday.http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/O7Afg502NKc/us-usa-wildfires-idUSKBN16G2XG

U.S. solar soared in 2016, but investors still leery
Posted:Thu, 09 Mar 2017 16:11:10 -0500
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – New U.S. solar installations nearly doubled last year, but slowing demand for both residential and large-scale systems, falling panel prices and concerns about looming federal tax reform are still dampening investor appetite for the sector.http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/HncQ5QKclAQ/us-usa-solar-idUSKBN16G2ZF

Native American groups take oil pipeline protests to White House
Posted:Fri, 10 Mar 2017 17:05:16 -0500
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Thousands of Native American demonstrators and their supporters marched to the White House on Friday to voice outrage at President Donald Trump’s support for the Dakota Access and Keystone XL oil pipelines, which they say threaten tribal landshttp://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/domesticNews/~3/gPhymD3QRKY/us-north-dakota-pipeline-protests-idUSKBN16H2NB

Decline in migration under Trump could quickly reverse, history shows
Posted:Fri, 10 Mar 2017 20:24:13 -0500
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Last month’s 40 percent decline in migrant detentions along the southern U.S. border represents a victory for U.S. President Donald Trump, but may prove short-lived unless he follows through with his hard-line vows, past experience shows.http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/domesticNews/~3/AJ5zPOAuyME/us-usa-immigration-centralamerica-idUSKBN16I025

Muhammad Ali Jr questioned at Washington DC airport: lawmaker
Posted:Fri, 10 Mar 2017 21:32:18 -0500
(Reuters) – Muhammad Ali Jr, the son and namesake of the late boxing great, was questioned about his identity at a Washington DC airport before boarding a flight on Friday, one day after he testified before lawmakers about a similar incident at another airport, a U.S. Congresswoman said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/domesticNews/~3/-0Y66Z9eC-c/us-usa-muhammadalijr-airport-idUSKBN16I02O

Star of ‘American Guns’ convicted of fraud, tax evasion
Posted:Fri, 10 Mar 2017 22:31:32 -0500
DENVER (Reuters) – A former Colorado gun shop owner and reality television star could face up to 15 years in jail after being was found guilty on Friday of conspiracy to sell firearms without a license and failing to report $1.1 million of income, prosecutors said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/domesticNews/~3/2Jp7DrZ5hhA/us-colorado-guns-idUSKBN16I04X

Maryland to join other states in court challenge to Trump’s travel ban
Posted:Sat, 11 Mar 2017 07:47:59 -0500
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Maryland became the latest state to join in legal challenges against President Donald Trump’s revised temporary travel ban on Friday, with its attorney general saying it would join a lawsuit brought by Washington and other states. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/domesticNews/~3/2MyaUbFMeoo/us-usa-immigration-legal-idUSKBN16H2I0

Top U.S. Marine vows accountability, asks victims to come forward
Posted:Fri, 10 Mar 2017 17:25:59 -0500
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The top U.S. Marine made an impassioned plea on Friday for women who may have been affected by a growing scandal involving the sharing of nude photos of women to come forward with their complaints, and vowed to hold those involved accountable. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/domesticNews/~3/cJ0WQuyu0sE/us-usa-marines-idUSKBN16H2NS

Two Oregon occupiers guilty of conspiracy in second trial
Posted:Sat, 11 Mar 2017 03:23:08 -0500
PORTLAND, Ore. (Reuters) – Two men who took part in the armed occupation of a U.S. wildlife refuge in Oregon were convicted of federal conspiracy charges on Friday, in a split verdict that saw two other men cleared of the same counts, prosecutors saidhttp://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/domesticNews/~3/s1aKhWdXEB8/us-oregon-militia-idUSKBN16H2LZ

German shopping mall shut on police fears of an attack
Posted:Sat, 11 Mar 2017 07:11:55 -0500
ESSEN, Germany (Reuters) – Police in the western German city of Essen sealed off a shopping center in the center of town and ordered it to remain closed on Saturday due to concrete indications of a possible attack. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/3vDWn2Z8QJ8/us-germany-security-essen-idUSKBN16I07I

Snowden shelterers in Hong Kong seek Canada asylum: lawyer
Posted:Sat, 11 Mar 2017 04:38:15 -0500
TORONTO (Reuters) – Three families who helped shelter former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden in Hong Kong in 2013 after his mass leak of information about surveillance programs have asked Canada for asylum, their lawyer said on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/pOLQd0AZfQ4/us-canada-hongkong-snowden-idUSKBN16H2J9

Dutch PM bars Turkish foreign minister in escalation of rally row
Posted:Sat, 11 Mar 2017 07:38:12 -0500
ANKARA/AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – The Netherlands barred Turkey’s Foreign Minister from flying to Rotterdam on Saturday and President Tayyip Erdogan responded by calling his NATO partner a “Nazi remnant” as a row over Ankara campaigning among emigre Turkish voters intensified. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/STFZE2K_d70/us-turkey-europe-netherlands-idUSKBN16I07O

U.S. Appeals court grapples with labor board ‘joint employment’ test
Posted:Thu, 09 Mar 2017 15:26:13 -0500
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A California waste management company on Thursday asked a U.S. appeals court to overturn a contentious labor board decision on “joint employment” that could make it easier to hold companies accountable for the labor practices of the staffing agencies, contractors and franchisees with which they partner. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/domesticNews/~3/_SY9smBGrJw/us-usa-employment-republic-servs-idUSKBN16G2WQ

Washington restaurant sues Trump over alleged unfair hotel competition
Posted:Thu, 09 Mar 2017 15:18:09 -0500
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A Washington restaurant has sued U.S. President Donald Trump and the company that operates his landmark Washington hotel, claiming that patrons have shifted business there to curry favor with his new administration, the owners said on Thursday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/domesticNews/~3/9Yt5Bkvgggw/us-usa-trump-lawsuit-idUSKBN16G2W8

Republican health plan clears first hurdles, fate uncertain
Posted:Thu, 09 Mar 2017 14:35:45 -0500
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Republican plan backed by President Donald Trump to overhaul the U.S. healthcare system cleared its first hurdles in Congress on Thursday, but its chances for passage looked uncertain and top Republicans scrambled to bring disgruntled conservatives aboard.http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/domesticNews/~3/mdeGrnW1UtI/us-usa-obamacare-idUSKBN16G0DP

U.S. Plains wildfires leave thousands of cattle dead
Posted:Thu, 09 Mar 2017 15:33:21 -0500
AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – Fast-moving wildfires that burned through nearly 2 million acres (809,380 hectares) of Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas this week have devastated ranches and left thousands of cattle and other livestock dead, officials said on Thursday.http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/O7Afg502NKc/us-usa-wildfires-idUSKBN16G2XG

Shell CEO urges switch to clean energy as plans hefty renewable spending
Posted:Thu, 09 Mar 2017 11:38:08 -0500
HOUSTON (Reuters) – The oil and gas industry risks losing public support if progress is not made in the transition to cleaner energy, Royal Dutch Shell Plc Chief Executive Ben van Beurden said on Thursday.http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/-MgUPOOn7lc/us-ceraweek-shell-shell-idUSKBN16G2DT

Exclusive: Norway’s wealth fund may blacklist firms over emissions, corruption risk
Posted:Thu, 09 Mar 2017 04:39:28 -0500
LYSAKER, Norway (Reuters) – The ethics watchdog for Norway’s $900-billion sovereign wealth fund will recommend this year that the fund exclude or put on a watch list several firms in the oil, cement and steel industries for emitting too much greenhouse gas.http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/NyCwov–lUs/us-norway-swf-ethics-idUSKBN16G0YQ

Shell sells Canadian oil sands, ties bonuses to emissions cuts
Posted:Thu, 09 Mar 2017 04:42:57 -0500
LONDON (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell has agreed to sell most of its Canadian oil sands assets for $8.5 billion, the latest international oil major to withdraw from the costly projects, which are among the most carbon heavy.http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/wCZz3qf2CbA/us-shell-divestiture-cdn-natural-rsc-idUSKBN16G0PH

China admits it still has work to do in war on pollution
Posted:Thu, 09 Mar 2017 07:00:04 -0500
BEIJING (Reuters) – China still has work to do in cleaning up its skies, with poor enforcement of environmental laws and inadequate monitoring in some places, the environment minister said on Thursday, as the country enters its fourth year of its “war on pollution”. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/XUz80QfQ8M0/us-china-environment-fines-idUSKBN16G0TG

Former U.S. intelligence chief rejects Trump wiretap accusation
Posted:Sun, 05 Mar 2017 19:38:35 -0500
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The former top U.S. intelligence official rejected President Donald Trump’s accusation that his predecessor, Barack Obama, wiretapped him even as the White House on Sunday urged Congress to investigate Trump’s allegation.http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/topNews/~3/wNm8hzf_qJo/us-usa-trump-idUSKBN16C0MG
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Trump US EPA Head: “As attorney general of Oklahoma, Administrator Pruitt unsuccessfully sued to block the EPA from setting limits on the amount of mercury power plants can spew into the environment.https://www.americanprogressaction.org/press/release/2017/02/22/166099/release-cap-action-launches-trump-cabinet-watch-to-hold-accountable-trumps-cabinet-appointments/

Trump is cutting the national weather service-NOAA, needed to study hurricanes, etc. Is he trying to let Russia get ahead on technology and/or will he sell it to his friends? Perhaps to his Russian friends? Corporate raider Wilbur Ross now heads Commerce which is over it: “The agency’s satellite data division would lose $513 million, or 22 percent, of its current funding under the proposal, and its Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research would lose $126 million, or 26 percent, the Post said.” See Reuters below.

Reuters News Feed Selection

White House seeking sharp budget cut to climate agency: Washington Post
Posted:Fri, 03 Mar 2017 20:33:39 -0500
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Trump administration is seeking a 17 percent cut to the budget of the government’s meteorological agency that monitors the climate and issues daily weather forecasts, the Washington Post reported on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/XiAsf6pg9go/us-usa-trump-noaa-idUSKBN16B01U

Keystone XL builders can use non-U.S. steel, White House says now
Posted:Fri, 03 Mar 2017 16:55:30 -0500
(Reuters) – The Keystone XL oil pipeline does not need to be made from U.S. steel, despite an executive order by President Donald Trump days after he took office requiring domestic steel in new pipelines, the White House said on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/businessNews/~3/rHhfGT6dlKQ/us-transcanada-keystone-steel-idUSKBN16A2FC

Trump’s trade czar Ross easily wins Senate confirmation
Posted:Mon, 27 Feb 2017 20:04:17 -0500
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Billionaire investor Wilbur Ross easily won confirmation as U.S. commerce secretary on Monday, clearing President Donald Trump’s top trade official to start work on renegotiating trade relationships with China and Mexico.

Congress’ Trump Russia probe takes partisan turn
Posted:Mon, 27 Feb 2017 19:23:36 -0500
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The head of a congressional committee investigating contacts between Donald Trump’s campaign and Russia said on Monday the panel had not seen evidence of inappropriate communications, prompting the panel’s top Democrat to insist it was too early to make such a determination.

‘Green’ funds flush with new cash, challenges as Trump era dawns
Posted:Fri, 03 Mar 2017 15:00:58 -0500
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Environmentally conscious investors are using their pocketbooks to protest President Donald Trump’s plans to slash environmental regulations, fueling a rally in funds that only invest in companies that meet progressive criteria for sustainability.

Trump’s EPA budget proposal targets climate, lead cleanup programs
Posted:Thu, 02 Mar 2017 21:45:09 -0500
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House is proposing to slash a quarter of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s budget, targeting climate-change programs and those designed to prevent air and water pollution like lead contamination, a source with direct knowledge of the proposal said on Thursday.http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/kSs-8hRwMW0/us-usa-trump-epa-budget-idUSKBN1692XA

U.S. finds China steel plate imports injure U.S. industry
Posted:Fri, 03 Mar 2017 11:43:35 -0500
WASHINGTON, March 3 (Reuters) – The U.S. International Trade Commission said on Friday it had made a final finding that the U.S. industry was being harmed by the dumping and subsidization of imports of carbon and alloy steel cut-to-length plate from China.http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/businessNews/~3/QCaeqnmVea0/us-usa-steel-plate-idUSKBN16A1ZL

Caterpillar shares rise as import practices scrutinized
Posted:Fri, 03 Mar 2017 12:05:50 -0500
(Reuters) – Caterpillar Inc’s shares gained on Friday, the day after U.S. law enforcement officials raided three of the company’s Illinois facilities, as the Trump administration promised stricter scrutiny of multinationals’ import and export practices.http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/businessNews/~3/jWLn-e5zXgc/us-caterpillar-probe-stocks-idUSKBN16A1IJ

Ex-Christie associates lose bid for new trial in ‘Bridgegate’ case
Posted:Thu, 02 Mar 2017 16:59:05 -0500
NEW YORK (Reuters) – A federal judge rejected a request for a new trial by two former associates of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie who were convicted for their roles in the “Bridgegate” lane closure scandal.http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/domesticNews/~3/WMYhofFuOxM/us-new-jersey-bridgegate-idUSKBN1692XC

One injured in Trump tower fire
Posted:Fri, 03 Mar 2017 10:48:36 -0500
A small fire broke out on the 47th floor of Trump International Hotel in Columbus Circle in Manhattan Friday morning. Authorities say one person was injured. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USVideoTopNews/~3/tR1uKJj9Y5w/one-injured-in-trump-tower-fire

U.S. energy stocks, darlings last year, stumble in 2017
Posted:Sun, 05 Mar 2017 01:03:47 -0500
NEW YORK (Reuters) – The energy sector is the stock market’s dud so far in 2017 after a banner performance in 2016, and the rest of the year may also be rocky for investors due to the unclear path for crude oil prices. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/businessNews/~3/ZsNWOjVru4g/us-usa-energy-stocks-idUSKBN16C08M

UPDATE 1-China’s New Hope moves into soybean crushing with Cargill
Posted:Sat, 04 Mar 2017 09:29:14 -0500
BEIJING, March 4 (Reuters) – Chinese agribusiness group New Hope plans to build its first soybean crushing plant in China’s Hebei province in a joint venture with Cargill , its chairman Liu Yonghao said on Saturday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/companyNews/~3/9QqZK3MV52I/china-newhope-cargill-idUSL3N1GH088

Schwarzenegger fired, didn’t quit ‘Apprentice’: Trump
Posted:Sat, 04 Mar 2017 11:10:14 -0500
NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump disputed Arnold Schwarzenegger’s announcement about quitting as host of the reality show “The Celebrity Apprentice,” saying on Saturday that Schwarzenegger was leaving involuntarily after drawing few viewers. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/XX74hJX5wzg/us-television-celebrityapprentice-idUSKBN16B0G6

Trump’s choice for SEC chair clears ethics hurdle: source
Posted:Fri, 03 Mar 2017 21:58:36 -0500
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump’s pick to chair the Securities and Exchange Commission, Jay Clayton, passed a key hurdle toward his confirmation after a government ethics watchdog gave him a clearance, a person familiar with the matter said on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/TPb-ekdSzwE/us-usa-trump-sec-idUSKBN16B030

Exclusive: Trump aides’ bid to plug leaks creates unease among some civil servants
Posted:Fri, 03 Mar 2017 20:14:54 -0500
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump’s Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin used his first senior staff meeting last month to tell his new aides he would not tolerate leaks to the news media, three sources familiar with the matter said

Trump claims Obama wiretapped him during campaign; Obama refutes it
Posted:Sat, 04 Mar 2017 17:46:33 -0500
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump accused predecessor Barack Obama on Saturday of wiretapping him during the late stages of the 2016 election campaign, but offered no evidence for an allegation which an Obama spokesman said was “simply false”. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/fwK0p0lI73I/us-usa-trump-obama-idUSKBN16B0CC

Sessions to respond in writing to questions over Russia contacts: DOJ
Posted:Sat, 04 Mar 2017 11:53:17 -0500
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions will reply in writing to Senate Democrats’ questions about his meetings with Russia’s ambassador last year, the Justice Department said on Friday after a top Republican denied Democrats’ request for a public hearing. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/tELiLloEgsQ/us-usa-trump-idUSKBN16A2F4

Exclusive: Trump administration considering separating women, children at Mexico border Posted:Sat, 04 Mar 2017 04:55:22 -0500
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Women and children crossing together illegally into the United States could be separated by U.S. authorities under a proposal being considered by the Department of Homeland Security, according to three government officials. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/ChxRiu8T1Uk/us-usa-immigration-children-idUSKBN16A2ES

U.S. suspends fast processing of high-tech visa applications
Posted:Sat, 04 Mar 2017 13:10:37 -0500
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Foreigners aiming for temporary jobs at high-tech U.S. companies will undergo a longer visa approval process after the Trump administration announced it will temporarily suspend expedited applications for H-1B visas. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/83rZ5j30Rog/us-usa-trump-supporters-idUSKBN16B0O8

Trump fans stage series of small rallies across U.S.
Posted:Sat, 04 Mar 2017 17:04:53 -0500
LANSING, Mich. (Reuters) – Supporters of President Donald Trump held a second day of small rallies on Saturday in communities around the country, a counterpoint to a wave of protests that have taken place since his election in November. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/83rZ5j30Rog/us-usa-trump-supporters-idUSKBN16B0O8

Snap of Clinton reading Pence email headline goes viral
Posted:Sat, 04 Mar 2017 13:58:16 -0500
(Reuters) – A photo of former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton glancing at a newspaper headline about U.S. Vice President Mike Pence using private email has gone viral on social media, with thousands of people commenting on it.http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/JfJrmRJbxF4/us-usa-pence-email-clinton-idUSKBN16B07P

Pemex, BHP Billiton deep water tie-up eyes first well by end of 2017 
Posted:Fri, 03 Mar 2017 18:50:01 -0500
MEXICO CITY, March 3 (Reuters) – The first-ever joint venture in Mexico’s deep waters could begin drilling its first oil well by the end of this year, a top official with national oil company Pemex said on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/companyNews/~3/WdMKmeiadiU/mexico-pemex-bhp-billiton-ltd-idUSL2N1GG020

Goldman Sachs to move risk managers into independent unit -sources 
Posted:Fri, 03 Mar 2017 18:12:23 -0500
March 3 (Reuters) – Goldman Sachs Group Inc plans to move its risk management team into an independent unit, people familiar with the matter said, a move that is largely symbolic but signals its growing importance.http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/companyNews/~3/v1GNbxCwSlI/goldman-sachs-risk-idUSL2N1GG1D7

Caterpillar is sued by a shareholder after federal raid
Posted:Fri, 03 Mar 2017 18:51:32 -0500
March 3 (Reuters) – Caterpillar Inc was sued on Friday for allegedly deceiving shareholders about its business, one day after federal law enforcers raided three of its buildings in connection with a probe into the heavy machinery manufacturer’s offshore tax practices.http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/companyNews/~3/MVSIe2IHTWI/caterpillar-lawsuit-idUSL2N1GG1T9

Marine Le Pen loses EU parliament immunity over tweets
Posted:Thu, 02 Mar 2017 06:49:03 -0500
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Union lawmakers lifted the EU parliamentary immunity of French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen on Thursday for tweeting pictures of Islamic State violence.

Under Xi, wealth of China’s uber-rich lawmakers grew faster than economy
Posted:Thu, 02 Mar 2017 06:19:46 -0500
SHANGHAI (Reuters) – The fortunes of the richest 100 members of China’s parliament and its advisory body – all dollar billionaires – grew about 64 percent in the four years since Xi Jinping rose to power, according to data from an organization tracking wealth in China.

French presidential candidate Macron criticizes Trump’s policies
Posted:Thu, 02 Mar 2017 07:15:22 -0500
PARIS (Reuters) – French presidential candidate and current frontrunner Emmanuel Macron on Thursday criticized the protectionist and environmental policies of U.S President Donald Trump.http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/JHZIHFzJG2g/us-france-trump-macron-idUSKBN1691J5

Egyptian researchers turn shrimp shells into biodegradable plastic
Posted:Thu, 02 Mar 2017 05:54:54 -0500
CAIRO (Reuters) – Researchers at Egypt’s Nile University are developing a way to turn dried shrimp shells that would otherwise be thrown away into thin films of biodegradable plastic they hope will be used to make eco-friendly grocery bags and packaging.http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/juYF_FQOzDs/us-egypt-environment-plastic-idUSKBN169179

Storms that killed three in U.S. Midwest roll east with wind, hail
Posted:Wed, 01 Mar 2017 21:29:31 -0500
CHICAGO (Reuters) – The remnants of tornadoes and storms that killed at least three people and destroyed homes in the U.S. Midwest rolled across the Southeast on Wednesday, sweeping the region with hail and high winds, the National Weather Service said.http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/Rq_JCidEexE/us-usa-storms-idUSKBN1684L8

Syria air force bombed convoy, U.N. says in Aleppo probe 
 Posted:Wed, 01 Mar 2017 14:20:48 -0500
GENEVA(Reuters) – Syrian government aircraft deliberately bombed and strafed a humanitarian convoy, killing 14 aid workers and halting relief operations, U.N. investigators said on Wednesday in a report identifying war crimes committed by both sides in Syria’s war. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/I9oRvuZqFHg/us-mideast-crisis-syria-aleppo-warcrimes-idUSKBN1684G0

Phones cut in eastern Ukraine as rebels seize firms

Posted:Wed, 01 Mar 2017 14:42:39 -0500
KIEV/DONETSK, Ukraine (Reuters) – A fifth of a million phone users in Ukraine’s rebel-controlled eastern city of Donetsk were cut off from the rest of the country on Wednesday after armed men took over the offices and equipment of the main fixed-line telecoms company, its director said.http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/1NiSo40iFhM/us-ukraine-crisis-donetsk-idUSKBN1684QX
Syrian government forces enter Palmyra, drive back Islamic State: monitors
Posted:Wed, 01 Mar 2017 14:22:52 -0500
BEIRUT (Reuters) – Russian-backed Syrian government forces and their allies fought their way into Palmyra on Wednesday, driving back Islamic State militants who have held the historic city since December, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group reported.http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/TQTVI8uIGII/us-mideast-crisis-syria-palmyra-idUSKBN16847B

Iraqi army controls main roads out of Mosul, trapping Islamic State
Posted:Wed, 01 Mar 2017 15:15:45 -0500
MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) – U.S.-backed Iraqi army units on Wednesday took control of the last major road out of western Mosul that had been in Islamic State’s hands, trapping the militants in a shrinking area within the city, a general and residents said.

Hundreds of North American bee species face extinction: study
Posted:Wed, 01 Mar 2017 16:20:18 -0500
(Reuters) – More than 700 of the 4,000 native bee species in North America and Hawaii are believed to be inching toward extinction due to increased pesticide use leading to habitat loss, a scientific study showed on Wednesday.

Lightning strike at New York airport disrupts dozens of flights
Posted:Wed, 01 Mar 2017 16:04:35 -0500
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Dozens of flights were delayed and many were canceled after a lightning strike briefly shut down a runway at New York’s LaGuardia Airport on Wednesday, officials said.http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/domesticNews/~3/or01hXDeQKk/us-new-york-airport-idUSKBN1685KL

Trump intelligence nominee supports probes on Russian interference
Posted:Tue, 28 Feb 2017 17:10:41 -0500
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump’s nominee to be the director of national intelligence pledged on Tuesday to support thorough investigation of any Russian efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election, seeking to reassure lawmakers worried that partisan politics might interfere with a probe.http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/F_sH-fqiEDE/us-usa-trump-coats-idUSKBN1672FC

NSA risks talent exodus amid morale slump, Trump fears
Posted:Tue, 28 Feb 2017 19:10:46 -0500
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The National Security Agency risks a brain-drain of hackers and cyber spies due to a tumultuous reorganization and worries about the acrimonious relationship between the intelligence community and President Donald Trump, according to current and former NSA officials and cybersecurity industry sources. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/ybaQUpqcP60/us-usa-cyber-nsa-idUSKBN1672ML

Republicans lack agreement on Obamacare ahead of Trump speech
Posted:Tue, 28 Feb 2017 17:40:46 -0500
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House and Congress lacked agreement on a plan to repeal and replace Obamacare on Tuesday amid signs of growing Republican division on the issue, as President Donald Trump prepared to address lawmakers about his 2017 agenda.http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/YYboMRyhzFE/us-usa-obamacare-house-idUSKBN1671UW

New Trump travel order will aim to short circuit legal challenges
Posted:Tue, 28 Feb 2017 19:16:47 -0500
(Reuters) – In formulating a new executive order limiting travel to the United States, President Donald Trump has promised to make the directive harder to fight successfully in court than the one he issued in January.http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/SYRpZ6EBQHo/us-usa-immigration-trump-idUSKBN1672G4

Trump mulling immigration bill with pathway to legal status: CNN
Posted:Tue, 28 Feb 2017 15:06:14 -0500
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump is considering introducing legislation to provide a pathway to legal status, but not immediately to citizenship, for illegal immigrants in the United States, CNN reported on Tuesday, citing a senior White House official.http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/8c93gohEwPU/us-usa-immigration-legal-idUSKBN1682SE

In last budget address, New Jersey Governor Christie targets pensions, school funding Posted:Tue, 28 Feb 2017 16:55:20 -0500
TRENTON, N.J. (Reuters) – New Jersey Governor Chris Christie laid out plans to spend more money on public pensions and roads and reiterated calls to transform the state’s school funding formula in his final budget address as leader of the state on Tuesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/BVzA0HvSyMs/us-new-jersey-governor-budget-idUSKBN1672MX

U.S., China discuss ‘mutually beneficial’ economic relationship
Posted:Tue, 28 Feb 2017 15:11:59 -0500
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi on Tuesday discussed improving and maintaining a “mutually beneficial economic relationship” between the United States and China, the State Department said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/LLjfOZ9ii88/us-usa-china-idUSKBN167291

White House denies Trump order on biofuels program pending, markets roiled
Posted:Tue, 28 Feb 2017 18:26:51 -0500
(Reuters) – The White House on Tuesday denied that President Donald Trump planned to issue an executive order to change the national biofuels program, after the U.S. Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) said Trump’s team had informed the group an order was pending. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/ddxfpjC4-X0/us-usa-trump-renewables-idUSKBN1671PD

Updated Sunday February 26, 2017

While the “Environment” Reuters news feeds are back, the Energy and Basic Materials feeds are still gone, probably because of the low prices and subsequent loss of interest. In a Barron’s article called “Uranium Goes Nuclear as Toshiba Melts Down“, Feb. 17, 2017 2:07 a.m. ET, by Robert Guy, the author points out that the price of uranium increased from a 12-year low of $18 a pound in December to approximately $26 a pound, but won’t be at the $150 per pound of 2007 anytime soon, (if ever). The low price of petroleum products helps to keep it down.

First, however, there have been lots of good articles at Common Dreams – too many to post, at least for now, even though the majority are Creative Commons articles.

Common Dreams News Selection


Toshiba’s nuclear subsidiary Westinghouse may file for bankruptcy.

Instead of Trump making things safer, the airports are apparently more disorganized and dangerous, as passengers passed through a checkpoint without being checked even after they set off the metal detector.

Remember he’s long had a private plane anyway.

Plus, Trump’s Wall Street buddies’ and probably his own investments are doing good and he clearly doesn’t care one iota about the American people.

The first title is a video and has a short advertisement. The others are articles.

Reuters News Feed Selection

Louisiana fight pits bayous vs. pipelines
Posted:Wed, 22 Feb 2017 10:39:19 -0500
Jody Meche and his fellow crawfishermen are joining forces with environmentalists to protect southern Louisiana wetlands from the Bayou Bridge pipeline expansion, set to begin crude oil delivery later this year. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USVideoEnvironment/~3/3yhP86BpHDs/louisiana-fight-pits-bayous-vs-pipelines

Toshiba says not aware Westinghouse considering Chapter 11 filing
Posted:Fri, 24 Feb 2017 04:25:04 -0500
TOKYO (Reuters) – Toshiba Corp , responding to media reports, said on Friday it was not aware that its U.S. nuclear unit Westinghouse was considering filing for Chapter 11 protection from creditors – an option analysts say could jeopardize the entire group.

Wall Street edges higher to give Dow 11th straight record
Posted:Fri, 24 Feb 2017 20:11:43 -0500
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Wall Street edged higher on Friday, with the Dow extending its streak of record-setting gains to 11 days, as increases in utilities and other safety plays outweighed declines in financials.http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/businessNews/~3/G82DmnrFofs/us-usa-stocks-idUSKBN1631DO

Passengers walk through JFK checkpoint without being screened: NBC
Posted:Tue, 21 Feb 2017 04:45:34 -0500
(Reuters) – Eleven passengers walked through a security checkpoint without being screened before apparently boarding planes at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York on Monday, national media reported.

Kuwait could pay up to $60,000 for party at Trump Hotel in Washington
Posted:Sat, 25 Feb 2017 16:08:21 -0500
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Kuwaiti government could pay up to $60,000 to President Donald Trump’s hotel in Washington for a party on Saturday that will be an early test of Trump’s promise to turn over profits from such events to the U.S. Treasury.http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/gsIgXLquGcM/us-usa-trump-hotel-idUSKBN1640LE

Merkel says, on NATO spending target, commitments have to be met

Posted:Sat, 25 Feb 2017 05:32:29 -0500
STRALSUND, Germany (Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Saturday that Germany needed to fulfill its commitment to boost defense spending to meet NATO’s target of 2 percent of gross domestic 

North Korea evades sanctions with network of overseas companies: U.N. report 
Posted:Sat, 25 Feb 2017 01:03:44 -0500
(Reuters) – North Korea is evading international sanctions with a sophisticated network of overseas companies, enabled partly by its continued access to the international banking system, says a forthcoming United Nations report seen by Reuters. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/Qjx5VMRAv8U/us-northkorea-sanctions-un-idUSKBN164043

Dakota protesters regroup, plot resistance to other pipelines
Posted:Sat, 25 Feb 2017 06:08:15 -0500
CANNON BALL, N.D. (Reuters) – Opponents of the Dakota Access Pipeline who were pushed out of their protest camp this week have vowed to keep up efforts to stop the multibillion-dollar project and take the fight to other pipelines as well. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/domesticNews/~3/O-Ot4l_7E4A/us-north-dakota-pipeline-idUSKBN1640BH

Trump vows military build-up, hammers nationalist themes
Posted:Fri, 24 Feb 2017 20:07:17 -0500
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md./WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump said he would make a massive budget request for one of the “greatest military buildups in American history” on Friday in a feisty, campaign-style speech extolling robust nationalism to eager conservative activists. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/domesticNews/~3/6RrxiPtakWc/us-usa-trump-idUSKBN1630HH

Former Border Patrol officials question Trump plan to add agents
Posted:Fri, 24 Feb 2017 14:37:59 -0500
NEW YORK (Reuters) – A U.S. Department of Homeland Security plan to add more than 5,000 border enforcement agents will present logistical challenges and might be unnecessary, according to former government officials familiar with earlier pushes to accelerate border hiring. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/domesticNews/~3/huYFFm1C4es/us-usa-immigration-agents-idUSKBN163250

Trump asks NASA to explore putting crew on rocket’s debut flight
Posted:Fri, 24 Feb 2017 15:55:03 -0500
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) – The Trump administration has directed NASA to study whether it is feasible to fly astronauts on the debut flight of the agency’s heavy-lift rocket, a mission currently planned to be unmanned and targeted to launch in late 2018, officials said on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/domesticNews/~3/ldia3vpraM4/us-space-nasa-idUSKBN1632B2

Kansas man charged with killing Indian in possible hate crime
Posted:Fri, 24 Feb 2017 21:33:47 -0500
KANSAS CITY/NEW DELHI (Reuters) – A white U.S. Navy veteran has been charged with killing an engineer from India and wounding two other men when he opened fire in a Kansas bar in what federal authorities were investigating on Friday as a possible hate crime that shocked the victim’s home country. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/domesticNews/~3/_OMfGp1worQ/us-kansas-india-idUSKBN1630LZ

Trump attacks FBI on leakers of Russia reports: ‘FIND NOW’
Posted:Fri, 24 Feb 2017 16:05:07 -0500
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump criticized the FBI on Friday for failing to stop leaks of national security information to the media and directed the agency to find those who pass on classified information. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/domesticNews/~3/tNthy1hc3pk/us-usa-trump-fbi-idUSKBN1631GC

California governor proposes spending $437 million on aging dams, flood control
Posted:Fri, 24 Feb 2017 15:16:44 -0500
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) – California Governor Jerry Brown on Friday proposed spending $437 million for flood control and emergency response and preparedness, days after damage at the country’s tallest dam, located northeast of the state capital, led to the evacuation of nearly 200,000 people downstream. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/WTfZsnogNnw/us-california-dam-spending-idUSKBN1632CL

Trump to order reversal of Obama water regulation rule: official
Posted:Fri, 24 Feb 2017 16:48:51 -0500
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to sign a measure on Wednesday aimed at rescinding a major Obama administration water regulation and direct an end to the government’s defense of the rule, a Trump official briefed on the plan said on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/4CugvxAulFI/us-usa-waters-idUSKBN1632GX

Oklahoma regulator issues new directive to curb quakes
Posted:Fri, 24 Feb 2017 16:42:03 -0500
HOUSTON (Reuters) – Oklahoma’s oil and gas regulator on Friday issued a wider directive limiting future increases in wastewater disposal underground in another effort to address a rash of temblors that have occurred amid the shale boom. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/8aNNmD2w2pU/us-oklahoma-quakes-regulator-idUSKBN1632GH

Arrests among dwindling demonstrators as Dakota pipeline camp cleared
Posted:Fri, 24 Feb 2017 08:07:13 -0500
CANNON BALL, N.D. (Reuters) – Dozens of armed law enforcement officials swept through a protest camp near the site of the Dakota Access pipeline Thursday, clearing the camp that for months served as a base of opposition to the multi-billion dollar project. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/Q6fKVhexx0I/us-north-dakota-pipeline-idUSKBN16225M

EU ministers ‘bracing for battle’ on carbon market reform
Posted:Fri, 24 Feb 2017 10:12:22 -0500
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – EU environment ministers are bracing for a tough debate on Tuesday to find a compromise on reforms to the carbon market, EU sources said, with nations split over how to balance climate ambitions with protection for energy-intensive industry. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/uE534Re-iXQ/us-eu-carbon-idUSKBN1631SC

Scientists to test 50 coral reefs to seek ways to counter climate change
Posted:Thu, 23 Feb 2017 11:06:07 -0500
OSLO (Reuters) – Ocean scientists will pick 50 coral reefs worldwide to test ways to limit damage from climate change, pollution and over-fishing that threatens to wipe out 90 percent of all reefs by 2050, according to a plan launched on Thursday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/wFK-NS9b6W8/us-climatechange-corals-idUSKBN1621XF

California lawmakers release environmental bills in attempt to thwart Trump
Posted:Thu, 23 Feb 2017 18:26:30 -0500
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Democratic state senators in California on Thursday unveiled a series of bills designed to freeze in place Obama administration-era environmental regulations in the event the Trump administration moves to weaken them. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/PcAM5pg9Idw/us-usa-california-legislation-idUSKBN1622SM

Thousands of San Jose, California, residents allowed home after flooding
Posted:Thu, 23 Feb 2017 14:07:50 -0500
Reuters) – Some residents of San Jose in Northern California who were forced out this week by flooding from a rain-swollen creek returned on Thursday to find their homes stayed dry, but nearly 4,000 people were still under evacuation orders, officials said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/Hgwymz082rc/us-usa-weather-idUSKBN1622D2

Millions at risk from African famine worsened by Boko Haram: U.N.
Posted:Fri, 24 Feb 2017 09:08:45 -0500
OSLO (Reuters) – Aid agencies must get food to close to 3 million people by July to avert a famine in Africa’s Lake Chad region caused by drought, chronic poverty and Islamist insurgents Boko Haram, the United Nations said on Friday as it launched a funding appeal. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/uDPt_U_avrQ/us-nigeria-famine-idUSKBN1631F3

South Africa weather service says El Nino may return in spring
Posted:Fri, 24 Feb 2017 09:47:15 -0500
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – An El Nino weather pattern, which brought a scorching drought to southern Africa last year, could return in the spring which usually occurs from August to October, the South African Weather Service said on Friday.http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/TZls8iO_laI/us-safrica-weather-idUSKBN1631QQ

FCC chair to block stricter broadband data privacy rules
Posted:Fri, 24 Feb 2017 17:42:24 -0500
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Federal Communications Commission will block some Obama administration rules that subject broadband providers to stricter scrutiny than websites, a spokesman said on Friday, in a victory for internet providers such as AT&T Inc, Comcast Corp and Verizon Communications Inc. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/domesticNews/~3/j2BnoVc2qVA/us-usa-fcc-broadband-idUSKBN163222

Overhaul of Medicaid expansion could cost states $32 billion: report
Posted:Fri, 24 Feb 2017 17:51:48 -0500
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Proposals in Congress that would effectively end Medicaid expansion in 31 U.S. states would cost those states at least $32 billion altogether in 2019, according to a report released on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/domesticNews/~3/TyPJiGU2Gac/us-usa-obamacare-municipals-idUSKBN1632KN

Wisconsin man jailed for cutting off woman’s pinky finger: media
Posted:Sat, 25 Feb 2017 03:36:23 -0500
MILWAUKEE (Reuters) – A Wisconsin man was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison on Friday for cutting off a woman’s pinky finger with a machete and trying to close the wound with a blow torch during a ceremony for a fellow fan of a hip hop band, media reported. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/domesticNews/~3/LZNnfyv2m3E/us-wisconsin-crime-idUSKBN16406U

NAACP calls for boycott of North Carolina over voting, bathroom laws
Posted:Fri, 24 Feb 2017 17:44:16 -0500
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (Reuters) – The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People on Friday said it would not hold its convention in North Carolina and urged other organizations to boycott the state in protest of laws adopted by the Republican-led legislature. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/domesticNews/~3/DVsEOqPoGuQ/us-north-carolina-boycott-idUSKBN1632HV

Buffett scorns tricky Wall Street accounting, but defends buybacks
Posted:Sat, 25 Feb 2017 14:26:19 -0500
NEW YORK, Feb 25 (Reuters) – Billionaire investor Warren Buffett on Saturday attacked what he saw as tricks used by U.S. companies to boost earnings and stock prices, but he defended one oft-criticized practice: share buybacks.

Bitcoin hits record high above $1,200 on talk of ETF approval
Posted:Fri, 24 Feb 2017 06:21:21 -0500
LONDON (Reuters) – Digital currency bitcoin jumped to a record high above $1,200 on Friday, as investors speculated the first bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF) to be issued in the United States is set to receive regulatory approval.

Trump wants to make sure U.S. nuclear arsenal at ‘top of the pack’
Posted:Thu, 23 Feb 2017 19:22:24 -0500
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump said on Thursday he wants to ensure the U.S. nuclear arsenal is at the “top of the pack,” saying the United States has fallen behind in its weapons capacity.

Arrests among dwindling demonstrators as Dakota pipeline camp cleared
Posted:Thu, 23 Feb 2017 23:16:37 -0500
CANNON BALL, N.D. (Reuters) – Dozens of armed law enforcement officials swept through a protest camp near the site of the Dakota Access pipeline Thursday, clearing the camp that for months served as a base of opposition to the multi-billion dollar project.http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/domesticNews/~3/AmOFIGqx7mU/us-north-dakota-pipeline-idUSKBN16225M

Demonstrators vow face-off against North Dakota pipeline
Posted:Tue, 21 Feb 2017 16:34:54 -0500
(Reuters) – Protesters near the site of the Dakota Access pipeline are bracing for a stand-off with law enforcement as they face orders to evacuate a camp that has served as the base of their opposition to the multibillion-dollar project.

Firebrand Milo quits Breitbart News after child sex remarks 
Posted:Tue, 21 Feb 2017 17:11:30 -0500
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Provocative far-right commentator Milo Yiannopoulos resigned on Tuesday as a senior editor of the Breitbart News website after he was vilified and lost a book deal over comments that condoned certain intimate relations between men and young teenage boys. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/domesticNews/~3/qRzzH6jS1nE/us-usa-conservatives-yiannopoulos-idUSKBN1602LV

Denver defends release of illegal immigrant later charged in murder 
Posted:Tue, 21 Feb 2017 21:03:58 -0500
DENVER (Reuters) – The Denver Sheriff’s Department on Tuesday defended its release of an illegal immigrant after he posted bond on theft charges only to be arrested for murder weeks later, saying it had no authority to hold him.http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/domesticNews/~3/uEXgXAOGBTw/us-colorado-immigration-idUSKBN161077

Flood worries in Northern California after deadly storm hits south
Posted:Sun, 19 Feb 2017 17:09:07 -0500
(Reuters) – Large parts of Northern California were placed on a flood advisory on Sunday ahead of a storm system expected to bring heavy rain, wind and snow to the state, still cleaning up from a deadly storm that deluged Southern California two days ago.http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/domesticNews/~3/xTYqbDThi4k/us-usa-weather-idUSKBN15Y0WO

Wary of Trump unpredictability, China ramps up naval abilities
Posted:Sat, 25 Feb 2017 20:04:34 -0500
BEIJING (Reuters) – The PLA Navy is likely to secure significant new funding in China’s upcoming defense budget as Beijing seeks to check U.S. dominance of the high seas and step up its own projection of power around the globe.

One dead after man drives into crowd in Germany, no sign of terrorism: authorities
Posted:Sat, 25 Feb 2017 17:38:24 -0500
HEIDELBERG, Germany (Reuters) – A man died and two other people were injured after a 35-year-old German man drove into a crowd standing near a bakery in the southwestern town of Heidelberg on Saturday, but the authorities said there were no indications that it was a terrorist attack. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/YJ-lG0zqqa4/us-germany-attack-idUSKBN1640NW

Iraqi forces push deeper into western Mosul as civilians flee
Posted:Sat, 25 Feb 2017 12:16:20 -0500
MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) – U.S.-backed Iraqi forces pushed deeper into western Mosul on Saturday, advancing in several populated southern districts after punching through the defenses of Islamic State’s last major urban stronghold in Iraq a day earlier.

Malaysia declares airport safe for travel after nerve agent attack 
Posted:Sat, 25 Feb 2017 22:44:17 -0500
KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysia on Sunday declared its international airport a “safe zone” after completing a sweep of the terminal where the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was assaulted with a deadly chemical last week. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/OEMGy_GbBJg/us-northkorea-malaysia-kim-airport-idUSKBN16503I

Bombings, air strikes in Syria rattle Geneva peace talks 
Posted:Sat, 25 Feb 2017 17:08:26 -0500
GENEVA (Reuters) – A United Nations peace envoy said a militant attack in Syria on Saturday was a deliberate attempt to wreck peace talks in Geneva, while the warring sides traded blame and appeared no closer to actual negotiations.http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/r9sx8BPgszc/us-mideast-crisis-syria-idUSKBN16405J

Democrats pick Perez to lead party against Trump 
Posted:Sat, 25 Feb 2017 20:24:43 -0500
ATLANTA (Reuters) – U.S. Democrats elected former Labor Secretary Tom Perez as chairman on Saturday, choosing a veteran of the Obama administration to lead the daunting task of rebuilding the party and heading the opposition to Republican President Donald Trump. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/domesticNews/~3/dSLTdZVAsIQ/us-usa-politics-democrats-idUSKBN16404L

Drunken driver injures 28 at New Orleans Mardi Gras parade 
Posted:Sat, 25 Feb 2017 23:32:14 -0500
(Reuters) – A pickup truck driven by a man who appeared to be “highly intoxicated” plowed into a crowd of spectators watching the main Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans on Saturday, sending more than 20 people to the hospital, police said.http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/domesticNews/~3/VJvXllqh_50/us-new-orleans-parade-idUSKBN165019

Sunday 19 February 2017

Reportedly found at proposed nuclear site in Cumbria England, just went on display nearby. A viking or other museum would be oh so much better than a nuclear power station.
The hoard appears to be unusual in terms of Viking Hoards from the British Isles.” (Noon, S., 2014) CC-BY  The Portable Antiquities Scheme, 3 Feb. 2015  The period is early medieval Circa AD 850 
Date to Circa AD 950, found in August 2014 - Moorside site, Cumbria UK Viking Hoard
Image Creative Commons Attribution – Copyright: The Portable Antiquities Scheme, 3 Feb. 2015. The period is early medieval Circa AD 850 
Date to Circa AD 950, found in August 2014

See: https://mariannewildart.wordpress.com/2017/02/17/treasure-trove-on-the-ancient-greenfields-of-moorside/

Trump, Tillerson, and Elliott Abrams” by Christopher Brauchli: http://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/02/18/trump-tillerson-and-elliott-abrams

NYT: Pressure on Senate Intelligence Committee to Deliver on Russia Inquiry, Feb 15 2017 By Carl Hulse: http://www.warner.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/2017/2/nyt-pressure-on-senate-intelligence-committee-to-deliver-on-russia-inquiry

Trump’s Timeline with Russia: Stranger Than Fiction by Jud Lounsbury

Note that Reuters appears to have cancelled the environment, energy, and basic material feeds, excepting videos on the environment. However, some still appear under Business, etc. Advertisements on the videos are to help Reuters.

Reuters News Feed Selection (mostly) from the Past Week

Toshiba shares slide 10 percent after $6.3 billion writedown
Posted:Wed, 15 Feb 2017 05:47:41 +0530
TOKYO (Reuters) – Shares of Toshiba Corp tumbled 10 percent on Wednesday morning after the electronics conglomerate said it would book a $6.3 billion hit to its U.S. nuclear unit, a writedown that wipes out its shareholder equity.

Congo probes video showing apparent massacre by soldiers
Posted:Sat, 18 Feb 2017 13:43:31 +0000
KINSHASA (Reuters) – Democratic Republic of Congo’s government said on Saturday it was investigating a video that appears to show Congolese troops shooting dead a group of apparent militia members armed with slingshots and wooden batons. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/AFRICATopNews/~3/ToVD2pD4J-8/idAFKBN15X0FK

U.S. inquiries into Russian election hacking include three FBI probes
Posted:Sat, 18 Feb 2017 13:11:36 -0500
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation is pursuing at least three separate probes relating to alleged Russian hacking of the U.S. presidential elections, according to five current and former government officials with direct knowledge of the situation.

Rheinmetall, Raytheon to cooperate in defence technology
Posted:Fri, 17 Feb 2017 06:08:03 -0500
FRANKFURT (Reuters) – German and U.S. defence groups Rheinmetall and Raytheon have signed a memorandum of understanding to cooperate globally on defence technology, they said in a joint statement on Friday.http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/technologyNews/~3/mXhO-40xwU8/us-rheinmetall-raytheon-cooperation-idUSKBN15W0UH

BRIEF-Scana receives reaffirmation from Westinghouse regarding completion of new nuclear project Posted:Tue, 14 Feb 2017 17:21:00 -0500
* Scana Corp – Scana receives reaffirmation from westinghouse regarding completion of VC Summer new nuclear project http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/companyNews/~3/DqtnxnsYIGg/idUSFWN1FZ17M

S&P downgrade warning sends Toshiba shares falling
Posted:Fri, 17 Feb 2017 05:27:40 -0500
TOKYO (Reuters) – S&P Global Inc said in a report on Friday it could cut its rating of Toshiba Corp credit by several notches should the Japanese firm receive financial support that includes debt restructuring, sending Toshiba stock down 9 percent.

Fire extinguished after explosion at Torrance, California, oil refinery: police
Posted:Sat, 18 Feb 2017 12:20:52 -0500
(Reuters) – Firefighters have extinguished a blaze at a Torrance, California, oil refinery after an early morning explosion, police said on Saturday.

Former CEO of South Africa’s Eskom nominated to parliament as ANC
Posted:Fri, 17 Feb 2017 17:39:26 +0000
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – The former chief executive of South Africa’s state power firm Eskom, Brian Molefe, has been nominated to parliament as a member of the ruling ANC after resigning in November over allegations of influence peddling. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/AFRICATopNews/~3/I4gG2rUNjzQ/idAFKBN15W1ZU

Six South Africans killed at naval base after sewer gas leak
Posted:Fri, 17 Feb 2017 13:44:49 +0000
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Six South African men, including three soldiers, died on Friday when they were overcome by methane gas leaking from a sewer at a naval base in Durban, a navy spokesman said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/AFRICATopNews/~3/Br2u9iBg6tE/idAFKBN15W1G9

Meeting Israel’s Netanyahu, Trump backs away from commitment to Palestinian state
Posted:Wed, 15 Feb 2017 19:19:41 -0500
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump on Wednesday dropped a U.S. commitment to a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, a longstanding bedrock of Middle East policy, even as he urged Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to curb settlement construction.

Putin orders Russia to recognize documents issued in rebel-held east Ukraine
Posted:Sat, 18 Feb 2017 11:33:54 -0500
MOSCOW (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin ordered Russian authorities on Saturday to temporarily recognize civil registration documents issued in separatist-held areas of eastern Ukraine, the Kremlin said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/np3u7b81-3Q/us-ukraine-crisis-russia-documents-idUSKBN15X0KR

Expect more fake news from Russia, top NATO general says
Posted:Sat, 18 Feb 2017 08:21:38 -0500
MUNICH (Reuters) – Russia was behind a false report of a rape by German soldiers in Lithuania that was intended to undermine support for NATO’s new eastern force, a senior NATO general said on Saturday, warning Europe to expect more such “fake news”.http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/fhWkfluYS0w/us-germany-security-russia-nato-idUSKBN15X08V

UPDATE 4-TransCanada files Keystone XL route application in Nebraska
Posted:Thu, 16 Feb 2017 18:04:08 -0500
* TransCanada to refresh Keystone’s $8 bln cost estimate this year

NY Times says Trump campaign had repeated contact with Russian intelligence
Posted:Wed, 15 Feb 2017 09:19:50 +0530
(Reuters) – Phone records and intercepted calls show that members of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and other Trump associates had repeated contacts with senior Russian intelligence officials in the year before the election, the New York Times reported on Tuesday, citing four current and former U.S. officials.

Former U.S. Justice Department official warns Europe on election hacking
Posted:Thu, 16 Feb 2017 07:55:33 +0530
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – A former Justice Department official who served in the Obama administration said European countries must be willing to respond forcefully to efforts by Russia or others to use cyber attacks to meddle in their elections, saying the U.S. response fell short.

U.S. commander expects tough battle in western Mosul
Posted:Thu, 16 Feb 2017 05:59:52 +0530
NORTH OF MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) – Islamic State will put up a tough fight in the western side Mosul that remains under its control despite the losses the group suffered so far in the battle for the Iraqi, a U.S. commander said on Wednesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/INworldNews/~3/BIHtAUGnPEE/mideast-crisis-iraq-usa-artillery-idINKBN15U2FH

U.S. lawmakers push for answers on Trump team’s Russia ties
Posted:Thu, 16 Feb 2017 06:49:49 +0530
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A crisis over the relationship between President Donald Trump’s aides and Russia deepened on Wednesday as a growing number of Trump’s fellow Republicans demanded expanded congressional inquiries into the matter. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/INworldNews/~3/BVuMmtwlNtY/usa-trump-idINKBN15U1UR

U.S. House tax panel will not seek Trump tax returns: lawmaker
Posted:Mon, 13 Feb 2017 23:23:40 -0500
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A congressional tax oversight committee will not seek U.S. President Donald Trump’s tax returns despite calls from Democrats for a review to determine possible business ties to foreign countries including Russia, the panel’s Republican chairman said on Monday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/gKJGKL7FGcQ/us-usa-trump-tax-returns-idUSKBN15S2GZ

Trump blasts ‘criminal’ leaks by intelligence agencies, calls Flynn ‘wonderful’
Posted:Thu, 16 Feb 2017 05:34:14 +0530
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday assailed what he said were illegal and “criminal” leaks from U.S. intelligence agencies in the controversy over contacts with Russian officials that forced his national security adviser Michael Flynn to resign. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/INworldNews/~3/za6CVmtZZm0/usa-trump-flynn-idINKBN15U2CF

Trump national security aide Flynn resigns over Russian contacts
Posted:Mon, 13 Feb 2017 23:31:05 -0500
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump’s national security adviser, Michael Flynn, resigned late on Monday under scrutiny over whether he discussed the possibility of lifting U.S. sanctions on Russia before Trump took office. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/domesticNews/~3/qPM1CtOr41g/us-usa-trump-flynn-idUSKBN15S0BR

Trump’s team in disarray, U.S. Senator McCain tells Europe
Posted:Sat, 18 Feb 2017 04:40:20 +0530
MUNICH, Germany (Reuters) – Republican Senator John McCain broke with the reassuring message that U.S. officials visiting Germany have sought to convey on their debut trip to Europe, saying on Friday that the administration of President Donald Trump was in “disarray”. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/INworldNews/~3/F_XMxw3W-S8/germany-security-usa-idINKBN15W1LU

India still keen to buy Westinghouse reactors despite Toshiba meltdown
Posted:Fri, 17 Feb 2017 23:21:59 +0530
NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India does not expect fallout from the financial meltdown at Toshiba Corp to halt plans to buy six nuclear reactors from the Japanese company’s U.S. nuclear unit Westinghouse, a senior government official told Reuters on Friday.

Scientists claim existence of drowned Pacific Ocean continent
Posted:Sat, 18 Feb 2017 11:30:39 +0530
SYDNEY (Reuters) – A continent two-thirds the size of Australia has been found beneath the south-west Pacific Ocean, scientists reported in the journal of the Geological Society of America.http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/INtopNews/~3/z2Q5yuLmW8I/new-zealand-continent-idINKBN15X046

After night in cell, Samsung scion taken for questioning
Posted:Sat, 18 Feb 2017 11:54:49 +0530
SEOUL (Reuters) – Handcuffed and tied with white rope, the scion of one of the world’s biggest conglomerates, Samsung Group, was taken on Saturday for questioning by South Korean authorities after spending a night in a small detention cell.

Samsung chief Lee arrested as South Korean corruption probe deepens
Posted:Fri, 17 Feb 2017 03:27:44 -0500
SEOUL (Reuters) – Samsung Group chief Jay Y. Lee was arrested on Friday over his alleged role in a corruption scandal rocking the highest levels of power in South Korea, dealing a fresh blow to the technology giant and standard-bearer for Asia’s fourth-largest economy.http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/businessNews/~3/UL1TtzrY1WU/us-southkorea-politics-samsung-group-idUSKBN15V2RD

Ex-Wall St banker gets 3 years prison for insider trading
Posted:Fri, 17 Feb 2017 17:03:56 -0500
NEW YORK (Reuters) – A former Wall Street investment banker was sentenced to three years in prison on Friday after he was convicted of engaging in insider trading by repeatedly tipping his father off to unannounced healthcare mergers.

U.S. infrastructure legislation back on Congress’ radar
Posted:Fri, 17 Feb 2017 16:59:38 -0500
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump’s pledge to bring massive investments in U.S. infrastructure projects showed new signs of life on Friday after lying dormant for weeks, as leading Republican lawmakers said proposals from the administration could be in the offing.

Wilders at Dutch campaign launch vows to crack down on ‘Moroccan scum’
Posted:Sat, 18 Feb 2017 11:15:52 -0500
SPIJKENISSE, Netherlands (Reuters) – Dutch anti-Muslim, anti-EU party leader Geert Wilders promised to crack down on “Moroccan scum” who he said were making the streets unsafe and urged the Dutch to “regain” their country as he launched his election campaign on Saturday.

Battle in west Mosul could see siege, mass displacement: U.N.
Posted:Sat, 18 Feb 2017 10:52:13 -0500
ERBIL, Iraq (Reuters) – Iraq’s U.S.-backed offensive against Islamic State in western Mosul could displace up to 400,000 civilians and involve a siege in the densely populated old city, the United Nations’ Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq said on Saturday.http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/Nxh3kALlbeE/us-mideast-crisis-mosul-aid-idUSKBN15X0JO

Aoun: Israeli threats to Lebanese sovereignty will meet ‘appropriate response’
Posted:Sat, 18 Feb 2017 12:02:05 -0500
BEIRUT (Reuters) – Lebanese President Michel Aoun said on Saturday that any Israeli attempt to violate Lebanon’s sovereignty would be met with the “appropriate response”, in a statement released by his office.http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/99cg-bNezz0/us-lebanon-israel-aoun-idUSKBN15X0KY

Nigeria signals normality by putting Buhari’s deputy in charge
Posted:Fri, 17 Feb 2017 14:46:58 +0000
LAGOS (Reuters) – Nigeria’s deputy leader is making wide use of powers granted by President Muhammadu Buhari, who is on extended sick leave abroad, as the country seeks to avoid a debilitating power vacuum while it confronts its first recession in 25 years. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/AFRICATopNews/~3/wGCbQylDAiY/idAFKBN15W1LE

Head of South Sudan’s military courts resigns, rebukes government
Posted:Sat, 18 Feb 2017 11:37:31 +0000
NAIROBI (Reuters) – The head of South Sudan’s military courts has resigned, saying high-level interference made it impossible to discipline soldiers accused of rape and murder amid the nation’s civil war, according to a letter seen by Reuters on Saturday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/AFRICATopNews/~3/rJawGTrUgLI/idAFKBN15X0BC

Multiple suicide bombing targets Nigerian refugees, Boko Haram blamed
Posted:Fri, 17 Feb 2017 10:41:52 +0000
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (Reuters) – Seven suspected Boko Haram militants blew themselves on the outskirts of a northeast Nigerian city on Friday, a local aid agency said, in an attack witnesses said targeted refugees preparing to return to their home villages.http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/AFRICATopNews/~3/Q5sW7u1eFxY/idAFKBN15W10B

Tanzanian start-up turns urban waste into “plastic lumber”
Posted:Sat, 18 Feb 2017 07:33:51 +0000
DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – A young Tanzanian entrepreneur is turning the country’s mounting plastic waste into “lumber” to help meet demand for housing in its growing cities, in an effort to reduce depletion of forests. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/AFRICATopNews/~3/gV0gucyVxiA/idAFKBN15X05L

Some 500 migrants cross border into Spanish enclave of Ceuta
Posted:Fri, 17 Feb 2017 13:13:30 +0000
MADRID (Reuters) – Around 500 sub-Saharan African migrants crossed the fenced border surrounding Spain’s North African enclave of Ceuta from Morocco early on Friday, emergency services said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/AFRICATopNews/~3/VIvPvyL7doE/idAFKBN15W1DD

Powerful Angolan VP charged with corruption in Portugal
Posted:Fri, 17 Feb 2017 07:30:15 +0000
LISBON (Reuters) – Angolan Vice President Manuel Vicente had been charged in Portugal with corruption and money laundering, the Prosecutor General’s office in Lisbon said on Thursday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/AFRICATopNews/~3/biwEwrwjxOM/idAFKBN15W0LM

South Africa’s Zuma returns land expropriation bill to parliament
Posted:Fri, 17 Feb 2017 10:43:16 +0000
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South African President Jacob Zuma has referred a bill allowing state expropriation of land back to parliament because lawmakers failed to facilitate adequate public participation, the presidency said on Friday.

U.S. Secret Service director stepping down
Posted:Tue, 14 Feb 2017 13:44:13 -0500
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy plans to step down next month, the agency said on Tuesday, two years after he took charge of the agency following high-profile security lapses by the service responsible for protecting the president. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/domesticNews/~3/achoka7Ud-8/us-usa-trump-secretservice-idUSKBN15T2J0

Native tribes seek judgment against Army Corps over Dakota Access
Posted:Tue, 14 Feb 2017 20:21:55 -0500
(Reuters) – The Native American tribes looking to stop the Dakota Access pipeline asked a judge to find that the Army Corps violated federal regulations when it recently granted the last permit needed for the project to be finished, according to a Tuesday court filing.http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/domesticNews/~3/uwY3B91wYlI/us-north-dakota-pipeline-idUSKBN15U056

Evacuees from California dam allowed home even as storms near
Posted:Tue, 14 Feb 2017 22:05:26 -0500
OROVILLE, Calif. (Reuters) – Californians who were ordered to evacuate due to a threat from the tallest dam in the United States can now return home after state crews working around the clock reinforced a drainage channel that was weakened by heavy rain.http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/domesticNews/~3/LptGkL1v830/us-california-dam-idUSKBN15S04W

Trump knew for weeks that aide was being misleading over Russia: White House
Posted:Tue, 14 Feb 2017 22:02:37 -0500
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump knew for weeks that national security adviser Michael Flynn had misled the White House about his contacts with Russia but did not immediately force him out, an administration spokesman said on Tuesday.http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/domesticNews/~3/fYI_1D3tx3o/us-usa-trump-flynn-idUSKBN15T226

Mexican prisons stand idle 
Posted:Fri, 17 Feb 2017 12:16:05 -0500 
Mexico’s former president Felipe Calderon’s government had planned to open 15 prisons. But years later, four of them stand only partially built or are still not open as the drug wars contract. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USVideoWorldNews/~3/8BWDB1nqI0U/mexican-prisons-stand-idle

Car parks could become ‘lungs of the city’
Posted:Fri, 27 Jan 2017 05:14:00 -0500
Sucking polluted air out of car parks can lead to significant reductions in the presence of deadly fine particles in the atmosphere, says a Dutch company. It has joined forces with university researchers to simulate how mobile air purification units could help car parks and municipal buildings act as “lungs of the city”. Jim Drury reports. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USVideoEnvironment/~3/xVxCcrP4Fio/car-parks-could-become-lungs-of-the-city

Philippines invasive plant could fuel the country’s kitchens
Posted:Tue, 31 Jan 2017 07:15:00 -0500
A Philippines start-up company is converting a pesky invasive water lily blamed for causing flooding, into fuel, hoping to turn a pest into an eco-friendly alternative to regular charcoal. Stuart McDill reports. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USVideoEnvironment/~3/6-b5II3dBOk/philippines-invasive-plant-could-fuel-th

‘Super grass’ could improve farming, help fracking alternative
Posted:Wed, 01 Feb 2017 07:39:00 -0500
A biodiverse ‘herbal lay’ can help improve farming by restoring soil biology, say researchers. This nutrient-rich grass is also the perfect feed stock for so-called ‘green gas’ power plants, as Matthew Stock reports. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USVideoEnvironment/~3/mcr3h_wjGbc/super-grass-could-improve-farming-help-f

Record-breaking solar panels could slash power costs
Posted:Tue, 07 Feb 2017 05:00:00 -0500
Solar panels that use microtracking technology to almost double the yield achieved by current sun-powered technology have been developed by a start-up offshoot of Switzerland’s EPFL. Jim Drury reports.

Tropical leaves could reduce cow emissions
Posted:Tue, 07 Feb 2017 16:31:00 -0500
Mexican researchers discover that tropical leaves could reduce methane emissions in cows, a major contributor to climate change. Bob Mezan reports.

At least two dead as winter storm rocks New England
Posted:Mon, 13 Feb 2017 20:15:36 -0500
Two men died in separate incidents in Massachusetts after being struck by snowplows as New England began cleaning up from a severe winter storm that caused hundreds of accidents. Jillian Kitchener reports.

Second blizzard takes aim at New England
Posted:Mon, 13 Feb 2017 07:50:00 -0500
The Northeast is bracing for a second winter storm that could dump more than a foot of snow, just days after blizzard conditions pummeled the region. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

A decades-long running solar-powered water maker
Posted:Tue, 14 Feb 2017 04:37:00 -0500
A Dutch artist and inventor develops a solar-powered water maker with no moving parts and says he expects it to run for decades. Roselle Chen reports.

Despite protests and court order, Trump’s EPA pick is confirmed
Posted:Fri, 17 Feb 2017 14:12:08 -0500
The U.S. Senate on Friday confirmed Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt as head of the Environmental Protection Agency, despite major pushback from nearly 800 former officials and an all-night session by Senate Democrats to delay his confirmation vote.http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USVideoEnvironment/~3/Shg2CINgUo4/despite-protests-and-court-order-trumps

Pruitt sworn in as new EPA chief
Posted:Fri, 17 Feb 2017 19:27:00 -0500
Director of Environmental Protection Agency Scott Pruitt is sworn in by Justice Samuel Alito after the U.S. Senate confirms him over the objections of Democrats and environmentalists worried he will gut the agency. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

With greetings from Trump, Pence says U.S. committed to Europe
Posted:Sat, 18 Feb 2017 20:13:00 -0500
MUNICH (Reuters) – U.S. Vice President Mike Pence on Saturday brought a message of support for Europe from Donald Trump, but failed to wholly reassure allies worried about the new president’s stance on Russia and the European Union.

West Mosul residents told battle is imminent as Iraqi forces begin moving
Posted:Sat, 18 Feb 2017 16:50:53 -0500
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraqi planes dropped millions of leaflets on the western side of Mosul warning residents that the battle to dislodge Islamic State is imminent as troops began moving in their direction, the Defence Ministry said on Saturday.

U.S. carrier group patrols in tense South China Sea
Posted:Sat, 18 Feb 2017 21:09:55 -0500
BANGKOK (Reuters) – A United States aircraft carrier strike group has begun patrols in the South China Sea amid growing tension with China over control of the disputed waterway and concerns it could become a flashpoint under the new U.S. administration. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/0dHQ-903HtI/us-southchinasea-china-usa-idUSKBN15Y010

UK officials think Russia behind Montenegro plot: Sunday Telegraph
Posted:Sat, 18 Feb 2017 20:12:01 -0500
LONDON (Reuters) – British officials believe Russian authorities were behind a plot in October to kill Montenegro’s pro-Western prime minister, the Sunday Telegraph newspaper reported, citing senior British government sources. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/BzXLFu-3Vqg/us-montenegro-election-britain-idUSKBN15Y00R

China says understands South Korean need for security, still opposes missiles
Posted:Sat, 18 Feb 2017 21:46:19 -0500
BEIJING (Reuters) – China understands South Korea’s need to protect its security but Seoul still needs to respect Beijing’s concerns about the deployment of an advanced U.S. anti-missile system, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told his South Korean counterpart. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/CQhGwolQxbw/us-china-southkorea-missiles-idUSKBN15Y01Z

Powers push for ceasefire, weapons withdrawal in eastern Ukraine
Posted:Sat, 18 Feb 2017 13:56:00 -0500
MUNICH (Reuters) – Germany, France, Russia and Ukraine agreed on Saturday to use their influence to implement a ceasefire and the withdrawal of heavy weapons from Monday in eastern Ukraine. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/GKuy_H7pRl4/us-ukraine-crisis-idUSKBN15X0JI

Malaysia arrests North Korean man as row over Kim Jong Nam’s death escalates
Posted:Sat, 18 Feb 2017 07:43:33 -0500
KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysian police said on Saturday they had arrested a North Korean man in connection with the murder of the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, as a diplomatic spat over his body escalated. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/KUuSTNnB_nY/us-northkorea-malaysia-kim-idUSKBN15W0U9

France warns the United States against the weakening of Europe: JDD
Posted:Sat, 18 Feb 2017 20:30:48 -0500
PARIS (Reuters) – Any U.S. attempt to divide Europeans is doomed to fail as Washington lacks the capacity to offset the benefits the European Union offers its members, French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said in an interview with newspaper Journal du Dimanche on Sunday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/Fqh90aKZl_4/us-france-ayrault-idUSKBN15Y014

Syrian forces attack rebel-held areas of Homs, Deraa, Damacus: monitors
Posted:Sat, 18 Feb 2017 15:08:26 -0500
BEIRUT (Reuters) – Syrian warplanes bombarded a besieged rebel-held district of Homs, southern Deraa and insurgent areas in Damascus’s outskirts on Saturday in what appeared to be intensifying assaults in the west of the country, monitors said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/I-jHGnWQH5A/us-argentina-venezuela-idUSKBN15X0SA

‘Venezuela is not a democracy’ Argentina’s Macri tells Spanish media
Posted:Sat, 18 Feb 2017 17:12:39 -0500
BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – Argentina’s President Mauricio Macri used some of his harshest language yet against Venezuela’s socialist government in comments to Spanish media published on Saturday ahead of his trip to Madrid.http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/I-jHGnWQH5A/us-argentina-venezuela-idUSKBN15X0SA

Panama detains Mossack Fonseca founders on corruption charges
Posted:Sat, 11 Feb 2017 19:03:04 -0500
PANAMA CITY (Reuters) – The two founders of Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca were arrested on Saturday, the attorney general’s office said, after both were indicted on charges of money-laundering in a case allegedly tied to a wide-ranging corruption scandal in Brazil. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/g93lCFKFqOM/us-panama-corruption-odebrecht-idUSKBN15Q0TK

Trump and Japan’s Abe take a swing at golf diplomacy
Posted:Sat, 11 Feb 2017 22:06:55 -0500
JUPITER, Florida (Reuters) – President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe hit the links on Saturday, as the two leaders looked to forge a bond over a round of golf diplomacy. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/NVx115BVi7o/us-usa-trump-japan-idUSKBN15Q0JN

North Korea tests ballistic missile; U.S. to avoid escalation
Posted:Sun, 12 Feb 2017 00:59:51 -0500
SEOUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – North Korea fired a ballistic missile into the sea early on Sunday, the first such test since U.S. President Donald Trump was elected, and his administration indicated that Washington would have a calibrated response to avoid escalating tensions. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/UzBUiaw4y74/us-northkorea-missiles-idUSKBN15Q0TE