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Johnson & Johnson hit with $247 million verdict in hip implant trial

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 12:27pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A federal jury in Dallas on Thursday ordered Johnson & Johnson and its DePuy Orthopaedics unit to pay $247 million to six patients who said they were injured by defective Pinnacle hip implants.

Trump elephant trophy-hunting move sparks stampede of outrage

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 12:23pm
(Reuters) - Conservation groups decried U.S. President Donald Trump's decision this week to allow trophy hunters who kill elephants in two African countries to bring home the endangered animals' tusks or other body parts as trophies.

Billionaire founder of Insys pleads not guilty to opioid bribe scheme

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 12:05pm
BOSTON (Reuters) - The billionaire founder of drugmaker Insys Therapeutics Inc pleaded not guilty to charges that he participated in a scheme to bribe doctors to prescribe a fentanyl-based spray intended for cancer patients.

U.S. industrial output surges as hurricane-related disruptions fade

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 11:14am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. industrial production recorded its biggest increase in six months in October as the drag from hurricane-related disruptions unwound, but the underlying growth trend in output at the nation's factories, mines and utility plants remained moderate.

IBM urged to avoid working on 'extreme vetting' of U.S. immigrants

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 9:52am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A coalition of rights groups launched an online petition on Thursday urging IBM Corp to declare that it will not develop technology to help the Trump administration carry out a proposal to identify people for visa denial and deportation from the United States.

U.S. jobless claims unexpectedly rise; import prices up modestly

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 8:17am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits unexpectedly rose last week in part as a backlog of applications from Puerto Rico continued to be processed, but the underlying trend pointed to tightening labor market conditions.

Trump acknowledges thanks from UCLA players released from China

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 8:08am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday acknowledged the thanks he received from three UCLA basketball players who had been detained in China for shoplifting and were released after he raised the case with his Chinese counterpart.

Rights groups pressure IBM to renounce interest in Trump's 'extreme vetting'

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 7:35am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A coalition of rights groups launched an online petition on Thursday urging IBM Corp to renounce a Trump administration proposal to use technology to identify people for visa denial and deportation from the United States.

Billionaire founder of Insys to plead not guilty to opioid bribe scheme

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 5:17am
BOSTON (Reuters) - The billionaire founder of Insys Therapeutics Inc was expected to appear in federal court in Boston on Thursday to plead not guilty to charges that he participated in a scheme to bribe doctors to prescribe a fentanyl-based cancer pain drug.

Convicted mass killer Charles Manson hospitalized in California: report

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 11:23pm
(Reuters) - Charles Manson, the cult leader who sent followers known as the "Manson Family" out to commit gruesome murders, shattering the peace-and-love ethos of the 1960s hippie era in California, has been hospitalized, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Record number of Americans forecast to travel over Thanksgiving weekend: AAA

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 11:16pm
(Reuters) - Travelers will hit the roads, rails and skies this Thanksgiving holiday in their largest numbers in more than a decade, lured by cheap plane tickets and a growing economy, the nation's largest motor advocacy group said.

Origins of 2014 militia showdown with U.S. agents recounted in Nevada court

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 9:00pm
LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - Nevada cattleman Cliven Bundy repeatedly rebuffed overtures to settle a range-land dispute with the U.S. government that festered for years, leading to the armed standoff that landed him in jail, a prosecution witness testified on Wednesday.

Two more women accuse Senate candidate Moore of sexual misconduct

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 8:58pm
(Reuters) - Two more women came forward on Wednesday with allegations of sexual misconduct against embattled Republican U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore, one accusing him of groping her and the other of forcing a kiss on her when she was about 18.

Federal judge limits St. Louis police conduct during protests

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 8:38pm
(Reuters) - A federal judge ruled Wednesday that St. Louis police cannot shut down non-violent demonstrations and employ chemical agents to punish protesters, dealing a victory to a civil liberties group that challenged the police response to protests.

Da Vinci portrait of Christ sells for record $450.3 million in New York

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 8:36pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Leonardo da Vinci's portrait of Christ "Salvator Mundi" sold for a record-smashing $450.3 million on Wednesday at Christie's in New York -- more than double the old mark for any work of art at auction.

Sixth woman accuses U.S. Senate candidate Moore of sexual misconduct

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 6:53pm
(Reuters) - A sixth woman came forward on Wednesday with allegations of sexual misconduct against embattled Republican U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore, accusing him of groping her while she was in his Alabama law office on legal business in 1991, when he was married.

AT&T reports some U.S. customers unable to make wireless calls

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 6:48pm
(Reuters) - AT&T Inc on Wednesday said that some U.S. customers were not able to make wireless calls but that restarting their cellphones would fix the issue.

Televisa, Globo paid FIFA bribes for 2026/2030 World Cup rights: trial witness

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 6:31pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A prosecution witness in the corruption trial of three former soccer officials testified on Wednesday that Mexico's Grupo Televisa and Brazil's Globo took part in a $15 million bribe to a FIFA executive to secure media rights to the 2026 and 2030 World Cup tournaments.

Florida city to say goodbye to streets named for Confederate generals

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 6:25pm
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (Reuters) - Three streets in Hollywood, Florida named for Confederate generals were changed to Freedom, Hope and Liberty, the city's commission voted on Wednesday.

In post-Asia trip speech, Trump makes news ... with water

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 5:46pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump went on television on Wednesday to recap his just-completed trip abroad, but it was his pause to refresh that ended up making news.

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