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US senator Al Franken apologises after grope allegation
November 17, 2017
The Democrat posed with his hands over a sleeping woman's breasts, but he disputes her other claim.
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Corruption trial of Senator Menendez ends in mistrial
November 17, 2017
(Reuters) - The corruption trial of New Jersey's Democratic U.S. Senator Bob Menendez ended in a mistrial on Thursday, after the jury said it was hopelessly deadlocked on bribery, fraud and other charges.
One in three U.S. adults to avoid talking politics over holiday season: Reuters/Ipsos poll
November 17, 2017
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Americans will sit down next week for what has become a holiday tradition in the United States: tiptoeing through a turkey dinner without mentioning the president.
Ohio State suspends sorority, fraternity activities amid probes
November 17, 2017
(Reuters) - Ohio State University has suspended all sorority and fraternity activities citing investigations into hazing and alcohol abuse involving some chapters, joining a growing list of U.S. schools that have taken similar steps.
Tennessee man accidentally shoots self, wife during church gun-violence chat
November 17, 2017
(Reuters) - An 81-year-old Tennessee man, who said he carried a gun everywhere, accidentally shot himself and his wife during a conversation in church about gun violence at houses of worship, a police chief said on Friday.
White House seeks another $44 billion in hurricane aid
November 17, 2017
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said on Friday it had it asked Congress for $44 billion in supplemental disaster assistance to help those affected by recent hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico, Texas, Florida and the Virgin Islands.
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The Echo: Roy Moore, the House Tax Bill and Uranium One
November 17, 2017
Senate candidate Roy Moore's alleged misconduct competed with tax reform for the public's attention.
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Friday's Campaign Round-Up, 11.17.17
November 17, 2017
Today's installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
Why tax reform may not fix the economy
November 17, 2017
Author Brian Klaas discusses the GOP tax reform plan with MSNBC's Stephanie Ruhle and why it may not fix the economy.
Are we close to botching the #MeToo movement?
November 17, 2017
Following allegations of sexual misconduct against Senator Al Franken, an article in the Daily Beast asks if we are close to botching the #MeToo movement.
Why the White House's 'welfare reform'...
November 17, 2017
Donald Trump keeps emphasizing his interest in "welfare reform," but the White House's definition of the phrase may not be what you think it is.
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USA • Business
Uber investor Bill Gurley: My firm was 'on the right side of history' for ousting Travis Kalanick
November 17, 2017
Bill Gurley is a general partner at Benchmark, a major investor in retail start-up Stitch Fix, which went public on Friday.
Most Americans say Trump and GOP are responsible for future problems with Obamacare, poll finds
November 17, 2017
Obamacare is seen favorably by 50 percent of Americans, and unfavorably by 46 percent, according to a Kaiser poll.

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Apple delays HomePod speaker until 2018
November 17, 2017
Apple's addition to the speaker wars won't be in consumers' hands in time for the holidays
Stitch Fix IPO off to a highly stylish start
November 17, 2017
Analysts are optimistic, seeing the subscription clothing service as a more profitable way to sell apparel
Tesla unveils its first electric semi-tractor-trailer
November 17, 2017
Also takes wraps off updated version of its first sports car, the Roadster; semi will have 500 mile range, company says
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Markets Right Now: US stocks mostly lower at midday
November 17, 2017
The latest on developments in financial markets (All times local): 9:35 a.m.
Apple pushes launch of HomePod smart speaker to early 2018
November 17, 2017
Apple Inc has pushed the launch of its HomePod smart speaker to early next year from December, the company said on Friday.
After Bonn: where next for the global climate caravan?
November 17, 2017
As negotiations at the global climate conference in Bonn, Germany, draw to a close Friday, here's a look at which steps will be taken in the coming years to further international efforts to curb global warming: — Dec. 12, 2017: French President Emmanuel Macron has invited more than 100 world leaders to Paris for the second anniversary of the landmark climate accord forged in the city in 2015.
Will drivers pay more at the pump this Thanksgiving
November 17, 2017
Gasoline prices are already hovering around a three-year high and with more Americans expected to hit the roads this Thanksgiving, will prices spike?
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Comcast, Verizon approached Twenty-First Century Fox to buy assets: sources
November 16, 2017
News comes after reports that Fox held talks to sell most of its film and cable television assets to Disney
Gap results beat estimates on turnaround efforts
November 16, 2017
Shares of the company rose 5 per cent to $28.87 after market
U.S. industrial output surges as hurricane-related disruptions fade
November 16, 2017
Other data on Thursday showed an unexpected rise in new filings for unemployment benefits last week in part because of the processing of a backlog of applications from Puerto Rico
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USA • Markets
How GE Can Win Back Investors
November 17, 2017
A strong market for industrial assets gives GE a chance to win investors back after the company’s dividend cut.
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Elephants have legal rights too: Animal rights group
November 17, 2017
Elephants have legal rights too: Animal rights group

U.S. to allow import elephant trophies

Fox Business Briefs: 11/17/17
November 17, 2017
Fox Business Briefs: 11/17/17

House passes their version of the GOP tax plan.

Old Homestead offers $76K Thanksgiving dinner
November 17, 2017
Old Homestead offers $76K Thanksgiving dinner

Expensive Thanksgiving dinner

Forex Markets
Canada: Consumer Price Index, October 2017
November 17, 2017
The Consumer Price Index (CPI) increased 1.4% on a year-over-year basis in October, following a 1.6%
U.S. Home Starts Reach Highest Level in a Year, Permits Rise
November 17, 2017
U.S. new-home construction rebounded in October to the fastest pace in a year, partly reflecting recovery
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Modest Weakness Remains Visible On Wall Street - U.S. Commentary
November 17, 2017
After moving lower early in the session, stocks continue to see modest weakness in mid-day trading on Friday. Selling pressure has remained relatively subdued, however, limiting the downside for the major averages.
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USA • Economy
Myths of the 1 Percent: What’s Putting People at the Top
November 17, 2017
Dispelling misconceptions about what’s driving income inequality in the U.S.
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The Museum of the Bible opens in Washington, DC
November 17, 2017

WHEN plans for the Museum of the Bible, which opens to the public in Washington, DC on November 18th, were first unveiled many predicted it would be a big, glossy advertisement for fundamentalist Christianity. The museum was founded and part-funded by Steve Green, a prominent evangelical and president of Hobby Lobby, a chain of craft shops that in 2014 persuaded the Supreme Court that it deserved a religious exemption from a requirement in Obamacare that employers provide their workers with certain contraceptives. Later that year Mr Green, who has said that the Bible is “a reliable historical document” tried, unsuccessfully, to insert a Bible course into public schools in Oklahoma City, where his company is head-quartered.

That did nothing to reassure those who worried that a privately-funded $500m Bible museum only three blocks from Capitol Hill would seek to press conservative evangelicals’ already-huge influence unduly. Nor did the institution’s original mission statement, which was to “inspire confidence in the absolute...Continue reading

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