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Trump administration to target North Korea with new sanctions on Friday - 23 Feb 2018 at 1:11am - WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration plans to announce on Friday what is being billed as the largest package of sanctions yet against North Korea to increase pressure on Pyongyang for its nuclear and ballistic missile tests, a senior administration official said.

U.S. shale investors still waiting on payoff from oil boom - 23 Feb 2018 at 1:08am - HOUSTON (Reuters) - U.S. oil production has topped 10 million barrels per day, approaching a record set in 1970, but many investors in the companies driving the shale oil revolution are still waiting for their payday.

Regulator in China seizes control of Anbang as chairman prosecuted - 23 Feb 2018 at 1:04am - BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - The Chinese government on Friday seized control of Anbang Insurance Group Co Ltd and said its chairman had been prosecuted, a dramatic move that highlighted Beijing's willingness to curtail big-spending conglomerates as it cracks down on financial risk.

Australian deputy prime minister resigns after affair with staffer - 23 Feb 2018 at 12:51am - SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia's deputy prime minister said on Friday he will resign as leader of his party after weeks of pressure over an affair with a staffer that brought him into open conflict with his premier and threatened to shatter a decades-old coalition.

Rocky path awaits Kuroda in his next BOJ term - 23 Feb 2018 at 12:16am - TOKYO (Reuters) - Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda may have little to cheer about despite landing another five-year term for one of the most influential jobs in the country, if not the world.

With Easy Ride trial, Nissan takes new step toward being Uber competitor - 22 Feb 2018 at 11:15pm - YOKOHAMA (Reuters) - Facing a future in which self-driving cars may curb vehicle ownership, Nissan Motor Co is taking its first steps to becoming an operator of autonomous transportation services, hoping to break into a segment set to be dominated by Uber Technologies and other technology firms.

U.S. gun lobby slams anti-gun 'elites' after Florida school massacre - 22 Feb 2018 at 10:54pm - WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of the National Rifle Association lashed out at gun control advocates on Thursday, saying Democratic elites are politicizing the latest mass school shooting in the United States to try to erode constitutionally guaranteed gun rights.

Exclusive: U.S. official focused on election security being replaced - 22 Feb 2018 at 9:21pm - WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of a federal commission who has helped U.S. states protect election systems from possible cyber attacks by Russia or others is being replaced at the behest of Republican House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan and the White House.

Special counsel files new charges against Trump ex-aides Manafort and Gates - 22 Feb 2018 at 9:09pm - WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The special counsel in the Russia probe filed new criminal charges on Thursday against President Donald Trump's former campaign aides Paul Manafort and Rick Gates, stepping up pressure in a legal battle that started last year.

Two top White House advisers may leave over tensions with Trump: sources - 22 Feb 2018 at 7:01pm - WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Longstanding friction between U.S. President Donald Trump and two top aides, the National Security Adviser and the Chief of Staff, has grown to a point that either or both might quit soon, four senior administration officials said.

The Latest: Sheriff: Deputy never entered school in shooting 22 Feb 2018 at 5:41pm
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- The Latest on the deadly Florida school shooting (all times local):...

New charges brought against ex-Trump campaign associates 22 Feb 2018 at 5:38pm
WASHINGTON (AP) -- In a dramatic escalation of pressure and stakes, special counsel Robert Mueller filed additional criminal charges Thursday against President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman and his business associate....

Grand jury indicts Missouri governor who admitted affair 22 Feb 2018 at 5:36pm
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A St. Louis grand jury has indicted Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens on a felony invasion of privacy charge for allegedly taking a compromising photo of a woman with whom he had an affair in 2015, the city circuit attorney's office said Thursday....

US may never see another spiritual leader like Billy Graham 22 Feb 2018 at 5:34pm
MONTREAT, N.C. (AP) -- In the wake of the Rev. Billy Graham's death, religion scholars say this much is clear: There will never be another American spiritual leader with his reach and influence....

Russian indicted by US seen as doing favors for Putin 22 Feb 2018 at 5:22pm
MOSCOW (AP) -- Thirty years ago, he was in prison. A decade ago, he was serving fancy meals to President Vladimir Putin. A week ago, he was among 13 Russians indicted in Washington on charges of meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election....

NRA accuses gun-control advocates of exploiting FL shooting 22 Feb 2018 at 5:00pm
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Leaders of the National Rifle Association on Thursday accused gun control advocates of exploiting the deadly Florida school shooting, striking a defiant tone amid a renewed debate over guns and school safety....

Leading liberal policy group unveils 'coverage for all' plan 22 Feb 2018 at 4:44pm
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A leading liberal policy group is raising the ante in the health care debate with a new plan that builds on Medicare to guarantee coverage for all....

World leaders urge Syria cease-fire as fighting escalates 22 Feb 2018 at 4:34pm
BEIRUT (AP) -- World leaders called Thursday for an urgent cease-fire in Syria as government forces pounded the opposition-controlled eastern suburbs of the capital in a crushing campaign that has left hundreds of people dead in recent days....

Trump comments points to deep divisions over arming teachers 22 Feb 2018 at 4:25pm
Utah teacher Kasey Hansen says carrying a concealed weapon in school is "more of a solution" than hiding in a corner and waiting if an armed intruder enters the classroom. But Texas teacher Tara Bordeaux worries that she lacks "the instincts" of a law enforcement officer and can't easily see herself carrying a gun in class....

Shooting survivors endure new assault _ from online trolls 22 Feb 2018 at 4:02pm
One student was teased about being a "brown, bald lesbian." Another was the target of conspiracy theorists who claimed he was really an actor. When a group of teens posed for a photo, they were accused of lapping up attention from the news cameras and "partying like rock stars."...