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U.S. SEC charges AT&T, three executives with selectively providing information to analysts

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FILE PHOTO: The company logo for AT&T is displayed on a screen on the floor at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S., September 18, 2019. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said on Friday it has charged AT&T Inc and three......

White House: Biden believes U.S. authorizations for military force need updating

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FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Joe Biden holds a meeting on infrastructure with members of Congress in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, U.S., March 4, 2021. REUTERS/Tom Brenner WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden believes that authorizations for the use of military force that have been......

Ford rejects U.S. ITC criticism over SK Innovation battery deals

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Ford Motor Co on Friday dismissed criticism from the U.S. International Trade Commission over its decision to pursue battery contracts with SK Innovation. The ITC said Ford pursued new contracts after evidence had emerged the South Korean electric vehicle (EV) battery maker misappropriated trade secrets from cross-town......

Iran’s Zarif to offer ‘constructive’ plan amid hopes of informal nuclear talks

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FILE PHOTO: Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif speaks at the presidential palace in Baabda, Lebanon August 14, 2020. Dalati Nohra/Handout via REUTERS/File Photo DUBAI (Reuters) – Iran will soon present a “constructive” plan of action, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Friday, after European sources said Tehran gave......

U.S. designates Ukraine’s Kolomoyskyy over alleged corruption: State Department

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FILE PHOTO: Ukrainian and U.S. state flags fly in central Kiev, Ukraine September 25, 2019. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former Ukrainian public official Ihor Kolomoyskyy has been designated as ineligible to enter the United States over alleged corruption, the State Department said on Friday. “While this designation is based......

Biden has asked team to travel to Mexico border and report on influx of children

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Joe Biden has asked senior officials to travel to the U.S.-Mexico border and brief him on the government response to the influx of unaccompanied minors and steps to ensure their safety and care, a White House spokesman said on Thursday. Biden’s administration is facing criticism from......

Nearly 160 million U.S. households to get virus stimulus checks: White House

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White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki answers a question from a journalist during a press briefing at the White House in Washington, U.S., March 4, 2021. REUTERS/Tom Brenner WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A total of 158.5 million households would receive direct payments under the Senate version of a $1.9 trillion coronavirus......

YouTube will lift ban on Trump channel when risk of violence decreases: CEO

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FILE PHOTO: YouTube logo at the YouTube Space LA in Playa Del Rey, Los Angeles, California, United States October 21, 2015. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (Reuters) – Alphabet Inc’s YouTube will lift its suspension on former U.S. President Donald Trump’s channel when it determines the risk of real-world violence has decreased, the......

Alabama extends mask mandate for a month, breaking with Texas, Mississippi

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(Reuters) – Alabama’s governor said on Thursday she was extending the state’s mask mandate for another month, heeding the advice of health experts and breaking with decisions by neighboring Mississippi and Texas earlier this week to lift their requirements. FILE PHOTO: People wait in line to be inoculated against the......

Barrett authors first U.S. Supreme Court ruling, a loss for environmentalists

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Conservative Justice Amy Coney Barrett on Thursday authored her first ruling since joining the U.S. Supreme Court in October as the court handed a defeat to an environmental group seeking access to government documents. FILE PHOTO: Judge Amy Coney Barrett testifies during the third day of her......

Biden to meet with U.S. lawmakers on infrastructure push

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Joe Biden will meet Thursday with a bipartisan group of lawmakers on the White House’s planned push for a massive jump in spending on projects to restore crumbling infrastructure. FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Joe Biden and U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris attend a meeting with bipartisan......

U.S. gets ‘C-,’ faces $2.59 trillion in infrastructure needs over 10 years: report

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States faces a $2.59 trillion shortfall in infrastructure needs that requires a massive jump in government spending to address crumbling roads, bridges and other programs, according to an assessment by an engineers group issued on Wednesday. FILE PHOTO: An aerial photo shows the University Bridge......

Fed’s Daly calls for ‘patience,’ says too-low inflation costly

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FILE PHOTO: San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank President Mary Daly poses at the bank’s headquarters in San Francisco, California, U.S., July 16, 2019. REUTERS/Ann Saphir (Reuters) – San Francisco Federal Reserve President Mary Daly on Tuesday pushed back against the fear that easy Fed policy could bring on unwanted inflation,......

No evidence U.S. Capitol rioters belong to antifa movement, FBI chief Wray testifies

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – FBI Director Chris Wray on Tuesday debunked conspiracy theories promoted by right-wing supporters of former President Donald Trump, saying there was no evidence that leftist extremists disguised themselves as Trump supporters to storm the U.S. Capitol. In testimony to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, Wray also told......

Mexican president says he and Biden exchanged invitations to visit

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MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Tuesday that he and his U.S. counterpart Joe Biden invited each other to visit their respective countries during a virtual meeting the two held on Monday. Lopez Obrador was speaking at his regular morning news conference. Reporting by......

Biden’s USTR pick vows to fight China’s ‘unfair’ practices

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FILE PHOTO: Katherine C. Tai addresses the Senate Finance committee hearings to examine her nomination to be United States Trade Representative, with the rank of Ambassador, in Washington, DC February 25, 2021. Bill O’Leary/Pool via REUTERS WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Joe Biden’s trade nominee Katherine Tai said on Monday she......

U.S. Senate to begin debating COVID-19 bill this week -Schumer

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FILE PHOTO: U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) speaks to reporters in The Senate Reception Room during the second day of Trump’s second impeachment trial in Washington, U.S., February 10, 2021. Brandon Bell/Pool via REUTERS WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate will begin debating President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion......

170 U.S. lawmakers urge Biden administration to push Turkey on rights

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FILE PHOTO: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan arrives for a meeting with EU Council President Charles Michel in Brussels, Belgium March 9, 2020. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir WASHINGTON (Reuters) – One hundred seventy members of the U.S. House of Representatives signed a bipartisan letter sent to Secretary of State Antony Blinken urging President......

Biden administration to pay transportation, healthcare for families separated under Trump

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FILE PHOTO: Migrants stand in lines on the U.S. side of the Gateway International Bridge to be processed to seek asylum in the U.S., in Matamoros, Mexico February 26, 2021. REUTERS/Go Nakamura WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States could pay for transportation, healthcare, legal services, and career and educational services......

Trump proposes new voting limits, rails against “monster” voting rights bill

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Former U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando, Florida, U.S. February 28, 2021. REUTERS/Octavio Jones WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday laid out a variety of election proposals, such as limiting absentee voting and days when Americans can vote, in......

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