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In Trump stronghold, factories are humming but paychecks are thin

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich./WASHINGTON (Reuters) - When President-elect Donald Trump returns to this factory town on Friday for a victory celebration, he will find a region that is already experiencing the manufacturing renaissance he promised on the campaign trail.


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Posted 2016/12/09 06:32:08

UK Supreme Court to decide Brexit trigger case as quickly as possible

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Supreme Court will decide as quickly as possible whether Prime Minister Theresa May can trigger Britain's exit from the European Union by the end of March without parliament's assent, its president said on Thursday.


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Posted 2016/12/09 04:27:59

Figures show Trump spent $66 million of his own cash on election campaign

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. President-elect Donald Trump pumped a total of $66 million of his own money into his campaign - far from the $100 million he frequently boasted he was going to spend, according to campaign finance disclosures filed on Thursday night.


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Posted 2016/12/09 04:10:25

Conservatives retain seat in Sleaford by-election - Sky News

(Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May's ruling Conservative Party retained a parliamentary seat in a strongly pro-Brexit area on Friday, Sky News said, heading off a challenge from the anti-EU UK Independence Party.


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Posted 2016/12/09 03:36:50

Remarkable feathered dinosaur tail found in chunk of amber

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Some 99 million years ago, a juvenile dinosaur got its feathery tail stuck in tree resin, a death trap for the small creature. But its misfortune is now giving scientists unique insight into feathered dinosaurs that prospered during the Cretaceous Period.


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Posted 2016/12/09 01:21:08

John Glenn, first American to orbit Earth, dies at 95

(Reuters) - John Glenn, who became one of the 20th century's greatest explorers as the first American to orbit Earth and later as the world's oldest astronaut, and also had a long career as a U.S. senator, died in Ohio on Thursday at age 95.


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Posted 2016/12/08 23:20:06

Lower for longer, ECB scales back asset buys

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - The European Central Bank trimmed back its asset buys in a surprise move on Thursday but promised protracted stimulus to aid a still fragile recovery, and dismissed any talk of tapering the programme away.


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Posted 2016/12/08 17:03:28

Trump claims $50 billion SoftBank investment due to his election win

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The head of Japan's SoftBank Group Corp , which in October set up a $100 billion fund for technology investments, said on Tuesday he would invest $50 billion (£39.4 billion) in U.S. businesses, a move President-elect Donald Trump claimed was a direct result of his election win.


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Posted 2016/12/06 22:52:49

Lagarde to seek postponement of trial in Tapie case - lawyer

PARIS (Reuters) - IMF chief Christine Lagarde will ask for a postponement of a trial aimed at establishing her role in a 400-million-euro (£338.3 million) payout to businessman Bernard Tapie as another investigation of the case is ongoing, her lawyer told Reuters.


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Posted 2016/12/06 20:55:28

Alaska Air wins U.S. antitrust approval for Virgin deal with conditions

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Alaska Air Group Inc has won U.S. antitrust approval for its $2.6 billion (2.05 billion pounds) acquisition of Virgin America Inc on condition that it scale back its code-sharing with American Airlines Group Inc , the Justice Department said on Tuesday.


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Posted 2016/12/06 20:45:37

Trump says Softbank to invest $50 billion in United States

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President-elect Donald Trump said on Tuesday that the head of Japanese telecoms and internet firm SoftBank Group Corp had agreed to invest $50 billion (39.48 billion pounds) in the United States toward businesses and create 50,000 new jobs.


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Posted 2016/12/06 20:11:07

Italian president pushes for new voting law before election

ROME (Reuters) - Italy's President Sergio Mattarella wants parliament to draft a new electoral law before any ballot is held, a source close to the president said on Tuesday, a move likely to delay any vote after Prime Minister Matteo Renzi resigns.


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Posted 2016/12/06 20:05:34

Libyan forces clear last Islamic State hold-out in Sirte

SIRTE, Libya (Reuters) - Libyan forces backed by U.S. air strikes finished clearing the last Islamic State hold-out in Sirte on Tuesday after a six-month battle for the militant group's former North African stronghold.


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Posted 2016/12/06 19:02:24

U.N. nuclear watchdog confirms Iran shipped sensitive material abroad - diplomat

VIENNA (Reuters) - Iran has shipped 11 tonnes of heavy water abroad to bring its stock back under a limit set by its landmark nuclear deal with major powers, according to a diplomat citing a confidential U.N. nuclear watchdog report.


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Posted 2016/12/06 18:56:36

U.S. Supreme Court backs Samsung in smartphone fight with Apple

(Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday sided with Samsung in its big-money smartphone patent fight with Apple, throwing out an appeals court ruling that the South Korean company had to pay a $399 million (£314.8 million) penalty to its American rival for copying key iPhone designs.


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Posted 2016/12/06 18:22:09

Christmas spirit lacking in Greek bailout wrangles

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Greece thanked creditors for modest debt relief on St. Nicholas Day in Brussels but did not hide disappointment it won't get the Christmas gift it wants -- a pass on the latest phase of its bailout programme.


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Posted 2016/12/06 18:08:30

Government accepts call to publish Brexit plan, asks parliament to respect timetable

LONDON (Reuters) - The government has accepted the opposition Labour Party's call for it to set out its plan for leaving the European Union before formal talks begin, but has asked parliament to respect its Brexit timetable.


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Posted 2016/12/06 17:06:29