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U.S. drinking water regulations tied to reduced arsenic exposure

(Reuters Health) – The public’s exposure to arsenic, a naturally occurring chemical element linked to cancer and birth defects, declined after U.S. regulators tightened restrictions on the amount of arsenic allowed in drinking water, a recent study suggests.<p>Arsenic is one of the most common …

Water

Exclusive: Ukraine tycoon files suit against AlixPartners over PrivatBank nationalization

KIEV (Reuters) - Ukrainian businessman Ihor Kolomoisky has filed a lawsuit against the New York-based global consulting firm AlixPartners over their work with the Ukrainian central bank around the nationalization of PrivatBank, Kolomoisky told Reuters on Friday.<p>AlixPartners declined comment, and …

Corruption

Castro meets North Korea minister amid hope Cuba can defuse tensions

HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuban President Raul Castro met with North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho on Friday amid hopes the Communist-run island might be able to convince its Asian ally to avert a showdown with the United States.<p>North Korea is facing unprecedented pressure from the United States and …

North Korea

Pentagon likely to acknowledge 2,000 U.S. troops in Syria: U.S. officials

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon is likely to announce in the coming days that there are about 2,000 U.S. troops in Syria, two U.S. officials said on Friday, as the military acknowledges that an accounting system for troops has under-reported the size of forces on the ground.<p>The U.S. military …

War

Liberty offer to cushion revenue blow for F1 teams

ABU DHABI (Reuters) - Commercial rights holder Liberty Media has offered Formula One teams cash advances to cushion the blow of reduced revenues caused by increased investment in the sport, Red Bull team boss Christian Horner said on Friday.<p>U.S.-based Liberty took over Formula One in January and …

Auto Racing

Uber to disclose price on SoftBank deal early next week: sources

SAN FRANCISCO/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] plans to move ahead with a deal to bring in Japanese technology company SoftBank Group Corp (9984.T) as a major investor by disclosing the pricing early next week in formal tender offers to the ride-hailing service's investors, two …

Uber

Washington State holds off No. 21 St. Mary's

Saint Mary's had no answer for Malachi Flynn.<p>The Washington State guard scored a game-high 26 points, and the Cougars held off a late Saint Mary's rally to upset the No. 21 Gaels 84-79 on Friday in the semifinals of the Wooden Legacy tournament in Fullerton, Calif.<p>Saint Mary's scored nine straight …

College Basketball

No. 5 Villanova beats Northern Iowa in Battle 4 title game

No. 5 Villanova beats Northern Iowa in Battle 4 title game<p>Villanova guards Jalen Brunson and Mikal Bridges continued to be too difficult to handle for opponents in the Battle 4 Atlantis, combining for 34 points in a 64-50 win over Northern Iowa on Friday in the championship game at Paradise Island, …

College Basketball

Brain damage from football concussions varies by position and career duration

(Reuters Health) - Football players may experience different degrees of brain damage after concussions depending on what position they play and how long they stick with the sport, a small U.S. study suggests.<p>Researchers examined data from brain scans of 61 former college and professional football …

The Brain

Baby-gender 'reveal' parties may have a dark side

(Reuters Health) - Expectant parents are bringing back the surprise element of having a baby by learning the results of prenatal ultrasound reports in ever more elaborate "gender-reveal" parties.<p>In front of friends and relatives, they play treasure-hunt style guessing games, pop balloons to watch …

Gender

Freeman helps Rutgers remain unbeaten

Deshawn Freeman posted a double-double as Rutgers remained undefeated on the year with a 61-47 win over East Carolina on Saturday in Piscataway, N.J.<p>The senior forward scored 15 points and pulled down 11 rebounds as the Scarlet Knights improved to 6-0.<p>Jabari Craig and Isaac Fleming each scored 14 …

College Basketball

Trump's lawyers say Trump SoHo exit undermines emoluments lawsuit

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. lawyers representing President Donald Trump on Friday said the Trump Organization's exit from a luxury hotel in lower Manhattan undermines a lawsuit in which rival hotels and restaurants are challenging his alleged illegal receipt of payments from foreign governments while …

Donald Trump

Nasr Hariri to head Syrian opposition at Geneva talks: spokesman

RIYADH (Reuters) - Syria's main opposition group selected Nasr Hariri to head the negotiating team at a new round of U.N.-backed peace talks with the Damascus government in Geneva next week, a spokesman told Reuters on Friday.<p>The decision came at a summit in Riyadh where, a day before, the …

Syria

Formula One cars to lose their 'shark fins' in 2018

ABU DHABI (Reuters) - Formula One cars are set to lose their prominent engine cover 'shark fins' next season after McLaren failed to back other teams hoping to retain them.<p>The removal of the aerodynamic features was agreed earlier in the year but underwent a re-think, according to Red Bull team …

Auto Racing

May calls on EU to move with Britain to open Brexit trade talks

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May repeated her wish on Friday to make a joint move with the European Union to open negotiations on a post-Brexit trade deal.<p>Speaking to reporters on arrival at a Brussels summit with ex-Soviet states, she said she would talk to EU summit chair …

Brexit

In rare admission, Trump golfs (quickly) with Woods, Johnson

JUPITER, Fla. (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday he would tee off with professional golf stars Tiger Woods and Dustin Johnson, a rare admission from the putter-in-chief that he is taking time out for his favorite pastime.<p>Trump regularly spends his weekends at a golf course, but …

Golf

No. 5 Villanova beats Northern Iowa in Battle 4 title game

Villanova guards Jalen Brunson and Mikal Bridges continued to be too difficult to handle for opponents in the Battle 4 Atlantis, combining for 34 points in a 64-50 win over Northern Iowa on Friday in the championship game at Paradise Island, Bahamas.<p>Brunson and Bridges led the fifth-ranked Wildcats …

College Basketball

Algeria's ruling parties retain majority in local elections

ALGIERS (Reuters) - Algeria's ruling parties retained their majority in local elections, taking more than 50 percent of the vote, the interior minister said on Friday.<p>Turnout in Thursday's vote reached 46.83 percent, slightly up on 42.92 percent in 2012, the minister Noureddine Bedoui told …

Elections

Stressed out parents less likely to cook homemade meals

(Reuters Health) - On days when parents feel stressed or depressed, kids are less likely to get homemade food for dinner, a U.S. study suggests.<p>Beyond just serving up more fast food and frozen dinners, parents are also more likely to pressure kids to clean their plates on days when they’re not in a …

Parenting

Online sales? Maybe one day, says Chanel

PARIS (Reuters) - France's Chanel has no immediate plans for online sales of its coveted outfits or handbags, a senior executive said on Friday, making it one of the fashion world's last hold-outs as rivals experiment with websites to win over new clients.<p>The label, known for its tweed suits and …

Louis Vuitton

Cuba marks anniversary of Fidel death as post-Castro era nears

HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuba marks the first anniversary of the death of revolutionary leader Fidel Castro on Saturday with a week of vigils nationwide, as the island embarks on a political cycle that will end 60 years of the Castro brothers' rule.<p>Fidel, a towering figure of the 20th century who built a …

Cuba

Tiger shot dead in Paris after escaping from circus

PARIS (Reuters) - A tiger was shot dead in western Paris on Friday after escaping from a circus, police said.<p>The tiger was shot by circus staff, police said. A tram line had been closed while the animal was at large.<p>No further details were immediately available.

France

Missouri uses hot shooting stretch to defeat St. John's

Missouri canned eight 3-pointers in the final 12 minutes to turn a back-and-forth game into a 90-82 victory over St. John's on Friday in an Advocare Invitational semifinal at Orlando.<p>Senior forward Jordan Bennett scored 19 points, graduate transfer guard Kassius Robertson posted 17 and freshman …

College Basketball

Diabetics with related eye damage have increased falling risk

(Reuters Health) - People with diabetic retinopathy are more likely to fall than diabetics who have not developed vision problems, a study in Singapore suggests.<p>Among almost 9,500 middle aged and older adults, those with moderate diabetic retinopathy were almost twice as likely as individuals with …

Diabetes

Head of Ukraine's rebel Luhansk region resigns: security minister

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Igor Plotnitsky, the head of Ukraine's rebel Luhansk region, resigned on Friday for health reasons, Luhansk's security minister said.<p>In a statement published by Luhansk's information center, Leonid Pasechnik said he was taking over as acting head of the breakaway "Luhansk …

Ukraine

London's Oxford Circus station evacuated; armed police on scene

LONDON (Reuters) - London's Oxford Circus underground station in the heart of the British capital's main shopping district was being evacuated on Friday evening and armed police were on the scene, a Reuters witness said.<p>British Transport Police said its officers were at the station, responding to …

London

U.S. Navy plane scours South Atlantic in search for Argentine sub

OVER THE SOUTH ATLANTIC (Reuters) - From the window of a U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon airplane taking part in an international search for a missing Argentine submarine, the glistening vastness of the South Atlantic stretches in every direction.<p>Yet onboard the modified Boeing 737, the nine-man crew …

Military

Britain has 10 days to deliver on all key Brexit issues: Tusk

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Britain has only 10 days left to deliver on all three areas of its divorce terms with the European Union if London wants to start talks on a transition period after Brexit and a future relationship, the chairman of EU leaders Donald Tusk said.<p>"We need to see progress from UK …

Brexit

U.S. backs 'first step' in addressing Yemen crisis, urges political talks: statement

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States on Friday welcomed what it called a "first step" by Saudi Arabia to allow humanitarian aid to reach Yemen, and called for political negotiations to address the ongoing crisis in the wake of the Saudi-led coalition's blockade there.<p>"Millions of Yemenis are …

World Politics

EU banks have cut exposure to Britain since Brexit vote

LONDON (Reuters) - Banks on mainland Europe have cut their exposures to Britain since the Brexit vote last year and are concerned about the legality of cross-border deals once the UK leaves, the European Union's banking watchdog said on Friday.<p>The European Banking Authority (EBA) said banks in the …

Brexit