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Federer saves match points to beat Berdych in Miami quarter-final

(Reuters) - Roger Federer survived two match points before beating Tomas Berdych in a third-set tiebreak in the Miami Open quarter-finals on Thursday.<p>Federer had to call upon all his resources of skill, poise and experience to edge Czech Berdych 6-2 3-6 7-6(6).<p>Berdych served for the match at 6-4 in …

Roger Federer

Golf: France's Icher takes early lead over Wie, amateur ace Seong

RANCHO MIRAGE (Reuters) - French veteran Karine Icher fired a five-under-par 67 to grab the early first-round lead on Thursday over an impressive chasing pack at the ANA Inspiration, the first women's major of the year.<p>Icher birdied three of the four par-threes in taking a one-shot lead over …

Golf

Tens of thousands told to flee as floods swamp Australian town

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Floodwaters filled the streets of a major Australian town of more than 25,000 people on Friday, as a storm system generated by the powerful cyclone that pummeled the nation's northeast three days ago swept down the coast with heavy rain.<p>Cyclone Debbie hit as a Category Four storm …

Climate

N.J. Democrats divided on renewing 'Bridgegate' probe into Christie

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A day after two former allies of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie were sentenced to prison in the "Bridgegate" scandal, a state lawmaker who helped uncover the scheme to cause massive traffic jams over a political slight wants to keep pushing for answers to the two biggest …

Government

U.S. Commerce's Ross says hopes to trigger NAFTA talks countdown by next week

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said on Thursday he hopes to start the 90-day countdown clock to launch a renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement before Congress takes its spring recess at the end of next week.<p>Ross told CNBC in a live interview that he …

Wilbur Ross

Young cancer patients may lag peers in social functioning for years

(Reuters Health) - Child and young adult cancer patients often struggle to lead a normal social life, and even two years after being diagnosed, many still have reduced functioning in the social realm, a recent study suggests.<p>Symptoms of disease may impair a young person’s ability to interact with …

Cancer

Chemical disinfectants and sanitizers linked to thyroid cancer

(Reuters Health) - Workers exposed to chemicals like deodorizers, sanitizers, disinfectants and sterilizers on the job may be more likely than other people to develop thyroid cancer, a recent study suggests.<p>Occupational exposure to these chemicals, known as biocides, was associated with a 65 …

Cancer

Tennis: Wozniacki beats second seed Pliskova to reach Miami final

(Reuters) - Caroline Wozniacki capitalized on her renowned endurance as she made few unforced errors in wearing down Karolina Pliskova to win 5-7 6-1 6-1 in the Miami Open semi-finals on Thursday.<p>Danish 12th seed Wozniacki frittered away three set points in the first set, but she made amends to …

Rio Olympics

First two Democrats back Trump U.S. Supreme Court pick

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senators Joe Manchin and Heidi Heitkamp on Thursday became the first Democrats to support the confirmation of President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, giving Republicans two of eight Democratic votes needed to avoid a nasty fight on the U.S. Senate floor …

U.S. Supreme Court

Australia's dirtiest coal plant closes, energy crisis deepens

HAZELWOOD, Australia (Reuters) - The doors to Australia's dirtiest power station will close permanently on Friday after 50 years, amping up pressure on a government desperate to avoid the kind of embarrassing blackouts that hit chunks of the country during a recent savage heatwave.<p>France's Engie SA …

Renewable Energy

Georgia Senate passes expansion of limited medical marijuana law

(Reuters) - The Georgia state Senate on Thursday overwhelmingly passed a bill that would expand the state's limited medical marijuana law to include people with 15 medical conditions, up from nine currently.<p>The bill now goes to Governor Nathan Deal to sign into law.<p>Unlike many other U.S. states …

Marijuana

Senate kills rule meant to protect family planning funds

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - For the second time on Thursday, Vice President Mike Pence took the rare step of breaking a tie in the U.S. Senate, as he cast the deciding vote in rolling back protections for federal funds for family planning and reproductive health.<p>In a 51-50 vote, senators approved …

Government

Dudley optimistic on fiscal stimulus, focused on rate hikes

(Reuters) - Prospects for the U.S. economy have brightened now that stimulus from Washington appears more likely, so the Federal Reserve will need to keep raising rates and eventually trim its bond portfolio to avoid an overheating, one of the most influential Fed policymakers said on Thursday.<p>The …

Central Banks

Uber settles with Pennsylvania regulator following record fine

(Reuters) - Uber Technologies Inc has reached a settlement with Pennsylvania's taxi regulator to end the ride-sharing company's appeal of a record $11.4 million fine for operating illegally.<p>A notice posted on Tuesday with the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania said Uber and the state's Public …

Uber

Illinois risks rating downgrade without budget deal: Moody's

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Illinois' already low credit rating could be downgraded if the state does not end its record-breaking budget impasse over the next two months, Moody's Investors Service said on Thursday.<p>The credit rating agency said the state is at a "critical juncture," and failure to reach a …

Illinois

More evidence linking stress to obesity

(Reuters Health) - Using hair to measure long-term levels of the stress hormone cortisol, UK researchers confirm the link between chronic stress and packing on pounds, as well as difficulty shedding excess weight.<p>Previous research has tied high levels of the stress hormone cortisol in the blood, …

Obesity

Trump tax proposal would mostly benefit New York's wealthy: report

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Nearly all of New York City's millionaires would receive big tax cuts under President Donald Trump's proposed tax overhaul, while more than one-third of moderate- and middle-income families would face increases, according to a government report issued on Thursday.<p>City …

Taxes

Fed's Kaplan sees two more rate increases in 2017

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Dallas Federal Reserve Bank President Robert Kaplan on Thursday said he expects two additional interest rate increases this year, a view that is in line with the majority of Fed policymakers.<p>The Fed has already raised rates once this year, at a policy meeting earlier this …

Finance

New rule lets U.S. brokers intervene if they suspect scams, dementia

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. Financial Industry Regulatory Authority announced a new rule on Thursday that allows brokers to pause disbursements from client accounts if they suspect a client is suffering from dementia or being influenced by caregivers or scam artists.<p>The rule, which will go into …

21st Century

Figure skating: Sui and Han cap emotional season with pairs triumph

HELSINKI (Reuters) - The gasps of despair that greeted Sui Wenjing's fall following a mistimed landing in the side-by-side triple Salchows turned into cheers of joy as she and fellow Chinese Han Cong won the pairs title at the figure skating world championships on Thursday.<p>Sui and Han did not let …

Rio Olympics

FCC to vote to reform $45 billion business data market

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Republican head of the Federal Communications Commission on Thursday proposed easing regulatory requirements in the $45 billion business data services market, a win for companies like AT&T Inc, CenturyLink Inc, Verizon Communications Inc and others.<p>The proposal is a blow …

Net Neutrality

Argentina's Macri faces rising complaints over import policies

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - President Mauricio Macri's promises to end trade restrictions and open Argentine commerce to the world have fallen flat for many importers, who are going to court to free up goods trapped in the country's byzantine customs system.<p>The delays have led companies to file an …

Argentina

High court pick could help decide fate of Trump's climate policy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee could help decide the fate of his moves to undo climate-related U.S. regulations, but legal experts said Neil Gorsuch's judicial record makes it hard to predict whether as a justice he would back a sweeping rollback.<p>If confirmed to the …

Judiciary

Senate banking chair wants financial rules reform by early 2018

(Reuters) - The chairman of the U.S. Senate Banking Committee said on Thursday he wants to pass a major piece of bank reform legislation by early next year at the latest.<p>Senator Mike Crapo, a Republican, intends to go beyond rewriting the 2010 Dodd Frank financial reform legislation and craft a …

Banking

U.S. judge clears Toshiba's Westinghouse to tap bankruptcy loan

(Reuters) - A U.S. bankruptcy judge on Thursday cleared Westinghouse Electric Co, a unit of Japan's Toshiba Corp (6502.T), to borrow an initial $350 million to support the company's global operations while it restructures operations.<p>Westinghouse filed for Chapter 11 on Wednesday in the wake of …

Senator Rubio: Hackers targeted former presidential campaign staffers

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senator Marco Rubio said during a Senate intelligence hearing on Thursday that unsuccessful cyber attacks from Russia targeted former members of his presidential campaign staff in July 2016 and within the past 24 hours.<p>Rubio said he would not comment on a remark earlier …

Marco Rubio

Anthem likely to pull back from Obamacare markets in 2018: Jefferies

(Reuters) - Anthem Inc (ANTM.N) is likely to exit from a large portion of its Obamacare individual insurance markets next year, Jefferies analysts said, nearly a week after Republican leaders pulled legislation to overhaul the U.S. healthcare system.<p>Anthem is one of the few health insurers that …

Health Care

White House says new information has emerged on Russia probe

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House has invited the top Republican and Democratic members of the Senate and House of Representatives intelligence panels to review new material relevant to their investigation into Russia's alleged interference in the U.S. presidential election, White House …

JPMorgan economist sees Fed shrinking balance sheet starting 2018

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A JPMorgan economist said on Thursday he expected the U.S. Federal Reserve to start paring the size of its $4.5 trillion balance sheet in early 2018 with a focus on ending its reinvestment in mortgage-backed securities.<p>There has been growing speculation as to whether the U.S. …

Central Banks

FCC to reverse rules on TV station purchases

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Communications Commission said on Thursday it will vote in April to reverse a 2016 rule adopted by the Obama administration that limits the number of television stations some companies can buy.<p>The FCC rewrote its rules last year that allowed companies to only …

Net Neutrality