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Bluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke review – racial tensions in small-town Texas

A black investigator’s quest for justice drives this nuanced meditation on race, roots and belonging<p>Locke’s mesmerising new novel bears all the hallmarks of modern crime fiction: the alcoholic protagonist with the damaged marriage; the townsfolk who close rank against outsiders; the small-town law …

Books

Motor racing-Hamilton smashes track record in Austin

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Formula One title favorite Lewis Hamilton shattered the Circuit of the Americas track record on Friday as he dominated practice for a U.S. Grand Prix that could bring him a fourth world championship.<p>The Mercedes driver had been half a second quicker already than his …

Auto Racing

Yellen: Fed needs to keep unconventional tools at hand

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said on Friday that asset purchases and other unconventional policy tools must remain part of the Fed's arsenal as long as the economy remains stuck in a low interest-rate world.<p>Even as rates creep up slowly and the Fed begins to trim its …

Economy

Thailand rehearses lavish $90 million funeral for late king

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Drums and a band played as officials in black tops and ancient costumes rehearsed on Saturday for the funeral procession of Thailand's late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, whose cremation next week is expected to be attended by a quarter of a million mourners.<p>Some held a mock-up of a …

Thailand

Thailand rehearses lavish $90 million funeral for late king

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Drums and a band played as officials in black tops and ancient costumes rehearsed on Saturday for the funeral procession of Thailand’s late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, whose cremation next week is expected to be attended by a quarter of a million mourners.<p>A portrait of the late …

Thailand

Fighting in southern Philippine city may end imminently - military

MARAWI CITY, Philippines (Reuters) - The Philippines is preparing to declare the end of fighting in a southern city seized for five months by pro-Islamic State rebels, a top military commander said on Saturday, as troops continued a phased withdrawal from the devastated lakeside city.<p>Only 20 …

War

China's Communist Party says still talking to North Korean counterpart

BEIJING (Reuters) - China’s ruling Communist Party continues to hold talks and maintain contacts with its North Korean counterpart, a senior official said on Saturday, describing the two countries friendship as important for regional stability.<p>Vice Minister of the International Department of the …

China

Researchers raise doubts over cause of Chilean poet Neruda's death

SANTIAGO (Reuters) - International researchers investigating the death of Chilean poet Pablo Neruda raised doubts on Friday as to whether he died of cancer 44 years ago as previously presumed, and did not rule out foul play.<p>Neruda, known for his passionate love poems and staunch communist views, …

Chile

Venezuela Maduro warns of repeat elections in states won by opposition

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuelan state elections may be repeated in the five states won by the opposition if the governors-elect continue to refuse to be sworn in by a controversial pro-government legislative superbody, President Nicolas Maduro warned on Friday.<p>His warning came in a televised speech …

Venezuela

Peru Congress passes bill to legalize medical marijuana

LIMA (Reuters) - Peru's conservative Congress passed a bill to legalize medical marijuana late on Thursday with a 68-5 vote in favor of allowing cannabis oil to be produced, imported and commercialized.<p>President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski had proposed the measure after police cracked down on a group of …

Cannabis

RT @JustJOSH_ingYa: Burger King just released one of the best anti-bullying PSAs I've ever seen https://t.co/0RV1JUvBd2

'I am dying but you are already a corpse': the 100-year-old multiple sclerosis diary that became a classic

WNP Barbellion’s audacious The Journal of a Disappointed Man is so good that HG Wells wished he wrote it – but it is not as well known as it should be<p>One hundred years ago today, WNP Barbellion scrawled his final diary entry. “Self-disgust,” he wrote. Ravaged by multiple sclerosis at just 28, this …

Literature

Crude oil barge explodes off Texas, two missing -U.S. Coast Guard

(Reuters) - Two crew members were missing from a barge that caught fire and exploded while carrying 140,000 barrels of crude oil to a refinery early on Friday in the Gulf of Mexico off Corpus Christi, Texas, U.S. Coast Guard officials said.<p>Six of the eight crew members were accounted for and the …

Corpus Christi

California judge tosses $417 million talc cancer verdict against Johnson & Johnson

(Reuters) - A California judge on Friday threw out a $417 million verdict against Johnson & Johnson in a lawsuit by a woman who claimed she developed ovarian cancer after using its talc-based products like Johnson's Baby Powder for feminine hygiene.<p>The ruling by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge …

Johnson & Johnson

Tesla raises borrowing capacity under warehouse agreements to $1.1 billion

(Reuters) - Tesla Inc (TSLA.O) said on Friday it has increased its borrowing capacity, related to an agreement, to $1.1 billion as the electric car maker spends heavily to fix production bottlenecks of its new Model 3 sedan.<p>FILE PHOTO: Tesla introduces one of the first Model 3 cars off the Fremont …

Automotive Industry

Canada's Liberals look to economy to guide them past ethics scandal

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government has been badly shaken by a conflict-of-interest controversy about his finance minister, but the Liberal government's upcoming fiscal update offers an opportunity to reset the public focus on Canada's strong economy, political …

Canada

Graft probe into Mexico president's ally poses tricky challenge ahead of elections

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - With a tight general election looming next year, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto faces a tough choice on whether to pursue a graft probe involving a prominent ally and Brazilian construction firm Odebrecht.<p>Mexico's top prosecutor, acting Attorney General, Alberto Elias …

Mexico

Japan's Mitsubishi, U.S. partner to invest $1.8 billion in data centres: media

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese trading house Mitsubishi Corp (8058.T) plans to set up a joint venture with U.S. data centre operator Digital Realty Trust (DLR.N) and build around 10 data centres in Japan by 2022 for 200 billion yen ($1.8 billion), the Nikkei said on Saturday.<p>Tokyo-based Mitsubishi …

United States

Backroom battle imperils $230 million cryptocurrency venture

The people running a blockchain computer project called Tezos staged a hugely successful fundraiser in July. But its central players are waging a bitter feud over control that threatens to derail one of the biggest-ever digital currency offerings.

Cryptocurrency

Alphabet balloon project to provide limited internet in Puerto Rico

(Reuters) - Alphabet Inc said on Friday it is collaborating with AT&T Inc to deliver limited internet connectivity to the hardest-hit areas of Puerto Rico through its "Project Loon" balloon project.<p>Alphabet said some AT&T customers in Puerto Rico with LTE enabled phones will now be able to access …

Project Loon

Trump administration considers pausing U.S. refugee family reunification program

NEW YORK (Reuters) - President Trump's administration has drafted a plan to pause a program that allows family members join refugees already settled in the United States until they can undergo increased security checks, two sources with knowledge of the situation told Reuters.<p>The measure is one of …

United States

Recent hurricanes take toll on quarterly earnings

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - After raging over the southern United States and Puerto Rico, remnants of hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria are now dampening U.S. corporate profits.<p>While the deadly storms in August and September slammed insurers who are now on the hook for billions of dollars in damaged …

Markets

Jamaica or bust: Merkel launching crunch German coalition talks

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday begins the first full round of talks on forming a three-way "Jamaica" coalition that she needs to work or else risk her time in power coming to an end after 12 years.<p>The talks between Merkel's conservative bloc, the pro-business Free …

Angela Merkel

Trump expected to pressure China's Xi to rein in North Korea: officials

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to pressure China's president when they meet next month in Beijing to do more to rein in North Korea out of a belief that Xi Jinping's consolidation of power should give him more authority to do so.<p>Trump leaves Nov. 3 on a trip that …

North Korea

NBA: Singer takes knee during performance of national anthem at Nets game

(Reuters) - Singer Justine Skye dropped to a knee toward the end of her rendition of The Star-Spangled Banner prior to the Brooklyn Nets home opener against the Orlando Magic on Friday.<p>Some NFL players have sat or taken a knee during renditions of the song the past two seasons to protest racial …

MTV Video Music Awards

GlaxoSmithKline adult shingles vaccine wins U.S. approval

(Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved GlaxoSmithKline's Shingrix shingles vaccine for use in adults aged 50 and over, a move widely expected after an advisory panel to the agency last month voted unanimously to recommend its approval, the company announced on Friday.<p>Shingrix is …

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Iraqi and Kurdish forces clash near Kirkuk: security sources

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi forces clashed on Friday with Kurdish forces at Altun Kupri, 35 kilometers (22 miles) north west of Kirkuk, on the road between the city and Kurdish capital Erbil, security sources said.

Iraq

In Kirkuk, Kurds' joy turns to fear after Iraqi army takeover

KIRKUK, Iraq (Reuters) - Turkmen and Arab shoppers stroll through an open-air food market in an ethnically mixed area of Kirkuk, haggling over the price of tomatoes and gossiping about their neighbors.<p>Ostensibly, it's a normal day in the city of 1 million in northern Iraq. But nearby stand Iraqi …

Iraq

U.S. must step up support for operation against West Africa militants: France

PARIS/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States must step up its support for a planned African force to fight Islamist militants in West Africa otherwise it could fail, leaving French troops to carry the burden alone, France's defense minister said on Friday.<p>France intervened in Mali to ward off an …

War