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U.S. jobless claims rise more than expected as hurricane backlog clears

WASHINGTON - The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits rose more than expected last week, suggesting that claims processing disrupted by recent hurricanes has begun to improve (USA-ECONOMY/JOBS (UPDATE 1, GRAPHIC), moved at 9 a.m., 316 words)


Trump heaps praise on 'very special' Xi in China visit

BEIJING - If Chinese President Xi Jinping was trying to impress President Donald Trump with lavish treatment during his visit to Beijing, it appears to have worked. Trump was effusive in his praise of Xi and China, even speaking admiringly of Beijing's ability to run up a huge trade surplus at U.S. expense, which Trump blamed on his predecessors (TRUMP-ASIA/CHINA-BROMANCE (PIX), moved at 5:32 a.m., 700 words)

Tax-cut debate in Congress swings to Senate bill

WASHINGTON - A Senate tax-cut bill, differing from one in the House of Representatives, was expected to be unveiled on Thursday, complicating a Republican tax overhaul push and increasing skepticism on Wall Street about the effort (USA-TAX/ (UPDATE 4, PIX, TV), moved at 8 p.m., 873 words, will be led through the day)


Taiwan the most important issue in Sino-U.S. ties, Xi tells Trump

BEIJING - Taiwan is the most important and sensitive issue in Sino-U.S. ties, Chinese President Xi Jinping told visiting President Donald Trump on Thursday ahead of the one-year anniversary of Trump taking a precedent-breaking call from Taiwan's president (TRUMP-ASIA/CHINA-TAIWAN (UPDATE 2), moved at 5:36 a.m., 438 words)

Tillerson says U.S. has "frank" exchange on South China Sea during Trump visit

(TRUMP-ASIA/CHINA-SOUTHCHINASEA (UPDATE 1), moved at 4 a.m., 364 words)

Trump says he and China's Xi to try to end opioid crisis

BEIJING - President Donald Trump said on Thursday that he and Chinese President Xi Jinping would be focusing "very strongly" on the U.S opioid crisis, which he has declared a public health emergency (TRUMP-ASIA/CHINA-OPIOIDS (TV, PIX), moved at 5:30 a.m., 374 words)

'We're engaged': Alaska gets China backing for gas project

BEIJING - China's biggest state oil company Sinopec, one of the country's top banks and its sovereign wealth fund agreed on Thursday to develop a $43 billion natural gas project in Alaska as the cash-poor U.S. state seeks to revive its dwindling energy industry (TRUMP-ASIA/CHINA-GAS (UPDATE 4, PIX), moved at 6:24 a.m., 630 words)

China signs MOU for $83.7 billion in West Virginia projects

BEIJING - China Energy Investment Corp, the world's largest power company by asset value, has signed a memorandum of understanding to invest $83.7 billion in shale gas, power and chemical projects in West Virginia, the U.S state department said on Thursday (TRUMP-ASIA/ENERGY-WEST VIRGINIA (UPDATE 2), moved at 5 a.m., 322 words)

Trump's $250 billion China 'miracle' deals add gloss to 'off kilter' trade

BEIJING/SHANGHAI - President Donald Trump can return to the United States claiming to have snagged over $250 billion in deals from his maiden trip to Beijing. Whether those deals live up to the lofty price tag is another question altogether (TRUMP-ASIA/CHINA-DEALS (UPDATE 2, PIX), moved, 770 words) See also: TRUMP-ASIA/CHINA-DEALS (UPDATE 3, FACTBOX), moved, 705 words

Forbidden in China but Trump skirts 'Great Firewall' to tweet about Beijing trip

(TRUMP-ASIA/CHINA-TWEET (UPDATE 1, PIX, TV), moved, by Ryan Woo, 500 words)

China plans pilot scheme easing foreign auto firms' ownership limits

(TRUMP-ASIA/CHINA-AUTOS (UPDATE 1), moved at 5:40 a.m., 180 words)

China to remove VAT on DDG feed grain imports



Air Force missed 3 chances to stop Texas shooter buying guns

-- The Air Force missed at least three chances to block the shooter in Sunday's deadly attack in Texas from buying guns after discovering in 2012 he had been violent to his family, according to interviews with current and former government officials and a review of military documents (TEXAS-SHOOTING/SCREENING (PIX), expect by 10 a.m., by Jonathan Allen, 1,200 words)

FBI may have lost critical time unlocking Texas shooter's iPhone

SAN FRANCISCO/WASHINGTON - For about 48 hours after a deadly rampage at a Texas church, the FBI and other law enforcement agencies did not ask Apple to help them unlock the gunman's iPhone or associated online accounts, a person familiar with the situation told Reuters on Wednesday (TEXAS-SHOOTING/APPLE-FBI (UPDATE 1), moved at 7:30 p.m., by Stephen Nellis and Dustin Volz, 566 words)

A Texas school is devastated by church shooting

SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas - It was heartbreaking for Jennifer Berrones to explain to her 7-year-old daughter Kaylee that her friend and classmate Emily was not coming back to school after Sunday's church massacre in rural Texas (TEXAS-SHOOTING/GRIEF (UPDATE 1, PIX, TV), moved at 9:43 p.m., by Lisa Maria Garza and Jon Herskovitz, 520 words)

Pence pays tribute to fallen and heroes from Texas massacre

(TEXAS-SHOOTING/MEMORIAL, moved at 11:45 p.m., 695 words)


Amid Trump cuts, Uber kicks off campaign to enroll drivers in Obamacare

SAN FRANCISCO - Uber Technologies and some smaller technology companies are launching campaigns to publicize Obamacare enrollment among their contract workers after the Trump administration slashed funds for marketing for the health program by 90 percent (UBER-OBAMACARE/ (PIX, TV), moved, by Salvador Rodriguez, 530 words)

Trump's stop in Vietnam a poignant one for U.S. veterans

DANANG, Vietnam - Whether they like President Donald Trump or not, the U.S. veterans who gather at Hoa's Place in Danang show little concern that he avoided the war that marked their lives (TRUMP-ASIA/VETERANS (PIX), moved at 9:10 a.m., by Matthew Tostevin, 540 words)

Putin says doping allegations against Russia meant to stir discontent

MOSCOW - Russian President Vladimir Putin suggested on Thursday that allegations regarding a state-sponsored doping program in Russia were an attempt to brew discontent ahead of the country's presidential elections (RUSSIA-PUTIN/US (UPDATE 1), moved at 9:23 a.m., 340 words) See also: Four Russian cross-country skiers get life ban for doping (OLYMPICS-DOPING/SOCHI-CROSSCOUNTRYSKIING (UPDATE 1), moved at 9 a.m., 390 words)


For Republicans, tax reform math hinges on cutting Medicare

CHICAGO - American retirement savers dodged a speeding train last week when Republican lawmakers racing toward tax reform dropped their plan to sharply reduce allowable tax-deferred contributions to 401(k) plans. That idea is off the table - at least for now (COLUMN-MILLER/MEDICARE (PERSONAL FINANCE), moved at 9 a.m., by Mark Miller, 885 words)

TPP deal talks reach critical point at Asia-Pacific summit

DANANG, Vietnam - Talks on pushing ahead the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal without the United States reach a critical point as ministers from the 11 countries discuss a proposed agreement in principle (APEC-SUMMIT/ (UPDATE 2, PIX, TV), moved, by Mai Nguyen, 470 words)

New U.S. rules restrict travel and trade with Cuba

(USA-CUBA/ (UPDATE 4, PIX), moved, 790 words)

Former Yahoo CEO apologizes for data breaches, blames Russians

(USA-DATABREACHES/ (UPDATE 4, PIX, TV), moved, 570 words)


Kevin Spacey to be erased from Sony film about Getty kidnapping

LOS ANGELES - The director and producers of the completed but unreleased Hollywood film "All the Money in the World" have chosen to remove Kevin Spacey from the movie, recast his role and reshoot his scenes following sexual misconduct allegations against the actor (PEOPLE-KEVINSPACEY/ (PIX, TV), moved at 1:30 a.m., 329 words)

Harvey Weinstein hires NY defense lawyer Benjamin Brafman

NEW YORK - Harvey Weinstein has hired Manhattan criminal defense attorney Benjamin Brafman to represent him in New York, days after New York police said an unidentified woman had accused Weinstein of rape. “We do not believe an indictment of Mr. Weinstein is imminent," the spokeswoman for Weinstein said (WEINSTEIN-ASSAULT/LAWYER (PIX), moved at 9:11 p.m., 330 words)

Swiss drop rape inquiry against director Polanski

ZURICH - Swiss prosecutors have dropped an investigation of film director Roman Polanski after finding the statute of limitations did not allow pursuing allegations by a former German actress and model that he raped her in 1972 when she was 15 years old. The woman, Renate Langer, made the allegations to Swiss authorities only in September (SWISS-POLANSKI/ (PIX), moved at 4 a.m., 313 words)

Arizona man found guilty of murder after locking girl in box

PHOENIX - An Arizona man was found guilty on Wednesday of murder and other charges in the death of a 10-year-old girl who was locked in a small bin for taking a Popsicle without permission, a court official said (ARIZONA-CRIME/ (UPDATE 1), moved, 341 words)

Texas and Florida carry out executions on same day

-- Texas put to death a Mexican national on Wednesday for the kidnap, rape and murder of his cousin while Florida on the same day will execute a 53-year-old man for a 1991 double-murder, officials said (USA-EXECUTIONS/ (UPDATE 4, PIX), moved, 362 words)


Saudi graft inquiry spreads beyond borders into UAE

ABU DHABI/DUBAI - Saudi Arabia's crackdown on corruption spreads beyond its borders as regulators in the United Arab Emirates ask UAE banks for information about Saudi citizens detained in the investigation, a possible prelude to freezing their accounts (SAUDI-ARRESTS/ (PIX), moved, by Stanley Carvalho and Tom Arnold, 630 words)

Iran's Revolutionary Guards arrest more dual nationals

LONDON - Iran's Revolutionary Guards have arrested at least 30 dual nationals in the past two years, mostly on spying charges, according to lawyers, diplomats and relatives, twice as many as earlier reported (IRAN-ARRESTS/ (PIX), moved, 1,220 words)

UN says believes Afghanistan air strike killed civilians

KABUL - The United Nations mission in Afghanistan says at least 10 civilians may have been killed by an air strike in the northern city of Kunduz last week despite a U.S. military investigation that found no civilian deaths (AFGHANISTAN-CASUALTIES/, moved, 365 words)


For some Palestinians in love, this slum is the only place to live

JERUSALEM - Kafr Aqab is no one's dream destination: the overcrowded neighborhood separated from adjacent East Jerusalem by Israel's barrier in the occupied West Bank is notorious for rutted roads, drugs and violence (ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS/MARRIAGE (TV, PIX), moved, by Miriam Berger, 455 words)


Catalan parliament speaker to appear before top Spain court

MADRID - The Catalan parliament's speaker and five lawmakers will appear before Spain's Supreme Court in Madrid to answer charges of rebellion and sedition for their roles in staging a banned referendum on Catalonia's independence last month (SPAIN-POLITICS/CATALONIA (PIX, TV), moved, 350 words)

Rohingya go to Bangladesh as Suu Kyi runs summit gauntlet

COX'S BAZAR/YANGON - Several hundred more Rohingya Muslims join a multitude of refugees in Bangladesh as calls grew for regional summits to exert more pressure on Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi to stem the crisis (MYANMAR-ROHINGYA/ (UPDATE 1, PIX, GRAPHIC, TV), moved, by Tommy Wilkes and Simon Cameron-Moore, 825 words)

May to appoint new UK aid minister trying to maintain delicate Brexit balance

LONDON - British Prime Minister Theresa May is expected to appoint a new aid minister following a resignation which has left her with the difficult task of finding the right person to maintain fragile unity in a cabinet divided over Brexit (BRITAIN-POLITICS/(PIX), moved, 390 words)

PNG starts dismantling detention camp, threatens evictions

SYDNEY - Papua New Guinea begins dismantling a shuttered Australian-run immigration detention center and says it will use force if necessary to evict nearly 600 men if they refuse to leave within two days, a notice displayed at the camp showed (AUSTRALIA-ASYLUM/ (UPDATE 1), moved, by Colin Packham and Tom Westbrook, 535 words)


No more Holy Smokes - Vatican bans sale of cigarettes

VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis has ordered a ban on the sale of cigarettes inside the Vatican from next year because of health concerns, a spokesman said on Thursday (POPE-CIGARETTES/ (PIX, TV), moved at 6:30 a.m., 217 words)

U.S. farm study finds no firm cancer link to Monsanto weed killer

LONDON - A large long-term study on the use of the big-selling weed killer glyphosate by agricultural workers in the United States has found no firm link between exposure to the pesticide and cancer, scientists say (HEALTH-CANCER/GLYPHOSATE (UPDATE 1), moved at 7:24 a.m., 512 words)

IUDs linked to lower risk of cervical cancer

(HEALTH-IUD/CERVICAL-CANCER, moved, 600 words)


LGBT characters on U.S. TV at record highs

LOS ANGELES - The number of lesbian, gay and transgender characters on U.S. television shows have reached record highs, and campaign group GLAAD said on Thursday that their stories were more important than ever given moves in the United States to roll back LGBT acceptance (TELEVISION-LGBT/, moved at 9 a.m., 347 words)

Tribute to Las Vegas victims marks CMA Awards as Brooks wins top award

-- The Country Music Association's annual awards on Wednesday blended somber reflections on recent tragic events including the Las Vegas mass shooting, with show-stopping performances by top music stars and even a dose of political humor (AWARDS-CMA/MUSIC (PIX, TV), moved at 12:30 a.m., 490 words)

Pokemon Go's Niantic taps 'Harry Potter' magic for new AR game

LOS ANGELES - Fantastic beasts, wizard adventures and magic spells will come to life in a new "Harry Potter" augmented reality mobile game from Pokemon Go developer Niantic Inc and Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment, the companies said on Wednesday (VIDEOGAMES-HARRYPOTTER/ (PIX), moved at 8 p.m., 192 words)

Portia de Rossi: Steven Seagal Unzipped His Pants During Audition


Shameless' Renewed for Season 9 at Showtime

(VARIETY/ (ENTERTAINMENT-TV/NEWS), moved, 283 words)

Bee Gees Stage Musical in the Works from Universal



Wall Street opens lower as tech, tax bill worries weigh

NEW YORK - Wall Street opened lower on Thursday, with the Dow falling more than a 100 points, as tech stocks weighed and rising skepticism over a Republican tax overhaul plan that is expected to boost economic growth and create more jobs (USA-STOCKS/ (UPDATE 2), moving shortly, 400 words, will be led)

Airbus nears deal to sell over 30 A380s

PARIS/DUBAI - Airbus is near a deal worth at least $14 billion to more than 30 A380 jetliners to Dubai's Emirates to secure production of its struggling superjumbo until the middle of next decade, sources say (EMIRATES-AIRSHOW/A380 (UPDATE 2), moved, 450 words)

Wind power giant Vestas shares plummet on concern of competition, U.S. tax bill

(VESTAS WIND-RESULTS/ (UPDATE 1), moved, 385 words)

Burberry CEO to take label more up-market, focus on bags, fashion


Adidas speeds ahead in China, North America

(ADIDAS-RESULTS/ (UPDATE 2), moved, 430 words)

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