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Stocks tumble to worst day in six weeks after Trump tariff action

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stocks slumped on Thursday as President Donald Trump's move to impose tariffs on up to $60 billion of Chinese imports drove fears about the impact on the global economy, fueling the biggest percentage declines in Wall Street's three major indexes since they entered correction territory six weeks ago. Read More


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Trump edges closer to China tariffs, appears to avert trade war

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump signed a presidential memorandum on Thursday that could impose tariffs on up to $60 billion of imports from China, although his action was far removed from threats that could have ignited a global trade war. More »


Investors, lawmakers, advertisers pressure Facebook over data

WASHINGTON/LONDON (Reuters) - Facebook Inc came under further pressure from lawmakers, investors, advertisers and users on Thursday, the day after Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg admitted the social media network made mistakes in letting 50 million users' data get into the hands of political consultancy Cambridge Analytica. More »


Exclusive: U.S. miners' union to endorse two more Democrats in coal country

(Reuters) - The main U.S. coal miners' union is set to endorse two Democrats running for Congress in West Virginia, two sources familiar with the matter said on Thursday - a boost for Democrats trying to win over a constituency that voted heavily for Republican Donald Trump in 2016. More »


Congress poised to pass modest gun control measures in spending bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - With large protests for stricter gun laws planned nationwide on Saturday, the U.S. Congress is expected to approve a massive spending bill this week with grants to help schools prevent gun violence, improvements to background checks and an assurance that a key government agency can conduct related research. More »


House sends $1.3 trillion spending bill to Senate as Friday deadline looms

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives approved a $1.3 trillion spending bill on Thursday to fund federal agencies and avert a government shutdown ahead of a midnight Friday deadline, sending it to the Senate despite a revolt by fiscal conservatives worried by what they called runaway spending. More »


Americans want armed school guards and tighter gun laws: Reuters/Ipsos poll

(Reuters) - A majority of Americans, including Republicans, Democrats and gun owners want stricter laws on gun ownership and armed guards in schools, according to a Reuters/Ipsos national poll taken in early March. More »


U.S. Justice Department urges judge to block AT&T-Time Warner merger

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's administration urged a federal judge on Thursday to block AT&T Inc's proposed $85 billion merger with Time Warner Inc, saying the deal would hand the company a "weapon" to harm competition and raise consumer prices. More »


Investigators probe whether Texas bomber had help

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Federal investigators on Thursday scoured the home of the 23-year-old man they say was behind this month's deadly Texas bombing spree, seeking clues about what motivated Mark Conditt and whether anyone helped him build or plant his bombs. More »


Syria rebels depart eastern Ghouta town on government buses in first surrender

BEIRUT/DAMASCUS (Reuters) - Syrian rebels withdrew in busloads from a town in eastern Ghouta on Thursday and handed it over to the army, the first such surrender since one of the fiercest campaigns of the seven-year war began more than a month ago. More »


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