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Trump blasts former aide Bannon

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump on Wednesday blasted former White House adviser Steve Bannon as having "lost his mind" in the fallout over damaging comments Bannon made about Trump's son, Donald Trump Jr., in excerpts of a new book. (USA-TRUMP/ (PIX), moved at 1:52 p.m., by Steve Holland, 559 words)

Rare snow hits U.S. Southeast as Northeast braces for 'bombogenesis'

CHARLESTON - A rare winter storm hit the U.S. Southeast, bringing Florida's capital its first snow in three decades and snarling travel, while New England braced for a "bombogenesis" whopper forecast to bring heavy accumulations on Thursday. (USA-WEATHER/ (UPDATE 2, PIX, TV), moved at 11:59 a.m., by Harriet McLeod, 556 words) See also: Winter storm challenges U.S. East Coast energy complex (USA-WEATHER/ENERGY, moved at 12:56 p.m., by Jarrett Renshaw, 556 words)

U.S. Senate swears in Democrats from Alabama, Minnesota

WASHINGTON - Democrats boosted their ranks in the U.S. Senate, trimming Republicans' edge in the chamber to 51-49 with the swearing in of two new lawmakers from Alabama and Minnesota. (USA-SENATE/DEMOCRATS (UPDATE 2, PIX, TV), moved at 1:27 p.m., by Timothy Gardner, 512 words)

Spotify makes confidential filing for U.S. IPO - source

NEW YORK/SAN FRANCISCO - Music streaming service Spotify has filed confidentially with U.S. regulators for an initial public offering and is targeting a direct listing in the first half of 2018 that would allow some longtime investors to cash out, a source familiar with the matter said. (SPOTIFY-IPO/ (UPDATE 1), moved at 1:12 p.m., by Greg Roumeliotis and Liana B. Baker, 407 words)


Jurors in U.S. trial of Turkish banker ask about partial verdict

NEW YORK - Jurors in the U.S. trial of Mehmet Hakan Atilla, an executive at Turkey's majority state-owned Halkbank who is charged with helping Iran evade U.S. sanctions, asked in a note what they should do if they agree on some of the charges against Atilla but not others. (USA-TURKEY/ZARRAB (UPDATE 1), moved at 11 a.m., by Brendan Pierson, 249 words)

Virginia court rejects Democrat's bid in tied state House race - media

WASHINGTON - A Virginia recount court rejected a bid by the Democratic candidate in a disputed state House of Delegates race to reconsider its ruling that the election had ended in a tie, Washington's WTOP radio reported. (VIRGINIA-ELECTION/ (UPDATE 1), moved at 1:32 p.m., by Ian Simpson, 146 words)


Iran deploys Revolutionary Guards to quell "sedition" in protest hotbeds

LONDON - Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards have deployed forces to three provinces to put down an eruption of anti-government unrest after six days of protests that have rattled the clerical leadership and left 21 people dead. (IRAN-RALLIES/ (REFILE-UPDATE 3, PIX, TV), moved at 12:45 p.m., by Bozorgmehr Sharafedin, 985 words)

U.N. human rights officials urge Iran to spare life of juvenile murderer

GENEVA - United Nations human rights experts called on Iran to spare the life of a man due to be executed on Thursday who was convicted of raping and killing a child when he was a juvenile. (IRAN-RIGHTS/, moved at 11:36 a.m., by Stephanie Nebehay, 211 words)

Palestinian Authority seeks restoration of Israeli electricity

GAZA - The Palestinian Authority said it asked Israel to fully restore Israeli electricity flows to the Gaza Strip, a move that could nearly double the daily connection time in an enclave suffering severe power shortages. (ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS/ (TV, PIX), moved at 11:51 a.m., by Nidal al-Mughrabi, 475 words) See also: Israel says Iran recruited Palestinian militants via South Africa (ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS/SAFRICA (UPDATE 1, TV), moved at 11:53 a.m., by Dan Williams, 461 words

Egypt court postpones verdict against presidential hopeful - sources

CAIRO - An Egyptian court postponed its verdict in a case against rights lawyer and presidential hopeful Khaled Ali, judicial sources said, leaving uncertainty over whether he will be allowed to run in a forthcoming election. (EGYPT-POLITICS/, moved at 12:07 p.m., by Haitham Ahmed, Arwa Gaballa and John Davison, 354 words)

Beirut lifts security cordon in boost for battered business quarter

BEIRUT - Lebanon lifted a years-old security cordon near its parliament in a move it hopes will revive central Beirut's business district and cement improved political stability after a prolonged period of upheaval. (LEBANON-SECURITY/BEIRUT (PIX, TV), moved at 1:29 p.m., by Lisa Barrington, 431 words)


Gusts derail Swiss train as storms batter Europe

ZURICH - Gusting winds blew a train off its tracks, injuring eight people, as winter storm Burglind battered Switzerland, bringing trees down on power lines cutting electricity to thousands of homes. (EUROPE-WEATHER/SWISS (PIX), moved at 10:42 a.m., by Michael Shields, Stephanie Nebehay, Bart Meijer, Padraic Halpin and Sarah White, 423 words)

Hungary, Poland demand bigger say in EU, reject its migration policy

BUDAPEST - The European Union's migration policy has failed, Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban said, as he and his Polish counterpart demanded a bigger say in the bloc's future. (HUNGARY-POLAND/ (UPDATE 1, PIX, TV), moved at 9:55 a.m., by Marcin Goclowski and Krisztina Than, 484 words)

German hate speech law tested as Twitter blocks satire account

BERLIN - A German satirical magazine's Twitter account was blocked after it parodied anti-Muslim comments, the publication said, in what the national journalists association said showed the downside of a new law against online hate speech. (GERMANY-HATECRIME/, moved at 10:18 a.m., by Emma Thomasson, 432 words)

Freed Canadian hostage appears in court on criminal charges

OTTAWA - A Canadian court postponed a bail hearing for former Taliban hostage Joshua Boyle, who was arrested on Saturday and faces criminal charges including assault, sexual assault and forcible confinement. (CANADA-BOYLE/ARREST (PIX), moved at 12:35 p.m., by David Ljunggren, 299 words)

European Union diplomat visits Cuba to strengthen ties

HAVANA - The European Union’s top diplomat arrived in Cuba to help strengthen member countries' economic and political ties with the Communist-run island. (CUBA-EU/MOGHERINI (TV, PIX), moved at 1:08 p.m., by Marc Frank, 309 words)

Nigeria's Buhari re-election movement gathers pace for 2019

ABUJA - Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari's supporters got a boost when a key ally of the elderly leader announced he would head a group campaigning for him to seek re-election next year. (NIGERIA-POLITICS/, moved at 11:57 a.m., by Felix Onuah, 474 words)

Ethiopia to free jailed politicians to "foster national reconciliation"

ADDIS ABABA - Ethiopia will release and pardon dissident politicians jailed on criminal charges, its prime minister said, an unexpected shift in stance from a government routinely accused by rights groups of using security concerns to stifle dissent. (ETHIOPIA-PRISONERS/ (UPDATE 2), moved at 10:10 a.m., by Aaron Maasho, 465 words)


How alcohol damages stem cell DNA and increases cancer risk

LONDON - Drinking alcohol produces a harmful chemical in the body that can lead to permanent genetic damage in the DNA of stem cells, increasing the risk of cancer developing, according to research published on Wednesday. (HEALTH-CANCER/ALCOHOL (PIX, TV), moved at 1 p.m., by Kate Kelland, 451 words)

Prickles and a paunch: Israel's overweight hedgehogs go on diet

RAMAT GAN - Ten overweight hedgehogs have had to go on strict diets and exercise regimes after they ate so much on the streets of Israel they struggled to curl up into a ball to fend off predators. (ISRAEL-HEDGEHOGS/ (PIX, TV), moved at 12:05 p.m., by Mark Hanrahan, 160 words)

Age may be a factor in facial skin cancer treatment

In very elderly patients, less aggressive skin cancers on the face might not always need to be treated, a new study suggests. (HEALTH-CANCER/FACE, moved at 12:53 p.m., by Shereen Lehman, 511 words)

Alaskan 'sunrise' girl sheds light on how humans populated Americas

WASHINGTON - Ancient DNA extracted from the skull of a six-week-old baby girl whose 11,500-year-old remains were unearthed in a burial pit in central Alaska is helping scientists resolve long-standing controversies about how humans first populated the Americas. (SCIENCE-GENOME/ (PIX), moved at 1 p.m., by Will Dunham, 411 words)


Winging it: Impatient passenger leaves delayed plane via emergency exit

An airline passenger was arrested after leaving a plane delayed on the tarmac at a Spanish airport via the emergency exit. (SPAIN-PLANE/WING EXIT (TV), moved at 11:51 a.m., by Mark Hanrahan, 117 words)

Thieves steal sheik's Indian jewels from display in Venice

VENICE - Thieves made off with jewelry worth millions of euros on display in Venice's Doge's Palace, police said. (ITALY-CRIME/JEWELS, moved at 1:07 p.m., by Riccardo Bastianello and Isla Binnie, 193 words)

Opera 'Carmen' gets new ending to stop violence against women

LONDON - After more than 140 years of being stabbed to death on stage, the gypsy heroine of the opera "Carmen" gets her own revenge in a new Italian production - shooting her thwarted lover instead. (WOMEN-OPERA/CARMEN, moved at 1:07 p.m., by Varsha Saraogi, 349 words)


S&P tops 2,700 for first time on tech gains, strong data

The benchmark S&P 500 index surged past the 2,700 mark for the first time and other major indexes hit record intraday highs as technology stocks climbed amid indications of robust economic growth in the United States and overseas. (USA-STOCKS/ (UPDATE 4), updating throughout the day, 412 words)

U.S. factory, construction data brighten economic outlook

WASHINGTON - U.S. factory activity increased more than expected in December, boosted by a surge in new orders growth, in a further sign of strong economic momentum at the end of 2017. (USA-ECONOMY/ (WRAPUP 2), moved at 1:01 p.m., by Lucia Mutikani, 750 words)

Automakers post lower December U.S. sales, weaker year lies ahead

DETROIT - Most major automakers reported lower December U.S. sales as they look ahead to weaker sales in 2018 that will test pricing discipline in an industry where consumer discounts are already at elevated levels. (USA-AUTOS/SALES (UPDATE 2), moved at 1:20 p.m., by Nick Carey, 665 words)

Design flaw found in Intel chips; fix causes them to slow -report

FRANKFURT - A design flaw has been found in microprocessors made by Intel Corp that requires updates to computer operating systems, a tech publication reported, adding that the fix causes the chips to operate more slowly. (CYBER-INTEL/ (UPDATE 1), moved at 11:46 a.m., by Douglas Busvine, 456 words)

Norway powers ahead (electrically): over half new car sales now electric or hybrid

OSLO - Sales of electric and hybrid cars rose above half of new registrations in Norway in 2017, a record aided by generous subsidies that extended the country's lead in shifting from fossil-fuel engines, data showed. (ENVIRONMENT-NORWAY/AUTOS (UPDATE 1, PIX), moved at 9:56 a.m., by Camilla Knudsen and Alister Doyle, 645 words)

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