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U.S. sues to block AT&T purchase of Time Warner -source

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Justice sued AT&T Inc later on Monday to block its $85.4 billion acquisition of Time Warner Inc, saying the deal could raise prices for rivals and pay TV subscribers. (TIME WARNER-M&A/AT&T (UPDATE 3), moved, by Diane Bartz and David Shepardson, 512 words)


Trump declares N.Korea state sponsor of terrorism, triggers sanctions

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump on Monday put North Korea back on the list of state sponsors of terrorism, a designation that allows the United States to impose more sanctions and risks inflaming tensions over Pyongyang's nuclear weapons and missile programs. (NORTHKOREA-MISSILES/USA (UPDATE 4), moved at 5:26 p.m., by Jeff Mason and David Brunnstrom, 842 words)

White House wants Alabama to help pass tax overhaul package - adviser

WASHINGTON - The White House is relying on a vote from Alabama to get tax overhaul legislation through Congress, senior adviser Kellyanne Conway said on Monday, indicating a possible shift in its stance on embattled Republican U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore. (USA-CONGRESS/MOORE, moved at 10:12 a.m., by Makini Brice, 274 words)

Yellen to leave Fed board once successor Powell sworn in

WASHINGTON - Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said on Monday she will resign her seat on the Fed's Board of Governors once Jerome Powell is confirmed and sworn in to replace her as head of the U.S. central bank. (USA-FED/YELLEN (UPDATE 1), moved at 3:26 p.m., 419 words)

Elephant advocates sue Trump administration on trophy hunting

WASHINGTON - Conservation groups sued the U.S. government on Monday over a plan to allow hunters to bring home elephant and lion trophies from Zimbabwe, following changing statements about the possible move by President Donald Trump's administration. (USA-TRUMP/ELEPHANTS (UPDATE 1, PIX), moved at 4:41 p.m., by Ian Simpson, 396 words)


U.S. Navy rolls out new measures after deadly Asia-Pacific crashes

PATTAYA, Thailand - The U.S. Navy has introduced new measures aimed at avoiding a repeat of two deadly crashes in the Asia Pacific region involving its warships and commercial vessels following a review of its practices, the Seventh Fleet commander said on Monday. (ASEAN-ANNIVERSARY/USA (PIX, TV), moved, 431 words)

U.S. charges two with bribing African officials for China energy firm

WASHINGTON - The United States has charged a former Senegalese foreign minister and a Hong Kong man with bribing high-level officials in Chad and Uganda in exchange for contracts for a Chinese oil and gas company, the U.S. Justice Department said on Monday. (USA-CHINA/CORRUPTION, moved at 3:55 p.m., 342 words)

President Trump pardons Thanksgiving turkey

U.S. President Donald Trump participates in annual National Thanksgiving Turkey pardoning ceremony in the Rose Garden of the White House. (USA-THANKSGIVING/TRUMP-TURKEY, timing on Tuesday, length TBD)


Nebraska clears a path for Keystone XL pipeline, in boost for Trump

LINCOLN - Nebraska regulators approved a route for TransCanada Corp's Keystone XL pipeline through the state on Monday, lifting the last big regulatory obstacle for the long-delayed project that U.S. President Donald Trump wants built. (USA-PIPELINE/KEYSTONE (UPDATE 6, TV, PIX), moved, by Kevin O'Hanlon and Ethan Lou, 772 words)

Antitrust lawyer admits to scheme to defraud New York law firms

NOV 20 - An antitrust lawyer pleaded guilty on Monday to federal charges that she conspired with her husband to use two bogus vendors to defraud two New York law firms out of $7.8 million. (USA-CRIME/ANTITRUST-LAWYER, moved at 3.37 p.m., by Nate Raymond, 424 words)

Trump calls for Lynch suspension if anthem protest continues

NOV 20 - U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday said Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch should be suspended by the NFL if he continues to protest during the national anthem after Lynch sat during a rendition of the song before Sunday's game in Mexico City. (FOOTBALL-NFL/OAK-LYNCH (PIX), moved at 3:29 p.m., by Rory Carroll, 377 words)

Uber hit with $8.9 mln fine in Colorado over unqualified drivers

Colorado regulators on Monday fined Uber $8.9 million, saying the ride-services company allowed 57 people to drive for it although they lacked valid driver's licenses or had committed other offenses that would have disqualified them. (UBER-COLORADO/, moved, 217 words)

FBI investigating St. Louis police conduct during protests

The FBI and federal prosecutors will investigate St. Louis police conduct during the protests that followed a judge's acquittal in September of a former police officer charged in a fatal shooting of a black suspect, officials said Monday. (MISSOURI-CRIME/, moving shortly, 321 words)

SPECIAL REPORT: In modernizing its nuclear arsenal, U.S. spurs new arms race

Obama vowed to scrap as many nuclear weapons as possible. Instead, by embarking on a modernization of the U.S. nuclear arsenal, he made America's atomic forces deadlier than before. Russia has done the same. Now, Trump is embracing Obama's program and vowing to outdo it. The upshot is a new nuclear arms race. (USA-NUCLEAR/MODERNIZE, expect by 7 a.m. on Tuesday, length TBD)


Egypt's Sisi to meet Lebanon's Hariri on Tuesday - Egypt presidency

CAIRO - Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi will meet Saad al-Hariri, who announced his resignation as Lebanese prime minister on Nov. 4, on Tuesday evening, the presidency said on Monday. (LEBANON-POLITICS/HARIRI-EGYPT (UPDATE 1), moved at 3:36 p.m., 152 words)See also: Lebanon's Hezbollah denies sending weapons to Yemen.(LEBANON-POLITICS/HEZBOLLAH (UPDATE 2, PIX, TV), moved at 3:02 p.m., by Ellen Francis and Laila Bassam, 655 words)

British embassy cat in Jordan appointed chief mouser

AMMAN - At the British embassy to Jordan, a former rescue cat is settling into his new position as chief mouser - as a traditional well established in the ministries of London goes global. (BRITAIN-JORDAN/CAT (PIX, TV), moved, 255 words)

2.5 million Yemenis now lack access to clean water - Red Cross

GENEVA - The capital Sanaa and al-Bayda have joined the list of Yemen cities without clean water due to the blockade by a Saudi-led coalition that has cut off supplies of fuel for pumping, the International Committee of the Red Cross said on Monday. (YEMEN-SECURITY/BLOCKADE-REDCROSS (UPDATE 1), moved at 12:14 p.m., by Stephanie Nebehay, 384 words) See also: Lebanon's Hezbollah denies sending weapons to Yemen (LEBANON-POLITICS/HEZBOLLAH (UPDATE 1, PIX, TV), moved at 1:16 p.m., by Ellen Francis and Laila Bassam, 312 words)


Sounds detected in undersea area where Argentine sub went missing

MAR DEL PLATA - Argentine authorities were analyzing sounds detected by probes deep in the South Atlantic on Monday as they searched for a navy submarine that went missing five days ago after reporting an electrical malfunction. (ARGENTINA-SUBMARINE/ (UPDATE 6, PIX, TV, GRAPHIC), moved at 4:39 p.m., by Walter Bianchi and Maximiliano Rizzi, 584 words)

Argentina's first female submarine officer on board missing vessel

BUENOS AIRES - One of the 44 crew members on board the Argentine submarine that is missing in the South Atlantic is Eliana Maria Krawczyk, who came from a landlocked province to become the country's first female submarine officer. (ARGENTINA-SUBMARINE/PIONEER (PIX, TV), moved, 505 words)

UK Brexit campaign probed over possible breach of electoral finance rules

LONDON - Britain's Electoral Commission has opened an investigation to establish whether Vote Leave Limited, the organization behind the official campaign to leave the European Union, breached campaign finance rules during the 2016 referendum campaign. (BRITAIN-EU/INVESTIGATION (UPDATE 1), moved, 233 words)

DUP says Northern Ireland will leave EU on same terms as rest of UK

BELFAST - The head of the Democratic Unionist Party said on Monday Northern Ireland would leave the EU on the same terms as the rest of the United Kingdom, rebuffing a suggestion from the bloc that the region remain subject to some of its rules. (BRITAIN-EU/NIRELAND (UPDATE 1), moved at 3:10 p.m., by Ian Graham, 339 words)

Russia's Putin, Qatari Emir discuss Syria by phone -Kremlin

MOSCOW - Russian President Vladimir and Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani discussed the situation in Syria and problems in the Middle East by phone on Monday, the Kremlin said. (MIDEAST-CRISIS/SYRIA-RUSSIA-QATAR, moved at 3:16 p.m., 55 words)


Substituting methadone for opioids could save billions

Policymakers and insurers have been pushing people addicted to opioids into abstinence-based detox programs, but a new study concludes that methadone and similar drug-maintenance treatments save lives and money. (HEALTH-ADDICTION/METHADONE, moved at 4:07 p.m., by Ronnie Cohen, 788 words)

Scientists solve the mystery of America's scuba-diving fly

WASHINGTON - A small fly that thrives at an inhospitable California lake east of Yosemite National Park long has perplexed observers who watch as it crawls into the severely salty and alkaline water, snacks on some algae or lays some eggs, then emerges dry as a desert. (SCIENCE-FLY/ (PIX), moved at 3:48 p.m., by Will Dunham, 406 words)

Many U.S. schools don’t teach CPR even when states require it

Even though high schools in most U.S. states are required to offer training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) to students, many do not, a new study suggests. (HEALTH-TEENS/CPR, moved at 3:17 p.m., by Lisa Rapaport, 673 words)

Uncertain future for those counting on medical deduction

NEW YORK - Jay Schachner and his friends at a retirement community near Chicago are nervously wait for the outcome of tax reform as it winds its way through Congress. The U.S. House of Representatives voted already in favor of a bill that would eliminate the deduction for medical expenses. The Senate version leaves it alone. (MONEY-TAXES/MEDICALDEDUCTION (PERSONAL FINANCE), moved at 4:43 p.m., by Beth Pinsker, 581 words)


Noel Gallagher discards any trace of Oasis sound in new album

LOS ANGELES - Former Oasis songwriter Noel Gallagher embarked on a new kind of creative journey with his latest album "Who Built the Moon?" with his High Flying Birds band. (MUSIC-NOEL GALLAGHER/ (TV), moved at 4:32 p.m., by Rollo Ross, 365 words)

Beyonce is 2017's highest-paid woman in music with $105 million

LOS ANGELES - Beyonce's hit album "Lemonade" and world tour made her the highest-paid woman in music in 2017, according to an annual Forbes list on Monday, edging out Britain's Adele and pop star Taylor Swift. (MUSIC-HIGHESTPAID/ (TV, PIX), moved at 12:31 p.m., by Jill Serjeant, 248 words)


Wall St ticks up, lifted by Verizon, chipmakers

NEW YORK - U.S. stocks rose on Monday, with Verizon boosting the telecoms sector after the stock got an upgrade, while a deal in semiconductors lifted high-performing tech shares. (USA-STOCKS/ (UPDATE 6), moved at 4:22 p.m., by Rodrigo Campos, 423 words)

Canada, Mexico to confront U.S. auto content demands at NAFTA talks

MEXICO CITY - Canada and Mexico plan to confront the United States over its demand for tougher NAFTA automotive content rules, people briefed on the matter said on Monday, underlining slow progress on the trade pact's most important issues. (TRADE-NAFTA/ (UPDATE 2, PIX, TV), moved at 4:55 p.m., by Sharay Angulo and Ana Isabel Martinez, 612 words)

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