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North Korean officials canceled planned meeting with Pence: Pence‘s office

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Mike Pence was scheduled to meet with North Korean officials earlier this month during the Winter Olympics in South Korea but the North Koreans canceled the meeting, Pence‘s office said on Tuesday.

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Trump moves to outlaw ‘bump stocks,‘ considers other steps after Florida shooting

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said on Tuesday his administration would take steps to ban an accessory that enables a rifle to shoot hundreds of rounds a minute as he considers additional firearms restrictions after last week‘s school shooting in Florida.

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FCC reversal of net neutrality rules expected to be published Thursday: sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Communications Commission is expected to publish on Thursday its December order overturning the landmark Obama-era net neutrality rules, two sources briefed on the matter said Tuesday.

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Judge denies AT&T access to White House correspondence on Time Warner deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A federal judge on Tuesday denied AT&T Inc‘s request to see White House communications that might shed light on whether U.S. President Donald Trump pressured the Department of Justice to try to block the wireless carrier‘s purchase of Time Warner Inc .

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Mueller ups pressure on Trump campaign aides with new charge

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller on Tuesday stepped up pressure on two former Trump campaign aides to cooperate in his probe into possible collusion with Russia, unsealing a criminal charge against a lawyer for lying to Mueller‘s investigators.

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VW bid to delay first U.S. diesel emissions trial rejected

FAIRFAX, Va. (Reuters) - A Virginia state court judge on Tuesday rejected a request by the U.S. unit of Volkswagen AG to delay several of the company‘s trials over excess emissions because of "inflammatory" comments made by a lawyer representing car owners that it fears will prejudice the jury.

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Lawyer pleads guilty to lying to U.S. investigators in Russia probe

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A lawyer and son-in-law of one of Russia‘s richest men pleaded guilty on Tuesday to a charge of lying to federal investigators as part of U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller‘s probe into Russia‘s alleged interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

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More bombs hit Syria‘s Ghouta, death toll highest since 2013

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Pro-government forces pounded the rebel-held district of eastern Ghouta district on Tuesday, in a surge of violence which a war monitor said has killed at least 250 people since Sunday night.

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Bitcoin nearly doubles in value from year‘s low hit in early February

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Bitcoin hit a three-week high on Tuesday and has surged nearly 100 percent from its lowest level this year, as its recovery continued after South Korea‘s financial regulator eased its stance on cryptocurrencies, weeks after it considered shutting down digital currency exchanges.

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Supreme Court snubs challenge to California gun waiting period

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In a blow to gun rights activists, the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday turned away a challenge to California‘s 10-day waiting period for firearms purchases that is intended to guard against impulsive violence and suicides.

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Walmart drags on Dow, S&P but tech lifts Nasdaq

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A sharp drop in Walmart shares weighed heavily on the Dow and the S&P 500 on Tuesday to put a six-session winning streak in jeopardy, but gains in Amazon and technology stocks helped lift the Nasdaq.

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Virginia judge rejects Volkswagen bid to delay first U.S. diesel emissions trial

FAIRFAX, Va. (Reuters) - A Virginia state court judge on Tuesday rejected a request by the U.S. unit of Volkswagen AG to delay several of the company‘s trials over excess emissions because it fears "inflammatory" comments made by a lawyer representing car owners in a TV documentary will prejudice the jury.

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Survivors of Florida school shooting launch gun control push

PARKLAND, Fla. (Reuters) - Dozens of students and parents from the Florida high school where 17 teens and staff members died in a shooting rampage boarded buses on Tuesday for a trip to the state capital Tallahassee to push for a ban on assault rifles.

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AT&T loses bid for White House communications about Time Warner deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A federal judge on Tuesday denied a request by AT&T Inc to compel the U.S. Justice Department to disclose any records of communications between the White House and government lawyers that detail President Donald Trump‘s views on the company‘s proposed 85 billion merger with Time Warner Inc .

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AT&T loses bid for White House communication about Time Warner deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A federal judge on Tuesday denied a request by AT&T Inc to compel the U.S. Justice Department to disclose any records of communications between the White House and government lawyers that detail President Donald Trump‘s views on the company‘s proposed 85 billion merger with Time Warner Inc .

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Walmart halts Dow‘s six-day rally; S&P edges higher

(Reuters) - A steep fall in Walmart shares put the skids on the blue-chip Dow‘s six-day winning streak, but gains in Amazon and technology stocks propped up the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq.

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More bombs hit Syria‘s Ghouta after heaviest death toll in years

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Pro-government forces pounded Syria‘s eastern Ghouta on Tuesday, killing at least 66 people after the enclave‘s heaviest one-day death toll in three years, a monitoring group said.

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Lawyer charged with lying in U.S. probe of Russia election role

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. special counsel who is investigating alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election has charged an attorney with lying about his communications with Rick Gates, a former aide to Donald Trump‘s campaign.

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Top court snubs challenge to California gun waiting period

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In a blow to gun rights activists, the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday turned away a challenge to California‘s 10-day waiting period for firearms purchases that is intended to guard against impulsive violence and suicides.

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Walmart holiday-quarter profit drops, online struggles spook investors

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Walmart Inc , the world‘s biggest retailer, on Tuesday posted a sharp drop in profit and online sales growth during the critical holiday period and forecast annual profit at the lower end of expectations.

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South Korea launches WTO trade challenge against U.S. duties

GENEVA (Reuters) - South Korea has launched a wide-ranging complaint at the World Trade Organization to challenge the U.S. use of anti-subsidy and anti-dumping duties, citing their use on steel and transformers, a WTO filing showed on Tuesday.

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Walmart profit drops, online sales growth slows in holiday quarter

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. retailer Walmart Inc on Tuesday reported a lower-than-expected quarterly profit and posted a sharp drop in online sales growth during the critical holiday period, sending its shares tumbling more than 9 percent.

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Florida teens travel to state capital demanding action on guns

PARKLAND, Fla. (Reuters) - Busloads of Florida students headed on Tuesday to the state capital Tallahassee to call for a ban on assault rifles, pressing on with protests after a shooting rampage at a high school that killed 17 teens and educators.

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Thomson Reuters says CEO Jim Smith to make full recovery after arrhythmia incident

TORONTO (Reuters) - Thomson Reuters Corp said on Tuesday Chief Executive Officer Jim Smith is in stable condition after an arrhythmia incident on Feb. 12 and is expected to be released from hospital within the next two weeks.

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