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Velveeta revives as young and poor shop dollar stores for groceries

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 05:55
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Anielle Troyan, a call center worker in New York, shops at discount retailers such as Family Dollar for items like soap and detergent as well as groceries like Kraft macaroni and cheese and small-sized condiments.

Exclusive: Apple's health tech takes early lead among top hospitals

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 00:23
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple Inc's healthcare technology is spreading quickly among major U.S. hospitals, showing early promise as a way for doctors to monitor patients remotely and lower costs.






Fourth day of U.S. refineries strike ends with new offer

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 22:11
HOUSTON (Reuters) - The United Steelworkers union (USW) said a new contract offer was made by lead oil company negotiator Royal Dutch Shell Plc on Wednesday night as a strike by U.S. refinery workers ended its fourth day.






Top China official in Hong Kong warns against confronting Beijing

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 22:10
HONG KONG (Reuters) - China's top official in Hong Kong has warned democracy campaigners in the former British colony against pushing for independence and confronting Beijing, the official news agency, Xinhua, reported.

Electrified rail pierced New York train in crash, official says

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 19:29
VALHALLA, N.Y. (Reuters) - Hundreds of feet of electrified rail skewered the first two carriages of a New York commuter train in a collision with a car at a railroad crossing, a federal investigator said on Wednesday, describing the area's worst rail crash in decades.






Electrified rail pierced New York train in crash, official says

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 17:29
VALHALLA, N.Y. (Reuters) - Hundreds of feet of electrified rail skewered the first two carriages of a New York commuter train in a collision with a car at a railroad crossing, a federal investigator said on Wednesday, describing the area's worst rail crash in decades.






Jordanian king vows 'relentless' war on Islamic State's own ground

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 17:25
AMMAN (Reuters) - Jordan's King Abdullah vowed a "relentless" war against Islamic State on their own territory on Wednesday in response to a video published by the hard-line group showing a captured Jordanian air force pilot being burned alive in a cage.






Advancing Ukraine rebels appear to capture frontline town

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 17:05
VUHLEHIRSK, Ukraine (Reuters) - Pro-Russian rebels appeared to be in full control on Wednesday of one of the towns that has been a principal target of their advance, as they attempt to surround a nearby garrison of Ukrainian forces.






U.S. official: Guantanamo 'not on table' in Cuba talks

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 17:04
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department official leading negotiations with the Cuban government said on Wednesday the United States is not considering returning the U.S. Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay to Havana as it discusses improved ties.






Boko Haram kill more than 100 in Cameroon: local leader

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 16:40
YAOUNDE/ACCRA (Reuters) - Boko Haram fighters have killed more than 100 people in the north Cameroon town of Fotokol, murdering residents inside their homes and a mosque, a local civic leader said on Wednesday.






Senate Democrats again block bill derailing Obama on immigration

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 16:00
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senate Democrats held firm on Wednesday and for the second time this week blocked a Republican proposal to cut off funding for President Barack Obama's immigration reform policies.






ECB cancels soft treatment of Greek debt in warning to Athens

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 15:57
FRANKFURT/BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Central Bank abruptly canceled its acceptance of Greek bonds in return for funding on Wednesday, shifting the burden onto Athens' central bank to finance its lenders and isolating Greece unless it strikes a new reform deal.

Taiwan plane crashes into river after take-off, killing 23

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 14:09
TAIPEI (Reuters) - A TransAsia Airways plane with 58 passengers and crew on board careened into a river shortly after taking off from a downtown Taipei airport on Wednesday, killing 23 people and leaving 20 missing, officials said.






U.S. board weighs transfer of Yemeni detainee from Guantanamo

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 11:04
ARLINGTON, Va. (Reuters) - A U.S. national security panel weighed on Wednesday whether a suspected al Qaeda fighter from Yemen with a history of disciplinary problems should remain at the Guantanamo Bay military prison.

September 11 conspirator Moussaoui says Saudi royals backed al Qaeda

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 10:20
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A former al Qaeda operative imprisoned for life for his role in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks has told lawyers for victims of the attacks that members of the Saudi royal family supported the Islamic militant group.






Kurds dream of independence as they defend perilous border

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 09:02
VALLEY OF THE CROWS, northern Iraq, (Reuters) - The black banner of the Islamic State, fixed to a shack within sight of this frontline, is evidence of the existential threat menacing the Kurds from across the 1,000-km long frontier.

Obama's Pentagon nominee to brave Senate confirmation grilling

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 08:49
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's pick for defense secretary is poised to tell Republicans in Congress on Wednesday he might eventually consider reviewing the schedule for withdrawing U.S. troops from Afghanistan, and would push to trim wasteful spending.






Staples inks deal to buy Office Depot for $6.3 billion

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 07:57
(Reuters) - Staples Inc , the No. 1 U.S. office supplies retailer, agreed to buy No. 2 Office Depot Inc in a $6.3 billion deal designed to help it better compete against Wal-Mart Stores Inc and online rivals such as Amazon.com Inc .

Greece has started debt-swap talks with IMF, minister tells paper

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 06:57
ROME (Reuters) - Greece has started negotiations with the International Monetary Fund over a plan to swap its sovereign debt for growth-linked bonds, Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis said in an interview published on Wednesday.






Islamic State kills 50 captives in Syria this year: Syria monitor

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 06:07
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Islamic State has killed 50 people this year in Syria who it accused of insulting God, spying or being enemy fighters, including a Jordanian pilot it burned alive, a monitoring group said on Wednesday.