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U.S. Iran bill makes nuclear deal harder, but not impossible

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 04:44
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A compromise allowing the U.S. Congress to vote on a nuclear deal with Tehran may prompt Iranian negotiators to drive a harder bargain, but does not drastically weaken President Barack Obama's ability to deliver on a final agreement.






U.S. fast-food workers mark Tax Day demanding higher wages

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 03:52
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Fast-food workers rallied in U.S. cities on Wednesday to demand higher pay, using the April 15 deadline for filing tax returns to publicize their claim that they cannot survive on the hourly wages paid by many U.S. corporations.

Search area for Flight MH370 to double if plane not found

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 03:34
SYDNEY/KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Government ministers from Australia, China and Malaysia on Thursday said they would double the search area for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 if wreckage is not found in the current target area.






The jumbo jet faces a make or break year at Boeing, Airbus

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 23:52
Seattle/Paris (Reuters) - The jumbo jet, for many years the workhorse of modern air travel, could be close to running out of runway.

Payout from BP oil spill settlement tops $5 billion

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 20:01
(Reuters) - The administrator overseeing a BP Plc fund to compensate people and businesses claiming they were harmed by the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill said on Wednesday more than $5 billion has been paid out.

Christie concedes political risks in pushing Social Security reform

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 19:25
LONDONDERRY, N.H. (Reuters) - New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who is making cutting Social Security and Medicare the centerpiece of a possible presidential campaign, conceded on Wednesday that he is taking a risk with the proposal.






Germans downbeat on chances of Greek deal next week

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 19:24
NEW YORK/ATHENS (Reuters) - Germany's finance minister said on Wednesday there was no prospect of the euro zone reaching a deal with Athens next week on economic reforms that would unlock bailout funds, potentially leaving Greece perilously short of money.

EU accuses Google of hurting consumers, competitors in Web search case

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 19:01
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union accused Google Inc on Wednesday of cheating consumers and competitors by distorting Web search results to favor its own shopping service, after a five-year investigation that could change the rules for business online.






GM is shielded from some ignition-switch suits, ruling finds

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 16:17
NEW YORK (Reuters) - General Motors Co will not have to face dozens of lawsuits accusing it of concealing an ignition-switch defect that led to the recall of 2.6 million vehicles, a U.S. bankruptcy judge ruled on Wednesday.

Wall Street gains on earnings, oil surges

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 16:09
NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stocks rallied following several strong earnings reports on Wednesday, while European shares hit a 14-year high after the European Central Bank affirmed its loose policy stance.






EU accuses Google of hurting consumers, competitors in Web search case

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 16:02
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union accused Google Inc on Wednesday of cheating consumers and competitors by distorting Web search results to favor its own shopping service, after a five-year investigation that could change the rules for business online.






Clinton pledges help for small businesses at last stop on Iowa tour

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 15:58
NORWALK, Iowa (Reuters) - Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton promised on Wednesday to help small businesses, saying U.S. tax rules were skewed in favor of big corporations and made it time consuming and costly for small employers to navigate the tax code.

Ex-NFL star Hernandez gets life in prison for 2013 killing

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 14:33
FALL RIVER, Mass. (Reuters) - Former National Football League star Aaron Hernandez was sentenced to life in prison on Wednesday for murdering an acquaintance in an industrial park near his Massachusetts home, concluding the first of two murder trials he faces this year.






Nokia buys Alcatel to take on Ericsson in telecom equipment

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 14:24
HELSINKI/PARIS (Reuters) - Nokia is to buy Alcatel-Lucent in an all-share deal that values its smaller French rival at 15.6 billion euros ($16.6 billion), building up its telecom equipment business to compete with market leader Ericsson.






Christie concedes political risks in pushing Social Security reform

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 14:16
LONDONDERRY, N.H. (Reuters) - New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who is making cutting Social Security and Medicare the centerpiece of a possible presidential campaign, conceded on Wednesday that he is taking a risk with the proposal.

Iran says nuclear deal depends on lifting of sanctions

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 13:15
ANKARA/DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran said on Wednesday it would only accept a deal over its contested nuclear program if world powers simultaneously lifted all sanctions imposed on it.






Germans downbeat on chances of Greek deal next week

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 12:51
NEW YORK/ATHENS (Reuters) - Germany's finance minister said on Wednesday there was no prospect of the euro zone reaching a deal with Athens next week on economic reforms that would unlock bailout funds, potentially leaving Greece perilously short of money.






Boston marks somber second anniversary of deadly marathon bombing

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 09:49
BOSTON (Reuters) - Boston marked the second anniversary of the deadly attack on its annual marathon on Wednesday with a quiet ceremony at the site where three died, unveiling a pair of banners marked with a heart.

Korean ferry victims' families cry out names of loved ones at sea, offer snacks

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 07:34
JINDO, South Korea (Reuters) - South Korean parents mourning victims of last year's Sewol ferry disaster cried out their names at the spot where the ship went down, threw white chrysanthemums into the sea and made offerings of their loved ones' favorite snacks.






Israel happy at compromise deal on Iran between Congress-Obama: minister

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 07:21
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel is pleased at a compromise deal on Iran achieved between the United States Congress and the administration of President Barack Obama, Israeli Intelligence Minister Yuval Steinitz said on Wednesday.