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Trump defends Supreme Court nominee as accuser faces deadline

Wed, 09/19/2018 - 19:02
President Donald Trump on Wednesday stepped up his defense of his U.S. Supreme Court nominee, saying it was hard to imagine Brett Kavanaugh committed a sexual assault and that it would be unfortunate if his accuser did not testify before the Senate.

Sen. McCaskill says will vote against U.S. Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh

Wed, 09/19/2018 - 18:36
Democratic U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill, facing a tough re-election battle in Missouri, said on Wednesday she will vote against confirming President Donald Trump's nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh.

'Calm before storm,' Trump warns South Carolina after Florence deluge

Wed, 09/19/2018 - 18:02
U.S. President Donald Trump warned South Carolina on Wednesday "water is coming your way" from more floods as the death toll from Hurricane Florence rose to at least 36 after a sheriff's van was swept away killing two women.

More than 53,000 Carolinas customers without power after Florence

Wed, 09/19/2018 - 18:02
More than 53,600 U.S. homes and businesses, mostly in North Carolina and South Carolina, were still without power on Wednesday, after Hurricane Florence hit the North Carolina coast last week, power companies said.

Exclusive: Russian oil firm seeks dollar alternative amid U.S. sanctions threat - traders

Wed, 09/19/2018 - 17:40
Russian oil producer Surgutneftegaz is pushing buyers to agree to pay for oil in euros instead of dollars if the need arises, apparently as insurance against possible tougher U.S. sanctions, traders who deal with the firm told Reuters.

Canada PM urges some U.S. flexibility in NAFTA, talks seen slow

Wed, 09/19/2018 - 17:33
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Wednesday he wanted to see flexibility from the United States if the two sides are to reach a deal on renewing NAFTA, which Washington insists must be finished by the end of the month.

Lawyer for Kavanaugh's accuser says Senate panel rushing to hearing

Wed, 09/19/2018 - 17:23
A lawyer for a woman who has accused U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault on Wednesday criticized the Senate Judiciary Committee for scheduling a hearing on the matter for Monday, the Washington Post reported.

Don't rip Britain apart, May appeals to fellow EU leaders on Brexit

Wed, 09/19/2018 - 17:13
Prime Minister Theresa May appealed directly to fellow European leaders on Wednesday to drop "unacceptable" Brexit demands that she said could rip Britain apart, and urged the bloc to respond in kind to her "serious and workable" plan.

Nike's Kaepernick ad spurs spike in sold-out items

Wed, 09/19/2018 - 17:05
Nike Inc has sold out 61 percent more merchandise since the controversial ad campaign featuring former NFL player Colin Kaepernick appeared earlier this month, according to data on the company's online sales from Thomson Reuters Proprietary Research.

Irish PM says no progress in Brexit talks on border issue

Wed, 09/19/2018 - 16:54
Irish Prime Minister Leo Vardkar said on Wednesday there has been no progress in six months in talks between the European Union and Britain on the delicate issue of border between Ireland and Northern Ireland after Brexit.

EU's Juncker says Brexit deal still 'far away'

Wed, 09/19/2018 - 16:54
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said on Wednesday that a Brexit deal with Britain was still "far away", an EU official said.

Britain's Brexit proposals imperfect but credible, Raab says

Wed, 09/19/2018 - 16:53
Britain's proposals for leaving the European Union are not perfect but they are the most credible basis for a Brexit deal, Britain's Brexit minister Dominic Raab said on Wednesday, as he reiterated calls for the EU to compromise.

U.S. judge dismisses GM ignition switch criminal case

Wed, 09/19/2018 - 16:42
A federal judge in New York on Wednesday dismissed a criminal case brought against General Motors Co in 2015 over the largest U.S. automaker's handling of an ignition-switch defect linked to 124 deaths.

Germany's Merkel hopes for respectful Brexit, close ties

Wed, 09/19/2018 - 16:37
German Chancellor Angela Merkel called on Wednesday for friendliness and respect in the negotiations between Britain and the European Union, seeking close ties after Brexit.

May, at summit, urges EU to 'evolve' Brexit position

Wed, 09/19/2018 - 16:37
British Prime Minister Theresa May, arriving at an EU summit dinner in Austria on Wednesday, called on fellow European Union leaders to follow her lead and adapt their Brexit negotiating stance to get a good deal.

Slovenia PM: chance of autumn Brexit deal if Britain backs it

Wed, 09/19/2018 - 16:36
Slovenia Prime Minister Marjan Sarec said on Wednesday he believed a deal with Britain over its withdrawal from the European Union was possible as long as London supported it.

May urges fellow EU leaders to drop 'unacceptable' Brexit demands

Wed, 09/19/2018 - 16:35
Prime Minister Theresa May was set to appeal directly to fellow European leaders at a summit on Wednesday to drop "unacceptable" Brexit demands that she said could rip Britain apart, and to urge the bloc to respond in kind to her plan, according to a senior British government source.

S&P 500, Dow up as rising treasury yields boost banks

Wed, 09/19/2018 - 16:35
The S&P 500 and the Dow Jones industrial average rose on Wednesday, with the Dow hitting its highest closing level since late January as rising Treasury yields boosted the financial sector and trade worries subsided.