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Ex-London mayor halts bid to be UK prime minister, upends race

LONDON (Reuters) - Former London mayor Boris Johnson abruptly pulled out of the race to become Britain's prime minister that he was once favored to win, upending the contest less than a week after he led a campaign to take the country out of the EU. Read More


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U.S. opens investigation into Tesla after fatal crash in Autopilot mode

(Reuters) - The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said on Thursday it is opening a preliminary investigation into 25,000 Tesla Motors Model S cars after a driver of one of the vehicles was killed using the Autopilot mode. More »


House of Representatives reignites gun-control debate with planned vote

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives, under mounting pressure to advance gun-control legislation, will vote next week on a measure to keep guns out of the hands of people on government terrorism watch lists. More »


Palestinian kills teen in Israeli settlement, then shot dead

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - A Palestinian fatally stabbed a 13-year-old Israeli girl in her bedroom in a settlement in the occupied West Bank on Thursday, the military said, as international sponsors of frozen peace talks prepared to issue a report on the impasse. More »


Obama signs Puerto Rico debt bill, but says still tough work ahead

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama on Thursday signed into law a relief plan passed by the Congress to help Puerto Rico address its $70 billion debt, but said more tough work was ahead to help the U.S. territory regain financial stability. More »


U.S. sailors divulged sensitive information while held by Iran: Navy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. sailors who blundered into Iranian waters in January divulged sensitive information to their captors while held at gunpoint by Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, a U.S. Navy report said on Thursday. More »


Probe of Clinton's email driven by facts, not politics: White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House on Thursday said the U.S. Justice Department's investigation into Hillary Clinton's email use is being driven by facts and should be free of political interference. More »


More U.S. babies with Zika-related birth defects reported by health agency

(Reuters) - Three more babies have been born in the United States with birth defects likely linked to Zika virus infections, while another lost pregnancy was linked to the virus, according to figures updated by health officials on Thursday. More »


Lockdown lifted at U.S. base near Washington, no threat found

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Joint Base Andrews, the military facility near Washington that is home to the president's plane, was briefly placed on lockdown on Thursday amid what turned out to be erroneous reports of a gunman at large during a pre-planned exercise to test responses to an active shooter. More »


Nobel laureates urge Greenpeace to stop opposing GMOs

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - More than 100 Nobel laureates called on the international environmental group Greenpeace on Thursday to end its opposition to genetically modified crops, saying there is a scientific consensus they are safe and can benefit society. More »


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