UPDATE 1-Sanctions-hit Russian firms ask government for $1.6 bln in liquidity - Interfax
MOSCOW, April 20 (Reuters) - Russian companies hit by U.S. sanctions, including aluminum giant Rusal, have asked for 100 billion roubles ($1.6 billion) in liquidity support from the government, Finance Minister Anton Siluanov was quoted by Interfax news agency as saying on Friday.
Students walk out of class to demand tighter U.S. gun laws
LITTLETON, Colo. (Reuters) - Demanding an end to gun violence and tougher restrictions on firearm sales, thousands of students again walked out of classes across the United States on Friday, aiming to put pressure on politicians ahead of November's midterm elections.
Reuters U.S. Sports Schedule at 3 PM ET on Friday, Apr. 20
Apr. 20 (Reuters) - Reuters U.S. sports schedule at 3 PM ET on Friday:
Natalie Portman snubs Israeli award ceremony over "distressing" events
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli-American actress Natalie Portman has refused to attend a ceremony in Israel to accept a million-dollar prize because of "distressing" events in the country, the organizers said, announcing the prize-giving had been canceled.
UPDATE 2-Natalie Portman snubs Israeli award ceremony over "distressing" events
JERUSALEM, April 20 (Reuters) - Israeli-American actress Natalie Portman has refused to attend a ceremony in Israel to accept a million-dollar prize because of "distressing" events in the country, the organizers said, announcing the prize-giving had been canceled.
Senate's top Democrat seeks to tear down barriers to legal pot
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer on Friday backed the decriminalization of marijuana, unveiling a bill removing it from the federal schedule of controlled substances days after President Donald Trump softened his own stance over the drug.
Illinois GO, hovering above 'junk' credit, among prominent deals next week
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Financially beleaguered Illinois will come back to the U.S. municipal bond market with an offering rated one or two notches above "junk" grade in the most notable of more than $8 billion in debt offerings scheduled for next week.
Springsteen's 'Born to Run' lyrics could fetch $300,000 at auction
April 20 (Reuters) - Bruce Springsteen's early, handwritten manuscript to "Born to Run," the rocker's 1975 star-making hit, is expected to fetch between $200,000 and $300,000 when it goes up for auction in June, Sotheby's said on Friday.
Lawmakers propose giving top NY prosecutor power to bypass Trump pardons
NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York state lawmakers on Friday introduced legislation to give the state's attorney general and other local prosecutors the power to bring criminal charges against people pardoned by U.S. President Donald Trump.
New York banning cars from Central Park starting this summer
NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City's Central Park will kick out cars this summer after more than a century, returning its roads to walkers, runners and cyclists, Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Friday.
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