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Nigeria's Buhari casts ballot as polls open in delayed presidential election

The race to control the country with Africa's biggest economy pits Buhari, who is seeking a second term, against main opposition candidate Atiku Abubakar, a businessman and former vice president. A Reuters witness said Atiku was expected to cast his ballot soon in Yola the capital of Adamawa state. In the country's northeast, where insurgent groups like Boko Haram and Islamic State West Africa Province have waged a decade-long war, blasts were heard in the city of Maiduguri, the capital of Bor...
Tags: Science, Boko Haram, Nigeria, Africa, Reuters, Buhari, Maiduguri, Adamawa, Yola, Borno, Atiku Abubakar, Atiku, Islamic State West Africa Province

NASA Scolds Elon Musk’s SpaceX Over ‘Serious Challenges’ Facing Launch Schedules

Nasa is pressuring SpaceX and its embattled CEO Elon Musk to fix rocket design and safety issues that could keep the U.S space program grounded firmly on Earth. The government space agency took SpaceX to task in its 2018 annual report released this month, noting four “key risks” to the rocket and capsule system designed by Musk and his staff, according to Reuters. Those and other risks present “serious challenges” to SpaceX’s launch schedule, including a possible manned flight of its Crew Dragon...
Tags: Spacex, Science, Nasa, Musk, Reuters

NASA Scolds Elon Musk Over ‘Serious Challenges’ Facing SpaceX Launch Schedules

Nasa is pressuring SpaceX and its embattled CEO Elon Musk to fix rocket design and safety issues that could keep the U.S space program grounded firmly on Earth. The government space agency took SpaceX to task in its 2018 annual report released this month, noting four “key risks” to the rocket and capsule system designed by Musk and his staff, according to Reuters. Those and other risks present “serious challenges” to SpaceX’s launch schedule, including a possible manned flight of its Crew Dragon...
Tags: Spacex, Science, Nasa, Musk, Reuters

Former Enron CEO Jeffrey Skilling released from federal custody

A spokesman for the U.S. Bureau of Prisons confirmed to Reuters that Thursday was the date scheduled for Skilling's release but declined to provide further details, citing privacy issues. Skilling, 65, was moved in August 2018 from an Alabama prison camp to a residential re-entry facility in Houston, where Enron was based before crumbling into bankruptcy in 2001 amid revelations of widespread accounting fraud and corruption. Skilling, who abruptly resigned as chief executive officer of Enron i...
Tags: Science, Alabama, Houston, Reuters, Enron, U S Bureau of Prisons, Skilling, Jeffrey Skilling

NASA’s confidence in SpaceX and Boeing may be wavering

To say that NASA bet big on U.S. companies Boeing and SpaceX to provide solutions for manned spaceflight would be a colossal understatement. The space agency basically put all its eggs in two baskets, and neither of them seem to be capable of staying on track, with countless delays, setbacks, and the cost overruns that accompany them.As Reuters reports, NASA's recent rundown of "key risk items" heavily features the manned spaceflight hardware currently being worked on by SpaceX and Boeing, a...
Tags: Spacex, Science, Russia, Nasa, International Space Station, Boeing, Roscosmos, Reuters, ISS NASA

Ford investigating possible problems with fuel economy, emissions tests

Ford Motor Co said on Thursday it had hired outside experts to investigate its vehicle fuel economy and testing procedures after employees raised concerns, and did not know whether it would have to correct data given to regulators or consumers. The investigation and concerns involving Ford's testing processes do not involve the use of so-called defeat devices - hardware and software designed deliberately to deceive government emissions tests, Kimberly Pittel, Ford's group vice president for sus...
Tags: Science, Ford, Reuters, Ford Motor Co, Kimberly Pittel Ford, Pittel

Remain or leave? Carmakers confront hard Brexit choices

ST ATHAN, Wales/GAYDON, England (Reuters) - In three cavernous former Royal Air Force hangars at an old airbase in Wales, luxury carmaker Aston Martin is forging ahead with construction of a new vehicle assembly plant. The paint shop is in, robots are being unpacked, and production of the company's critical new sport utility vehicle is on track to start this year – Brexit deal or no deal. "I still have to believe that we'll get to a proper and right decision because a no-deal Brexit is frankly...
Tags: England, Science, Wales, Royal Air Force, Aston Martin, Brexit, Reuters, Andy Palmer, England Reuters, Gaydon, ST ATHAN Wales GAYDON

Google's new cloud boss has big task to catch rivals, Reuters data show

Alphabet Inc's cloud computing division remains a distant third behind Inc and Microsoft Corp in terms of global revenue, according to analysts' estimates. A few major companies manage their data on Google's servers. While not comprehensive, the data provide a window into Google's challenge.
Tags: Google, Science, Reuters, Microsoft Corp, Alphabet Inc, Amazon com Inc

Johnson & Johnson receives federal subpoenas related to baby powder litigation

The disclosure in Johnson & Johnson's annual report on Wednesday is the first time that the company disclosed it had received subpoenas from federal agencies regarding its talc powder products. A Reuters report on Dec. 14 revealed that Johnson & Johnson knew for decades that small amounts of asbestos, a known carcinogen, had been occasionally found in its talc and powder products, according to tests from the 1970s to the early 2000s - information it did not disclose to regulators or the public.
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Exclusive: China's Dalian port bans Australian coal imports, sets 2019 quota - source

Customs at China's northern Dalian port has banned imports of Australian coal and will cap overall coal imports for 2019 through its harbours at 12 million tonnes, an official at Dalian Port Group told Reuters on Thursday. The indefinite ban on imports from top supplier Australia, effective since the start of February, comes as major ports elsewhere in China prolong clearing times for Australian coal to at least 40 days. Five harbours overseen by Dalian customs - Dalian, Bayuquan, Panjin, Dand...
Tags: Science, Australia, China, Reuters, Dalian, Dalian Port Group, Dalian Bayuquan Panjin Dandong, Beiliang

Exclusive: Kinder Morgan to expand Chicago ethanol hub to calm price manipulation concerns - sources

Kinder Morgan Inc will expand loading capacity at its ethanol terminal in Chicago to address producer concerns that trade at the terminal - a benchmark for global ethanol prices - is vulnerable to manipulation, three people briefed on the company's plans told Reuters. Tens of thousands of barrels change hand at the hub every day, but many more barrels across the country depend on the price. Ethanol trade in the cash market at the Kinder Morgan Argo hub is used in contracts for the biofuel acro...
Tags: Science, Chicago, Reuters, Kinder Morgan, Kinder Morgan Inc, Kinder Morgan Argo hub

Lyft Plans to File for IPO as Soon as Next Week

Lyft, which announced in December that it had filed its IPO application confidentially with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, intends to list its shares on the Nasdaq market, the person said. A spokeswoman for San Francisco-based Lyft declined to comment. The details of the companies IPO plans were reported earlier by Reuters and the Wall Street Journal.
Tags: Lyft, Science, Ipo, San Francisco, Reuters, U S Securities and Exchange Commission

Qualcomm Is Asking for Regulators to Impose an Import Ban on Some Models of iPhones

Chip manufacturer Qualcomm, which is locked in a bitter patent battle with tech giant Apple that has yet to go to trial, is asking U.S. trade officials to reverse a court ruling and impose a ban on imports of some iPhones, Reuters reported on Tuesday.Read more...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Science, Technology, Intel, Courts, Itc, Qualcomm, Reuters

Wall Street rises modestly on Walmart bump

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stocks gained ground on Tuesday as upbeat results from Walmart boosted investor sentiment and high-level U.S.-China trade talks resumed in Washington.
Tags: New York, Science, China, Walmart, Reuters

U.S. wants pledge for stable Chinese yuan as talks resume: report

The United States is seeking to secure a pledge from China it will not devalue its yuan as part of an agreement intended to end the countries' trade war, Bloomberg reported on Monday. Officials from the two countries, which resumed talks on Tuesday in Washington, are discussing how to address currency policy in a "Memorandum of Understanding" that would form the basis of a U.S.-China trade deal, the news agency reported, citing unnamed people involved in and briefed on the discussions. U.S. Tr...
Tags: Science, Washington, China, Bloomberg, United States, Reuters, U S Treasury, Steven Mnuchin

Canadian prime minister Trudeau's chief secretary resigns

TORONTO (Reuters) - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s principal secretary Gerald Butts has resigned from his position, according to a statement issued by Butts on Monday. Trudeau has faced criticism since Jody Wilson-Raybould quit Trudeau's cabinet unexpectedly after a newspaper reported this month she had been pressured by the prime minister's team to go easy on SNC-Lavalin last year when she was justice minister and attorney general. ...
Tags: Science, Toronto, Justin Trudeau, Reuters, Trudeau, Jody Wilson Raybould, SNC Lavalin, Gerald Butts

Russia's Gazprombank freezes accounts of Venezuela's PDVSA: source

Russian lender Gazprombank has decided to freeze the accounts of Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA and halted transactions with the firm to reduce the risk of the bank falling under U.S. sanctions, a Gazprombank source told Reuters on Sunday. While many foreign firms have been cutting their exposure to PDVSA since the sanctions were imposed, the fact that a lender closely aligned with the Russian state is following suit is significant because the Kremlin has been among Venezuelan President Nic...
Tags: Science, Russia, Venezuela, Kremlin, Nicolás Maduro, Reuters, PDVSA, Gazprombank

Nigeria presidential election could be delayed in some areas: sources

Nigeria's presidential election set for Saturday is now expected to be delayed in parts of the country, two diplomats and a government source said on Friday, citing difficulties in transporting electoral materials in some areas. President Muhammadu Buhari faces a tight election contest in Africa's largest economy, top oil producer and most populous nation against the main opposition candidate, businessman and former vice president Atiku Abubakar. An official of the Independent National Elector...
Tags: Science, Nigeria, Africa, Muhammadu Buhari, Reuters, Independent National Electoral Commission INEC, Atiku Abubakar An

Electric truck startup Rivian gets funding from Amazon

Reuters reported on Tuesday that Amazon and General Motors Co were in talks to invest in Rivian in a deal that could value the company between $1 billion and $2 billion. Both Rivian and Amazon declined to comment on the valuation. The investment comes on the heels of Rivian unveiling its all-electric R1T pickup and R1S SUV at the Los Angeles Auto Show last November, the company said.
Tags: Amazon, Science, Los Angeles Auto Show, Reuters, General Motors Co, Rivian

Rogue App Makers Are Creeping Through the Cracks in Apple's Walled Garden

Apple diehards have long defended the company’s “walled garden” approach to its ecosystem. While there are plenty of malicious Android apps, Apple’s strict app review standards generally kept iPhones safe. But where there’s a will, there’s a way. According to a Reuters report, sneaky app makers are using Apple’s…Read more...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Apps, Science, App Store, Reuters, Walled Garden, There Are Cracks In Apples Walled Garden, Enterprise Developer Certificate

Nigeria militants vow to cripple economy if Buhari re-elected

ABUJA (Reuters) - Nigerian militants threatened on Thursday to cripple Africa's biggest economy if President Muhammadu Buhari is re-elected in a vote due to be held on Saturday, the Niger Delta Avengers said in a statement on Thursday. The group said it hoped to change Buhari's rule through elections and that its preferred choice for president was opposition candidate Atiku Abubakar. The militants were behind a 2016 wave of violence that helped push Nigeria into recession. (Reporting by ...
Tags: Science, Nigeria, Africa, Muhammadu Buhari, Reuters, Abuja, Buhari, Paul Carsten, Atiku Abubakar, James Macharia, Niger Delta Avengers

Singapore to Hanoi: The bumpy diplomatic road since Trump and Kim first met

SEOUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - It's been the better part of a year since U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un stood face to face for the first time at their unprecedented summit in Singapore. North Korea still has its nuclear weapons, and Washington has only increased sanctions on Pyongyang so the stakes are high for both leaders who have promised to overcome decades of tension and conflict between the two countries. Here is a breakdown of what Trump and Kim have agree...
Tags: Science, Washington, Singapore, Kim Jong Un, Kim, Donald Trump, Pyongyang, Hanoi, Trump, Reuters, Seoul Washington, Singapore North Korea

Trump to give speech on Venezuela on Monday in Miami

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump will give a speech on Venezuela in Miami on Monday and voice support for Venezuela's National Assembly President Juan Guaido, whom the United States considers the legitimate president of that country, a White House official said on Wednesday. Trump is to make remarks on Venezuela and "the dangers of socialism" at Florida International University in Miami, the official said. (Reporting by Steve Holland; Editing by Sandra Maler)
Tags: Science, Washington, White House, United States, Miami, Venezuela, Donald Trump, Trump, Reuters, National Assembly, Steve Holland, Florida International University, Juan Guaido

U.S. senators to try again to pass Russia sanctions bill

It was introduced by Republican Senator Lindsey Graham and Democratic Senator Bob Menendez, as well as other members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. The new bill, which was first reported by Reuters, may have a better chance of passing Congress now, either as a whole or as amendments to other legislation, in the face of growing bipartisan anger over Russia's interference in other countries' affairs. Trump, who has gone along with some previous congressional efforts to increase sanct...
Tags: Science, Congress, Russia, Republican, Lindsey Graham, Trump, Reuters, Bob Menendez, Senate Foreign Relations Committee

Exclusive: U.S. senators to try again to pass Russia sanctions bill

It will be introduced by Republican Senator Lindsey Graham and Democratic Senator Bob Menendez, and is a tougher version of the one the two lawmakers backed last year but which failed to pass, Menendez's office said. The bill, which was seen by Reuters, may have a better chance of passing Congress now, either as a whole or as amendments to other bills, in the face of growing bipartisan anger over Russia's interference in other countries' affairs. President Donald Trump, who has gone along with...
Tags: Science, Congress, Russia, Republican, Donald Trump, Lindsey Graham, Reuters, Bob Menendez, Menendez

Canada legislators ponder hearings into government's ethics woes

By Julie Gordon and David Ljunggren OTTAWA (Reuters) - The Canadian parliament's justice committee will hold an emergency meeting on Wednesday to debate whether to probe allegations of political interference that are becoming a big problem for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Former veterans affairs minister Jody Wilson-Raybould unexpectedly quit on Tuesday amid allegations she had been pressured by Trudeau officials to go easy on SNC-Lavalin Group last year when she was justice minister. The ...
Tags: Science, Canada, Ottawa, Justin Trudeau, Reuters, Trudeau, Julie Gordon, Jody Wilson Raybould, David Ljunggren, SNC Lavalin Group

Brazilian president may leave hospital on Wednesday: spokesman

"As of (Wednesday) he will be able to be discharged," presidential spokesman Otavio Rêgo Barros told Reuters on Tuesday. "It will depend on a medical evaluation." Bolsonaro has been hospitalized since Jan. 27 at the Albert Einstein Hospital in Sao Paulo, where he underwent surgery to remove a colostomy bag following a near-fatal stabbing on the campaign trail in September.
Tags: Science, Sao Paulo, Reuters, Bolsonaro, Albert Einstein Hospital, Otavio Rego Barros

One of the oldest U.S. refineries in trouble again in Philadelphia: court filings

Philadelphia Energy Solutions Inc, owner of the largest and oldest refinery on the U.S. East Coast, is facing another financial crisis just months after emerging from a controversial bankruptcy, according to two sources and a Reuters review of court filings. PES, which exited bankruptcy in August, saw its cash balance fall to $87.7 million at the end of 2018, down from $148 million just three months earlier, a $61 million decline, according to a post-bankruptcy financial report filed late last ...
Tags: Science, Canada, Philadelphia, East Coast, Pes, Reuters, South Philadelphia, West Texas, Philadelphia Energy Solutions Inc

EPA opts for single E15 rule after considering separating trading curbs

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has decided to release a single draft rule to expand sales of higher ethanol blends of gasoline and curb biofuel credit speculation, after having contemplated separating the measures, a senior official at the administration told Reuters on Tuesday. The EPA was thinking about releasing the measures separately to allow it to focus on finishing its rule to lift a summertime ban on sales of so-called E15 gasoline in time for the U.S. driving season, sources ...
Tags: Science, Epa, Reuters, U S Environmental Protection Agency

Northern China pollution up 16 percent in January

Average concentrations of small, hazardous particles known as PM2.5 in two major northern Chinese emissions control zones climbed 16 percent from a year earlier to 114 micrograms per cubic meter, according to Reuters analysis of official pollution data. China has vowed not to ease up when it comes to fighting pollution even amid an economic slump, but rising emissions of lung-damaging smog last month suggests that some provinces could struggle to balance that goal with an upturn in industrial p...
Tags: Science, China, Greenpeace, Reuters, Lauri Myllyvirta, Northern China

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