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Alabama attorney general asks feds to investigate 2017 election

(Reuters) - Alabama’s attorney general asked federal elections officials on Monday to investigate allegations that the 2017 U.S. Senate election that Republican Roy Moore lost to Democrat Doug Jones was tainted by use of a misleading social media campaign. FILE PHOTO: Republican U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore addresses supporters as his wife Kayla (R) looks on at his election night party in Montgomery, Alabama, U.S., December 12, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman/File PhotoAttorney General Steve Marshall has said he was concerned over tactics used in the election. Jones, a former federal prosecutor, became the first Democrat in a quarter-century to win a U.S. Senate race in the state when…

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Amazon and Netflix push Wall Street higher

(Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) and Netflix (NFLX.O) fueled a second straight session of gains on Wall Street on Monday, as the resumption of U.S.-China trade talks helped ease concerns that have pummeled the market in recent months. The benchmark S&P 500's .SPX advance added to a 3.4 percent surge on Friday, when strong U.S. jobs data eased worries over the economy and remarks by the Federal Reserve head calmed investors nervous that interest rate hikes would crimp growth. Fears of a global slowdown have led to a sharp pullback in the markets over the last few months and in analysts’ estimates for corporate growth. But after…

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Sears picks liquidator should rescue talks fall through: sources

(Reuters) - A long-standing liquidator is now first in line for one of the U.S. retail sector’s most daunting assignments: shutting down 126-year-old department store chain Sears Holdings Corp (SHLDQ.PK), people familiar with the matter said on Sunday. Workers remove a sign from the outside of a Sears department store one day after it closed as part of multiple store closures by Sears Holdings Corp in the United States in Nanuet, New York, U.S., January 7, 2019. REUTERS/Mike SegarSears has lined up Closter, New Jersey-based Abacus Advisory Group LLC to sell the chain’s vast inventories of tools, appliances and store fixtures should negotiations with Chairman Edward Lampert…

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Tennessee governor grants clemency to woman championed by Kim Kardashian

(Reuters) - Tennessee’s governor on Monday commuted the life sentence of a woman convicted as a teenager of murdering a man who she said paid a trafficker to have sex with her, after Kim Kardashian and other celebrities took up her cause. A combination photo of Cyntoia Brown shown in these 2006 and 2013 handout photos in Nashville, Tennessee, provided January 7, 2019. Tennessee Department of Corrections/Handout via REUTERS Cyntoia Brown, now 30, was found guilty of first-degree murder in the killing of Johnny Allen, a 43-year-old Nashville real estate agent. She will walk out of prison on Aug. 7 after serving 15 years, Governor Bill Haslam’s…

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Amazon, Netflix help Wall Street build on rally

(Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) and Netflix (NFLX.O) fueled a second straight session of gains on Wall Street on Monday, as the resumption of U.S.-China trade talks helped ease concerns that have pummeled the market in recent months. Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S., January 7, 2019. REUTERS/Brendan McDermidThe benchmark S&P 500's .SPX advance added to a 3.4 percent surge on Friday, when strong U.S. jobs data eased worries over the economy and remarks by the Federal Reserve head calmed investors nervous that interest rate hikes would crimp growth. Fears of a global slowdown have led to…

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Trump plans televised address, visit to Mexico border

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump announced on Monday he would make a prime-time address and visit the U.S.-Mexico border this week as the partial federal government shutdown entered its 17th day after a funding impasse over his demand for money to build a border wall. The moves indicate the Republican president has no intention of backing off his pledge to build a wall that he believes will stem illegal immigration and drug trafficking. Democrats in Congress say a wall would be expensive, inefficient and immoral. However, pressure to reach a deal is likely to grow as the effects of the shutdown are felt, including possible cuts…

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U.S. House committee queries airport staffing during shutdown

An employee with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) checks the documents of a traveler at Reagan National Airport in Washington, U.S., January 6, 2019. REUTERS/Joshua RobertsWASHINGTON (Reuters) - The chairman of the U.S. House Homeland Security committee has asked the Trump administration how it is ensuring adequate staff at airports as some transportation employees fail to show up for work due to a partial U.S. government shutdown. Representative Bennie Thompson, a Democrat, also asked the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) for the exact number of employees who are calling in sick and if the agency has a contingency plan for future mass absences or resignations of its screeners.…

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Actor Kevin Spacey denies sexually assaulting teen on Nantucket

NANTUCKET, Mass. (Reuters) - Former “House of Cards” star Kevin Spacey stood impassively in a Nantucket courtroom on Monday before pleading not guilty to sexually assaulting an 18-year-old man at an island bar over two years ago, a charge his lawyer dismissed as “patently false.” Spacey did not speak during a brief hearing in Nantucket District Court to face one count of felony indecent assault and battery, though a plea of not guilty was entered on his behalf. Defense lawyer Alan Jackson persuaded Judge Thomas Barrett to order Spacey’s alleged victim to preserve all data from his cell phone for six months following the July 7, 2016,…

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Trump has not made decision on declaring emergency over border wall: Pence

U.S. President Donald Trump sconfers with Vice President Mike Pence and House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) as they faced to reporters in the Rose Garden after the president met with U.S. Congressional leaders about the government shutdown and border security at the White House in Washington, U.S., January 4, 2019. REUTERS/Carlos Barria/File PhotoWASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump has not made a decision on whether to declare a national emergency over his demand for border wall funding and the White House counsel’s office is looking at the legality of such a declaration, Vice President Mike Pence said on Monday. “The Democrats need to start negotiating,”…

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Litecoin’s Charlie Lee Sparks Twitter Battle Over “Bitcoin Extremists”

Charlie Lee is at it again. The Litecoin founder isn’t shy when it comes to voicing his opinion on crypto via Twitter and yesterday was no different. It seems this time, he’s targeting Bitcoin maximalists. Charlie Lee vs. Bitcoin Maximalists It all started with a poll. Some self-proclaimed Bitcoin Maximalists are actually Bitcoin Extremists. They think all other coins are scams and will go to zero. Maximalists think Bitcoin is and will remain the dominant cryptocurrency but there is room for altcoins to exist and even do well. What are you? — Charlie Lee [LTC⚡] (@SatoshiLite) January 6, 2019 It seems Mr. Lee isn’t happy with a…

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