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Dayton shooter spent two hours in area before attack, likely acted alone: police

(Reuters) - A gunman who killed nine people in Dayton, Ohio earlier this month spent two hours in the nightlife neighborhood before unleashing an attack on bar goers and probably carried it out alone, police said on Tuesday. The Aug. 4 attack, which ended when police shot and killed the gunman, 24-year-old Connor Betts, was one of three high- profile mass shootings over three weeks that stunned the United States and stoked its long-running debate on gun rights. During an afternoon news conference, Dayton Police Chief Richard Biehl used footage from video cameras from several businesses in the neighborhood to lay out a detailed timeline of the…

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Factbox: Merged CBS and Viacom aim to join U.S. media big league

(Reuters) - CBS Corp (CBS.N) and Viacom Inc (VIAB.O) on Tuesday reached a deal to reunite media mogul Sumner Redstone’s U.S. entertainment empire after 13 years apart. FILE PHOTO: The CBS broadcasting logo is seen outside the CBS Broadcast Center in Manhattan, New York, U.S., July 30, 2018. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton/File PhotoThe deal brings together CBS television network, CBS News, Showtime cable networks with MTV Networks, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central and the Paramount movie studios. Together, the company will own more than 140,000 TV episodes and more than 3,600 film titles. The new company, ViacomCBS, will compete in an industry that has been reshaped after large-scale deals, including $85…

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U.S. government shakes up staffing at jail where financier Epstein died

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department on Tuesday announced a staff shakeup at the federal jail where financier Jeffrey Epstein was found dead in an apparent suicide while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges, temporarily reassigning the warden and placing two corrections officers on administrative leave. The announcement was made hours after President Donald Trump said he wanted a full investigation into the circumstances surrounding Epstein’s death. Epstein was found dead on Saturday morning, having apparently hanged himself in his cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC) in lower Manhattan. Kerri Kupec, a Justice Department spokeswoman, said that James Petrucci, the warden at Federal Correctional Institution…

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Global Times says reporter held by demonstrators at Hong Kong airport, rescued by police

Fu Guohao, reporter of Chinese media Global Times website, is tied by protesters during a mass demonstration at the Hong Kong international airport, in Hong Kong, China, August 13, 2019. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu(Reuters) - A reporter from China’s Global Times was seized by demonstrators at Hong Kong airport on Tuesday but was rescued by police, the newspaper’s editor in chief said. "GT reporter Fu Guohao has been rescued by police and sent to the hospital. We're still learning about his injury conditions", Hu Xijin said in a tweet bit.ly/2YW04rd. Global Times is a tabloid published by the Ruling Communist Party’s People’s Daily. In an earlier tweet, Hu had…

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Clashes at Hong Kong airport after flights halted

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Police and protesters clashed at Hong Kong’s international airport on Tuesday after flights were disrupted for a second day as the political crisis in the former British colony deepened. In Washington, U.S. President Donald Trump said the Chinese government was moving troops to the border with Hong Kong and he urged calm. Trump said the situation in Hong Kong was tricky but he hoped it would work out for everybody, including China, and “for liberty” without anyone getting hurt or killed. Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam warned that Hong Kong risked being “smashed to pieces”. Demonstrators who have been protesting for the…

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CBS, Viacom reach deal to reunite Sumner Redstone’s media empire

(Reuters) - CBS Corp (CBS.N) and Viacom Inc (VIAB.O) have reached a deal to reunite media mogul Sumner Redstone’s U.S. entertainment empire after 13 years apart. FILE PHOTO: A trader works below the CBS Corporation logo on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange shortly after the opening bell in New York, U.S., May 14, 2018. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson/File PhotoThe new company will be named ViacomCBS Inc despite the fact that CBS shareholders will own 61% and Viacom shareholders will own 39%. Viacom shareholders will receive 0.59625 CBS shares for each share they own, representing a slight premium to Viacom’s closing price on Monday. The merger creates…

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Iran says Britain might release oil tanker soon, Gibraltar says not yet

DUBAI/LONDON (Reuters) - The British territory of Gibraltar will not yet release an Iranian oil tanker seized by Royal Marines in the Mediterranean despite an Iranian report that it could do so on Tuesday, an official Gibraltar source said. Iranian oil tanker Grace 1 sits anchored after it was seized in July by British Royal Marines off the coast of the British Mediterranean territory on suspicion of violating sanctions against Syria, in the Strait of Gibraltar, southern Spain August 13, 2019. REUTERS/Jon NazcaThe commandeering of the Grace 1 on July 4 exacerbated frictions between Tehran and the West and led to retaliatory moves in Gulf waterways used…

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Justice Department shakes up staffing at jail where financier Epstein died

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department said on Tuesday it was shaking up staffing at the federal jail where financier Jeffrey Epstein died over the weekend while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges, announcing it had temporarily assigned a new warden and placed two corrections officers on administrative leave. Kerri Kupec, a department spokeswoman, said that James Petrucci, the warden at Federal Correctional Institution Otisville in New York, has been named acting warden at Metropolitan Correctional Center pending the outcome of investigations by the FBI and Inspector General into Epstein’s apparent suicide. Reporting by Sarah N. Lynch; Editing by Steve OrlofskyOur Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.

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Kremlin says it is winning arms race against U.S. despite rocket accident

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Kremlin boasted on Tuesday it was winning the race to develop new cutting edge nuclear weapons despite a mysterious rocket accident last week in northern Russia that caused a temporary spike in radiation levels. Rosatom, Russia’s state nuclear agency, has said that the Aug. 8 accident occurred during a rocket test on a sea platform in the White Sea, killing at least five and injuring three more. It has pledged to keep developing new weapons regardless, portraying the men who died in the test as heroes. U.S. President Donald Trump said on Twitter on Monday the United States was “learning much” from the…

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Trump hopes ‘tricky’ Hong Kong situation works out ‘for liberty’

MORRISTOWN, N.J. (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday the situation in Hong Kong was tricky, but he hoped it would work out for everybody, including China, and “for liberty” without anyone getting hurt or killed. Trump cited U.S. intelligence as saying that China’s government was moving troops to its border with Hong Kong, and urged calm as clashes continued between protesters and authorities in the former British colony. It was not immediately clear whether Trump was reporting fresh troop movements or movements near the border already reported in the media. “Our Intelligence has informed us that the Chinese Government is moving troops to the…

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