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Trump slams impeachment probe as hoax as Democrats seek White House documents

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Wednesday angrily denounced an impeachment inquiry into his July telephone call with Ukraine’s leader as Democratic lawmakers said they would subpoena White House records about the call. At a joint news conference with Finland’s president, a frustrated Trump blasted reporters who asked about the probe, which he called a hoax and a fraud, but said he would cooperate with the inquiry. “I always cooperate,” he said. His voice rising with anger, Trump lashed out at Reuters reporter Jeff Mason, who asked what he had wanted Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to do when Trump brought up the business ties to Ukraine…

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Sanders presidential campaign pivots health scare to Medicare for All message

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Bernie Sanders’ 2020 presidential election campaign on Wednesday sought to use news the candidate had a heart procedure to highlight the benefits of his trademark Medicare for All healthcare plan. FILE PHOTO: Democratic 2020 U.S. presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (D-VT) takes the stage at the New Hampshire Democratic Party state convention in Manchester, New Hampshire, U.S. September 7, 2019. REUTERS/Gretchen Ertl/File PhotoSanders’ campaign canceled campaign events and pulled TV ads after the 78-year-old U.S. senator had two stents inserted into an artery after he experienced discomfort during a campaign visit to Nevada on Tuesday. The candidate would rest for a few…

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Ex-Dallas cop gets 10-year sentence for wrong-apartment slaying

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Former Dallas police officer Amber Guyger was sentenced by a Texas jury to 10 years in prison on Wednesday, after a jury found her guilty of murder for walking into a neighbor’s apartment thinking it was her own and shooting him dead. FILE PHOTO: Botham Jean's mother Allison Jean and his father Bertram Jean, listen as family attorneys, Benjamin Crump, Lee Merrit & Daryl Washington address the press after the conviction charge of murder was delivered after deliberations for the trial of former Dallas police officer Amber Guyger, in Dallas, Texas, U.S., October 1, 2019. REUTERS/Jeremy LockThe same jury took less than six…

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Sanders cancels U.S. presidential campaign events after heart scare

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders was treated for a blocked artery after experiencing chest discomfort and has canceled campaign events until further notice, an adviser said on Wednesday. Sanders, 78, was in Las Vegas to campaign when he was taken to a hospital on Tuesday night for evaluation. “He was found to have a blockage in one artery, and two stents were successfully inserted,” Sanders senior adviser Jeff Weaver said in a statement. “Sen. Sanders is conversing and in good spirits. He will be resting up over the next few days. We are canceling his events and appearances until further notice, and we…

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U.S. set to widen trade war with new tariffs on EU aircraft, other goods

LONDON/BRUSSELS/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States won approval on Wednesday to impose import tariffs on $7.5 billion worth of European goods over illegal EU subsidies handed to Airbus, threatening to trigger a tit-for-tat transatlantic trade war as the global economy falters. The decision by the World Trade Organization pushes a 15-year corporate dispute over illegal support for plane giants to the center of caustic world trade relations and comes on top of a tariff war between Washington and Beijing. In response, the United States intends to impose new 10% tariffs on aircraft and 25% on agricultural and industrial good other European goods starting Oct. 18, an official…

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U.S. hits Scotch whisky, Italian cheese, French wine with 25% tariffs

FILE PHOTO: Bottles of single malt scotch whisky are pictured in a shop near Lausanne, Switzerland May 18, 2017. Picture taken with a fisheye lens. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse/File PhotoWASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration slapped 25% tariffs on French wine, Italian cheese and single-malt Scotch whisky in retaliation for European Union subsidies on large aircraft. The list exempts some products — like Italian wine — from the new tariffs, but includes United Kingdom-made sweaters, pullovers, cashmere items and wool clothing, as well as olives from France, Germany and Spain, EU-produced pork sausage and other pork products other than ham, and German coffee. The new tariffs are to take…

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Three indicted on federal drug charges in rapper Mac Miller’s death

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Three men who prosecutors say supplied Mac Miller with the counterfeit oxycodone laced with fentanyl blamed in the rapper’s 2018 death were indicted on federal drug distribution charges on Wednesday. Cameron James Pettit, 28, Stephen Andrew Walter, 46, and Ryan Michael Reavis, 36, were each charged with conspiring to distribute controlled substances resulting in death, and distribution of fentanyl, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office in Los Angeles. The three defendants had previously been charged separately in connection with the case. The indictment was handed down by a U.S. District Court grand jury. Miller, born Malcolm James McCormick, was found unresponsive at his…

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U.S. to hit EU with tariffs of 10% on aircraft, 25% on other goods: official

FILE PHOTO: U.S. and European Union flags are pictured at the European Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium February 20, 2017. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir/File PhotoWASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States will impose 10% tariffs on aircraft and 25% on other industrial and agricultural products from the European Union as part of a World Trade Organization penalty award in a long-running aircraft subsidy case, an official with the U.S. Trade Representative’s office said on Wednesday. The aircraft duty, however, will not apply to aircraft parts, the official told reporters on a conference call, sparing Airbus’ (AIR.PA) production in Alabama from higher costs, as well as Boeing Co’s (BA.N) use of…

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Wall Street tumbles as trade war threatens U.S. economy

(Reuters) - Wall Street’s main indexes suffered their sharpest one-day declines in nearly six weeks on Wednesday after employment and manufacturing data suggested that the U.S.-China trade war is taking an increasing toll on the U.S. economy. Adding to trade concerns, the United States won approval on Wednesday to levy import tariffs on $7.5 billion worth of European goods over illegal EU subsidies handed to Airbus (AIR.PA), threatening to trigger a tit-for-tat transatlantic trade war. All 11 major S&P sector indexes fell, with energy .SPNY and financials .SPSY each down more than 2%. The ADP National Employment Report showed private payrolls growth in August was not as…

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Tesla deliveries miss Wall Street target; shares fall 6%

FILE PHOTO: A Tesla charging station is pictured during the media day for the Shanghai auto show in Shanghai, China April 16, 2019. REUTERS/Aly Song/File Photo(Reuters) - Tesla Inc delivered fewer-than-expected vehicles in its third quarter, fueling doubts about the company’s ability to turn a profit and sending its shares down nearly 6% in trading after the bell. Deliveries of all models rose 1.9% from the second quarter to 97,000 vehicles, including 79,600 Model 3 sedans and 17,400 Model S/X SUVs, below estimates of 97,477 vehicles. Elon Musk had previously said that Tesla aims to be profitable in the fourth quarter, with the third quarter to be…

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