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‘Multiple fatalities’ in Maryland shooting, suspect arrested: sheriff

(Reuters) - A number of people were shot and killed on Thursday at a Rite Aid distribution center in Perryman, Maryland, and the suspected shooter was in custody and critical condition, the county sheriff said. The shooting occurred shortly after 9 a.m. EDT (1300 GMT) in Perryman, about 34 miles (55 km) northeast of Baltimore. “I can confirm multiple wounded and multiple fatalities,” Harford County Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler told reporters at a news briefing, without offering a specific number. He did not provide any details regarding the suspect’s identity or possible motive behind the shooting. An NBC reporter, Pete Williams, said multiple law enforcement sources told him…

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Google tells Congress it continues to allow developers to scan, share Gmail data

(Reuters) - Alphabet Inc’s Google told U.S. senators that the company continues to allow developers to scan and share data from Gmail accounts, according to a letter made public Thursday. A Google sign is seen during the WAIC (World Artificial Intelligence Conference) in Shanghai, China, September 17, 2018. REUTERS/Aly SongGoogle defended its privacy practices for Gmail, the email service used by 1.4 billion people around the world, telling senators that developers may share data as “long as they are transparent” with users about how they are using data and get consent. The company did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Reporting by David ShepardsonOur Standards:The…

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U.N. chief urges Myanmar government to free Reuters journalists

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Thursday called on the Myanmar government to pardon and release two imprisoned Reuters journalists as soon as possible. FILE PHOTO: Detained Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo leave Insein court after listening to the verdict in Yangon, Myanmar September 3, 2018. REUTERS/Stringer “I hope that the government will be able to provide a pardon to release them as soon as possible,” Guterres told reporters at the United Nations in response to a question about Aung San Suu Kyi’s recent remarks on the case.  Slideshow (2 Images)Reuters reporters Wa Lone, 32, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 28, were convicted…

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Aston Martin aims to steer round Brexit to $6.7 billion IPO

LONDON (Reuters) - Luxury British carmaker maker Aston Martin is seeking a price tag of up to 5.1 billion pounds ($6.7 billion) in its stock market debut next month and has geared up for any Brexit outcome, it said on Thursday. The company, famed for making the sports car driven by fictional secret agent James Bond, said last month it planned to sell around 25 percent of its stock in the first initial public offering (IPO) by a British carmaker for decades. A bookrunner for the IPO said late on Thursday the company had already received orders for all the stock on sale. A source familiar with…

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Trump says OPEC ‘monopoly’ must get prices down

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump linked American support for Middle Eastern countries to oil prices on Thursday as he again urged OPEC to lower prices. “We protect the countries of the Middle East, they would not be safe for very long without us, and yet they continue to push for higher and higher oil prices! We will remember. The OPEC monopoly must get prices down now!” Trump wrote on Twitter. (This version of the story has been refiled to add quote marks in headline to reflect that President Trump in his tweet called OPEC a monopoly. OPEC is an organization of oil producers but not…

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Minneapolis prosecutors weighing evidence in JD.com CEO case

(Reuters) - Prosecutors are weighing whether to bring charges against Chinese businessman Richard Liu after the Minneapolis Police Department turned over the findings of its initial investigation into accusations of rape against the JD.com (JD.O) chief executive, according to a statement released on Thursday by the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office. FILE PHOTO: Richard Liu, CEO and founder of China's e-commerce company JD.com, attends a France-Chinese forum on the applications of artificial intelligence at SOHO 3Q in Beijing, China January 9, 2018. REUTERS/Jason Lee/File PhotoThere will be no further comment on the matter until that decision is made, the statement said, and there is no deadline for a…

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Deadline looms for accuser of Trump’s Supreme Court nominee

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The woman accusing Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump’s U.S. Supreme Court nominee, of sexual assault faced a Friday deadline to decide whether to testify before a Senate panel as Republican lawmakers and the accuser remained locked in a high-stakes standoff. FILE PHOTO: Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testifies during the third day of his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., September 6, 2018. REUTERS/Alex Wroblewski/File PhotoKavanaugh, the conservative federal appeals court judge nominated by Trump in July for the lifetime job as a Supreme Court justice, and Christine Blasey Ford, a psychology professor at Palo Alto University…

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Flooding expected to worsen in Carolinas in Florence’s aftermath

KINSTON, N.C. (Reuters) - Flooding from rain-swollen rivers was expected to worsen across the Carolinas on Thursday and the next couple of days in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, which killed 36 people in three states, forecasters said. Twenty flood gauges showed some level of flooding in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia, where some major waterways, well above their flood stages, were expected to rise through the weekend before they crest, the National Weather Service said. “People in flood prone areas or near waterways need to remain alert as rivers crest and stay above their banks in coming days,” North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said in…

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EU pushes October Brexit agreement, threatens no deal

SALZBURG, Austria (Reuters) - European Union leaders will push for a Brexit deal next month but warned Prime Minister Theresa May on Thursday that if she will not give ground on trade and the Irish border by November they are ready to cope with Britain crashing out. “Don’t worry, be happy,” joked EU chief executive Jean-Claude Juncker after telling reporters after a summit in Austria that the Europeans had full plans in place in the event there was no deal before Britain leaves next March. May promised new proposals to reassure Dublin that it would not get a “hard border” with the British province of Northern Ireland…

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Dow, S&P touch record highs on relief from trade concerns

(Reuters) - The Dow and the S&P 500 hit record highs on Thursday, clearing away investors’ immediate concerns over trade at the start of this week and leaving Wall Street free to return to a rally that now dates back a decade. Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S., September 20, 2018. REUTERS/Brendan McDermidTech stocks were again at the forefront of gains, led by chipmakers and a 1.1 percent rise in Apple (AAPL.O), which has drawn heart from the exclusion of some products from the list of U.S. tariffs on China on Monday. Nine of the 11 major…

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