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In final drive, Obama seeks better relations with US foes

In final drive, Obama seeks better relations with US foesIn his final stretch as president, Barack Obama is driving the United States toward friendlier relations with longstanding adversaries, working to consign bitter enmities with Vietnam, Iran, Cuba and Myanmar ...


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Ferguson, Missouri city attorney steps down after criticism

A protester wears tape over her mouth during a silent demonstration against what they say is police brutality after the Ferguson shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, by a white police officer, in St. LouisStephanie Karr, who had also served as city prosecutor until recently, said the decision to resign was hers alone, in a letter dated on May 23 that she provided to Reuters by email. Ferguson became an international symbol of problems with race and policing in the United States when it was rocked by protests and riots in 2014 after white police officer Darren Wilson shot and killed black teenager Michael Brown, and after a grand jury decided not bring charges against Wilson. In the wake of the protests, the Justice Department investigated policing and court practices in Ferguson and found a widespread pattern of abuse and racism.


Business

Banks and tech drive Wall Street up over 1 percent

Traders work on the floor of the NYSE(Reuters) - Wall Street surged more than 1 percent on Tuesday and the Nasdaq had its strongest day in three months as investors made peace with the possibility that the U.S. Federal Reserve might soon raise interest rates.


World

U.S.-backed Syrian alliance launches new attack near Islamic State capital

Islamic State billboards are seen along a street in RaqqaBy Suleiman Al-Khalidi AMMAN (Reuters) - A U.S.-backed alliance of Syrian militias launched a new offensive against Islamic State fighters near their de facto capital of Raqqa city on Tuesday, a monitoring group and an official said. The Syria Democratic Forces (SDF) alliance is the main Syrian partner for the U.S.-led alliance battling the Islamic State group that controls large areas of northern and eastern Syria. Aided by U.S.-led air strikes, the YPG has driven Islamic State from wide areas of northern Syria over the last year or more, though its advances have recently slowed.


Sports

Los Angeles lands 2021 NFL Super Bowl

Los Angeles was awarded the right to stage the Super Bowl in 2021, on May 26, 2016 after a vote at the annual NFL owners meetingLos Angeles was awarded the right to stage the Super Bowl in 2021 on Tuesday as National Football League chiefs picked Atlanta and Miami as venues for the money-spinning showpiece in 2019 and 2020. The host cities were announced after a vote at the annual NFL owners meetings in Charlotte, North Carolina. The choice of Los Angeles had been widely anticipated following the NFL's decision earlier this year to sanction the move of the St Louis Rams back to the Californian metropolis.


Tech

Apple rehires prominent security pro as encryption fight boils

People wait in line for the grand opening of the next generation Apple Store in San Francisco, CaliforniaBy Joseph Menn SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple Inc , which has resisted pressure from U.S. law enforcement to unlock encrypted iPhones, this month rehired a top expert in practical cryptography to bring more powerful security features to a wide range of consumer products. Jon Callas, who co-founded several well-respected secure communications companies including PGP Corp, Silent Circle and Blackphone, rejoined Apple in May, an Apple spokesman said. Callas had worked at Apple in the 1990s and again between 2009 and 2011, when he designed an encryption system to protect data stored on a Macintosh computer.


Politics

Democratic presidential candidate Sanders seeks recount in Kentucky

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Sanders is seen between poles of a football goalpost as he speaks in Santa Monica(Reuters) - U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders on Tuesday requested a recount in the close Kentucky presidential primary against front-runner Hillary Clinton, state election officials said on Tuesday. The recanvass will take place at all 120 county boards of election on Thursday, according to the Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Grimes. Clinton won Kentucky by just 1,924 votes, according to the unofficial totals posted on the secretary of state's elections page.


Science

Solar plane lands in Dayton, Ohio on latest leg of round-the-world flight

Swiss adventurer Andre Borschberg (C) is welcomed by his wife Yasemin and alternate pilot Bertrand Piccard after landing Solar Impulse 2 (Si2) at Dayton International AirportAn experimental airplane powered solely by energy from the sun landed in Ohio on Saturday night on the latest leg of its historic bid by pilots and developers to fly around the globe without a drop of fuel. "People told the Wright Brothers & us what we wanted to achieve was impossible," said Bertrand Piccard after landing. "They were wrong!" The locale was of special significance to the pilots, as the home base to aviation pioneers Orville and Wilbur Wright.




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