In testing Montana vote for Trump, Republican caught up in brawl

MISSOULA, Mont. (Reuters) – A Democratic political novice hopes to pull off a surprise victory in Republican-leaning Montana on Thursday in a special congressional race roiled on the eve of voting by allegations that the Republican candidate physically assaulted a reporter. Syndicated from Reuters

Lack of new launches leaves Ford playing catchup with GM

DETROIT (Reuters) – James Hackett spent the last year plotting Ford Motor Co’s long-term self-driving car strategy. In his first week as chief executive, he has more immediate concerns: stopping a skid in North American sales and fending off a market share grab by resurgent archrival General Motors Co. Syndicated from Reuters

Philippine military seeks to secure troubled city as fighting eases

MARAWI, Philippines (Reuters) – Troops began clearing out a southern Philippine city besieged by Islamist militants, with hostilities easing on Thursday after thousands fled as the rebels seized large parts of the city and torched buildings in a battle with government forces. Syndicated from Reuters

Asian shares firm, dollar and U.S. bond yields slip after Fed

TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian shares eked out modest gains on Thursday while the dollar and U.S. bond yields slipped after the U.S. Federal Reserve signalled a cautious approach to future rate hikes and the reduction of its $4.5 trillion of bond holdings. Syndicated from Reuters

U.S. warship sails within 12 miles of China-claimed reef

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. Navy destroyer carried out a “freedom of navigation operation” on Wednesday within 12 nautical miles of an artificial island built up by China in the South China Sea, U.S. officials said, the first such action under President Donald Trump. Syndicated from Reuters

Trump faces rougher reception in NATO, EU meetings

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – After a warm welcome in the Middle East and a “fantastic” visit with the pope, U.S. President Donald Trump walks on shakier ground on Thursday when European Union and NATO leaders will press him on defense, trade, and environmental concerns. Syndicated from Reuters

Trump tells Duterte of two U.S. nuclear subs in Korean waters: NYT

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In a call last month with the Philippines’ president, U.S. President Donald Trump described North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un as a “madman with nuclear weapons” who could not be let on the loose, according to a leaked Philippine transcript of their call. Syndicated from Reuters

'Fight for 15' targets McDonald's shareholder meeting

OAK BROOK, Ill. (Reuters) – Hundreds of fast-food workers demanding wage increases marched on Wednesday outside of the McDonald’s Corp headquarters in a Chicago suburb during the company’s annual shareholder meeting. Syndicated from Reuters

U.S. appeals court hears arguments weighing on Wall Street policing

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. appeals court panel questioned government lawyers at length on Wednesday in oral arguments on whether or not the Securities and Exchange Commission’s hiring of administrative law judges for in-house proceedings violated the Constitution. Syndicated from Reuters

Bitcoin soars above $2,400 to all-time high

(Reuters) – Digital currency bitcoin hit a fresh record high on Wednesday, surging above $2,400, as demand for crypto-assets soared with the creation of new tokens to raise funding for start-ups using blockchain technology. Syndicated from Reuters

Wall St. little changed ahead of Fed minutes

(Reuters) – U.S. stocks were little changed in early trading on Wednesday as investors awaited Federal Reserve minutes of its May meeting that could cement the chances of a rate hike next month. Syndicated from Reuters

China says no one should bring chaos to Korean peninsula

BEIJING (Reuters) – China said on Wednesday no one had the right to bring chaos to the Korean peninsula, a day after it pushed for full implementation of U.N. sanctions against neighboring North Korea for its missile and nuclear tests and called for dialogue. Syndicated from Reuters

Tiffany's lackluster sales sends shares down

(Reuters) – Tiffany & Co reported lower-than-expected quarterly sales and a surprise drop in comparable sales, underscoring the upscale jeweler’s struggles with a strong dollar that has crimped spending by tourists and weak demand at home. Syndicated from Reuters