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China power crunch spreads, shutting factories and dimming growth outlook

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BEIJING Widening power shortages in China have halted production at numerous factories including many supplying Apple and Tesla, while some shops in the northeast operated by candlelight and malls shut early as the economic toll of the squeeze mounted.

R&B singer R. Kelly guilty on all counts in sex trafficking trial

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NEW YORK (Reuters) -R. Kelly was convicted by a federal jury on Monday in his sex trafficking trial, where prosecutors accused the R&B singer of exploiting his stardom over a quarter-century to lure women and underage girls into his orbit for sex.

White House: Xi raised case of Huawei CFO in recent call with Biden

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WASHINGTON The White House on Monday said a near-simultaneous release of a top Huawei executive and two Canadians detained shortly after her arrest was not a prisoner swap, but said the moves came up in a call between the Chinese and American presidents weeks before. | Video

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Pledging stability, German SPD seeks three-way alliance to succeed Merkel

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BERLIN (Reuters) -German Social Democrat Olaf Scholz vowed on Monday to strengthen the European Union and keep up the transatlantic partnership in a three-way coalition government he hopes to form by Christmas to take over from Angela Merkel's conservatives. | Video

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U.S. Senate Democrats brace for loss in showdown vote on debt ceiling

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) -The Democrats who control the U.S. Senate were bracing for a likely loss on Monday in a vote on a bill to fund the federal government and lift the nation's debt ceiling, as President Joe Biden's party fought over the details of his sweeping social agenda.

U.S. President Reagan's shooter John Hinckley wins unconditional release

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WASHINGTON A U.S. judge on Monday said he would grant "unconditional release" to John Hinckley, who wounded former U.S. President Ronald Reagan and three other people in a 1981 assassination attempt.

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Pfizer begins study of oral drug for prevention of COVID-19

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(Reuters) -Pfizer Inc said on Monday it has started a large study testing its investigational oral antiviral drug for the prevention of COVID-19 infection among those who have been exposed to the virus. | Video

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Tech pulls Nasdaq, S&P 500 down as Treasury yields rise

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NEW YORK The S&P 500 and Nasdaq indexes ended lower on Monday with investors pivoting to value as tech shares, hurt by rising Treasury yields, weighed on equities in the quarter's final week.

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Some New York hospitals curtail service as vaccine mandate triggers staff crunch

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NEW YORK (Reuters) -New York hospitals were preparing to fire thousands of healthcare workers for not complying with a COVID-19 vaccine mandate taking effect on Monday, with some in the upstate region curtailing services to cope with staffing shortfalls. | Video

Biden gets COVID-19 booster shot as additional doses roll out

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) -U.S. President Joe Biden rolled up his shirt sleeve and received a COVID-19 vaccine booster inoculation on Monday, hoping to provide a powerful example for Americans on the need to get the extra shot even as millions go without their first. | Video