Trump White House vows to stop China taking South China Sea islands
By David Brunnstrom and Matt Spetalnick WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The new U.S. administration of President Donald Trump vowed on Monday that the United States would prevent China from taking over territory in international waters in the South China Sea, something Chinese state media has warned would require Washington to "wage war." The comments at a briefing from White House spokesman Sean Spicer signaled a sharp departure from years of cautious U.S. handling of China's assertive pursuit of territory claims in Asia, just days after Trump took office on Friday. "The U.S. is going to make sure that we protect our interests there," Spicer said when asked if Trump agreed with comments by his Secretary of State nominee, Rex Tillerson, on Jan. 11 that China should not be allowed access to islands it has built in the contested South China Sea.
Trump can do plenty on his own to unravel Obama health law
WASHINGTON (AP) ? President Donald Trump can do plenty on his own to unravel the Obama health care law, but some of those actions would create disruptions that undermine his administration's early promises. Other less sweeping steps could open the way for big changes, but might not get as much notice.
Woods hopes to shake off rust with busy calendar
Tiger Woods said Monday he is confident that his battered 41-year-old body can withstand the rigours of playing in four golf tournaments over the next five weeks. "I have played one time in the last 18 months," American Woods said during a news conference Monday at the Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles. After the Farmers at the Torrey Pines course, Woods will fly off to United Arab Emirates for the Dubai Desert Classic from February 2-5, followed by the Genesis Open at Riviera on February 16-19.
'Net neutrality' foe Ajit Pai is new FCC headNEW YORK (AP) ? President Donald Trump has picked a fierce critic of the Obama-era "net neutrality" rules to be chief regulator of the nation's airwaves and internet connections.
Female animators break down cartoon-women stereotypesFor a long time, nearly all of the animation students at the California Institute of the Arts' were men. Today, most of CalArts' more than 250 animation students are women, and one of their goals is to ...
Sprint in streaming deal to boost fledgling Tidal
Telecom giant Sprint said Monday it would buy one-third of rap mogul Jay Z's Tidal streaming platform, breathing new life into a service whose star power has failed to translate into market dominance. Sprint, which is owned by Japan's Softbank Corp. and is the fourth-largest mobile service provider in the United States, plans to roll out Tidal content exclusives for the carrier's customers. A joint statement did not reveal the size of the deal but music industry magazine Billboard said Sprint would pay $200 million for the 33 percent stake.
Latest California storm goes out with a bang
LOS ANGELES (AP) ? Sunshine and rainbows alternated with thunderclaps, downpours, snow and hail on Monday as the last in a trio of storms broke up over California after flooding roads and homes and trapping people in swamped vehicles.
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May criticised for handling of Trident test malfunction report
By Kylie MacLellan and William James LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Monday she was briefed about the successful certification of a nuclear submarine as she came under increasing pressure over her handling of reports its unarmed Trident missile misfired. The report triggered fierce criticism about a perceived lack of transparency from May and prompted members of Parliament to demand answers from her defence minister in parliament. CNN, citing a U.S. defence official with direct knowledge of the incident, also reported on Monday a missile test involving Britain's nuclear deterrent failed off the coast of Florida.
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