Scotland must have choice on independence if Brexit wishes ignored: SturgeonBy Elisabeth O'Leary EDINBURGH (Reuters) - The British government's plan for leaving the European Union is "economically catastrophic" and Scotland must have the option of voting for independence if its views on Brexit are rejected, Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said on Tuesday. Sturgeon, who leads the pro-independence devolved government, was speaking after British Prime Minister Theresa May signalled Britain would quit the European Union single market and impose immigration limits whilst seeking fair trade deals across the globe. Sturgeon said Scots, who voted by a clear majority against leaving the EU in last June's referendum, were now more likely to want independence.
Vilsack takes job with dairy industry after leaving USDAWASHINGTON (AP) ? Former Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is taking a job at the U.S. Dairy Export Council.
Patricia Cornwell settles lawsuit against financial advisers
Iraqi forces push Islamic State further back in Mosul: military
By Isabel Coles and John Davison MOSUL, Iraq/BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi special forces pushed deeper into Islamic State-held districts in eastern Mosul and army units fought the insurgents inside a military base in the city's north, officials said during the day on Tuesday. On Tuesday evening, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said the military had begun "movement" against Islamic State in the west of Mosul without specifying what action was being taken there. Three months after the start of the U.S.-backed campaign, Islamic State has been driven out of about three quarters of the eastern districts of its Iraqi stronghold, ceding large areas along the Tigris River, which bisects Mosul from north to south.
CBO: Premiums, uninsured up under 2016 GOP health law repeal
WASHINGTON (AP) ? Premiums and the number of uninsured would soar under a Republican bill Congress passed last year scuttling President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, lawmakers' nonpartisan budget analyst estimated Tuesday in a report underlining the GOP's risks in its fresh push to dismantle and replace the health law.
Academy of Country Music Awards moves to T-Mobile ArenaNASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) ? The Academy of Country Music Awards is moving its annual show to the new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
BMW, UK car industry say Britain needs to keep tariff-free EU trade
By Costas Pitas LONDON (Reuters) - Britain should retain tariff-free access to the European Union's single market, Germany's BMW said on Tuesday, while a UK car industry body called for participation in the EU's customs union to hold onto trade after Brexit. In a major speech on Tuesday, Prime Minister Theresa May said that Britain would leave the EU's single market and cannot remain a full member of its tariff-free zone but will seek unfettered trade with the bloc.
Interior nominee Zinke urges array of uses for federal lands
WASHINGTON (AP) ? President-elect Donald Trump's choice for interior secretary says the nation's vast federal lands should be used for a variety of purposes, from hiking, hunting, fishing and camping to harvesting timber and mining for coal and other energy sources.
BAT agrees to buy Reynolds for $49 billion
By Paul Sandle LONDON (Reuters) - British American Tobacco has agreed a $49.4 billion takeover of U.S. rival Reynolds American Inc , creating the world's biggest listed tobacco company after it increased an earlier offer by more than $2 billion. BAT, which already owned 42 percent of Reynolds, will pay $29.44 in cash and 0.5260 BAT shares for each Reynolds share, it said, a 26 percent premium over the price of the stock on Oct. 20, the day before BAT's first offer was made public. Reynolds, the maker of Camel and Newport cigarettes, rejected an initial approach in November, although the two sides remained in talks.
Official: Nigeria mistakenly bombs camp, kills more than 100MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) ? A Nigerian Air Force fighter jet on a mission against Boko Haram extremists mistakenly bombed a refugee camp Tuesday, killing more than 100 refugees and wounding aid workers, a Borno state official said.