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Oil tanker hit San Francisco Bay Bridge, Coast Guard says

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan 7 (Reuters) - An oil tanker struck a tower of the San Francisco Bay Bridge on Monday but did not appear to spill any oil into the bay, the U.S. Coast Guard said. The 750-foot-long tanker "Overseas Reymar" collided into the bridge as it was heading out to sea, said U.S. Coast Guard Lieutenant Heather Lampert. (Reporting By Gerry Shih; Editing by Cynthia Johnston, Gary Hill)

North Korea welcomes Google's Schmidt to Internet black hole

By David Chance and Ju-min Park SEOUL, Jan 8 (Reuters) - North Korea has done its best to butter up Google Inc. ahead of Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt's visit that started on Monday, even to the extent of setting up a gmail account for its state news agency KCNA at kcna@gmail.com. Sadly, the Hermit Kingdom's chosen email address doesn't work as it is short of the minimum six characters required for a Google account.

SPECAL REPORT SCHEDULE Jan 7

(WEEKLY SCHEDULE) UPCOMING SPECIAL REPORTS Editors: AMERICAS: Michael Williams + 1 646 223 5462 EMEA: Simon Robinson + 44 20 75425458 ASIA: Bill Tarrant + 65 6870 3821 Picture Desk: Singapore + 65 6870 3775

RPT-Oil tanker hit San Francisco Bay Bridge, Coast Guard says

(Repeats to widen distribution, no change to headline or text) SAN FRANCISCO, Jan 7 (Reuters) - An oil tanker struck a tower of the San Francisco Bay Bridge on Monday but did not appear to spill any oil into the bay, the U.S. Coast Guard said. The 750-foot-long tanker "Overseas Reymar" collided into the bridge as it was heading out to sea, said U.S. Coast Guard Lieutenant Heather Lampert. (Reporting By Gerry Shih; Editing by Cynthia Johnston, Gary Hill)

ANALYSIS-In war against cancer, progress is in the eye of the beholder

* Deaths rates fell an average 1.5 percent per year, 2000 to 2009 * In men, mortality rose for melanoma, cancers of liver and pancreas * Much of improvement in incidence, mortality reflects less smoking By Sharon Begley NEW YORK, Jan 7 (Reuters) - As the United States enters the fifth decade of its "war on cancer," deaths continue to decline, according to an exhaustive report based on official data released on Monday.

French Muslims join opposition to same-sex marriage

* Muslim activists, UOIF group back Catholic-led protest * Religious leaders leave major protest to lay groups * Opponents plan three marches meeting at Eiffel Tower By Tom Heneghan, Religion Editor PARIS, Jan 7 (Reuters) - French Muslims have begun joining a mostly Catholic-led movement against same-sex marriage, widening opposition to the reform that the Socialist-led government is set to write into the law by June.

Soccer-South Africa can cause Nations Cup 'shock' - coach

By Mark Gleeson CAPE TOWN, Jan 7 (Reuters) - South Africa, tumbling down the FIFA rankings and given little chance in their home tournament, can "shock people" and make a bold bid to win the African Nations Cup, coach Gordon Igesund said on Monday. Igesund said his squad, hard hit by injury, the retirement from international football of captain Steven Pienaar and a match fixing scandal that led to a temporary suspension of top officials, was on the right path.

Motor racing-Race calendar keeps F1 fans guessing

By Alan Baldwin LONDON, Jan 7 (Reuters) - For a sport timed down to the thousandth of a second and measured in millimetres, Formula One seems to be finding it surprisingly difficult to get to grips with a calendar. With little more than two months to go before the Australian season-opener in Melbourne on March 17, the sport has yet to confirm how many races there will be in 2013 and where two of them will be held.

Reuters Sports News Summary

Following is a summary of current sports news briefs. Bills name Syracuse's Marrone as head coach 2013-01-07T175432Z_1_BRE9060LO_RTROPTC_0_US-NFL-BILLS-COACH.XML () - Messi sweeps to fourth successive award

UPDATE 4-Brazil's hot, dry summer may lead to energy rationing

* Hydroelectric dam reservoir levels critically low * Energy minister dismisses private concerns of rationing * Greater use of thermo-power expected to push up rates By Anthony Boadle BRASILIA, Jan 7 (Reuters) - Brazil faces the possibility of widespread energy rationing for the first time since 2001, as a hot, dry summer has deprived hydroelectric dams of needed water while boosting power use to run air conditioners in sweltering cities.
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