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Obama to hold press conference, set to address Ukraine: aide

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will hold a press conference at the White House on Thursday and will be prepared to answer questions about the situation in Ukraine, a White House aide said. Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes announced the news in a Twitter post. (Reporting by Mark Felsenthal; Editing by Eric Beech)

Illinois investigates Herbalife as federal, state probes grow

By Svea Herbst-Bayliss BOSTON (Reuters) - Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan's office said on Thursday it is investigating Herbalife Ltd, joining other state and federal probes of allegations that the weight loss and nutrition company is running a pyramid scheme. Herbalife shares fell 0.3 percent to close at $55.10, reversing earlier gains.

Obama says health law is working, private insurance enrollment at 8 million

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama delivered a vigorous defense of his signature healthcare law on Thursday, saying private insurance enrollment under it has reached 8 million people and faulting Republicans for failing to agree with him that "this thing is working." The White House separately offered up statistics showing that 28 percent of those who signed up are between the ages of 18 and 34 years old.

Rio workers end strike but issue pay talks warning

By Rodrigo De Miguel and Pedro Fonseca RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Workers at the main venue for the 2016 Olympics ended a two-week strike on Thursday but a full return to work will only come next week and they will strike again if pay talks prove fruitless, union officials said. The first of about 2,500 workers returned to Rio de Janeiro's Olympic Park on Thursday morning after contractors agreed to increase the value of the daily lunch vouchers given to each employee.

Career risk makes the world go round: James Saft

By James Saft (Reuters) - Fund and pension investors who are watching their biotech and social media stakes melt before their eyes may well feel they've had their pockets picked by self-serving investment managers. But actually they are also helping to fund, if only as an unintended side-effect, useful innovation which might not otherwise happen. The lesson here: career risk makes the world go round.

Hotel magnate pleads guilty to U.S. campaign contribution scheme

By Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - A prominent hotel executive in New York pleaded guilty on Thursday to conspiring to make $188,000 of illegal campaign contributions to three U.S. candidates via straw donors. Sant Singh Chatwal, chairman of Hampshire Hotels Management, pleaded guilty in federal court in Brooklyn, New York, to criminal charges of conspiring to violate the Federal Election Campaign Act and witness tampering.

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Rihanna settles multimillion-dollar lawsuit with ex-accountants

By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - Pop star Rihanna has agreed to settle a lawsuit with her former accountants accusing them of mismanaging her finances and costing her millions of dollars, lawyers for the parties told a federal judge on Thursday. The terms of the deal were not disclosed during a brief hearing before U.S. District Judge Kevin Castel in New York. Lawyers for Rihanna and for the defendants, accounting firm Berdon and former employees Michael Mitnick and Peter Gounis, declined to comment.

After Nevada ranch stand-off, emboldened militias ask: where next?

By Jonathan Allen (Reuters) - Flat on his belly in a sniper position, wearing a baseball cap and a flak jacket, a protester aimed his semi-automatic rifle from the edge of an overpass and waited as a crowd below stood its ground against U.S. federal agents in the Nevada desert.

House Republican leaders holding up immigration reform: Obama

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Thursday called on the U.S. Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform, which he said was being blocked by Republican leaders in the House of Representatives. Obama said at a White House news conference there were Republicans in both the House and Senate who know immigration reform "is the right thing to do." "I also know it's hard politics for Republicans because there are some in their base that are very opposed to this," Obama said.
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