News Twin suicide bombers attack church in Pakistan's Quetta ahead of Christmas, killing eight 2017-12-17T06:28:53.000000000-05:00 QUETTA/ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Two suicide bombers attacked a packed Catholic church in southwestern Pakistan on Sunday, killing at least eight people and wounding up to 45 before one of them blew himself up and police killed the other, officials said. U.S., Russian, Japanese crew blasts off for space station 2017-12-17T06:06:40.000000000-05:00 (Reuters) - A trio of U.S. and Japanese astronauts and a Russian cosmonaut blasted off from Kazakhstan on Sunday for a two-day trip to the International Space Station, a NASA TV broadcast showed. California winds fuel state's third-largest wildfire 2017-12-17T05:09:42.000000000-05:00 (Reuters) - Strong winds that have powered the third-largest wildfire in California's history were expected on Sunday to further fuel a blaze that has burned 267,500 acres. Gunmen kill five in attack on church in Pakistan's Quetta 2017-12-17T04:38:39.000000000-05:00 QUETTA, Pakistan (Reuters) - Two suicide attackers opened fire inside a church in southwestern Pakistan on Sunday, killing at least five people and wounding up to 16 before being stopped by police guards, officials said. Second bitcoin futures debut could lure volume to wild market 2017-12-17T04:00:32.000000000-05:00 NEW YORK (Reuters) - Bitcoin investors expect futures volumes to perk up when CME Group Inc, the world's largest derivatives exchange operator, launches its own contract to wager on the cryptocurrency on Sunday. Thousands flee as wildfire 'beast' grows to California's third-largest 2017-12-17T03:23:09.000000000-05:00 VENTURA, Calif. (Reuters) - A raging California wildfire powered by fierce winds grew into the third-largest in state history on Saturday as forced evacuations turned neighborhoods into ghost towns and ash fell in some areas like heavy snow. Trump defends tax plan as 'great Christmas gifts' to middle class 2017-12-17T02:59:46.000000000-05:00 WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday defended a Republican tax-cut plan against Democratic charges that it favors the rich, saying it will be "one of the great Christmas gifts" for the middle class with just days to go before Congress votes. Trump allies say Mueller unlawfully obtained thousands of emails 2017-12-17T01:49:50.000000000-05:00 WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An organization established for U.S. President Donald Trump's transition to the White House said on Saturday the special counsel investigating allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 election had obtained tens of thousands of emails unlawfully. Australia arrests man accused of trying to sell missile parts for North Korea 2017-12-16T22:22:17.000000000-05:00 MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Australian police said on Sunday they had arrested a man accused of working on the black market to sell missile components and coal on behalf of North Korea, the first charges ever brought in Australia over the sale of weapons of mass destruction. Trump administration bans selected words at health agencies: paper 2017-12-16T21:45:28.000000000-05:00 WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration has told agencies within the Department of Health and Human Services to avoid using certain words or phrases in official documents being drafted for next year's budget, the Washington Post reported on Saturday.