News Albertsons to buy Rite Aid in cash-and-stock deal 2018-02-20T08:39:54.000000000-05:00 (Reuters) - U.S. grocery chain operator Albertsons Companies Inc said on Tuesday it would buy the drug stores that Rite Aid Corp is not selling to Walgreens Boots Alliance , in a deal that would create a company with $83 billion in annual revenue. Walmart worries, bond yields threaten six-day winning streak 2018-02-20T08:38:08.000000000-05:00 (Reuters) - U.S. stock index futures fell more than half a percent as Wall Street returned from a long holiday weekend on Tuesday, a rise in bond yields and underwhelming results from Walmart halting a six-day winning streak for the major indexes. More bombs fall on Syria's Ghouta after heaviest toll in years 2018-02-20T08:37:37.000000000-05:00 BEIRUT (Reuters) - Pro-government forces bombarded Syria's eastern Ghouta on Tuesday, killing at least 49 people, after the heaviest one-day death toll there in three years on Monday, a war monitoring group said. Qualcomm gets hedge fund nod with raised offer for NXP 2018-02-20T08:31:47.000000000-05:00 (Reuters) - U.S. chipmaker Qualcomm Inc raised its offer to buy NXP Semiconductors NV to $127.50 per share on Tuesday, and said it has the backing of the shareholder group led by hedge fund Elliott Management that opposed its previous proposal. Walmart profit drops, online sales slow in key holiday quarter 2018-02-20T08:11:02.000000000-05:00 NEW YORK (Reuters) - Retail behemoth Walmart Inc on Tuesday reported a lower-than-expected quarterly profit and posted a sharp drop in online sales growth during the critical holiday period, sending its shares slumping more than 6 percent in premarket trade. Britain urges EU to work jointly on Brexit deal, won't undercut rivals 2018-02-20T08:02:58.000000000-05:00 VIENNA (Reuters) - Brexit minister David Davis said on Tuesday Britain and the European Union could reach a deal to access each others' markets and dismissed fears Britain would use Brexit to cut regulation to attract global businesses, despite past threats to do so. With medicine running out, Venezuelans with transplants live in fear 2018-02-20T07:51:39.000000000-05:00 CARACAS (Reuters) - Yasmira Castano felt she had a fresh chance at life when she received a kidney transplant almost two decades ago. The young Venezuelan was able to finish high school and went on to work as a manicurist. Florida school staff members to return this week after mass shooting that killed 17 2018-02-20T07:36:07.000000000-05:00 (Reuters) - Staff members will return to work on Friday at the Florida school where a gunman shot and killed 17 people in the deadliest shooting ever at a U.S. high school, district officials said, with students expected back next week. Qualcomm raises offer for NXP, Elliott backs new bid 2018-02-20T07:28:56.000000000-05:00 (Reuters) - U.S. chipmaker Qualcomm Inc raised its offer to buy NXP Semiconductors NV to $127.50 per share on Tuesday, and said it now has the backing of the shareholder group led by Elliott Management that opposed the previous proposal. Exclusive: EU scraps border projects as 'Ukraine fatigue' grows 2018-02-20T07:25:22.000000000-05:00 KIEV (Reuters) - The European Union is shutting down a border checkpoint scheme with Ukraine, deepening doubts about Kiev's ability to deliver reforms in return for billions in European aid.