News Second bitcoin futures debut could lure volume to wild market 2017-12-17T01:04:51.000000000-05:00 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. Trump allies say Mueller unlawfully obtained thousands of emails 2017-12-16T22:57:41.000000000-05:00 WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An organization established for U.S. President Donald Trump's transition to the White House a year ago said on Saturday that the special counsel investigating allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 election had obtained tens of thousands of emails unlawfully. Thousands flee as wildfire 'beast' grows to California's third-largest 2017-12-16T22:51:57.000000000-05:00 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. 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. Hoping to extend maritime reach, China lavishes aid on Pakistan town 2017-12-16T20:45:39.000000000-05:00 GWADAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - China is lavishing vast amounts of aid on a small Pakistani fishing town to win over locals and build a commercial deep-water port that the United States and India suspect may also one day serve the Chinese navy. CSX CEO Harrison dies months into railroad's turnaround effort 2017-12-16T20:06:59.000000000-05:00 NEW YORK (Reuters) - CSX Corp Chief Executive Hunter Harrison has died, the freight railway operator said on Saturday, just a few days after announcing that the veteran rail executive hired earlier this year to boost its profits had taken a medical leave of absence. Trump defends tax plan as 'great Christmas gifts' to middle class 2017-12-16T20:02:13.000000000-05:00 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. U.N. council mulls call for U.S. Jerusalem decision to be withdrawn 2017-12-16T19:27:41.000000000-05:00 UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations Security Council is considering a draft resolution that would insist any decisions on the status of Jerusalem have no legal effect and must be rescinded after U.S. President Donald Trump recognized the city as Israel's capital. Canadian police probe mysterious deaths of billionaire pharma couple 2017-12-16T18:39:21.000000000-05:00 TORONTO (Reuters) - Canadian police are investigating the mysterious deaths of pharmaceuticals billionaire Barry Sherman, founder of Apotex Inc, and his wife Honey, whose bodies were found in their Toronto mansion on Friday.