News Trump names interim consumer agency head, likely sparking showdown 2017-11-24T20:58:02.000000000-05:00 WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump has designated White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau until a permanent director is nominated and confirmed, the White House said on Friday. Pentagon likely to acknowledge 2,000 U.S. troops in Syria: U.S. officials 2017-11-24T20:36:24.000000000-05:00 WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon is likely to announce in the coming days that there are about 2,000 U.S. troops in Syria, two U.S. officials said on Friday, as the military acknowledges that an accounting system for troops has under-reported the size of forces on the ground. TransCanada recovers 44,400 gallons of oil from Keystone pipeline spill site 2017-11-24T20:32:44.000000000-05:00 (Reuters) - TransCanada Corp said on Friday it has recovered 44,400 gallons, or 1,057 barrels, of oil from the Keystone pipeline spill site at Amherst, South Dakota. Hope fades after 9 days of searching for Argentine submarine 2017-11-24T20:23:38.000000000-05:00 BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Families of the 44 crew members of a missing Argentine submarine gave up hope and went home on Friday after days of waiting at the sub's Mar del Plata naval base, saddened and angered by evidence that the vessel may have exploded. Uber to disclose price on SoftBank deal early next week: sources 2017-11-24T19:54:39.000000000-05:00 SAN FRANCISCO/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] plans to move ahead with a deal to bring in Japanese technology company SoftBank Group Corp as a major investor by disclosing the pricing early next week in formal tender offers to the ride-hailing service's investors, two people... Syrian opposition picks chief negotiator ahead of new Geneva talks 2017-11-24T19:38:03.000000000-05:00 RIYADH/AMMAN (Reuters) - Syria's main opposition group selected a new chief negotiator on Friday ahead of a new round of U.N.-backed peace negotiations with the Damascus government set to kick off next week. S&P downgrades South Africa's local currency debt to 'junk' status 2017-11-24T18:21:25.000000000-05:00 JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - S&P Global Ratings downgraded South African local currency debt to "junk" territory on Friday, citing a further deterioration in the country's economic outlook and public finances, sending the rand tumbling. Militants kill more than 230 at Sinai mosque in Egypt's deadliest attack 2017-11-24T18:17:11.000000000-05:00 CAIRO (Reuters) - Militants killed more than 230 people at a mosque in North Sinai on Friday, detonating a bomb and gunning down worshippers in the deadliest such attack in Egypt's modern history, state media and witnesses said. Flynn could prove to be key asset in Mueller's U.S. campaign probe, sources say 2017-11-24T17:40:09.000000000-05:00 WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Lawyers for former national security adviser Michael Flynn have halted communications with U.S. President Donald Trump's legal team, a potentially critical step in the probe into contacts between Trump's election campaign and Russia, sources familiar with the inves... Tech leads S&P above 2,600; Amazon, other retail stocks gain 2017-11-24T16:16:43.000000000-05:00 (Reuters) - Technology stocks led the S&P 500 and Nasdaq to record closing highs on Friday, with the S&P ending above 2,600 points for the first time, while Amazon and retail stocks got a boost from signs of a strong start to the holiday shopping season.