News Despite Tillerson overture, White House says not right time for North Korea talks 2017-12-13T17:31:16.000000000-05:00 WASHINGTON (Reuters) - No negotiations can be held with North Korea until it improves its behavior, a White House official said on Wednesday, raising questions about U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's offer to begin talks with Pyongyang any time and without pre-conditions. U.S. Republicans craft tax deal, final votes seen next week 2017-12-13T16:50:18.000000000-05:00 WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Congressional Republicans reached a deal on final tax legislation on Wednesday, clearing the way for final votes next week on a package that would slash the U.S. corporate tax rate to 21 percent and cut taxes for wealthy Americans. U.S. court removes creditor hurdle to a Westinghouse bankruptcy plan 2017-12-13T16:47:03.000000000-05:00 WILMINGTON, Del. (Reuters) - A U.S. judge shot down on Wednesday a request by creditors of Westinghouse Electric Co LLC for a bigger role in the nuclear technology company's bankruptcy just days after its parent company Toshiba Corp proposed a restructuring plan. Ford to shift midsize sedan production out of Mexico: sources 2017-12-13T16:46:36.000000000-05:00 (Reuters) - Ford Motor Co has told suppliers it plans to shift production of midsize Fusion and Mondeo sedans out of Mexico and Spain in 2020 and move it to China, three sources said on Wednesday. Exclusive: Ford to base Fusion production in China - sources 2017-12-13T16:35:26.000000000-05:00 (Reuters) - Ford Motor Co plans to consolidate global production of midsize sedans in China in 2020, three sources said on Wednesday. U.S. judge orders accused New York bomber detained ahead of trial 2017-12-13T16:18:57.000000000-05:00 NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Bangladeshi man accused of attempting a suicide bombing in a busy New York City commuter hub will remain in federal custody while he awaits trial on charges that include supporting a foreign terrorist organization, a judge ruled on Wednesday. Fed lifts interest rates, keeps 2018 policy outlook unchanged 2017-12-13T16:12:32.000000000-05:00 WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Federal Reserve raised interest rates by a quarter of a percentage point on Wednesday, as anticipated, but left its rate outlook for the coming years unchanged even as policymakers projected a short-term acceleration in U.S. economic growth. After Alabama upset, Democrats see new prospects in U.S. South 2017-12-13T15:59:02.000000000-05:00 WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The solidly Republican South suddenly looks a little less solid. Fed raises interest rates, keeps 2018 policy outlook unchanged 2017-12-13T15:57:32.000000000-05:00 WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Federal Reserve raised interest rates by a quarter of a percentage point on Wednesday, as anticipated, but left its rate outlook for the coming years unchanged even as policymakers projected a short-term acceleration in U.S. economic growth. Congress secures tax deal, Trump backs 21-percent corporate rate 2017-12-13T15:52:11.000000000-05:00 WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Congressional Republicans have reached a deal on final tax legislation, the U.S. Senate's top Republican tax writer said on Wednesday, with President Donald Trump saying he would back a sharply lowered corporate tax rate of 21 percent.