News Alabama win thrills Democrats as Republicans point fingers 2017-12-13T15:19:21.000000000-05:00 WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democrats said on Wednesday their U.S. Senate victory in Alabama could lead to a sweeping comeback for the party in 2018 elections while Republicans sought to assess blame for a defeat in one of the nation's most conservative states. Fed raises interest rates, keeps 2018 policy outlook unchanged 2017-12-13T15:18:41.000000000-05:00 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 2017-12-13T15:17:06.000000000-05:00 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. U.S. court removes creditor hurdle to a Westinghouse bankruptcy plan 2017-12-13T15:06:00.000000000-05:00 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. Airbus leadership under fire as crisis deepens 2017-12-13T14:33:10.000000000-05:00 TOULOUSE/PARIS (Reuters) - Airbus is engulfed in a fresh bout of speculation over the future of senior managers as corruption probes rattle the aerospace company and add fuel to a long-running clash of egos at the top, people familiar with the group said. Minnesota lieutenant governor to replace Franken in Senate 2017-12-13T14:28:06.000000000-05:00 (Reuters) - Minnesota's Democratic Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith was appointed as U.S. senator on Wednesday to replace Al Franken, who resigned after being accused of sexual harassment. Exclusive: Saudi Aramco to push ahead with market share, expansion strategy - CEO 2017-12-13T14:19:55.000000000-05:00 DAMMAM, Saudi Arabia (Reuters) - Saudi Aramco, the world's largest oil producer, aims to regain its lost market share after the OPEC-led supply-cut pact ends and plans to push ahead with a downstream expansion strategy to be on par with Big Oil, its chief executive said on Wednesday. Justice official downplays Republican criticism of Mueller 2017-12-13T14:13:20.000000000-05:00 WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on Wednesday downplayed Republican lawmakers' concerns that attorneys and agents investigating Russian alleged interference in the 2016 presidential election might be biased against President Donald Trump. Fed raises interest rates, keeps policy outlook unchanged for 2018 2017-12-13T14:06:49.000000000-05:00 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. Senate secures tax deal, Trump backs 21-percent corporate rate 2017-12-13T13:56:01.000000000-05:00 WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Congressional Republicans have reached a deal on final tax legislation, the top Senate Republican tax writer said on Wednesday, with President Donald Trump saying minutes later he would back a corporate tax rate of 21 percent.