News Firefighters wrestle to control massive California wildfire 2017-12-12T20:17:45.000000000-05:00 CARPINTERIA, Calif. (Reuters) - An out-of-control California wildfire that has already destroyed nearly 700 homes in its path of destruction crept closer to the upscale hillside community of Montecito on Tuesday despite calmer winds that slowed its progress. North Korea's Kim Jong Un fetes rocket scientists, promises more weapons 2017-12-12T20:11:22.000000000-05:00 SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un vowed to develop more nuclear weapons on Tuesday while personally decorating scientists and officials who contributed to the development of Pyongyang's most advanced intercontinental ballistic missile, the Hwasong-15. Crucial details of Republican tax plan in flux as deal deadline looms 2017-12-12T19:54:13.000000000-05:00 WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Crucial details of the Republican tax plan, including the proposed corporate rate, were in flux late on Tuesday as negotiators from the U.S. Congress rushed to finalize the plan ahead of a self-imposed Wednesday deadline. Tillerson, in new overture to North Korea, says ready to talk without pre-conditions 2017-12-12T19:45:57.000000000-05:00 WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson offered on Tuesday to begin direct talks with North Korea without pre-conditions, backing away from U.S. demands that Pyongyang must first accept that any negotiations would have to be about giving up its nuclear arsenal. Donald Trump Jr. wants 'leak' probe, as Congress' Russia probes press on 2017-12-12T19:26:33.000000000-05:00 WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's eldest son asked a House of Representatives committee on Tuesday to investigate possible leaks of information about his Dec. 6 interview with lawmakers, as congressional probes of Russia and the 2016 election picked up steam ahead of the New Year. Advocates ready legal showdown with FCC on net neutrality 2017-12-12T18:22:49.000000000-05:00 WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Net neutrality advocates said they are gearing up for a legal fight after abandoning attempts to convince the U.S. Federal Communications Commission to keep 2015 rules aimed at maintaining an open internet. Senator Gillibrand calls Trump Twitter post 'sexist smear' 2017-12-12T17:59:30.000000000-05:00 WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand fired back at President Donald Trump on Tuesday and said she would not be silenced after he attacked her on Twitter for calling for an investigation into accusations of sexual harassment and misconduct against him. Republicans propose to delay, pause Obamacare taxes 2017-12-12T17:54:48.000000000-05:00 WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House Republicans proposed on Tuesday to delay or suspend several taxes under former President Barack Obama's healthcare law, including a tax on medical devices and the so-called "Cadillac" tax on generous health insurance plans. Toshiba, Western Digital end chip dispute; joint investment to resume 2017-12-12T17:48:51.000000000-05:00 (Reuters) - Toshiba Corp and its chip business partner Western Digital Corp agreed to settle a long-running dispute over the embattled Japanese conglomerate's plans to sell its chip unit, the companies said in a statement, removing a key obstacle to the deal. U.S. slaps terror charges on accused Times Square bomber 2017-12-12T17:42:44.000000000-05:00 NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. prosecutors on Tuesday brought federal charges against the suspect in Monday's attempted suicide bombing in one of New York City's busiest commuter hubs, accusing him of supporting a foreign terrorist organization.