News Disney buying Fox film, TV units for $52 billion in digital push 2017-12-14T17:50:29.000000000-05:00 (Reuters) - Walt Disney Co has struck a deal to buy film, television and international businesses from Rupert Murdoch's Twenty-First Century Fox Inc for $52.4 billion in stock, giving the world's largest entertainment company an arsenal of shows and movies to combat growing digital rivals Netflix... Firefighter killed battling massive California blaze 2017-12-14T17:45:39.000000000-05:00 LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A firefighter was killed while battling a massive wildfire burning in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, fire officials said on Thursday. U.N. chief presses for release of arrested Reuters journalists in Myanmar 2017-12-14T17:43:23.000000000-05:00 TOKYO/YANGON (Reuters) - The arrest of two Reuters journalists in Yangon this week was a signal that press freedom is shrinking in Myanmar and the international community must do all it can to get them released, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Thursday. Homegrown attacks rising worry in U.S. as Islamic State weakens abroad 2017-12-14T17:41:33.000000000-05:00 NEW YORK (Reuters) - The online video's message was clear: Supporters of Islamic State who could not travel overseas to join the militant group should carry out attacks wherever they were in the United States or Europe. Uber investor departs venture firm amid harassment claims 2017-12-14T17:35:29.000000000-05:00 SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Silicon Valley investor Shervin Pishevar, known for his early bet on Uber Technologies Inc, said on Thursday that he would sever ties with his venture capital company, Sherpa Capital, after being accused of sexual misconduct. Documentarian Morgan Spurlock says he engaged in sexual misconduct 2017-12-14T17:24:09.000000000-05:00 LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Award-winning U.S. documentary maker Morgan Spurlock wrote on Twitter late on Wednesday that he has engaged in sexual misconduct, saying, "I am part of the problem." While focus is on North Korea, China continues South China Sea buildup: think tank 2017-12-14T16:56:10.000000000-05:00 WASHINGTON (Reuters) - While attention in Asia has been distracted by the North Korean nuclear crisis in the past year, China has continued to install high-frequency radar and other facilities that can be used for military purposes on its man-made islands in the South China Sea, a U.S. think tank... Alabama Senate race winner urges Republican rival to 'move on' 2017-12-14T16:33:04.000000000-05:00 WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Alabama Democrat Doug Jones, who won a bitter fight for a U.S. Senate seat this week, on Thursday called on his Republican opponent to concede the race and help heal the Southern state after a deeply divisive contest. As Republican tax vote nears, more senators waver 2017-12-14T15:52:49.000000000-05:00 WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's drive to win passage of a sweeping Republican tax bill in the U.S. Congress hit potential obstacles on Thursday as two more Republican senators insisted on changes, joining a list of lawmakers whose support is uncertain. U.S. regulators ditch net neutrality rules as legal battles loom 2017-12-14T15:48:32.000000000-05:00 WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Communications Commission voted along party lines on Thursday to repeal landmark 2015 rules aimed at ensuring a free and open internet, setting up a court fight over a move that could recast the digital landscape.