News Bitcoin hits bigger stage as exchange giant CME launches futures 2017-12-17T23:55:16.000000000-05:00 NEW YORK/SYDNEY (Reuters) - Bitcoin futures received a lukewarm reception at its launch on the CME Group Inc on Sunday, although market experts believe a recent rally in the cryptocurrency has further to go. Power outage leads to partial shutdown of Atlanta airport 2017-12-17T23:27:14.000000000-05:00 (Reuters) - One of the heaviest travel weeks of the year began with the cancellation of hundreds of flights on Sunday at the world's busiest airport in Atlanta, where a power outage left passengers stranded in darkened terminals or in aircraft idling on tarmacs. Toronto homicide police take lead in probe of billionaires' deaths 2017-12-17T21:49:29.000000000-05:00 TORONTO (Reuters) - Canadian homicide detectives on Sunday took the lead in investigating the mysterious deaths of pharmaceuticals billionaire Barry Sherman and his wife, Honey, a day after relatives complained about the handling of the case. U.S. helped thwart major attack in St. Petersburg: U.S., Russia say 2017-12-17T21:11:55.000000000-05:00 MOSCOW/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States provided intelligence to Russia that helped thwart a potentially deadly bomb attack in St. Petersburg, U.S. and Russian officials said on Sunday, in a rare public show of cooperation despite deep strains between the two countries. Republicans confident tax bill to become law this week 2017-12-17T20:56:44.000000000-05:00 WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Top U.S. Republicans said on Sunday they expected Congress to pass a tax code overhaul this week, with a Senate vote as early as Tuesday and President Donald Trump aiming to sign the bill by week's end. Trump to say in security speech that China is competitor: officials 2017-12-17T20:14:22.000000000-05:00 WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump will lay out a new U.S. national security strategy on Monday based on his "America First" policy and will, among other items, make clear that China is a competitor, two senior U.S. officials said on Saturday. Oracle Corp to buy Australia's Aconex for $1.19 billion 2017-12-17T20:07:55.000000000-05:00 Sydney (Reuters) - Australia's Aconex Ltd said on Monday it had received a A$1.56 billion ($1.2 billion), or A$7.80 in cash-per-share, buyout offer from U.S. software major Oracle Corp , sending the target's share price up 45 percent. Trump says not considering firing U.S. special counsel Mueller 2017-12-17T19:55:03.000000000-05:00 WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump, when asked on Sunday if he was considering firing U.S. special counsel Robert Mueller, told reporters, "No. I'm not." Bitcoin hits a bigger Wall Street stage as exchange giant CME launches futures 2017-12-17T19:14:26.000000000-05:00 NEW YORK (Reuters) - CME Group Inc, the world's largest derivatives exchange operator, became on Sunday the second exchange to launch bitcoin futures trading, seeking to capitalize on the mania for the booming digital currency. U.N.'s Zeid toughens warning of 'genocide' in Myanmar 2017-12-17T19:06:49.000000000-05:00 GENEVA (Reuters) - The top U.N. human rights official has said he would not be surprised if a court one day ruled that acts of genocide had been committed against the Rohingya Muslim minority in Myanmar, according to a television interview to be shown on Monday.