News Trump ex-aide Bannon agrees to Mueller probe interview, avoiding grand jury 2018-01-17T18:40:36.000000000-05:00 WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former White House strategist Steve Bannon has reached agreement with U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller to be interviewed by Mueller's investigators rather than appearing before a grand jury, a source familiar with the matter said on Wednesday. Exclusive: Trump accuses Russia of helping North Korea evade sanctions; says U.S. needs more missile defense 2018-01-17T18:01:18.000000000-05:00 WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump complained on Wednesday that Russia was helping North Korea to evade international sanctions, signaling frustration with a country he had hoped to forge friendly relations with after his 2016 election win. Snowstorm, deep freeze leaves four dead in U.S. South 2018-01-17T17:52:28.000000000-05:00 ATLANTA (Reuters) - A winter storm that caused at least four deaths in the U.S. South brought record low temperatures on Wednesday to parts of the region, where it coated roads with ice, snapped power lines and prompted schools to close. Exclusive: Trump says Russia helping North Korea skirt sanctions; Pyongyang getting close on missile 2018-01-17T17:48:29.000000000-05:00 WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday Russia is helping North Korea evade international sanctions and that Pyongyang is getting "closer every day" to being able to deliver a long-range missile to the United States. White House backs short-term government funding bill 2018-01-17T17:33:16.000000000-05:00 WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House threw its support on Wednesday behind a Republican proposal to pass a stopgap bill that would fund the U.S. government through Feb. 16 and avert a shutdown, dealing a blow to Democrats who want such a measure to include immigration protections. Exclusive: Trump vows to campaign intensively for Republicans, may avoid primaries 2018-01-17T17:21:04.000000000-05:00 WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that he plans to devote much of his time this year to helping Republicans maintain control of the U.S. Congress, but suggested he may stay out of divisive intra-party primary fights. Exclusive: Trump takes hard line on immigration, rejects 'horrible' bipartisan plan 2018-01-17T16:37:37.000000000-05:00 WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Wednesday aligned himself solidly with conservative Republicans on immigration, criticizing a proposed bipartisan deal as "horrible" on U.S. border security and "very, very weak" on reforms for the legal immigration system. Twitter may notify users exposed to Russian propaganda during 2016 election 2018-01-17T16:01:59.000000000-05:00 WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Twitter may notify users whether they were exposed to content generated by a suspected Russian propaganda service, a company executive told U.S. lawmakers on Wednesday. FTC investigating Broadcom for antitrust practices 2018-01-17T15:02:07.000000000-05:00 (Reuters) - The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is investigating whether chipmaker Broadcom Ltd engaged in anticompetitive tactics in negotiations with customers, the company said on Wednesday. Russia says North Korea summit undermines U.N., aggravates situation 2018-01-17T15:00:48.000000000-05:00 MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia hit out on Wednesday at a U.S.-led effort to increase international pressure on North Korea, saying it was making the situation worse and undermining the United Nations.