Wall Street hits record high as investors eye mergers

(Reuters) – U.S. stocks climbed to record highs on Monday, helped by optimism about merger activity and as investors bet that a Republican plan to cut corporate taxes would bolster earnings.

Mexico says upcoming U.S. execution of national is ‘illegal’

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Senior Mexican diplomats on Monday condemned the upcoming execution of a Mexican inmate on death row in Texas, calling his sentence “illegal” and vowing to exhaust all possible efforts to prevent him from being killed later this week.

Roman Reigns Could Miss Survivor Series And WWE Has A Serious Babyface Problem

Roman Reigns is reportedly set to miss WWE Survivor Series and his replacement, Jason Jordan, is an even more polarizing choice for all the wrong reasons.

Kraft Heinz restates cash flow statements for two quarters

(Reuters) – Kraft Heinz Co said on Monday it restated its cash flow statements for two quarters after it found that it implemented a new accounting standard since the start of 2017, instead of from 2018.

Trump space adviser: Blue Origin and SpaceX rockets aren’t really commercial

In recent months, the executive secretary of the National Space Council, Scott Pace, has worked assiduously behind the scenes to develop a formal space policy for the Trump administration. In a rare interview, published Monday in Scientific American, Pace elaborated on some of the policy decisions he has been helping to make.

In the interview, Pace explained why the Trump administration has chosen to focus on the Moon first for human exploration while relegating Mars to becoming a “horizon goal,” effectively putting human missions to the Red Planet decades into the future. Mars was too ambitious, Pace said, and such a goal would have precluded meaningful involvement from the burgeoning US commercial sector as well as international partners. Specific plans for how NASA will return to the Moon should become more concrete within the next year, he added.

In response to a question about privately developed, heavy-lift boosters, the executive secretary also reiterated his skepticism that such “commercial” rockets developed by Blue Origin and SpaceX could compete with the government’s Space Launch System rocket, which is likely to make its maiden flight in 2020.

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U.S. commerce chief says he is likely to divest Russia-linked shipping stake

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said on Monday he probably would not keep his holdings in a shipping company with business ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s inner circle and that he had fully and properly disclosed investments.

Apple says no operations were moved from Ireland

(Reuters) – Apple Inc said none of its operations were moved from Ireland and that changes made to its corporate structure in 2015 were specially designed to preserve tax payments to the United States, and not to reduce taxes anywhere else.

Britain says Johnson comments do not justify more Iran charges against jailed aid worker

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain said on Monday that comments by Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson about jailed Iranian-British aid worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe should not be used by the Islamic Republic to bring additional charges against her.