Catalonia baulks at formal independence declaration to allow talks

BARCELONA,  (Reuters) – Catalonia’s leader balked at making a formal declaration of independence from Spain yesterday, calling for talks with Madrid over the region’s future in a gesture that eased fears of immediate unrest in the heart of the euro zone.

Las Vegas gunman fired on security guard before mass shooting

(Reuters) – The Las Vegas gunman opened fire on a security guard six minutes before he rained down bullets on a crowd and killed 58 people, officials said yesterday in a change to the timeline of the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S.

We’re all human: ‘Nudge’ theorist Thaler wins economics Nobel

STOCKHOLM/CHICAGO, (Reuters) – U.S. academic Richard Thaler, who helped popularise the idea of “nudging” people towards doing what was best for them, won the 2017 Nobel Economics Prize on Monday for his work on how human nature affects supposedly rational markets.

Spain’s PM says may use constitution to block Catalan independence

MADRID/BARCELONA (Reuters) – Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said on Saturday he would not rule out using the constitutional powers to remove Catalonia’s autonomous status if it claimed independence as tens of thousands took to the streets to call for talks.

New Orleans and Gulf Coast hunker down as Hurricane Nate nears

NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) – The US Gulf Coast braced for Hurricane Nate to make landfall east of New Orleans as a Category 2 storm on Saturday evening, threatening parts of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama with torrential rain, flooding and winds of 100 miles per hour (160 km per hour).