IN THE NEWS TODAY
House Republicans will vote on their tax reform bill tomorrow, aiming to take a step toward overhauling the tax code, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy confirmed. President Trump plans to go to Capitol Hill tomorrow to make the case for tax cuts before the vote. (CNBC)
The proposed Republican tax reform bill will include repeal of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate requiring most Americans to have some form of health insurance or pay a tax penalty, GOP leaders say. (CNBC)
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says that he wanted to work with the White House to explore ways to keep embattled Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore from taking office if he wins a special election in Alabama. (Reuters)
* House Speaker Paul Ryan says Moore should 'step aside' (AP)
Attorney General Jeff Sessions testified that he only recalled a meeting with Trump campaign advisers, during which the prospect of a face-to-face Trump-Putin meeting was raised, after he read news reports about the event. (CNBC)
* Russia used hundreds of fake accounts to tweet about Brexit (The Guardian)
* US shares technical details on North Korean hacking campaign (Reuters)
Zimbabwe's military said today it had seized power in a targeted assault on "criminals" around President Robert Mugabe who were causing social and economic suffering, but gave assurances the leader and his family were "safe and sound." (Reuters)
A gunman carrying a semi-automatic weapon and two handguns opened fire at multiple locations across a small Northern California community on Tuesday, killing four people before he was slain by police. At least 10 other people were wounded. (Reuters)
Three UCLA basketball players detained in China on suspicion of shoplifting returned home, where they may be disciplined by the school as a result of the international scandal. UCLA Chancellor Gene Block said the school is weighing its options. (AP)
A couple of weeks after Papa John's CEO blamed the NFL leadership for sagging pizza sales, the company apologized, saying it supports players' right to protest. It also denounced neo-Nazis after a white supremacist publication claimed Papa Pap John's as its official pizza. (CNBC)
In response to system outages at CVS Health pharmacies, Non-Executive Chairman David Dorman told CNBC the problems are due to an "internal network infrastructure issue." The cause is not known yet.
Fashion retailer Forever 21 says there has been unauthorized access to data from payment cards used at some of its stores. It said the results were part of an investigation it started after it received a third-party report suggesting the unauthorized access. (Reuters)
Amazon (AMZN) has reportedly scrapped plans to launch an online streaming service bundling popular U.S. broadcast and cable networks because it believes it cannot make enough money on such a service. (Reuters)
* Apple could launch video streaming while Facebook could do pay-per-view, analysts predict (CNBC)
STOCKS TO WATCH
U.S. buyout fund Cerberus has taken a 3 percent stake in Deutsche Bank (DB). The investment makes Cerberus the fourth-largest shareholder after China's HNA group, Qatar, and money manager Blackrock (BLK).
AstraZeneca (AZN) achieved another milestone in rebuilding its drug portfolio with U.S. approval of a drug for severe asthma as the company battles to put patent losses behind it. That follows a positive recommendation by European regulators last week.
Cardinal Health (CAH) sold its China drug distribution business to Shanghai Pharmaceuticals for $557 million. Shanghai is China's third largest drug distributor.
BHP Billiton's (BHP) annual meeting is set for tomorrow, and activist investor Elliott Management has received key support in its push for significant change at the mining giant. Fund management firm Aberdeen, the third biggest shareholder in BHP, said it fully supports Elliott as it pushes to get BHP to sell U.S. oil and gas assets and make other changes.
Alphabet's (GOOGL) flagship search engine Google is once again the default search engine for Mozilla's Firefox browser in the U.S. Verizon's (VZ) Yahoo had been the default search engine for Firefox.
Madison Square Garden (MSG) has put the WNBA's New York Liberty basketball team up for sale, saying it was actively seeking a buyer to take over immediate operations of the team.
Taylor Swift's sixth studio album "Reputation" has become the top-selling album of 2017, outselling Ed Sheeran's "Divide." Swift sold 1.05 million copies in the U.S. over the first four days of the release. (Billboard)