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Google Pledges $1 Billion to Tackle Bay Area Housing Crisis
(Bloomberg) -- Google pledged $1 billion over the next 10 years to try and bring down sky-high housing prices in California’s Bay Area.The tech giant will re-purpose $750 million of its own land for residential use, allowing the development of at least 15,000 new homes, Chief Executive Officer Sundar Pichai said in a blog post on Tuesday. Another $250 million will go to incentives for developers to build at least 5,000 affordable housing units.The success of Google and other Silicon Valley technology companies has contributed to massive housing cost increases in the San Francisco Bay Area. The firms employ tens of thousands of high-earners who have bought or rented homes, leaving fewer options for less-wealthy residents. Meanwhile, the supply of new houses and apartments has not kept up with demand. “Our goal is to help communities succeed over the long term, and make sure that everyone has access to opportunity, whether or not they work in tech,” Pichai said.The Silicon Valley area is the most expensive housing market in the country, with a median existing-home price of $1.2 million. The San Francisco and Oakland region is second with a $930,000 median, according to the National Association of Realtors.Google isn’t the first tech giant to throw money at the housing crisis. Microsoft Corp. said in January it would spend $500 million to develop affordable housing and alleviate homelessness in its home town of Seattle.(Updates with information on house prices in Silicon Valley in fifth paragraph.)\--With assistance from Kara Wetzel and Noah Buhayar.To contact the reporter on this story: Gerrit De Vynck in New York at gdevynck@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Jillian Ward at jward56@bloomberg.net, Alistair BarrFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
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15 Fun 4th of July Activities That the Whole Family Will Love
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Shanahan withdraws from consideration to be U.S. defense secretary
Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has withdrawn from consideration to head the U.S. military, President Donald Trump said on Tuesday, stoking uncertainty about the leadership of the Pentagon at a moment of rising tension with Iran. Trump said the secretary of the Army, Mark Esper, will be named as the new acting defense secretary. Esper had been considered a leading contender for the job if Shanahan was ultimately not confirmed.
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UPDATE 1-Shanahan withdraws from consideration to be U.S. defense secretary
Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has withdrawn from consideration to head the U.S. military, President Donald Trump said on Tuesday, stoking uncertainty about the leadership of the Pentagon at a moment of rising tension with Iran. Trump said the secretary of the Army, Mark Esper, will be named as the new acting defense secretary. Esper had been considered a leading contender for the job if Shanahan was ultimately not confirmed.
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Nigerian governor says armed robbers, not cash-eating gorilla, stole $22,000
An investigation into the disappearance of 6.8 million naira ($22,000) from a zoo in northern Nigeria found it had been taken by armed robbers - not eaten by a gorilla as widely reported in local newspapers. Abdullahi Ganduje, the governor of northern Kano state, had ordered the state's anti-corruption commission to look into the disappearance of gate fees at the Kano Zoological Gardens. Nigeria has for years been plagued by corruption and forms of banditry ranging from armed robberies to kidnapping for ransom.
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RPT-UPDATE 5-Boost for Boeing as BA owner backs grounded 737 MAX jet
Boeing won a major vote of confidence at the Paris Airshow on Tuesday as British Airways owner IAG signed a letter of intent to buy 200 of its 737 MAX aircraft that have been grounded since March after two deadly crashes. News of the deal, worth more than $24 billion at list prices, sent shockwaves round the world's largest air show which had struggled to find its rhythm amid the 737 MAX crisis and concerns about an economic slowdown.
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UPDATE 1-EU delays decision on membership talks with Albania, North Macedonia
European Union governments failed on Tuesday to make good on a promise to open membership talks with North Macedonia and Albania, which face further delays to their hopes of joining the bloc due to resistance from northern Europe. Europe ministers met in Luxembourg almost a year to the day since they unexpectedly postponed a decision to start the talks with the two countries and cast doubt on the EU's Balkan strategy to counter a growing Russian and Chinese presence.
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UPDATE 1-Pompeo: U.S. President Trump does not want war with Iran
The United States will maintain its pressure campaign on Iran and continue to deter aggression in the region but does not want the conflict with Tehran to escalate, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Tuesday. "We have been engaged in many messages, even this moment right here, communicating to Iran that we are there to deter aggression," Pompeo told reporters at MacDill Air Force Base in Florida. Fears of a confrontation between Iran and the United States have mounted since Washington blamed longtime foe Iran for Thursday's attacks on two oil tankers near the strategic Strait of Hormuz shipping lane.
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US STOCKS-Wall Street pushes higher on trade hopes, dovish Fed bets
Wall Street's main indexes rallied on Tuesday, with the S&P 500 inching close to record levels, as President Donald Trump's comments on restarting trade talks with China added to optimism of a more accommodative Federal Reserve. Trump said he would meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the G20 summit later this month, and that talks between the two countries would restart after a long lull.
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UPDATE 1-Tunisia approves law excluding presidential candidate leading in polls
Tunisia's parliament passed an amendment to its electoral law on Tuesday that would bar businessman Nabil Karoui, owner of a private TV station critical of the government, from running for president in a vote expected later this year. The amendment says that Tunisia's elections commission must reject candidates who benefit from "charitable associations" or foreign funding during the year before an election. In April, police stormed the offices of Karoui's Nesma television station and took it off the air over accusations it had breached broadcasting rules, which Nesma called a move to silence its voice criticising the government.
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GLOBAL MARKETS-Stocks fueled by hopes on monetary policy, U.S.-China trade
Global stocks rallied on Tuesday and benchmark government bond yields tumbled after European Central Bank President Mario Draghi hinted at economic stimulus, while equities got an extra boost when U.S. President Donald Trump confirmed a meeting with China's president amid the countries' trade dispute. The euro also slid after Draghi said the region's central bank will ease policy again if inflation fails to accelerate, signaling one of the biggest policy reversals of his eight-year tenure.
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Environment Is Everything at This Williamsburg Café by Day, Restaurant by Night
Apollonia owners Danny Minch and Dylan Dodd wanted to break the mold of how traditional restaurants in New York City work, with an all-day food experience and an adjacent artists' room.
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This One Thing Could Make China An Aircraft Carrier Superpower
China currently has two aircraft carriers and is widely believed to be building at least one more.Beijing appears to be eyeing a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier.China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC), a state-owned firm and the largest naval manufacturer in the country, recently expressed interest in accelerating its research into nuclear-powered carriers, among other military technologies. In a statement issued at the end of last month, CSIC said that it plans to “speed up the process of making technological breakthroughs in nuclear-powered aircraft carriers, new-type nuclear submarines, quiet submarines, maritime unmanned intelligent confrontation systems, maritime three-dimensional offensive and defensive systems, and naval warfare comprehensive electronic information systems.”Defense News, which translated a copy of the statement, also quoted CSIC as saying “that these breakthroughs are required for China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy, or PLAN, to enhance its capability to globally operate in line with the service’s aim to become a networked, blue-water navy by 2025.”Recommended: Why North Korea's Air Force is Total Junk
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Gunmen kill 41 people in central Mali - mayor
Unidentified gunmen on motorbikes attacked two villages in central Mali, killing at least 41 people in a part of the country where ethnic reprisal attacks have surged in recent months, a local mayor said on Tuesday. Issiaka Ganame, the mayor of Yoro, said 24 people had been killed on Monday evening in Yoro and 17 more in the village of Gangafani 2.
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The Latest: Jury selected in Navy SEAL's murder trial
A jury has been selected to decide the fate of a decorated Navy SEAL charged with killing a teenage Islamic State prisoner in Iraq. Five Marines and two Navy members were chosen Tuesday for the court-martial of Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher. The jury is made up of five enlisted members, including a Navy SEAL and four Marines, a Navy commander and a Marine chief warrant officer.
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U.N. chief urges Russia, Turkey to stabilize Syria's Idlib 'without delay'
U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres appealed to Russia and Turkey on Tuesday "to stabilize the situation without delay" in northwest Syria. "I am deeply concerned about the escalation of the fighting in Idlib, and the situation is especially dangerous given the involvement of an increased number of actors," he told reporters. The U.N. Security Council is due to be briefed behind closed doors later on Tuesday on the situation in northwest Syria.
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The Latest: Johnson takes bigger lead in race to lead UK
Boris Johnson has increased his lead in the race to become Britain's next prime minister, as one of his rivals was eliminated from the contest. Five contenders in all were still in the running after a second-round ballot of Conservative lawmakers on Tuesday. The final two contenders will go to a by-mail ballot of all 160,000 Conservative Party members nationwide.
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REFILE-Boris Johnson wins most second round votes on path to become UK PM
Boris Johnson, the frontrunner to replace British Prime Minister Theresa May, won the most votes cast in the second round of voting for Conservative Party leader on Tuesday, with four other candidates also getting through. Johnson, a former London mayor and foreign minister, won 126 votes, with Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt in second place on 46 votes and environment minister Michael Gove third with 41 votes.
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UN surveillance expert urges global moratorium on sale of spyware
The world should impose a moratorium on the sale and use of surveillance software until there are rules in place to stop governments using it to spy on their opponents and critics, a U.N. expert recommended. David Kaye, the U.N. special rapporteur on freedom of speech, submitted his recommendations in a report published on Tuesday to the U.N. Human Rights Council, which will open a three-week session next week. Kaye said he had received detailed testimony about governments using spyware developed and supported by private companies, but the market was shrouded in secrecy.
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Carson Kressley: ‘We Owe Stonewall’s Rioters a Debt of Gratitude, and Remember The Diversity They Represented’
Photo Illustration by Sarah Rogers/The Daily Beast/Photos GettyIn this special series, LGBT celebrities and public figures talk to Tim Teeman about the Stonewall Riots and their legacy—see more here.Carson Kressley is a TV personality, actor, and designer.When and how did you first hear about the Stonewall Riots?I think like many people I didn’t hear about them when I was young because gay culture was not reported by the media, or taught at school. I needed to move to New York City and be part of gay culture to learn about Stonewall in my twenties. I learned about it from my community and peers. Elders. The generation above me had been decimated by the AIDS crisis, and I was lucky to have mentors who could teach me about such a seminal moment in our history. I moved to Greenwich Village at that time in the early 1990s when the area was the epicenter of the gay community, just as it was starting to move north towards Chelsea.The Stonewall Riots Weren’t New York City’s Only Queer UprisingI remember walking past the Stonewall and seeing its commemorative plaque. The impact for me was lost on my youth. You see a plaque, think “That’s great. Something really important happened here,” but you don’t really feel the gravitas until you do more research and educate yourself on who was there and why it happened, and why it became a watershed moment in not just gay culture but American culture. Something subversive and counter-cultural happened there; a loud and visible moment when we took the matter of our rights into our own hands.What is their significance for you now?Now I’m older and wiser, haha. It wasn’t a bunch of people waving rainbow flags and saying, “We’re gay, isn’t that great?” This was a matter of life and death, a reaction to police brutality. These demonstrators are people we should be grateful to. Literally every letter in LGBTQ, and people of color, found a home at the Stonewall Inn. They’re the ones who led the uprising, who said, “We’re marginalized people, we have human rights, we will not be oppressed any more.” We owe a debt of gratitude to those people, and remember the diversity they represented.What would you say to the demonstrators today?I would just say thank you, thank you, thank you. You paved the way for me to be able to get married and to be safe, to not be brutalized, or jailed or criminalized for who I choose to love. I don’t think any words can express the amount of gratitude that we should all have for those people who started us in the right direction and on the right side of justice for the LGBTQ community.How far have LGBT people come since 1969?When you read about the history of queer people in America and what was going in the 1960s—when being gay was criminalized—things seem unbelievable nowadays. But they were very real not that long ago, within my lifetime. We have made tremendous strides, and lost some ground. Overall we should be so grateful to this group of people and all our LGBTQ ancestors. There is still a lot of homophobia and prejudice and inequality to work on. We’re fortunate to have such a great foundation set by the people at the Stonewall Riots.What would you like to see, LGBT-wise, in the next 50 years?Often people say not to worry about LGBTQ issues, that everyone has the same rights and not give it a second thought. But, as we become more integrated into the mainstream, we must remember that we are a strong and resilient community and be proud of that. We take care of ourselves and our own, whether it’s the Stonewall Riots or dealing with the AIDS epidemic and the government’s lack of dealing with that scenario. That’s what Pride means to me: look how far we’ve come. We did that with our community and allies, and we should be very proud of that. That kind of grassroots community organization is what has always propelled us forward, and I think that can be even stronger in the future as our base of allies grows as well.Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.
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U.N. chief urges Russia, Turkey to stabilize Syria's Idlib 'without delay'
U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres appealed to Russia and Turkey on Tuesday "to stabilize the situation without delay" in northwest Syria. The U.N. Security Council is due to be briefed behind closed doors later on Tuesday on the situation in northwest Syria.
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Apollo astronauts celebrate 50 years since first moon landing
Three astronauts instrumental in the groundbreaking U.S. space program of the 1960s and 70s gathered at the Paris Air Show on Tuesday to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11, the mission that first put a man on the moon. Walter Cunningham, 87, who was part of the Apollo 7 mission, Al Worden, 87, who flew with Apollo 15, and Charlie Duke, 83, who walked on the moon with Apollo 16, recounted their extra-terrestrial experiences before a captive airshow audience. Worden, who orbited the moon alone for days in 1971, holds the feat of having been the world's most isolated human, while Cunningham is notable for being part of a team that talked back to Mission Control in 1968, getting them blacklisted from future flights.
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Sharks send D Braun to Flyers for draft picks
Defenseman Justin Braun was traded from the San Jose Sharks to the Philadelphia Flyers for the 41st pick in the 2019 NHL Draft and a third-round selection next year. Braun, 32, was sixth on the Sharks' all-time list among defensemen for games played and began his career in the team's minor league system in 2010. "Justin has been an important part of our organization since we drafted him in 2007 and over that time, we have seen him develop not only as a player on the ice but as a man," Sharks general manager Doug Wilson said.
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AP Interview: Russia's MiG sees drones as fighter jet future
The head of Russia's MiG warplane manufacturer says his company is entering the drone market, and sees pilotless fighter jets as the future. Ilya Tarasenko said in an interview Tuesday at the Paris Air Show that "we have several options that we are preparing for the market" and the company is discussing them with customers. MiG rival Sukhoi recently rolled out a heavy stealth drone.
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Mexico's leader willing to repatriate remains of strongman Diaz from Paris
Mexico's left-leaning President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Tuesday he would support the idea of repatriating the remains of late strongman Porfirio Diaz if the bones of a revolutionary who fought him could also be sent back to Mexico. Diaz, who spent a total of 31 years in power until 1911, is buried in Paris. Lopez Obrador said if his remains are sent home, he would also want those of Catarino Garza, who fought unsuccessfully to topple Diaz, to be repatriated as well.
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EXPERT VIEWS -New dresses, youth action: ending female circumcision in Africa
Hundreds of delegates from African governments and campaigners gathered in Senegal this week to discuss how to end female genital mutilation (FGM), which world leaders pledged to eradicate under a set of global goals agreed in 2015.
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Ireland to bring in laws to make bankers accountable
Ireland will introduce laws from next year to make senior bankers directly accountable for failings at institutions, including fines and regulatory findings against individuals, Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe said on Tuesday. A decade ago Ireland faced the costliest bank bailout in the euro zone after the bursting of a credit-fuelled property bubble and more recently began punishing lenders for overcharging tens of thousands of mortgage customers. The new laws will include a Senior Managers Regime (SMR) that was introduced for top bankers in Britain three years ago after taxpayer bailouts and market rigging scandals saw banks fined but few individuals punished.
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Report: Hawks offering two lottery picks to move up
Two days before the 2019 NBA Draft, the Atlanta Hawks are threatening to make some noise near the top. The Hawks are shopping a pair of lottery picks -- the eighth and 10th overall selections -- in an effort to move into the top five of the draft, ESPN reported Tuesday. According to ESPN's report, which cited sources, the Hawks were rebuffed in their attempt to acquire the No. 3 pick from the New York Knicks.
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Nintendo’s $70 Switch Pro controller is down to $49.99 on Amazon
It's difficult to imagine that Nintendo will ever create a video game console that's better than the Nintendo Switch. It's just so awesome! Of course, even the Switch can be improved a bit, because some games are far better to play with a pro style controller as opposed to Nintendo's Joy-Con controllers. Lucky for you, the $70 Nintendo Switch Pro Controller just dropped to $49.99 on Amazon, which makes today the perfect day to buy one or a pair for you and a friend. Hurry though, because there's no telling when this deal will be done.Here are the bullet points from the product page: * Take your game sessions up a notch with the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller. * Includes motion controls, HD rumble, built-in amiibo functionality, and more. * Comes with charging cable (USB-C to USB-A)
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The Latest: Pro-democracy HK lawmakers reject apology
Hong Kong pro-democracy lawmakers aren't satisfied with leader Carrie Lam's public apology for how the government handled a highly unpopular extradition bill. Chief Executive Carrie Lam refused Tuesday to say the legislation would be permanently withdrawn.
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Pompeo: U.S. President Trump does not want war with Iran
The United States will maintain its pressure campaign on Iran and continue to deter aggression in the region, but does not want the conflict with Tehran to escalate, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Tuesday. "We have been engaged in many messages, even this moment right here, communicating to Iran that we are there to deter aggression," Pompeo told reporters at MacDill Air Force Base in Florida.
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UPDATE 1-U.S. and Turkey in close touch on S-400/F-35 dispute -NATO commander
Acting U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan and his Turkish counterpart Hulusi Akar are in contact about Ankara's plans to buy a Russian air defence system, and may meet during NATO meetings in Brussels next week, NATO's commander said. Washington says it will cancel Turkey's purchase of Lockheed Martin F-35 stealth fighters if it proceeds with plans to buy the S-400 defence system. "We won't co-locate those two assets, the S-400 and the F-35," NATO's Tod Wolters, a U.S. general, told Reuters at the Paris Airshow.
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Rolls-Royce boss laments Brexit distraction at Paris Airshow
Rolls-Royce chief executive Warren East said on Tuesday that uncertainties over Brexit remain an unwelcome distraction for the aerospace industry three years after Britain voted to leave the European Union. A delay to Britain's EU departure and the possibility of it leaving without a deal in October has kept Brexit center stage at the Paris Airshow, where East said it had dominated a meeting with heads of aerospace companies and a European commissioner. "It's nuts that at a meeting like we had this morning, when we were meant to be talking about new technologies, dealing with global competition, that instead we spend half the time talking about Brexit.
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Ocasio-Cortez accuses Trump administration of creating ‘concentration camps on the southern border’
The freshman Democrat sharply criticized the Trump administration's handling of migrants seeking asylum in the United States with rhetoric that drew the ire of some Republicans.
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Mexico's leader willing to repatriate remains of strongman Diaz from Paris
Mexico's left-leaning President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Tuesday he would support the idea of repatriating the remains of late strongman Porfirio Diaz if the bones of a revolutionary who fought him could also be sent back to Mexico. Diaz, who spent a total of 31 years in power until 1911, is buried in Paris. Lopez Obrador said if his remains are sent home, he would also want those of Catarino Garza, who fought unsuccessfully to topple Diaz, to be repatriated as well.
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Germany's Siemens announces 2,700 job cuts
German industrial equipment maker Siemens says it is cutting 2,700 jobs globally at its power and gas company as it seeks to make cost savings. Siemens said Tuesday that the cuts include 1,400 jobs in Germany and would take place over the course of several years. Siemens in May said it was undertaking a major restructuring that would involve spinning off its oil, gas and power generation business and creating new areas of growth.
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Tennis-Sharapova wins on return from six-month injury break
Maria Sharapova launched her comeback from a six-month injury layoff with a 7-6(8) 6-0 first-round victory over Viktoria Kuzmova at the Mallorca Open grasscourt tournament on Tuesday. The Russian five-times Grand Slam champion, out since January with a right shoulder injury that required surgery, saved a couple of set points in a tight opening set in blazing sunshine but romped through the second in quick time. It was Sharapova's first competitive match since she withdrew from the St Petersburg Open in January, saying she needed to sort out the problem with her serving shoulder.
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Internet blackout hits Ethiopia's pocket, but not seen deterring telecoms investors
An internet blackout in Ethiopia last week cost the economy millions of dollars and crippled businesses, but an analyst said it was unlikely to have a long-term impact on government plans to privatize the telecoms sector. The country's only internet service provider, state-owned Ethio Telecom, cut internet access and disabled text messaging between Tuesday and Friday, without explanation. Ethiopia has one of the world's last major closed telecoms markets, and the cash-strapped government is seeking up to $2.2 billion in private investment for a much-needed upgrade.
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The Next Frontier for Skin Cancer
This article first appeared in the Summer 2019 issue of NewBeauty. Click here to subscribe.Brittany Arthur tries not to be “the crazy person who scolds people about their sunscreen use.” But the 35-year-old can’t help it. “I was 27 when I was diagnosed with melanoma. I was always the one in the sun and the tanning bed—all throughout high school, extra visits before the prom, all during the summer, and then all throughout college. Even the apartments I lived in had free ...
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Pick the Best Fruit for Your Health
With everything fruit has going for it—natural sweetness, beautiful colors, tons of nutrients—you’d think people would be eating loads of it. But only 12 percent of Americans get the 1½ to 2 cups...
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Apollo astronauts celebrate 50 years since first moon landing
Three astronauts instrumental in the groundbreaking U.S. space programme of the 1960s and 70s gathered at the Paris Air Show on Tuesday to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11, the mission that first put a man on the moon. Walter Cunningham, 87, who was part of the Apollo 7 mission, Al Worden, 87, who flew with Apollo 15, and Charlie Duke, 83, who walked on the moon with Apollo 16, recounted their extra-terrestrial experiences before a captive airshow audience. Worden, who orbited the moon alone for days in 1971, holds the feat of having been the world's most isolated human, while Cunningham is notable for being part of a team that talked back to Mission Control in 1968, getting them blacklisted from future flights.
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Indian family branches out with novel tree house
When the Kesharwanis decided to branch out and expand their family home, they came up with a novel way of dealing with an ancient giant fig tree in their garden -- they built the house around it. "We are nature lovers and my father insisted that we keep the tree," said Yogesh Kesharwani, whose parent built the house in 1994 with the help of an engineer friend. The fig tree, known as peepal in Hindi, is considered sacred by many in India and cutting one down is considered inauspicious.
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34 Stunning Pieces of Jewelry Mom Will Never Want to Take Off
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Ex Red-Sox star Ortiz upgraded to 'good' condition
The condition of retired Red Sox star David Ortiz has been upgraded to good by doctors at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, where he remains in the intensive care unit. Tiffany Ortiz offered the update on her husband Tuesday morning in a statement issued by the team. Ortiz, 43, was shot in the back June 9 as he visited a club in his hometown of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
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White Sox promote C Collins; Castillo to IL
Catcher Zack Collins, the 10th overall pick in the 2016 MLB Draft, was recalled by the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday. Welington Castillo left Sunday's game with soreness in his back and was placed on the 10-day injured list. Collins, 24, is hitting .250 with a .374 on-base percentage at Triple-A Charlotte.
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Canada set to expand controversial oil pipeline to Pacific
Trudeau's cabinet convened a morning meeting to reach a decision on whether to proceed, and was widely expected to approve the expansion. The project would expand an existing pipeline to deliver 890,000 barrels of oil a day from landlocked Alberta to the Pacific coast for shipment to overseas markets. The government, after an initial environmental review, concluded it was needed to ease Canada's reliance on the US market, boost local production and get a better price for its oil.
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Tennis-Rain washes out second day's play at Queen's Club
Rain forced the cancellation of the second day's play at the Queen's Club Championships on Tuesday, with matches involving the likes of Stefanos Tsitsipas and Juan Martin del Potro rescheduled for Wednesday. As many as 10 singles matches and two doubles contests were set to be played on Tuesday but spells of rain led to a number of false starts before the organisers were forced to cancel the day's play after 1700 local time (1600GMT). Britain's former world number one Andy Murray is scheduled to make his comeback on Wednesday, five months after what he has described as "life-changing" hip resurfacing surgery following his first round exit at the Australian Open.
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Rolls-Royce boss laments Brexit distraction at Paris Airshow
Rolls-Royce chief executive Warren East said on Tuesday that uncertainties over Brexit remain an unwelcome distraction for the aerospace industry three years after Britain voted to leave the European Union. A delay to Britain's EU departure and the possibility of it leaving without a deal in October has kept Brexit centre stage at the Paris Airshow, where East said it had dominated a meeting with heads of aerospace companies and a European commissioner. "It's nuts that at a meeting like we had this morning, when we were meant to be talking about new technologies, dealing with global competition, that instead we spend half the time talking about Brexit.
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Apollo astronauts celebrate 50 years since first moon landing
Three astronauts instrumental in the groundbreaking U.S. space programme of the 1960s and 70s gathered at the Paris Air Show on Tuesday to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11, the mission that first put a man on the moon. Walter Cunningham, 87, who was part of the Apollo 7 mission, Al Worden, 87, who flew with Apollo 15, and Charlie Duke, 83, who walked on the moon with Apollo 16, recounted their extra-terrestrial experiences before a captive airshow audience. Worden, who orbited the moon alone for days in 1971, holds the feat of having been the world's most isolated human, while Cunningham is notable for being part of a team that talked back to Mission Control in 1968, getting them blacklisted from future flights.
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WEDC determines Exact Sciences doesn't owe anything
Wisconsin's economic development agency has determined that Madison-based medical diagnostics firm Exact Sciences Corporation doesn't have to repay any tax credits, after the company pledged to return $61,000 for jobs created outside the state. The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation on June 11 told the president of Exact Sciences that based on new calculations for job creation the company did not owe any tax credits. Exact Sciences provided the letter to The Associated Press on Tuesday after the AP inquired about the status of the repayment.
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29 Father's Day Quotes that Show Dad How Much You Appreciate Him
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Topless photos, stolen bricks mean new fence at church ruins
After vandals stole bricks from the ruins of an 18th century South Carolina church and a woman posed for topless pictures in its archway, the caretakers have put a fence around the site. Old Sheldon Church caretaker Bill Sammons says the 5-foot (152-centimeter) tall fence was installed over the weekend.
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Bear loving man gets probation for bear killing retaliation
A Colorado man who enjoyed the presence of a bear on his property and tried to burn his neighbor's ranch down after a hunter legally killed the bear has been sentenced to two years of probation. The Aspen Daily News reports 69-year-old Thomas Andersen was sentenced Monday after pleading guilty to felony attempted arson and misdemeanor disorderly conduct. The Pitkin County Sheriff's Office says Andersen liked seeing the bear and doused part of the ranch with gasoline and berated the hunter's children after the bear was killed last year.
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Defying Trump, U.S. senator moves toward vote to block Saudi arms sales
U.S. Senator Bob Menendez began the formal process on Tuesday of blocking President Donald Trump's plan to proceed with more than $8 billion in military sales to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates without congressional consent. In a Senate speech, Menendez asked the Senate to move to immediate consideration of a resolution disapproving the plan to sell precision-guided munitions to Saudi Arabia.
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Defying Trump, U.S. senator moves toward vote to block Saudi arms sales
U.S. Senator Bob Menendez began the formal process on Tuesday of blocking President Donald Trump's plan to proceed with more than $8 billion in military sales to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates without congressional consent. In a Senate speech, Menendez asked the Senate to move to immediate consideration of a resolution disapproving the plan to sell precision-guided munitions to Saudi Arabia.
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Lightning D Coburn signs two-year deal
Lightning defenseman Braydon Coburn signed a two-year, $3.4 million contract to remain in Tampa Bay. "Being part of this team and this organization has been an honor since I got here," Coburn said. In 74 games with the Lightning last season, Coburn had four goals and 19 assists.
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Pick the Best Fruit for Your Health
With everything fruit has going for it—natural sweetness, beautiful colors, tons of nutrients—you’d think people would be eating loads of it. But only 12 percent of Americans get the 1½ to 2 cups...
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Eight EU countries to phase out coal by 2030
Eight of the EU's 28 countries have pledged to phase out coal for electricity production by 2030 to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, officials said Tuesday. The European Commission, the EU's executive arm, received the pledges as contributions to the bloc's efforts to deliver on the 2015 Paris climate agreement. "More and more member states are making the political commitment to phase out coal in the next decade," EU climate and energy commissioner Miguel Arias Canete said.
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IRGC chief says Iran's ballistic missiles capable of hitting "carriers in the sea"
The commander of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards Corps said on Tuesday that Iran's ballistic missiles were capable of hitting "carriers in the sea" with great precision. "These missiles can hit with great precision carriers in the sea ... These missiles are domestically produced and are difficult to intercept and hit with other missiles," Brigadier General Hossein Salami said in a televised speech.
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Britain to bid to host 2020 U.N. climate talks
Britain said on Tuesday it would bid to host United Nations' climate talks in 2020, with Italy holding the preliminary talks preceding it. Next year is the year the landmark 2015 Paris Agreement comes into force and when countries need to present new plans for more ambitious greenhouse gas emissions cuts. The two countries had both said previously they were willing to host the main U.N. talks held in November/December each year.
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FACTBOX-Calls mount for inquiry into death of Egypt's ex-president Mursi
The death of Mohamed Mursi, modern Egypt's first democratically elected head of state, while on trial in a Cairo court, has brought an outpouring of condolences around the Middle East and calls for an investigation into his conditions. As his body was buried on Tuesday, some people condemned harsh prison conditions as a likely cause of his heart attack and blamed current president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. "Medical negligence and policies of slow death through solitary confinement in prison are all tools to kill.
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IRGC chief says Iran's ballistic missiles capable of hitting 'carriers in the sea'
The commander of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards Corps said on Tuesday that Iran's ballistic missiles were capable of hitting "carriers in the sea" with great precision. "These missiles can hit with great precision carriers in the sea ... These missiles are domestically produced and are difficult to intercept and hit with other missiles," Brigadier General Hossein Salami said in a televised speech.
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U.S. teen suicides rising, especially among boys
For nearly a decade, suicide rates have been climbing among U.S. teens, with an especially pronounced increase in boys recently, a new study suggests. Rates among young adults also rose during this period, the researchers reported. "There is a surge of suicides in adolescent males," said the study's lead author Oren Miron, a research associate in the department of biomedical informatics at the Harvard Medical School.
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'Baby' found dead near park turns out to be realistic doll
Police say what appeared to be a dead infant found outside a park in New York City turned out to be a realistic-looking doll. A runner spotted what she thought was a baby shortly before 8 a.m. Tuesday in a grassy area outside Crocheron Park in the Bayside neighborhood of Queens and called 911.
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Survivors of northeast Congo ethnic attacks recall harrowing scenes
"Some people were burned alive inside the houses," Nzale said from a camp for displaced persons more than a dozen kilometres away. The resurgent violence in Ituri province, long a flashpoint for ethnic tensions in Democratic Republic of Congo's volatile east, has killed at least 161 people since last week and forced more than 300,000 people to flee their homes, according to local officials and the United Nations. After that conflict ended, Iturians experienced a decade of relative respite from ethnic violence, even as local militias continued to battle government forces and prey on the local population.
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EXCLUSIVE-Pompeo blocks inclusion of Saudis on U.S. child soldiers list-sources
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has blocked the inclusion of Saudi Arabia on a U.S. list of countries that recruit child soldiers, dismissing his experts' findings that a Saudi-led coalition has been using under-age fighters in Yemen’s civil war, according to four people familiar with the matter. The decision, which came after a fierce internal debate, could prompt new accusations by human rights advocates and some lawmakers that U.S. President Donald Trump's administration is prioritizing security and economic interests in relations with oil-rich Saudi Arabia, a major U.S. ally and arms customer.
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Soccer-Kashima and Guangzhou earn slender first-leg leads
Champions Kashima Antlers and two-time winners Guangzhou Evergrande will take slim leads into the second leg of their Asian Champions League last-16 clashes with Sanfrecce Hiroshima and Shandong Luneng respectively after wins on Tuesday evening. Kashima had a solitary first-half goal from Brazilian forward Serginho to thank for their win over fellow J-League side Hiroshima, who played out the final four minutes with 10 men after Sho Inagaki was sent off for a second bookable offence. Guangzhou, meanwhile, edged an all-Chinese Super League affair at Tianhe Stadium when Yang Liyu's low cross was deflected past Wang Dalei to give Fabio Cannavaro's side a 2-1 win over Shandong.
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UPDATE 1-Netanyahu welcomes Bahrain meeting, Israeli ex-general to attend
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised on Tuesday a U.S.-led conference on the Palestinian economy in Bahrain, and a source said a former Israeli general would be among the participants. Netanyahu, echoing remarks on Sunday by his foreign minister, said Israelis would take part in the June 25-26 gathering, but did not identify them. The White House decided against including the Israeli government in the June 25-26 event in Manama after the Palestinians boycotted it, making do instead with inviting a small Israeli business delegation.
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Police: Man faked heart attack while accomplice robbed store
Police say a man faked a heart attack in a Massachusetts convenience store while his accomplice hopped over the counter to steal money from the register. Malden police on Facebook say they responded to the store Sunday afternoon on reports of a theft. Witnesses told police one "faked a heart attack" while the other grabbed the cash.
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Exclusive: Pompeo blocks inclusion of Saudis on U.S. child soldiers list - sources
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has blocked the inclusion of Saudi Arabia on a U.S. list of countries that recruit child soldiers, dismissing his experts' findings that a Saudi-led coalition has been using under-age fighters in Yemen’s civil war, according to four people familiar with the matter. The decision, which came after a fierce internal debate, could prompt new accusations by human rights advocates and some lawmakers that U.S. President Donald Trump's administration is prioritizing security and economic interests in relations with oil-rich Saudi Arabia, a major U.S. ally and arms customer.
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WRAPUP 3-Trump leaves "question mark" over use of force to protect Gulf oil
GENEVA/DUBAI, June 18 (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said he was prepared to take military action to stop Tehran having a nuclear bomb but left open whether he would sanction the use of force to protect Gulf oil supplies. Fears of a confrontation between Iran and the United States have mounted since Washington blamed long-time foe Iran for Thursday's attacks on two oil tankers near the strategic Strait of Hormuz shipping lane.
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Astronomers searching for alien life release biggest set of data in history
Astronomers say they are releasing the biggest set of data ever made public in the search for alien life.Researchers from Breakthrough Listen – a $100 million alien-hunting project launched by luminaries including Stephen Hawking – says it has completed the "most comprehensive and sensitive" search for signatures of alien technology ever performed.And it will release the data from its search for alien life in the hope that others might be able to find information inside of it, its researchers say. The dump comprises one petabyte of radio and optical telescope data.The Breakthrough Listen team working at the University of California, Berkeley’s SETI Research Center say they have been working on a number of techniques that are designed to spot "technosignatures" elsewhere in the universe. Those signals might indicate the use of technology such as transmitters or propulsion devices on other worlds beyond Earth, perhaps built by alien civilisations.Such technosignatures might be powerful signals that are sent over only a limited range of radio frequencies, or bright lasers shooting through the universe. Researchers have also developed new algorithms that will allow them to better understanding unexplained astrophysical phenomena, they said.The astronomers are yet to find anything in that data, despite the intense work. But its release could lead to further breakthroughs, they hope, and will help inform future work as they continue to refine their work.“This data release is a tremendous milestone for the Breakthrough Listen team,” said Danny Price, the Breakthrough Listen Project Scientist for the Parkes observatory in Australia, in a statement.“We scoured thousands of hours of observations of nearby stars, across billions of frequency channels. We found no evidence of artificial signals from beyond Earth, but this doesn't mean there isn't intelligent life out there: we may just not have looked in the right place yet, or peered deep enough to detect faint signals.”The data is being released through a devoted page on the University of California, Berkeley’s website. Papers describing the methods for harvesting it have also been uploaded to that page as well as being submitted to astrophysics journals.
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New study finds poor oral health may increase the risk of liver cancer by 75 percent
A new large-scale UK study has found that poor oral health may be linked to an increased risk of liver cancer, building on previous research which has also linked oral health to a range of diseases. Carried out by researchers at Queen's University Belfast, the new study looked at data on 475,766 people taken from UK Biobank -- a large long-term study which includes genomic data on more than half a million UK residents as well as data on brain imaging, their general health and medical information.
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Doctors Share What the Future of Skin Cancer Treatment Looks Like
This article first appeared in the Summer 2019 issue of NewBeauty. Click here to subscribe.From 3-D printing to matrix magic, the treatment for skin cancer keeps improving. And, while New York plastic surgeon Stafford Broumand, MD is wary of calling attention to anything “new” regarding skin cancer treatment, he has seen a recent shift in the field, in one particularly crucial area. “The ‘new’ isn’t so important—what’s important is that more people are getting checked and then getting the skin cancer removed.” Invisible ...
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Shooting at Chula Vista Costco leaves 3 people hospitalized
A shooting outside a Chula Vista Costco Wholesale has left three people hospitalized Monday.
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Show Your USA Pride with These Great Fourth of July Decor
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UPDATE 1-Norway wants to open two new North Sea areas to offshore wind
Norway will seek to open two areas for the construction of floating offshore wind parks, which combined could hold a turbine capacity of up to 3.5 gigawatts(GW), the Norwegian oil and energy ministry said in a statement on Tuesday. The oil-producing nation has recently been seeking to develop wind power, both onshore and offshore. The first offshore area, which the ministry will propose before July, is called Utsira North and is situated in the North Sea.
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Woman bitten by venomous snake while doing laundry at home
Officials say a Pennsylvania woman was bitten on the arm by a venomous snake when she went to her basement to do laundry. The Reading Eagle reports that the Mount Penn woman called 911 Tuesday morning to report that she'd been bitten by a rattlesnake. Police called the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, which bagged the snake and moved it to a safer location.
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High school student charged with distributing laced candy
A Virginia high school student has surrendered to authorities over accusations she distributed candy laced with an unknown substance to fellow students, sending up to eight to the hospital. News outlets report the 16-year-old girl at Southampton County High School surrendered to the sheriff's office Sunday. Last week, police arrested 18-year-old Jaden Phillips, another Southampton student.
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US STOCKS-Trade optimism, dovish Fed bets power Wall Street rally
U.S. stocks rallied on Tuesday, with the S&P 500 inching close to record levels, as President Donald Trump's comments on restarting trade talks with China added to optimism of a more accommodative Federal Reserve. Trump said he would meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the G20 summit later this month, and that talks between the two countries would restart after a long lull. Trade-sensitive industrials jumped 1.92% on the development, while technology stocks gained 2.08%, the biggest boost to the benchmark index.
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Tennis-Osaka outlasts Sakkari to move into Birmingham last-16
World number one Naomi Osaka was tested by Maria Sakkari in her first-round match at the Nature Valley Classic in Birmingham but eventually went through to the last-16 of the grasscourt tournament with a hard-fought 6-1 4-6 6-3 win on Tuesday. In her first match since her third-round exit at Roland Garros earlier this month, 21-year-old Osaka struggled with her first serve against the world number 33 and took two hours to dispatch her Greek opponent. Elsewhere, former French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko stormed into the next round with a 6-0 6-2 demolition of Iga Swiatek while Petra Martic saw off the challenge of Ekaterina Alexandrova with a 6-3 7-5 win.
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Romania's government survives no-confidence vote
Romania's Social Democrat (PSD) coalition government survived a parliamentary no-confidence vote on Tuesday, strengthening Prime Minister Viorica Dancila's chances of being confirmed as PSD leader at a party congress this month. Dancila, a protegee of long-time leader Liviu Dragnea, was appointed on an interim basis after he was jailed for corruption last month.
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5 hospitalized after cleaning product spill at Tyson plant
Several employees have been sent to a hospital after a cleaning agent was spilled at a Tyson Foods poultry plant in northwest Arkansas. A Tyson spokesman said five employees were sent to the hospital to be evaluated on Tuesday morning after the incident outside its plant in Springdale, about 144 miles (232 kilometers) northwest of Little Rock. Captain Matt Bagley with Springdale Fire Department said the spill had been contained by the time firefighters arrived and no chemicals were released into the atmosphere or groundwater.
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Romania's government survives no-confidence vote
Romania's Social Democrat (PSD) coalition government survived a parliamentary no-confidence vote on Tuesday, strengthening Prime Minister Viorica Dancila's chances of being confirmed as PSD leader at a party congress this month. Dancila, a protegee of long-time leader Liviu Dragnea, was appointed on an interim basis after he was jailed for corruption last month. The motion was brought by centrist opposition groupings which said that, despite Dragnea's imprisonment, the PSD remained a big threat to the rule of law in one of EU's most corrupt states.
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Saints, WR Thomas discussing long-term deal
New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas is headed for paydirt, one way or another. General manager Mickey Loomis said on Mad Dog Sports Radio that the Saints and Thomas have begun talks geared toward a long-term deal. Thomas is entering the final year of his rookie contract.
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Heat Stroke Vs. Heat Exhaustion—A Doctor Explains the Difference
What does a heat stroke feel like? Here are the warning signs of a heat stroke and heat exhaustion.
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Eviation targets commuters with electric plane Alice
An electric plane capable of flying up to 650 miles with nine passengers made its debut at the Paris Airshow on Tuesday, with its manufacturer targeting regional commuter routes such as the French capital to the southern city of Toulouse. Eviation Aircraft said the plane - called Alice - was a radical rethinking of the cost, experience and environmental impact of regional travel. The impact of air travel on the environment has become a key focus of climate campaigners and airlines have long been looking at ways to address emissions and their costs through new designs and cleaner technologies.
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German government to buy three new Bombardier jets: papers
Germany's government will buy three new Bombardier jets this year, RND newspapers reported on Tuesday, adding that the deal would have a volume of 240 million euros ($268.51 million). The finance ministry is willing to approve the on-top budget request by the defense ministry to unlock the funds, RND reported, citing a confidential document the finance ministry sent to the budget commission in the lower house of parliament. Germany's government fleet, transporting Angela Merkel and ministers around the world, has been grappling with a series of technical incidents and outages over the last months.
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Camera captures bear's rub on tree at Russian nature reserve
An Asian black bear in Russia has been captured on video enjoying a backrub against a tree — before trying to eat a surveillance camera. The video, posted recently by the Land of the Leopard national park in Russia's Far East, showed the bear approaching a tree, then rearing up to stand on its two hind legs to rub its back against the trunk.
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UPDATE 1-White House's Kudlow: U.S. looking for "enforceable" trade deal with China -Fox
The United States wants to continue trade discussions with China that focus on structural changes and enforcement mechanisms when talks continue late this month during the G20 summit in Japan, White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said on Tuesday. "The United States wants to continue the conversations about structural changes regarding intellectual property theft and forced technology transfers and market openings and tariffs," Kudlow said in an interview with Fox News.
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NC residents say a community pool has discriminatory rules
Residents of a North Carolina community say a private pool is enforcing discriminatory rules that ban dreadlocks, weaves and baggy pants. News outlets report Wake County residents have been sharing the rules on social media and calling for conversation on what they say are racist guidelines by the Outdoor Recreation Center of Wendell.
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Athletics-Semenya accuses IAAF of using her as a "human guinea pig"
Olympic 800 metres champion Caster Semenya has accused the global athletics governing body of using her as a human guinea pig as it emerged that the IAAF had sought to have her declared a "biological male" in proceedings before sport's highest court. The South African was reacting to the full 163-page judgement released by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on Tuesday which rejected her appeal against rules that mean middle distance female athletes with a high natural level of testosterone must take medication to reduce it. Testosterone increases muscle mass, strength and haemoglobin, which affects endurance.
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Exhausted polar bear wanders into Siberian city
A starving polar bear has strayed hundreds of kilometres from its natural Arctic habitat and wandered, exhausted, into the major Russian industrial city of Norilsk in northern Siberia. The female bear, visibly weak and seemingly ill, lay despondently on the ground for hours on Tuesday in Norilsk's suburbs, its feet caked in mud, occasionally rising to sniff around for food. It is the first polar bear seen in the city in more than 40 years, according to local environmentalists.
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Boeing lands first 737 Max jet order since deadly crashes
Boeing is selling its 737 Max planes again. The company announced at the Paris Air Show on Tuesday that International Airlines Group signed a letter of intent for 200 Boeing 737 aircraft. Boeing said it's the first sale of the jet since the crash of an Ethiopian Airlines 737 Max in March.
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Investigators crack cold case murder of South Dakota woman
The murder of a pharmacist who was raped and strangled in her home in a South Dakota city more than half a century ago has been solved with the use of DNA technology and genealogy databases, police said. Investigators believe Eugene Carroll Field killed 60-year-old Gwen Miller in 1968 when he was a 25-year-old living in Rapid City, Detective Wayne Keefe said at a news conference Monday. It is "a little surreal" to finally identify the killer after 51 years and up to 5,000 hours of work, Keefe said.
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Report: Pelicans eyeing All-Star Beal via trade
Wizards All-Star guard Bradley Beal is the target of the new regime in New Orleans, should Washington decide to shift toward rebuilding. According to multiple reports, Pelicans executive vice president David Griffin is interested in acquiring Beal in a package that likely would include the fourth overall pick -- pending the official deal with the Los Angeles Lakers that sends Anthony Davis out of New Orleans -- and Brandon Ingram, who would be part of the return in the L.A. deal. Beal and Davis were teammates at the 2019 All-Star Game in Charlotte.
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Charitable giving by individual Americans drops in 2018
Charitable giving by individual Americans in 2018 suffered its biggest drop since the Great Recession of 2008-09, in part because of Republican-backed changes in tax policy, according to the latest comprehensive report on Americans' giving patterns. Experts involved with the report said 2018 was a complex year for charitable giving, with a relatively strong economy overall and a volatile stock market. Among various factors affecting charitable giving was a federal tax policy change that doubled the standard deduction.
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Amazon’s best-selling Windows 10 laptop is $50 off today
There are about a gazillion different Windows 10 laptops out there, so if you're looking for a new one it can be difficult to make a choice. Well, sometimes it's better to let the internet's hive mind make the decision for you, and the internet's hive mind chooses the Acer Aspire E 15. This excellent Acer laptop is the best-selling model on Amazon, and it features a 15.6-inch Full HD display, an 8th-generation Intel Core i3 processor, 6GB of RAM, a massive 1TB hard drive, and even an 8x DVD drive. It has plenty of power and all the features you need, and it's $50 off right now on Amazon.Here's more info from the product page: * 8th Generation Intel Core i3-8130U Processor (Up to 3.4GHz) * 15.6" Full HD (1920 x 1080) widescreen LED-lit Display * 6GB Dual Channel Memory, 1TB HDD & 8x DVD * Up to 13.5-Hours of battery life * Windows 10 Home
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UPDATE 1-Cycling-Tour champion Thomas out of Tour de Suisse, Tour participation in doubt
Tour de France champion Geraint Thomas crashed on the fourth stage of the Tour de Suisse on Tuesday and abandoned the race, his team said, putting a question mark over his participation in the July 6-27 French race, the biggest in the cycling calendar. "Geraint Thomas has been forced to abandon the Tour de Suisse. Ineos are already without four-time Tour de France champion Chris Froome for the three-week race around the country, after he suffered a heavy crash at the Criterium du Dauphine.
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Erdogan attacks Istanbul's ousted mayor days before poll re-run
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan attacked Istanbul's ousted mayor on Tuesday, days before a crucial re-run of the municipal vote, accusing him of being aligned with a U.S.-based cleric blamed by Ankara for orchestrating a 2016 failed coup. Ekrem Imamoglu, from the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), narrowly beat the candidate of Erdogan's AK Party in a March mayoral contest. After AK Party appeals, the election commission annulled the result and ordered a re-run on June 23.
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Erdogan attacks Istanbul's ousted mayor days before poll re-run
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan attacked Istanbul's ousted mayor on Tuesday, days before a crucial re-run of the municipal vote, accusing him of being aligned with a U.S.-based cleric blamed by Ankara for orchestrating a 2016 failed coup. Ekrem Imamoglu, from the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), narrowly beat the candidate of Erdogan's AK Party in a March mayoral contest. After AK Party appeals, the election commission annulled the result and ordered a re-run on June 23.
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Eviation targets commuters with electric plane Alice
An electric plane capable of flying up to 650 miles with nine passengers made its debut at the Paris Airshow on Tuesday, with its manufacturer targeting regional commuter routes such as the French capital to the southern city of Toulouse. Eviation Aircraft said the plane - called Alice - was a radical rethinking of the cost, experience and environmental impact of regional travel. The impact of air travel on the environment has become a key focus of climate campaigners and airlines have long been looking at ways to address emissions and their costs through new designs and cleaner technologies.
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Soccer-Loan move for Madrid's Bale "not on the menu", says agent
Gareth Bale's agent has dismissed suggestions the Wales forward could leave Real Madrid on loan and said it would take "something exceptional" for the player to leave the Spanish capital. Bale's high wages -- reported by British media to be 600,000 pounds ($753,000) per week -- mean few clubs would be capable of signing him permanently, but his agent Jonathan Barnett ruled out the chances of him going out on loan and said the player is happy to stay at Madrid. Bale, 29, has won four Champions League titles since joining Madrid from Tottenham Hotspur in 2013 for a then world record fee of 100 million euros.
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Do body cameras make the police and the public safer?
In theory, the use of police body cameras is easy to endorse, offering an unvarnished account of what happens when police and citizens interact. In practice, however, the technology's rollout in recent years has been complicated and rife with conflict.
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World electronic gaming revenues to grow 9.6% to $152.1 billion in 2019: report
The global video and electronic games market will generate $152.1 billion in 2019, up 9.6% over last year as gaming morphs into content and communication, according to a report by gaming analytics firm Newzoo on Tuesday. It is "the complete convergence of different forms of digital entertainment all coming together," Peter Warman, chief executive of the Netherlands-based firm, told Reuters in a phone interview. Fortnite publisher Epic Games Inc, in particular, believes in gaming as a communication platform, Warman said.
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Germany needs to ease rules to hit 2030 renewables target
Germany needs to ease restrictions on the location and size of solar power plants and wind turbines and increase incentives if the country is to meet a target demanding it double renewable energy capacity by 2030, energy companies said on Tuesday. Germany has set a target of generating 65% of its power from renewable sources by 2030, requiring an increase in wind and solar generation capacity to between 215 and 237 gigawatts (GW) from 120 GW now.
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Report: Leonard wants to play for Clippers
Kawhi Leonard is ready to head home and is reportedly focusing on signing with the Los Angeles Clippers. ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski dispelled reports that Leonard might be interested in joining the Los Angeles Lakers, who will add Anthony Davis when trades can become official next month. Per Wojnarowski's report, it's the Clippers that Leonard wants to join.
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Orlando Sentinel endorses ‘not Donald Trump’ for president ahead of reelection kickoff
Hours before the president was due to formally announce the kickoff of his reelection campaign at a rally in Orlando, the Orlando Sentinel announced it will endorse anyone but him.
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Asian markets mostly edge higher ahead of Fed meeting
The Shanghai Composite index jumped 0.2% to 2,892.53, while Australia's S&P ASX 200 added 0.4% to 6,559.50. Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 lost 0.3% to 21,067.95. Traders will keep a close watch on a policy statement, to be released Wednesday, and a news conference held by Fed Chairman Jerome Powell shortly after that.
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Defense lawyer for Harvey Weinstein asks to leave New York case -report
One of the lawyers representing Harvey Weinstein in his rape trial due to begin in September has asked a judge to let him drop the former movie producer as a client, the New York Post reported, citing a letter from the attorney to the New York court. The attorney, Jose Baez, asked a Manhattan justice to let him off the case six months after Weinstein, 67, hired him because of their strained relationship, the newspaper reported on Monday. "Mr. Weinstein has engaged in behavior that makes this representation unreasonably difficult to carry out effectively and has insisted upon taking actions with which I have fundamental disagreements," Baez wrote to Manhattan Supreme Court Justice James Burke last week, according to the newspaper.
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Nigel Farage's milkshake attacker told to pay him compensation
A man who threw a milkshake over Nigel Farage, the leader of Britain's Brexit Party, has been ordered to pay him compensation to cover his suit-cleaning bill after pleading guilty to common assault and criminal damage. Paul Crowther, 32, threw the milkshake over Farage, one of the leading figures in the campaign for Britain to leave the European Union, at an event in the northern English city of Newcastle before the European elections last month.
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Hospital cleared in handling of newborn cut from mom's womb
The Chicago Sun-Times reports that the federal Department of Health and Human Services told the hospital last week that Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn "was found in compliance" with Medicare requirements following an investigation launched by the Illinois Department of Public Health. Police say Clarisa Figueroa and her adult daughter killed 19-year-old Marlen Ochoa-Lopez and cut the baby from her womb after luring her to their home on April 23. Authorities say Figueroa claimed at the hospital that day that she had given birth to the baby.
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UPDATE 1-Boeing 737 MAX boosted by IAG plan to order 200 jets
Boeing's grounded 737 MAX jet received a boost on Tuesday after British Airways-owner IAG signed a letter of intent to order 200 of the planes and said it was confident that it would return to service in the coming months. Boeing said the deal had a value of more than $24 million at list prices. IAG said the mix of 737-8 and 737-10 aircraft, to be delivered between 2023 and 2027, would be powered by CFM Leap engines and used across a number of its airlines including British Airways, Vueling and Level.
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Defense lawyer for Harvey Weinstein asks to leave New York case: report
One of the lawyers representing Harvey Weinstein in his rape trial due to begin in September has asked a judge to let him drop the former movie producer as a client, the New York Post reported, citing a letter from the attorney to the New York court. The attorney, Jose Baez, asked a Manhattan justice to let him off the case six months after Weinstein, 67, hired him because of their strained relationship, the newspaper reported on Monday. "Mr. Weinstein has engaged in behavior that makes this representation unreasonably difficult to carry out effectively and has insisted upon taking actions with which I have fundamental disagreements," Baez wrote to Manhattan Supreme Court Justice James Burke last week, according to the newspaper.
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UPDATE 1-EU issues "green" investment guide to help combat climate change
The European Commission sought to boost the flow of private money to tackle climate change on Tuesday by publishing guidelines on what qualifies as environmentally friendly investment, in a move welcomed by the financial industry. The European Union has agreed to substantial reductions of carbon emissions by 2030 and its executive, the Commission, wants the bloc to reduce them to zero by 2050 to help stop global warming, the rise of average worldwide temperatures. To cut emissions by 2030, many sectors of the economy, such as manufacturing, agriculture and energy, require an extra annual investment of between 180 and 290 billion euros and even more is needed to achieve zero emissions by 2050.
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Neolithic People Made Fake Islands More Than 5,600 Years Ago
Hundreds of tiny islands around Scotland didn't arise naturally. They're fakes that were constructed out of boulders, clay and timbers by Neolithic people about 5,600 years ago, a new study finds.Researchers have known about these artificial islands, known as crannogs, for decades. But many archaeologists thought that the crannogs were made more recently, in the Iron Age about 2,800 years ago.The new finding not only shows that these crannogs are much older than previously thought but also that they were likely "special locations" for Neolithic people, according to nearby pottery fragments found by modern divers, the researchers wrote in the study. [In Photos: Anglo-Saxon Island Settlement Discovered]Initially, many researchers thought that Scotland's crannogs were built around 800 B.C. and reused until post-medieval times in A.D. 1700. But in the 1980s, hints began to emerge that some of these islands were made much earlier. In addition, in 2012, Chris Murray, a former Royal Navy diver, found well-preserved Neolithic pots on the lake floor near some of these islands, and he alerted a local museum about the discovery.To investigate, two U.K archaeologists, Duncan Garrow from the University of Reading and Fraser Sturt from the University of Southampton, teamed up in 2016 and 2017 to take a comprehensive look at several crannogs in the Outer Hebrides, an artificial island hotspot off the coast of northern Scotland. In particular, they looked at islets in three lakes: Loch Arnish, Loch Bhorgastail and Loch Langabhat.Aerial images of six of the Neolithic islet sites, all shown at the same scale. These include 1) Arnish; 2) Bhorgastail; 3) Eilean Domhnuill; 4) Lochan Duna (Ranish); 5) Loch an Dunain; and 6) Langabhat. Copyright Antiquity Publications Ltd; Copyright Getmapping PLC; Duncan Garrow and Fraser Sturt, Antiquity 2019.According to radiocarbon dating, four of the crannogs were created between 3640 B.C. and 3360 B.C., the researchers found. Other evidence, including ground and underwater surveys, palaeoenvironmental coring and excavation, supported the idea that these particular islets dated to the Neolithic.Archaeologists have yet to find any Neolithic structures on the islands, and they said more excavations were needed. But divers found dozens of Neolithic pottery fragments, some of them burnt, around the islets at Bhorgastail and Langabhat, the researchers said.These pots were likely dropped into the water intentionally, possibly for a ritual, the researchers said.Divers find a piece of a 'Hebridean Neolithic' vessel from Loch Langabhat, one of the artificial islands made during the Neolithic. Copyright Antiquity Publications Ltd; Photograph by D. Garrow; Duncan Garrow and Fraser Sturt, Antiquity 2019.Each of the islets is fairly small, measuring approximately 33 feet (10 meters) across. One islet in Loch Bhorgastail even had a stone causeway connecting it to the mainland. And though it undoubtedly took a lot of work to make these crannogs, these structures were clearly important to ancient people, as there are 570 known in Scotland alone. (There are more in Ireland, the researchers noted.)So far, just 10% of the crannogs in Scotland have been radiocarbon dated, meaning that there may be more ancient crannogs than these newfound Neolithic ones, the researchers said.The study was published online June 12 in the journal Antiquity. * In Photos: The Vanishing Ice of Baffin Island * In Photos: Impossible Rocks on a Remote Island * Photos: Beautiful & Ever-Changing Barrier IslandsOriginally published on Live Science.
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The Plastic We 'Recycle' Is Actually Horrible for the Environment
When you drop your plastic waste into the recycling bin, it most likely makes its way around the world, where it can pose a health and security risk to developing countries, according to a new Guardian report.The planet is getting buried under plastic: beaches are littered with it, sea life is choking on it, and a new report finds that we're even drinking a credit-card-size amount of plastic every week from our drinking water. Needless to say, recycling is a good idea.Until it's done wrong. That plastic bottle that you drop into a recycling bin on the streets of New York isn't always broken down and crafted into a brand-new product. Sometimes, it ends up across the world in someone's backyard, taking its place among scores of supermarket bags and snack pouches. [In Photos: The World's 10 Most Polluted Places]The U.S. ships about 1 million tons of plastic waste overseas every year. Much of that plastic used to end up in China, where it was recycled -- that is, until the country abruptly stopped most of the plastic waste imports in 2017. Now, a good part of U.S. plastic waste is shipped to the world's poorest countries for recycling, including Bangladesh, Laos, Ethiopia and Senegal, the Guardian reported.Last year, about 68,000 shipping containers' worth of plastic recycling waste from the U.S. were shipped to developing countries, which mismanage over 70% of their own plastic waste, they wrote. For example, Malaysia dumps or improperly disposes 55% of its own plastic waste, yet it receives more U.S. recyclables than any other country, they wrote. What's more, an estimated 20% to 70% of plastic waste that goes to recycling facilities worldwide is unusable and discarded as trash, according to the report.Beyond just having to live among the trash that litters their beaches and streets, the increasing number of plastic processing facilities that are popping up in these countries is posing health risks to citizens who live among contaminated water supplies and the smell of plastic fumes, they wrote.This report is part of the Guardian's six-month-long Toxic America series. * 7 Everyday Toxic Things You Shouldn't Toss in the Trash * In Photos: Litter Transforms Into Sea Creatures in Stunning Shots * In Images: The Great Pacific Garbage PatchOriginally published on Live Science.
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Why Global Population Growth Will Grind to a Halt by 2100
Global population growth will nearly grind to a stop by the end of the century, a new analysis by the Pew Research Center suggests.Right now, the world's population is over 7.7 billion people, and it has been growing between 1% and 2% every year since 1950, according to the Pew Research Center. By 2100, the center projects the population will reach around 10.9 billion people and grow by less than 0.1% a year, the center wrote.This is mostly due to a decreasing number of children born worldwide, the analysis said, based on data from the United Nation's report "World Population Prospects 2019."The U.N.'s report found that global fertility rates will be less than the "replacement fertility rate," or the number of births per woman that would keep the population the same size, replacing people as they die. The current replacement fertility rate is 2.1 births per woman, which is less than the current global fertility rate of 2.5 births per woman. By 2100, the global fertility rate is expected to dip to 1.9 births per woman. [5 Ways the World Will Change Radically This Century]What's more, the U.N. report found that the global average age to which people live will increase from 31 to 42 by 2100. Between 2020 and 2100, people 80 and over will increase from the current 146 million to 881 million. Latin America and the Caribbean will have the oldest people in the world by 2100.Only Africa is expected to have a strong population growth by the end of the century, increasing from 1.3 billion people in 2020 to 4.3 billion people in 2100. Meanwhile, Europe's population is expected to peak in 2021, and both Europe and Latin America will be declining in population by 2100. Asia will increase in population by 2055, then decline and North America's population will continue to increase, mostly because of migration to the area, according to the U.N. report. * 10 Species Our Population Explosion Will Likely Kill Off * 7 Population Milestones for 7 Billion People * Countdown to 7 Billion: Should World Adopt 'One-Child' Policy?Originally published on Live Science.
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Bone-Crushing Hyenas Lived in Canada's Arctic During the Last Ice Age
During the last ice age, bone-crushing hyenas stalked the snowy Canadian Arctic, likely satisfying their meat cravings by hunting herds of caribou and horses, while also scavenging mammoth carcasses on the tundra, a new study finds.The big finding -- that ancient hyenas lived in the North American Arctic -- is based on two tiny teeth, which archaeologists found in Canada's northern Yukon Territory.The two teeth fill a gaping hole in the fossil record. Researchers already had evidence that the wolf-size hyena known as Chasmaporthetes lived in Mongolia and -- after crossing the Bering Strait land bridge -- Kansas and central Mexico. The newfound teeth show where the Chasmaporthetes lived between these two places: about 4,000 miles (6,500 kilometers) away from the Old World in Mongolia and 2,500 miles (4,000 km) northward of Kansas, the researchers said. [Image Gallery: Hyenas at the Kill]In other words, Chasmaporthetes was able to adapt to all kinds of environments, study lead researcher Jack Tseng, a vertebrate paleontologist at the University of Buffalo in New York, told Live Science.Archaeologists originally found the two fossil teeth in the 1970s, in a fossil hotspot known as Old Crow Basin. But nobody ever published studies on the teeth, which languished for decades in the collections of the Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottowa, Ontario.In the 1970s, researchers found the two ancient hyenas teeth in the Old Crow River region (known as Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation) in Canada's Yukon Territory. Duane Froese/University of AlbertaTseng learned about the teeth only through word of mouth. Intrigued, he hopped in his car and drove the 6 hours from Buffalo to Ottawa in February, the dead of winter. The teeth, a molar and premolar, were so distinct, that "within the first 5 minutes, I was pretty sure this was Chasmaporthetes," he told Live Science.When most people think of hyenas, they picture the carnivores roaming Africa today. But hyenas actually arose in Europe or Asia about 20 million years ago. Only later did hyenas make their way into Africa, and an even smaller number trekked across the Bering Strait land bridge to North America, at least according to the preexisting fossil record.The teeth are challenging to date because they were found in the inner bend of a river -- meaning that the current washed them away from their original resting place. But based on the geology of the basin, the teeth are likely between 1.4 million and 850,000 years old, Tseng said.These teeth aren't from the oldest hyenas in North America, however. That prize goes to the 4.7-million-year-old hyena fossils found in Kansas, Tseng said.This fossil tooth belonged to an ancient hyena during the last ice age. This tooth has sat in a collection at the Canadian Museum of Nature since it was found in 1977. Grant Zazula/Government of Yukon He added that these ancient hyenas never ran into a human. The beasts went extinct in North America between 1 million and 500,000 years ago, long before humans arrived in the Americas. (One of the oldest human traces in the Americas is a 15,600-year-old footprint in Chile.) It's unclear why these hyenas disappeared, but it's possible that other voracious ice age carnivores, such as the bone-cracking dog (Borophagus), giant short-faced bear (Arctodus) or hunting-dog-like canid (Xenocyon) took over their habitats and outcompeted them for prey, Tseng said.Today, there are only four living species of hyena -- three bone-crushing species and the ant-eating aardwolf. Given that Chasmaporthetes was a bone crusher too, it likely played a large role in disposing of carcasses in ancient North America, much like vultures do today, Tseng said.The new study takes a much-needed dive into carnivore evolution and diversity in North America, said Blaine Schubert, executive director of the Center of Excellence in Paleontology and professor of geosciences at East Tennessee State University, who was not involved with the study."It has long been hypothesized that hyenas crossed the Beringian land bridge to enter North America, but evidence was lacking," Schubert told Live Science in an email. "These new fossils support the Beringian dispersal hypothesis and dramatically increase the range of Chasmaporthetes."The study was published online today (June 18) in the journal Open Quaternary. * My, What Sharp Teeth! 12 Living and Extinct Saber-Toothed Animals * 10 Extinct Giants That Once Roamed North America * Ice Age Animal Bones Uncovered During LA Subway ExcavationOriginally published on Live Science.
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Slashing plane emissions a lofty goal, but progress elusive
The aircraft industry is facing growing criticism over greenhouse gas emissions that are set to soar as more people take to the skies, but experts say game-changing technology for cleaner planes is still decades away. Dozens of firms at the Paris Air Show this week are touting their green credentials, with the industry pledging to halve its carbon dioxide emissions from 2005 levels by 2050. From electric quadcopters to new engines powered by natural gas or hydrogen, the projects on display in Paris promise to revolutionise how people will eventually get across town or across the world.
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Scientists just filmed a deep sea creature spew a glowing substance
At some 4,700 feet beneath the sea, marine scientists filmed a shrimp spew glowing matter, or bioluminescence, from its mouth.  This natural event, which might seem fictional, happened as researchers looked for the elusive giant squid in the Gulf of Mexico. They have yet to spot the massive cephalopods — first caught on film in 2012 — but recorded, for likely the first time ever, a deep sea shrimp belching a radiant substance into its lightless world. The collaborative exploration mission, called "Journey into Midnight," seeks to sleuth out both the giant squid and other little-seen animal life in the ocean's sprawling pelagic zone — the great realm between the surface and the sea floor.  "It's one of the least studied habitats on the planet," explained marine biologist Nathan Robinson,  director of the Cape Eleuthera Institute in the Bahamas. Credit: Edie Widder / Nathan Robinson / NOAA Robinson and his team captured footage of the shrimp, seen darting through the frame before belching a puff of bioluminescence, using a flashing lure to attract the animal to the camera.  But the shrimp quickly discovered there was nothing to eat, and reacted defensively after colliding with the lure's case, or housing.  "It actually bumps into the housing and gets startled," said Robinson, from the research vessel R/V Point Sur in the middle of the Gulf of Mexico. "The spew is used as a defensive mechanism."  In the dark oceans, sea creatures will naturally create their own radiant light, or bioluminescence, to fend off predators. The puff of light could be a distraction, allowing the shrimp time to escape, explained Robinson. Or, it could be a "burglar alarm," alerting even bigger predators to come near, and then startling the initial predator away. In the case of the shrimp, marine ecologists know that these critters have specialized glands in their mouth that excrete glow-inducing enzymes (a substance that sparks a chemical reaction. Ultimately, though the chemical mechanism is still under investigation, these enzymes facilitate a reaction that creates light.  Though Robinson has observed deep sea shrimp secrete the glowing stuff after they've been brought to the surface, "this is the first time that we've been able to see the shrimp spew in its natural habitat." SEE ALSO: Who is this see-through alien? To spy more unprecedented behavior — and perhaps the elusive giant squids — the research team uses a deep sea camera called Medusa, developed with the help of bioluminescence expert Edie Widder, who is also aboard the expedition. The camera only emits a faint red light — light that's invisible to sea life — so they aren't scared off by the radiant intrusion.  For "bait," Widder employs a ring of LED lights, designed to mimic a bioluminescent jellyfish. "The shrimp sees the lure and it comes into investigate," explained Robinson.  Widder, who captured the first-ever footage of the giant squids (which she said can grow some 40-feet in length) is also eager to understand why the deep sea glows as night, as radiant, decomposing particles of "marine snow" drift through the black water.  Deploying the Medusa instrument into the water. Image: NOAA / Journey into Midnight "I believe a significant portion of the marine snow is bioluminescent," Widder told Mashable last year. "I certainly want to know the answer before I die." "It's my Moby Dick," she added. But right now, the mission at hand is giant squids. And whatever else might visit her deep sea camera — like spewing shrimp. "We're really starting to get a glimpse of these unique behaviors that we've never seen before in their natural habitat," said Robinson, before getting off the phone to search for giant squids.  WATCH: Ever wonder how the universe might end?
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US preschoolers less pudgy in latest sign of falling obesity
Preschoolers on government food aid have grown a little less pudgy, a U.S. study found, offering fresh evidence that previous signs of declining obesity rates weren't a fluke. Obesity rates dropped steadily to about 14% in 2016 — the latest data available — from 16% in 2010, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported. "It gives us more hope that this is a real change," said Heidi Blanck, who heads obesity prevention at the CDC.
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Forget About Glock: These 5 Guns Might Be Better
The P-09 variant, in particular, is set to compete with the Glock for customers who want a double action/single-action pistol. With a 19-round capacity, it holds two more rounds versus a Glock 17. Like the Glock, it has a polymer frame to keep weight down, and the pistol can be configured with the safety on either side or simply as a decocker only model.While the Glock is the most popular modern pistol, it may not be the best gun for everyone’s needs. Here are some alternatives to the Glock that could be better than it, and why.(This first appeared earlier in the month.)1\. STI 2011The STI 2011 is an updated, double-stack 1911 chambered in 9mm or .40 S&W.; Highly customized 2011s have dominated the American competition shooting scene due to their excellent single-action only triggers, high capacity and low recoil impulse.While triggers and upgrades exist that can get the striker-fired Glock near the level of the 2011, the superior shooting characteristics of the 2011 make it a far more popular choice in many competitive shooting divisions.However, 2011s are more expensive, require far more maintenance and are less reliable in adverse conditions than Glocks, so they are practically unseen in military service. For non-competitors, the Glock is almost always a better choice.2\. H&K; SFP9/VP9While H&K; released the first polymer-framed striker-fired pistol in the VP70, the SFP9 marked their first return to that market, almost thirty years after the release of the Glock.
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Nigel Farage's milkshake attacker told to pay him compensation
A man who threw a milkshake over Nigel Farage, the leader of Britain's Brexit Party, has been ordered to pay him compensation to cover his suit-cleaning bill after pleading guilty to common assault and criminal damage. Paul Crowther, 32, threw the milkshake over Farage, one of the leading figures in the campaign for Britain to leave the European Union, at an event in the northern English city of Newcastle before the European elections last month.
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Slain man's brother frustrated by 23-year wait for justice
Chris Parks is ready to stop checking the number of days since his brother was murdered. Marion Wilson Jr. and Robert Earl Butts Jr. were convicted of murder and sentenced to death in the March 1996 slaying of 24-year-old Donovan Corey Parks in Milledgeville, about 90 miles (145 kilometers) southeast of Atlanta. Wilson, 42, is set for execution Thursday.
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UPDATE 1-Hundreds of Brotherhood supporters mourn Egypt's Mursi in Turkey
ANKARA/ISTANBUL, June 18 (Reuters) - Hundreds of supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood in Turkey took to the streets of Ankara and Istanbul on Tuesday to mourn former Egyptian president Mohamed Mursi, with some chanting slogans blaming Cairo authorities for his death. Mursi, a leading member of the Islamist group which is now banned in Egypt, died on Monday after collapsing in a Cairo court while on trial on espionage charges. The 67-year-old - the first democratically elected head of state in Egypt's modern history - had been in jail since the army commanded by Egypt's current president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi toppled him in 2013 after barely a year in power following mass protests against his rule.
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FOREX-Dollar on hold for Fed, euro falls after Draghi stimulus signal
The U.S. dollar was modestly higher on Tuesday morning, as traders held off from making large bets ahead of the Federal Reserve policy announcement on Wednesday. The Fed begins its two-day policy meeting on Tuesday, and will issue a statement and economic projections at the conclusion of the meeting tomorrow. "Markets are largely keeping the powder dry ahead of tomorrow's Fed announcement," said Karl Schamotta, chief market strategist at Cambridge Global Payments.
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Pelicans pick up Gentry's 2020-21 option
The New Orleans Pelicans picked up the 2020-21 option for head coach Alvin Gentry, who is now under contract for the next two seasons. "We couldn't be happier to extend our relationship with Alvin," executive vice president of basketball operations David Griffin said in a statement. As I have mentioned several times previously, the shared vision we have for the future of Pelicans basketball both on and off the floor will enable us to build a roster that fits both culturally and tactically.
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One-time death row inmate being freed after plea
A man who spent about 15 years on Alabama's death row is being set free. News outlets report 43-year-old Emanuel Aaron Gissendanner is being released after pleading guilty on Monday to the killing of 77-year-old Margaret Snellgrove in 2001. Gissendanner was originally convicted of capital murder and sent to death row in 2004.
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Airbus Helicopters sees 18-month wait for oil & gas demand pick-up
Airbus expects it will be another 18 months before it sees the first signs of a recovery in demand for large helicopters from the oil and gas industry, the head of its helicopter division said on Tuesday. The low oil price has hit oil and gas companies hard, and crimped demand for the helicopters that fly staff to and from offshore rigs. The price slump meant there was an overcapacity of helicopters and that it would take time to have all aircraft flying and for there to be new demand, Airbus Helicopters CEO Bruno Even said.
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RIGHT AT HOME: Outdoor decor that's 'out there' and edgy
The outdoor furnishings market has been dominated for years by wicker-look resin furniture and beachy prints. Spindly folding lawn chairs have given way to deep, comfy seating, and fabric choices have grown from sweaty, rough plastics to weatherproof linen, soft cotton, even velvet. More and more designers and makers are producing cool, imaginative pieces for backyard and balcony.
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GLOBAL MARKETS-Stocks rally on hopes from trade, monetary policy
Global stocks rallied on Tuesday and benchmark government bond yields tumbled after European Central Bank President Mario Draghi hinted at economic stimulus, while equities got an extra boost when U.S. President Donald Trump confirmed a meeting with China's president amid the countries' trade dispute. The euro also slid after Draghi said the region's central bank will ease policy again if inflation fails to accelerate, signaling one of the biggest policy reversals of his eight-year tenure.
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Bayer asks trial judge to reverse $2 billion Roundup jury verdict
Bayer AG has asked a California judge to overrule a $2 billion verdict by jurors who found the company's glyphosate-based Roundup weed killer responsible for a couple's cancer, arguing the jury decision was not supported by evidence. The German drugmaker and chemicals company in court filings on Monday in Alameda County Superior Court in Oakland blamed the massive verdict on "inflammatory, fabricated and irrelevant evidence" from the couples' lawyers. "The resulting trial focused not on ascertaining the truth regarding the state of the science, causation, and compliance with legal duties, but instead on vilifying Monsanto in the abstract," the company, which bought Monsanto last year for $63 billion, said in motions filed with the court.
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Court removes top Swiss prosecutor from FIFA case on concern over bias
A court ordered Swiss Attorney General Michael Lauber to recuse himself from the federal prosecutors' investigation into corruption in world soccer, ruling that his closed-door meetings with the head of FIFA raised the appearance of bias. The verdict of the Federal Criminal Court is another setback for Lauber, who also faces a disciplinary probe into his conduct in the high-profile case just as he seeks re-election by parliament. Lauber last month defended himself and said "conspiracy theories" over his meetings with FIFA President Gianni Infantino and presumptions of dishonesty were interfering with prosecutorial integrity.
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We’ll Never Solve Immigration If We Don’t Solve Climate Change
We’ll Never Solve Immigration If We Don’t Solve Climate Change
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German interior minister warns of far-right threat after politician's murder
The murder of a prominent politician by a suspected right-wing radical is an assault on Germany's democratic system and should serve as a wake-up call, the interior minister said on Tuesday, pledging to combat all forms of extremism. The arrest of a right-winger over the shooting two weeks ago of Walter Luebcke, a regional ally of Chancellor Angela Merkel known for his pro-migrant views, shocked Germany and prompted calls for a more pro-active government response to anti-immigrant extremists. "The attack on a representative of our state is an alarm signal ... combating extremism and terrorism of all kinds is a central matter for this government," he said.
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Cricket-Kiwis not focused on landing knockout blow on South Africa -Boult
New Zealand will focus on their own game and not be motivated by the prospect of ending South Africa's chances of progressing at the World Cup when the two sides meet at Edgbaston on Wednesday, fast bowler Trent Boult has said. New Zealand are one of two unbeaten teams at the World Cup along with India, and they are well-placed to finish in the top four and qualify for the semi-finals. South Africa are eighth in the table of 10 teams.
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UPDATE 1-German-French rift likely to impede EU jobs deal this week
LUXEMBOURG/BRUSSELS, June 18 (Reuters) - European Union leaders are unlikely to agree on names for the bloc's top jobs when they meet in Brussels this Thursday, diplomats and officials said, citing a rift between Germany and France as well as unresolved talks between political groupings. The bloc's five top jobs are up for grabs later this year after a continent-wide election nearly a month ago. The vote returned a fragmented EU assembly that has yet to build a majority to endorse a new leadership and agree policy goals until 2024.
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About 160 dead after days of Congo intercommunal violence
More than 160 people have been killed in two weeks of intercommunal violence in several villages of Congo's northeast Ituri province, the governor said Tuesday, while the United Nations said some 300,000 people have been displaced. Governor Jean Bamanisa told The Associated Press that 161 bodies had been found and authorities were still trying to determine the extent of the violence. The violence has been taking place in a remote area of Congo near South Sudan and Uganda where the U.N. said it and humanitarian groups don't have much access.
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Brazil lawmakers open pension debate as Bolsonaro pushes private savings accounts
Brazil's congressional committee on pension reform began debating a revised bill on Tuesday, as President Jair Bolsonaro urged lawmakers to rethink their move to drop his plan to introduce a retirement system based on private savings accounts. The debate, which could extend into next week, comes ahead of a committee vote on the bill by June 26, according to lower house Speaker Rodrigo Maia, before it is considered for plenary approval. Committee Chairman Marcelo Ramos said he hopes for a "calm atmosphere," unlike recent raucous debates over the government's polarizing proposal to fix the country's public finances and revive the flagging economy by cutting social security benefits.
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Canadian soldier dies, three troops hurt during drills in Bulgaria
One Canadian soldier died and three other troops were injured during an airborne operation, part of U.S.-led multinational military drills in southern Bulgaria on Tuesday, a Bulgarian spokeswoman for the Swift Response 2019 exercise said. In a separate statement, the U.S. Army Europe said that an airborne jump at the Cheshnegirovo airfield was immediately suspended in order to attend to the paratrooper. "All casualties were immediately transported to local hospitals where one was pronounced dead, one was admitted for further evaluation, and two were treated and released," the statement said.
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Scientists amazed as Canadian permafrost thaws 70 years early
Permafrost at outposts in the Canadian Arctic is thawing 70 years earlier than predicted, an expedition has discovered, in the latest sign that the global climate crisis is accelerating even faster than scientists had feared. A team from the University of Alaska Fairbanks said they were astounded by how quickly a succession of unusually hot summers had destabilised the upper layers of giant subterranean ice blocks that had been frozen solid for millennia. "What we saw was amazing," Vladimir E. Romanovsky, a professor of geophysics at the university, told Reuters by telephone.
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Cycling-Tour de France champion Thomas crashes in Swiss race
Tour de France champion Geraint Thomas crashed in the fourth stage of the Tour de Suisse on Tuesday, his team said. “As we head into the final 30km of stage four Geraint Thomas has gone down in a crash," Team Ineos wrote on Twitter. “Team and race medical personnel are with him now.
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Garden Conservancy lets you peek at some private gardens
Consider garden hopping. An organization called The Garden Conservancy makes it easy to find and visit them. Each year, the Garden Conservancy puts out a booklet called the Open Days Directory, with descriptions of about 300 private gardens that are opened to the public on specified dates.
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A New Energy Paradigm Must Confront the Old
(Bloomberg Opinion) -- Nothing blocks a pathway quite like a giant power plant. Or a coal mine. Or a gas field.Two tomes released in the past week, one looking back and the other ahead, show the enduring importance of facts on the ground (or under it) when it comes to the transition toward lower-carbon energy. BP Plc’s latest Statistical Review of World Energy set the tone with its headline, “An unsustainable path”. The report showed carbon emissions rose at their fastest pace last year since 2011, hitting a new record. Worse, this came on the back of unexpectedly strong growth in primary energy demand, much of which BP attributed to weather effects – people turning on air conditioners in unusual heat or heating in bitter cold, hinting at pernicious feedback loops generated by climate change.On Tuesday, BloombergNEF released its latest New Energy Outlook, forecasting the shape of the global electricity sector out to 2050. In certain respects, this sounds a more optimistic note, describing a scenario whereby power generated without fossil fuels rises to about 70% of the global mix from just over a third today. Wind and solar power become the biggest sources, together comprising around half the mix. Last year, BloombergNEF expected power-sector emissions to peak in 2027; now it estimates they peaked last year and should fall 36% by 2050.Yet even this isn’t necessarily compatible with limiting the average global temperature rise to less than 2 degrees Celsius (3.8 Fahrenheit), let alone the 1.5 degrees-level that could make a big difference in mitigating potentially catastrophic effects. As BloombergNEF’s analysts write:The outlook for global emissions and keeping temperature increases to 2 degrees or less is mixed, according to this year’s NEO. On the one hand, the build-out of solar, wind and batteries will put the world on a path that is compatible with these objectives at least until 2030. On the other hand, a lot more will need to be done beyond that date to keep the world on that 2 degree path.Part of the problem is sheer incumbency. Reviewing 2018, BP found renewable energy led the growth in global power generation. Yet coal came in at a close second, and fossil fuels overall accounted for almost half the growth.Some of that increase in coal-fired power was cyclical. But it also reflects the simple fact that once a power plant – or any other manufacturing facility – has been built, owners want to keep them running as much as possible, and changing that requires a big shift in economics or policy. Capacity utilization for China’s coal fleet jumped back above 50% last year for the first time since 2014, according to BloombergNEF’s data, and the entire fleet has expanded by 39% in that period. As Gregor MacDonald, author of “Oil Fall”, tweeted after BP’s report was published: “although wind+solar move fast, they need to move even faster to smother marginal growth from [fossil fuels]”.The great advantage of wind and solar power is that they are manufactured types of energy, rather than extracted forms such as coal. Hence, their cost has fallen rapidly and should continue doing so. BloombergNEF calculates the all-in costs of electricity from wind and utility-scale solar power have dropped by 49% and 85%, respectively, since 2010. They’re now cheaper than power from a new coal or gas-fired plant across two-thirds of the world, up from less than 1% only five years ago, and that includes China.However, existing coal or gas-fired plants are a different story; they get switched on provided they can cover just their running costs. For example, BloombergNEF doesn’t expect solar power to undercut existing coal plants in China before 2027.This isn’t just an issue in China. New solar projects in India don’t undercut existing coal-fired generation economics until 2039, under BloombergNEF’s projections – and not until 2049 under its low-price scenario.Nor is this confined merely to Asia’s powerhouses. The White House’s black-lungs-matter campaign may not be making much headway, given coal-fired plants are expected in 2020 to burn roughly half the amount they did in 2010, according to government projections. Natural gas from fracking is a different story. Last year’s surge in U.S. production was the biggest for any country ever, according to BP; producers in the Permian basin flare (burn off) more excess gas every day than is used by the entire residential market in Texas. Hence, despite U.S. gas demand having risen by almost a third over the past decade, prices have crashed. In America, the stubborn incumbent against which renewables must compete is invisible.Little wonder, then, that fossil fuels keep a grip on the power sectors of China, India and the U.S.; while Europe – without either a fleet of new coal plants or access to cheap gas – decarbonizes much more, in BloombergNEF’s view:Shale gas has played a central role in cutting U.S. carbon emissions thus far by helping to displace coal-fired power. Ultimately, however, it will also block progress toward a sub-2 degrees scenario for limiting climate change, unless zero-emission forms of energy can somehow out-compete it. That’s especially so when considering adjacent aspects of decarbonization, such as electrifying transportation and heating.It’s possible the costs of renewable energy, and batteries, fall even faster than BloombergNEF anticipates, or that other technologies such as carbon-capture eventually prove useful and cost-competitive at scale. Then again, maybe not.What BloombergNEF’s report shows is that, under reasonable assumptions built around existing technologies and market design, the global power sector can get us so far along the path to limiting climate change but not the whole way. Unblocking that way requires further redesign of our energy markets, most obviously by pricing the outcome we want – fewer emissions – via carbon taxes or something similar.Here, however, the blockage is less economic and largely political. China’s role in financing new coal-fired power plants across Asia is one big challenge. Meanwhile, in the U.S., the most interesting recent development on this front is moves by some Congressional Republicans to recast themselves as concerned about climate change but oddly in favor of picking winners among technologies – nuclear power and carbon-capture, especially – and spouting buzzwords like “innovation” rather than putting a price on carbon and letting capitalism do its thing.That they feel the need to move at all is telling, however, and points to a risk embedded within BloombergNEF’s analysis and the unsustainability mentioned in the title of BP’s report. Given the scale of the changes required to our energy systems and the incumbent power of fossil fuels, relying on technology to simply solve it all, in the absence of market reforms to encourage that, is magical thinking.And as the clock ticks, and political fortunes swing this way and that, the moment for market-based measures to clear out the old could well give way to something more drastic.To contact the author of this story: Liam Denning at ldenning1@bloomberg.netTo contact the editor responsible for this story: Mark Gongloff at mgongloff1@bloomberg.netThis column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the editorial board or Bloomberg LP and its owners.Liam Denning is a Bloomberg Opinion columnist covering energy, mining and commodities. He previously was editor of the Wall Street Journal's Heard on the Street column and wrote for the Financial Times' Lex column. He was also an investment banker.For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com/opinion©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
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Autopsy: 2 slain campus victims each had 6 or more wounds
The student credited with tackling a gunman during a fatal North Carolina campus rampage suffered eight gunshot wounds, and another slain student was shot six times, according to an autopsy released Tuesday. The autopsy made public by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner said Riley Howell had four wounds to the head or neck, two to the chest and one on each arm during the April 30 shooting at UNC-Charlotte that killed two and wounded four. A Charlotte-area examiner found that the chest wounds, one of which was at close range, caused fatal injuries to the heart, lungs and other organs.
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Texas longhorn sets Guinness world record for longest horns
A Texas longhorn in Alabama has set a mark recognized by the Guinness World Records for longest horns, with a span wider than the Statue of Liberty's face. News outlets cite Guinness World Records as announcing last week that Poncho Via's horns measured just over 10-feet-7-inches (3 meters) as of last month, beating all previous records. Poncho's owner Jeral Pope says he brought Poncho into the family when the steer was 6 months old.
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UPDATE 1-South Africa's Ramaphosa to announce more support for Eskom
South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa will announce more measures to support power utility Eskom, his office said on Tuesday, as the government aims to fix the highly-indebted firm whose troubles threaten to derail plans to grow the economy. Ramaphosa has prioritised restoring the ailing utility in his new five-year term with government having pledged a 23 billion rand ($1.6 billion) a year bailout for Eskom over the next three years. "It is expected that the President will announce further measures to support Eskom's efforts at recovery and financial and operational sustainability," the presidency said in a statement, following a meeting between Ramaphosa and Eskom's board.
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iOS 13 beta 2 is now available for download
With the release of iOS 12 last year, Apple took something of a measured approach and decided to focus on improving overall system stability as opposed to bombarding users with new features. In turn, it's no surprise that iOS 13 -- which Apple unveiled earlier this month at WWDC -- is an enormous upgrade packed with a ton of compelling and useful features for iPhone and iPad users. After releasing the first iOS 13 beta a few weeks ago, Apple earlier today released iOS 13 beta 2. Notably, developers found the first iOS 13 beta to be somewhat stable relative to previous iOS betas, though there is definitely no shortage of wonky bugs and system issues to be found. While most people will presumably wait for the public beta of iOS 13 to drop before exploring what Apple's next-gen mobile OS brings to the table, there are a number of exciting features to enjoy if you have a developer account. This latest software is much easier to install than before though, because iOS 13 beta 2 finally includes a developer beta profile that lets you install over the air (OTA). Right off the bat, iOS 13 finally includes a Dark Mode option. iOS users have seemingly been clamoring for Dark Mode for years now, and it's nice that Apple has finally obliged. Some other notable iOS 13 features include a swipe-enabled keyboard (Apple is like 10 years late on this one), a far more detailed and presumably helpful version of Apple Maps with Street View-esque functionality, a revamped Photos app, enhanced Siri functionality, and more. All that said, iOS 13 is still in beta, and despite its surprising stability, proceed at your own risk if you're inclined to install it on your primary iOS device. As Apple itself notes: > This version is intended exclusively for software developers to test their apps and start adopting the new technologies in iOS. Make sure to back up your device and install only on systems you are prepared to erase if necessary.Here's the full list of compatible devices if you're brave enough to run this new release: * iPhone XS * iPhone XS Max * iPhone XR * iPhone X * iPhone 8 * iPhone 8 Plus * iPhone 7 * iPhone 7 Plus * iPhone 6s * iPhone 6s Plus * iPhone 6 * iPhone 6 Plus * iPhone SE * 12.9-inch iPad Pro 3rd generation * 12.9-inch iPad Pro 2nd generation * 12.9-inch iPad Pro 1st generation * 10.5-inch iPad Pro * 9.7-inch iPad Pro * iPad Air 3rd generation * iPad Air 2 * iPad 6th generation * iPad 5th generation * iPad mini 5th generation * iPad mini 4 * iPod touch 7th generation
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Pfizer to Buy Array BioPharma, Broaden Cancer Portfolio
Pfizer (PFE) offers $48 per share to buy Array BioPharma and strengthen its cancer portfolio.
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German interior minister warns of far-right threat after politician's murder
The murder of a prominent politician by a suspected right-wing radical is an assault on Germany's democratic system and should serve as a wake-up call, the interior minister said on Tuesday, pledging to combat all forms of extremism. The arrest of a right-winger over the shooting two weeks ago of Walter Luebcke, a regional ally of Chancellor Angela Merkel known for his pro-migrant views, shocked Germany and prompted calls for a more pro-active government response to anti-immigrant extremists. "The attack on a representative of our state is an alarm signal ... combating extremism and terrorism of all kinds is a central matter for this government," he said.
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Migrant deaths rise among Venezuelans, Central Americans: U.N.
At least 380 Latin American migrants have died on their journeys this year, many of them Venezuelans drowning in the Caribbean or Central Americans perishing while trying to cross the U.S.-Mexico border, the U.N. migration agency said on Tuesday. The toll, 50 percent more than the 241 recorded as of mid-June 2018, also coincides with tightened security along the U.S. southern border, which often leads migrants to turn to underground criminal smugglers and take riskier routes, it said. President Donald Trump has made reducing illegal migration one of his signature policy pledges.
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Alabama mayor walks out of meeting with no talk of comments
An Alabama mayor and city leaders refused to acknowledge questions on the mayor's statements about "killing out" gay and transgender people at a city council meeting. News outlets report Mayor Mark Chambers and Carbon Hill City Council members walked into a council meeting Monday and quickly walked out as spectators demanded answers on the mayor's comments.
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Cricket-South Africa confident ahead of New Zealand 'quarter-final'-De Kock
South Africa's World Cup meeting with New Zealand on Wednesday will assume the importance of a "quarter-final" as they look to keep alive their slim hopes of reaching the latter stages of the competition, batsman Quinton de Kock said on Tuesday. South Africa lost their opening three games and had their match against the West Indies washed out by rain, denting their chances of a top-four finish. "Tomorrow is a quarter-final, I guess you could say it.
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U.S. trade rep says he hopes Congress can approve USMCA legislation 'very soon'
USTR Robert Lighthizer at a hearing of the U.S. Senate Finance committee continued his bid for lawmakers to prepare to ratify the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement. Democratic lawmakers, who took control of the House of Representatives in the 2018 election, have said that they want to see changes to the agreement. The hearing also marks the first time the chief U.S. negotiator has testified before lawmakers since immediately after talks with China broke down in May. Comments about China were noticeably absent from Lighthizer's prepared remarks.
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Honolulu City Council courted by opposing rental interests
Debate over vacation rental bills has led to accusations that Honolulu City Council members have become targets for influence peddling, a report said. Each side in the vacation rental debate has said its opponents are trying to buy influence on the nine-member city council, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Monday. Two significant vacation rental bills were scheduled for final readings before the council Monday.
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US STOCKS-Wall St climbs on trade optimism, dovish Fed bets
Trump said he would meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the G20 summit later this month, and that trade talks between the two countries would restart after a long lull. This helped the trade-sensitive industrials jump 1.62%, while technology stocks gained 1.79%, offering the biggest boost to the benchmark index.
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Visa, Mastercard, PayPal Join Facebook in Forming Crypto Effort
(Bloomberg) -- If Facebook Inc.’s new digital currency goes according to plan, it could one day compete with payment giants Visa Inc., Mastercard Inc. and PayPal Holdings Inc. But for now, all three are set to work with the social-media company on the venture.The currency, called Libra, will launch as soon as next year. It’s what’s known as a stablecoin, one that can avoid massive fluctuations in value so it can be used for everyday transactions. Industry experts and insiders say the payments companies want a seat at the table to help shape the new currency.Read Facebook’s Project Libra white paper here “It’s not unusual for the incumbents -- Visa, Mastercard, PayPal -- to partner with a disruptor,” Harshita Rawat, an analyst at Sanford C. Bernstein, said in an interview. “They would at least want to participate in how this product is being developed.”New payment methods such as Apple Pay and other mobile wallets are often slow to take off, so any competition is likely to be years away. Still, the earlier payments companies come to the project, the more time they have to ensure their businesses don’t suffer.None of these companies has been shy about pursuing collaboration or other strategic opportunities. PayPal alone has spent billions of dollars buying or investing in potential partnerships as well as competitors. While PayPal hasn’t ventured into cryptocurrencies before, it was a proponent of the blockchain technology that will be used to build Libra.Visa and Mastercard are always looking to embed themselves in emerging payment forms. Both have developed partnerships with cryptocurrency and blockchain firms. They’ve said that Libra can help more people gain access to financial products.“We think cryptocurrencies can address use cases that are not really well served today,” such as areas where cash-based payments remain prominent, said Jorn Lambert, executive vice president of digital solutions at Mastercard. “As such we think it will be incremental to what we do and not a replacement of it.”The payment companies are part of the Libra Association, giving them a say in how the cryptocurrency is managed. There’s currently no time commitment, so members can leave at any time. Once the group’s charter is finalized, there will be a minimum time commitment, according to some members of the group who asked not to be identified discussing private matters.“My sense is that they will try their best to partner and engage with Facebook,” Rawat said. “If Facebook takes the angle that they want to disintermediate card payments, then I think they may not want to participate.”To contact the reporters on this story: Julie Verhage in New York at jverhage2@bloomberg.net;Jenny Surane in New York at jsurane4@bloomberg.net;Kurt Wagner in San Francisco at kwagner71@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Mark Milian at mmilian@bloomberg.net, Dan Reichl, Alistair BarrFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
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Facebook Warns It Can't Fully Solve Toxic Content Problem
(Bloomberg) -- Facebook Inc. is under pressure to rid its site of hate speech and fake news but warned it can’t build a platform impervious to human nature.“This is not a fully solvable problem,” Carolyn Everson, a vice president responsible for marketing at the social media giant, said on a panel Tuesday at the Cannes Lions advertising festival in the south of France. “There are some bad parts of humanity, and the platforms are a reflection of that.”Tech companies like Facebook, Twitter Inc. and Google’s YouTube have come under fire for not doing enough to curb the spread of hate speech, terrorist propaganda and disinformation on their platforms.Facebook hasn’t been sitting idle on the issue, though: It said it removed 2.2 billion fake accounts in the first quarter alone. Everson said Facebook has 30,000 people working on the issue of the safety of the platform, up from less than 3,000 people two years ago. Facebook now takes down 99.8% of terrorist content before it’s seen by a human, and 65% of hate speech content, she said.“It’s a cat and mouse game,” Everson said. “This work is never going to be done. It’s ongoing.”To contact the reporters on this story: Joe Mayes in London at jmayes9@bloomberg.net;Stefan Nicola in Berlin at snicola2@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Rebecca Penty at rpenty@bloomberg.net, Nate LanxonFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
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MoneyGram Surges 155% as Crypto Hype Feels a Bit Like 2017
(Bloomberg) -- MoneyGram International Inc. soared as much as 155% in early trading after a tie-up with blockchain-technology company Ripple. The rally is reminiscent of late 2017, when a wave of small-cap stocks saw valuations multiply as they re-branded as blockchain companies.The difference is that MoneyGram is an established company with about 2,400 staff and $1.4 billion in annual revenue, not a re-branded unprofitable iced tea-maker or a three-man I.T. firm based out of a business park in Essex, England. Not to mention that Ripple’s deal comes with real money: it invested $30 million in shares and warrants and has an option to invest a further $20 million.Ripple’s investment will see it become MoneyGram’s main partner for cross-border transactions using digital assets, reducing operating costs and working capital requirements, the company said in a statement on Monday. MoneyGram shares gained with almost fourteen times the three-month daily average volume of shares traded in the first ten minutes after the market open.“The tie-up with MoneyGram and Ripple underscores two key points -- first, investment into and from the blockchain and cryptocurrency sector is coming off the sidelines,” said Nigel Green, chief executive of independent financial consultancy Devere Group. “Second, the impact of this flow is being welcomed by investors in a broader sense.”Facebook Inc.’s plans for a new currency that it hopes will one day trade on a global scale, much like the U.S. dollar, are further propelling blockchain and cryptocurrencies into the mainstream. Shares of the social-media giant are up 1.4% after it unveiled details of Libra, which will launch as soon as next year.Bitcoin climbed past $9,000 to its highest since May 2018 on Monday, and traded at about $9,200 as of 11:45 a.m. in London on Tuesday. At the same time, prominent Bitcoin bull Thomas Lee said that the digital currency is primed for a “Fear Of Missing Out” rally that could see it hit as high as $40,000 within a few months.(Updates with current trading.)To contact the reporter on this story: Joe Easton in London at jeaston7@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Beth Mellor at bmellor@bloomberg.net, Felice MaranzFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
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This 1963 AMC Rambler Wagon 770 Cross Country LS Is A Goldmine
Let’s get one thing straight, the Rambler Classic is called a classic for a reason. It was the name given to an intermediate-sized automobile that was built and sold by AMC (American Motors Corporation) from 1961 through 1966. Upon its initial introduction, the Rambler featured six-passenger four-door sedan and station wagon versions.
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'Invisible pandemic': WHO offers global plan to fight superbugs
The World Health Organization (WHO) launched a global campaign Tuesday to curb the spread of antibiotic resistant germs through safer and more effective use of the life-saving drugs. The UN health agency said it had developed a classification system listing which antibiotics to use for the most common infections and which for the most serious ones, which drugs should be available at all times, and which should be used as a last resort only. The aim is to prevent antibiotic resistance, which happens when bugs become immune to existing drugs, rendering minor injuries and common infections potentially deadly.
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UPDATE 1-Strong quakes strikes northwest Japan, tsunami warning issued
Tokyo Electric Power Co's Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear plant was not affected by the quake, which hit 85 km ( 53 miles) northeast off the coast, with all of its seven reactors already shutdown, NHK said. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) put the magnitude of the quake at 6.5.
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Algeria army chief says some parties seeking constitutional vacuum: Ennahar TV
Algeria's army chief of staff Lieutenant General Ahmed Gaed Salah on Tuesday accused some parties of wanting a constitutional vacuum, to prolong the country's political crisis, private channel Ennahar TV reported. President Abdelaziz Bouteflika stepped down on April 2 after two months of mass protests demanding democratic reforms and prosecution of people that demonstrators regarded as corrupt. "Certain parties want to enter a dark tunnel called 'constitutional vacuum'," the channel quoted Gaed Salah as saying at a military base in the southwestern province of Bechar.
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Trump says U.S., Chinese teams to restart trade talks ahead of G20
President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he had spoken to Chinese President Xi Jinping and that the two leaders' teams would restart trade talks after a long lull in order to prepare for a meeting at the G20 summit later this month. The United States and China are in the middle of a costly trade war that has pressured financial markets and damaged the world economy. Trump has made no secret that, despite his threat to escalate the dispute with more U.S. tariffs on Chinese goods, he would like to meet with Xi at the Group of 20 meeting in Japan next week.
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In challenge to Trump, Oregon votes to cap climate emissions
Lawmakers in Oregon have voted to price climate-changing emissions from large polluters across the state's economy, in the latest move by a local government to fight global warming despite reluctance from the White House. The Oregon "cap-and-trade" system would reward those who slash their planet-warming emissions with credits they can sell to others who produce higher emissions and exceed government-mandated limits. "Oregon can be the log that breaks the jam nationally" in adopting more such systems, said Governor Kate Brown in a statement prior to the vote late Monday in the Oregon House of Representatives.
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Captain in fatal Budapest boat crash was sober at the time - police
Hungarian police said on Tuesday they had found no evidence of alcohol or drug abuse by the captain of a cruise ship that struck and sank a small tourist vessel last month, killing 28 mostly Korean people on board. The Mermaid boat sank in seconds on May 29 after the Viking Sigyn cruise liner hit it from behind under a bridge in the Hungarian capital during heavy rain, the worst disaster on the river in more than half a century. "We launched the investigation as soon as we got on board (the Sigyn)," Budapest police spokesman Soma Csecsi told a news conference.
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Migrant deaths rise among Venezuelans, Central Americans - UN
At least 380 Latin American migrants have died on their journeys this year, many of them Venezuelans drowning in the Caribbean or Central Americans perishing while trying to cross the U.S.-Mexico border, the U.N. migration agency said on Tuesday. The toll, 50 percent more than the 241 recorded as of mid-June 2018, also coincides with tightened security along the U.S. southern border, which often leads migrants to turn to underground criminal smugglers and take riskier routes, it said. President Donald Trump has made reducing illegal migration one of his signature policy pledges.
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U.S. trade rep says he hopes Congress can approve USMCA legislation 'very soon'
The North American trade pact renegotiated under President Donald Trump is a "watershed development" for labor that will reduce incentives to outsource jobs, the U.S. Trade Representative said in prepared remarks to lawmakers on Tuesday. USTR Robert Lighthizer at a hearing of the U.S. Senate Finance committee continued his bid for lawmakers to prepare to ratify the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement. Democratic lawmakers, who took control of the House of Representatives in the 2018 election, have said that they want to see changes to the agreement.
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Israeli ex-general to attend Bahrain conference: source
A former general who served as Israel's chief liaison officer to the Palestinians will attend next week's U.S.-led conference on the Palestinian economy in Bahrain in a private capacity, a person briefed on the matter said on Tuesday. The White House decided against including the Israeli government in the June 25-26 event in Manama after the Palestinians boycotted it, making do instead with inviting a small Israeli business delegation.
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Captain in fatal Budapest boat crash was sober at the time: police
Hungarian police said on Tuesday they had found no evidence of alcohol or drug abuse by the captain of a cruise ship that struck and sank a small tourist vessel last month, killing 28 mostly Korean people on board. The Mermaid boat sank in seconds on May 29 after the Viking Sigyn cruise liner hit it from behind under a bridge in the Hungarian capital during heavy rain, the worst disaster on the river in more than half a century. "We launched the investigation as soon as we got on board (the Sigyn)," Budapest police spokesman Soma Csecsi told a news conference.
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EXCLUSIVE-U.S. seen open to mechanism to end aircraft subsidy spat - sources
The United States is expected to be open to negotiations on an "enforceable mechanism" that could allow European planemaker Airbus to receive government funding on commercial terms and ease the risk of tit-for-tat sanctions, two U.S. sources said. Such a deal would also include moves by the United States to address tax incentives provided by Washington state to Boeing and make them compliant with trade rulings, as part of a possible new framework for aircraft industry funding, they said. The comments are among the first indications of a possible path to a deal to end a 15-year-old transatlantic trade dispute over mutual claims of illegal subsidies, which have brought the United States and European Union to the brink of a tariff war.
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Democrat Bullock seizes spotlight after getting left out of presidential debate
Montana Governor Steve Bullock is making a flurry of appearances on television and the campaign trail after getting locked out of next week's Democratic Party presidential debate, a move aimed at turning the bad news into a boost for his candidacy. While 20 of his rivals meet over two nights on the debate stage in Florida, Bullock will be in Iowa and New Hampshire - the first states to have presidential nominating contests - holding televised town halls. A new ad being released on Tuesday and seen by Reuters complains that Bullock was "ousted" from the debate and urges supporters to donate to his campaign.
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FACTBOX-Cricket-England's record-breaking World Cup innings against Afghanistan
England scored 397-6 in 50 overs in their World Cup match against Afghanistan at Old Trafford on Tuesday. * England's 397 is their highest total in a World Cup match and the sixth-highest ever in the competition. Australia top the list after they smashed 417-6, also against Afghanistan, in 2015.
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Democrat Bullock seizes spotlight after getting left out of presidential debate
While 20 of his rivals meet over two nights on the debate stage in Florida, Bullock will be in Iowa and New Hampshire - the first states to have presidential nominating contests - holding televised town halls. A new ad being released on Tuesday and seen by Reuters complains that Bullock was "ousted" from the debate and urges supporters to donate to his campaign. After failing to meet the polling or donor thresholds for the first debate of the 2020 Democratic nominating competition, Bullock will have to work hard to recover from the blow of missing a major moment in the national spotlight, political experts said.
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Trump would consider military force vs Iran to prevent nuclear weapon -Time interview
U.S. President Donald Trump would consider using military force to prevent Iran from gaining a nuclear weapon but left open the question if it involved protecting oil supplies, he told Time magazine in an interview published on Tuesday. Striking a different tone than some Republican lawmakers who have urged a military response, Trump told Time the impact of the recent attacks on Norwegian and Japanese oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman had been "very minor" so far. The United States has blamed Iran for the tanker attacks, citing as evidence a series of images showing an Iran Revolutionary Guard Corps boat removing an unexploded limpet mine from the hull of the Japanese oil tanker attacked on June 13.
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Israeli ex-general to attend Bahrain conference - source
A former general who served as Israel's chief liaison officer to the Palestinians will attend next week's U.S.-led conference on the Palestinian economy in Bahrain in a private capacity, a person briefed on the matter said on Tuesday. The White House decided against including the Israeli government in the June 25-26 event in Manama after the Palestinians boycotted it, making do instead with inviting a small Israeli business delegation.
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Loonie little changed, pares earlier drop as oil price rallies
The Canadian dollar was little changed on Tuesday, paring earlier losses after slipping to a two-week low against the greenback, as a rally in oil prices offset domestic data showing an unexpected drop in April manufacturing sales. Canadian factory sales fell by 0.6% in April from March as motor vehicle sales were held back by temporary assembly plant shutdowns, Statistics Canada said. The price of oil, one of Canada's major exports, rose as Middle East tensions offset signs that global economic growth is being hurt by the trade dispute between the United States and China.
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Trump would consider military force vs Iran to prevent nuclear weapon: Time interview
U.S. President Donald Trump would consider using military force to prevent Iran from gaining a nuclear weapon but left open the question if it involved protecting oil supplies, he told Time magazine in an interview published on Tuesday. Striking a different tone than some Republican lawmakers who have urged a military response, Trump told Time the impact of the recent attacks on Norwegian and Japanese oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman had been "very minor" so far. The United States has blamed Iran for the tanker attacks, citing as evidence a series of images showing an Iran Revolutionary Guard Corps boat removing an unexploded limpet mine from the hull of the Japanese oil tanker attacked on June 13.
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UPDATE 1-Trump says U.S., Chinese teams to restart trade talks ahead of G20
President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he had spoken to Chinese President Xi Jinping and that the two leaders' teams would restart trade talks after a long lull in order to prepare for a meeting at the G20 summit later this month. The United States and China are in the middle of a costly trade war that has pressured financial markets and damaged the world economy. Trump has made no secret that, despite his threat to escalate the dispute with more U.S. tariffs on Chinese goods, he would like to meet with Xi at the Group of 20 meeting in Japan next week.
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UPDATE 1-Algeria army chief says some parties seeking constitutional vacuum -Ennahar TV
Algeria's army chief of staff Lieutenant General Ahmed Gaed Salah on Tuesday accused some parties of wanting a constitutional vacuum, to prolong the country's political crisis, private channel Ennahar TV reported. President Abdelaziz Bouteflika stepped down on April 2 after two months of mass protests demanding democratic reforms and prosecution of people that demonstrators regarded as corrupt. "Certain parties want to enter a dark tunnel called 'constitutional vacuum'," the channel quoted Gaed Salah as saying at a military base in the southwestern province of Bechar.
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'Super Mario' boosts European equities
Europe's stock markets surged Tuesday after European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi hinted at further eurozone interest rate cuts, on the eve of a key US monetary policy decision.
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Megadeth Cancels Tour After Dave Mustaine Diagnosed With Throat Cancer
Megadeth has to canceled the majority of their upcoming tour following singer/guitarist Dave Mustaine’s throat cancer diagnosis.“I’ve been diagnosed with throat cancer. It’s clearly something to be respected and faced head on — but I’ve faced obstacles before,” Mustaine (pictured above, second from the right), 57, wrote on the band’s official website Monday. “I’m working closely with my doctors, and we’ve mapped out a treatment plan which they feel has a 90% success rate. Treatment has already begun.“Unfortunately, this requires that we cancel most shows this year. The 2019 Megacruise will happen, and the band will be a part of it in some form. Megadeth will be back on the road ASAP,” he continued.Also Read: 21 Savage 'Was Stressed About Getting Out' of ICE Detention Than Grammys Snub“Meanwhile, Kiko, David, Dirk and I are in the studio, working on the follow up to ‘Dystopia’ – which I can’t wait for everyone to hear.”Born in La Mesa, California, Mustaine was originally the lead guitarist for Metallica but was fired from the band by Lars Ulrich and James Hetfield during recording sessions in New York because of alcohol and drug use, according to the Guardian.Also Read: Grammy Awards: A Kendrick Lamar Performance and 17 Other Things You Didn't See on TVHe went on to form Megadeth in 1983 with David Ellefson, Kiko Loureiro and Dirk Verbeuren.The thrash metal group has since sold over 38 million records worldwide and received 12 Grammy nominations. They won their first award in 2017 for “Dystopia” in Best Metal Performance category.Read original story Megadeth Cancels Tour After Dave Mustaine Diagnosed With Throat Cancer At TheWrap
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Exclusive: U.S. seen open to 'enforceable mechanism' to end aircraft subsidy spat
The United States is expected to be open to negotiations on an "enforceable mechanism" that could allow European planemaker Airbus to receive government funding on commercial terms and ease the risk of tit-for-tat sanctions, two U.S. sources said. Such a deal would also include moves by the United States to address tax incentives provided by Washington state to Boeing and make them compliant with trade rulings, as part of a possible new framework for aircraft industry funding, they said. The comments are among the first indications of a possible path to a deal to end a 15-year-old transatlantic trade dispute over mutual claims of illegal subsidies, which have brought the United States and European Union to the brink of a tariff war.
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UPDATE 1-In battleground state of Florida, Trump to launch re-election campaign
President Donald Trump on Tuesday formally launches what may be an uphill battle to persuade voters to give him four more years in office, as he bets a strong U.S. economy will outweigh voter concerns about his unorthodox style and polarizing policies. At an evening rally in Orlando, Florida, Trump, who has long made it known he is running for re-election, will begin making his case with gusto for a second term. The Trump of 2020 most certainly will bear a strong resemblance to the Trump of 2016 - brash and eager to bash opponents and promote tough policies on trade and immigration.
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UPDATE 1-Sterling heads for 2019 lows as Johnson in pole position in UK leadership contest
Signs that arch-Brexiteer Boris Johnson may be a step closer to becoming Britain's next prime minister sent the pound tumbling to a five-month low versus the euro on Tuesday and towards $1.25 as investors worried about the risks of a disruptive Brexit. Once the candidates are whittled down to the final two, the mainly pro-Brexit Conservative Party members will cast the deciding votes in July to select a leader to replace Prime Minister Theresa May. Against the dollar, sterling dropped 0.2% to $1.2507 , its weakest since January.
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2019 MTV Movie & TV Awards: 'Avengers: Endgame' and 'Game of Thrones' win big
2019 MTV Movie & TV Awards: 'Avengers: Endgame' and 'Game of Thrones' win big originally appeared on goodmorningamerica.com"Avengers: Endgame" and "Game of Thrones" took home top honors at the 2019 MTV Movie & TV Awards, which aired Monday night live from Santa Monica, California."Avengers: Endgame" stars Robert Downey, Jr. and Josh Brolin also won Best Hero and Best Villain, respectively.The event was hosted by "Shazam!" star Zachary Levi and included musical performances by Bazzi and Lizzo. ...
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YouTuber buys U.S. town and renames it Gay Hell
YouTube star Elijah Daniel has bought the town of Hell and renamed it Gay Hell, only allowing Pride flags to fly in protest at President Donald Trump's administration's refusal to allow U.S. embassies to hoist the flag for LGBT+ Pride month. The California-based comedian and rapper - who goes by the name Lil Phag - posted a photograph on Twitter of himself alongside a town sign saying "Welcome to Gay Hell .... Michigan's Hysterical Town". "As of today, I am now the owner of Hell, Michigan.
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Novo Nordisk's Victoza Gets FDA Nod for Pediatric Patients
Novo Nordisk's (NVO) Victoza gets FDA approval for the treatment of pediatric patients aged 10 years or older with type II diabetes.
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Mexico president floats idea of recall referendum in March 2021
Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Tuesday proposed holding a recall referendum on his presidency on March 21, 2021, if Congress cannot agree to a constitutional change permitting the vote during mid-term legislative elections. Lopez Obrador took office in December vowing to give the public a chance to vote him out of office halfway through his six-year term, but that plan has met resistance in the Senate from opposition lawmakers concerned about its implications. Critics say the proposed constitutional amendment would let Lopez Obrador put himself at the center of the campaign ahead of mid-term federal elections, which should be held around June 2021, and could be used to encourage support for permitting presidential re-election.
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Striking miners clash with police at Chile's Chuquicamata mine
Police fired rubber bullets and tear gas in clashes early on Tuesday with miners striking at Chile's giant Chuquicamata copper mine, as the workers tried to block access to a site operated by state-owned giant, Codelco. A group of workers at the mine from unions 1, 2 and 3, which represent 80% of its workforce, was repelled by the police, while at least 12 people were arrested, one of the unions said. The mine is now facing its fifth day of strike action.
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UPDATE 1-Britain's Fox says Conservative leadership shouldn't be rushed despite Johnson's lead
The contest to choose a leader for Britain's governing Conservative Party should not be rushed even though Boris Johnson holds a clear lead, British trade minister Liam Fox said on Tuesday. "We have a process set out where the members of parliament will determine two candidates that go to the whole of our party membership," Fox told Reuters in an interview during a visit to Turkey.
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Police: Arizona man beheads roommate's dog as she moves out
Arizona police say a man mutilated and beheaded his roommate's dog as she moved out of the home that the two shared in a Phoenix suburb. Police in the city of Buckeye said Sunday that 21-year-old Jose Vega Meza was booked into jail on suspicion of two counts of animal cruelty and a count of misdemeanor assault for an alleged attack on another inmate. The man's roommate told police she lost track of her dog as she moved her belongings out of the home.
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Soccer-Rodrygo ready to wait for his chance to shine at Real Madrid
Real Madrid's new 45 million euro ($50.40 million) signing Rodrygo is aware of the huge competition for places and said on Tuesday that he was prepared to spend time in the reserves as he beds into his new surroundings. Rodrygo, 18, agreed to join Madrid last year shortly after breaking into the first team at Santos, the Brazilian club that produced Pele and Neymar. Last year he became the youngest player to score in the Copa Libertadores, South America's equivalent of Europe's Champions League, missing school to net for Santos against Uruguayan side Nacional.
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Facebook’s Cryptocurrency Project: Who’s In and Who’s Out
(Bloomberg) -- Facebook Inc. made a renewed push into payments on Tuesday, announcing plans for a cryptocurrency called Libra.Read More: Facebook Wants Its Cryptocurrency to One Day Rival the GreenbackIt will be governed by the Libra Association, a group of companies that will have an equal say in how the cryptocurrency is managed. Almost 30 firms have joined and Facebook hopes another 70 or more will enter the fold in the future.Read Facebook’s Project Libra white paper hereWho’s In:Visa Inc. and Mastercard Inc., the world’s largest payments networks, as well as PayPal Holdings Inc. are on board. For Visa and Mastercard, it’s a chance to offer the world of cryptocurrencies the same services they provide in card payments. All three companies know the challenges of building a network and can offer expertise in encouraging consumers to use the instrument and cajoling merchants into accepting it.Companies such as Uber Technologies Inc., Lyft Inc., and Spotify Technology SA keep millions of credit cards on file, and they risk losing customers when people get a new card or number. E-commerce firms also pay higher "card not present" rates when processing payments, so anything that can reduce these expenses is welcome.“Libra has the potential to bridge the gap between traditional financial networks and new digital currency technology, while reducing the costs for everyone,” said Peter Hazlehurst, head of payments at Uber.International companies, including e-commerce firm MercadoLibre Inc. and telecom giant Vodafone Group Plc, signed onto Libra, too. Blockchain technology and stablecoins are potential solutions for the messy world of cross-border payments, which suffers from delays and high costs.Who’s out:Large banks, including JPMorgan Chase & Co., Bank of America Corp. and Citigroup Inc., already have their own payments businesses that reap billions of dollars in fees. With regulators still deciding how to treat cryptocurrencies, banks and investment firms are treading cautiously.So far, no large brick-and-mortar retailers, such as Target Corp. and Walmart Inc., are taking part. The industry is always interested in lowering the cost of accepting payments, but traditional merchants have historically been hesitant to accept cryptocurrencies due to volatility and lack of consumer adoption.The largest U.S. technology companies, Microsoft Corp., Apple Inc., Alphabet Inc.’s Google and Amazon.com Inc., are noticeably absent. Many of these firms have their own digital payments businesses and some are experimenting with blockchain technology. Apple has poured scorn on Facebook for repeated privacy missteps and other big tech firms are trying to avoid being associated with the social-media giant.Square Inc. Chief Executive Officer Jack Dorsey is a cryptocurrency fan, but even his firm isn’t part of Libra at launch. Square’s cryptocurrency team made its first hire last week and it’s Cash App is a popular way for consumers to buy and sell Bitcoin.Here’s the full list of founding members and partners:Andreessen Horowitz Anchorage Bison Trails Booking Holdings Inc.Breakthrough Initiatives Facebook’s CalibraCoinbase Inc.EBay Inc. Farfetch Ltd.Iliad SA’s Free Lyft Inc.Mastercard MercadoLibre Inc.’s Mercado Pago PayPal Naspers Ltd.’s PayURibbit Capital Spotify Technology SAStripe Inc.Thrive Capital Union Square Ventures Uber Visa Vodafone Group Xapo Creative Destructive Lab Kiva Mercy Corps Women’s World Banking To contact the reporters on this story: Jenny Surane in New York at jsurane4@bloomberg.net;Julie Verhage in New York at jverhage2@bloomberg.net;Kurt Wagner in San Francisco at kwagner71@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Jillian Ward at jward56@bloomberg.net, Alistair Barr, Andrew PollackFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
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Banks With $100 Billion in Shipping Loans Get Strict on Climate
(Bloomberg) -- A group of financiers with $100 billion of loans to shipowners are about to get stricter on the kinds of vessels they’ll finance as part of a drive to improve the maritime industry’s environmental performance.Eleven major financiers including Citigroup Inc. and Societe Generale SA are for the first time adopting a set of principles requiring them to maintain their lending books in a way that matches goals in the Paris climate agreement, as well as related targets adopted by global regulator the United Nations’ International Maritime Organization.It means banks will favor financing of cleaner vessels while shying away from those carriers that are more polluting. The shift will potentially help to tighten a well-supplied freight market that’s depressed rates, said Michael Parker, global head of shipping & logistics at Citigroup.“Shipowners will think more carefully about the economic life of the asset,” he said. “Climate is a new consideration they haven’t really had in the past.”A lack of bank finance today is already keeping new ordering low and the impact of the principles will become evident in the next two-to-three years as shipowners consider new IMO targets and limit orders to cleaner vessels, which might reduce supply of new ships, Parker said. There’s already a pick up in scrapping of older ships after the IMO imposed clean-fuel rules for ships starting in 2020, he said.The financial institutions’ so-called Poseidon Principles will establish a baseline to assess and disclose whether the lenders’ portfolios are in line with the climate goals. They’ll also serve as a tool to manage investment risks such as those posed by new fuels standards or carbon pricing. Under the plan, a loan book that’s ready for new climate policies would be more valuable than one that isn’t.Banks and pension funds are increasingly pushing for companies in many industries to cut emissions in an effort to reduce the risk of wild stock-market fluctuations caused by climate change and new policies. The Climate Action 100+ group says its goal is to drive change at companies contributing the most greenhouse gas emissions.“The Poseidon Principles rewrite the role that the financial sector can play in helping achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement,” said James Mitchell, a manager in the climate finance and industry programs at environmental group the Rocky Mountain Institute, which helped develop the measures.The principles for shipping, being adopted by banks that also include DNB ASA, are intended to evolve over time as the IMO tightens its policies. Shipping companies including A.P. Moller-Maersk A/S are also behind the initiative.The rules initially mean lending would dovetail with a goal that greenhouse gas emissions from international shipping will peak as soon as possible and fall by at least 50% of their 2008 levels by 2050.“We know that the portfolio that’s aligned with the target today may not be aligned in 2023, when the targets will probably be tightened,” said Parker, who is the chair of the principles’ drafting committee.The shift should encourage shipbuilders to innovate with designs so vessels can, in future, switch to cleaner fuels such as biofuels, hydrogen or ammonia from the heavy fuel they use today, said Tristan Smith, a reader in energy and shipping at University College London who helped develop the principles. Vessels that don’t have the flexibility to switch fuels may limit their useful life.It’s possible some shipowners will continue ordering dirty ships, betting rules that damage their profitability won’t come anytime soon, Smith said.If a carrier isn’t able to attract good rates, its owner will “either have to accept a much lower second-hand value or have to scrap it prematurely,” he said. “It’s a chain of events that isn’t yet in the regulation, but it’s highly foreseeable.”Bloomberg Philanthropies, which along with Bloomberg LP is owned by Michael Bloomberg, helps fund the Rocky Mountain Institute. The nonprofit helped develop the principles.(Updates with analyst comment in fifth paragraph.)To contact the reporter on this story: Mathew Carr in London at m.carr@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Reed Landberg at landberg@bloomberg.net, Alaric Nightingale, Rachel GrahamFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
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Banks With $100 Billion in Shipping Loans Get Strict on Climate
(Bloomberg) -- A group of financiers with $100 billion of loans to shipowners are about to get stricter on the kinds of vessels they’ll finance as part of a drive to improve the maritime industry’s environmental performance.Eleven major financiers including Citigroup Inc. and Societe Generale SA are for the first time adopting a set of principles requiring them to maintain their lending books in a way that matches goals in the Paris climate agreement, as well as related targets adopted by global regulator the United Nations’ International Maritime Organization.It means banks will favor financing of cleaner vessels while shying away from those carriers that are more polluting. The shift will potentially help to tighten a well-supplied freight market that’s depressed rates, said Michael Parker, global head of shipping & logistics at Citigroup.“Shipowners will think more carefully about the economic life of the asset,” he said. “Climate is a new consideration they haven’t really had in the past.”A lack of bank finance today is already keeping new ordering low and the impact of the principles will become evident in the next two-to-three years as shipowners consider new IMO targets and limit orders to cleaner vessels, which might reduce supply of new ships, Parker said. There’s already a pick up in scrapping of older ships after the IMO imposed clean-fuel rules for ships starting in 2020, he said.The financial institutions’ so-called Poseidon Principles will establish a baseline to assess and disclose whether the lenders’ portfolios are in line with the climate goals. They’ll also serve as a tool to manage investment risks such as those posed by new fuels standards or carbon pricing. Under the plan, a loan book that’s ready for new climate policies would be more valuable than one that isn’t.Banks and pension funds are increasingly pushing for companies in many industries to cut emissions in an effort to reduce the risk of wild stock-market fluctuations caused by climate change and new policies. The Climate Action 100+ group says its goal is to drive change at companies contributing the most greenhouse gas emissions.“The Poseidon Principles rewrite the role that the financial sector can play in helping achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement,” said James Mitchell, a manager in the climate finance and industry programs at environmental group the Rocky Mountain Institute, which helped develop the measures.The principles for shipping, being adopted by banks that also include DNB ASA, are intended to evolve over time as the IMO tightens its policies. Shipping companies including A.P. Moller-Maersk A/S are also behind the initiative.The rules initially mean lending would dovetail with a goal that greenhouse gas emissions from international shipping will peak as soon as possible and fall by at least 50% of their 2008 levels by 2050.“We know that the portfolio that’s aligned with the target today may not be aligned in 2023, when the targets will probably be tightened,” said Parker, who is the chair of the principles’ drafting committee.The shift should encourage shipbuilders to innovate with designs so vessels can, in future, switch to cleaner fuels such as biofuels, hydrogen or ammonia from the heavy fuel they use today, said Tristan Smith, a reader in energy and shipping at University College London who helped develop the principles. Vessels that don’t have the flexibility to switch fuels may limit their useful life.It’s possible some shipowners will continue ordering dirty ships, betting rules that damage their profitability won’t come anytime soon, Smith said.If a carrier isn’t able to attract good rates, its owner will “either have to accept a much lower second-hand value or have to scrap it prematurely,” he said. “It’s a chain of events that isn’t yet in the regulation, but it’s highly foreseeable.”Bloomberg Philanthropies, which along with Bloomberg LP is owned by Michael Bloomberg, helps fund the Rocky Mountain Institute. The nonprofit helped develop the principles.(Updates with analyst comment in fifth paragraph.)To contact the reporter on this story: Mathew Carr in London at m.carr@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Reed Landberg at landberg@bloomberg.net, Alaric Nightingale, Rachel GrahamFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
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More than 100 children die in India in encephalitis outbreak
More than 100 children have died in an encephalitis outbreak in India's eastern state of Bihar, authorities said Tuesday. Bihar health secretary Sanjay Kumar said 106 children had died and more than 430 others between the ages of 4 and 10 were being treated at hospitals in Muzaffarpur district, 80 kilometers (50 miles) north of Patna, the state capital. Despite the deaths, Kumar said the mortality rate among children from encephalitis, which can cause swelling of the brain, a burning fever and vomiting, had dropped to 26.5% from 34% a year ago.
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AstraZeneca/Merck's Lynparza Wins EU Nod for First-Line Use
AstraZeneca (AZN) and Merck's PARP inhibitor, Lynparza, gets approval in EU as a front-line therapy for BRCA-mutated advanced ovarian cancer.
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Who is this see-through alien?
"Who is this alien?" is Mashable's enduring series about the exceptionally peculiar critters that inhabit a relatively small, ocean-dominated world in the outer realms of the Milky Way galaxy, called Earth. Many of these lifeforms, you'll find, are quite alien. * * *California's Monterey Bay teems with whales and vivacious seals. But, over 1,000 feet beneath the surface, swim the little-seen "glass squids." They are transparent, except for their guts, arms, and bulbous eyes. "They're very alien looking," said Stephanie Bush, a marine ecologist who closely studied these creatures while working at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI). "They have different body structures than what we're used to." Two particularly curious types of see-through squids residing in the crescent-shaped bay are the genuses Taonius and Galiteuthis -- both from the same squid family.A  squid videotaped at 600 meters beneath the surface.Image: Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI)In the dingy, almost lightless (or even completely dark) ocean depths, the squids' translucence is crucial. "It's one of the common ways to hide yourself from predators in the deep, open ocean," noted Bush, who is now an invertebrate researcher at the Smithsonian Institution.Deep sea predators are extremely sensitive to any light that penetrates through 1,000 or 2,000 feet of water. So, if something (like a squid) swims above a predator and alters the lighting or creates a silhouette -- however faint -- that something will likely soon be gulped up. "The idea is you have a very limited silhouette," said Bush. That's also why the glass squids often hold their pair of tentacles and eight arms up in the water, as if they're reaching for the sky -- to limit their silhouette or shadow."They hold their arms and tentacles together in a bunch -- like a cockatoo," said Bush.  It's not easy to catch a glimpse of these see-through creatures. MBARI spots them using underwater robots, known as remotely operated vehicles (ROVs), that dive down to the inhospitable ocean depths to observe the alien life therein. SEE ALSO: Who is this alien? Why, it's the psychedelic frogfish.While there's still much to grasp about these elusive deep sea lifeforms, Bush and other marine ecologists have observed a decent amount from these transparent squids. The Taonius, for example, is often found between some 1,300 and 2,620 feet beneath the surface (400 to 800 meters) in Monterey Bay, though they've been spotted in other oceans around the globe, too. They're about as long as the width of a sheet of paper (8.5 or so inches). It's unknown, however, what exactly they eat. But it's probably "whatever they can get their tentacles and arms on," said Bush.An orange Galiteuthis spotted in 2001.Image: MONTEREY BAY AQUARIUM RESEARCH INSTITUTE (MBARI) The Taonius' relative, the Galiteuthis, is especially unique in that the organism can inject ink into its transparent body, making it appear even darker -- likely to better disguise itself from nearby predators. "They puff their body up and turn themselves into an opaque animal for a short amount of time," explained Bush.   In the deep, dark, eerie sea, both Taonius and Galiteuthis rely on big eyes to see through their blackened world. It's absolutely vital for finding a meal. And a mate."Their eyes are huge," said Bush. "They have to find a mate, too, or bye-bye to the species." WATCH: Ever wonder how the universe might end?
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Hungry polar bear found wandering in Russia industrial city
A hungry polar bear has been spotted on the outskirts of the Russian industrial city of Norilsk, hundreds of miles from its natural habitat, authorities said Tuesday. Images of the visibly exhausted animal roaming the roads of the Arctic city in search of food have been widely shared on social media in Russia. "He is still moving around a factory, under observation by police and the emergency services, who are ensuring his safety and those of residents," environmental services official Alexander Korobkin told AFP.
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Proposed Swedbank Chairman Persson says new CEO could be hired by autumn end
Swedbank's proposed new chairman Goran Persson hopes a new chief executive for the beleaguered bank can be appointed at "end of autumn", he told Dagens Industri TV in an interview on Tuesday. Given the turbulence we have experienced we're looking for a person with a clear presence, visibility and competence," Persson, former Swedish prime minister, said. Persson, who is due to be elected at an extraordinary general meeting on Wednesday, also said it hadn't crossed his mind that Swedbank would leave the Baltics - the region at the centre of money laundering allegations against Swedbank.
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At least two killed after woman crashes car into Michigan river with her children inside
Kalamazoo police said they had launched a search for victims late on Monday after receiving a tip from two young females that a family member had driven her vehicle into the river. "Within a few minutes of being in the water, officers located a submerged vehicle. A few minutes later, two victims were located," the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety said in a statement on Tuesday.
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The Latest: Trump says Florida re-election rally will rock
Trump says his re-election launch will be a political spectacle. Opponents are launching their protests at a gay bar in Orlando. President Donald Trump is set to kick off his re-election campaign with a rally Tuesday night in Orlando, Florida.
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The Latest: Trump says Florida re-election rally will rock
Trump says his re-election launch will be a political spectacle. Opponents are launching their protests at a gay bar in Orlando. President Donald Trump is set to kick off his re-election campaign with a rally Tuesday night in Orlando, Florida.
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'Yarn Bombers' use craft to make a statement
Jessie Hemmons did her first public "yarn bombing" in 2009, crocheting a 12-inch cozy around a bike rack in downtown Philadelphia. "It started as something I felt I could do to insert a certain femaleness or womanliness into street art. Modern yarn bombing — also known as yarn storming, guerrilla knitting, yarn graffiti or graffiti knitting — has come a long way since 2005, when Texas artist Magda Sayeg used some extra yarn to knit a doorknob cover for her women's boutique, then made a cozy for a nearby stop-sign pole, and then another.
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Police defend arrest of 12-year-old in western Michigan
Police in western Michigan are defending their actions in the arrest of a 12-year-old black boy following online criticism about the officers' response. Grand Rapids police say they were called Friday about a fight and that the boy was arrested after he was seen chasing and hitting a man with a wooden pole. The boy's mother, Bernice Jones, says her son was playing and chasing a cousin, and that police overreacted.
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UPDATE 1-SE Asia should ban imports of foreign trash - environmentalists
Environmental groups called on Tuesday for Southeast Asian countries to ban waste imports from developed countries to help tackle a plastic pollution crisis, as regional leaders prepare to meet this week in Bangkok. Southeast Asia has seen a staggering spike in imports of plastic and electronic waste from developed countries after the world's top recycler, China, banned imports, causing millions of tonnes of trash to be diverted to less-regulated countries. Thailand will from Thursday host four days of meetings for leaders of the 10-member Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) to discuss the region's most pressing issues, including plastic debris in the ocean.
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Kellogg to take $35 million pretax hit on North America unit revamp
The cereal maker said in November it was exploring options to sell its cookies and fruit snacks units in a bid to sharpen focus on its core segments in North America. Last month, the company also said it was reorganizing its European business that would result in charges of about $50 million.
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French government unveils 'tough' reform of jobless benefits
French President Emmanuel Macron's government has unveiled plans to make it more difficult for the unemployed to claim benefits. Unions have denounced the plans as unfair and damaging to the country's social security system. The planned changes extend the period people will have had to work to be entitled to unemployment benefits and reduces the amount wealthier workers can receive after six months out of work.
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Kansas pilot escapes injury when plane's wing hits windmill
The Kansas Highway Patrol says the pilot of a crop duster plane was not hurt when the wing of his aircraft hit a windmill tower and crashed in southwest Kansas. Troopers say the fixed-wing, single-engine aircraft was flying north Monday morning when its right wing struck the windmill near Liberal, about 200 miles (320 kilometers) west of Wichita. The patrol says the pilot, 61-year-old Craig Stratton, of Meade, had no apparent injuries.
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UPDATE 1-EU nations receive mixed scorecard on climate goals
The European Union urged its member states on Tuesday to accelerate efforts to meet their 2030 climate goals after a review showed them falling short in some areas as the bloc's leaders prepare to debate going carbon-neutral by 2050. With the mid-century target on the agenda at an EU summit this week, the European Commission's audit showed the 28-nation bloc on track to meet its headline pledge of cutting emissions by 40% by 2030.
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Reuters Science News Summary
Following is a summary of current science news briefs. The persistence of Congo's Ebola outbreak and its deadly spread to Uganda in recent days show how societal issues are as crucial as scientific advances in controlling disease outbreaks, specialists in global public health say. Medical scientists, prompted by a devastating West African Ebola epidemic between 2013 and 2016, have worked fast to develop cutting edge vaccines, treatments and antibody-based therapies they hoped would prevent or halt future outbreaks of the virus.
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Reuters People News Summary
CNN anchor Anderson Cooper remembered his mother, designer and society grand dame Gloria Vanderbilt, as a woman who endured a string of heartbreaks but still remained deeply in love with love. Pop singer and songwriter Taylor Swift on Monday released a star-studded music video that scolded social media trolls and urged fans to sign a petition demanding U.S. legal protections for gays, lesbians and transgender people. The video for Swift's new single "You Need to Calm Down" featured a surprise cameo by former rival Katy Perry plus a host of other celebrities.
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Reuters Health News Summary
Doing things one at a time in drug development is not a luxury that GlaxoSmithKline can afford any longer, the head of pharmaceuticals at Britain's largest drugmaker told Reuters. Luke Miels, who joined GSK in September 2017 after a contract dispute with his former employer AstraZeneca, said picking the most promising projects and developing them quickly now takes precedence over spreading the risk of failure. Swiss drugmaker Roche's push into personalized cancer medicines hit a milestone on Tuesday with Japanese approval of a new drug, Rozlytrek, that targets patients who must be identified via genetic profiling.
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Reuters World News Summary
Following is a summary of current world news briefs. German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Tuesday that western sanctions against Russia would not be lifted unless Ukraine's sovereignty was restored.
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Reuters Entertainment News Summary
Following is a summary of current entertainment news briefs. Hollywood seems to be coming down with a contagious case of franchise fatigue this summer, as "Men in Black: International" and "Shaft" become the latest sequels largely dismissed by moviegoers in North America. Sony's "Men in Black: International" led ticket sales at the box office this weekend with $28.5 million, but still fell short of expectations.
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Reuters US Domestic News Summary
Kinsey, who is black, was shot in the leg. The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday handed Republican legislators in Virginia a defeat, leaving in place a ruling that invalidated state electoral districts they drew because they weakened the clout of black voters in violation of the U.S. Constitution.
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Cricket-England's Morgan blasts record 17 sixes against Afghanistan
England captain Eoin Morgan smashed his way into the record books on Tuesday, blasting 17 sixes - the most in a one-day international cricket innings - on his way to 148 off just 71 balls against Afghanistan at the Cricket World Cup. India's Rohit Sharma, West Indie's Chris Gayle and South Africa's AB de Villiers had shared the previous record of 16 sixes in a one-day international innings.
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US STOCKS-Wall Street set to open higher on hopes of accommodative Fed
Wall Street's main indexes were set to open higher on Tuesday, as more dovish calls from the European Central Bank lifted expectations of a similar accommodative stance from the Federal Reserve. The Fed's statement at 2 p.m. EDT (1800 GMT) on Wednesday will likely provide insights into the impact of the U.S.-China trade war, President Donald Trump's calls for a rate cut and weaker economic data on monetary policy.
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Dwayne Johnson's 2019 MTV Movie & TV Awards speech tells his inspiring Hollywood story
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson received the Generation Award Monday night at the 2019 MTV Movie & TV Awards, and his speech was exactly what we've come to expect from the inspiring icon. After thanking his house full of "strong-a--" women at home (his fiancee Lauren Hashian and his three daughters, Jasmine, Simone and Tiana), Johnson said the award for his decades in the entertainment business was all due to the fans. Johnson said when he first got to Hollywood, "They didn't know what the hell to do with me.
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Wall Street set to open higher on hopes of accommodative Fed
The Fed's statement at 2 p.m. EDT (1800 GMT) on Wednesday will likely provide insights into the impact of the U.S.-China trade war, President Donald Trump's calls for a rate cut and weaker economic data on monetary policy. Sentiment was buoyed by ECB President Mario Draghi's comments indicating a possibility of new rate cuts or asset purchases.
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5 things soon-to-be-married couples can learn from divorced couples
Natalia Juarez, a breakup/divorce coach and dating strategist, is the owner and founder of Lovistics and helps men and women recover from breakups and get back into the modern dating world. Here are her tips of what you and your partner should discuss before even thinking of saying "I do" -- and some to consider if your relationship does end in divorce. First, recognize relationship "yellow" flags, which she says can potentially be fixed.
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U.S. Justice Dept keeps Manafort in federal custody, citing health, personal safety
The U.S. Justice Department has decided to keep convicted felon Paul Manafort in federal custody, it said on Tuesday, citing concerns about the "health and personal safety" of President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman if he was transferred to a local facility in New York. Manafort, serving a 7-1/2 year sentence for tax fraud, bank fraud and other charges stemming from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe, also faces New York state charges related to residential mortgage fraud, conspiracy and falsifying business records. The 70-year-old veteran Republican political operative had been expected to be transferred from a federal prison in Pennsylvania to a detention facility in New York ahead of an expected arraignment to face New York charges.
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U.N. rights office calls for independent probe into Mursi death
The United Nations human rights office called on Tuesday for an independent investigation into the death of Egypt's former President Mohamed Mursi, saying it should encompass all aspects of his treatment during nearly six years in custody. Egypt's Islamist ex-president was buried in a small family ceremony early on Tuesday a day after he suffered a fatal heart attack in court, his sons said, as supporters posted messages of grief and anger. “Concerns have been raised regarding the conditions of Mr. Mursi’s detention, including access to adequate medical care, as well as sufficient access to his lawyers and family, during his nearly six years in custody.
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Uber threatens to withdraw from Austria
U.S.-based ride-hailing service Uber Technologies Inc threatened on Tuesday to withdraw from Austria if a new law that would subject it to the same price regulations as taxis is adopted. "If that comes, then a withdrawal definitely cannot be ruled out," Uber Austria chief Martin Essl told ORF radio. Currently, different rules apply to taxis and rental cars in Austria.
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WRAPUP 1-U.S. housing starts fall in May, but trend improving
U.S. homebuilding unexpectedly fell in May, but data for the prior two months was revised higher and building permits increased, suggesting that the housing market was drawing some support from a sharp decline in mortgage rates. Housing starts dropped 0.9% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.269 million units last month amid a drop in the construction of single-family housing units, the Commerce Department said on Tuesday.
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COLUMN-Massive blackouts and the risk of cyberwarfare: Kemp
Electricity supplies across Argentina, Uruguay and parts of Paraguay were blacked out for several hours on Sunday when the regional power grid suffered a cascading failure. The three stories illustrate the growing risks to power networks posed by control failures, solar storms and now hacking, whether by criminals, terrorists or state spying agencies.
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U.S. Justice Department keeps Manafort in federal custody, citing health, personal safety
The U.S. Justice Department has decided to keep convicted felon Paul Manafort in federal custody, it said on Tuesday, citing concerns about the "health and personal safety" of President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman if he was transferred to a local facility in New York. Manafort, serving a 7-1/2 year sentence for tax fraud, bank fraud and other charges stemming from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe, also faces New York state charges related to residential mortgage fraud, conspiracy and falsifying business records. The 70-year-old veteran Republican political operative had been expected to be transferred from a federal prison in Pennsylvania to a detention facility in New York ahead of an expected arraignment to face New York charges.
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Police: 2 die, 1 child missing after woman drives into river
Authorities say they found the body of a woman and one child and are looking for another child after the woman intentionally drove into a southwestern Michigan river. The Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety says two upset girls told officers late Monday that a family member had driven a vehicle into the Kalamazoo River. Capt. Brad Misner tells the Kalamazoo Gazette that the bodies of the woman and one child were found, and that they're searching for the other child on Tuesday.
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Florida parking lot shooter wants sheriff as defense witness
Attorneys for a Florida man accused of fatally shooting an unarmed black man during a dispute over a parking space want to call the local sheriff as an expert witness. The Tampa Bay Times reports that Michael Drejka's attorneys have filed a motion to call Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri to help defend Drejka at his manslaughter trial.
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UPDATE 1-Berlin's ballooning rents to be frozen for five years
Berlin's city government on Tuesday decided to freeze rents for five years, heeding residents' complaints that their once famously affordable city was pricing them out. For decades after German unification in 1990, the capital was a magnet for artists, musicians and students drawn by housing far cheaper than in other major European cities - partly the legacy of its decades marooned inside Communist East Germany as a mere satellite of the capitalist West's economy. Berlin's Senator for Urban Development and Housing, Katrin Lompscher, said the planned five-year freeze would apply retroactively from June 18 - a measure apparently designed to prevent landlords rushing to raise rents before the measure becomes law.
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Cyprus: EU to take tougher stance on Turkey over drilling
Cyprus' president says he believes the European Union will take a tougher line against Turkey over its bid to drill for gas in waters where the east Mediterranean island nation has exclusive economic rights. President Nicos Anastasiades said Tuesday he's optimistic the 28-member bloc will send a "stronger message" to Ankara than it has up to now. Cyprus says any drilling by a Turkish drillship 40 miles off its western coastline is a flagrant violation of international law and its sovereign rights.
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EXCLUSIVE-U.S. seen open to 'enforceable mechanism' to end aircraft subsidy spat
The United States is expected to be open to negotiations on an "enforceable mechanism" that could allow European planemaker Airbus to receive government funding on commercial terms and ease the risk of tit-for-tat sanctions, two U.S. sources said. Such a deal would also include moves by the United States to address tax incentives provided by Washington state to Boeing and make them compliant with trade rulings, as part of a possible new framework for aircraft industry funding, they said. The comments are among the first indications of a possible path to a deal to end a 15-year-old transatlantic trade dispute over mutual claims of illegal subsidies, which have brought the United States and European Union to the brink of a tariff war.
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REFILE-Teenager who called UK's Prince Harry "race traitor" is jailed
A teenage neo-Nazi who called for Britain's Prince Harry a race traitor months after his marriage to U.S. actress Meghan Markle and suggested he should be shot was jailed for more than four years on Tuesday, the BBC reported. Michal Szewczuk, 19, posted far-right online propaganda which included an image of Harry, the Duke of Sussex, with a gun to his head with the caption "See Ya Later Race Traitor". It was posted months after his wedding to Meghan, whose mother is African American and father is white.
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UPDATE 1-Mexico president floats idea of recall referendum in March 2021
Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Tuesday proposed holding a recall referendum on his presidency on March 21, 2021, if Congress cannot agree to a constitutional change permitting the vote during mid-term legislative elections. Lopez Obrador took office in December vowing to give the public a chance to vote him out of office halfway through his six-year term, but that plan has met resistance in the Senate from opposition lawmakers concerned about its implications. Critics say the proposed constitutional amendment would let Lopez Obrador put himself at the center of the campaign ahead of mid-term federal elections, which should be held around June 2021, and could be used to encourage support for permitting presidential re-election.
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War vet Sen. Duckworth on Trump draft deferments: ‘I'm sorry, but it's baloney’
“Through Her Eyes” is a weekly show hosted by human rights activist Zainab Salbi that explores contemporary news issues from a female perspective. You can watch a full episode of “Through Her Eyes” every Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET on Roku, or at the bottom of this article. Iraq War veteran Sen.
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Cricket-Record-breaking six-fest from Morgan blasts England to 397-6 v Afghanistan
England captain Eoin Morgan blasted a record 17 sixes in a blistering innings of 148 to power England to a commanding 397 for six in their Cricket World Cup group stage match against Afghanistan. The left-hander smashed the fourth-fastest World Cup century off just 57 balls and went on to beat the previous six-hitting record shared by India's Rohit Sharma, West Indies' Chris Gayle and South Africa's AB de Villiers. Jonny Bairstow smashed 90 and Joe Root made 88, but it was Morgan's breathtaking six-hitting display that turned the match into a statistician's delight.
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'Catastrophic' elephant poaching at Niassa Reserve in Africa reduced to zero, conservationists say
One of Africa's largest protected wilderness areas has marked an entire year without finding a single elephant killed by poachers. The last time an elephant was recorded killed by a poacher in Mozambique's Niassa Reserve was May 17, 2018, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society, a New York-based nonprofit that helps the Mozambican government manage the national reserve. “The success in Niassa shows that given the political will and proper funding, we can stop the poaching of elephants," James Bampton, the Wildlife Conservation Society's country director in Mozambique, told ABC News in a statement Tuesday.
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Amazon denies Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s claim it pays warehouse workers ‘starvation wages’
Amazon has rejected Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez‘s claim it pays its workers “starvation wages”, saying the New York congresswoman is “just wrong”.Speaking over the weekend, the 29-year-old said she was less worried about Amazon founder Jeff Bezos being the richest person in the world, than if he was paying his workers a living wage. “Whether Jeff Bezos is a billionaire or not is less of my concern than if your average Amazon worker is making a living wage, if they have guaranteed health care and if they can send their kids to college tuition-free,” she told ABC News. “If his being a billionaire is predicated on paying people starvation wages and stripping them of their ability to access health care, and also if his ability to be a billionaire is predicated on the fact that his workers take food stamps…[then taxpayers are ] paying for him to be a billionaire.” On Monday, Amazon, which for many years was criticised over the wages it paid warehouse staff, rejected the congresswoman’s claim.“@AOC is just wrong. Amazon is a leader on pay at $15 min wage + full benefits from day one,” the company tweeted. “We also lobby to raise federal minimum wage.”Last year, Bernie Sanders, whom Ms Ocasio-Cortez campaigned for during the 2016 presidential contest, introduced legislation to tax large companies the full amount their workers were forced to be subsidised in the form of food stamps and state and federal benefits. He took aim in particular at Amazon, whose founder is said to be worth $150bn and yet has paid warehouse workers as little as $10 an hour.“At a time of massive income and wealth inequality, when the 3 wealthiest people in America own more wealth than the bottom 50 per cent and when 52 per cent of all new income goes to the top one per cent, the American people are tired of subsidising multi-billionaires who own some of the largest and most profitable corporations in America,” Mr Sanders said when he introduced the legislation.The following month, Amazon said it had decided to pay all its workers a minimum of $15 an hour, which many campaigners say it still to little to qualify as a living wage.“We listened to our critics, thought hard about what we wanted to do, and decided we want to lead,” said Mr Bezos. “We’re excited about this change and encourage our competitors and other large employers to join us.”The comment over the weekend did not represent the first time Ms Ocasio-Cortez has placed Amazon, which in 2018 paid no federal taxes for the second years in succession, in her sights.Last year, she was among those campaigning for the company not to bring its so-called second headquarters to a location on New York’s Long Island City. She said it was wrong to pay the e-commerce giant up to $3.4bn in tax breaks and grants to complete the move.
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German minister to look at how to proceed after EU court rejects toll, Merkel says
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Tuesday her transport minister would look at how to proceed after the EU's top court rejected plans to introduce a German highway toll. Germany's transport minister Andreas Scheuer said the ruling implied the toll in its current form was off the table, but he had already put in place a task force to find alternative solutions. The European Court of Justice earlier on Tuesday backed a challenge from Austria, which said Berlin's plan to put the economic burden of the toll on drivers from EU countries while giving German car owners a tax relief over the same amount, was discrimination.
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Boy, 5, dies after being shot and dropped off at hospital
Authorities say a 5-year-old boy died of a gunshot wound after two adults abandoned him at a hospital in southeast Wisconsin. Staff at the Froedtert South Hospital-Kenosha Campus called authorities after two people dropped the wounded boy off, then left. Authorities have not described the relationship between the adults and the child who died.
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The Latest: Germany's Merkel blames dehydration for shaking
German Chancellor Angela Merkel says with a few glasses of water she's doing better, after starting to visibly shake when standing next to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy in the hot sun. Merkel grinned widely Tuesday when asked by reporters about her condition during the red-carpet reception for Zelenskiy about an hour earlier. After the anthems Merkel seemed better as she walked inside with Zelenskiy, and at the press conference told reporters she was fine.
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US says CentrAm aid depends on 'actions' to curb migration
The United States said Monday it would not offer any more aid to El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras unless they take "concrete actions" to deter undocumented migrants from heading for the US. In March, the administration of President Donald Trump had suspended aid to the so-called Northern Triangle countries, after the Republican leader accused them of doing nothing on the migrants issue. "We completed the review" of aid programs to the countries, State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said.
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Racehorse takes lead, dies at Laurel Park; Maryland's 12th
A 5-year-old horse died of a suspected heart attack during a race at Laurel Park, the 12th racehorse to die in Maryland this year. The Maryland Racing Commission reports nine horses have died during races and two during training between Jan. 1 and May 31. The Stronach Group owns Laurel Park and Pimlico as well as California's Santa Anita Park, where 29 racehorses have died since December.
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'Family Food Fight' host Ayesha Curry judges top weeknight meals to make with kids
'Family Food Fight' host Ayesha Curry judges top weeknight meals to make with kids originally appeared on goodmorningamerica.comLooking for an easy weeknight meal the whole family can enjoy that is just as flavorful and delicious as eating out?"Good Morning America" viewers Arielle and Seth Kisch and Aly and James Romero faced off in a friendly culinary competition to see which couple could create the tastiest weeknight meal. Their plates were judged on "GMA" by none other than "Family Food Fight" host Ayesha Curry. ...
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'The Bachelorette' recap: Hannah B. reaches the breaking point and threatens to leave
On Monday's episode of "The Bachelorette," the season came to a screeching halt as Hannah, fed up with the drama, threatened to leave. It was up to host Chris Harrison to convince her to stay. Following last week's disastrous one-on-one date with Luke P., Hannah told him she couldn't give him the date rose and sent him home.
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Iranian president: Iran isn't seeking war against any nation
Iran is not seeking to wage war against any nation, the country's president said Tuesday while at the same time stressing that Iranians will withstand mounting U.S. pressure and emerge victorious. The remarks by President Hassan Rouhani came as Tehran and Washington are edging toward a flashpoint after Iran announced it was breaking compliance with the nuclear deal with world powers and the Trump administration ordered 1,000 more troops to the Middle East. "We do not wage war with any nation," Rouhani said, speaking during the inauguration of a new terminal at Tehran's Imam Khomeini International Airport that will raise its capacity from 8 million to 13 million passengers a year.
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For Fed's Powell, a gap with markets and Trump may need explaining
WASHINGTON/SAN FRANCISCO - (Reuters) - Bond investors expect an aggressive set of U.S. interest rate cuts this year, and a voluble president pines for the “old days” when his predecessors bullied central bankers to get their way. If Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell had a complicated task last year in calling an early halt to further Fed rate hikes, his mission in a Wednesday press conference may be even trickier: Thread the needle between growing expectations that lower rates are coming soon and economic data that looks reasonably healthy with rates just where they are. Failing to pull it off could trigger the same sort of volatility and tightening of financial conditions witnessed in December, when Powell’s press conference remarks were interpreted as overly hawkish and in part responsible for an 8% drop in the S&P 500 over the next few days.
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UPDATE 1-Johnson gets new boost in race to become UK prime minister
Boris Johnson got a fresh boost in the race to become Britain's prime minister on Tuesday when a another former rival in the race backed him to lead the country out of its Brexit crisis. Hours before the six contenders were due to be whittled down by the party's lawmakers, Andrea Leadsom declared her support for Johnson, the clear favourite. Johnson, a former London mayor and foreign minister, says he will take Britain out of the European Union by Oct. 31 whether or not there is a deal with Brussels to smooth the transition, potentially setting up a fight with parliament.
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UPDATE 1-Many in Hong Kong, fearful of China's grasp, flee to Taiwan
TAIPEI/HONG KONG, June 18 (Reuters) - For Hong Kong resident Yung Xiu Kwan, 67, a proposed extradition law that would allow people in the former British colony to be sent to mainland China for trial was the final straw. Yung is packing her bags and leaving the Chinese-ruled city to set up a new life in proudly democratic Taiwan, fed up with what she sees as Beijing's ever encroaching grip over the city that has led to an erosion of civil liberties. "Without freedom and democracy, it's like being put in jail, like living in a concentration camp ... without freedom, (I) would rather die," said Yung, as she waved a Taiwan flag at a massive protest in Hong Kong on Sunday.
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Crowds gather in Florence for farewell to Franco Zeffirelli
Hundreds of people gathered in Florence on Tuesday for the funeral of film and opera director Franco Zeffirelli, who died on Saturday at the age of 96. Zeffirelli, a native of Florence, was the last of a generation of Italian film luminaries who came of age after World War Two, including Federico Fellini, Luchino Visconti and Vittorio De Sica. Family, friends and politicians, including Culture Minister Alberto Bonisoli, filled the Santa Maria del Fiore cathedral.
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Ireland to ban sales of new petrol and diesel cars by 2030
Ireland has announced it will ban the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles by 2030 as part of its new climate change plan. The government hopes to have 950,000 electric vehicles on Irish roads by then, supported by a network of charging stations. The measure is one of 180 proposals covering business, construction, transport, agriculture and waste management intended to put Ireland on a path to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050.
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EU issues 'green' investment guide to help combat climate change
Europe sought to increase the flow of money into businesses that tackle climate change with the publication of European Commission guidelines on what qualifies an investment as environmentally friendly. The European Union has agreed to substantial reductions of carbon emissions by 2030 and its executive wants the bloc to reduce them to zero by 2050 to help stop global warming, the rise of average worldwide temperatures. In order to cut emissions by 2030, many sectors of the economy, such as manufacturing or energy, need an additional annual investment of 180 billion euros ($201 billion) and even more is needed to achieve zero emissions by 2050.
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Jon Stewart: Mitch McConnell says he 'doesn't understand' why comedian is 'bent out of shape' over 9/11 victims fund
Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell says he doesn’t understand why Jon Stewart has shamed him over the turtle's pace passage of healthcare funding to help 9/11 victims and first responders.“We have never failed to address the issue, and we will address it again,” Mr McConnell said during an appearance on Fox & Friends on Monday, responding to criticism of the comedian that he does not act quickly to ensure funding for the American heroes.“I don’t know why he’s all bent out of shape," he continued.Stewart once again drew national attention to the cause after his appearance before a nearly empty House Judiciary Committee last week, where made an impassioned plea for the reauthorisation of the September 11 Victim Compensation Fund. It would be the third reauthorization for the lifesaving funding.He shamed the members of Congress who did not attend the committee hearing, which was convened to discuss the reauthorization of a fund set up to help 9/11 first responders and victims with cancer and other diseases related to exposure to toxic chemicals and materials after the attacks."Shameful," Stewart said of the behaviour of Congress, which has forced sick 9/11 victims to make the trek to from New York to Washington to plead for help.The bill ultimately passed through the house committee last week, and was headed to the full house for consideration.With another fight over the funding in the Senate — a body Mr McConnell controls — the comedian-turned-activist said during a Fox News Sunday appearance that seven first responders had died from 9/11-related in the past week.He also slammed Mr McConnell for his previous role in the reauthorization process.“I want to make it clear that this has never been dealt with compassionate;y by senator McConnell,” Stewart said. “He has always held out until the very last minute and only then, under intense lobbying and public shaming has he even designed to move on it.”He continued, noting in that interview that the victims of the attacks are “at the end of their rope.”“I think there’s a feeling of disbelief,” he said. “They can’t understand why they have to continually saddle up and ride down to Washington and make these appeals for something that should be simple but is somehow, through politics, made agonizingly difficult.”He added: “If you were to take all the arrogance and entitlement and elitism that people don’t like about Hollywood and show business, and you concentrated it in one city, and gave those people actual power, that’s Washington.”A request for comment sent to Stewart's agent was not returned.
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UPDATE 1-Greece, Cyprus pressure EU to act over Turkey gas drilling as Ankara digs in
ISTANBUL/ATHENS, June 18 (Reuters) - Cyprus and Greece heaped pressure on the EU on Tuesday to take action against Turkey over gas drilling in disputed waters, as Ankara said it would step up exploration in a move that could further strain ties with Western allies. Turkey and Cyprus are at odds over natural resources in the eastern Mediterranean in a long-simmering conflict which has escalated in the past month, with Cyprus threatening to jeopardise EU enlargement talks if the EU does not take action against Ankara. Turkey, which does not have diplomatic relations with Cyprus, claims that certain areas in Cyprus's offshore maritime zone, known as an EEZ, fall into the jurisdiction of Turkey or that of Turkish Cypriots.
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ANALYSIS-Tanker attacks seen as calibrated but risky Iranian response to U.S. sanctions
If, despite its firm denials, Iran was behind attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf last week and a further four last month, they represent a calibrated yet risky pushback against a U.S. sanctions squeeze, regional experts say. The targeting of six vessels on a major artery for world oil supplies was a vivid reminder of the stakes involved in the standoff pitting Iran against the United States and its regional allies. The latest two attacks, on Thursday, were much more complex than last month's because the tankers were moving rather than at anchor as previously, said Hossein Aryan, a military analyst who served 18 years in Iran's navy before and after the 1979 Islamic revolution.
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Poverty in Italy stops growing for first time since 2015
The number of Italians living in absolute poverty held steady in 2018 after three straight years of growth, though the problem remains at a record high, data showed on Tuesday. About 5 million people or 8.4% of the population live in absolute poverty, defined as those unable to buy goods and services "essential to avoid grave forms of social exclusion", according to data from national statistics bureau ISTAT. In terms of families, the number was 1.8 million, the highest since ISTAT records began in 2005.
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Cricket-Afghan president drops in to cheer on side vs England
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani dropped in at Old Trafford on Tuesday to watch his side take on hosts and pre-tournament favourites England in a Cricket World Cup group stage match. Ghani, in suit and tie, could be seen waving to the crowd from high in the stands, surrounded by other guests. The Afghanistan Cricket Board tweeted photographs of him together with Afghanistan Cricket Board chairman Azizullah Fazli.
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UPDATE 1-Trump blasts comments by ECB's Draghi, cites unfair competition
U.S. President Donald Trump criticized European Central Bank President Mario Draghi's comments earlier on Tuesday that further monetary policy changes may be needed by the ECB, saying that would spark unfair European competition against the United States. "Mario Draghi just announced more stimulus could come, which immediately dropped the Euro against the Dollar, making it unfairly easier for them to compete against the USA. Draghi said the ECB might may need to cut interest rates or purchase assets if inflation in the euro zone continued to lag its target range.
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Greece, Cyprus pressure EU to act over Turkey gas drilling as Ankara digs in
ISTANBUL/ATHENS (Reuters) - Cyprus and Greece heaped pressure on the EU on Tuesday to take action against Turkey over gas drilling in disputed waters, as Ankara said it would step up exploration in a move that could further strain ties with Western allies. Turkey and Cyprus are at odds over natural resources in the eastern Mediterranean in a long-simmering conflict which has escalated in the past month, with Cyprus threatening to jeopardize EU enlargement talks if the EU does not take action against Ankara. Turkey, which does not have diplomatic relations with Cyprus, claims that certain areas in Cyprus's offshore maritime zone, known as an EEZ, fall into the jurisdiction of Turkey or that of Turkish Cypriots.
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Crowds gather in Florence for farewell to Franco Zeffirelli
Hundreds of people gathered in Florence on Tuesday for the funeral of film and opera director Franco Zeffirelli, who died on Saturday at the age of 96. Zeffirelli, a native of Florence, was the last of a generation of Italian film luminaries who came of age after World War Two, including Federico Fellini, Luchino Visconti and Vittorio De Sica. Family, friends and politicians, including Culture Minister Alberto Bonisoli, filled the Santa Maria del Fiore cathedral.
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Overdoses killed parents found in motel with dehydrated baby
Investigators have determined that a couple whose bodies were found along with their dehydrated 6-month-old baby at a motel in western Michigan died of accidental drug overdoses. State police say autopsy results found that 26-year-old Jessica Bramer of Grand Rapids and 28-year-old Christian Reed of Marne had used fentanyl, other opioids, marijuana and alcohol. The autopsy findings, combined with surveillance footage, digital evidence and interviews with witnesses, allowed investigators to determine the deaths were accidental.
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Myanmar official says runaway monk 'incited hatred' against Suu Kyi
A Myanmar official on Tuesday told a court that a nationalist Buddhist monk, Wirathu, who has evaded arrest on sedition charges, "incited hatred" against leader Aung San Suu Kyi and her government. Police issued an arrest warrant for Wirathu last month but he has not been detained and has taunted authorities on social media. Complainant San Min, an administrator in the city of Yangon, told the court he had been ordered by the office of President Win Myint, a close ally of Suu Kyi, to file a legal complaint against the monk.
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Soccer-Perfect record for France but a lot to improve as knockout phase looms
PARIS, June 18 (Reuters) - - Hosts France benefited from two highly debatable goals in their last two Group A games as they reached the World Cup knockout phase with a perfect record that did not mask their shortcomings. Les Bleues missed two penalties that were ordered to be retaken and were then converted in their 2-1 win against Norway and 1-0 victory over Nigeria because the goalkeepers had stepped off their line before the spot kicks were taken. “If I give you my opinion, I will have problems and they will send me home,” said Nigeria coach Thomas Dennerby.
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UPDATE 1-Facebook reveals Libra cryptocurrency, with lofty goals
SAN FRANCISCO/NEW YORK, June 18 (Reuters) - Facebook Inc revealed plans on Tuesday to launch a cryptocurrency called Libra, the latest development in its effort to expand beyond social networking and move into e-commerce and global payments. Facebook has linked with 28 partners in a Geneva-based entity called the Libra Association, which will govern its new digital coin set to launch in the first half of 2020, according to marketing materials and interviews with executives.
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Indonesian teen wakeboards waterlogged streets to protest floods
A group of teenagers in Indonesia are wakeboarding the submerged streets of their hometown to protest against the urban flooding that regularly plagues much of the tropical archipelago. After several days of heavy rains in Samarinda city, on Borneo island, the fed-up group launched their waterlogged demonstration in a now-viral Instagram video. Curious onlookers gaped as Muhammad Fahri Ramadhan, 19, showed off a few tricks as he carved-up the dirty, waist-high water -- pulled by a car instead of a boat.
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Slashing plane emissions a lofty goal, but progress elusive
The aircraft industry is facing growing criticism over greenhouse gas emissions that are set to soar as more people take to the skies, but experts say game-changing technology for cleaner planes is still decades away. Dozens of firms at the Paris Air Show this week are touting their green credentials, with the industry pledging to halve its carbon dioxide emissions from 2005 levels by 2050. From electric quadcopters to new engines powered by natural gas or hydrogen, the projects on display in Paris promise to revolutionise how people will eventually get across town or across the world.
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EU nations receive mixed scorecard on climate goals
The European Union called on its members to accelerate efforts to meet 2030 climate goals after a review showed them on track to meet the overall emissions reduction goal but falling short of other specific targets. As EU leaders debate whether to target going carbon neutral by 2050 at a summit later this week, the audit showed the 28-nation bloc on track to meet its headline pledge of cutting emissions by 40% by 2030. "Member States should collectively step up efforts to achieve the Union 2030 energy and climate goals, since continuation of existing policies at the same scale would not be sufficient to meet these targets," the European Commission said, calling for more details in the final plans due by year-end.
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Soccer-Dortmund coach Favre extends deal by a year to 2021
Borussia Dortmund coach Lucien Favre has extended his deal with the Bundesliga club by a year to 2021, the league runners-up said on Tuesday. The Swiss coach took over last year, leading them to second place in the league behind Bayern Munich. Dortmund had a nine-point lead over the Bavarians midway through the season but had a disappointing start to 2019 and lost out to Bayern who clinched their seventh straight league title on the final matchday.
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Many in Hong Kong, fearful of China's grasp, look longingly towards Taiwan
TAIPEI/HONG KONG, June 18 (Reuters) - For Hong Kong resident Yung Xiu Kwan, 67, a proposed extradition law that would allow people in the former British colony to be sent to mainland China for trial was the final straw. Yung is packing her bags and leaving the Chinese-ruled city to set up a new life in proudly democratic Taiwan, fed up with what she sees as Beijing's ever encroaching grip over the city that has led to an erosion of civil liberties. "Without freedom and democracy, it's like being put in jail, like living in a concentration camp ... without freedom, (I) would rather die," said Yung, as she waved a Taiwan flag at a massive protest in Hong Kong on Sunday.
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Germany condemns official's slaying as 'attack on all of us'
The killing of a pro-migrant politician this month, allegedly at the hands of a violent neo-Nazi, illustrates the threat posed by far-right extremism, Germany's top security official said Tuesday. Walter Luebcke, a long-time member of Chancellor Angela Merkel's center-right Christian Democrats, was found shot in the head on June 2 at his home near the central German city of Kassel, where he led a regional government office. The 65-year-old was known for taking a strong stance in favor of Merkel's welcoming policy toward refugees during the 2015 influx that saw hundreds of thousands of people fleeing war and persecution seek shelter in Germany.
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"Fatal Attraction' killer released from New York prison
A former New York schoolteacher who was convicted of killing her lover's wife in a case dubbed the Fatal Attraction murder has been released from prison. Carolyn Warmus was released from Bedford Hills prison on Monday after her parole was granted last month. The now 55-year-old Warmus was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison in 1992 for the murder of Betty Jeanne Solomon.
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Indiana attorney general's accusers set announcement
The four women who accused Indiana's attorney general of drunkenly groping them during a party are holding a news conference with their lawyers. The law firm representing the women says an announcement is coming Tuesday about legal action regarding the allegations against Republican state Attorney General Curtis Hill. The women's lawyers said in October that they intended to sue Hill .
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EU issues "green" investment guide to help combat climate change
Europe sought to increase the flow of money into businesses that tackle climate change on Tuesday with the publication of European Commission guidelines on what qualifies an investment as environmentally friendly. The European Union has agreed to substantial reductions of carbon emissions by 2030 and its executive wants the bloc to reduce them to zero by 2050 to help stop global warming, the rise of average worldwide temperatures. In order to cut emissions by 2030, many sectors of the economy, such as manufacturing or energy, need an additional annual investment of 180 billion euros ($201 billion) and even more is needed to achieve zero emissions by 2050.
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US STOCKS-Futures rise on hopes of accommodative Fed
U.S. stock index futures rose on Tuesday, as more dovish calls from the European Central Bank fueled expectations of a similar accommodative stance from the Federal Reserve. The Fed's statement at 2 p.m. EDT (1800 GMT) on Wednesday will likely provide insight into the impact of the U.S.-China trade war, President Donald Trump's calls for a rate cut and weaker economic data on monetary policy. Adding to sentiment were ECB President Mario Draghi's comments indicating a possibility of new rate cuts or asset purchases.
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Italy to save 3 bln euros on new welfare programmes - official
The Italian government will spend around 3 billion euros ($3.36 billion) less than expected this year on new pension and citizens' income programmes, National Pension Agency chief Pasquale Tridico said on Tuesday. The ruling League and 5-Star parties aim to use budget savings to persuade the European Commission not to take disciplinary action against Rome for excessive debt. Tridico told a news conference that the government would save around 1 billion euros on the citizens' income and around 2 billion on the new pension scheme.
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Noted dog breeders charged over animals found in squalor
The owners of a once-renowned New Jersey dog kennel where authorities say nearly 200 terriers and dachshunds were living in squalor are now facing numerous animal cruelty charges. The counts against 66-year-old Martin Strozeski and 70-year-old Marcia Knoster, both of Stockton, were announced Monday by the Hunterdon County Prosecutor's Office.
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Germany's Merkel appears unsteady, shaking at ceremony
German Chancellor Angela Merkel appeared unsteady and unwell as she met with Volodymyr Zelenskiy in Berlin, her whole body visibly shaking as she received the new Ukrainian president at the chancellery. Merkel's office had no immediate comment and the two were to hold a press conference later in the afternoon. Following the anthems, Merkel seemed better, walking quickly along the red carpet with Zelenskiy into the building, pausing to greet the military band and take a salute.
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Robert Downey Jr. sends special message to teen shark attack victim, recruits her for his climate change coalition
After hearing she was a big fan of both "Iron Man" and a marine sustainability, actor Robert Downey Jr. sent a special message to the North Carolina teen shark attack survivor, recruiting her for his Footprint Coalition climate change venture. "This is a heroic story of resilience, I got to tell you, and you're not alone, but not just because of folks who have had similar stuff happen, but also because of your interest in sustainability and preservation of our oceans and marine life and all that stuff," Downey said in a special video message via "Good Morning America" to Paige Winter, 17, who survived a brutal shark attack earlier this month.
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Britain's Fox says party leadership should not be rushed despite Johnson's lead
The Conservative Party leadership contest should not be rushed even though Boris Johnson holds a big lead among party lawmakers, British Trade Minister Liam Fox said on Tuesday. Johnson, a former foreign minister and ex-London mayor, won the support of 114 Conservative lawmakers in the first round of the leadership contest, far ahead of his nearest rival. "We have a process set out where the members of parliament will determine two candidates that go to the whole of our party membership," Fox said during a visit to Turkey.
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GLOBAL MARKETS-'Super Mario' shock: euro slides, yields hit new lows
The euro took a beating and German bond yields hit a fresh record low on Tuesday in reaction to European Central Bank President Mario Draghi's comments indicating a possibility of new rate cuts or asset purchases. Draghi said the ECB would need to ease policy again, if inflation did not head back to its targets, and that there was still "considerable headroom" to do so. German government bond yields, the benchmark for Europe, fell to -0.30% for the first time ever and the euro slumped to a two-week low versus the dollar, while European stocks shook off early weaknesses to trade 0.9% higher.
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German-French rift likely to impede EU jobs deal this week
LUXEMBOURG/BRUSSELS/BERLIN, June 18 (Reuters) - European Union leaders are unlikely to agree on names for the bloc's top jobs when they meet in Brussels this Thursday, diplomats and officials said, citing a rift between Germany and France. Last time around in 2014, the European Parliament came out strongly right after the election to demand that national leaders of the bloc name the lawmakers' pick - Jean-Claude Juncker - as new head of the bloc's executive Commission. Complicating matters, French President Emmanuel Macron opposes the German candidate promoted by the weakened but still largest group in the chamber: Manfred Weber of the centre-right European People's Party.
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Hundreds of Brotherhood supporters mourn Egypt's Mursi in Turkey
ANKARA/ISTANBUL, June 18 (Reuters) - Hundreds of Muslim Brotherhood supporters took to the streets of Turkey's capital and Istanbul on Tuesday, mourning former Egyptian president Mohamed Mursi and some chanting slogans blaming Cairo authorities for his death. Mursi - a leading member of the Islamist group which is now banned in Egypt - died on Monday after collapsing in a Cairo court while on trial on espionage charges, authorities and a medical source said. The 67-year-old had been in jail since the army commanded by Egypt's now president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi toppled him in 2013 after barely a year in power following mass protests against his rule.
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A call of peace 24 hours after deadly shooting at graduation party
"Peace Not Guns!" That was the rally cry for community leaders and activists as they walked through the Southwest neighborhood where a gunman opened fire at a graduation party Sunday night.
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UPDATE 2-German 10-yr yield hits -0.30% on Draghi's stimulus klaxon
The euro dropped and German government bond yields hit -0.30% for the first time on Tuesday after European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi said the bank would provide more stimulus if inflation failed to pick up. The euro zone's central bank will need to ease policy again, possibly through new rate cuts or asset purchases, if inflation does not head back to its target, Draghi told the ECB's annual conference in Sintra, Portugal. Germany's 10-year government bond yield, the benchmark for the bloc, dropped six basis points to a record low of minus 0.308% after the remarks, while most other euro zone bond yields slipped 5-14 basis points on the day.
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In New York sex cult trial, leader's tactics echo those of other sects
The New York man charged with keeping women as sex slaves branded with his initials is one of the few cult leaders to face prosecution in the United States, but he controlled his followers in ways that are strikingly similar to those of cult figures who have been convicted. Prosecutors said that 58-year-old Keith Raniere used his group Nxivm, which presented itself as a self-help organization, as cover for blackmailing young women into having sex with him. If convicted, Raniere, who is charged with racketeering, forced labor, sex trafficking and possessing child pornography, faces life in prison.
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U.S. military landlord filed false maintenance logs, earning bonuses, Reuters finds
A unit of UK infrastructure giant Balfour Beatty plc falsified housing maintenance records at a major U.S. military base to help it maximize fees earned from the Department of Defense, a Reuters investigation found. At Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma, the company’s U.S.-based unit used a second set of books and altered records to make it appear responsive to maintenance requests, Reuters found in a review of company and Air Force emails, internal memos and other documents, as well as interviews with former workers. The practice boosted the company’s apparent performance at completing work on time, making it eligible to receive bonus fees from the Pentagon while persuading Air Force brass to ignore warnings from military base employees.
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Yemen's Houthis to allow U.N. to inspect ships in Hodeidah: sources
Yemen's Houthi movement and the United Nations have agreed on a mechanism to inspect ships docking at Hodeidah following the group's withdrawal from three Red Sea ports under a U.N.-sponsored deal, a Houthi official and a U.N. source said. The Houthis' unilateral pullout last month from the ports of Saleef, used for grain, Ras Isa oil terminal and Hodeidah, the main entry point for commercial and aid imports, represented the only progress in implementing the deal reached last December. "We agreed with the U.N. on a mechanism to inspect ships docking in the ports of Hodeidah and its implementation will start in the coming days," Houthi transport minister Zakaria Shami was quoted as saying on Tuesday by the group's Al Masirah TV.
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New study finds dogs are 97% accurate when sniffing out lung cancer
A small US study has found that beagles may be able to sniff out lung cancer with nearly 100 percent accuracy, suggesting that using dogs to detect the disease could be an effective way for mass cancer screening. Carried out by researchers at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, the team chose three beagles for the study, a breed of dog known for its excellent sense of smell. The team spent eight weeks training the dogs before carrying out the tests, which involved the dogs sniffing blood serum samples from both healthy patients and those with non-small cell lung cancer at nose level.
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Ireland to ban sales of new petrol and diesel cars by 2030
Ireland has announced it will ban the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles by 2030 as part of its new climate change plan. The government hopes to have 950,000 electric vehicles on Irish roads by then, supported by a network of charging stations. The measure is one of 180 proposals covering business, construction, transport, agriculture and waste management intended to put Ireland on a path to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050.
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Kuwait ruler to visit Iraq amid Gulf tensions: KUNA
Kuwait's ruling emir will visit Iraq on Wednesday, state news agency KUNA reported, saying the trip comes amid escalating regional tensions after attacks on tankers near the Strait of Hormuz. Six tankers have been hit in the past month in two attacks near the Strait of Hormuz, through which almost a fifth of the world's oil passes, and Washington and Riyadh have accused Iran of being behind them, which Tehran denies. Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah's visit "comes amid rising and unprecedented tensions and developments witnessed by the region, particularly the acts which targeted the safety of oil supplies through destruction and strikes on oil and commercial vessels", KUNA said.
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Car toll in its current form is off table, but discussion needs to go on, German minister says
Germany will accept and immediately implement the EU top court decision that a planned highway toll for cars breaches European law, Germany's transport minister said on Tuesday, but he added that the political discussion on the issue would continue. Asked whether Berlin is planning a new push to introduce a toll on users of Germany's highly frequented highways, Andreas Scheuer said: "It's much too early to say this today." He added a task force would now look into possible alternatives. The European Court of Justice earlier on Tuesday backed a challenge from Austria, which said Berlin's plan to put the economic burden of the toll on drivers from EU countries while giving German car owners a tax relief over the same amount, was discrimination.
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UPDATE 1-Kuwait ruler to visit Iraq amid Gulf tensions - KUNA
Kuwait's ruling emir will visit Iraq on Wednesday, state news agency KUNA reported, saying the trip comes amid escalating regional tensions after attacks on tankers near the Strait of Hormuz. Six tankers have been hit in the past month in two attacks near the Strait of Hormuz, through which almost a fifth of the world's oil passes, and Washington and Riyadh have accused Iran of being behind them, which Tehran denies. Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah's visit "comes amid rising and unprecedented tensions and developments witnessed by the region, particularly the acts which targeted the safety of oil supplies through destruction and strikes on oil and commercial vessels", KUNA said.
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EU nations receive mixed scorecard on climate goals
The European Union called on its members to accelerate efforts to meet 2030 climate goals after a review showed them on track to meet the overall emissions reduction goal but falling short of other specific targets. As EU leaders debate whether to target going carbon neutral by 2050 at a summit later this week, the audit showed the 28-nation bloc on track to meet its headline pledge of cutting emissions by 40% by 2030. "Member States should collectively step up efforts to achieve the Union 2030 energy and climate goals, since continuation of existing policies at the same scale would not be sufficient to meet these targets," the European Commission said, calling for more details in the final plans due by year-end.
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In New York sex cult trial, leader's tactics echo those of other sects
The New York man charged with keeping women as sex slaves branded with his initials is one of the few cult leaders to face prosecution in the United States, but he controlled his followers in ways that are strikingly similar to those of cult figures who have been convicted. Prosecutors said that 58-year-old Keith Raniere used his group Nxivm, which presented itself as a self-help organization, as cover for blackmailing young women into having sex with him. If convicted, Raniere, who is charged with racketeering, forced labor, sex trafficking and possessing child pornography, faces life in prison.
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U.S. military landlord filed false maintenance logs, earning bonuses, Reuters finds
A unit of UK infrastructure giant Balfour Beatty plc falsified housing maintenance records at a major U.S. military base to help it maximize fees earned from the Department of Defense, a Reuters investigation found. At Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma, the company’s U.S.-based unit used a second set of books and altered records to make it appear responsive to maintenance requests, Reuters found in a review of company and Air Force emails, internal memos and other documents, as well as interviews with former workers. The practice boosted the company’s apparent performance at completing work on time, making it eligible to receive bonus fees from the Pentagon while persuading Air Force brass to ignore warnings from military base employees.
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SPECIAL REPORT-Air Force landlord falsified records to boost income, records show
When Paige and Nick Ippolito moved to a row house on this air base in 2015, the floors in the kitchen, living room and hallway were warped. After a water leak further broke up the floor, a company technician noted in a maintenance log that the eight-month-old “may become sick from chewing on pieces” breaking away from the flooring. The official Balfour Beatty maintenance logs available to the Air Force indicate the company promptly addressed the problems.
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Facebook announces Calibra, a financial services subsidiary for Libra digital currency
Facebook announced on Tuesday plans to unveil in 2020 a subsidiary called Calibra, which will allow access to Libra, a new digital currency. Calibra will work in concert with Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp, and as a standalone app, Facebook announced in a blog post.
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Special Report: Air Force landlord falsified records to boost income, records show
When Paige and Nick Ippolito moved to a row house on this air base in 2015, the floors in the kitchen, living room and hallway were warped. After a water leak further broke up the floor, a company technician noted in a maintenance log that the eight-month-old “may become sick from chewing on pieces” breaking away from the flooring. The official Balfour Beatty maintenance logs available to the Air Force indicate the company promptly addressed the problems.
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Yemen's Houthis to allow U.N. to inspect ships in Hodeidah -sources
Yemen's Houthi movement and the United Nations have agreed on a mechanism to inspect ships docking at Hodeidah following the group's withdrawal from three Red Sea ports under a U.N.-sponsored deal, a Houthi official and a U.N. source said. The Houthis' unilateral pullout last month from the ports of Saleef, used for grain, Ras Isa oil terminal and Hodeidah, the main entry point for commercial and aid imports, represented the only progress in implementing the deal reached last December. "We agreed with the U.N. on a mechanism to inspect ships docking in the ports of Hodeidah and its implementation will start in the coming days," Houthi transport minister Zakaria Shami was quoted as saying on Tuesday by the group's Al Masirah TV.
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Turkey says U.S. tone and approach not befitting partnership spirit: defense ministry
Turkey has repeated its discomfort to the United States over the tone and approach of a letter sent by Washington, saying it was not befitting the ally spirit, over Ankara's planned purchase of Russian S-400 missile defense systems, the Turkish defense ministry said on Tuesday. Earlier this month, U.S. acting Secretary of Defence Pat Shanahan sent his Turkish counterpart a letter warning that Ankara would be pulled out of the F-35 jet program unless it changes course from its plans to install the defenses. Turkey also expressed the importance to continue working on finding a solution to problems with dialogue, defense ministry said in a statement on its website.
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Virginia GOP loses in Supreme Court racial gerrymandering case
The Supreme Court on Monday handed Republican legislators in Virginia a defeat, leaving in place a ruling that invalidated state electoral districts they drew because they weakened the clout of black voters in violation of the U.S. Constitution.
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Trump Campaign Dumps Pollsters After Low Numbers, Reports Say
(Bloomberg) -- President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign has severed ties with some of its pollsters after the leak of months-old surveys showed him trailing former Vice President Joe Biden in key states, according to multiple reports.The moves come ahead of the official launch of Trump’s campaign at a Tuesday rally in the battleground state of Florida, and as an NBC-Wall Street Journal poll released Sunday showed that a majority of voters are “uncomfortable” with voting for Trump. Assessments of the economy have weakened in other surveys, and the public increasingly doubts the administration’s immigration enforcement efforts.NBC News first reported that the Trump pollsters were ousted following revelations that internal campaign polling from March showed Trump trailing Biden in traditionally Democratic-leaning states such as Pennsylvania that cemented the president’s victory in 2016, as well as in swing states and some typically Republican strongholds such as Georgia.Even in the solidly Republican state of Texas, which last voted for a Democrat for president in 1976, Trump led by just 2 percentage points in the March polls, NBC said. In 2016 Trump beat Democrat Hillary Clinton in Texas by 9 percentage points.The campaign’s move, which saw the purge of three of its five pollsters, was aimed at limiting the number of outsiders who could leak unfavorable poll numbers, according to the New York Times.Biden is the front-runner in the large Democratic primary field, but his strength and Trump’s possible weakness could change greatly in the months ahead. Trump famously surprised pollsters and pundits, most of who confidently predicted right up until the 2016 election that he would lose.The Trump campaign and the White House didn’t immediately return requests for comment. Trump’s campaign manager, Brad Parscale, told the Times in a statement that the leaked figures were “ancient” and didn’t reflect current dynamics, such as the end of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.The campaign has “seen huge swings in the president’s favor” and the president isn’t trailing in any states the campaign has tested him against particular Democrats, Parscale said.Trump tweeted on Saturday that, “Despite the Greatest Presidential Harassment of all time by people that are very dishonest and want to destroy our Country, we are doing great in the Polls, even better than in 2016.”\--With assistance from Alyza Sebenius.To contact the reporter on this story: Ben Brody in Washington at btenerellabr@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Sara Forden at sforden@bloomberg.net, Ros Krasny, Mark NiquetteFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
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UPDATE 2-Nvidia boosts self-driving AI business with Volvo trucks deal
Sweden's AB Volvo is joining forces with Nvidia to develop artificial intelligence used in self-driving trucks, in a boost for the U.S. chipmaker that was ditched by Tesla last year. The agreement announced on Tuesday by Nvidia and Volvo, the world's second-biggest truckmaker after Daimler, is a long-term partnership spanning several years.
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EU court declares Germany's highway tolls illegal
The European Court of Justice ruled Tuesday that highway tolls in Germany are illegal because they unfairly penalize drivers from other European Union countries. The Luxembourg court's ruling means Germany will have to drop or revise its highway toll system. The case was brought by Austria, which complained that the levies of up to 130 euros ($146) a year are discriminatory and therefore illegal under EU law.
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Lebanon's Hariri calls for cabinet solidarity in budget debate
Lebanon Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri on Tuesday called for parliament to quickly approve the country's 2019 budget and urged his coalition government to avoid internal disputes. The cabinet this month agreed a budget plan that shrinks the projected fiscal deficit by 4 percentage points from last year to 7.6% by cutting spending and raising taxes and other fees. "What I want during the debate is for us to be responsible and united, and not contradictory," Hariri said in a statement, addressing cabinet ministers as to their comportment during the parliament debate.
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"Sing Hallelujah to the Lord" an unlikely anthem of Hong Kong protests
The Christian hymn "Sing Hallelujah to the Lord" has emerged as the unlikely anthem of Hong Kong's protests against an extradition bill that have drawn millions of people onto the streets. For the past week, the hymn has been heard almost non-stop at the main protest site, in front of the city's Legislative Council, and at marches and even at tense stand-offs with the police. It started with a group of Catholic students who sang several Christian songs at the main protest site, with "Sing Hallelujah to the Lord" catching on among the crowd, even though only about 10 percent of Hong Kong people are Christian.
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Swiss regulator says in contact with initiators of Facebook's Libra
Switzerland's financial regulator FINMA said on Tuesday that it is in contact with the "initiators" of Libra, Facebook's planned cyrptocurrency. A FINMA spokesman confirmed to Reuters it was in contact but declined to comment further on whether the project was in the process of obtaining any specific regulatory permissions. Facebook revealed its plans for Geneva-based Libra earlier on Tuesday.
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See Photos of the Porsche 718 Cayman GT4
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Hatch Left Open Nearly Sunk a $3 Billion Dollar Indian Nuclear Submarine
This is not good. The modern submarine is not a simple machine. A loss of propulsion, unexpected flooding, or trouble with reactors or weapons can doom a sub crew to a watery grave.Also, it’s a good idea to, like, close the hatches before you dive.(This article originally appeared at Task & Purpose. Follow Task & Purpose on Twitter. This article first appeared in 2018.)Call it a lesson learned for the Indian navy, which managed to put the country’s first nuclear-missile submarine, the $2.9 billion INS Arihant, out of commission in the most boneheaded way possible.The Hindu reported yesterday that the Arihant has been out of commission since suffering “major damage” some 10 months ago, due to what a navy source characterized as a “human error” — to wit: allowing water to flood to sub’s propulsion compartment after failing to secure one of the vessel’s external hatches.
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Cyprus confident of tougher EU stance against Turkey in offshore gas dispute
Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades said on Tuesday he was confident the European Union would take a tougher stance toward Turkey in an escalating dispute over offshore oil and gas, which is also jeopardizing EU enlargement talks. EU member Cyprus on Monday threatened to block any agreement to admit new members to the European Union unless Brussels toughens its line toward Turkey over offshore drilling in the eastern Mediterranean. The Greek Cypriot government says the drilling violates Cyprus's exclusive commercial area.
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Lebanon's Hariri calls for cabinet solidarity in budget debate
Lebanon Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri on Tuesday called for parliament to quickly approve the country's 2019 budget and urged his coalition government to avoid internal disputes. The cabinet this month agreed a budget plan that shrinks the projected fiscal deficit by 4 percentage points from last year to 7.6% by cutting spending and raising taxes and other fees. "What I want during the debate is for us to be responsible and united, and not contradictory," Hariri said in a statement, addressing cabinet ministers as to their comportment during the parliament debate.
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Gun 'Van Gogh killed himself with' to be auctioned
The revolver with which Vincent van Gogh is believed to have shot himself is to go under the hammer Wednesday at a Paris auction house.
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Hawaiian, Southwest, Allegiant top Forbes list of fastest airlines in the U.S.
Hawaiian, Southwest and Allegiant airlines topped the list that measured efficiency and government on-time percentage rates.
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Which of These Classics is Your Favorite Easter Candy?
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UPDATE 1-Cyprus confident of tougher EU stance against Turkey in offshore gas dispute
Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades said on Tuesday he was confident the European Union would take a tougher stance towards Turkey in an escalating dispute over offshore oil and gas, which is also jeopardising EU enlargement talks. EU member Cyprus on Monday threatened to block any agreement to admit new members to the European Union unless Brussels toughens its line towards Turkey over offshore drilling in the eastern Mediterranean. The Greek Cypriot government says the drilling violates Cyprus's exclusive commercial area.
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Severe flooding threat stretches from Texas to New Jersey
As much as 10 inches of rain has fallen in the Ohio Valley since Friday, causing flooding, necessitating water rescues and creating a mudslide near Lexington, Kentucky. Parts of southern Indiana have seen 10 inches of rain, while up to half a foot fell in parts of Ohio. Other parts of Kentucky have reported 5 inches.
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Rugby-Bastareaud left out of France World Cup squad
Mathieu Bastareaud will not be part of this year's rugby World Cup after the Toulon centre was left out of France's 37-man squad on Tuesday. Bastareaud, who was Les Bleus's vice-captain during a disappointing Six Nations campaign, did not feature in the list of 31 and the six standby players who will start preparation for the tournament from June 25. The World Cup will be held in Japan from Sept. 20-Nov. 2.
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UPDATE 1-Russia to Washington: Drop Middle East troop plan and stop provoking Iran
Russia told the United States on Tuesday to drop what it called provocative plans to deploy more troops to the Middle East and to cease actions that looked like a conscious attempt to provoke war with Iran. The comments, from Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov to Russian news agencies, followed an announcement from Acting U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan a day earlier who said Washington planned to send around 1,000 more troops to the Middle East for defensive purposes. President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday that Iran would not wage war against any nation and the Kremlin called for restraint from all sides.
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AirAsia to make announcement about A321XLR at Paris Airshow on Tuesday: source
AirAsia Group Bhd will make an announcement about the Airbus SE A321XLR narrowbody jet at the Paris Airshow on Tuesday, a source with knowledge of the matter said. Reuters last month reported the Malaysian low-cost carrier was in negotiations to buy the new longer-range version of the A321 passenger jet, citing two sources familiar with the matter. Airbus launched the A321XLR, which has a range of up to 4,700 nautical miles, at the Paris Airshow on Monday.
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UPDATE 1-More than 300,000 flee Congo violence, complicating Ebola fight - UN
More than 300,000 people have fled inter-ethnic violence in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo since early June, complicating the tracing and treatment of patients at risk from Ebola, U.N. aid agencies said on Tuesday. At least 161 people have been killed in a northeastern province of Democratic Republic of Congo in the past week, local officials said on Monday, in an apparent resurgence of ethnic clashes between farming and herding communities. "Violence in northeastern parts of the Democratic Republic of Congo is reported to have displaced more than 300,000 since early June.
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Italy pushes for EU-North Macedonia talks despite German, Cypriot hurdles
A majority of EU governments led by Italy sought on Tuesday to make good on a promise to open EU membership talks with North Macedonia and Albania, which face further delays to their hopes of joining the bloc from northern Europe. Europe ministers met in Luxembourg almost a year to the day since they unexpectedly postponed a decision to open talks with the two countries and cast doubt on the EU's Balkan strategy in the face of a growing regional Russian and Chinese presence.
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Ex-Trump aide Hicks to be the first star witness for House committee
Hope Hicks, once a close aide and communications director for President Donald Trump, becomes on Wednesday the first member of his inner circle to testify to the congressional panel leading a probe into possible obstruction of justice by Trump. Democrats who control the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee believe Hicks can provide important insights into troubling chapters of former Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report on Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, and Trump's efforts to interfere with the investigation. Hicks, who was one of Trump's closest aides during the 2016 campaign and the first 14 months of his presidency, was subpoenaed to testify and is due to appear at 9 a.m. (1300 GMT) on Wednesday, the committee said.
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In battleground state of Florida, Trump to launch re-election campaign
President Donald Trump on Tuesday formally launches what may be an uphill battle to persuade voters to give him four more years in office, as he bets a strong U.S. economy will outweigh voter concerns about his unorthodox style and polarizing policies. At an evening rally in Orlando, Florida, Trump, who has long made it known he is running for re-election, will begin making his case with gusto for a second term. The Trump of 2020 will most certainly bear a strong resemblance to the Trump of 2016 - brash and eager to bash his Democratic opponents and promote tough policies on trade and immigration.
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FACTBOX-A few of Mueller report's 183 mentions of ex-Trump aide Hope Hicks
It is no wonder Democratic investigators in the U.S. Congress want to talk to Hope Hicks, a former close aide to President Donald Trump: She is mentioned in the Mueller report more than 180 times. On Wednesday, Hicks is slated to speak behind closed doors with the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee. The Democratic-led panel is looking into former Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report on Russian meddling to assist Trump in the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign, and Trump's attempts to impede Mueller's probe.
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Ex-Trump aide Hicks to be the first star witness for House committee
Hope Hicks, once a close aide and communications director for President Donald Trump, becomes on Wednesday the first member of his inner circle to testify to the congressional panel leading a probe into possible obstruction of justice by Trump. Democrats who control the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee believe Hicks can provide important insights into troubling chapters of former Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report on Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, and Trump's efforts to interfere with the investigation. Hicks, who was one of Trump's closest aides during the 2016 campaign and the first 14 months of his presidency, was subpoenaed to testify and is due to appear at 9 a.m. (1300 GMT) on Wednesday, the committee said.
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In battleground state of Florida, Trump to launch re-election campaign
President Donald Trump on Tuesday formally launches what may be an uphill battle to persuade voters to give him four more years in office, as he bets a strong U.S. economy will outweigh voter concerns about his unorthodox style and polarizing policies. At an evening rally in Orlando, Florida, Trump, who has long made it known he is running for re-election, will begin making his case with gusto for a second term. The Trump of 2020 will most certainly bear a strong resemblance to the Trump of 2016 - brash and eager to bash his Democratic opponents and promote tough policies on trade and immigration.
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London's Heathrow airport publishes third runway masterplan
London Heathrow, the busiest airport in Europe, published its masterplan plan for expansion on Tuesday, including building a controversial third runway and new terminal facilities, at the start of a 12-week statutory consultation. Britain has spent decades arguing about building more air capacity in the densely-populated southeast of England. The government won a vote a year ago to proceed with Heathrow expansion, including building the first full-length new runway in the London area for 70 years.
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Qatar sends technical experts to Israel, eyeing new Gaza power line
GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - A Qatari technical delegation held talks in Israel and the Gaza Strip this week about helping pay for a proposed new power line between them, officials on both sides said on Tuesday, marking a potential expansion of Doha's aid efforts for Palestinians. Qatar has in recent years funneled hundreds of millions of dollars into relief projects in Hamas-controlled Gaza, which it views as helping stave off privation and fighting with Israel. The intervention is approved by Israel but has gone largely unacknowledged by rightist Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who, along with U.S.-allied Arab leaders, has cold-shouldered Doha for its ties to Iran and Islamist groups like Hamas.
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FOREX-Euro dives after ECB's Draghi hints of more stimulus
The euro erased earlier gains and fell across the board on Tuesday after European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi said policymakers will provide more stimulus if inflation does not pick up. At a speech in Sintra, Draghi said the ECB could still cut rates, adjust its guidance, offer mitigating measures to counter the unwanted side effects of negative rates, and also had "considerable headroom" for more asset purchases. "That is twice in less than two weeks he has warned about the risks to price stability but today we got the clearest hint that a rate cut and/or QE2 could happen," said Kenneth Broux, a currency strategist at Societe Generale in London.
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UPDATE 1-Czech opposition parties to challenge PM Babis in no-confidence vote
Opposition parties said they will call a vote of no-confidence in Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis's government over alleged conflicts of interest, although they lack enough votes to win. "This government, with this prime minister, has been tarnishing Czech Republic's reputation both home and abroad, therefore we deem this step a moral and political gesture," said Marek Vyborny, chairman of the Christian Democrats. Babis has denied any wrongdoing, calling the allegations a political manoeuvre.
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WRAPUP 1-Iran says it won't wage war, U.S. deploys more troops to Middle East
GENEVA/DUBAI, June 18 (Reuters) - President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday Iran would not wage war against any nation, sounding a note of restraint after the United States announced more troop deployments to the Middle East. Fears of a confrontation between Iran and its long-time foe the United States have mounted since Thursday when two oil tankers were attacked near the strategic Strait of Hormuz shipping lane, which Washington blamed on Tehran.
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African survivors of female circumcision call for help with mental trauma
African survivors of female genital mutilation (FGM) said mental health services are their biggest need and urged governments and charities to provide support for dealing with long-term trauma. Survivors and activists from across the continent attending a summit on FGM and child marriage in Senegal this week said mental health should have been on the agenda. Common in 28 African countries, FGM is often seen as a rite of passage and justified for cultural or religious reasons but can cause chronic pain, infertility and even death.
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UPDATE 1-Former UEFA chief Michel Platini questioned in Qatar World Cup probe
Michel Platini, the former head of European football association UEFA, was detained for questioning by French police on Tuesday over the awarding of the 2022 World Cup soccer tournament to Qatar, a judicial source told Reuters. Platini's lawyer William Bourdon was not immediately available for comment. The detention of the former soccer star was first reported by French investigative website Mediapart.
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George Conway to Trump: 'You would have been fired from any other job by now'
Outspoken Trump critic George Conway on Sunday said the president “would have been fired from any other job by now,” after Trump, in a series of tweets, lambasted media reports that devalued his deal with Mexico.
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Facebook Wants Its Cryptocurrency to One Day Rival the Greenback
(Bloomberg) -- Facebook Inc. unveiled plans for a new cryptocurrency that the social-media giant hopes will one day trade on a global scale much like the U.S. dollar.Called Libra, the new currency will launch as soon as next year and be what's known as a stablecoin -- a digital currency that's supported by established government-backed currencies and securities. The goal is to avoid massive fluctuations in value so Libra can be used for everyday transactions in a way that more volatile crypotcurrencies, like Bitcoin, haven’t been.Read More: Facebook’s Cryptocurrency Project: Who’s In and Who’s OutLibra is the culmination of a year-long effort to devise an easy way for Facebook users to send and receive money through its messaging services. Private messaging is one of the company’s fastest growing products, and Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg is embracing this by integrating all Facebook’s messaging products to let users communicate between its different apps. This focus comes at a time when user growth of the main social network has plateaued in some major markets, and regulators are scrutinizing the company’s frequent privacy failures. Payments are a potential way to turn messaging into a business that complements Facebook’s advertising operation, which generates almost all its revenue. To come anywhere close to matching the U.S. dollar for utility and acceptance, Libra will need to be widely trusted. So Facebook and its partners are mimicking how other currencies have been introduced in the past.“To help instill trust in a new currency and gain widespread adoption during its infancy, it was guaranteed that a country’s notes could be traded in for real assets, such as gold,” the companies wrote in a white paper. “Instead of backing Libra with gold, though, it will be backed by a collection of low-volatility assets, such as bank deposits and short-term government securities in currencies from stable and reputable central banks."The total number of Libra can change, and new digital coins can be issued whenever someone wants to exchange their Libra for an existing fiat currency, so the price shouldn’t fluctuate any more than other stable currencies, according to David Marcus, head of the Facebook blockchain team that’s spearheading the project.“It would make a scenario where there’s a run on the bank completely impossible, because we are backed one-for-one,” he said. Libra will also be audited, he added, an important step in an industry with limited transparency.Facebook has closely guarded its crypto plans for more than a year, though many of the details have already been reported by Bloomberg News and other outlets. Read about how Marcus tapped PayPal talent to build Facebook’s blockchain team.Marcus, who used to run Facebook Messenger, said Facebook plans to build a new digital wallet that will exist inside Messenger and its other standalone messaging service, WhatsApp. Once Libra is up and running, the currency and the digital wallet should make it easier for people to send money to friends, family and businesses through the apps. Libra will run on the so-called blockchain, a database that can use millions of computers to verify transactions, eliminating risks that come with information being held centrally by a single entity.  Facebook created a new subsidiary, called Calibra, to build the new wallet and focus on the company’s blockchain efforts.Facebook's track record in payments and commerce has been spotty. A few years ago, it began letting people buy flowers or hail an Uber through its Messenger service. Those features have not been huge hits. In 2010, it began offering Facebook Credits, a way to buy virtual goods inside Facebook games. But in 2012 it scrapped Credits, and in 2013 it started working with third-party services like PayPal process some payments. Facebook's revenue from "payments and other service" was less than 2% of total sales in 2018. If successful, Libra could make Facebook a much bigger player in financial services. That’s a big “if,” though. Cryptocurrency companies have been trying to build cross-border, digital currencies on the blockchain to disrupt traditional banking and payments for a decade. Nothing has caught on at the scale of traditional money yet. When it finally arrives, Libra will be late to a party that’s been going on so long, many of the party-goers have either left or collapsed. Some past attempts to make coins usable for commerce, such as Bitcoin, haven’t widely caught on yet because price volatility mainly attracted traders and speculators. Predecessor stablecoins, like Tether, have been used by some traders to park funds in during times of high volatility, but have not been broadly adopted for commerce.Read more about Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s early plans for cryptocurrency. U.S. regulations may represent another hurdle for Facebook. Creating a digital currency doesn’t just require buy-in from financial institutions who need to accept it, and consumers who need to trust it, but it requires approval from regulators, too. The Securities and Exchange Commission has shut down about a dozen businesses issuing their own tokens for violations of securities law. Marcus said Facebook has been in contact with regulators and central banks, but added that the company hasn’t received a “no-action” letter from the SEC yet. That would have safeguarded the project from regulatory action by the agency. One way Facebook hopes to appease regulators is through the Libra Association, a governing body tasked with making decisions about Libra. At least 27 other firms, including Visa Inc., Uber Technologies Inc. and PayPal Holdings Inc., are part of the group. Marcus described these members as “co-founders,” and said they will have an equal say in how the cryptocurrency is managed. “Facebook will not have any special privilege or special voting rights at the association level,” said Marcus, the former president of PayPal. “We will have competitors and other players on top of this platform that will build competing wallets and services.”All Libra Association members are putting a minimum of $10 million into a reserve to help support the cryptocurrency’s value. This buy-in comes with voting privileges. However, the association’s governance structure is still in flux, and most of the group’s crucial decisions, including the creation of its charter, have not yet been decided, according to several members of the group. They asked not to be identified discussing private details. “Facebook will not have any special privilege”Libra’s timing could also pose challenges. Facebook is being investigated by the Federal Trade Commission over the company’s privacy practices. Some have called for the company to be broken up, including Senator Elizabeth Warren and Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes. Asking consumers to put more trust in the social media giant, and giving Facebook a strong entry into the world of digital payments and banking, will likely draw further criticism. Opinion: Crypto-evangelists hoped digital currencies would challenge Big Tech’s data control. Zuckerberg has other plans.The company plans to keep financial data gathered from Libra users separate from Facebook user data. That’s why Facebook’s digital wallet will exist under the Calibra subsidiary, which will house user transaction data on separate servers, Marcus said. If a WhatsApp user uses her Calibra wallet to send money to a friend or pay a retailer, those interactions won’t be stored alongside her social-media profile. “There’s a clear distinction between Calibra and what Calibra has access to, and what Facebook Inc. has access to,” Marcus said. “It’s very clear that people don’t want their financial data from an account to be comingled with social data or to be used for other purposes.”\--With assistance from Jennifer Surane.To contact the authors of this story: Kurt Wagner in San Francisco at kwagner71@bloomberg.netOlga Kharif in Portland at okharif@bloomberg.netJulie Verhage in New York at jverhage2@bloomberg.netTo contact the editor responsible for this story: Alistair Barr at abarr18@bloomberg.netFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
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EU urged to halt trade talks with S. America over Brazil abuses
Hundreds of activist groups on Tuesday urged the EU to "immediately halt negotiations" for a trade deal with Mercosur countries over Brazil's alleged harm of its indigenous people and rainforests. The appeal from more than 340 groups could further complicate the European Union's bid to conclude 20 years of talks for a free trade agreement with Brazil and its Mercosur partners Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay. In an open letter, Greenpeace as well as an array of NGOs across Europe and Latin America reminded the EU it had previously suspended trade preferences with Myanmar and the Philippines over alleged human rights abuses.
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Qatar sends technical experts to Israel, eyeing new Gaza power line
GAZA/JERUSALEM, June 18 (Reuters) - A Qatari technical delegation held talks in Israel and the Gaza Strip this week about helping pay for a proposed new power line between them, officials on both sides said on Tuesday, marking a potential expansion of Doha's aid efforts for Palestinians. Qatar has in recent years funnelled hundreds of millions of dollars into relief projects in Hamas-controlled Gaza, which it views as helping stave off privation and fighting with Israel.
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SE Asia should ban foreign trash imports - environmentalists
Environmental groups called on Tuesday for Southeast Asian countries to ban waste imports from developed countries to help tackle a pollution crisis, as regional leaders prepare to meet this week in Bangkok. Southeast Asia has seen a staggering spike in imports of plastic and electronic waste from developed countries after the world's top recycler, China, banned imports, causing millions of tonnes of the trash to be diverted to less regulated countries. Thailand will from Thursday host four days of meetings for leaders of the 10-member Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) to discuss the region's most pressing issues.
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UPDATE 1-Airbus bags Cebu Air deal as salesmen struggle at Paris Airshow
Airbus struck a $6 billion plane deal with Philippines budget airline Cebu Air on Tuesday, extending its lead on orders at a subdued Paris Airshow as rival Boeing struggles following the grounding of its top-selling jet. Cebu's order included 10 of Airbus's new long-range A321XLR passenger aircraft, which was launched at the show on Monday, as well as 16 wide-body A330neos and five single-aisle A320neos.
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China warns US against opening Mideast 'Pandora's box'
China on Tuesday warned against opening a "Pandora's box" in the Middle East after the United States announced the deployment of 1,000 additional troops to the region amid escalating tensions with Iran. Foreign Minister Wang Yi also urged Tehran to not abandon the nuclear agreement "so easily" after Iran said it would exceed its uranium stockpile limit if world powers fail to fulfil their commitments under the agreement in 10 days. The United States ratcheted up pressure on Iran Monday, announcing the deployment of additional troops to the Middle East and producing new photographs it said showed Tehran was behind an attack on a tanker ship in the Gulf of Oman last week.
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More than 300,000 flee Congo violence in two weeks - UNHCR
More than 300,000 people have fled inter-ethnic violence in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo since early June, the United Nations refugee agency said on Tuesday, reporting on people on the move in the Ebola-hit province of Ituri. At least 161 people have been killed in a northeastern province of Democratic Republic of Congo in the past week, local officials said on Monday, in an apparent resurgence of ethnic clashes between farming and herding communities.
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UPDATE 1-India to review data storage rules that irked U.S. tech firms
India will examine concerns raised by foreign technology companies around stringent rules to store data locally, the government said on Tuesday, an issue that has upset firms such as Mastercard and also irked the U.S. government. The decision to review the rules comes at a time when trade tensions between India and United States have risen. India imposed higher tariffs on some U.S. goods on Sunday, following Washington's withdrawal of key trade privileges for New Delhi.
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European Central Bank ready to use more stimulus if needed
The European Central Bank stands ready to cut interest rates and could re-start its bond purchase stimulus program if needed to help the economy, President Mario Draghi said Tuesday. Markets read the comments Tuesday as a step toward more stimulus in coming months, sending the euro lower against the dollar. Draghi said in a speech at an ECB conference in Sintra, Portugal, that "further cuts in policy rates... remain part of our tools." He added that there was "considerable headroom" to re-start bond purchases, which inject newly created money into the financial system in the hope of boosting lending and economic activity.
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Vietnam culls 2.5 million pigs to halt African swine fever outbreak: officials
Vietnam has culled more than 2.5 million pigs to contain the spread of an African swine fever outbreak that is in danger of infecting every province of the country, an agriculture ministry official said on Tuesday. The virus, which is deadly to pigs, was first detected in Vietnam in February and has spread to farms in 58 of the country's 63 provinces, according to Nguyen Van Long, head of epidemiology at Vietnam's Department of Animal Health. In March, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) advised Vietnam to declare the African swine fever outbreak as a national emergency.
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U.S., Turkey remain in dialogue over S-400, F-35 dispute: top NATO general
U.S. Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan and his Turkish counterpart Hulusi Akar remain in contact about Ankara's plans to buy a Russian air defence system, and may meet during NATO meetings in Brussels next week, NATO's commander told Reuters. U.S. General Tod Wolters said the military-to-military relationship between the United States and NATO remained "absolutely, positively solid," despite Washington's decision to cancel Turkey's purchase of F-35 stealth fighters if it proceeds with its purchase of the Russian S-400 air defence system. "We won’t co-locate those two assets, the S-400 and the F-35," Wolters said at the Paris Airshow.
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India to review data storage rules that irked U.S. tech firms
India will examine concerns raised by foreign technology companies around stringent rules to store data locally, the government said on Tuesday, an issue that has upset firms such as Mastercard and also irked the U.S. government. The decision to review the rules comes at a time when trade tensions between India and United States have risen. India imposed higher tariffs on some U.S. goods on Sunday, following Washington's withdrawal of key trade privileges for New Delhi.
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As Myanmar military takes critics to court, some want Suu Kyi to act
As Min Htin Ko Ko Gyi arrived at a Yangon court recently to face charges of defaming Myanmar's military in Facebook posts, the ailing filmmaker was greeted by a crowd of activists dressed in blue, the colour of prison uniforms. The charges against Min Htin Ko Ko Gyi - as well as against satirical performers, journalists and a Buddhist monk - have drawn criticism of government leader Aung San Suu Kyi, already facing international opprobrium over an army-led campaign against the Rohingya Muslim minority that the United Nations said constituted crimes against humanity and possibly genocide. Some activists say the Nobel laureate, who leads a civilian administration that took power in 2016 as part of a transition after decades of harsh military rule, could legislate or at least speak out against curbs on dissent.
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More than 300,000 flee Congo violence in two weeks: UNHCR
More than 300,000 people have fled inter-ethnic violence in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo since early June, the United Nations refugee agency said on Tuesday, reporting on people on the move in the Ebola-hit province of Ituri. At least 161 people have been killed in a northeastern province of Democratic Republic of Congo in the past week, local officials said on Monday, in an apparent resurgence of ethnic clashes between farming and herding communities.
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U.S. Supreme Court Orders New Look at Clash Over Gay-Wedding Cake
(Bloomberg) -- The U.S. Supreme Court ordered reconsideration of a $135,000 award against an Oregon bakery that refused to make a cake for a same-sex wedding in a case that revived a fractious debate over religious rights and equal treatment.After more than three months of deliberation, the justices Monday set aside the award and told an Oregon state appeals court to revisit the case in light of a 2018 Supreme Court ruling in a similar fight from Colorado. The Supreme Court resolved that case narrowly -- and avoided the core constitutional questions -- by saying Colorado officials had shown animus toward the baker’s religious views.The latest case involves “Sweetcakes by Melissa,” a now-closed Portland-area bakery owned by Melissa and Aaron Klein. The Kleins, who are Christian, cited religious grounds when they refused to provide a cake for Rachel and Laurel Bowman-Cryer in 2013.The Bowman-Cryers filed a complaint with the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries, the state’s civil rights watchdog, which found the bakers in violation of a state anti-discrimination law and awarded the two women $135,000. An Oregon state appeals court upheld the award.The Kleins say the state violated their speech and religious freedoms. They said the ruling “will chill expression and enlarge the power of bureaucrats to force unwilling speakers to participate in rituals and to promote ideologies of all kinds that violate their creeds and their consciences.”The Kleins, who paid the penalty plus interest in 2015, say the dispute forced them to close their business. The couple benefited from a crowdfunding campaign that raised more than $350,000, according to a report at the time.‘Months of Delay’Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum said the lower court applied “well-established First Amendment principles to conclude that a bakery open to the public did not have a constitutional right to discriminate against customers on the basis of the customers’ sexual orientation.”The Supreme Court took an unusually long time to decide how to handle the case before settling on what is often a routine step. The appeal was scheduled for possible discussion at the justices’ private conference 13 times.The Supreme Court didn’t spell out precisely what concerns it had about the award. But the Oregon court’s reconsideration is likely to focus on the role of Brad Avakian, whose position as commissioner of the Bureau of Labor and Industries made him the key decision maker in the case.Shortly after the Bowman-Cryers filed their complaint, Avakian posted a news article about the dispute on Facebook, along with the comment: “Everyone has a right to their religious beliefs, but that doesn’t mean they can disobey laws already in place. Having one set of rules for everybody ensures that people are treated fairly as they go about their daily lives.” Avakian didn’t specifically comment on the dispute between Sweetcakes and the Bowman-Cryers.In upholding the award, an Oregon state appeals court said Avakian’s comments “fall short of the kinds of statements that reflect prejudgment of the facts or an impermissibly closed-minded view of law or policy so as to indicate that he, as a decision maker, cannot be impartial.”The case is Klein v. Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries, 18-547.(Describes delay in second paragraph, issue for reconsideration starting in ninth paragraph.)To contact the reporter on this story: Greg Stohr in Washington at gstohr@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Joe Sobczyk at jsobczyk@bloomberg.net, Laurie Asséo, Max BerleyFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
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UPDATE 1-Uganda clears three experimental Ebola treatments, watches for spread
Health workers have got the all-clear to use three experimental Ebola treatments in Uganda, a week after the deadly disease spread over the border from Democratic Republic of Congo, authorities said on Tuesday. Two people who had travelled from Congo died in Uganda last week, the World Health Organization said. A three-year-old boy who was sent back to Congo after testing positive for the disease died at the weekend, Congo's health ministry said.
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9 bold bright summer 2019 nail polish colors to swipe on this season
9 bold bright summer 2019 nail polish colors to swipe on this season originally appeared on goodmorningamerica.comSummer is upon us, and it's time to brighten up your nails with some of the trendiest hues of the season.From gorgeous neons to fresh whites, there's a color for every look you are aiming to achieve.We have searched far and wide to pick out some of the best recently launched lacquers of 2019.(MORE: Sandal trends 2019: Slip into this season's best picks)Ahead, screenshot, shop, and swipe on these lovely swatches everyone will be obsessed with. ...
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EMERGING MARKETS-Emerging market assets gain ahead of U.S. Fed meeting
Emerging market stocks were set to snap a four-day losing run on Tuesday, while developing world currencies edged firmer against the dollar as cautious optimism crept into markets ahead of the start of the U.S. Federal Reserve's two-day meeting. The Fed is scheduled to give its decision on interest rates on Wednesday and, according to Refinitiv Eikon, markets are pricing in an about 25% probability of a rate cut, a supportive factor for emerging market assets should it materialise. MSCI's developing world stocks index rose 0.4%, a gain matched by Chinese blue-chips.
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GLOBAL MARKETS-Draghi shock hits euro, boosts stocks
European shares rallied and the euro took a sharp hit on Tuesday in a knee-jerk reaction to European Central Bank President Mario Draghi's comments indicating a possibility of new rate cuts or asset purchases. The euro fell 0.24% to 1.1191 as of 0845 GMT after Draghi said the ECB will need to ease policy again, if inflation doesn't head back to its targets, and that there was still "considerable headroom" to do it.
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Vietnam culls 2.5 mln pigs to halt African swine fever outbreak - officials
Vietnam has culled more than 2.5 million pigs to contain the spread of an African swine fever outbreak that is in danger of infecting every province of the country, an agriculture ministry official said on Tuesday. The virus, which is deadly to pigs, was first detected in Vietnam in February and has spread to farms in 58 of the country's 63 provinces, according to Nguyen Van Long, head of epidemiology at Vietnam's Department of Animal Health. In March, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) advised Vietnam to declare the African swine fever outbreak as a national emergency.
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Czech opposition parties to challenge PM Babis in no-confidence vote
Opposition parties said they will call a vote of no-confidence in Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis's government over his alleged conflicts of interest, although they lack enough votes to win. To pass a no-confidence motion, the opposition needs 101 votes.
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U.S., Turkey remain in dialogue over S-400, F-35 dispute - top NATO general
U.S. Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan and his Turkish counterpart Hulusi Akar remain in contact about Ankara's plans to buy a Russian air defence system, and may meet during NATO meetings in Brussels next week, NATO's commander told Reuters. U.S. General Tod Wolters said the military-to-military relationship between the United States and NATO remained "absolutely, positively solid," despite Washington's decision to cancel Turkey's purchase of F-35 stealth fighters if it proceeds with its purchase of the Russian S-400 air defence system. "We won’t co-locate those two assets, the S-400 and the F-35," Wolters said at the Paris Airshow.
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Sirens sound in Israeli town near Lebanese border - military
Sirens sounded in an Israeli town near the Lebanese border on Tuesday in a possible warning of a rocket attack, the Israeli military said. The alert in Dishon, a community about 1 km (0.5 miles) from the border, facing the Lebanese town of Bint Jbeil, was being investigated, the military said in a statement.
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AP Explains: Behind Libra, Facebook's new digital currency
Facebook is unveiling a digital currency called Libra as the company seeks to make its ads more valuable by enabling smoother transactions and payments online, particularly among those without credit cards or bank accounts. Libra will use the same security and record-keeping principles as Bitcoin, the most popular digital currency system today.
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Democratic presidential hopeful Klobuchar details top policy goals
U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar unveiled on Tuesday a 137-point list of priorities she would address in her first 100 days in office if elected president, a sweeping set of policies she is highlighting as part of her bid for the Democratic nomination. Klobuchar is one of more than 20 candidates vying for the Democratic nomination to challenge Republican President Donald Trump in November 2020.
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Sirens sound in Israeli town near Lebanese border: military
Sirens sounded in an Israeli town near the Lebanese border on Tuesday in a possible warning of a rocket attack, the Israeli military said. The alert in Dishon, a community about 1 km (0.5 miles) from the border, facing the Lebanese town of Bint Jbeil, was being investigated, the military said in a statement.
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Facebook plans its own currency for 2 billion-plus users
Facebook already rules daily communication for more than two billion people around the world. The social network unveiled an ambitious plan Tuesday to create a new digital currency similar to Bitcoin for global use, one that could drive more e-commerce on its services and boost ads on its platforms. Facebook is currently under federal investigation over its privacy practices, and along with other technology giants also faces a new antitrust probe in Congress .
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Top Secret (Sort Of): The Story of How the Navy Makes Stealth Destroyers Stealth
Smith explained the rationale for the “split-delivery” acquisition of the three ships, which follow a path from commissioning, through a transport to a home port of San Diego for further combat preparation. While there are some differences between the three ships, such as the use of a steel deckhouse for the Johnson, the developmental trajectory for all three ships has been interwoven.Eluding radar, quietly sailing into enemy territory and launching long-range precision attacks from less-detectable positions all begin to paint the picture of how a “stealthy” offensive surface destroyers could transform modern maritime warfare.Can a massive surface destroyer, armed with Tomahawk missiles, deck-mounted guns, sensors, antennas and heat-generating onboard electrical power, truly be considered stealthy? Surely, tall, vertical masts, hull-mounted sensors and protruding antenna could never be a low-observable ship, yet performing these missions comprised the technical starting point from which engineers launched into building a first-of-its-kind stealth warship.(This appeared earlier in 2019.)
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Trump to Swap Obama’s ‘Clean Power Plan’ for Modest Upgrades
(Bloomberg) -- The Trump administration is on track to obliterate former President Barack Obama’s signature plan for combating climate change by replacing sweeping curbs on power plant emissions with requirements for modest upgrades at the sites.The Environmental Protection Agency is set to unveil its rewrite of the Clean Power Plan as soon as Wednesday, finalizing a replacement rule that would establish pollution guidelines based on potential gains from efficiency upgrades at individual facilities.Like a proposal released last October, the EPA’s final rule gives U.S. states wide latitude to design their own plans for paring carbon dioxide emissions at power plants, according to people familiar with the measure who asked not to be named before it was released.The effort fulfills President Donald Trump’s campaign pledge to rip up the Clean Power Plan and dovetails with his administration’s retreat from a global fight against climate change. Trump announced in June 2017 that the U.S. would pull out of the Paris climate accord, a global carbon-cutting agreement reached in 2015, and the EPA is now unwinding Obama-era regulations targeting greenhouse gas emissions from power plants, automobiles and oil wells.Yet the latest decision -- which faces an inevitable legal challenge -- prolongs uncertainty for electric utilities and power generators that are already eschewing coal-fired power and embracing cleaner natural gas and renewables.Less AmbitiousTrump’s approach is significantly less ambitious than the Obama administration’s rule by relying on a narrow view of the “best system of emission reduction” at coal-fired power plants, said Janet McCabe, the EPA’s former acting administrator for air quality.“It constrains it only to the things that power plants can do within their fence line,” McCabe said on a conference call with reporters Tuesday.EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler has said the agency’s planned power plant changes empower states to pare emissions while ensuring Americans have access to reliable and affordable energy.Environmentalists have already vowed to battle the replacement rule in federal court -- setting up potential legal wrangling that could last years. Already, court action prevented Obama’s Clean Power Plan from going into effect. The Supreme Court put off the initiative in February 2016, amid legal challenges from opponents who said the EPA had overstepped its authority.At the time it was imposed, the Clean Power Plan was designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 32% from 2005 levels by 2030.In a change from its earlier proposal, the EPA will not simultaneously finalize provisions authorizing companies to upgrade old power plants without triggering requirements for costly pollution control systems, said the people. That change is expected to come later, as the EPA works to overhaul its so-called New Source Review program governing pollution controls at power plants and industrial facilities.A ShiftThose permitting changes were needed to drive more aggressive efficiency improvements at individual power plants, the EPA argued in its proposal. Stripping those provisions out could help justify weaker requirements for bolstering efficiency.The EPA’s power plant rule is set to mark a shift in how the agency credits potential health gains tied to cleaning up air pollution -- specifically fine particulate matter, or soot.Last year, the EPA predicted its initial proposal would mean an uptick in particulate matter pollution -- and the asthma attacks, respiratory diseases and premature deaths tied to it. There could be a range of 470 to 1,400 additional premature deaths in 2030 under even the most stringent proposed power plant improvements, the EPA predicted. Hospital admissions and emergency room visits for asthma would also climb.But the EPA is expected to discount the potential effects of its final rule by comparing its impacts against a baseline scenario without the Clean Power Plan in place.The agency also is set to highlight questions about the health benefits tied to low levels of soot. Administration officials debated the merits of that approach in 2017, as they moved to repeal the Clean Power Plan.In an October 2017 email exchange released as part of a federal rulemaking docket, an EPA official said the agency could choose to discount some health benefits of paring soot by asserting it was the administration’s policy to acknowledge uncertainties about the impacts. That would have the benefit of being a “policy” and not “a purely scientific call” that would require addressing recent scientific studies, EPA lead economist Al McGartland said in a September 2017 message. To contact the reporter on this story: Jennifer A. Dlouhy in Washington at jdlouhy1@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Jon Morgan at jmorgan97@bloomberg.net, John Harney, Karen LeighFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
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China to suspend pork imports from Canadian company Frigo Royal
China will block pork imports from Canada's Frigo Royal Inc, after shipments by the Canadian firm were found to contain the banned feed additive ractopamine, the state Xinhua news agency reported on Tuesday. Ractopamine is used by pork producers in some countries to make leaner pigs but China does not allow its use and does not tolerate residues of the compound in imported meat. China will also strengthen inspections for the residue in all pork imports from Canada, Xinhua reported, citing customs.
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Former UEFA chief Platini questioned in Qatar World Cup probe - judicial source
Michel Platini, the former head of European football association UEFA, was detained and questioned by French police on Tuesday over the awarding of the World Cup to Qatar, a French judicial source confirmed to Reuters. The detention and questioning of the former French soccer star was first reported by French investigative website Mediapart and Le Monde newspaper. Prosecutors are investigation suspected corruption and bribery in the process of awarding the 2022 World Cup to Gulf emirate of Qatar.
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Cricket-South Africa's Ngidi set to return for NZ clash
South African fast bowler Lungi Ngidi is expected to return for Wednesday’s must-win Cricket World Cup game against New Zealand at Edgbaston after passing a fitness test. The 23-year-old limped off with a hamstring injury as South Africa lost to Bangladesh on June 2. Defeat in their first three matches, followed by a washed out contest against the West Indies, hurt South Africa's chances of advancing but an easy win over Afghanistan in Cardiff on Saturday gave them a glimmer of hope.
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RPT-Former UEFA chief Platini questioned in Qatar World Cup probe - judicial source
Michel Platini, the former head of European football association UEFA, was detained and questioned by French police on Tuesday over the awarding of the World Cup to Qatar, a French judicial source confirmed to Reuters. The detention and questioning of the former French soccer star was first reported by French investigative website Mediapart and Le Monde newspaper. Prosecutors are investigation suspected corruption and bribery in the process of awarding the 2022 World Cup to Gulf emirate of Qatar.
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Democratic presidential hopeful Klobuchar details top policy goals
U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar unveiled on Tuesday a 137-point list of priorities she would address in her first 100 days in office if elected president, a sweeping set of policies she is highlighting as part of her bid for the Democratic nomination. Klobuchar is one of more than 20 candidates vying for the Democratic nomination to challenge Republican President Donald Trump in November 2020.
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Ilhan Omar pushes to protect green-energy funding from Trump
The first-term representative from Minnesota is moving to stop the Trump administration from what she says is flagrant abuse of a Department of Energy loan program intended to promote renewable energy.
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Facebook reveals Libra cryptocurrency, with lofty goals
SAN FRANCISCO/NEW YORK, June 18 (Reuters) - Facebook Inc revealed plans on Tuesday to launch a cryptocurrency called Libra, the latest development in its effort to expand beyond social networking and move into e-commerce and global payments. Facebook has linked with 28 partners in a Geneva-based entity called the Libra Association, which will govern its new digital coin set to launch in the first half of 2020, according to marketing materials and interviews with executives. Facebook has also created a subsidiary called Calibra, which will offer digital wallets to save, send and spend Libras.
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FACTBOX-Facebook's new cryptocurrency Libra and digital wallet Calibra
SAN FRANCISCO/NEW YORK, June 18 (Reuters) - Facebook Inc revealed plans to establish a cryptocurrency called Libra on Tuesday. It will be run by an association comprised of other corporate investors and non-profit members, with an expected launch in the first half of 2020. Libra will be a digital currency backed by a reserve of real-world assets, including bank deposits and short-term government securities, and held by a network of custodians.
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Dems have a plan for that: Medicare for All, and all the rest of them
Comparing Sen. Bernie Sanders's Medicare for All single payer plan with Sen. Michael Bennet's Medicare X public option plan.
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Euro zone inflation confirmed slowing to one-year low in May -Eurostat
Inflation in the euro zone slowed to 1.2% in May, the lowest rate in more than a year, as price growth in the energy and services sectors slackened, the European Union statistics agency said on Tuesday, confirming its earlier estimates. The final data is bad news for the European Central Bank (ECB), which targets a rate below but close to 2% and has promised further action if inflation does not pick up. Eurostat said prices in the 19-country currency bloc went up by 1.2% on the year, slowing from 1.7% in April.
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UPDATE 1-FTSE hits session high after Draghi weighs in
London's main stock index rose to a session high on Tuesday as a promise of more stimulus if need be from European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi added to boosts for the miner-heavy index from rises in copper prices. The main FTSE 100 index, up only marginally in the first minutes of trading, jumped half a percent after Draghi said the bank would need to ease policy again if inflation did not head back to its target.
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Caregiver accused of trying to kill elderly couple with rat poison-laced cigarettes
A caregiver is accused of trying to kill an elderly couple in Pennsylvania by lacing their cigarettes with rat poison. A 73-year-old woman in Northumberland County told authorities last Friday that she found an unknown green substance in cigarettes that were rolled for her by Tina Young, who takes care of her 80-year-old husband.
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UPDATE 1-Britain must do everything to keep finance competitive after Brexit
Britain's government is committed to doing whatever it can to keep its financial sector globally competitive after Brexit, financial services minister John Glen said on Tuesday. Britain is due to leave the European Union on Oct. 31 but it has yet to secure a divorce settlement with the bloc, the UK financial sector's single biggest customer. Glen said there must be a "clear plan" to maintain the UK financial sector's global success as it cannot be taken for granted.
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EU court rules German road toll for foreigners is discriminatory
A planned German highway toll for cars discriminates against foreign drivers and breaches European Union law, the EU's highest court said on Tuesday. The European Court of Justice backed a challenge from Austria that the system was set up so that the economic burden fell solely on drivers of vehicles from EU countries other than Germany. The ruling means Germany cannot introduce the toll, which was due to take effect in October 2020.
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Uganda clears experimental Ebola treatments, watches for spread
Health workers have got the all-clear to use experimental Ebola treatments in Uganda, a week after the deadly disease spread over the border from Democratic Republic of Congo, authorities said on Tuesday. Two people who had travelled from Congo died in Uganda last week, the World Health Organization said. A three-year-old boy who was sent back to Congo after testing positive for the disease died at the weekend, Congo's health ministry said.
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50+ Easy Picnic Food Ideas That Are Perfect for Spring and Summer
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The Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Brings a Glorious Flat-Six Back to the 718 Family
Back by popular demand, the enticing new GT4 is now the only Cayman with a flat-six.
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UPDATE 1-ECB's Draghi pulls European stocks back into black
European stock markets recovered from early falls on Tuesday after European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi promised more monetary stimulus if the economy does not improve, offsetting another warning on slowing sales from the chip sector. Speaking at the ECB's annual conference in Portugal, Draghi pointed the way to cuts in interest rates or new asset purchases if inflation does not return to target, weakening the euro, lowering European bond yields and pulling stock markets higher. The pan-European STOXX 600 index was 0.1% higher by 0817 GMT, having fallen around a third of a percentage point at opening.
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UPDATE 1-Turkish industrial output slides 4% in April on renewed lira weakness
Turkish industrial production fell a greater-than-expected 4.0% year-on-year in April, the Turkish Statistical Institute said on Tuesday, reflecting the impact of renewed lira weakness as the index declined for an eighth consecutive month. Industrial production, regarded as a signal of growth data, declined in the wake of last year's currency crisis, which caused the economy to contract annually in the last two quarters. In a Reuters poll, the calendar-adjusted industrial output figure was forecast to fall 2.5% year-on-year.
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Uganda clears experimental Ebola treatments, watches for spread
Health workers have got the all-clear to use experimental Ebola treatments in Uganda, a week after the deadly disease spread over the border from Democratic Republic of Congo, authorities said on Tuesday. Two people who had travelled from Congo died in Uganda last week, the World Health Organization said. A three-year-old boy who was sent back to Congo after testing positive for the disease died at the weekend, Congo's health ministry said.
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Uganda clears experimental Ebola treatments, watches for spread
Health workers have got the all-clear to use experimental Ebola treatments in Uganda, a week after the deadly disease spread over the border from Democratic Republic of Congo, authorities said on Tuesday. Two people who had traveled from Congo died in Uganda last week, the World Health Organization said. A three-year-old boy who was sent back to Congo after testing positive for the disease died at the weekend, Congo's health ministry said.
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NASA’s Mars 2020 rover finally has its head
NASA's Mars 2020 mission will be its most ambitious trip to the Red Planet yet. The Mars 2020 rover is absolutely packed with the latest high-tech instruments, and while the mission isn't scheduled to begin until next summer, excitement is already building in a big way.Recently, NASA began hosting a live stream where viewers can watch its engineers slowly testing and assembling the components that will be shot skyward. As NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory boasts in a new blog post, the rover just got a huge addition in the form of its mast, which is the iconic "face" of any rover.The mast of the Mars 2020 rover is equipped with lenses and various sensors that will provide scientists back on Earth with a more detailed glimpse of the Martian surface than ever before. However, the mast will actually be folded flat for the trip between Earth and Mars.JPL explains:> During Mars 2020's launch, interplanetary cruise, and its fast and fiery descent toward the Martian surface, the mast will be in stowed flat on the rover's deck. Soon after touchdown, the mast (which tops out at over 7 feet, or 2.2 meters) will be raised to provide a high perch for the SuperCam, Mastcam-Z and Mars Environmental Dynamics Analyzerinstruments as well as four Navcam engineering cameras.That's a whole bunch of high-tech goodies that need to work perfectly, and hooking it all up takes time. According to JPL, the "selfie" above was snapped on June 5th after the mast was first attached, but its various instruments took another six days to fully integrate.The Mars 2020 mission is scheduled to get underway on July 17th, 2020, but it won't actually arrive on the Red Planet until February of 2021. We still have a bit of a wait on our hands, but once the rover is on the Red Planet it'll surely have some surprising discoveries to share with us.
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New York Man Dies in Dominican Republic After Plastic Surgery
A New York man died in the Dominican Republic after going to the island nation for a liposuction procedure.
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UPDATE 1-Hong Kong leader says sorry again after fury at extradition bill
Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam apologised again on Tuesday and said she had heard the people "loud and clear" after some of the most violent protests in the Chinese-ruled city against an extradition bill that she promoted and then postponed. The bill would allow case-by-case extraditions to mainland China and about two million people spilled on to the streets on Sunday, despite its postponement, demanding Lam scrap the bill entirely and step down. Lam's climbdown, with the approval of China's Communist Party leaders, was the biggest policy reversal since the former British colony returned to Chinese rule in 1997 and presented a new challenge for Chinese President Xi Jinping who has ruled with an iron fist since taking power in 2012.
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Johnson gets further boost in race to become British prime minister
Boris Johnson got a further boost in his campaign to become Britain's prime minister on Tuesday when a second former rival in the race backed him to lead the country out of its Brexit crisis. On Monday, health minister Matt Hancock, who quit the race on Friday, also backed Johnson, despite their contrasting views on Brexit, saying he was almost certain to win the contest. Johnson, a former London mayor and foreign minister, has given unequivocal statements that he will take Britain out of the European Union by Oct. 31 whether or not an agreement can be struck with the bloc to smooth the transition.
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Johnson gets further boost in race to become British prime minister
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NASA boss says 'no doubt' SpaceX explosion delays flight program
The explosion that destroyed a SpaceX astronaut taxi in April "no doubt" delays NASA's drive to return Americans to the International Space Station from U.S. soil later this year, the U.S. space agency's chief said on Tuesday. "There is no doubt the schedule will change," Bridenstine told reporters at the Paris Airshow. Bridenstine's comments cast fresh doubt on billionaire Elon Musk's goal of returning astronauts to the orbiting research lab from U.S. soil this year, though a person familiar with the matter said SpaceX has privately expressed confidence that it can rebound.
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Soccer-Lampard likely to be named Chelsea boss, says Redknapp
Derby County boss Frank Lampard would find it hard to say no to Chelsea if they offered him the manager's job, his uncle Harry Redknapp has told the BBC. Lampard, who spent 13 trophy-laden years as a player at Chelsea, guided Derby to the Championship (second-tier) playoff final in his first season in management, where they lost out to Aston Villa. The 40-year-old has emerged as the favourite to replace Maurizio Sarri at the Premier League club after the Italian joined Serie A champions Juventus on Sunday.
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No-deal Brexit chills send pound to a five-month low vs euro
Signs that arch-Brexiteer Boris Johnson may be a step closer to becoming Britain's next prime minister sent the pound tumbling to a five-month low versus the euro on Tuesday as investors worried about the risks of a hard exit from the European Union. "Fears of a disorderly exit could keep the path of least resistance to the downside," said Charalambos Pissouros, senior market analyst at JFD Group.
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NASA boss says 'no doubt' SpaceX explosion delays flight program
The explosion that destroyed a SpaceX astronaut taxi in April "no doubt" delays NASA's drive to return Americans to the International Space Station from U.S. soil later this year, the U.S. space agency's chief said on Tuesday. "There is no doubt the schedule will change," Bridenstine told reporters at the Paris Airshow. Bridenstine's comments cast fresh doubt on billionaire Elon Musk's goal of returning astronauts to the orbiting research lab from U.S. soil this year, though a person familiar with the matter said SpaceX has privately expressed confidence that it can rebound.
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Shooting at Costco in Southern California's Chula Vista leaves 3 people hospitalized
A shooting outside a Chula Vista Costco Wholesale has left three people hospitalized Monday.
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Watchdog calls on EU to save sea migrants as bloc emphasizes control of borders
LUXEMBOURG/BRUSSELS, June 18 (Reuters) - A European rights watchdog said on Tuesday that the European Union was violating international law with its increasingly restrictive stance on migration and should step up sea rescues - an element that is not part of the bloc's new five-year action plan. The EU has become tougher on immigration since a 2015 spike in Mediterranean arrivals caught it by surprise, stretching social and security resources and feeding support for right-wing and eurosceptic forces across the bloc. The EU has since tightened its external borders and asylum laws, as well as giving aid to non-EU states on the eastern and southern rim of the Mediterranean to help them contain migration to Europe.
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Trump to kick off his re-election in Florida as Democrats aim to win the state back
President Donald Trump kicks off his 2020 reelection bid in Orlando, Florida, on Tuesday, launching a campaign that's never really ended. In promoting Tuesday's festivities at and around the Amway Center, aides indicated that the president's campaign has never really stopped. "He can't win the White House without Florida, and we're going to step up big time to make sure he gets it," Joe Gruters, chairman of the state Republican Party, said.
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Watchdog calls on EU to save sea migrants as bloc emphasizes control of borders
LUXEMBOURG/BRUSSELS (Reuters) - A European rights watchdog said on Tuesday that the European Union was violating international law with its increasingly restrictive stance on migration and should step up sea rescues - an element that is not part of the bloc's new five-year action plan. The EU has become tougher on immigration since a 2015 spike in Mediterranean arrivals caught it by surprise, stretching social and security resources and feeding support for right-wing and euroskeptic forces across the bloc. The EU has since tightened its external borders and asylum laws, as well as giving aid to non-EU states on the eastern and southern rim of the Mediterranean to help them contain migration to Europe.
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Father opens up about coming out to his 3 sons: I'm still the same dad as before
Over 15 months, I had finalized the divorce, moved again and taken a new job based in Chicago, 250 miles away from my boys. Chicago offered the stability I needed in a job, friendship and at this point, a new relationship that all contributed to my healing in this new gay world. Homosexuality wasn't a topic well discussed in our family.
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RPT-Indian central bank to review data storage rules for payment firms-govt
India's central bank will look into concerns about data storage rules that have been raised by companies, a government statement said on Tuesday, months after entities such as Mastercard and Visa were forced to store more of their data locally in the country. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) last year mandated companies to store their payments data "only in India" so that the regulator could have "unfettered supervisory access". On Monday, India's commerce minister met technology companies and heard their concerns about various federal plans to push for more stringent rules on data storage, which government officials say would help them better access data and conduct investigations.
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Reuters Sports News Summary
Josh McCown, whose 17-year NFL career spanned 10 teams, announced his retirement Monday. The Texas Rangers placed outfielder Hunter Pence on the 10-day injured list Monday because of a strained right groin. Pence sustained the injury Sunday against the Cincinnati Reds, when he was playing right field and chasing Jose Peraza's hit into the corner in the fifth inning.
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N. Miami cop acquitted of felonies in shooting at autistic man, media say
A Florida jury on Monday night acquitted a North Miami police officer of two felony charges of attempted manslaughter in the shooting of an unarmed caretaker for an autistic man who was holding a toy truck, media reports said. The officer fired at the autistic man, thinking that a shiny toy truck he held was a gun. Kinsey, who is black, was shot in the leg.
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'Euphoria': 5 things to know about TV's most talked about new show
Hours before HBO's new drama "Euphoria" premiered on Sunday night, its star, Zendaya, took to social media to issue a warning to fans. Social media was full of similar reactions. 1. It's based on a true story: Sam Levinson, the showrunner and the son of director Barry Levinson, told audiences at the Los Angeles premiere that he sought to make a realistic series based on his own harrowing experiences as a young drug addict, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
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North Miami cop acquitted of felonies in shooting at autistic man, media say
The officer fired at the autistic man, thinking that a shiny toy truck he held was a gun. Kinsey, who is black, was shot in the leg. Kinsey had been working as a caretaker for Arnoldo Rios Soto, a 27-year-old man with severe autism who had left a nearby group home where he requires 24-hour attention, according to court records.
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'Miracle' baby born after mom had her fallopian tubes removed
Elizabeth Kough, a mom of four, said she hugs her newborn son, Benjamin, "a little tighter" because of the miraculous way he came into this world. Kough, 39, is still also in shock that has four children. Nearly four years ago she had both of her fallopian tubes removed in a procedure known as a bilateral salpingectomy.
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Splash into summer with this pool workout
In the heat of summer, while you could sweat it out for a workout, there's a more refreshing place to get the same results: The swimming pool. It can be done for endurance or high-intensity interval, aka HIIT, training, and it's cool -- literally. Marizu teaches Equinox's signature water workout, EQX H2O, at the gym’s New York City locations.
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'Queer Eye' cast shares their favorite LGBTQIA-inclusive films
It's Pride Month, and what better what to celebrate than by revisiting some of the most meaningful films that have shaped the LGBTQIA community. Porowski considers the River Phoenix and Keanu Reeves film a must-watch.
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Sony Analysts Question Loeb's Push After Strategy Flip Flop
(Bloomberg) -- Dan Loeb is back trying to whip Sony Corp. into shape, but he’s drawing fire this time around after reversing course from his prior thesis.Loeb’s Third Point last week revealed a $1.5 billion stake in the Tokyo-based company and advocated for a spin off of its chip business to finance deeper expansion in entertainment, including games and movies. That’s the opposite of what he championed in 2013, when he called on executives to sell a part of their film division.“Loeb advocated for moving away from entertainment, but Sony is thriving today precisely because they went in the opposite direction," said Masahiko Ishino, an analyst at Tokai Tokyo Research Center, referring to both movies and games. "Amid trade wars, losing chips would be a negative in terms of Japan’s national security. It’s not something that needs to be done right now."The cool reception came as Sony stakeholders gathered in Tokyo on Tuesday for the company’s annual general meeting. Loeb’s proposals are not up for a vote, although analysts said he will likely be a main topic of conversations among shareholders. Sony declined to comment on the Third Point proposal, but said it takes all shareholder suggestions seriously.Chief Executive Officer Kenichiro Yoshida repeated that message Tuesday, saying management is constantly studying how to increase long-term shareholder value. “That includes deliberations about how to structure our portfolio of businesses,” he said.Loeb laid out his thesis personally to Yoshida last week in New York. The CEO mostly listened and didn’t rebuff the activist in terms of valuation or feasibility of implementing the proposals, giving Third Point more confidence to move ahead.The hedge fund sees Sony as a different company from six years ago, which is why its focus has changed from shunning entertainment to embracing it. Sensing an opening with Yoshida’s more investor-friendly approach, Loeb is trying again with what he believes he can realistically achieve. The next step is getting a formal reaction from management.Analysts almost universally applauded his effort last week to reduce Sony’s so-called "conglomerate discount," or the idea that its many disparate businesses -- from entertainment to chips to finance -- are collectively undervalued and would benefit from being split apart. But they questioned whether Third Point’s proposals are realistic or make strategic sense.For one, some are not convinced that a standalone chip unit can finance the large investments necessary for growth and said it’s better done as part of a bigger group, which can offset temporary losses. They also argued that the unit currently enjoys strong synergy with Sony’s other product divisions and should be integrated more closely rather than spun out.“We think that spinning off the semiconductor business could in fact reduce its actual value,” Yasuo Nakane and Kenichi Saita, analysts at Mizuho Financial Group Inc., wrote in a report. “The semiconductor subsidiary’s technological assets and intellectual properties are inseparable from the electronics products and solutions.”Others questioned Loeb’s estimate for how much a standalone chips unit could fetch at a time when global phone sales are shrinking and the U.S. is waging war on one of Sony’s largest customers, Huawei Technologies Co.“We think Third Point’s US$33-39bn valuation is too high,” wrote Macquarie Group analysts Damian Thong and Hiroshi Taguchi, who currently value the chips division at $11 billion. "But there is wide scope for price discovery above the current embedded value."Then there’s the issue of Sony’s historically stubborn management. Yoshida has so far side-stepped calls to sell or spin off businesses. Instead, he has carried out two record buybacks this year, pleasing investors and preempting calls for more drastic change. And at $1.5 billion, Loeb’s new stake represents about a third of the 6.5% of voting shares he accumulated in 2013.“Third Point’s key proposals about the divestiture of Sony Financial and spin-off of the semiconductor business are unlikely to be easily accepted by management," wrote CLSA analyst Amit Garg. Still, he said the company could yield given that the buybacks "have failed, with the stock remaining at depressed multiples."Loeb is probably not helping his case by saying that sell-side analysts are part of the problem. In his presentation, he said a lack of familiarity with Sony’s many different businesses results in analysts applying discounts to divisions they’re unfamiliar with, contributing to a lower valuation for the entire company.“The lack of entertainment sector expertise among Sony’s sell‐side analysts may explain the wide skew in valuation methodologies, multiples, and target prices,” Third Point wrote in its presentation last week. "We sympathize with the challenge they face: maintaining an up‐to‐date, informed view on a diverse range of industries, most of which are outside their core expertise."(Updates with CEO’s comment from the fifth paragraph.)\--With assistance from 院去信太郎 and Kurt Schussler.To contact the reporter on this story: Yuji Nakamura in Tokyo at ynakamura56@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Edwin Chan at echan273@bloomberg.net, Peter ElstromFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
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Man killed by officer in Costco was nonverbal, had intellectual disabilities, relative says
Corona police said the officer fired after being attacked "without provocation" while holding his child in a Costco store.
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Hong Kong leader to address city amid fury at bill allowing extraditions to China
Embattled Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam will address the city on Tuesday after some of the biggest and most violent protests seen in the financial hub against an extradition bill that she postponed in a stark reversal of policy. The bill would allow case by case extraditions to mainland China and despite its postponement, around two million people spilled on to the streets on Sunday, demanding Lam step down and scrap the bill entirely. Lam's climbdown, with the approval of China's Communist Party leaders, was the biggest policy reversal since the former British colony returned to Chinese rule in 1997 and presented a new challenge for Chinese President Xi Jinping who has ruled with an iron fist since taking power in 2012.
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Egypt's former president Morsi buried in Cairo
Egypt's first democratically elected president Mohamed Morsi was buried in Cairo on Tuesday, his lawyer said, a day after he collapsed in court and died. Rights groups called for an independent probe into the detention conditions and death of the Islamist, who was ousted in 2013 after a year of divisive rule. "He was buried in Medinat Nasr, in eastern Cairo, with his family present," said Abdel Moneim Abdel Maksoud, one of his lawyer.
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Exclusive: President Trump Calls Alleged Iranian Attack on Oil Tankers 'Very Minor'
President Trump said that he might take military action to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon, but not to protect oil supplies.
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Miners, Ashtead support UK shares; AstraZeneca gains
London's FTSE 100 edged higher on Tuesday with tool hire firm Ashtead gaining after an upbeat earnings report and miners boosted by a rise in copper prices driven by expectations of a global shortfall in production. The miner-heavy main index was up 0.1% while the FTSE 250 midcap index lost 0.2% by 0708 GMT. Ashtead rose nearly 3%, topping the FTSE 100 leader-board, while miners were up 1% as a key mine in Chile halved output due to a strike.
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Hong Kong leader to address city amid fury at bill allowing extraditions to China
Embattled Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam will address the city on Tuesday after some of the biggest and most violent protests seen in the financial hub against an extradition bill that she postponed in a stark reversal of policy. The bill would allow case by case extraditions to mainland China and despite its postponement, around two million people spilled on to the streets on Sunday, demanding Lam step down and scrap the bill entirely. Lam's climbdown, with the approval of China's Communist Party leaders, was the biggest policy reversal since the former British colony returned to Chinese rule in 1997 and presented a new challenge for Chinese President Xi Jinping who has ruled with an iron fist since taking power in 2012.
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Roche wins Japan approval for personalized cancer drug Rozlytrek
Swiss drugmaker Roche's push into personalized cancer medicines hit a milestone on Tuesday with Japanese approval of a new drug, Rozlytrek, that targets patients who must be identified via genetic profiling. Japan is the first country to give its blessing to Rozlytrek, also known as entrectinib, targeting people with NTRK fusion-positive solid tumors, across 10 different tumor types including breast, colorectal, neuroendocrine, lung and pancreatic cancers. Rozlytrek aims to treat people with a rare genetic anomaly, called NTRK fusions, that drive growth in a range of tumors found throughout the body.
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No chances of a new Brexit deal -Germany's Roth
Germany will not accept any British attempts to change the terms of Britain's departure from the European Union, Germany's EU affairs minister Michael Roth said on Tuesday. "I don't see any chances to renegotiate the package, the withdrawal agreement is the withdrawal agreement, and I don't see any appetite to start new negotiations within the European Union," Roth said on arrival for a regular meeting with his EU counterparts in Luxembourg.
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FOREX-Dollar heads towards 3-month lows before Fed meeting; Draghi eyed
The dollar weakened against its rivals on Tuesday, heading back towards a recent three-month low before a U.S. central bank meeting gets underway with expectations growing the Fed will signal its first rate cut in a decade. A CME Fedwatch tool puts the probability of a quarter-point interest rate cut by the Fed at 20%, with a 70% probability of a rate cut at its next meeting in July.
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UPDATE 1-Iran will not wage war against any nation - Iranian president
Iran will not wage war against any nation, President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday, a day after the United States announced the deployment of more troops to the Middle East amid rising tensions between Tehran and Washington. Fears of a confrontation between Iran and the United States have mounted since attacks on two oil tankers at the entrance to the Gulf on Thursday, which Washington has blamed on Tehran.
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Chips, Iran worry European stock markets
Worries over the Middle East and another chip sector warning on trade pressured European shares on Tuesday, ahead of a key two-day Federal Reserve meeting which traders expect to clear the way for a cut in interest rates. The United States on Monday announced the deployment of about 1,000 more troops, citing concerns about a threat from Iran and stirring nerves on financial markets already concerned by the ramping up of trade tensions with China. The pan-European STOXX 600 index fell 0.17% by 0708 GMT, with Britain's FTSE 100 outperforming with a 0.2% rise.
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Euro zone yields slip before ECB chief Draghi's Sintra speech
Euro zone government bond yields fell on Tuesday before a speech by European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi, with investors watching for any signs of monetary policy action in the face of record-low inflation expectations. Confirmation of euro zone inflation data for the month of May could underline the need for central bank action.
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Naspers' Biggest Investor Mulls Cutting $16.5 Billion Stake
(Bloomberg) -- Naspers Ltd.’s biggest shareholder is considering whether to reduce its 245 billion rand ($16.5 billion) stake in Africa’s biggest company because of concern it’s overexposed to a single stock, according to four people with knowledge of the matter.South Africa’s Government Employees Pension Fund is being encouraged by its manager, the Public Investment Corp., to reduce its Naspers shareholding of about 16%, said three of the people, who asked not to be identified as the talks are private. Any decision is ultimately up to the GEPF.Naspers’s value has grown 72-fold since 2004 on the back of the success of an early-stage investment in Chinese games developer Tencent Holdings Ltd., which listed in Hong Kong that year. That’s turned Naspers, a Cape Town-based internet technology investor once focused on South African newspapers, into a 1.53 trillion rand ($101 billion) global entity. But it’s also made the company dependent on China, where it has little influence. The shares gained as much as 1.9% in Johannesburg as Tencent gained in Hong Kong.“Naspers success is dependent on the Chinese government,” said Tahir Maepa, deputy general manager for members affairs of the Public Servants Association, whose 240,000-members make it the biggest labor union representing contributors to the GEPF. “It’s a huge risk, not only for the PIC, it’s a risk for the South African economy and the JSE,” he said, adding that the GEPF should “definitely” cut its stake.The rapid growth also means Naspers accounts for almost 25% of a shareholder-weighted index on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. While that will be reduced when the company spins off its Tencent stake and other internet-focused assets into a new vehicle listed in Amsterdam next month, its 73% holding in that entity, known as NewCo, will only cut its weighting in Johannesburg by about a quarter, according to Naspers. Furthermore, Naspers and NewCo are both reliant on the Tencent investment, which is worth more than the company as a whole.Tencent has been struggling with a Chinese government crackdown on addiction to computer games, and regulators are currently working on an overhaul to the approval process for new titles.Read More: China Outlines New Approval Process for World’s Top Games MarketNaspers currently makes up almost 21% of the value of the GEPF’s listed equity holdings, the fund said in an emailed response to questions. “The GEPF does review its benchmarks from time to time,” although “not all reviews lead to changes.” The pension fund didn’t answer a query about whether it has held talks with the PIC about the Naspers stake.Naspers declined to comment on discussions with specific investors. “The formation and listing of NewCo is in response to shareholder requests,” spokeswoman Shamiela Letsoalo said in an emailed response to questions. The move will allow investors to move “some of their weight off the JSE onto (Amsterdam’s) AEX index while at the same time continuing to lock in continued high returns,” she said. “This will likely result in shareholders having more balanced weightings and will help to reduce any overhang.”Read More: Naspers CEO Bets on Dutch Listing to Fix Tencent DiscountWhile Naspers acknowledges that the company’s assets and management will overlap with NewCo “there are also important differences,” Letsoalo said. The parent group will separately own news business Media24, online marketplace Takealot and “continue to invest in South Africa’s fast-growing ecommerce and internet segment,” she said. “These differences will cause many investors to view them separately within their portfolio.”NewCo will hold various internet businesses around the world, including Russian social-media network Mail.ru Group Ltd. and Indian food-delivery service Swiggy as well as Tencent.The debate over the stake in Naspers has been going on for months. One element being discussed is whether the GEPF should change its holding from an arrangement known as a full SWIX, or shareholder-weighted index, to one called a capped SWIX, where a single stock can make up a maximum of 10% of the funds, three of the people said. Any sell down would be done in phases, one of the people said.Phased SelldownLast October, another of the PIC’s clients, the Unemployment Insurance Fund, sold Naspers shares to switch from a full SWIX position to a capped one, the fund said in an emailed response to questions. Prior to this it had used derivatives to hedge the risk but found this too costly, it said.What to do with the GEPF’s Naspers stake is being considered by the fund’s board of trustees, one of the people said. Pierre Snyman, a member of the board and chairman of the Public Servants Association, declined to comment.Some senior members of the GEPF are opposing cutting the shareholding, said one of the people.“The PIC does not publicly discuss its strategy on specific investee companies,” Deon Botha, its head of Corporate Affairs, said in a response to queries.(Adds shares in third paragraph.)To contact the reporters on this story: Antony Sguazzin in Johannesburg at asguazzin@bloomberg.net;Loni Prinsloo in Johannesburg at lprinsloo3@bloomberg.net;Janice Kew in Johannesburg at jkew4@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: John McCorry at jmccorry@bloomberg.net, ;Rebecca Penty at rpenty@bloomberg.net, John BowkerFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
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FOREX-Dollar heads towards 3-month lows before Fed meeting; Draghi eyed
The dollar weakened against its rivals on Tuesday, heading back towards a recent three-month low before a U.S. central bank meeting gets underway with expectations growing the Fed will signal its first rate cut in a decade. A CME Fedwatch tool puts the probability of a quarter-point interest rate cut by the Fed at 20%, with a 70% probability of a rate cut at its next meeting in July.
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Buttigieg: There's Definitely Been Gay Presidents Before
Reuters / John Sommers IIIf he wins in 2020, Pete Buttigieg is pretty sure he won't be the first gay president. Speaking to Axios on HBO, the South Bend mayor was asked how he's going to respond to people who attack him during the campaign for being too young, too liberal, or too gay to be the American president. “We have had excellent presidents who have been young,” he said. “We have had excellent presidents who have been liberal. I would imagine we've probably had excellent presidents who were gay—we just didn't know which ones.” He went on to say that it was statistically “almost certain” that there had been gay presidents, but he couldn't name names. “My gaydar even doesn't work that well in the present, let alone retroactively,” he lamented.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.
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Accidental cat filter turns press conference live stream into a meme
In something of a ridiculous and yet lighthearted story, a Pakistani politician's press briefing with journalists recently became comedic fodder after a cat filter was applied to the faces of individuals being recorded via Facebook live. The incident, which was attributed to human error, showcased regional minister Shaukat Yousafzai -- and others -- with cat ears and whiskers while talking about otherwise serious topics.The cat filter was live for a few minutes before someone noticed it and promptly removed it. But for a few glorious minutes last Friday, viewers were witness to an event seemingly lifted out of a kids-version of Black Mirror.The Guardian reports:> It was several minutes before organisers realised that the minister had acquired pointy ears. When one of his moustached party colleagues began to speak, looking earnest and holding a pen, he too was transformed into a cat.> > Party followers watching online immediately started making jokes at the expense of Pakistan's provincial Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government. They offered up a whole series of feline puns.Hardly a surprise, folks on Twitter had a field day with the minor debacle. And truth be told, using photo filters during all political events might actually persuade more people to become politically active.https://twitter.com/nailainayat/status/1139583166115540992All told, it's been interesting to see how quickly filters have evolved. Back during the early days of Instagram, for example, photo filters were relatively straight forward and simply involved adding some nice tonal effects to photos. These days, with Snapchat leading the way, photo and video filters have transformed dramatically. Today, filters have become incredibly quirky and now exist across a multitude of social networking sites and apps.
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EU to wait for official report on Iranian compliance
The European Union said Monday that it will consider Iran to be complying with its obligations under a global nuclear deal up until the point scientific evidence emerges that it has breached its commitments. Hours after Iran said it could break the uranium stockpile limit set by the 2015 nuclear deal with world powers in the next 10 days, the EU's foreign policy chief said the 28-country bloc will continue to do what it can to make sure the agreement holds. Mogherini said that "so far, Iran has been compliant with its nuclear commitment as we had expected it to be," and insisted she would await the next report on the issue from the U.N.'s nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency.
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AstraZeneca's Lynparza gets EU nod as first-line ovarian cancer maintenance treatment
Lynparza, being jointly developed by AstraZeneca along with U.S. drugmaker Merck & Co , can now be used in patients who are in response following chemotherapy for advanced BRCA-mutated ovarian cancer in Europe, AstraZeneca said. BRCA genes are responsible for producing proteins which repair damaged DNA, and if the genes are mutated, they can cause cancer growth.
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AstraZeneca's Lynparza gets EU nod as first-line ovarian cancer maintenance treatment
Lynparza, being jointly developed by AstraZeneca along with U.S. drugmaker Merck & Co, can now be used in patients who are in response following chemotherapy for advanced BRCA-mutated ovarian cancer in Europe, AstraZeneca said. BRCA genes are responsible for producing proteins which repair damaged DNA, and if the genes are mutated, they can cause cancer growth.
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Soccer-Southeast Asia's first club listing fans hopes of cleaner Indonesia league
Indonesia's Bali United this week became the first club in Southeast Asia to list its shares, a move that officials and fans hope could be a step towards developing a league that has been dogged by allegations of corruption. Soccer is hugely popular in Indonesia, but while some local clubs have large fan bases, the country's leagues have frequently been tarnished by match-fixing claims and also deadly violence between opposing sets of supporters. Star players from Bali United, currently lying second in the top flight Liga 1, attended Monday's share debut on the Indonesia Stock Exchange, which raised 350 billion rupiah ($24 million) and saw the stock jump nearly 70 percent above its initial listing price.
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LEADING OFF: Stanton returns to Yanks, Machado appeals ban
Yankees slugger Giancarlo Stanton is set to come off the injured list for a game against the Rays. Stanton has been sidelined since March 31 with biceps, shoulder and calf injuries, but seemed ready for a return during a minor league rehab start with four homers in five games. Stanton re-joins a stacked lineup that just added DH Edwin Encarnación via trade, and star Aaron Judge is expected to return from a left oblique strain in the next few days, as well.
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Tennis-Kyrgios welcomes 'warrior' Murray's return
Australian Nick Kyrgios has welcomed Andy Murray's return to tennis after hip surgery, saying he could not believe his eyes when he ran into the Briton practising at Queens Club on Monday. Murray, who underwent a hip resurfacing operation five months ago, is making his comeback this week by partnering Feliciano Lopez in the doubles. "Andy was the first person I saw here, doing his drills," Kyrgios told reporters ahead of his opening round match against France's Adrian Mannarino.
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Syria says it does not want to fight with Turkey
Syria does not want to see fighting with Turkey, its foreign minister said on Tuesday, after Turkey said one of its posts in Syria's Idlib region was attacked from an area controlled by Syrian government forces. Russia, which supports Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in his country's civil war, and Turkey, long a backer of rebels, co-sponsored a de-escalation pact for the area that has been in place since last year. Idlib is the last remaining bastion of anti-government rebels after eight years of civil war.
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Indian central bank to review data storage rules for payment firms-govt
India's central bank will look into concerns about data storage rules that have been raised by companies, a government statement said on Tuesday, months after entities such as Mastercard and Visa were forced to store more of their data locally in the country. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) last year mandated companies to store their payments data "only in India" so that the regulator could have "unfettered supervisory access". On Monday, India's commerce minister met technology companies and heard their concerns about various federal plans to push for more stringent rules on data storage, which government officials say would help them better access data and conduct investigations.
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UPDATE 1-Syria says it does not want to fight with Turkey
Syria does not want to see fighting with Turkey, its foreign minister said on Tuesday, after Turkey said one of its posts in Syria's Idlib region was attacked from an area controlled by Syrian government forces. Russia, which supports Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in his country's civil war, and Turkey, long a backer of rebels, co-sponsored a de-escalation pact for the area that has been in place since last year.
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Renault-Nissan alliance remains priority for French finance minister
Renault's alliance with Japanese partner Nissan remains French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire's priority ahead of any further consolidation with the likes of Fiat-Chrysler, he said on Tuesday. "It is not in our interest at all to weaken this alliance," Le Maire told Europe 1 radio.
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GLOBAL MARKETS-Asia stocks edge up cautiously as Fed jitters build, Europe seen lower
TOKYO/HONG KONG, June 18 (Reuters) - Most Asian stock markets rose on Tuesday but gains were capped by investor caution ahead of a U.S. Federal Reserve policy decision, while crude oil prices dipped as global growth worries overshadowed supply concerns. European stock markets were set to open mixed, with futures for London's FTSE trading flat but those for Germany's DAX and the pan-region Euro Stoxx 50 futures down 0.2%. The Fed, facing fresh demands by U.S. President Donald Trump to cut interest rates, begins a two-day meeting later on Tuesday.
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Asian markets mixed ahead of central banks' rate decisions
Asian stocks were mixed on Tuesday as caution set in ahead of interest rate decisions by the U.S. Federal Reserve and other central banks. Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 eased 0.7% to 20,972.71 while South Korea's Kospi rose 0.4% to 2,098.71. Australia's S&P ASX 200 added 0.6% to 6,570.00.
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Turkey orders arrest of 128 military personnel over suspected Gulen links- Anadolu
Turkey has ordered the arrest of 128 military personnel over suspected links to the network accused by Ankara of orchestrating an attempted coup in 2016, state-run Anadolu news agency said on Tuesday. Police were looking for just over half of the suspects in the western coastal province of Izmir and the rest across 30 other provinces, Anadolu said. Gulen has denied any role.
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Turkey orders arrest of 128 military personnel over suspected Gulen links: Anadolu
Turkey has ordered the arrest of 128 military personnel over suspected links to the network accused by Ankara of orchestrating an attempted coup in 2016, state-run Anadolu news agency said on Tuesday. Police were looking for just over half of the suspects in the western coastal province of Izmir and the rest across 30 other provinces, Anadolu said. Gulen has denied any role.
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Florida officer guilty of negligence for shooting caretaker
A Florida police officer has been found guilty of culpable negligence for shooting at a severely autistic man and wounding the man's caretaker. News outlets report North Miami police Officer Jonathan Aledda was found not guilty Monday of attempted manslaughter. Arnaldo Rios Soto fled his group home in 2016 with a shiny silver toy truck.
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Google and Drugmaker Sanofi to Join Forces on Data Technologies
(Bloomberg) -- Alphabet Inc.’s Google will bring its artificial-intelligence and cloud-computing capabilities to a new partnership with pharma giant Sanofi.The project is aimed at accelerating the discovery of new medicines, increasing the understanding of what treatments work for patients and making Sanofi’s operations more efficient, the Paris-based drugmaker said in a statement Tuesday. The companies didn’t provide financial details.The pact is the latest sign of increasing collaboration between the technology and health-care industries. Pharma companies like Sanofi are teaming up with AI specialists, hiring data scientists or even snapping up tech startups in a bid to become faster and more efficient as costs rise.The new partnership will allow Sanofi to come up with more personalized approaches to treatment, the company said. The drugmaker and Google also plan to apply artificial intelligence to forecast sales and improve marketing and supply efforts.To contact the reporter on this story: James Paton in London at jpaton4@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Eric Pfanner at epfanner1@bloomberg.net, Timothy AnnettFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
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Late homers push Royals past Mariners
Jorge Soler hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning as the Kansas City Royals rallied to defeat the host Seattle Mariners 6-4 Monday night in a matchup of last-place teams. Martin Maldonado also homered for the Royals, who won for just the 10th time in 35 road games this season. With two outs in the eighth, Alex Gordon grounded a single into left field against Mariners right-hander Anthony Bass (1-2).
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FOREX-Australian dollar sags on easing rates outlook, pound hobbled by Brexit anxiety
With markets focused on U.S. Federal Reserve and Bank of Japan meetings later this week, traders latched on to minutes of the Reserve Bank of Australia's (RBA) June meeting which showed policymakers were prepared to cut rates once more to revive wages growth and inflation. "The market is already pricing in two rate cuts (in Australia), and there are some speculative moves to push the Aussie lower," said Yukio Ishizuki, foreign exchange strategist at Daiwa Securities. Markets are pricing in about 50% chance of another rate cut next month by the RBA, which delivered its first easing in almost three years just two weeks ago.. The pound was under pressure after former foreign minister Boris Johnson got a boost on Monday in his campaign to become prime minister as one of his former rivals and EU supporter Matt Hancock backed him.
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MLB roundup: Yanks' Tanaka shuts out Rays
Masahiro Tanaka pitched a two-hitter and was backed by two homers, as the New York Yankees opened a 10-game homestand with a 3-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday night. In three starts this season against Tampa Bay, Tanaka has allowed one run on 10 hits and one walk in 22 innings, with 23 strikeouts. Tanaka struck out 10, walked one, threw 76 of 111 pitches for strikes, faced two above the minimum and produced his 14th career double-digit strikeout game.
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Daring maneuver brings NASA’s orbiter closer to an asteroid than ever before
NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft has been orbiting the space rock known as Bennu since the start of the year. It caught up with the asteroid in late December of 2018 and successfully inserted itself into orbit around the object around New Year's day. There have been several "firsts" along the way, but its latest maneuver is the most daring yet, and it allowed the spacecraft to break yet another record.A recent tweak to its orbit has brought the probe to an orbit of just 680 meters, or around 2,230 feet from the asteroid's surface. This is now the closest that any manmade spacecraft has orbited any planetary body.It's a stellar achievement for NASA, but it's worth noting that the previous record was actually already held by the OSIRIS-REx probe. What NASA did was break its own record and set itself even farther ahead from any competition to come in the future.This new orbit, which the research team calls the Orbital B phase, will give scientists a better understanding of the asteroid's surface and hopefully allow NASA to choose a suitable location where the probe can briefly snag a sample of its material.Actually pulling off such a daring maneuver will be incredibly risky, and nobody is quite sure if the spacecraft can make it happen. This is due in large part to the incredibly messy surface of Bennu, which surprised scientists when they got their first close look. The asteroid's surface is littered with debris ranging from tiny pebbles to massive boulders, and the spacecraft's handlers now have to find the safest place on the rock from which to gather a sample.Assuming it pulls off the sample grab, the probe will then leave Bennu and return to Earth with the sample material stowed safely for scientists on Earth to examine.
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Late homers push Royals past Mariners
Jorge Soler hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning as the Kansas City Royals rallied to defeat the host Seattle Mariners 6-4 Monday night in a matchup of last-place teams. Martin Maldonado also homered for the Royals, who won for just the 10th time 35 road games this season. With two outs in the eighth, Alex Gordon grounded a single into left field against Mariners right-hander Anthony Bass (1-2).
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Jury chosen for Navy SEAL's war crimes trial, opening arguments on Tuesday
Opening arguments are set to begin on Tuesday in the trial of a U.S. Navy SEAL court-martialed on charges of murdering a wounded Iraqi prisoner and shooting unarmed civilians, a war crimes case that has drawn the attention of U.S. President Donald Trump. A jury was selected on Monday in the trial of Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher, City News Service and the Fox affiliate in San Diego reported. Gallagher, a 39-year-old career combat veteran, has denied all the charges but could face life in prison if convicted in the trial arising from his 2017 deployment to Mosul, Iraq.
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Former Egyptian president Mursi buried in Cairo, son says
Former Egyptian president Mohamed Mursi has been buried alongside other senior figures of the Muslim Brotherhood in Cairo, his son, Ahmed Mursi, said on his Facebook page on Tuesday. The burial was attended by members of the family in Cairo’s Nasr City after authorities refused burial in Mursi’s home province of Sharqiya in the Nile Delta, Ahmed Mursi said. "We washed his noble body at Tora prison hospital, read prayers for him at the prison hospital ... and the burial was at the Muslim Brotherhood spiritual guides," Ahmed wrote.
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Giants' Beede beats Dodgers for first career win
Rookie Tyler Beede gave up just one run over six innings to earn his first major league victory as the visiting San Francisco Giants upended the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-2 on Monday in the opener of a four-game series. Brandon Crawford delivered a two-run double in the second inning to help the Giants even the season series against their longtime rivals after 10 games. Max Muncy hit a second-inning home run for the Dodgers, his 17th long ball of the season and fifth over his past eight games.
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Jury chosen for Navy SEAL's war crimes trial, opening arguments on Tuesday
Opening arguments are set to begin on Tuesday in the trial of a U.S. Navy SEAL court-martialed on charges of murdering a wounded Iraqi prisoner and shooting unarmed civilians, a war crimes case that has drawn the attention of U.S. President Donald Trump. A jury was selected on Monday in the trial of Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher, City News Service and the Fox affiliate in San Diego reported. Gallagher, a 39-year-old career combat veteran, has denied all the charges but could face life in prison if convicted in the trial arising from his 2017 deployment to Mosul, Iraq.
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UPDATE 1-China calls on U.S. to stop "extreme pressure" on Iran
The United States should not use "extreme pressure" to resolve issues with Iran, a senior Chinese diplomat said on Tuesday, amid a standoff following attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman. Fears of a confrontation between Iran and the United States have mounted since last Thursday when the two tankers were attacked. The United States has blamed on Iran, more than a year after President Donald Trump withdrew from a 2015 nuclear deal.
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Rugby-Highlanders bullish on Smith return for Crusaders clash
All Blacks fullback Ben Smith could be rushed back into the Otago Highlanders side for Friday's quarter-final against the Canterbury Crusaders as Aaron Mauger's side prepare for Super Rugby's 'Mission Impossible'. Smith trained last week but was a late withdrawal ahead of their 49-12 demolition of the New South Wales Waratahs in Ivercargill last Friday as the Highlanders took a safety-first approach to their co-captain's return from a serious hamstring injury. Beating the double defending champions Crusaders at Rugby League Park, where the hosts are undefeated in 28 successive matches, will require all hands on deck, however, and Smith's leadership could be vital for the Highlanders' hopes of causing an upset.
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Waves of Chinese tourists invade North Korea
Decades later, the monument is a regular stop for new waves of Chinese going to the North, this time as tourists. Hundreds of soldiers and workers have been sprucing up the obelisk and its grounds in recent days ahead of a state visit to Pyongyang by Chinese President Xi Jinping this week. An inscription on it lauds "the Chinese People's Volunteer Army, who fought with us on this land and smashed down the common enemy".
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Merkel Seeks to Build Momentum for EU Climate Neutrality by 2050
(Bloomberg) -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel is seeking to build momentum within the European Union about moving toward adopting a goal for zeroing out greenhouse gas emissions by the middle of the century.Germany, which is Europe’s biggest emitter of carbon dioxide, is asking heads of EU states to endorse further work on how to achieve climate neutrality by 2050. That would be the first time leaders mention the date in a political statement and will help build the case for action.Merkel “made it clear that we want a discussion about how we can be climate neutral in Germany by 2050 -- and that also goes for Europe,” her spokesman Steffen Seibert told reporters in Berlin on Monday, reiterating the substance of a German document seen by Bloomberg. EU leaders may not yet be ready to give their final endorsement to the long-term climate strategy but “the question of how we get to greenhouse gas neutrality by 2050 must be resolved this year,” he said.Germany and other wealthier EU nations pushing for a net-zero target are meeting resistance from a handful of countries, especially Poland and Bulgaria, that are concerned tightening limits on fossil fuels will damage their economies. The political challenge for Merkel this week to persuade all member states to endorse a date into their political statement after the two-day summit starting on Thursday in Brussels.The issue highlights political sensitivity surrounding the topic, with nations divided over the pace they should pursue emissions cuts and which energy sources and technologies should be encouraged. At least 17 countries, including France, Spain, Denmark and Sweden, have already indicated their support for the EU target of zeroing in on emissions by 2050.It was first outlined by the European Commission in November and aimed at showing how determined the bloc is to honor the Paris Agreement on climate change, even as President Donald Trump sought to take the U.S. out of the 2015 deal.To enshrine the target in law, the first step is to get a political nod from EU heads of state. Opponents of a quick decision are led by Poland and Bulgaria. The latest version of a draft summit statement, which may still change during the talks on Thursday night, calls for finalizing “guidance” on the long-term strategy by the end of this year.For Merkel, the heat is on to speed up Germany’s own drive to cut emissions. The opposition Greens have surged past Merkel’s bloc of Christian Democrats and the Christian Social Union to garner the most support among the electorate, according to recent polls. Merkel told her caucus this month that the government can no longer afford an “easy-peasy” approach to tackling pollution.Under the Paris deal, Germany set itself the goal of reducing CO2 output by 80% by 2050 compared with 1990 levels. Targeting net-zero emissions by the middle of the century would imply tighter limits than already is planning. And for now, Germany’s record in reducing emissions is short of the goal. By next year, the country may have cut emissions by just 32%, according to government figures.\--With assistance from Alexander Weber and Iain Rogers.To contact the reporters on this story: Ewa Krukowska in Brussels at ekrukowska@bloomberg.net;Brian Parkin in Berlin at bparkin@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Reed Landberg at landberg@bloomberg.net, Ewa KrukowskaFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
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When will the Rise of the Resistance ride open at Disney's new Star Wars land?
Rise of the Resistance, a signature ride at Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, is set to open "sometime this year," according to the Disney CEO.
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Padres' Lucchesi, bullpen blank Brewers
After 23 pitchers gave up 48 runs on 69 hits over four games at Coors Field in Denver over the weekend, the Padres desperately needed starter Joey Lucchesi to go deep into Monday night's opener of a three-game homestand. The left-hander delivered with the best start of his career, holding Milwaukee scoreless on three hits and three walks over seven innings as the Padres shut out the Brewers 2-0. The 26-year-old Lucchesi completed seven innings for only the third time this season to improve to 6-4.
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Sandy Hook families switch tactics, put hoaxers on defensive
The father of a victim of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre has won a defamation lawsuit against the authors of a book that claimed the shooting never happened — the latest victory for victims' relatives who have been taking a more aggressive stance against conspiracy theorists. The book, "Nobody Died at Sandy Hook," has also been pulled to settle claims against its publisher filed by Lenny Pozner, a man whose 6-year-old son Noah was killed in the shooting. A judge in Wisconsin on Monday issued a summary judgment against authors James Fetzer and Mike Palacek.
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Beede earns 1st big league victory, Giants edge Dodgers 3-2
Tyler Beede allowed one run over six innings to earn his first big-league victory and the San Francisco Giants defeated the first-place Los Angeles Dodgers 3-2 Monday night in the opener of a four-game set between the NL West rivals. Beede came in 0-3 with an 8.10 ERA in eight career appearances, including six starts. Beede (1-2) has been recalled from the minors three times this season, including for a stint in the bullpen.
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UPDATE 1-Former Egyptian president Mursi buried in Cairo, son says
Former Egyptian president Mohamed Mursi has been buried alongside other senior figures of the Muslim Brotherhood in Cairo, his son, Ahmed Mursi, said on his Facebook page on Tuesday. The burial was attended by members of the family in Cairo’s Nasr City after authorities refused burial in Mursi’s home province of Sharqiya in the Nile Delta, Ahmed Mursi said. "We washed his noble body at Tora prison hospital, read prayers for him at the prison hospital ... and the burial was at the Muslim Brotherhood spiritual guides," Ahmed wrote.
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Virginia ban on uranium mining upheld by U.S. Supreme Court
The largest-known U.S. uranium deposit will remain firmly under ground after the Supreme Court on Monday upheld Virginia's ban on mining the radioactive metal, rebuffing a challenge backed by President Donald Trump's administration to the 1982 moratorium. In a 6-3 decision that underscored states' rights, the justices affirmed a lower court's ruling that threw out a lawsuit by Virginia Uranium Inc and other owners of the massive deposit valued by the company at $6 billion on private land in southern Virginia. The company, seeking to exploit the deposit, contested Virginia's power to enact the ban, saying the policy should have been preempted by federal law governing nuclear energy.
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Cricket-Calm dressing room key to Bangladesh win, says Shakib
Bangladesh's successful run chase against West Indies at the World Cup on Monday was aided by a calm and confident dressing room atmosphere that the players were able to replicate on the pitch, all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan has said. Shakib scored his second century in a row as Bangladesh pulled off the second highest successful run chase in the tournament's history to beat twice champions West Indies by seven wickets. Sent in to bat first, the West Indies set a target of 322 but Shakib, who scored an unbeaten 124 off 99 deliveries, and Liton Das, who smashed 94 not out, guided Bangladesh home with 51 balls to spare.
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'Burning river' loses sting in Cleveland 50 years after fire
Fifty years after the Cuyahoga River's most famous fire, a plucky new generation of Cleveland artists and entrepreneurs has turned the old jokes into inspiration and forged decades of embarrassment into a fiery brand of local pride. "Everybody knows Cuyahoga County for the burning river. Rowan's is one of 90 active businesses registered with the state that have "burning river" in their names, the bulk formed in the past five years.
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Jury to be seated in Navy SEAL's California murder trial
Combat veterans who lost friends and comrades in battle are being questioned as potential jurors in the war-crimes trial of a decorated Navy SEAL. Seven Marines, including one woman who is a major, four sailors and one Navy SEAL were interviewed Monday as jury selection began in the court-martial of Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher. A jury of officers and enlisted personnel was likely to be seated Tuesday and opening statements presented at the San Diego Navy base, defense lawyer Tim Parlatore said outside court.
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French drugmaker Sanofi, Google to use data tech for innovations
French healthcare company Sanofi has teamed up with Google to work on innovations, aimed at using emerging data technologies to change how medicines and health services will be delivered in future. Sanofi and Google will use data sets to improve their understanding of key diseases and extract patients' insights and feedback, the companies said in a joint statement. "Combining Sanofi's biologic innovations and scientific data with Google's industry-leading capabilities, from cloud computing to state-of-the-art artificial intelligence, we aspire to give people more control over their health and accelerate the discovery of new therapies," said Ameet Nathwani, chief medical officer and executive vice-president, Sanofi.
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'No credit!': Trump compares himself and his 'record-setting economy' to President Obama
President Trump compared his record to that of former President Barack Obama while defending his new deal with Mexico to reduce illegal immigration, and in Trump’s opinion, it’s no contest.
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Corona Costco shooting: Man who was killed described as mentally disabled 'gentle giant'
A man who was shot and killed at a Costco in Corona by an off-duty LAPD officer is being described as a mentally disabled "gentle giant" who was not known to be violent.
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Former Egyptian president Mursi buried in Cairo, son says
Former Egyptian president Mohamed Mursi has been buried alongside other senior figures of the Muslim Brotherhood in Cairo, his son, Ahmed Mursi, said on his Facebook page on Tuesday. The burial was attended by members of the family in Cairo’s Nasr City after authorities refused burial in Mursi’s home province of Sharqiya, Ahmed Mursi said. Mursi died on Monday from a heart attack after collapsing in a Cairo court while on trial on espionage charges, authorities and a medical source said.
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Soccer-Concern over poor ticket sales grows at Copa America
The organisers of the Copa America expressed concerns over poor attendance at initial games on Monday and said they must correct errors in the ticketing process to ensure more fans have access to matches in this month's tournament in Brazil. The issue cropped up after Friday's opening match between Brazil and Bolivia saw empty spaces in the stands and the controversy grew on Monday. Fans trying to buy tickets for Brazil games in advance faced difficulties and the Local Organising Committee (COL) said they had held some tickets back that later went unsold.
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The benefits of meditation when you’re sick or in pain
Meditation can help ease physical discomfort, so don't skip it when you're unwell.
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What To Know Before Buying Elecon Engineering Company Limited (NSE:ELECON) For Its Dividend
Dividend paying stocks like Elecon Engineering Company Limited (NSE:ELECON) tend to be popular with investors, and for...
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Reuters Science News Summary
The persistence of Congo's Ebola outbreak and its deadly spread to Uganda in recent days show how societal issues are as crucial as scientific advances in controlling disease outbreaks, specialists in global public health say. Medical scientists, prompted by a devastating West African Ebola epidemic between 2013 and 2016, have worked fast to develop cutting edge vaccines, treatments and antibody-based therapies they hoped would prevent or halt future outbreaks of the virus.
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Reuters Sports News Summary
Cincinnati Reds second baseman Scooter Gennett, sidelined all season after suffering a severe groin strain near the end of spring training, began a rehab assignment at Class-A Daytona on Monday. "We have a plan set," Reds manager David Bell told reporters Sunday. "The first place he's going is Daytona Beach.
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Reuters People News Summary
CNN anchor Anderson Cooper remembered his mother, designer and society grand dame Gloria Vanderbilt, as a woman who endured a string of heartbreaks but still remained deeply in love with love. Pop singer and songwriter Taylor Swift on Monday released a star-studded music video that scolded social media trolls and urged fans to sign a petition demanding U.S. legal protections for gays, lesbians and transgender people. The video for Swift's new single "You Need to Calm Down" featured a surprise cameo by former rival Katy Perry plus a host of other celebrities.
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Reuters Health News Summary
Doing things one at a time in drug development is not a luxury that GlaxoSmithKline can afford any longer, the head of pharmaceuticals at Britain's largest drugmaker told Reuters. Luke Miels, who joined GSK in September 2017 after a contract dispute with his former employer AstraZeneca, said picking the most promising projects and developing them quickly now takes precedence over spreading the risk of failure. The persistence of Congo's Ebola outbreak and its deadly spread to Uganda in recent days show how societal issues are as crucial as scientific advances in controlling disease outbreaks, specialists in global public health say.
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Reuters Entertainment News Summary
Following is a summary of current entertainment news briefs. Hollywood seems to be coming down with a contagious case of franchise fatigue this summer, as "Men in Black: International" and "Shaft" become the latest sequels largely dismissed by moviegoers in North America. Sony's "Men in Black: International" led ticket sales at the box office this weekend with $28.5 million, but still fell short of expectations.
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New Zealand man jailed for sharing video of mass shooting -media
A New Zealand man was sentenced to 21 months in prison on Tuesday for distributing videos of a massacre at two mosques in the city of Christchurch, media reported. The lone gunman who killed 51 people in New Zealand's worst peace-time mass shooting on March 15 broadcast the massacre live on Facebook. Radio New Zealand said Philip Arps, 44, pleaded guilty to two charges of distributing objectionable material after sharing copies of the livestreamed video with about 30 people.
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Fiers, A's eke past Orioles
Mike Fiers outdueled Andrew Cashner in a battle of veteran right-handers handcuffed by shaky defenses Monday night, and the host Oakland Athletics held on to beat the Baltimore Orioles 3-2 in the opener of a three-game series. Fiers combined with Liam Hendriks and Blake Treinen on a three-hitter, helping the A's turn back the Orioles for the fourth time in five tries this season. The difference-making runs came in a third-inning rally during which the ball left the infield just twice, including once on Ramon Laureano's flyout.
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New Zealand man jailed for sharing video of mass shooting: media
A New Zealand man was sentenced to 21 months in prison on Tuesday for distributing videos of a massacre at two mosques in the city of Christchurch, media reported. The lone gunman who killed 51 people in New Zealand's worst peace-time mass shooting on March 15 broadcast the massacre live on Facebook. Radio New Zealand said Philip Arps, 44, pleaded guilty to two charges of distributing objectionable material after sharing copies of the livestreamed video with about 30 people.
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Debating impeachment, Democrats have 2020 on their minds
For Democrats, the decisions being made of whether to support impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump are personal, gut-wrenching and, at times, starkly political, with fallout in 2020 and beyond. Some lawmakers worry impeachment will benefit the president, energizing Trump's supporters and solidifying his campaign, much the way the proceedings against Bill Clinton ended up costing Republicans in 1998. Others warn that failing to impeach Trump risks deflating Democratic voters they need to turn out in 2020.
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US offers new evidence indicating Iran involvement in oil tanker attacks
U.S. prepares to send more troops to Middle East; reaction and analysis from the 'Special Report' all-star panel.
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Macron urges Iran to be 'patient and responsible' in nuclear deal
French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday urged Iran to be "patient and responsible" after Tehran said it would surpass the uranium stockpile limit set under the 2015 nuclear deal with world powers that the US has abandoned. "I regret Iran's announcements today... We strongly encourage Iran to behave in a way that is patient and responsible," Macron said in a press conference at the presidential palace in Paris alongside his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky.
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UPDATE 1-'Systemic failure' of U.N. ahead of Myanmar military crackdown: review
There was a "systemic failure" of the United Nations in dealing with the situation in Myanmar ahead of a deadly 2017 military crackdown because it did not have a unified strategy and lacked Security Council support, according to an internal report. The crackdown drove more than 730,000 Rohingya Muslims to flee to Bangladesh. U.N. investigators have said the operation was executed with "genocidal intent" and included mass killings, gang rapes and widespread arson.
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California man suspected of threatening synagogue free on bond
California police have arrested a man suspected of making online threats to shoot up a Jewish temple, saying he had a fascination with Adolf Hitler and planned to emulate a mass shooting at a synagogue in Pittsburgh and a similar one near San Diego. Police said on Monday that Ross Farca, 23, of Concord, Ca., was freed on a bond of $125,000 over the weekend, after being charged with making criminal threats, possession of an illegal assault rifle and manufacturing an assault rife, all felonies. Police have been tight-lipped about the case, announcing on Friday that Farca was arrested on June 10 and held in the Contra Costa County Jail.
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California man suspected of threatening synagogue free on bond
Police said on Monday that Ross Farca, 23, of Concord, Ca., was freed on a bond of $125,000 over the weekend, after being charged with making criminal threats, possession of an illegal assault rifle and manufacturing an assault rife, all felonies. Police have been tight-lipped about the case, announcing on Friday that Farca was arrested on June 10 and held in the Contra Costa County Jail.
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Cricket-India intimidate Pakistan, says Younis
Pakistan go into cricket matches against arch-rivals India feeling like the weaker team these days, former fast bowling ace Waqar Younis has said following Sunday's World Cup encounter. India extended their unblemished World Cup record against their South Asian neighbours to 7-0, Virat Kohli's men securing an 89-run win via the Duckworth-Lewis method in a stop-start match at Manchester that drew a massive global audience. "In the last few years, there's been a massive difference India and Pakistan - and again it showed at Old Trafford on Sunday," former Pakistan captain Younis wrote in a column for the International Cricket Council.
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Attorney: Officer who shot 3 in Costco was attacked first
A lawyer says a Los Angeles policeman who opened fire inside a Costco was attacked without warning and briefly knocked out as he held his year-old child. The officer's on paid leave while police investigate Friday's shooting inside the warehouse store in Corona that killed 32-year-old Kenneth French of Riverside and critically wounded his parents. On Monday, however, the officer's attorney, David Winslow, says the policeman was holding his toddler son and sampling food when he was struck from behind without warning and briefly knocked out.
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MLB roundup: Yanks' Tanaka shuts out Rays
Masahiro Tanaka pitched a two-hitter and was backed by two homers, as the New York Yankees opened a 10-game homestand with a 3-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday night. In three starts this season against Tampa Bay, Tanaka has allowed one run on 10 hits and one walk in 22 innings, with 23 strikeouts. Tanaka struck out 10, walked one, threw 76 of 111 pitches for strikes, faced two above the minimum and produced his 14th career double-digit strikeout game.
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Merkel Seeks to Build Momentum for EU Climate Neutrality by 2050
(Bloomberg) -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel is seeking to build momentum within the European Union about moving toward adopting a goal for zeroing out greenhouse gas emissions by the middle of the century.Germany, which is Europe’s biggest emitter of carbon dioxide, is asking heads of EU states to endorse further work on how to achieve climate neutrality by 2050. That would be the first time leaders mention the date in a political statement and will help build the case for action.Merkel “made it clear that we want a discussion about how we can be climate neutral in Germany by 2050 -- and that also goes for Europe,” her spokesman Steffen Seibert told reporters in Berlin on Monday, reiterating the substance of a German document seen by Bloomberg. EU leaders may not yet be ready to give their final endorsement to the long-term climate strategy but “the question of how we get to greenhouse gas neutrality by 2050 must be resolved this year,” he said.Germany and other wealthier EU nations pushing for a net-zero target are meeting resistance from a handful of countries, especially Poland and Bulgaria, that are concerned tightening limits on fossil fuels will damage their economies. The political challenge for Merkel this week to persuade all member states to endorse a date into their political statement after the two-day summit starting on Thursday in Brussels.The issue highlights political sensitivity surrounding the topic, with nations divided over the pace they should pursue emissions cuts and which energy sources and technologies should be encouraged. At least 17 countries, including France, Spain, Denmark and Sweden, have already indicated their support for the EU target of zeroing in on emissions by 2050.It was first outlined by the European Commission in November and aimed at showing how determined the bloc is to honor the Paris Agreement on climate change, even as President Donald Trump sought to take the U.S. out of the 2015 deal.To enshrine the target in law, the first step is to get a political nod from EU heads of state. Opponents of a quick decision are led by Poland and Bulgaria. The latest version of a draft summit statement, which may still change during the talks on Thursday night, calls for finalizing “guidance” on the long-term strategy by the end of this year.For Merkel, the heat is on to speed up Germany’s own drive to cut emissions. The opposition Greens have surged past Merkel’s bloc of Christian Democrats and the Christian Social Union to garner the most support among the electorate, according to recent polls. Merkel told her caucus this month that the government can no longer afford an “easy-peasy” approach to tackling pollution.Under the Paris deal, Germany set itself the goal of reducing CO2 output by 80% by 2050 compared with 1990 levels. Targeting net-zero emissions by the middle of the century would imply tighter limits than already is planning. And for now, Germany’s record in reducing emissions is short of the goal. By next year, the country may have cut emissions by just 32%, according to government figures.\--With assistance from Alexander Weber.To contact the reporters on this story: Ewa Krukowska in Brussels at ekrukowska@bloomberg.net;Brian Parkin in Berlin at bparkin@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Reed Landberg at landberg@bloomberg.net, Ewa KrukowskaFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
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Miracle of 'Wild Boars' rescue transforms Thai cave into tourist draw
Tourists snap selfies by a bronze statue of the diver who died trying to save the 'Wild Boars' football team from a flooded cave, while momentos from their rescue fly off the shelves -- scooped up by the 1.3 million people who have descended on a once serene mountainside in northern Thailand. "I wanted to see it with my own eyes," the 60-year-old said, adding he was a little disappointed the cave is still off limits to visitors. There has been extraordinary global interest in the picturesque rural backwater of Mae Sai since 12 youngsters -- aged between 11 and 16 -- and their coach entered the Tham Luang cave on June 23, 2018.
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Q&A: A look at the issue of mentally ill inmates in jails
The nation's jails face increasing pressures as they house large numbers of mentally ill and addicted inmates. HOW MANY JAIL INMATES ARE MENTALLY ILL? About 4 to 5% of Americans are seriously mentally ill, compared with as many as 18% of those in jails, according to Risë Haneberg, who leads the initiative on behalf of The Council of State Governments Justice Center.
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Beijing-backed candidate announces bid to lead casino hub of Macau
The head of the legislature in Macau, the world's biggest gambling hub, formally declared his candidacy on Tuesday in the race to run the Chinese-controlled territory for the next five years. The political leader Macau chooses in the elections set for Aug. 25 will work with mainland authorities and be instrumental in the award of new casino licenses, a process closely watched by industry officials and investors. Ho Iat Seng, the main contender in the elections to pick Macau's chief executive, is Beijing's favoured candidate, industry experts say, and has won the public backing of the enclave's political elite.
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Beijing-backed candidate announces bid to lead casino hub of Macau
The head of the legislature in Macau, the world's biggest gambling hub, formally declared his candidacy on Tuesday in the race to run the Chinese-controlled territory for the next five years. The political leader Macau chooses in the elections set for August 25 will work with mainland authorities and be instrumental in the award of new casino licenses, a process closely watched by industry officials and investors. Ho Iat Seng, the main contender in the elections to pick Macau's chief executive, is Beijing's favored candidate, industry experts say, and has won the public backing of the enclave's political elite.
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Yankees' Tanaka silences Rays with two-hitter
Masahiro Tanaka pitched a two-hitter and was backed by two homers, as the New York Yankees opened a 10-game homestand with a 3-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday night in the opener of a three-game series between the top two teams in the AL East. In three starts this season against Tampa Bay, Tanaka has allowed one run on 10 hits and one walk in 22 innings, with 23 strikeouts. Tanaka won consecutive starts for the first time this season, on a night in which he retired the first nine hitters.
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Is showing compassion to migrants a crime?
Trump – and governments across the western world – are putting humanitarians on trial. That should scare us Scott Warren, a border activist charged with giving migrants water, food and lodging at the Arizona-Mexico border, has argued that his spiritual values compel him to help all people in distress. Photograph: Charlie Riedel/Associated Press On 11 June, a federal jury in Tucson, Arizona refused to convict the immigration activist Scott Warren on felony charges that could have sent him to prison for twenty years. What had Warren done to merit such extreme punishment? In January 2018, he committed the unconscionable act of offering food, water, and lodging to two migrants who had crossed the US-Mexico border without authorization. Warren is a member of the group No More Deaths, an organization founded in 2004 to stop the epidemic of migrant fatalities occurring in Arizona’s unforgiving Sonoran desert. Their work is constant, necessary, and honorable. After all, more than 7,000 people have perished crossing the US-Mexico border, according to US government statistics, though the actual number is almost certainly much higher. Over a third of those deaths are in the Arizona desert. But the work of No More Deaths is now under threat. While most Americans are aware that Trump has increased border enforcement since coming into office, fewer probably realize that migrants are not the only ones targeted by his administration. New guidelines issued by the then attorney general, Jeff Sessions, in 2017 order prosecutors to prioritize “any case involving the unlawful transportation or harboring of aliens”. With Warren’s arrest, the Trump administration is putting humanitarianism itself on trial. (A hearing on 2 July will determine if Warren’s case proceeds.) That the jury deadlocked in this case is a small sign of hope for those of us who hold on to the basic, though essential, notion of our shared humanity. Make no mistake about it, however. Warren’s trial is yet another example of that specific kind of nastiness that is coming to define our age – one that venerates political borders over human life at almost any cost. Ours is an era when cruelty masquerades as policy and compassion is increasingly viewed as a crime. Nor is this solely an American phenomenon. All over the western world, governments are militarizing their borders, ratcheting up immigration enforcement, and prosecuting humanitarian workers. The British volunteer Tom Ciotkowski is currently on trial in France, facing up to five years in prison on assault and contempt charges. Last summer, Ciotkowski was filming French police checking the IDs of volunteers distributing food to refugees and migrants in Calais. When he observed a police officer pushing and kicking another volunteer, Ciotkowski complained, only to be pushed himself and then arrested. Amnesty International has taken up his case. Then there’s the case of the German boat captain Pia Klemp, currently facing criminal charges in Italy. Klemp is reported to have assisted in the rescue of more than 1,000 people in the burial waters known as the Mediterranean (where more than 18,000 people have died in the sea since 2014). Anti-migrant sentiment was already high in Italy, but with the rise of rightwing populists such as Italy’s interior minister, Matteo Salvini, the crackdown on migrants and humanitarian actors has expanded. Klemp faces up to 20 years in prison for assisting illegal immigration. More than 111,000 people have signed a petition demanding her release. Today’s criminalization of humanitarian assistance is sustained, widespread, and growing. A recent study by openDemocracy discovered that “more than 250 people across 14 countries have been arrested, charged, or investigated under a range of laws over the last five years for supporting migrants”. The study found that there had been a dramatic increase in this harassment over the last 18 months and that it had targeted such figures as “a priest nominated for the Nobel peace prize, a football player, firefighters, rural farmers, ex-soldiers, pensioners, a university professor and several local politicians”. The cases make for painful, if sometimes ridiculous, reading. The Swiss pastor Norbert Valley was arrested in the middle of a church service for sheltering a Togolese man who had just been denied asylum. A high-profile couple in Denmark were convicted of the crime of “harboring” for giving a Syrian migrant family a lift and taking them home for coffee and biscuits. A French mountain guide was charged last year with aiding and abetting illegal immigration after he rescued a Nigerian woman about to give birth in the snow and drove her to the hospital. He got lucky after prosecutors later dropped the charges, citing “humanitarian immunity”. She delivered her baby that night. Populists and nationalists will malign these humanitarian volunteers as witting or unwitting helpers of human traffickers, but that’s simply not true. There is not a shred of solid evidence to substantiate such a claim. The real danger lies not in the humanitarianism but in its criminalization. In both Europe and the United States, discourses about dangerous migrant hordes invading our civilized lands abound. The migrants, we’re told, pose a fundamental threat to our values, to who we are. But when our leaders make compassion itself a crime, just what set of values do they think they’re protecting? Who needs an invader when we can destroy ourselves, perfectly well, one trial of a humanitarian volunteer at a time. Moustafa Bayoumi is the author of How Does It Feel To Be a Problem?: Being Young and Arab in America
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Migrants from Congo and Angola arriving in San Antonio, Texas and Portland, Maine
Former immigration judge Andrew Arthur weighs in on the record number of African migrants at the border.
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Empowerment rules at MTV awards, with win for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Superhero blockbuster "Avengers: Endgame" was the top winner at the MTV Movie and TV awards on Monday in a show marked by messages of empowerment and self-esteem. The MTV Movie and TV awards usually focus on crowd-pleasers and is an irreverent antidote to the more serious winter Hollywood awards season. "Surviving R. Kelly," in which seven women spoke on camera about what they said was years of sexual and emotional abuse by the "I Believe I Can Fly" singer, won best documentary.
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Advertisers, agencies and social media combine to tackle online threat
Sixteen of the world's biggest advertisers have joined together to push platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Google's YouTube to do more to tackle dangerous and fake content online. The Global Alliance for Responsible Media will also include media buying agencies from the major ad groups - WPP, IPG, Publicis, Omnicom and Dentsu - as well as the platform owners, the group said on Tuesday at the ad industry's annual gathering in Cannes, France. Luis Di Como, executive vice president of global media at Unilever, said it was the first time that all sides of the industry had come together to tackle a problem that had far reaching consequences for society.
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AP Investigation: Many US jails fail to stop inmate suicides
The last time Tanna Jo Fillmore talked with her mother, she was in a Utah jail, angry and desperate. At 25, Fillmore had long struggled with mental illness, but Xanax and hyperactivity medication had stabilized her. In their final conversation, Fillmore threatened to kill herself.
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Comcast partners with Charter, Cox to advance targeted advertising
The initiative, called "On Addressability," aims to create standards for addressable advertising, which targets ads to certain households based on their interests. It has so far been done only on a small scale in TV advertising.
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Government fails to release data on deaths in police custody
More than four years after Congress required the Department of Justice to assemble information about those who die in police custody, the agency has yet to implement a system for collecting that data or release any new details of how and why people die under the watch of law enforcement. The information vacuum is hampering efforts to identify patterns that might lead to policies to prevent deaths during police encounters, arrests and incarceration, say advocates and the congressman who sponsored the Death in Custody Reporting Act. "The result of it is that people are not coming home," said Jesselyn McCurdy, deputy director of the American Civil Liberties Union's Washington legislative office.
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Some of the stories behind those involved in jail suicides
A Marine with PTSD, a schizophrenic father, a granddad struggling with depression: They are just some of the many who've taken their lives in U.S. jails — a problem experts say is preventable with more training and safeguards. Just before he died, Lynch called his mother from Chicago's Cook County Jail. "He was crying by the time our one-minute warning came on," Charlene Bigelow recalls.
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Trump, outsider-turned-insider, sells self as rebel for 2020
President Donald Trump captured the Republican Party and then the presidency in 2016 as an insurgent intent on disrupting the status quo. As he mounts his bid for reelection, Trump is offering himself as the outsider once again — but it's a much more awkward pitch to make from inside the Oval Office. Trump is set to formally announce his 2020 bid on Tuesday at a rally in Orlando, Florida, where advisers said he aims to connect the dots between the promise of his disruptive first-time candidacy and his goals for another term in the White House.
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Trump lashes out after New York Times casts doubt on his Mexico tariff deal
President Trump ripped into the New York Times after the newspaper questioned his new deal with Mexico to avoid the tariffs he threatened to impose in retaliation to illegal immigration.
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Authorities ID man allegedly behind Ortiz plot
Dominican Republic authorities identified the man they believe led the plot to assassinate former Boston Red Sox star David Ortiz, but they did not have him in custody as of Monday. Alberto Miguel Rodriguez Mota was identified in court documents as the man who intended to pay 400,000 Dominican pesos, roughly $7,800, to hire people to kill Ortiz, multiple media outlets reported. According to the Boston Globe, Mota is charged with attempted murder.
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Porcello, Red Sox blank Twins
J.D. Martinez and Xander Bogaerts each went 2-for-4 with an RBI, and Rick Porcello threw seven shutout innings to outduel Jose Berrios and lead the Boston Red Sox to a 2-0 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Monday night in Minneapolis. It was a season-high sixth straight victory for Boston which also moved six games above .500 for the first time this season. Porcello (5-6) allowed four hits and a walk while striking out eight to pick up his first road victory in four decisions.
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Advertisers, agencies and social media combine to tackle online threat
Sixteen of the world's biggest advertisers have joined together to push platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Google's YouTube to do more to tackle dangerous and fake content online. The Global Alliance for Responsible Media will also include media buying agencies from the major ad groups - WPP, IPG, Publicis, Omnicom and Dentsu - as well as the platform owners, the group said on Tuesday at the ad industry's annual gathering in Cannes, France. Luis Di Como, executive vice president of global media at Unilever, said it was the first time that all sides of the industry had come together to tackle a problem that had far reaching consequences for society.
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AP Investigation: Many US jails fail to stop inmate suicides
Suicide, long the leading cause of death in U.S. jails, hit a high of 50 deaths for every 100,000 inmates in 2014, the last year for government data. An Associated Press/Capital News Service report finds that scores of jails have been sued or investigated for allegedly refusing inmates medication, ignoring cries for help or failing to monitor them despite warnings they might harm themselves.
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Castillo wins 7th straight as Reds squeak past Astros
Luis Castillo overcame errant command of the strike zone and the host Cincinnati Reds held on through some tense moments in the latter innings for a 3-2 victory over the Houston Astros on Monday. Castillo (7-1) walked a career-high six batters, including Robinson Chirinos and Tyler White to open the top of the seventh inning. Chirinos and pinch-hitter Jake Marisnick ultimately scored to slice Houston's deficit to 3-2, but reliever Amir Garrett induced a fly out from Yordan Alvarez to stifle the Houston rally and strand a pair of runners in scoring position.
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Soccer-Orgill brace helps Jamaica to 3-2 win over Honduras
A first-half double from Dever Orgill helped Jamaica to a 3-2 Gold Cup win over Honduras in front of their own fans in Kingston on Monday. Orgill headed home the first from close range after 15 minutes then fired in the second four minutes before halftime to round off a nicely worked move. Antony Lozano got one back for Honduras nine minutes into the second period but Damion Lowe, with a powerful header from a corner, restored Jamaica’s two-goal cushion two minutes later.
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Empowerment rules at MTV awards, with win for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Superhero blockbuster "Avengers: Endgame" was the top winner at the MTV Movie and TV awards on Monday in a show marked by messages of empowerment and self-esteem. The MTV Movie and TV awards usually focus on crowd-pleasers and is an irreverent antidote to the more serious winter Hollywood awards season. "Surviving R. Kelly," in which seven women spoke on camera about what they said was years of sexual and emotional abuse by the "I Believe I Can Fly" singer, won best documentary.
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Close to home: Anaheim Ducks promote Dallas Eakins to coach
Dallas Eakins spent the past four years developing the Anaheim Ducks' top prospects in San Diego and preparing himself for another NHL coaching opportunity. Eakins was hired as the Ducks' head coach on Monday, moving up from their AHL affiliate to take over a longtime NHL power that stumbled last season. "This is just such an incredible opportunity," Eakins said in his introductory news conference at the Ducks' sparkling new training complex in Irvine.
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Gunman dead, 2 injured in second California Costco shooting in three days
A gunman shot two people in a Costco parking lot Monday afternoon in Southern California before turning his weapon on himself.
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'Hey, Hey, Hey': Bill Cosby posted for Father's Day – leaving many to diss 'America's Dad'
Bill Cosby may be in prison, but his social media accounts still posted a Father's Day message Sunday.
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Porcello pitches Red Sox past Twins 2-0 with 7 scoreless
Rick Porcello pitched seven shutout innings for Boston to outduel Minnesota ace Jose Berrios, and the Red Sox stretched their winning streak to a season-high six straight games with a 2-0 victory over the Twins on Monday night. Porcello (5-6) allowed only four hits and one walk with eight strikeouts, just his third start out of 15 this season with seven or more innings completed. Berrios (8-3) struck out 10 batters in a season-most eight innings, with five hits and no walks allowed.
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The Latest: Oregon House approves progressive climate policy
The Oregon House has approved an economywide cap-and trade-program. The program would put an overall limit on greenhouse gas emissions and auction off pollution "allowances" for each ton of carbon industries plan to emit.
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In Germany, activists battle food waste with dumpster diving
"You've got to be fast, respect the sites and most importantly, evade police because it is illegal in Germany to take unsold goods from a bin," said the anti-food-waste activist of his midnight run. A master's student in physics, 22-year-old Andrea, who declined to give his full name, said he was not dumpster diving out of financial need. My grandmother always said: 'don't throw food away'.
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Castillo wins 7th straight as Reds squeak past Astros
Luis Castillo overcame errant command of the strike zone and the host Cincinnati Reds held on through some tense moments in the latter innings for a 3-2 victory over the Houston Astros on Monday. Castillo (7-1) walked a career-high six batters, including Robinson Chirinos and Tyler White to open the top of the seventh inning. Chirinos and pinch-hitter Jake Marisnick ultimately scored to slice Houston's deficit to 3-2, but reliever Amir Garrett induced a fly out from Yordan Alvarez to stifle the Houston rally and strand a pair of runners in scoring position.
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UPDATE 1-New York latest state to approve driver's licenses for illegal immigrants
Illegal immigrants to the United States will be able to obtain driver's licenses in New York under a bill passed by the state legislature on Monday and signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo. The state Senate in Albany voted 33-29 to approve the legislation, which previously passed in the Assembly. New York will join at least a dozen other states that allow illegal immigrants to obtain driver's licenses, becoming the second most populous state after California to take that step.
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Shark bites 8-year-old boy at North Carolina's Bald Head Island
An 8-year-old boy was bitten by a shark Sunday afternoon at Bald Head Island.
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Mikolas, Cardinals shut out Marlins
Miles Mikolas pitched six scoreless innings, Matt Carpenter and Dexter Fowler slugged home runs, and the host St. Louis Cardinals earned a 5-0 win over the Miami Marlins on Monday. Mikolas (5-7), a native Floridian who lost to his hometown Marlins last week, was much better this time around, allowing six hits -- all singles -- and no walks while striking out four. Carpenter went 3-for-4 with his 10th homer of the season, a double and two runs, helping the Cardinals improve to 6-2 in their past eight games.
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Santana, Lynn drive Rangers past Indians
Danny Santana belted a two-run homer, and Lance Lynn struck out nine over seven innings as the host Texas Rangers posted a 7-2 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Monday. Elvis Andrus ripped a two-run double, and former Indian Shin-Soo Choo and Jeff Mathis each drove in a run for the Rangers, who scored all seven of their runs with two outs. Francisco Lindor and rookie Oscar Mercado each belted a solo homer for the Indians, who fell for just the fourth time in 12 games.
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Porcello, Red Sox blank Twins
J.D. Martinez and Xander Bogaerts each went 2-for-4 with an RBI and Rick Porcello threw seven shutout innings to outduel Jose Berrios and lead the Boston Red Sox to a 2-0 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Monday night in Minneapolis. It was a season-high sixth straight victory for Boston which also moved six games above .500 for the first time this season. Porcello (5-6) allowed four hits and a walk while striking out eight to pick up his first road victory in four decisions.
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Sorry PM: Pakistan's World Cup losing run vs India hits 7
Imran Khan won a Cricket World Cup for Pakistan long before he won an election to be prime minister. The PM had a few ideas on how Pakistan might end its run of six World Cup losses to archrival India, so he sent a few thoughts via social media for the team. — Pakistan won the toss and sent India in to bat at Old Trafford.
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Boeing's 737 Max Could Take to the Skies Again
Boeing is open to dropping the “Max” branding for its latest 737 jetliner, based on a global study it is conducting of consumer and airline responses to an aircraft name that’s been tarnished by two fatal crashes and a three-month grounding.
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Braves expect Keuchel to make first start Friday
The Atlanta Braves haven't officially named their starter for Friday night's game in Washington, but no less a source than manager Brian Snitker is expecting it be the recently signed former Cy Young Award winner Dallas Keuchel. The Braves, who have won 10 of their last 11 games to take a 3-game lead over the Philadelphia Phillies in the National League's East Division, signed Keuchel to a one-year contract worth $13 million on June 7. Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman was enthused about Keuchel's apparent arrival.
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UPDATE 1-Britain's Hammond 'prepared to resign' over May's spending plans -ITV, citing PA
British finance minister Philip Hammond is "prepared to resign" over Prime Minister Theresa May's legacy spending plans, ITV said on Tuesday, citing the Press Association. Senior government sources told the Press Association that tension between officials at the Treasury and the prime minister's office had reached boiling point over May's spending intentions, according https://bit.ly/2Ff7Yke to ITV.
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Braves roll over Mets for 10th win in 11 games
Ronald Acuna Jr. continued his torrid offensive pace with three more hits, including a leadoff home run, and the Atlanta Braves defeated the visiting New York Mets 12-3 on Monday. Acuna was 3-for-5 with his 17th homer and two RBIs and extended his hitting streak to nine games, matching his season-best. Acuna, who was 4-for-5 on Sunday, is hitting .409 (18-for-44) with three homers during the streak.
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California congresswoman supports Trump impeachment inquiry
Freshman U.S. Rep. Katie Porter on Monday threw her support behind an impeachment investigation of President Donald Trump, adding another Democratic lawmaker to those clamoring for the move. The congresswoman from Irvine, California, announced her decision in a video statement. Porter said she believes Congress must investigate after special counsel Robert Mueller said he couldn't exonerate Trump of obstruction of justice in a probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election and didn't have the option to indict a sitting president.
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Utah Students Watch as Family Members Join Protests in Hong Kong
A Brigham Young University student Gordon Poon's sister has joined the protests in Hong Kong, China.
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What Chinese Citizens Have Learned About Hong Kong’s Protests
(Bloomberg) -- While the world has focused on Hong Kong over the past week, most of the 1.4 billion people right across the border in China have not.As hundreds of thousands of protesters march in Hong Kong’s streets against unpopular China-backed extradition legislation, another battle is unfolding across Beijing’s Great Firewall. Photos and information about the biggest protests since the handover of the former British colony are being systematically wiped from China’s internet. Meanwhile, Chinese state media is pushing a narrative blaming the protest movement on U.S. interference.On Weibo, China’s Twitter-like social media platform, posts voicing support for Hong Kong protesters have been removed since the demonstrations kicked off last weekend -- leaving mostly Chinese media editorials on hostile foreign players trying to meddle in Chinese affairs. While WeChat users outside the mainland could share photos and comments about the protests on the popular messaging app, their contacts within the Firewall of China generally failed to see the posts.Typing “Hong Kong” into China’s largest search engine, Baidu, fails to produce news on protests that brought hundreds of thousands of people onto the streets. Censors have even taken note of the songs sung by demonstrators: “Do you Hear The People Sing,” a protest anthem from the musical “Les Miserables,” has been wiped from Tencent’s QQ Music streaming service.Read more: Hong Kong’s Future Remains Unsettled Despite a Win by ProtestersThe terms “Hong Kong,” “in extradition” and “protests” are among the most-searched terms on Freeweibo.com, a site monitoring posts that have been deleted from the site.Baidu declined to comment in an emailed statement. Representatives for Tencent and Weibo didn’t immediately respond to emailed requests for comment.Media NarrativeThe English-language China Daily reported Monday that Hong Kong parents took to the streets on Sunday in order to urge U.S. politicians against interference in the city’s extradition amendments -- raising the eyebrows of China watchers after posting the story to its official Twitter account.The nationalistic Global Times has run commentaries accusing the U.S. of interference. On Monday, it went further, connecting a week of protest in the city with ongoing trade negotiations between America and China -- a step China’s government had avoided through the week.If Washington thinks “playing the ‘Hong Kong card’ can force China to make compromises in trade negotiations with the U.S., it had better think twice,” the paper warned. “The riots in Hong Kong will only consolidate Beijing’s tough stance against Washington.”Read more: Carrie Lam Clings to Hong Kong’s ‘Impossible Job’ After ProtestsChina’s Communist Party tightly controls the flow of information into its public sphere. As its media diverts attention to the trade war and warnings of sabotage by outside forces, mainland readers are largely oblivious to the aims of the mass protests -- the withdrawal of contentious legislation that would, for the first time, allow extradition to China.“The reports are mostly intended for domestic readers,” said Cheung Siu Wai, a senior lecturer at Hong Kong Baptist University. “It’s impossible to completely to censor all information, so they still need an official interpretation of the events for Chinese readers.”Chinese authorities haven’t shied away from protesting recent U.S. action in support of Hong Kong’s autonomy. In response to American lawmakers’ push to reintroduce the The Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act, Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Le Yucheng summoned Robert W. Forden, Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, to lodge a complaint over the U.S.’s “irresponsible” comments regarding the extradition bill.\--With assistance from Selina Wang.To contact Bloomberg News staff for this story: Lulu Yilun Chen in Hong Kong at ychen447@bloomberg.net;Dandan Li in Beijing at dli395@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Peter Elstrom at pelstrom@bloomberg.net, ;Brendan Scott at bscott66@bloomberg.net, Karen LeighFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
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Angels belt four homers, down Blue Jays
Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani each homered and had three RBIs, Felix Pena pitched six-plus innings in relief, and the visiting Los Angeles Angels defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 10-5 Monday night. Trout had four hits, including a two-run double. Justin Upton and Kole Calhoun also homered for the Angels.
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Australian Rules-AFL boss apologises after fans 'intimidated'
Australian Football League (AFL) boss Gillon McLachlan has apologised to fans after a huge backlash against a security crackdown at recent games which has seen spectators warned by stadium staff for being too loud. Security has been in the spotlight in the Australian Rules top flight following a number of violent incidents in match-day crowds but fans and pundits have condemned the league for its response. Melbourne's Docklands stadium, which is owned by the AFL, employed "behavioural awareness officers" to patrol the terraces during matches over the weekend, prompting pundits to describe them as "thought police".
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Phillies at Nats postponed, split DH set for Wednesday
The scheduled game between the Philadelphia Phillies and host Washington Nationals was rained out Monday night. The starters Monday were going to be the Phillies' Jake Arrieta (6-5, 4.31 ERA) and the Nationals' Patrick Corbin (5-5, 4.11). Regularly scheduled games are on for Tuesday and Thursday at 7:05 p.m. The Phillies make their third and final trip to Washington in late September.
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A Texas man accused of opening fire outside a Dallas courthouse posted far-right memes online
A Texas man accused of opening fire outside a Dallas courthouse uploaded right-wing memes to Facebook, including memes about Nazism and the Confederacy.
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Saudi air defences intercept two Houthi drones -Saudi press agency
Saudi air defences intercepted two Houthi drones, one of them targeting a residential area in the southern city of Abha, the Saudi press agency said on Tuesday, citing the Saudi-led coalition. Al Masirah TV, citing a military spokesman, said on Monday the Houthis launched drone attacks on Abha airport. The Houthis have launched several strikes at Abha since last week, when a missile attack on the airport wounded 26 people.
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Police: 3 passengers shot on Chicago city bus after argument
Police say an argument aboard a Chicago city bus led to a shooting that injured three passengers, two of them teenagers. Authorities say a 35-year-old man pulled out a handgun and fired several shots after a quarrel escalated between him and two other passengers on the Chicago Transit Authority bus. An 18-year-old man was being treated for multiple gunshot wounds at the University of Chicago Medical Center.
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Saudi air defenses intercept two Houthi drones: Saudi press agency
Al Masirah TV, citing a military spokesman, said on Monday the Houthis launched drone attacks on Abha airport. The Houthis have launched several strikes at Abha since last week, when a missile attack on the airport wounded 26 people.
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Padres' Machado appeals one-game suspension
San Diego Padres third baseman Manny Machado was suspended one game and fined an undisclosed amount for "aggressively arguing and making contact with" an umpire Saturday, Major League Baseball announced Monday. The suspension was to be served Monday night, with the Padres hosting the Milwaukee Brewers, but it will be delayed after Machado chose to appeal. Video says it all," Machado said of the encounter.
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Soccer-Polkinghorne out, 16-year-old Fowler an option for Matildas
Australia central defender Clare Polkinghorne is unavailable for their final Group C game at the women's World Cup, coach Ante Milicic has said, but 16-year-old striker Mary Fowler could get a runout against Jamaica. The Matildas, who have one loss and one win in their group matches so far, are strong favourites to beat Jamaica in Grenoble on Tuesday and take their place in the knockout stages of the tournament. Polkinghorne missed the 3-2 comeback win over Brazil with a hamstring problem and Steph Catley will again replace her at the heart of the defence, while there is also an injury cloud over midfielder Tameka Yallop, Milicic told reporters.
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Shark bites 8-year-old boy at North Carolina's Bald Head Island
An 8-year-old boy was bitten by a shark Sunday afternoon at Bald Head Island.
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The Latest: US Steel restores pollution controls at plant
U.S. Steel says it has resumed normal operations at its coke plant outside Pittsburgh after fire knocked out an air pollution control system. The company said in a statement late Monday that it has completed repairs at the Clairton coke plant following a small electrical fire almost 16 hours earlier. U.S. Steel says equipment used to remove sulfur dioxide is now working again.
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Angels belt four homers, down Blue Jays
Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani each homered and had three RBIs, Felix Pena pitched six-plus innings in relief, and the visiting Los Angeles Angels defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 10-5 Monday night. Trout had four hits, including a two-run double. Justin Upton and Kole Calhoun also homered for the Angels.
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Venezuela frees jailed opposition lawmaker ahead of U.N. rights chief's visit
Venezuela on Monday freed opposition lawmaker Gilber Caro, who was detained in April in what allies said was a violation of his parliamentary immunity, the opposition-controlled National Assembly said on Twitter. The move by President Nicolas Maduro's government, which faces a challenge to its legitimacy from National Assembly leader Juan Guaido, comes days before a visit by Michelle Bachelet, the United Nations high commissioner for human rights, to meet victims of rights abuses and speak with both leaders.
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Phillies at Nats postponed, split DH set for Wednesday
The game between the Philadelphia Phillies and host Washington Nationals was rained out Monday night. Regularly scheduled games are on for Tuesday and Thursday at 7:05 p.m. The Phillies make their third and final trip to Washington in late September. Washington's Matt Adams, who avoided a trip to the injured list on the last road trip, hit two homers and drove in a career-high seven RBIs as the Nationals won 15-5 over Arizona.
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Venezuela frees jailed opposition lawmaker ahead of U.N. rights chief's visit
Venezuela on Monday freed opposition lawmaker Gilber Caro, who was detained in April in what allies said was a violation of his parliamentary immunity, the opposition-controlled National Assembly said on Twitter. The move by President Nicolas Maduro's government, which faces a challenge to its legitimacy from National Assembly leader Juan Guaido, comes days before a visit by Michelle Bachelet, the United Nations high commissioner for human rights, to meet victims of rights abuses and speak with both leaders.
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Trump Cryptically Parrots Fox News Graphic Encouraging Iran Military Strike
Mere minutes after Fox News aired a segment on Monday that seemingly laid out the case for military strikes against Iran, President Trump cryptically—and without context—tweeted out verbatim a graphic displayed by the network, noting Iran has threatened to exceed uranium stockpile limits set by the 2015 nuclear deal.“Iran to defy Uranium Stockpile Limits,” the president tweeted at 11:49 a.m. ET, three minutes after America’s Newsroom aired a chyron with the same wording:As first highlighted by Media Matters’ Matthew Gertz—who often tracks the president’s habit of live-tweeting Fox News programming—the segment itself included commentary that encouraged strikes against Iran, claiming that Iran only responds to strength and brief action against the nation won’t necessarily lead to a protracted war.Fox News anchor Julie Banderas first highlighted Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s assertion over the weekend that America doesn’t want war as tensions increase with Iran but will take military action if needed.“History will tell you Iran only responds to strength,” Banderas noted after Fox News contributor Daniel Hoffman said the stockpiling of low-grade uranium was a “real threat” to the United States. “Strength in numbers, strength in military action is needed according to Mike Pompeo, who says the president would back that. Do you believe that military action is needed?”Stating the United States is not interested in returning to the Iran Nuclear Deal that the Trump administration withdrew from last year, Hoffman went on to say that the administration is hinting at a “flexible response” that could include B-52 bombers if the United States felt under attack.“If there’s something smaller, then we might respond with something less serious than that,” the former CIA official added.Banderas, meanwhile, responded by replaying an earlier segment that featured Fox News analyst and retired general Jack Keane, noting Keane claimed military action would not necessarily lead to war and that viewers shouldn’t be that concerned over potential military strikes.After playing Keane’s remarks, in which he said Iran doesn’t want a war but is willing to “escalate militarily” so the United States has to “have enough resolve to stand up to that,” Banderas reiterated Keane’s belief that America needs to be tougher with Iran.“The United States does not want war as well with Iran,” the Fox News anchor declared. “But they are going to step up the game because these war game that are being played by Iran, the United States isn’t going to go for that.”Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.
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DR officials identify man believed to have paid Ortiz hitmen
Dominican authorities on Monday identified the man they believe paid hit men to try and kill David Ortiz, adding that they were closing in on the mastermind and motive behind the shooting of the famous slugger who is recovering at a hospital in Boston. The man was identified as Alberto Miguel Rodríguez Mota, whom authorities say is a fugitive. The announcement was made as a judge held a hearing closed to the public for another suspect nicknamed "Bone." Officials did not release details, but according to court documents obtained by The Associated Press, the man, whose real name is Gabriel Alexánder Pérez Vizcaíno, is accused of being the liaison between the alleged hit men and the person who paid them.
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MLB notebook: Rangers' Pence heads to IL
The Texas Rangers placed outfielder Hunter Pence on the 10-day injured list Monday because of a strained right groin. Pence sustained the injury Sunday against the Cincinnati Reds, when he was playing right field and chasing Jose Peraza's hit into the corner in the fifth inning. Pence, 36, is hitting .294 with 15 home runs and 48 RBIs in 55 games this season, his first with the Rangers after signing as a free agent from the San Francisco Giants.
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UPDATE 1-Trump ex-aide Manafort moved to Manhattan, arraignment seen near -source
Paul Manafort, U.S. President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, was transferred to a detention facility in Manhattan on Monday ahead of an expected arraignment on state charges in New York, a person familiar with the matter said. Manafort, 70, was moved from a federal prison in Pennsylvania to the Metropolitan Correctional Facility, according to the person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the transfer has not been disclosed. The move means Manafort will not be held at New York's troubled Rikers island jail complex as are most federal inmates facing charges in the state, the New York Times said.
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Tanaka Ks 10 in 2-hitter, Yankees blank Rays 3-0 to up lead
Masahiro Tanaka pitched a two-hitter with 10 strikeouts for his fourth major league shutout, and the New York Yankees beat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-0 on Monday night to increase their slim lead in the AL East. DJ LeMahieu hit a two-run homer off Yonny Chirinos, and Cameron Maybin homered in his third consecutive game. Edwin Encarnación received an enthusiastic ovation from fans in his Yankees debut after being acquired from Seattle in a trade late Saturday night.
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GLOBAL MARKETS-Asia stocks cautious before Fed, oil on defensive
Investor caution ahead of the Federal Reserve's interest rate meeting capped Asian stocks on Tuesday, while crude oil prices retreated as global growth worries overshadowed supply concerns stemming from recent Middle East tensions. Bucking the trend were Australian stocks, which rose 0.3% after minutes from the Reserve Bank of Australia's (RBA) last policy meeting pointed to the possibility of another interest rate cut. The Fed, facing fresh demands by U.S. President Donald Trump to cut interest rates, begins a two-day meeting later on Tuesday.
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Man pleads guilty to decapitating Montana casino patron
One of two men charged with decapitating a casino patron has pleaded guilty. The Billings Gazette reports that 34-year-old Jeffery Glen Haverty pleaded guilty Monday. Haverty and 32-year-old Donald Ray Cherry were both charged with deliberate homicide in the October 2017 death of 41-year-old Myron Wesley Knight.
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LAPD investigates off-duty officer's actions in Costco shooting
The Los Angeles Police Department is gathering evidence and video footage in an administrative investigation into an off-duty officer who shot and killed a man authorities say attacked him inside a Southern California Costco Wholesale warehouse store.
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UPDATE 1-Trump says U.S. agency will begin removing millions of illegal immigrants
President Donald Trump said on Monday that U.S. authorities would begin next week removing millions of immigrants who are in the United States illegally. "Next week ICE will begin the process of removing the millions of illegal aliens who have illicitly found their way into the United States," Trump tweeted, referring to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. There are an estimated 12 million immigrants who are in the United States illegally, mainly from Mexico and Central America.
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New York poised to become latest state to grant driver's licenses to illegal immigrants
The state Senate in Albany voted 33-29 to approve the legislation, which previously passed in the Assembly. New York is poised to join at least a dozen other states that allow illegal immigrants to obtain driver's licenses. Many Republicans in New York opposed the measure, which was passed after Republican President Donald Trump moved to crack down on illegal immigration on several fronts.
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Tanaka silences Rays in Yankees shutout win
Masahiro Tanaka pitched a two-hitter and was backed by two homers, as the New York Yankees opened a 10-game homestand with a 3-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday night in the opener of a three-game series between the top two teams in the AL East. In three starts this season against Tampa Bay, Tanaka has allowed one run on 10 hits and one walk in 22 innings, with 23 strikeouts. Tanaka won consecutive starts for the first time this season, on a night in which he retired the first nine hitters.
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Urbanisation, commercial farms threaten Asia's forests, U.N. warns
Sprawling urban areas and expanding plantations are placing greater pressure on forests and resources in Asia-Pacific, hurting rural communities and exacerbating the effects of climate change, the United Nations food agency said on Tuesday. The region has the world's lowest per capita forest area of 19% compared to the global average of 32%, even as the total forest area increased by nearly 18 million hectares (44 million acres) between 1990 and 2015, a report by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said. While some Asian countries have introduced policies to conserve forests and give more rights to indigenous people, the area of planted forest nearly doubled between 1990 and 2015 at the expense of more critical primary forests, it said.
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AP EXPLAINS: Iran's nuclear program as 2015 deal unravels
Iran announced it will exceed the uranium stockpile limit set by Tehran's nuclear deal with world powers in the next 10 days, further escalating tensions in the Mideast. The June 27 deadline comes ahead of another, July 7 deadline for Europe to come up with better terms for Iran to stay in the accord. If that second deadline passes without any action, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says the Islamic Republic likely will resume higher uranium enrichment.
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Pentagon sending 1,000 U.S. troops to Middle East after oil tanker attack
Last week, the Trump administration accused Tehran of being responsible for an explosion that set two oil tankers on fire off the coast of Iran.
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Yankees expect Stanton-Encarnacion-Judge in lineup this week
In the span of a week, the New York Yankees' lineup could get a complete makeover with the addition of American League home run leader Edwin Encarnacion and the healthy return of outfielders Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge. Encarnacion, acquired from the Seattle Mariners, was in the lineup Monday night against the Tampa Bay Rays as the Yankees return home from a road trip for what is setting up as an explosive homestand. Batting fifth as New York's designated hitter, he went 0-for-4 in the Yankees' 3-0 win.
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Relatives of person killed in Corona Costco shooting seek answers as LAPD launches investigation
The Los Angeles Police Department is launching its own investigation into the deadly shooting involving one of its officers inside a Costco Wholesale store in Corona.
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Trump says U.S. agency will begin removing millions of illegal immigrants
President Donald Trump said on Monday that U.S. authorities will begin next week removing millions of illegal immigrants in the United States. "Next week ICE will begin the process of removing the millions of illegal aliens who have illicitly found their way into the United States," Trump tweeted, referring to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.
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China's May home prices up 0.7% m/m, touch ahead of April; rise 10.7% y/y
China's new home prices rose 0.7% month-on-month in May, picking up the pace slightly from a 0.6% gain the previous month, Reuters calculated from National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) data published on Tuesday. On a yearly basis, average new home prices in China's 70 major cities increased 10.7% in May, unchanged from the growth rate in April. China's real estate market has shown signs of resurgence in recent months as some smaller cities quietly loosened curbs, and confidence has been lifted by Beijing's call on banks to beef up lending and lower interest rates.
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Trump says U.S. agency will begin removing millions of illegal immigrants
President Donald Trump said on Monday that U.S. authorities will begin next week removing millions of illegal immigrants in the United States. "Next week ICE will begin the process of removing the millions of illegal aliens who have illicitly found their way into the United States," Trump tweeted, referring to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.
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NBA notebook: Gunshots mar Raptors' title celebration
Four people sustained non-life-threatening gunshot wounds at Monday's rally celebrating the Raptors' championship, Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders said. Three arrests were made, according to Saunders, who added that the investigation was ongoing. A reported 1.5 million parked Toronto's downtown for the Raptors' parade and subsequent rally at City Hall.
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Australia's central bank says 'likely' will have to cut rates again
SYDNEY, (Reuters) - - Australia's central bank believes it will likely have to cut interest rates further from the current record low of 1.25% in order to push down unemployment and revive growth in wages and inflation. Minutes of the Reserve Bank of Australia's (RBA) June policy meeting showed its Board decided cutting rates by a quarter point at that meeting would help speed up the economy, but would not be enough on its own. "Given the amount of spare capacity in the labour market and the economy more broadly, members agreed that it was more likely than not that a further easing in monetary policy would be appropriate in the period ahead," the minutes showed.
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Arrests made after 4 shot during Raptors' celebration
Four people sustained non-life-threatening gunshot wounds at Monday's rally celebrating the Raptors' championship, Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders said. Three arrests were made, according to Saunders, who added that the investigation was ongoing. A reported 1.5 million parked Toronto's downtown for the Raptors' parade and subsequent rally at City Hall.
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Pelicans pick up Gentry's 2020-21 option
"We couldn't be happier to extend our relationship with Alvin," executive vice president of basketball operations David Griffin said in a statement. As I have mentioned several times previously, the shared vision we have for the future of Pelicans basketball both on and off the floor will enable us to build a roster that fits both culturally and tactically. Gentry, 64, has spent the past four seasons coaching the Pelicans, going 145-183 with three losing years.
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Soccer-El Salvador beat Curacao 1-0 in Gold Cup group opener
El Salvador got their Gold Cup campaign off to a winning start on Monday with a 1-0 win over Curacao in Jamaica. Nelson Bonilla ran on to a through ball from Oscar Ceren in the dying seconds of the first half and his angled shot into the bottom right-hand corner of the net proved the winner. The Group C game was held at Kingston’s Independence Park as part of the Gold Cup expansion plans promoted by the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF).
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Report: Pelicans pick up Gentry's 2020-21 option
The New Orleans Pelicans picked up the 2020-21 option for head coach Alvin Gentry, ESPN reported on Monday, putting him under contract for the next two seasons. Gentry, 64, has spent the past four seasons coaching the Pelicans, going 145-183 with three losing years. The Pelicans went 33-49 this season.
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Relatives of man killed in Corona Costco shooting seek answers as LAPD launches investigation
The Los Angeles Police Department is launching its own investigation into the deadly shooting involving one of its officers inside a Costco Wholesale store in Corona.
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4 Million Barrels of Oil Halted? How a U.S.-Iran War Could Get Nasty.
Oil tankers have burned on the Persian Gulf, allegedly victims of Iranian attack. An American drone was shot down over Yemen by rebel forces who reportedly have enjoyed some measure of Iranian support. And now Iran is threatening to exceed hard limits placed on its nuclear program. In the summer of 2019 Iran and the United States are “staggering toward war,” Jim Krane, a fellow at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, wrote for Forbes.And to great degree it’s the fault of U.S. president Donald Trump, who in 2017 withdrew the United States from a 2015 agreement limiting Iran’s nuclear-weapons program.Four years ago Tehran suspended uranium enrichment in exchange for relief from economic sanctions. Trump reimposed many of those sanctions.Since then at least six oil tankers have come under attack while sailing near Iran, several of them in recent weeks. The Trump administration blames Tehran for the attacks. But the tanker raids, if Iran indeed is responsible, make sense from an Iranian point of view, Krane wrote.“It’s looking like Iran had something to do with the reckless attacks on civilian shipping, probably in response to what Tehran unsurprisingly views as U.S. economic warfare.”
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Hong Kong protests a rare defeat for Xi, say analysts
China's powerful President Xi Jinping has been dealt a rare setback with the suspension of unpopular legislation in Hong Kong following massive protests, but Beijing could bite back by tightening its grip on the semi-autonomous city, according to analysts. Hundreds of thousands of protesters returned to the streets of Hong Kong on Sunday, calling for the resignation of the territory's pro-Beijing leader Carrie Lam -- even after she suspended a deeply unpopular bill that would have allowed extraditions to the mainland.
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Soccer-Sanchez strikes as Copa holders Chile thrash Japan
Manchester United misfit Alexis Sanchez scored for the first time in five months and provided an assist as Chile began their Copa America defence in emphatic fashion with a thumping 4-0 win over tournament guests Japan on Monday. The 2015 and 2016 Copa champions took the lead late in the first half against a largely young and inexperienced Japan with a towering header from midfielder Erick Pulgar. Journeyman striker Eduardo Vargas continued his remarkable consistency for his country by scoring in a fourth consecutive major tournament by doubling Chile's lead in the 54th minute with the help of a deflection.
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FOREX-Pound at 5-1/2-month low as Johnson leads, Aussie vulnerable
The British pound on Tuesday languished near this year's low on rising worries Boris Johnson, the front-runner to replace UK Prime Minister Theresa May, could put Britain on a path towards a dreaded no-deal Brexit. The Australian dollar is also at its lowest levels since the flash crash of early January, hit by growing expectations of another rate cut by the country's central bank and by the spectre of a further slowdown in China - Australia's largest export market. The yen and the euro were steadier, with investors holding out for trading clues from policy-setting meetings by the U.S. Federal Reserve and the Bank of Japan as well as a conference organised by the European Central Bank, all scheduled this week.
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The Lowdown: The Army's 'New' M-1A2C Abrams Tank Is Coming.
Kennedy told Lima News the tank plant’s workforce has grown from around 500 to more than 600 since a hiring spree started in late 2018. He said he expects the workforce to expand to 700 by the end of 2019 and exceed 900 in 2020.The U.S. Army’s newest tank in the summer of 2019 should enter service with the first large unit to use the type.(This first appeared last month.)The Army in late 2017 accepted the very first M-1A2C Abrams tanks. Nearly two years later the service has enough of the new vehicles to equip an entire brigade.“We’re in the throes of getting that together,” Hank Kennedy, a manager at General Dynamics’ tank plant in Lima Ohio, told Lima News.The “first brigade is critical because we need to get [them] into the soldiers’ hands so they can get trained on it and everything else,” Kennedy said.A U.S. Army armored brigade typically operates around 100 tanks. The Army has 16 armored brigades as part of a total force of 58 combat brigades.The M-1A2C is the latest variant of Abrams to enter production. Congress in 2019 gave the Army $1.5 billion to buy 135 M-1s from General Dynamics, extending a program that began in the 1970s.The Army’s budget proposal for 2020 asks for 174 new and upgraded tanks.
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Blackout in South America raises questions about power grid
The huge blackout that left tens of millions of people in the dark in Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay over the weekend raised serious questions about the vulnerability of the power grid in South America and brought criticism down on Argentina's leader. President Mauricio Macri promised a thorough investigation into the cause of what he called an unprecedented outage. Energy officials said the findings would not be available for 10 to 15 days, and they had no immediate estimate of the economic damage from Sunday's 14-hour power failure.
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Trump ex-aide Manafort moved to Manhattan, arraignment seen near: source
Paul Manafort, U.S. President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, was transferred to a detention facility in Manhattan on Monday ahead of an expected arraignment on state charges in New York, a person familiar with the matter said. Manafort, 70, was moved from a federal prison in Pennsylvania to the Metropolitan Correctional Facility on Monday morning, according to the person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the transfer has not been disclosed. An attorney for Manafort did not respond to a request for comment.
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Rangers acquire D Trouba in trade with Jets
The New York Rangers acquired defenseman Jacob Trouba from the Winnipeg Jets on Monday in exchange for defenseman Neal Pionk and the 20th overall pick in the 2019 NHL draft. Trouba, selected by Winnipeg with the ninth pick in the 2012 draft, has played in 408 games for the Jets in the past six seasons, with 137 assists and 42 goals. The 20th pick in this year's draft, which begins Friday, originally belonged to the Jets before they sent it to the Rangers while acquiring forward Kevin Hayes in February.
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REFILE-GLOBAL MARKETS-Asia stocks capped ahead of Fed, oil on defensive
Investor caution ahead of the Federal Reserve's interest rate meeting capped Asian stocks on Tuesday, while crude oil prices retreated as global growth worries overshadowed supply concerns stemming from recent Middle East tensions. The Fed, facing fresh demands by U.S. President Donald Trump to cut interest rates, begins a two-day meeting later on Tuesday. Fresh hopes for looser U.S. monetary policy have been a tonic for risk assets markets, which were buffeted last month by an escalation in the trade conflict between Washington and Beijing.
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Asia stocks capped ahead of Fed, oil on defensive
Investor caution ahead of the Federal Reserve's interest rate meeting capped Asian stocks on Tuesday, while crude oil prices retreated as global growth worries overshadowed supply concerns stemming from recent Middle East tensions. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan inched up 0.05%. Australian stocks added 0.1% while Japan's Nikkei dipped 0.05%.
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76 MEPs back Catalan separatists blocked from collecting European Parliament credentials: letter
The Spanish government has violated the rights of three Catalan leaders elected to the European Parliament by blocking them from collecting their credentials, 76 MEPs said in a letter sent to the governing body of the European legislature on Monday. The legal rights of those Catalan separatists elected to office while on trial or wanted for arrest for their role in a failed 2017 secession bid have been a major headache for Spanish courts since elections in April and May. MEPs from a range of parties, in a letter seen by Reuters, called on the European Parliament to protect the rights of the three Catalan leaders who were unable to collect their credentials on Monday.
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NHL notebook: Karlsson signs $92 million deal with Sharks
All-Star defenseman Erik Karlsson signed an eight-year deal to remain with the San Jose Sharks. Karlsson, 29, could have become the league's marquee free agent this offseason as he reached the end of the seven-year, $45.5 million contract he signed with the Ottawa Senators, who selected him No. 15 overall pick in the 2008 NHL Draft. Limited to 53 games last season with a groin injury, Karlsson had 45 points (three goals, 42 assists).
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Raptors parade trophy through Toronto, uncertainty lingers
Two weeks from now, the Toronto Raptors' roster might look as different as Danny Green's combed-out mohawk with looming decisions from Kawhi Leonard, Marc Gasol and Green that brought an air of uncertainty to Monday's street party in Ontario. As the Raptors gathered with mobs of fans Monday to celebrate their NBA championship -- the City of Toronto projected 1.5 million fans packed downtown -- the next chapter for the Raptors will be on hold as a series of decisions that shape the future of the franchise are made. "Holding that trophy, there's nothing more special than that," Ed Rogers, chairman of Rogers Communications, partial owner of the Raptors, said Monday.
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Trump ex-aide Manafort moved to Manhattan, arraignment seen near -source
Paul Manafort, U.S. President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, was transferred to a detention facility in Manhattan on Monday ahead of an expected arraignment on state charges in New York, a person familiar with the matter said. Manafort, 70, was moved from a federal prison in Pennsylvania to the Metropolitan Correctional Facility on Monday morning, according to the person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the transfer has not been disclosed. An attorney for Manafort did not respond to a request for comment.
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U.S. Will Send 1,000 More Troops to Middle East Amid Iran Tensions
The Trump administration plans to send 1,000 more troops as well as additional military resources to the Middle East as tensions with Iran continue to simmer, the Defense Department announced Monday."In response to a request from the US Central Command for additional forces, and with the advice of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and in consultation with the White House, I have authorized approximately 1,000 additional troops for defensive purposes to address air, naval, and ground-based threats in the Middle East," read a statement from acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan."United States does not seek conflict with Iran," Shanahan said, but he highlighted recent threatening behavior by the state terror sponsor that could endanger U.S. forces."The recent Iranian attacks validate the reliable, credible intelligence we have received on hostile behavior by Iranian forces and their proxy groups that threaten United States personnel and interests across the region," the defense secretary said.Last month, the Trump administration deployed four bombers as well as the USS Abraham Lincoln carrier-strike group to the Persian Gulf amid fears that Iran was transporting short-range ballistic missiles in the region.Meanwhile, two oil tankers were apparently attacked in the Gulf of Oman last week, suffering a series of explosions that injured crew members. The U.S. Navy responded to the disaster offering assistance.Iran’s supreme leader also said this month that the U.S. would be powerless to stop Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons should it so desire and said no further negotiations with American leaders are forthcoming."The action today is being taken to ensure the safety and welfare of our military personnel working throughout the region and to protect our national interests," Shanahan said. "We will continue to monitor the situation diligently and make adjustments to force levels as necessary given intelligence reporting and credible threats."
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Prehistoric settlement in Turkey bears telltale signs of modern woes
The researchers examined 742 human skeletons unearthed at the prehistoric ruins of Catalhoyuk, inhabited from 9,100 to 7,950 years ago during a pivotal time in human evolution, for clues about what life was like at one of the earliest sizable settlements in the archeological record. The residents experienced a high rate of infections, as seen in their teeth and bones, probably caused by diseases spreading in crowded conditions amid challenges to proper hygiene, the researchers said. Overcrowding may have contributed to interpersonal violence. "A key message that people will take from these findings is that our current behaviours have deep roots in the history of humankind," said Ohio State University biological anthropologist Clark Spencer Larsen, who led the study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
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Death toll from China quakes rises to 11
BEIJING/SHANGHAI, June 18 (Reuters) - The death toll from two strong earthquakes in China rose to 11 on Tuesday, with 122 people injured, state media said, adding that rescuers pulled some survivors from rubble in a part of the country that often suffers strong tremors. The quakes, roughly 30 minutes apart, hit the southwestern province of Sichuan late on Monday, with shaking felt in key regional cities, such as the provincial capital of Chengdu and the metropolis of Chongqing. People rushed into the streets and cracks were left in some buildings by the quakes, pictures posted on the social media accounts of state media showed.
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Prehistoric settlement in Turkey bears telltale signs of modern woes
The researchers examined 742 human skeletons unearthed at the prehistoric ruins of Catalhoyuk, inhabited from 9,100 to 7,950 years ago during a pivotal time in human evolution, for clues about what life was like at one of the earliest sizable settlements in the archeological record. The residents experienced a high rate of infections, as seen in their teeth and bones, probably caused by diseases spreading in crowded conditions amid challenges to proper hygiene, the researchers said. Overcrowding may have contributed to interpersonal violence. "A key message that people will take from these findings is that our current behaviors have deep roots in the history of humankind," said Ohio State University biological anthropologist Clark Spencer Larsen, who led the study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
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Death toll from China quakes rises to 11
BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - The death toll from two strong earthquakes in China rose to 11 on Tuesday, with 122 people injured, state media said, adding that rescuers pulled some survivors from rubble in a part of the country that often suffers strong tremors. The quakes, roughly 30 minutes apart, hit the southwestern province of Sichuan late on Monday, with shaking felt in key regional cities, such as the provincial capital of Chengdu and the metropolis of Chongqing. People rushed into the streets and cracks were left in some buildings by the quakes, pictures posted on the social media accounts of state media showed.
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Supreme Court upholds 'double jeopardy' standard that could blunt impact of potential Trump pardons
The justices upheld the ability of federal and state prosecutions to try defendants twice for the same crime, which could affect anyone Trump pardons.
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US releases new photos it says incriminate Iran in tanker attacks
The United States military on Monday released new photos it says incriminate Iran in an attack last week on a tanker ship in strategic Gulf waters. The US argument centers on an unexploded limpet mine on the Kokuka Courageous ship it says was removed by Iranians on a patrol boat. "Iran is responsible for the attack based on video evidence and the resources and proficiency needed to quickly remove the unexploded limpet mine," the Pentagon said in a statement accompanying the imagery.
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UPDATE 2-Brazil's Bolsonaro replaces head of BNDES development bank
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro's government has named a 38-year-old banking executive as the head of development bank BNDES, replacing Joaquim Levy, who resigned on Sunday after Bolsonaro publicly criticized him. The Economy Ministry said Gustavo Montezano, its privatization secretary charged with advancing the divestiture of state assets, was named to run BNDES, one of the world's largest development banks. Montezano is a former executive at Banco BTG Pactual SA and had served in London as chief operating officer at Engelhart Commodities Trading Partners, which is owned by the investment bank's partners.
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Reuters Sports News Summary
Following is a summary of current sports news briefs. Cincinnati Reds second baseman Scooter Gennett, sidelined all season after suffering a severe groin strain near the end of spring training, began a rehab assignment at Class-A Daytona on Monday. "The first place he's going is Daytona Beach.
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Reuters World News Summary
There was a "systemic failure" of the United Nations in dealing with the situation in Myanmar ahead of a deadly 2017 military crackdown because it did not have a unified strategy and lacked Security Council support, according to an internal report. U.N. investigators have said the operation was executed with "genocidal intent" and included mass killings, gang rapes and widespread arson. Former Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi, the first democratically elected head of state in Egypt's modern history, died on Monday aged 67 after collapsing in a Cairo court while on trial on espionage charges, authorities said.
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Reuters US Domestic News Summary
The largest-known U.S. uranium deposit will remain firmly under ground after the Supreme Court on Monday upheld Virginia's ban on mining the radioactive metal, rebuffing a challenge backed by President Donald Trump's administration to the 1982 moratorium. In a 6-3 decision that underscored states' rights, the justices affirmed a lower court's ruling that threw out a lawsuit by Virginia Uranium Inc and other owners of the massive deposit valued by the company at $6 billion on private land in southern Virginia. Jury selection began on Monday in the trial of a U.S. Navy SEAL platoon leader court-martialed on charges of murdering a wounded Iraqi prisoner and shooting unarmed civilians, a war crimes case that has drawn the attention of U.S. President Donald Trump.
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Rangers' Pence (groin) lands on IL
The Texas Rangers placed outfielder Hunter Pence on the 10-day injured list Monday because of a strained right groin. Pence sustained the injury Sunday against the Cincinnati Reds, when he was playing right field and chasing Jose Peraza's hit into the corner in the fifth inning. Pence, 36, is hitting .294 with 15 home runs and 48 RBIs in 55 games this season, his first with the Rangers after signing as a free agent from the San Francisco Giants.
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North Carolina GOP pushes back on redistricting allegations
Attorneys for North Carolina Republican lawmakers pushed back hard in state court on Monday over accusations the legislators misled federal judges in an earlier redistricting lawsuit. Republican legislative leaders filed a response to a motion from attorneys for Common Cause, the state Democratic Party and Democratic voters now suing GOP legislators in a separate partisan legislative redistricting case. A major pretrial issue is the documents the plaintiffs subpoenaed from the computer files of the late GOP mapmaker Thomas Hofeller.
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Prehistoric settlement in Turkey bears telltale signs of modern woes
The researchers examined 742 human skeletons unearthed at the prehistoric ruins of Catalhoyuk, inhabited from 9,100 to 7,950 years ago during a pivotal time in human evolution, for clues about what life was like at one of the earliest sizable settlements in the archeological record. The residents experienced a high rate of infections, as seen in their teeth and bones, probably caused by diseases spreading in crowded conditions amid challenges to proper hygiene, the researchers said. Overcrowding may have contributed to interpersonal violence.
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Salvini proclaims Italy to be Washington's best EU ally
Italy is the United States' most reliable ally in Europe, Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini said on Monday, keen to present himself as a strong, trustworthy statesman during a flying visit to Washington. Fresh from his triumph in last month's European parliamentary election, when his League party came top of the polls in Italy, Salvini went to Washington to burnish his credentials as a dynamic EU leader with a glowing future.
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Man, 24, pleads guilty in transgender woman's 2016 death
Alabama authorities say a 24-year-old Birmingham man has pleaded guilty to murder and attempted murder of victims he targeted because they were transgender. The Birmingham News reports that Denzell Thomas, whose trial was set to begin this week, entered the pleas Monday in Circuit Judge Stephen Wallace's courtroom and was sentenced to 25 years in prison.
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UPDATE 1-Navy SEAL's trial for war crimes begins in San Diego
Jury selection began on Monday in the trial of a U.S. Navy SEAL platoon leader court-martialed on charges of murdering a wounded Iraqi prisoner and shooting unarmed civilians, a war crimes case that has drawn the attention of U.S. President Donald Trump. Gallagher, 39, is charged with murdering a wounded, helpless Islamic State fighter in his custody by stabbing him in the neck, and with attempted murder in the wounding of two civilians - a schoolgirl and an elderly man - shot from a sniper's perch in Iraq. Lawyers for the defense and prosecution will be selecting between 5 and 15 jurors from a pool, half of whom are officers and the other half enlisted men, Brian O’Rourke, Navy spokesman for U.S. Naval Base San Diego, told reporters on Monday.
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Abortion foes, supporters pack hearing in Massachusetts
The bill, called the "Roe Act" by supporters, would amend current state law, which allows abortions after 24 weeks only to preserve the life or health of the mother. The bill would also eliminate the requirement that teens obtain permission from a parent or judge before having an abortion. Rebecca Hart Holder, executive director of NARAL Massachusetts, said women seeking abortions after 24 weeks due to fatal fetal anomalies currently have to travel to other states to obtain the abortion.
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It shouldn't take Jon Stewart to rescue 9/11 first responders
50,000 survivors have been diagnosed with 9/11-related illnesses. Reauthorizing compensation is the least Mitch McConnell and Congress can do: Our view
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U.S. to send 1,000 additional troops to the Middle East
WASHINGTON, June 17 (Reuters) - Acting U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan announced on Monday the deployment of about 1,000 more troops to the Middle East for what he said were "defensive purposes," citing concerns about a threat from Iran. "The recent Iranian attacks validate the reliable, credible intelligence we have received on hostile behavior by Iranian forces and their proxy groups that threaten United States personnel and interests across the region," Shanahan said in a statement. Reuters first reported plans to send U.S. additional troops to the Middle East earlier on Monday.
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Shanahan’s confirmation hearing for defense secretary delayed amid FBI investigation
Patrick Shanahan is facing a protracted FBI investigation that has delayed his Senate hearing until at least next month.With Shanahan’s confirmation on hold, press reports have questioned his relationship with the president, and the Pentagon has been fielding press queries about his personal life.
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Chicago gang member found guilty of shooting ATF agent
A federal jury on Monday convicted a man accused of shooting a U.S. Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agent he allegedly mistook for a rival Chicago street gang member. Ernesto Godinez, 29, was convicted of the May 2018 shooting of Kevin Crump as he and other agents were installing tracking devices on cars belonging to suspected gang members. "It was an ambush," Assistant U.S. Attorney Nicholas Eichenseer said in his closing argument.
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Iran Warns Europe It Will Breach Nuclear Stockpile Cap in 10 Days
(Bloomberg) -- Iran warned European nations on Monday that it would breach in 10 days the landmark 2015 nuclear agreement unless they take action to alleviate the pressure of tightening U.S. sanctions in the coming weeks.The spokesman for Iran’s atomic energy agency, Behrouz Kamalvandi, said the country would exceed a cap on stockpiles of low-grade uranium on June 27 and threatened to raise enrichment purity beyond a 3.67% limit meant to prevent Iran from making weapons-grade material.“This is an important test for Europe. It’s to their detriment that the U.S. is making decisions for them,” he said in a televised address from Arak heavy water plant. “Meetings and summits won’t suffice. Once they take actionable measures, we can return to our previous commitments.”The announcement raises pressure on European nations who’ve urged Tehran to stick with a deal even after it was abandoned by the U.S. but have struggled to come up with a vehicle that would allow the Iranians to keep trading. It will also stoke further friction with the U.S., which has accused the Islamic Republic of being behind a spate of attacks on oil tankers near the Strait of Hormuz shipping chokepoint. Iran denies any wrongdoing.The U.K. said security officials were meeting on Monday to discuss the situation and the British government would consider renewed sanctions if Iran violates the nuclear deal.Gulf on Edge as Conflicting Accounts of Tanker Attacks Swirl (1)Tensions in the Gulf have spiked since the U.S. stopped granting waivers to buyers of Iranian oil in early May, tightening sanctions slapped on the Islamic Republic after President Donald Trump pulled the U.S. out of the accord a year ago. Trump says he wants to negotiate a new deal that would also restrict Iran’s missile programs and support for regional proxies. Iran says it is not seeking to develop a nuclear weapon.While China, Europe and Russia have stuck with the so-called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, an Iranian violation would make it harder for them to stand up to U.S. pressure.After waiting a year for action, Iran threatened on May 8 to gradually withdraw from the accord unless the remaining parties throw it an economic lifeline within 60 days.It said it would no longer comply with a 300-kilogram cap on the storage of enriched uranium and a 130-ton limit on stocks of heavy water after the U.S. revoked key waivers that had allowed the Iranians to send excess heavy water to Oman and ship out surplus enriched uranium in exchange for natural, or yellowcake, uranium.The U.S. move left Iran with a stark choice: submit to pressure and stop all enrichment or abandon some of its obligations under the accord.The country has since accelerated more than four-fold the rate at which it is enriching low-grade uranium and said it could hit its cap on heavy water storage in two-and-a-half months, though there were plenty of domestic uses for the material.Why the World Is Worried About Iran’s Nuclear Program: QuickTakeKamalvandi said European parties to the deal still had time to save it but the deadline would not be extended. If Europe gives the Iranians a way to maintain access to international oil and financial markets, Iran has promised to resume complying fully.European nations have been working with Iran on a vehicle that would allow it to trade but progress has been slow and the Trump administration is now considering fresh measures that would effectively block that initiative.What Europe Can, Can’t Do to Save Iran Nuclear Deal: QuickTakeMonday’s announcement was made on the heels of a visit to Tehran by the EU’s Helga Schmid, who heads a joint commission that mediates disputes under the nuclear accord.Developments in the Gulf will be discussed “at length during the day,” said the EU’s top foreign policy official Federica Mogherini. She convened a meeting of the bloc’s 28 foreign and defense ministers on Monday.An Iranian violation will turn up the heat on diplomats and monitors at the International Atomic Energy Agency responsible for monitoring compliance. IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano confirmed Iran had raised its rate of production last week and warned the nuclear deal was coming under “increasing tensions.”Inspectors are on the ground daily in Iran and any violation will be reported to IAEA members, Amano said. Overstepping stockpile limits could result in an extraordinary meeting of the IAEA’s board and the start a process that could lead to the re-imposition of broader United Nations sanctions.(Updates throughout.)To contact the reporters on this story: Golnar Motevalli in Tehran at gmotevalli@bloomberg.net;Arsalan Shahla in Dubai at ashahla@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Lin Noueihed at lnoueihed@bloomberg.net, Alaa ShahineFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
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Mexico vows crackdown on human smugglers, aims to finish border guard reinforcement
Mexico will fully deploy National Guard forces on its southern border with Guatemala this week and will crack down on human smugglers after nearly 800 people were found in transport containers headed for the U.S. border, officials said on Monday. Under a deal signed 10 days ago with Washington, Mexico has promised to send 6,000 National Guard members to control the flow of migrants into the country from Central America. The deal gave Mexico 45 days to palpably cut the number of migrants traveling through its territory to the United States.
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2020 NBA prospect LaMelo Ball heads to Australia
LaMelo Ball, a 17-year-old point guard, announced Monday he will play for the Illawarra Hawks of Australia's National Basketball League this year. Ball will join another American teenager, guard RJ Hampton, for the upcoming season in the NBL, which is promoting its Next Stars program as an alternative to spending a year in college before players are eligible for the NBA Draft. Ball, the younger brother of New Orleans Pelicans point guard Lonzo Ball, likely would not have been eligible to play collegiately because of his professional experience in Lithuania before returning to high school, as well as a shoe deal with the family's Big Baller Brand.
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House GOP education bill moving forward as teachers protest
Despite teacher protests, Republicans in the West Virginia House of Delegates have advanced their wide-ranging education proposal to allow the state's first charter schools. Lawmakers in the GOP-controlled chamber on Monday moved the bill forward in its legislative process, setting it up for a full vote as soon as Wednesday. Teachers have packed the Capitol to protest a similar Senate Republican proposal that would allow charters, raise teachers' salaries and includes a provision that lets county boards fire educators who strike.
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You’ll save $300 when you turn your wired Bose noise canceling headphones into wireless headphones
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Banks to include CO2 emission measures in shipping loan decisions
A group of leading banks will for the first time include efforts to cut carbon dioxide emissions in their decision making when providing shipping company loans, executives said on Tuesday. International shipping accounts for 2.2% of global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and the U.N.'s International Maritime Organization (IMO), has a long-term goal to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 50% from 2008 levels by 2050. Working with non-profit organisations the Global Maritime Forum, the Rocky Mountain Institute and London University's UCL Energy Institute, 11 banks have established a framework to measure the carbon intensity of shipping finance portfolios.
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London named Europe's top 'tech for good' hotspot
From mobile food sharing to 3D-printed splints, London has been named the best European city for developing technology to solve environmental and social problems, according to E.U.-funded research unveiled on Tuesday. London had a "significant lead" over other cities for nurturing "tech for good" ventures, with Amsterdam ranked second, followed by Copenhagen, Stockholm and Paris, according to Nesta, the British-based innovation charity that conducted the research. The research ranked 60 European cities on their ability to foster digital social innovation and tech for good ventures, which include for-profit tech companies, social enterprises, charities and individual projects.
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Britain rebuffs call for 'fast fashion' levy to tackle labour abuse, waste
Britain's government rejected calls on Tuesday from parliamentarians to introduce a new levy on clothing sales to help tackle labour abuses and environmental damage in the country's fashion industry. Britain, which buys more clothes per person than any other country in Europe, has seen a boom in "fast fashion" with a parliamentary committee hearing that some workers were paid as little as 3.50 pounds ($4.41) per hour - half the minimum wage. Members of the Environmental Audit Committee recommended a raft of changes to reform what it said was an exploitative and unsustainable industry and accused ministers of being "out of step" with public opinion by refusing to act.
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Packers claim TE Roberts off waivers from Lions
The Green Bay Packers claimed tight end Michael Roberts off waivers from the Detroit Lions on Monday, according to multiple reports. The Lions released Roberts on Friday after his trade to the New England Patriots for a 2020 seventh-round pick was rescinded due to a failed physical. New England was expected to have interest in claiming Roberts, but Green Bay had a higher waiver priority.
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8-year-old boy bitten by shark at Bald Head Island
An 8-year-old boy was bitten by a shark Sunday afternoon at Bald Head Island.
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Report: Prince Philip Told Harry Dating Meghan Was OK, but Marrying Her Was Not
Chris JacksonIf you love The Daily Beast’s royal coverage, then we hope you’ll enjoy The Royalist, an all-new members-only series for Beast Inside. Become a member to get it in your inbox on Sunday.Prince Philip warned his grandson against marrying Meghan Markle, telling Prince Harry: “One steps out with actresses, one doesn’t marry them,” a new report claims.The straight-talking nonagenarian is said to have made the comment in 2017, after Prince William had also advised Harry to think about whether he was “sure” he wanted to rush into marriage to Meghan.The allegations were made in a report in The Sunday Times by society journalist Sophia Money-Coutts, a former writer at Tatler and daughter of retired private banker Crispin Money-Coutts, 9th Baron Latymer. Harry ignored the urgings of his family and proposed to Meghan in November, six months before they married. Other friends, such as Tom Inskip, also urged Harry to progress more slowly, and were punished by being excluded from the afterparty of Harry’s wedding.According to sources quoted by Money-Coutts: “Anybody who voiced any kind of reservation about Meghan has been sidelined.” She also quotes another source on the roots of the feud with his brother: “Harry felt like William and Kate didn’t make enough effort when Meghan arrived at Kensington Palace, that they didn’t roll out the red carpet for her.”It comes as the number of likes for a sepia-toned Father’s Day image shared on the Sussex Royal Instagram account of six-week-old Archie Harrison clutching the Duke of Sussex’s finger passed the two million mark. The caption for the picture reads: “Happy Father’s Day! And wishing a very special first Father’s Day to The Duke of Sussex.”The new image has been liked as many times as a picture of Archie’s feet posted on Mother’s Day, although an image of the queen and Meghan’s mom, Doria, gathered around the new family is heading inexorably toward three million likes.  It has also been revealed that Archie will be christened in Windsor next month, although his godparents have not yet been announced.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.
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Small weekly newspaper praised for standing with immigrants
A small weekly newspaper in western Minnesota is receiving praise for a column that took a tongue-in-cheek approach to stand up for diversity. Last month, the Pelican Rapids Press posted high school graduation pictures on its Facebook page, including pictures of Somali students. After one Facebook commenter said the newspaper was displaying "Anti-Americanism," managing editor Louis Hoglund used the pen to fight back.
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Judge declares mistrial on remaining counts in Benghazi case
A U.S. judge has declared a mistrial on 15 remaining charges against a Libyan militant who was found guilty last week of playing an instrumental role in the 2012 Benghazi attacks. The mistrial in the case of Mustafa al-Imam was declared Monday in Washington after a jury could not reach a decision on 15 counts. The same jury last week found al-Imam guilty of two different counts, including conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists.
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The Latest: No video of officer shooting in Buttigieg's city
Authorities say no police video exists of the confrontation during which an officer fatally shot a black man in the Indiana city where Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg (BOO'-tuh-juhj) is mayor. St. Joseph County Prosecutor Ken Cotter said Monday that an autopsy determined 54-year-old Eric Jack Logan of South Bend was shot once in the abdomen.
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Maine bans single-use plastic grocery bags by Earth Day 2020
Maine will ban single-use plastic bags in grocery stores statewide by 2020, according to legislation signed by the governor Monday. Democratic Gov. Janet Mills signed the bill with the goal of limiting plastic pollution, House Democrats said. Maine's bill comes as municipalities and legislatures in many states have considered such bans.
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Former Greitens' investigator indicted on 7 felonies
A former FBI agent accused of botching the criminal investigation of former Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens turned himself in Monday after being indicted on charges alleging that he lied in a deposition about his interview with a woman who had an affair with Greitens. William Tisaby surrendered to authorities on the same day that an indictment charging him with six counts of perjury and one count of tampering with physical evidence against him was unsealed. Tisaby, who lives in Trussville, Alabama, was hired last year by St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner to investigate allegations that Greitens took a compromising photo of his hairdresser and threatened to share it if she exposed their affair in 2015, a year before the Republican was elected governor.
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Exclusive: U.S. preparing to send more troops to Middle East - sources
The United States is preparing to send additional troops to the Middle East in response to mounting concerns over Iran, which Washington blames for attacks on oil tankers last week, two U.S. officials told Reuters on Monday, speaking on condition of anonymity. The officials did not say how many troops would be deployed or detail the timing of the deployment, which has not been previously reported. If confirmed, it would be in addition to the 1,500 troop increase announced last month in response to tanker attacks in May that it also blamed on Iran.
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Padres' Machado suspended one game after ejection
San Diego Padres third baseman Manny Machado was suspended one game and fined an undisclosed amount for "aggressively arguing and making contact with" an umpire Saturday, MLB announced Monday. The suspension was to be served Monday night, with the Padres hosting the Milwaukee Brewers, but it will be delayed after Machado chose to appeal. Umpire Bill Welke ejected Machado in the top of the fifth inning of Saturday's game against the Colorado Rockies in Denver, after Machado argued a called third strike.
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Trump Already Has His Space Force — On T-shirts His Campaign Sells At Trump Tower
Meanwhile, experts in the field say Trump’s use of it as campaign gimmick has made needed reforms much harder.
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US releases photos to bolster claim Iran attacked tankers
In an effort to bolster its public case against Iran, the Pentagon on Monday released new photos that officials said show that members of Tehran's Revolutionary Guard were responsible for attacks last week on two oil tankers near the Persian Gulf. The images, many taken from a Navy helicopter, show what the Pentagon said were Iranian forces removing an unexploded mine from the side of the Japanese-owned Kokuka Courageous oil tanker in the Gulf of Oman. The release of the photos came as the U.S. works this week to convince members of Congress and allies that the accusations against Tehran are true.
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Senator Rubio targets Huawei over patents
U.S. Senator Marco Rubio filed legislation on Monday that would prevent Huawei Technologies Co Ltd from seeking damages in U.S. patent courts, after the Chinese firm demanded that Verizon Communications Inc pay $1 billion to license the rights to patented technology. Under the amendment - seen by Reuters - companies on certain U.S. government watch lists, which would include Huawei, would not be allowed to seek relief under U.S. law with respect to U.S. patents, including bringing legal action over patent infringement. On June 12, a person briefed on the matter said Huawei had told Verizon that it should pay licensing fees for more than 230 of the Chinese telecoms equipment maker's patents and in aggregate is seeking more than $1 billion.
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EXCLUSIVE-U.S. preparing to send more troops to Middle East-sources
The United States is preparing to send additional troops to the Middle East in response to mounting concerns over Iran, which Washington blames for attacks on oil tankers last week, two U.S. officials told Reuters on Monday, speaking on condition of anonymity. The officials did not say how many troops would be deployed or detail the timing of the deployment, which has not been previously reported. If confirmed, it would be in addition to the 1,500 troop increase announced last month in response to tanker attacks in May that it also blamed on Iran.
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The Latest: Off-duty cop may have saved house blast victim
An off-duty police officer's quick actions may have saved the life of a man inside a house that exploded in northern New Jersey. Hagop Cigercioglu was walking nearby when the house exploded Monday in Ridgefield, just outside New York City. Authorities say one firefighter and two police officers suffered minor injuries fighting the blaze.
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Soccer-Norway sweat after playmaker Hansen suffers ankle injury
Norway playmaker Caroline Graham Hansen said on Monday she was confident of being fit for their last 16 match on Saturday after sustaining an ankle injury in a 2-1 win over South Korea. Hansen appeared in discomfort after a late challenge by Kang Chaerim when she won a penalty in the 49th minute of the Group A match but had to come off shortly after. The Barcelona-bound forward had started the match by slotting home a fourth minute penalty, but looked frustrated on the wing as a feisty Korea dominated in the first half.
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Land swap may allow pipeline to cross Appalachian Trail
A land swap with the federal government could allow a developer to install a natural gas pipeline that crosses the Appalachian Trail. The Roanoke Times reports details of the deal were disclosed Monday in a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing. The U.S. Department of the Interior could allow the Mountain Valley Pipeline to cross the Appalachian Trail in exchange for property that Mountain Valley owns next to the Jefferson National Forest.
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Bah humbug! Trump's plan for more China tariffs to hit festive shoppers
WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - This year's holiday season could be tighter for many Americans if the U.S. government imposes tariffs on another $300 billion worth of Chinese imports - because that will include tech products, game consoles, toys, cribs, ornaments and Santa hats. The tariffs would add 25% to the import cost of these and many other consumer items just as retail outlets throughout the world's largest economy begin to gear up for the peak end-of-year shopping season. Consumers have been largely shielded until now from the direct impact of the trade war between China and the United States as the administration of President Donald Trump has focused previous rounds of tariffs on imports sold to manufacturers rather consumers.
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Trump filmed angrily telling his coughing chief of staff to get out of the Oval Office: 'You just can't cough'
US President Donald Trump was filmed ordering his chief of staff out of the Oval Office for coughing during a tense interview.“He’s coughing in the middle of my answer, I don’t like that,” he is filmed snapping at his chief of staff Mick Mulvaney after being asked when he will release his financial records. “If you’re going to cough, please leave the room.“You just can’t, you just can’t cough,” Mr Trump added, shaking his head emphatically. The episode came during a TV interview broadcast on Sunday, during which ABC’s George Stephanopoulos asked Mr Trump probing questions about his financial history, the Mueller investigation, Barack Obama and decreasing poll numbers. It was not clear whether Mr Mulvaney actually left the room.During the interview, Mr Trump repeatedly made false claims about special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, which found evidence of Russian interference in the 2016 US election and suspicious links between Mr Trump’s campaign and Russian officials. Right before the coughing episode, the interviewer asked Mr Trump whether he would release his tax returns, something Democratic opponents have been pressing for since before he became president.Having upbraided his chief of staff for his coughing fit, Mr Trump resumed the interview, saying: "So at some point, I look forward to, frankly, I’d like to have people see my financial statement. Because it’s phenomenal."Mr Stephanopoulos interrupts to say: "It's up to you."The president replies: "No, it’s not up to me, it’s up to lawyers, it’s up to everything else. But they’re asking for things that should never be asking for, that they’ve never asked another president for. They wanna go through every deal that I’ve ever done. They’ve, what they’re doing is a disgrace.”The interviewer says: "But other presidents have turned over their tax returns.”Ignoring the interruption, Mr Trump says: “They’re trying to do: step, step, step. They wanna keep it going as long as possible to try and demean and hurt as much as possible, so they can possibly win the presidential election.”
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Brand new Pixel 4 leak features the same design that Google confirmed
Responding to a series of recent leaks that claimed the Pixel 4 would have a square-shaped dual-lens rear camera module, Google shocked fans last week by actually releasing a render of the Pixel 4's rear design which confirmed the rumors. Since then, a prototype of the phone was spotted in the wild in London, just as we learned that Google created three designs for this year's Pixel flagship, before settling on this model.A brand new leak, meanwhile, seems to flesh out that reveal -- not that we should be surprised at this point.Posted online by designer/leaker Ben Geskin, the following images show the Pixel 4's alleged design, and they do look a lot like what we've seen before:https://twitter.com/BenGeskin/status/1140287480391974912Google's teaser only confirmed the rear design of the phone, complete with its square camera and physical buttons on the side. This being a flagship Pixel model, it won't feature a headphone jack on the bottom.On the front, meanwhile, we can only see a front-facing speaker at the top in the other image above, which indicates we're going to have a bezel or a notch at the top. Recent leaks told us that the Pixel 4 will have a dual-lens camera system on the front, as well as components for 3D face recognition authentication. Also, the leaks claimed Google chose a full bezel instead of an iPhone-like notch at the top of the display.Geskin didn't say where the CAD files originate from, but they show a design that's very similar to what Google revealed and what other designers have imagined (including the render at the top of this post). Google, meanwhile, will unveil the Pixel 4 in October, according to a recent Verizon leak. That gives us four more months of Pixel 4 leaks, which means we'll probably see the phone's screen design well before Google announces the Pixel 4 series.
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See Photos of the Porsche 718 Spyder
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Germany, UK warn Iran over uranium plans as EU urges caution
Germany and Britain on Monday warned Tehran not to breach uranium stockpile limits set by the 2015 nuclear deal, as the EU's diplomatic chief dismissed Iranian threats as "political dialectics". Iran set a 10-day countdown on Monday to exceed the 300-kilogram limit set on its enriched uranium stocks, dealing another blow to the crumbling nuclear accord signed by Tehran and six international powers. The EU has battled to save the agreement since US President Donald Trump withdrew and reimposed sanctions, but Iran said it would step back from exceeding the 300-kg limit on June 27 only if "other parties live up to their commitments".
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Bah humbug! Trump's plan for more China tariffs to hit festive shoppers
WASHINGTON/NEW YORK, June 17 (Reuters) - This year's holiday season could be tighter for many Americans if the U.S. government imposes tariffs on another $300 billion worth of Chinese imports - because that will include tech products, game consoles, toys, cribs, ornaments and Santa hats. The tariffs would add 25% to the import cost of these and many other consumer items just as retail outlets throughout the world's largest economy begin to gear up for the peak end-of-year shopping season. Consumers have been largely shielded until now from the direct impact of the trade war between China and the United States as the administration of President Donald Trump has focused previous rounds of tariffs on imports sold to manufacturers rather consumers.
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Police: Bodies of mom, son found where boy's father cut wood
The bodies of an Oregon mother and her 3-year-old son have been found more than a month after they vanished, hidden in a forest where the boy's father cut wood, authorities said Monday. "Really good detective work" led authorities to find the bodies of Karissa and Billy Fretwell on Saturday in a heavily wooded area northwest of the state capital of Salem, Yamhill County District Attorney Brad Berry said. Michael John Wolfe, the child's father, was arrested last month at a doughnut shop in Portland and has been charged with kidnapping and aggravated murder in their deaths.
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UPDATE 1-Mexico could beat U.S. in trade war, but would be a 'pyrrhic' victory -president
Mexico could win a trade war with the United States but it is a war Mexico doesn't want because it would take too heavy a toll, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Monday. Lopez Obrador spoke at an event with military officials in the Mexican capital where he sketched out plans to deploy members of a newly created National Guard to better enforce the border with Guatemala in a bid to make good on a migration deal he made earlier this month with U.S. President Donald Trump. Lopez Obrador said the deal was positive because it removed Trump's threat of across-the-board tariffs on Mexican exports to the United States if Mexico's government did not significantly reduce the flow of U.S.-bound asylum seekers.
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More than 20 Mississippi students hospitalized in bus crash
More than 20 Mississippi high school students were taken to hospitals after a bus fell onto its side on a busy highway. Carroll County Emergency Management Director Ken Strachan tells The Greenwood Commonwealth no other vehicles were involved. Greenwood school district spokeswoman Margaret Dean says the bus was carrying 40 students and three football coaches back to Greenwood from a camp in Starkville.
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UPDATE 1-Soccer-Two penalties see lacklustre Norway seal last 16 spot
Norway booked a ticket to the last 16 at the women's World Cup after an uninspiring 2-1 win against a battling South Korea team thanks to a penalty in each half from Caroline Graham Hansen and Isabell Herlovsen. Norway, the 1995 champions, join hosts France in the knockout stage and will face either Italy, Brazil or Australia, while Korea finished without a point but with some pride restored after Yeo Minji scored late for an exciting finish. Norway opened the scoring through a fourth minute penalty from Barcelona-bound Hansen after South Korean captain Cho Sohyun tugged defender Maria Thorisdottir’s shirt.
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U.S. Senator Rubio targets Huawei over patents
U.S. Senator Marco Rubio filed legislation on Monday that would prevent Huawei Technologies Co Ltd from seeking damages in U.S. patent courts, after the Chinese firm demanded that Verizon Communications Inc pay $1 billion to license the rights to patented technology. Under the amendment - seen by Reuters - companies on certain U.S. government watch lists, which would include Huawei, would not be allowed to seek relief under U.S. law with respect to U.S. patents, including bringing legal action over patent infringement. On June 12, a person briefed on the matter said Huawei had told Verizon that it should pay licensing fees for more than 230 of the Chinese telecoms equipment maker's patents and in aggregate is seeking more than $1 billion.
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Trump news: President 'fires pollsters' over results as Fox News survey has him trailing every single major Democratic candidate
Donald Trump's re-election team have cut ties with several pollsters after survey results were leaked to the press indicating the president would lose to his Democratic rivals in four key battleground states in 2020.Those leaks have been accompanied by some more worrisome news for the incumbent: a new poll from Fox News finds him 10-points behind Joe Biden, nine behind Bernie Sanders and also forecast to lose in hypothetical match ups with Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris and Pete Buttigieg.Mr Trump spent his weekend attacking the “Corrupt News Media” on Twitter, and accusing The New York Times of “a virtual act of treason”. Meanwhile, he was honoured by Israel, which renamed a settlement in the Golan Heights in his honour.As those troubling 2020 stats have trained eyes in Washington, the US State Department announced that it would no longer provide aid to Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatamala until those countries take "concrete actions" to deter migrants from making their way north to the US.And, comedian Jon Stewart has continued his fight to get funding for 9/11 victims to pass Congress, with his most recent spat coming with Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell.Please allow a moment for our liveblog to load
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Four retirement scenarios and how new legislation could help
Washington is looking at some key changes as part of a bipartisan retirement bill called the SECURE Act. The bill passed the House in May.
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US restores some aid but vows no more without migrant action
The Trump administration said Monday it is easing previously announced cuts in hundreds of millions of dollars in aid to the Central American nations of El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala but will not allow new funding until those countries do more to reduce migrant flows to the United States. The State Department said that after a review of more than $615 million in assistance that President Donald Trump ordered in March to be cut entirely, it would go ahead with $432 million in projects and grants that had been previously approved.
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France goes 3-0 at World Cup with 1-0 win over Nigeria
France completed World Cup group play with a 3-0 record for the first time, beating Nigeria 1-0 Monday night at Rennes when Wendie Renard converted a penalty kick in the 79th minute after missing her first attempt but getting a second chance. France will play a third-place team on Sunday at Le Havre in the round of 16, and the winner will advance to a quarterfinal against the United States, Sweden or Spain. Referee Melissa Borjas of Honduras awarded the penalty kick when Viviane Asseyi was knocked over by Ngozi Ebere, a call upheld in a video review and one that drew vehement protests from the Super Falcons.
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Bankruptcy Court clerk charged with having gun in courthouse
A woman who worked as a clerk in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Virginia has been charged with bringing a gun into the courthouse. Tammy Luedecke was charged Monday with violating a law that prohibits the possession of guns or other dangerous weapons in federal facilities, including courthouses. Luedecke is charged with bringing a Glock 9mm semi-automatic pistol into the clerk's office in Richmond on Feb. 14.
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Reds 2B Gennett (groin) begins rehab assignment
Cincinnati Reds second baseman Scooter Gennett, sidelined all season after suffering a severe groin strain near the end of spring training, began a rehab assignment at Class-A Daytona on Monday. "We have a plan set," Reds manager David Bell told reporters Sunday. "The first place he's going is Daytona Beach.
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U.S. court voids $65 million settlement tied to Allen Stanford Ponzi scheme
By a 3-0 vote, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the judge who approved the accord lacked authority to void or release some claims against the insurers, including underwriters at Lloyd's of London, and bar further legal challenges over their policies and Stanford's companies. "The district court and receiver lacked authority to dispossess claimants of their legal rights to share in receivership assets for the sake of the greater good," Circuit Judge Edith Jones wrote for the New Orleans-based appeals court. Ralph Janvey, the receiver, said in a May 22 letter to Republican Senator John Kennedy of Louisiana that he had recovered $573 million for Stanford's victims since being appointed in 2009, and been authorized to pay out $232 million.
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Toronto Police Respond to Reports of Shooting During Raptors Celebration
Toronto police are responding to reports of a shooting amid celebrations for the Toronto Raptors winning their first NBA title.
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Guatemala election: What campaign chaos has to do with migration north
A little boy ran out of a voting booth Sunday in the Guatemalan department of San Marcos, a rural area south of the Mexican border. Grasping his mother’s hand, he victoriously screamed, “I voted!” holding up his inked index finger.
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Gun Legend: Here’s the Real Story Behind the Top General in Afghanistan’s .45 Pistol
Once again, social media is fascinated with the type of weapon the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan uses.This time, the attention is on Army Gen. Scott Miller's sidearm. On May 28, Afghan media tweeted pictures of Miller meeting with Afghan officials while holstering a .45 caliber M1911A1 pistol — which the Army no longer issues to soldiers.After Military Times reported that Miller is a former special operator who was likely issued the pistol years ago, some barracks lawyers took to Facebook to claim Miller should face non-judicial punishment for bringing a personally owned, unauthorized weapon to a combat zone.One critic even claimed that Miller was, "A good example of I'm above the law toxic leadership."However, this is not a case of different spanks for different ranks.Miller was first issued the .45 pistol in 1992 and it became his official general officer assigned weapon in 2009, his spokesman Army Col. David Butler told Task & Purpose.The general fires his weapons regularly and encourages other troops downrange to go to the firing range as well, Butler said.
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Enbridge to begin rock, soil sampling in Straits of Mackinac
Enbridge Inc. said Monday that it is moving ahead with the collection of rock and soil samples in the Straits of Mackinac while it prepares for a court battle with Michigan's governor over a planned oil pipeline tunnel there. The Canadian company, which has been drilling into the ground on the south side of the channel that links lakes Huron and Michigan, said it will begin boring into the lakebed this week from a barge in shallow water. The geotechnical work is among preliminary tasks costing $40 million that Enbridge has scheduled for this year as it presses ahead with plans to construct the tunnel in bedrock 100 feet beneath the lakebed.
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UPDATE 1-Soccer-France maintain perfect record with Renard's VAR penalty
Already-qualified hosts France preserved their perfect record to top Group A at the women's World Cup with a 1-0 win against 10-woman Nigeria thanks to Wendie Renard's 79th minute penalty awarded after a VAR review on Monday. Renard's first attempt hit the outside of the post but the kick had to be retaken because Chiamaka Nnadozie had moved off her line -- a situation that also happened in France's previous game against Norway -- and the centre back coolly converted. African champions Nigeria, who could still reach the last 16 as one of the best third-placed teams, finished with 10 players after Ngozi Ebere was dismissed for a second booking in the 75th for a foul on Kadidiatou Diani that led to the penalty.
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Explosion levels NJ home, no serious injuries
A home in northern New Jersey was leveled by an explosion Monday, but the lone person inside the residence escaped serious injury when they were pulled from the burning rubble by an off-duty police officer who lives nearby. (June 17)
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Bodies of missing Oregon mother, son found
Authorities have found the bodies of a missing Oregon woman and her 3-year-old son. The boy's biological father had been charged with killing them before the bodies were found. (June 17)
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Blockchain startup Ripple buys $30 million stake in MoneyGram
Ripple bought MoneyGram's stock at $4.10 per share, representing a premium of about 183% to its Monday closing price. The partnership will initially be for two years, MoneyGram said. Shares of MoneyGram surged about 77% to $2.56 after the closing bell.
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EU at odds over Albania, Macedonia joining; Cyprus threatens veto over Turkey
European Union states were at loggerheads on Monday over starting talks with Albania and North Macedonia to enter the bloc, while Cyprus threatened to veto any agreement on future enlargement unless the EU toughens its line on Turkish drilling. North Macedonia has since sealed a landmark deal with EU state Greece, ending a decades-old name dispute and prompting a dozen EU states to publicly call to reward Skopje. At stake is also the EU's own credibility and the bloc's willingness to act against what it sees as growing influence by Russia and other foreign powers in the region still scarred by wars fought along religious and ethnic lines in the 1990s.
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Soccer-France maintain perfect record with Renard penalty
Already-qualified France preserved their perfect record to top Group A at the women's World Cup with a 1-0 win against 10-woman Nigeria thanks to Wendie Renard's 79th minute penalty on Monday. Renard's first attempt hit the outside of the post but the kick had to be retaken because Chiamaka Nnadozie had moved off her line -- a situation that also happened in France's previous game against Norway -- and the centre back coolly converted. African champions Nigeria, who could still reach the last 16 as one of the best third-placed teams, finished with 10 players after Ngozi Ebere was dismissed for a second booking in the 75th for a foul on Kadidiatou Diani that led to the penalty.
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Megadeth's Dave Mustaine diagnosed with throat cancer; band cancels 2019 shows
Dave Mustaine, lead singer and guitarist for the heavy metal band Megadeth, has been diagnosed with throat cancer, forcing the band to cancel most of its 2019 shows, he said on Monday. Megadeth had been scheduled to perform this year in Milwaukee, Las Vegas, Buenos Aires and other cities in North and South America. "I'm working closely with my doctors, and we've mapped out a treatment plan which they feel has a 90% success rate," Mustaine said in a statement on Facebook.
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New York approves ambitious climate change plan to lead the US on environment
New York politicians have reached a deal to create one of the most ambitious climate bills in the United States, putting the progressive state on the front lines of fight over the environment that has become a major political and moral issue in the country.The deal, which was struck on Sunday night in Albany, includes some lofty goals like eliminating 85 per cent of the state’s planet-warming emissions by 2050, and for offsetting or capturing the other 15 per cent.In addition, the legislation requires the state to funnel 35 per cent of the Empire State’s energy funding into low-income, polluted communities across the state. And, all of the state-financed energy efforts must be paid with union wages.New York governor Andrew Cuomo told local radio WAMC on Monday that he thinks the progressive deal will survive the sometimes vicious statehouse, which Democrats recently took over from Republican control.“I believe we have an agreement on the climate change bill,” Mr Cuomo said.The bill has been described by environmental activists as one of the toughest bills in the country for fighting climate change, and was agreed to at the last minute in Albany just minutes before midnight — narrowly avoiding procedural headaches.State senator Todd Kaminsky, the bill’s lead sponsor, told Huffpost in a phone interview that the legislation is just the beginning of a movement in the US.“New York has a larger economy than some countries, so we can have a big impact, not only reducing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, but showing other states the way forward,” Mr Kaminksy said. “It’s the beginning of a Herculean effort to transform the economy.”The bill has invited comparisons to a national effort to curb climate change introduced in Congress by another New Yorker, representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Ms Ocasio-Cortez’s bill, known as the Green New Deal, calls for a massive transformation of the economy, and pays special attention to the environmental injustices endured by people of colour in the United States.The bill was first introduced in 2016, but Democrats had largely been stymied in their attempts to pass meaningful progressive priorities as a result of Republican control in the state legislature until this year, when Democrats took control for the first time in years.As a result, Democrats have passed a slew of progressive priorities that had been bogged down, including protections for immigrants, abortion rights, and others.
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Vatican Considers Relaxing Celibacy Requirement for Priests in Remote Areas of the Amazon
The Vatican has called for Church officials to study the possibility of ordaining married men living in remote areas of the Amazon in order to provide indigenous populations more regular access to the sacrament.In a working document released Monday, Catholic leaders affirmed the Church's commitment to celibacy as a general rule, but also suggested that officials study “the possibility of priestly ordination for older men, preferably indigenous and respected and accepted by their communities, even if they have stable families, for the region’s most remote areas.”Brazil's bishops have long advocated the ordination of viro probati – or married men of good character — so that Catholics living in the Amazon would be able to attend mass more frequently. But traditionalists within the Church remain concerned that relaxing the celibacy requirement for Amazonians might embolden reformers who would like to see it eliminated entirely.The Church already allows married men who convert from Protestantism to serve as priests, and married men can be ordained in the Eastern Rite Catholic Church.The working document, which will be discussed at an October meeting of bishops from Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guyana, Guyana, Peru, Suriname, and Venezuela, also calls for officials to determine “the type of official ministry that can be conferred on women,” but stops short of recommending that women be ordained as deacons.The October meeting of the synod bishops is also expected to feature a broader discussion of the best ways to incorporate indigenous communities into the Church through the adoption of native dance, song, and other symbolism.
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In Trump peace conference, a perilous balancing act for Jordan
As the Trump administration prepares for an economic conference next week in Bahrain, the first leg of its Middle East peace plan, it is exerting immense pressure on two of America’s closest Arab allies to take part in a process seen as toxic by their own publics. Rather than advocates for the administration’s undisclosed “ultimate deal,” Jordan and Egypt are reluctant guests at the conference. For their part, Palestinians are also applying pressure to Arab states to boycott the economic workshop, which many Arabs fear will offer investment projects to Palestinians in return for recognizing Israeli sovereignty over Jerusalem and the West Bank – a “selling off” of Palestinian statehood.
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US Supreme Court declines to change double jeopardy rule
The US Supreme Court on Monday upheld a longstanding rule stating that prosecuting someone separately in state and then federal court for the same crime does not violate a defendant's protection against double jeopardy. Americans have long understood that they have a right against being tried twice for the same crime, but since the mid-19th century that protection has only applied within the same sovereign legal system, such as a state court or federal court. The nine justices ruled in the case of Terance Gamble, who as a man convicted of robbery in Alabama in 2008 lost his right to own a gun.
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Myths and Facts About Vaccines for Children
A measles outbreak centered around Portland, Ore., and neighboring Vancouver, Wash., has sickened at least 53 people, most of them children. According to the health department in Clark County, Wa...
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Report: Childhood poverty persists in fast-growing Southwest
The number of children living in poverty has swelled over the past three decades in fast-growing, ethnically diverse states such as Texas, Arizona and Nevada as the nation's population center shifts south and west, a report Monday on childhood well-being shows. The annual Kids Count report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation found that 18% of the nation's children live in poverty, down from the Great Recession. "The nation's racial inequities remain deep, systemic and stubbornly persistent," said the annual Kids Count report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation.
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Report: Nets to cut ties with F Hollis-Jefferson
Forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason after the Brooklyn Nets declined to make a qualifying offer, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported Monday. Hollis-Jefferson, 24, averaged 9.9 points and 5.9 rebounds in four years with the Nets, who acquired him in a draft-night trade after the Portland Trail Blazers selected him with the 23rd pick in the 2015 draft. The Nets would have needed to extend a $3.59 million qualifying offer to retain restricted free agency rights for Hollis-Jefferson, according to a report by The Athletic.
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Raptors parade trophy through Toronto, uncertainty lingers
Two weeks from now, the Toronto Raptors' roster might look as different as Danny Green's combed-out mohawk with looming decisions from Kawhi Leonard, Marc Gasol and Green that brought an air of uncertainty to Monday's street party in Ontario. As the Raptors gathered with mobs of fans Monday to celebrate their NBA championship -- the City of Toronto projected 1.5 million fans packed downtown -- the next chapter for the Raptors will be on hold as a series of decisions that shape the future of the franchise are made. "Holding that trophy, there's nothing more special than that," Ed Rogers, chairman of Rogers Communications, partial owner of the Raptors, said Monday.
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Why Pfizer's Acquisition of Array BioPharma Won't Pay Off Anytime Soon
The big drugmaker is spending more than $11 billion for the cancer-drug specialist.
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Mother's Day Crafts Your Kid Can Make That are Adorable and Useful (Everybody Wins!)
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U.S. military releases new images from oil tanker attacks
The U.S. military on Monday released new images it says showed Iran's Revolutionary Guard (IRGC) removing an unexploded limpet mine from a Japanese-owned tanker that was attacked on June 13 in the Gulf of Oman, as Washington blames Tehran for the attack. "Iran is responsible for the attack based on video evidence and the resources and proficiency needed to quickly remove the unexploded limpet mine," the U.S. military's Central Command said in a statement explaining the still-images.
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UPDATE 1-Soccer-China and Spain through to last 16 after goalless draw
China and Spain played out a 0-0 draw in their final World Cup Group B match on Monday and the result was good enough for both teams to advance to the last 16 after Germany beat South Africa 4-0 in the other game in the section. Germany progressed as group winners with a perfect record of three victories while Spain finished second on four points.
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Reuters People News Summary
CNN anchor Anderson Cooper remembered his mother, designer and society grand dame Gloria Vanderbilt, as a woman who endured a string of heartbreaks but still remained deeply in love with love. Pop singer and songwriter Taylor Swift on Monday released a star-studded music video that scolded social media trolls and urged fans to sign a petition demanding U.S. legal protections for gays, lesbians and transgender people. The video for Swift's new single "You Need to Calm Down" featured a surprise cameo by former rival Katy Perry plus a host of other celebrities.
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Reuters Entertainment News Summary
Following is a summary of current entertainment news briefs. Hollywood seems to be coming down with a contagious case of franchise fatigue this summer, as "Men in Black: International" and "Shaft" become the latest sequels largely dismissed by moviegoers in North America. Sony's "Men in Black: International" led ticket sales at the box office this weekend with $28.5 million, but still fell short of expectations.
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Reuters Health News Summary
Doing things one at a time in drug development is not a luxury that GlaxoSmithKline can afford any longer, the head of pharmaceuticals at Britain's largest drugmaker told Reuters. The persistence of Congo's Ebola outbreak and its deadly spread to Uganda in recent days show how societal issues are as crucial as scientific advances in controlling disease outbreaks, specialists in global public health say. Medical scientists, prompted by a devastating West African Ebola epidemic between 2013 and 2016, have worked fast to develop cutting edge vaccines, treatments and antibody-based therapies they hoped would prevent or halt future outbreaks of the virus.
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Meghan Markle, a 'proud rescue dog owner,' writes about joy of adopting a pet in foreword for Mayhew charity
Meghan Markle has written a foreword for the Annual Review of Mayhew, the U.K. animal welfare charity of which she’s a royal patron. The Duchess of Sussex began by referencing her rescue dog Guy, which moved with her from Canada to London and was by her side on the morning of her wedding to Prince Harry last May.
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Fire triggers pollution concerns at US Steel coke plant
Another fire at U.S. Steel's massive coke plant outside Pittsburgh knocked a key pollution control system offline Monday, triggering a health warning as officials monitored the air around the plant for signs of a release of toxic sulfur dioxide. It was the second fire since December at U.S. Steel's Clairton coke works, the largest facility of its kind in the United States. While the Dec. 24 fire triggered significant releases of sulfur dioxide, a pungent byproduct of fossil fuel combustion that can cause breathing problems, Allegheny County health officials said Monday that monitoring equipment had not detected a similar spike from latest blaze.
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Well-traveled QB McCown retires, joins ESPN
Josh McCown, whose 17-year NFL career spanned 10 teams, announced his retirement Monday. The journey now takes him to ESPN, where he will join the network as an NFL analyst, starting Wednesday, when he will appear on multiple shows. "Josh knows the game and is widely respected throughout the league," ESPN vice president for NFL studio shows Seth Markman said in a statement.
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When elders leave hospital, falls are big reason they return
When elderly patients are discharged, one of the major reasons they end up back in the hospital is that they've suffered a fall, researchers found. "Hospitals spend a lot of time thinking about fall risk while the patient is in the hospital, but there's much less attention to the patient after discharge," said principal investigator Geoffrey Hoffman of the University of Michigan School of Nursing. Fall prevention efforts need to continue as the patient moves from the hospital to home, or elsewhere, he said.
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Common nerve pain drug linked to suicidal behavior, overdose
Lyrica (pregabalin) and the older drug gabapentin, collectively known as gabapentinoids, are approved for treating several types of pain and for preventing seizures in patients with epilepsy. Prescribing of these medications has increased sharply in recent years, while off-label use, meaning for a condition other than the approved indication, is extremely common, Dr. Seena Fazel of the University of Oxford in the UK and colleagues write in the BMJ. There's some data linking these drugs to an increased risk of suicidal behavior and death from overdose, the authors note, but the evidence is mixed and comes from small studies.
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US: Iran should still comply with nuke deal Trump derided
The Trump administration found itself in the awkward position Monday of demanding that Iran comply with a nuclear accord that the president has derided as the worst deal in history. Iran announced Monday it would break a limit on uranium stockpiles established by a 2015 agreement with world powers that was intended to restrict the Islamic Republic's nuclear program in exchange for an easing of international sanctions. President Donald Trump withdrew from the agreement, signed by his predecessor, and reinstated punishing economic sanctions, resulting in sharply rising tensions that deteriorated further with the Iranian warning that it could soon start to enrich uranium to just a step away from weapons-grade levels.
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VIDEO: Flight attendant, beverage cart smash into ceiling during violent turbulence
Passengers on a flight to France got tossed around in the air over the weekend in a terrifying bout of turbulence captured on video.
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Nearly 50 Jimmy Buffett fans reportedly fall ill in Dominican Republic
Nearly 50 members of a Jimmy Buffet fan club got sick while vacationing in theDominican Republic in April, KFOR reports
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Iraqi Shi'ite cleric warns politicians to form government within 10 days
Iraqi Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr urged political blocs on Monday to pressure the prime minister to form a complete cabinet within 10 days, warning that his supporters would take a "new stance" if they failed to do so. Sadr, who leads a large parliamentary bloc, has rallied his supporters to stage mass protests against previous governments, and has implied this could take place against the current government of Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi. "I call on all political blocs to charge the prime minister with completing the cabinet formation process within 10 days," Sadr said in a letter released by his office.
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Couple want officers fired who pointed guns over shoplifting
A man and his pregnant fiancée said Monday that they want Phoenix to fire the officers who pointed guns and yelled profanities at them after their 4-year-old daughter took a doll from a store. Dravon Ames and Iesha Harper, who are both black, said at a news conference that they don't accept the apologies of the city's police chief and mayor and have not received a face-to-face apology since a bystander's video emerged and drew outcry. The video released Friday shows officers aiming guns and yelling profane commands to a man and a pregnant woman holding a baby.
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Lockheed Martin announces $142M expansion of Arkansas plant
Lockheed Martin said Monday that will spend $142 million and hire 326 new workers over the next few years as it expands its southern Arkansas facility. The Maryland-based company announced the expansion of its plant in Camden, about 85 miles (140 kilometers) southwest of Little Rock. The facility currently employs about 700 workers.
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Raptors parade trophy through Toronto, uncertainty lingers
Two weeks from now, the Toronto Raptors' roster might look as different as Danny Green's combed-out mohawk with looming decisions from Kawhi Leonard, Marc Gasol and Green that brought an air of uncertainty to Monday's street party in Ontario. As the Raptors gathered with mobs of fans Monday to celebrate their NBA championship -- the City of Toronto projected 1.5 million fans packed downtown -- the next chapter for the Raptors will be on hold as a series of decisions that shape the future of the franchise are made. "Holding that trophy, there's nothing more special than that," Ed Rogers, chairman of Rogers Communications, partial owner of the Raptors, said Monday.
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Closing arguments at trial of self-improvement group founder
A secret society billed as a "sisterhood" that would empower women instead was a scam used to put them under the control of the sex-crazed leader of a purported self-help group, a federal prosecutor said Monday in closing arguments at a New York City trial. Assistant U.S. Attorney Moira Penza said graphic testimony showed how Keith Raniere used women known as "masters" to demand nude photos from "slaves" under threat that the material would be made public if they didn't obey orders to have sex with him. The group, sometimes known as "The Vow," was formed "to satisfy the defendant's desire for sex, power and control," Penza told the Brooklyn jury.
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Iraqi Shi'ite cleric warns politicians to form government within 10 days
Iraqi Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr urged political blocs on Monday to pressure the prime minister to form a complete cabinet within 10 days, warning that his supporters would take a "new stance" if they failed to do so. Sadr, who leads a large parliamentary bloc, has rallied his supporters to stage mass protests against previous governments, and has implied this could take place against the current government of Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi. "I call on all political blocs to charge the prime minister with completing the cabinet formation process within 10 days," Sadr said in a letter released by his office.
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Latest: LAPD reviewing officer's actions in Costco shooting
Los Angeles police say an off-duty officer who shot and killed a man inside a Southern California Costco store won't have any contact with the public during a criminal investigation and separate department review. Police in the city of Corona are investigating the shooting Friday night that left Kenneth French dead and his parents critically wounded.
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Myths and Facts About Vaccines for Children
A measles outbreak centered around Portland, Ore., and neighboring Vancouver, Wash., has sickened at least 53 people, most of them children. According to the health department in Clark County, Wa...
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Rockets hit Iraqi base hosting U.S. forces near Baghdad: military
Three rockets landed on a military base hosting U.S. forces north of Baghdad late on Monday, an Iraqi military statement said, without providing further details. A military source earlier said two mortar shells had landed in the Iraqi section of the sprawling Taji base, located about 30 km (18 miles) north of the Iraqi capital, and another outside it. It came amid heightened tension in the region between the United States and Iran that has also played out on Iraqi territory.
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Egyptian authorities refuse Mursi's burial in family cemetery - son
Egyptian authorities have refused to allow President Mohamed Mursi to be buried at his family's cemetery, his son Abdullah Mohamed Mursi told Reuters on Monday. The son said that Mursi's family did not know the location of his body and that their only contact with the authorities was through the family's lawyers.
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Pride 2019: Gay Street renamed 'Acceptance Street' in New York City nearby Stonewall Inn
The historic and popular Gay Street and Christopher Street in the West Village neighborhood of Manhattan was renamed "Acceptance Street" Monday morning. The all-inclusive street sign installation was championed by the New York City Commission on Human Rights and was underwritten by MasterCard.
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Algeria's army chief renews push for presidential election
Algeria's powerful army chief is stressing the need for political dialogue that would lead to a presidential election, as a people's revolt for democracy remains at an impasse with the government. Ahmed Gaid Salah also said on Monday that a crackdown on "the scourge of corruption" since President Abdelaziz Bouteflika resigned in early April would spare none of those who benefited at the expense of Algerian citizens. The remarks Gaid Salah made in a speech were his first public comments in three weeks.
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Cricket-Bangladesh captain praises exceptional Shakib after Windies heroics
Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza heaped praise on team mate Shakib Al Hasan after the all-rounder scored his second century in as many World Cup matches to lead them to a big win over the West Indies on Monday. Shakib’s unbeaten 124 off 99 deliveries helped the Tigers record the second-highest run chase in World Cup history with a seven-wicket victory. Chasing 322 for a famous victory, the 32-year-old took control with his ninth ODI century as Bangladesh secured the win with 51 balls to spare.
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UPDATE 1-Rockets hit Iraqi base hosting U.S. forces near Baghdad - military
Three rockets landed on a military base hosting U.S. forces north of Baghdad late on Monday, an Iraqi military statement said, without providing further details. A military source earlier said two mortar shells had landed in the Iraqi section of the sprawling Taji base, located about 30 km (18 miles) north of the Iraqi capital, and another outside it. It came amid heightened tension in the region between the United States and Iran that has also played out on Iraqi territory.
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US STOCKS-Faith in the Fed nudges Wall Street higher
Wall Street edged higher on Monday, supported by Facebook, Amazon and Apple, as investors awaited a key Federal Reserve meeting that is expected to lay the groundwork for an interest rate cut later this year. The U.S. central bank is expected to leave borrowing costs unchanged at its two-day policy meeting starting Tuesday, but its statement will provide insight into the impact of the U.S.-China trade war, President Donald Trump's calls for a rate cut and weaker economic data. With investors expecting a rate cut as early as July, the S&P 500 index has risen 5% this month after tumbling in May due to fears about the U.S.-China trade war.
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GLOBAL MARKETS-Stocks, yields dip with Fed meeting on tap
MSCI's gauge of stocks across the globe shed 0.06%, as modest increases for Wall Street's main indexes led by the tech-heavy Nasdaq were countered by some weakness in Europe. The U.S. Federal Reserve is set to give its policy statement on Wednesday, with expectations running high the central bank is poised to cut interest rates this year.
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Lawyers say Infowars host Alex Jones sent them child porn
Lawyers for relatives of some victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting allege conspiracy theorist Alex Jones sent them electronic files containing child pornography as part of a defamation lawsuit against the Infowars host. Jones denied the allegations during his web show Friday and accused one of the lawyers of framing him. Lawyers say the pornography was among documents they had requested from Jones as part of the discovery process of the lawsuit.
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Arkansas woman charged with murder in ex-senator's killing
An Arkansas woman was charged Monday with capital murder in the killing of a former state senator whose body was found outside her own home. A judge also found probable cause to charge 48-year-old Rebecca Lynn O'Donnell with abuse of a corpse and tampering with physical evidence, Jonesboro television station KAIT reported. The judge did not set bond for O'Donnell, who was arrested Friday in former Sen. Linda Collins' death.
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Possible measles exposure reported at Durham school, coffee shop
Durham officials have informed residents of a possible exposure of measles happening within the community.
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UPDATE 1-Canada's Trudeau to meet with Pelosi, McConnell on USMCA-sources
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau this week is set to meet with Democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and the U.S. Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican, in a bid to fast-track passage of a delayed trade deal, two congressional aides said on Monday. Trudeau is to travel to Washington on Thursday to meet with President Donald Trump to discuss ratification of the new North American trade accord, known as the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement. Mexico's Senate is scheduled to take up the legislation in a full vote on Tuesday.
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Nancy Pelosi tries to tamp down impeachment pressure, calling it 'divisive'
Speaking about impeaching Trump, Pelosi said, "It has to be about the truth and the facts to take you to whatever decision has to be there.”
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'Systemic failure' of U.N. ahead of Myanmar military crackdown: review
There was a "systemic failure" of the United Nations in dealing with the situation in Myanmar ahead of a deadly 2017 military crackdown because it did not have a unified strategy and lacked Security Council support, according to an internal report. The crackdown drove more than 730,000 Rohingya Muslims to flee to Bangladesh. U.N. investigators have said the operation was executed with "genocidal intent" and included mass killings, gang rapes and widespread arson.
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The Latest: Couple wants officers who pointed guns fired
A man and his pregnant fiancée say they want Phoenix to fire the officers who pointed guns at them as police investigated a shoplifting report. Dravon Ames and Iesha Harper say they don't accept the public apologies of Police Chief Jeri Williams and Mayor Kate Gallego. It shows officers aiming guns and yelling profanities at a man and a pregnant woman holding a baby last month.
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The Latest: Man charged in deadly California fire testifies
One of two men blamed for a warehouse fire that killed 36 people in the San Francisco Bay Area two years ago told a jury that he helped maintain the building in exchange for free rent but insisted he was never in control of its operation. Max Harris took the witness stand Monday in his own defense, speaking for the first time since the fire. One of two men blamed for a warehouse fire that killed 36 people in the San Francisco Bay Area two years ago will get a chance to testify in court.
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APNewsBreak: Ex-judge with anti-abortion ties named to panel
The Missouri Supreme Court in 2015 reprimanded former Macon County Associate Circuit Judge Philip Prewitt for encouraging people to donate to local charities on Facebook, including Ray of Hope Pregnancy Care Ministeries, an anti-abortion nonprofit. Lawyers for the state have argued that the commission should adjudicate a dispute between the state's only clinic performing abortions and the state health department, which is refusing to renew the clinic's abortion license.
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Supreme Court dismisses challenge to Virginia gerrymandering ruling
A Republican-created electoral map accused of diminishing the impact of black votes in Virginia will not be used in the state's elections this year, the US Supreme Court announced Monday in a victory for Democrats. The high court, eager to avoid accusations of political bias, declined to rule on the substance of the case brought by Republican lawmakers in the key US swing state of Virginia, saying the lawmakers did not have appropriate standing to appeal a lower court's ruling. The decision essentially upholds the ruling that invalidated a map drawn in 2011 for the Republican-held Virginia House of Delegates because it relied too heavily on racial gerrymandering when it drew 11 of the state's districts.
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Morsi: from Egypt election triumph to death as inmate
Mohamed Morsi, who died Monday aged 67, was Egypt's first democratically elected president but spent just one turbulent year in office after the 2011 uprising before the army toppled him. The Islamist's overthrow was followed by a brutal crackdown that killed hundreds of supporters of his Muslim Brotherhood movement and dealt a major blow to political Islam. Morsi was sentenced to death in May 2015 for his role in jailbreaks during the uprising that ousted his predecessor, longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak.
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Supreme Court allows Virginia to block mining of nation's largest uranium deposit
The Supreme Court ruled in a dispute between Virginia and companies that wanted to mine the nation's largest deposit of uranium.
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Pfizer's $11 Billion Cancer-Drug Deal Takes Pricey Path to Growth
(Bloomberg Opinion) -- Pfizer Inc. is demonstrating once again how expensive it is for pharma firms to buy their way to growth.The company announced Monday morning that it’s paying almost $11 billion for cancer drugmaker Array Biopharma Inc.  The deal would bolster Pfizer’s cancer portfolio and add medicines that could meaningfully augment sales and profit. But the company isn’t getting much of a bargain, and its recent track record with a similar deal is a cautionary tale for investors. Pfizer’s relatively anemic projected sales growth and drug pipeline mean that, cost aside, a deal like this makes sense. Cancer is a particularly attractive market for drugmakers, offering both limited pricing pressure and an expanding set of potential treatments and areas to target; Array’s lead medicines Braftovi and Mektovi are already approved for melanoma patients and recently produced promising data in colon cancer. Also, the company has developed drugs for other companies that would net Pfizer royalties. But cost does matter when assessing a deal and in this case it seems excessive. Pfizer is paying a 62% premium on a stock that had already appreciated by more than 100% in recent months. Acquiring drugs that have been approved is always extra expensive, but Pfizer really ponied up here. Pfizer is paying nearly 8 times Array’s projected 2023 sales, which is higher than what GlaxoSmithKline PLC and Eli Lilly Inc. paid  in comparable recent deals for Tesaro Inc. and Loxo Oncology Inc., respectively. Array is expected to generate $274 million in revenue this year, and that figure is expected to pass $1 billion by 2022. That growth is still theoretical, though, and the company’s current product roster would have to exceed expectations to justify this price. Its many partnerships with other companies also limit its upside. All of this suggests that Pfizer is also paying up for Array’s extensive drug development expertise and broader pipeline. It could do worse on that front; Array has been unusually successful at inventing medicines. But Pfizer may not be able to retain the scientists that have turned Array into an R&D powerhouse or get the most out of what’s currently in the company’s labs. Pfizer’s last big oncology deal demonstrates the danger of paying up based on optimistic evaluations. The company bought Medivation for a hefty $14 billion in late 2016 for its prostate-cancer drug Xtandi and several pipeline assets. It’s only been about three years, but so far no part of the deal has lived up to Pfizer’s expectations or the price paid. Array may well help Pfizer transition into a more significant player in the cancer market or prove to be a bargain. But there’s a decent chance that we’ll be back for round three in just a few years. To contact the author of this story: Max Nisen at mnisen@bloomberg.netTo contact the editor responsible for this story: Beth Williams at bewilliams@bloomberg.netThis column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the editorial board or Bloomberg LP and its owners.Max Nisen is a Bloomberg Opinion columnist covering biotech, pharma and health care. He previously wrote about management and corporate strategy for Quartz and Business Insider.For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com/opinion©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
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Why this Republican senator has been able to forge her own path
“As long as she’s working for the state of Alaska, people support her,” says Kathryn Bowerman, taking a break from crocheting in Bethel’s public library. The support from Bethel’s voters is a window into Senator Murkowski’s political viability – and her vulnerability. In fact, Senator Murkowski’s record in Washington as a moderate Republican who at times defies her party – and President Donald Trump – infuriates many Alaska Republicans.
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Baseball-Yankees, Red Sox ready to take rivalry to new ground in London
The next chapter in one of the most heated rivalries in professional sport will be written next week in London when the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox play the first two Major League Baseball games in Europe. MLB may lag behind the other major U.S.-based sports leagues when it comes to establishing a foothold in Europe but they are hoping to catch up quickly with a mouthwatering match-up featuring teams that even non-baseball fans would easily know. The Yankees are a globally recognised brand and MLB's most decorated franchise with 27 World Series titles while the Red Sox have won more titles than any other MLB team this century after picking up their fourth last year and ninth of all time.
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'Systemic failure' of U.N. ahead of Myanmar military crackdown: review
There was a "systemic failure" of the United Nations in dealing with the situation in Myanmar ahead of a deadly 2017 military crackdown because it did not have a unified strategy and lacked Security Council support, according to an internal report. The crackdown drove more than 730,000 Rohingya Muslims to flee to Bangladesh. U.N. investigators have said the operation was executed with "genocidal intent" and included mass killings, gang rapes and widespread arson.
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Florida effort to block election hacking gets extra $2M
Florida's county elections departments will retain $2.3 million in unspent grant money aimed at stopping cyber-attacks on the state's voting system, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Monday. DeSantis announced the unspent money is left over from a $19 million federal grant given last year to combat potential attacks on the Florida's voting system and was supposed to be returned to the state. It will be combined with $2.8 million in state funding currently budgeted.
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NBA-Warriors congratulate NBA champion Raptors in Toronto newspaper ad
The Golden State Warriors took out a full-page advert in the Toronto Star on Monday to congratulate a Toronto Raptors team that stopped them claiming a third consecutive NBA championship. The ad appeared on the day of the Raptors victory parade, which brought Canada's biggest city to a standstill with an estimated 2 million gathering to celebrate the country's first NBA championship. "The Golden State Warriors congratulate the Toronto Raptors on their historic achievement and bringing the 2019 NBA championship to the City of Toronto," read the ad which featured a photo of Warriors guard Stephen Curry hugging Raptors counterpart Kyle Lowry after the NBA Finals.
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Jimmy Buffett fan group became seriously ill while staying at Dominican Republic hotel
A group of Jimmy Buffett fans from Oklahoma say they became seriously ill while staying at a hotel in the Dominican Republic in April.
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Intense Garlic Hack Has Captivated the Internet and People Have Never Been More Pumped to Peel
This is a life-changing hack for garlic lovers
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O.J. Simpson Bronco chase was 25 years ago today
Monday marks 25 years since arguably the most famous police chase in American history.
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Daughters tell stepdad they will take his last name in emotional Father’s Day surprise
One dad in Washington got way more than a tie or a tool set for Father's Day. Marvin Bowers, of Renton, Washington, learned that his two stepdaughters are legally changing their last name to his. Jia Dennison, 22, Jazelle Dennison, 19, have had Bowers as the sole father figure in their lives for the past 12 years, when he started dating their mom, Sae, who he married.
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French prosecutor orders Lyon knife man into psychiatric ward
A French prosecutor ordered on Monday a man who had attacked soldiers with a knife in Lyon to be held in a psychiatric hospital. During his initial detention, the man explained his behaviour saying he was depressed and "wanted to die, not to kill or wound the soldiers," prosecutor Nicolas Jacquet said.
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Justice Thomas urges U.S. Supreme Court to feel free to reverse precedents
Justice Clarence Thomas on Monday urged the U.S. Supreme Court to feel less bound to upholding precedent, advancing a view that if adopted by enough of his fellow justices could result in more past decisions being overruled, perhaps including the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion nationwide. Writing in a gun possession case over whether the federal government and states can prosecute someone separately for the same crime, Thomas said the court should reconsider its standard for reviewing precedents. Thomas said the nine justices should not uphold precedents that are "demonstrably erroneous," regardless of whether other factors supported letting them stand.
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Weather Service confirms 9 tornadoes in central Indiana
The National Weather Service says at least nine tornadoes struck Indiana, damaging a school and other buildings and downing trees. It says three EF2 tornadoes with winds up to 130 mph (210 kph) struck Greene, Monroe and Rush counties during Saturday's outbreak and an EF-1 tornado with winds reaching 100 mph (160 kph) struck the Indianapolis enclave of Beech Grove, heavily damaging the high school.
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French prosecutor orders Lyon knife man into psychiatric ward
A French prosecutor ordered on Monday a man who had attacked soldiers with a knife in Lyon to be held in a psychiatric hospital. During his initial detention, the man explained his behavior saying he was depressed and "wanted to die, not to kill or wound the soldiers," prosecutor Nicolas Jacquet said.
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Justice Thomas urges U.S. Supreme Court to feel free to reverse precedents
Writing in a gun possession case over whether the federal government and states can prosecute someone separately for the same crime, Thomas said the court should reconsider its standard for reviewing precedents. Thomas said the nine justices should not uphold precedents that are "demonstrably erroneous," regardless of whether other factors supported letting them stand. "When faced with a demonstrably erroneous precedent, my rule is simple: We should not follow it," wrote Thomas, who has long expressed a greater willingness than his colleagues to overrule precedents.
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‘It’s a bunch of malarkey’: Biden blasts Trump for stirring racial tensions
Former Vice President Joe Biden told an anti-poverty gathering Monday that President Trump has pitted racial groups against one another, but pushed back against criticism of his calls for bipartisan compromise.
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Hong Kong’s quiet message to Beijing
On Sunday, more than a quarter of Hong Kong’s residents, or about 2 million people, were out on the streets to defend the territory’s much-cherished rule of law. It was the third protest in eight days against a proposed extradition treaty sought by China. The color was made popular in December when churchgoers in Hong Kong wore black over two Sundays in solidarity with fellow Christians in the mainland suffering a government crackdown on religion.
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Meghan McCain felt 'less alone' without John McCain on Father's Day with 'dead dads club'
Late John McCain's daughter Meghan McCain tweeted about coping with her first Father's Day without her dad. Thousands shared their stories.
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Alibaba Plans Stock Split as It Preps Giant Listing
(Bloomberg) -- Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. plans a one-to-eight share split, as the e-commerce giant prepares for a stock sale that could be Hong Kong’s largest since 2010.China’s largest company is proposing to increase the number of ordinary shares eight-fold to 32 billion, it said in a statement. The proposal will be discussed and put to a vote at its annual general meeting in Hong Kong on July 15. If approved, the split should take place no later than July 2020.Alibaba is said to have filed for a listing in Hong Kong last week via a confidential exchange application. That sale of stock, which could raise as much as $20 billion, replenishes the online retailer’s war-chest and helps it attract investors closer to home as tensions between China and the U.S. escalate.In the Hong Kong offering, the company will seek to preserve its governance system, where a partnership of top executives has rights including the ability to nominate a majority of board members, a person familiar with the matter has said. It’s possible also that the company may not need to seek a waiver, as the city’s listing rules allow some Chinese issuers who have already listed on an established international bourse to keep their existing structures in a secondary listing.To contact the reporter on this story: Lulu Yilun Chen in Hong Kong at ychen447@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Peter Elstrom at pelstrom@bloomberg.net, Edwin ChanFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
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VW's $2 Billion Truck IPO Reflects Push to Trim the Empire
(Bloomberg) -- Want the lowdown on European markets? In your inbox before the open, every day. Sign up here.Volkswagen AG’s plan to list its truck division later this month will test whether it can pull off a feat that was once unthinkable for the German automotive giant: get smaller.For decades, the world’s biggest carmaker only knew how to expand -- adding Bentley luxury cruisers, Ducati racing bikes and Scania heavy trucks while taking its network of factories well past the 100 mark and its headcount over 640,000.Even in the face of the debilitating diesel-cheating scandal in 2015, the manufacturer didn’t trim its portfolio, bolstering investment in electric cars instead and even creating a new division for mobility services.Now with the pace of change in the auto industry quickening, Volkswagen is trying its hand at trimming the empire.If the listing of a minority stake in Traton SE -- a truck and bus maker with three vehicle brands and valued at as much as 16.5 billion euros ($18.5 billion)-- goes well, it would give Chief Executive Officer Herbert Diess more sway to balance the often diverging interests of VW shareholders including the Porsche and Piech owner family, Lower Saxony and powerful labor unions.Healthy Valuation“Traton’s IPO pricing suggests a healthy valuation which puts a spotlight on VW’s significant sum-of-its-parts disconnect,” RBC Capital Markets analyst Tom Narayan said in a note. Concerns over the company’s ability to switch to electric vehicles is “unfairly” weighing on its share price, the analyst said.Volkswagen rose 0.2% to 141.42 euros at 11:46 a.m. in Frankfurt trading, taking gains this year to 1.8%.For now, Diess is seeking deeper technology partnerships and the possible sale of assets like transmission maker Renk AG and MAN Energy Solutions, which develops engines. A successful Traton listing, targeted for June 28, could even spark rival Daimler AG to follow suit with a carve-out of its own truck business.The truck group comprises three main assets, Scania, MAN and Volkswagen-branded budget trucks sold in South America and Africa, as well as a unit offering digital services to fleet operators. With 29 production and assembly sites globally, the business last year sold 223,000 vehicles. While that’s 14% more than a year earlier, it’s less than half of Daimler’s truck division, the world’s biggest.Volkswagen is offering 50 million Traton shares at 27 euros to 33 euros apiece, plus a possible over-allotment of 7.5 million shares, meaning at the top end of the price range, the sale would raise as much as 1.9 billion euros. Here are the key points in one of the biggest initial public offerings in Europe this year:Sales PitchTraton is looking to woo investors by combining the best-in-class technology and strong margins of the Scania unit with the prospect of a turnaround at MAN and growth potential in key markets, according to company presentations and research from advising banks seen by Bloomberg.The plan includes the following four pillars:StrengthsChief Executive Officer Andreas Renschler, 61, is the mastermind behind Traton. After helping to establish Daimler’s commercial vehicles business as the world’s largest, he was lured to Volkswagen in 2014. Despite the partly overlapping operations, he’s improved earnings over the past four years, mainly by enforcing closer cooperation between long-standing rivals Scania and MAN. Investor interest in Traton will largely be a bet on Renschler’s veteran skills to deliver in the cyclical truck market.The timing of the listing, which was delayed earlier this year, is complicated by global volatility. The window may be as good as it gets. Rival Volvo Group -- the main pure-play competitor -- has gained 26% this year.“It’s no secret that the market environment is very volatile,” VW Chief Financial Officer Frank Witter told reporters on Monday. “It’s not ideal, but it’s not bad either.”VW remains open to sell more Traton stock at a later stage, up to a maximum stake of 24.9%, if market conditions are supportive, he said.WeaknessesTraton has only small bridgeheads in the key North American and Chinese markets, and the prospects for expanding those positions face obstacles.In North America -- the truck industry’s largest profit pool -- Traton merely owns a 16.8% shareholding in Navistar International Corp., which doesn’t it allow it to do much. Lifting the stake will cost money and add complexity. Meanwhile, Navistar still faces fierce competition from market leaders -- Daimler’s Freightliner, Volvo’s Mack and Paccar Inc.While Daimler and Volvo have functioning production joint ventures in China, the world’s biggest truck market, Traton’s cooperation with Sinotruk Hong Kong Ltd., where its holds a 25% stake through MAN, has yet to deliver the hoped-for results.Alliances can fall short of aspirations to create economies of scale, with the recent tensions at the Renault-Nissan Alliance a fresh reminder of the difficulties in uniting separate cultures. Traton also has a cooperation with Hino Motors Ltd., a Toyota Group company, on electric technology, product development and purchasing.MAN has long attempted a turnaround, but improvements have been tepid compared to an aggressive restructuring at Volvo that doubled margins within roughly three years. MAN’s production footprint in high-cost Germany and a lineup that includes less-profitable medium-duty trucks limits the potential for improvement.(Updates with CFO comment in 14th paragraph.)To contact the reporter on this story: Christoph Rauwald in Frankfurt at crauwald@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Anthony Palazzo at apalazzo@bloomberg.net, Chris Reiter, Elisabeth BehrmannFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
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EU Seeks Broader Trade Access to Counter Protectionist Threat
(Bloomberg) -- Go inside the global economy with Stephanie Flanders in her new podcast, Stephanomics. Subscribe via Pocket Cast or iTunes.The European Union vowed to fight to keep global markets open and bolster multilateralism while warning that its companies face greater trade barriers.The European Commission said 45 new commercial obstacles were put in place last year by non-EU countries, bringing the total number of such restrictions to a record high of 425 in 59 nations. The curbs cost European business billions of euros a year, said the commission, the 28-nation bloc’s executive arm.The figures released on Monday in Brussels highlight the extent to which the EU’s determination to uphold the World Trade Organization system goes beyond the battle against U.S. President Donald Trump’s protectionism and challenge to the global order.“In the complex context we have today with a growing number of trade tensions and protectionist measures, the EU must keep defending the interests of its companies in the global markets,” European Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom said in an emailed statement tied to her latest annual report on worldwide commercial barriers. “Making sure that the existing rules are respected is of utmost importance.”EU leaders will also take up the mantle of global trade this week at a summit in Brussels. They’ll agree that “an effective, relevant and resilient multilateral system must be capable of facing new global realities,” according to a draft of their conclusions seen by Bloomberg.China and Russia top the list of non-EU countries with “problematic” trade measures in place, with 37 and 34, respectively, according to the commission. Four countries -- China, the U.S., India and Algeria -- are responsible for new barriers with the most impact, accounting for 80% of EU exports hindered by such restrictions, mainly in the steel, aluminum and information technology areas.Among as many as 35 trade barriers eliminated by the commission last year, in part through WTO arbitration, are:Chinese curbs on imports of bovine and ovine productsRussian duties on vansIndian levies on electronic goods and impediments to leather goodsJapanese restrictions on additives in wine and spiritsEgyptian barriers to textiles The commission said that, since 2014, it has won the removal of a total of 123 unfair trade barriers in non-EU countries, enabling more than 6 billion euros ($6.7 billion) in extra exports last year.To contact the reporter on this story: Jonathan Stearns in Brussels at jstearns2@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Ben Sills at bsills@bloomberg.net, Richard Bravo, Zoe SchneeweissFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
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Why a Trump-Xi Truce at G-20 Isn’t a Slam Dunk
(Bloomberg) -- Go inside the global economy with Stephanie Flanders in her new podcast, Stephanomics. Subscribe via Pocket Cast or iTunes.The suspense is building ahead of the Group of 20 summit in Japan next week, with many analysts and investors betting that Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping will meet on the sidelines and agree to resume the trade talks that broke down last month.But there’s a very real possibility the wagering on a truce may be in vain, and U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross’s weekend comments tempered expectations for a deal. Here are three big events that could help shape both the likelihood of a meeting in Osaka on June 28-29 and what might emerge from one:Robert Lighthizer, who’s riding herd on Trump’s China trade talks, appears before the Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday. The U.S. trade representative’s testimony will mark his first public remarks since talks stalled. Lighthizer is a China hawk, but a pragmatic and camera-shy one. That is why his testimony this week is so important.Domestic opposition to Trump’s tariffs will be on full display all week. Hundreds of companies and industry groups are set to speak at public hearings in Washington, most of them against Trump’s threat to escalate his fight against China by placing tariffs on a $300 billion tranche of goods, including laptops, smartphones and children’s clothing. While the hearings are just procedural, they’ll highlight the backlash he faces at home just as he is eager to appear strong.Vice President Mike Pence gave a speech last year that sounded a lot like a new Cold War with China and quickly became one of the most important on Sino-U.S. relations by an American official in recent years. Next Monday, June 24, he’s giving another at the Wilson Center, a talk originally planned for June 4, the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre. There’s a risk that an overly hawkish tone just days before the G-20 could cause Beijing to recoil and jeopardize any hope of a substantive leaders’ meeting.Chart the Trade WarToday’s Must ReadsTrump’s tariff backlash | American firms to rip Trump tariffs at hearings in WashingtonIntel urges tariff dialogue | Big chipmaker reviews its supply chain amid trade warSingapore exports hit | Electronic shipments slump now worst in more than a decade Huawei smartphones suffer | Trump’s blacklisting hammers China’s tech giant’s shipmentsChina’s WTO setback | China suspends market-economy dispute with European UnionTrump Administration’s LatestRoss Says Deal Can Be Done With China, But Won’t Come From G-20Economic AnalysisChina sees across-the-board slump in investment: Bloomberg EconomicsIndia trade data signal slowdown in domestic demand: Bloomberg EconomicsMeanwhile, Africa exudes potential for regional trade: Bloomberg Economics Coming UpU.S. public hearings on China tariffs start Monday in Washington Lighthizer testifies to Senate committee, 10:15 a.m. ET on TuesdayWTO chief Roberto Azevedo holds press briefing in Geneva Thursday\--With assistance from Bryce Baschuk and Michelle Jamrisko.To contact the reporter on this story: Shawn Donnan in Washington at sdonnan@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Brendan Murray at brmurray@bloomberg.net, Zoe SchneeweissFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
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High court lets Virginia voting go ahead under redrawn map
Virginians will elect members of the House of Delegates this year using a map seen as favorable to Democrats as a result of a ruling Monday by the U.S. Supreme Court. The political boundaries are important because Republicans currently control the House by a slim majority. Virginia is the only one where Democrats have a chance of flipping control of the House and Senate.
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Genetics research gets help from social media
The "Genes for Good" project, which turned to Facebook to recruit people to fill out surveys and send in saliva samples for DNA analysis, has thus far collected data from more than 27,000 volunteers. "The data we get matches what's come from traditional studies," said study coauthor, Goncalo Abecasis, a professor at the University of Michigan School of Public Health and vice president for analytical genetics and data sciences at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals. Back in 2015, Abecasis and his colleagues started to wonder whether the popularity of Facebook could be harnessed to develop a database for genetic studies.
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