Texas in deal to remedy ‘discriminatory’ voter ID law AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – Texas reached a deal with civil rights groups to remedy a voter identification law that a U.S. appeals court last month ruled was discriminatory and violated the U.S. Voting Rights Act, court papers filed on Wednesday showed.
China drafts new rules to curb mining pollution SHANGHAI (Reuters) – China plans to raise environmental standards in its highly-polluting mining sector, according to a policy draft circulated by the Ministry of Environmental Protection.
Ai Weiwei puts himself back in a jail cell in new Spanish show CUENCA, Spain (Reuters) – Artist Ai Weiwei has reproduced scenes of his incarceration for a new art installation, a series of almost life-size dioramas – encased in steel boxes – showing his life in jail.
BRIEF-Richter says cariprazine fails a U.S. test, trials continue Aug 5 (Reuters) – Richter Says Cariprazine Drug for Bipolar
Depression Treatment Fails in MD-72 trial in U.S., did not
separate significantly from placebo as an add-on treatment.
British ‘donkey whisperer’ translates ‘ee-aws’ using technology (Reuters) – A self-proclaimed “donkey whisperer” is encouraging people in London to use technology to help them understand donkeys’ emotions and mannerisms.
Family of ‘Star Trek’ actor sues Fiat Chrysler over rollaway death LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The parents of the late “Star Trek” movie actor Anton Yelchin sued Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV for negligence and product liability on Tuesday over the rollaway crash of a Jeep Grand Cherokee that killed their son.
Great Red Spot storm heating Jupiter’s atmosphere, study shows CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) – Scientists have long wondered why Jupiter’s upper atmosphere has temperatures similar to those of Earth, even though the biggest planet in the solar system is five times farther away from the sun.
Thousands gather in Bangkok urging Thais to vote in their ‘big day’ BANGKOK (Reuters) – Around 3,000 students, civil servants and military cadets gathered in Bangkok on Thursday in a final push to urge Thais to vote in a crucial constitutional referendum at the weekend that aims to subdue political parties.
Pennsylvania attorney general goes on trial in leak case HARRISBURG, Pa. (Reuters) – Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane will go on trial on Monday on charges that she illegally leaked grand jury information to embarrass a rival, closing out a four-year term dominated by a web of allegations that have roiled the state government.
UPDATE 2-Steinhoff to buy Mattress Firm for $3.8 bln including debt NEW YORK Aug 7 (Reuters) – South African retailer Steinhoff
International Holdings NV will buy Mattress Firm
Holding Corp, the largest specialty bedding retailer in
the United States, for $3.8 billion which includes debt, both
companies said on Sunday.
New York attorney general targets phony Zika-protection products NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York state’s top prosecutor said on Wednesday his office has sent cease-and-desist letters to seven companies accused of deceptively marketing ineffective Zika-protection products amid growing concern over the mosquito-borne virus.
Islamic State claims responsibility for machete attack in Belgium BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Islamic State claimed responsibility on Sunday for an attack by a machete-wielding man in Belgium that left two female police officers seriously injured, the group’s Amaq news agency said on Twitter.
Indian women braid straps for big brands in conditions ‘worse than sweatshops’ MUMBAI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Every day, after she finishes cooking, cleaning and fetching water for her tiny one-room home in India’s financial capital Mumbai, Saubhagya Nadelkari picks up a…
South Korea presidential office says China ‘out-of-place’ on THAAD SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korea’s presidential office rebuked on Sunday China’s criticism of its decision to deploy an advanced anti-missile defense, urging Beijing to instead play a stronger role against North Korea’s provocations on the peninsula.
European money market reforms to have global impact: Morgan Stanley NEW YORK (Reuters) – Proposed money market reforms in Europe could raise short-term borrowing costs for banks around the world if some funds shun bank debt in favor of owning only government…
Art Nouveau masterpiece abandoned in decaying Brussels warehouse (Reuters) – An Art Nouveau facade designed by the famous Belgian architect Victor Horta lies greening with mould and covered in trash in a Brussels warehouse, forgotten only five years after it was last exhibited to the public.
South Carolina girl exposed to brain-eating amoeba faces bleak odds CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) – An 11-year-old South Carolina girl has irreparable brain damage after contracting a rare, often-fatal infection caused by an amoeba from a river where she was swimming, according to a Facebook page set up on her behalf.
Bottoms up! Man leaves clothes in pub as he goes to get cash PRAGUE (Reuters) – A drinker who could not pay his bar bill left his clothes at the pub as collateral as he headed off naked to get cash, Czech police said.
DoubleLine ‘TOTL’ exchange-traded fund posts inflows in July NEW YORK (Reuters) – The SPDR DoubleLine Total Return Tactical ETF posted roughly $100 million of inflows in July, gaining more ground over the Pimco Total Return Active Exchange-Traded Fund in total…
Stars turn out for HFPA fundraising gala Hugh Grant, Emma Stone, Justin Timberlake and Mel Gibson lined up for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s (HFPA) annual Grants Banquet in Beverly Hills, California on Thursday which presented nearly $2.4 million to non-profit organization related to entertainment industry.
Activision revenue surges on “Overwatch” launch, “Candy Crush” deal (Reuters) – Activision Blizzard Inc reported a 50.4 percent surge in quarterly revenue on Thursday, propelled by the popularity of the newly-launched “Overwatch” game and the boost from the acquisition of “Candy Crush” maker King Digital.
Clint Eastwood: Trump says ‘dumb things’ but people should ‘get over it’ (Reuters) – Clint Eastwood, the 86-year-old four-time Oscar winner, excoriated the current generation of Americans as weak and overly sensitive while backing Donald Trump even though the Republican presidential hopeful has “said a lot of dumb things.”Bristol-Myers’ Opdivo fails lung cancer trial; shares plunge (Reuters) – Bristol-Myers Squibb Co said its blockbuster Opdivo immunotherapy failed to slow progression of symptoms in previously untreated patients with advanced lung cancer, a major setback expected to benefit Merck & Co’s rival medicine.
Renee Zellweger slams media speculation about plastic surgery LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Actress Renee Zellweger criticized media outlets for discussing her appearance, and said she did not have any surgery to alter her face, in an essay published on Friday.
Rio’s informal foods a key part of the ‘Carioca’ life RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – If the most popular foods of Rio de Janeiro have one thing in common, it is their informality.
Jets pound rebels after they break Aleppo siege BEIRUT (Reuters) – Syrian insurgents who broke the siege of rebel-held eastern Aleppo on Saturday in a significant territorial gain came under intense air attack from pro-government forces on Sunday trying to repel the advance which also cut government-held Aleppo’s main supply route.
Oil slips to $45 as glut overshadows hope for producer action LONDON (Reuters) – Oil fell below $45 a barrel on Tuesday after rallying to a two-week high the previous day, as concern about a supply glut outweighed hopes of producer action to prop up prices.
Wall Street Week Ahead: Again at highs, stocks to take cues from consumer NEW YORK (Reuters) – A U.S. stock market that rose again to record highs on Friday on the back of a robust employment report will take its cues next week from a facet of the economy that also has shown signs of strength: the consumer.
Apple wins dismissal of lawsuit over MacBook logic boards (Reuters) – Apple Inc won the dismissal on Thursday of a lawsuit accusing it of defrauding consumers by selling MacBook laptop computers that contained “logic boards” it knew were defective, and which routinely failed within two years.Tesla Motors discloses $1.1 billion in third-quarter cash needs SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Tesla Motors Inc on Friday disclosed $1.1 billion in third quarter cash requirements in payments and planned expenditures, about a third of the cash on hand mid-year, in a new sign of pressure on the electric vehicle maker.