Russia banned from Paralympics over state-backed doping RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Russia was barred from taking part in next month’s Rio Paralympics on Sunday, with organizers blasting a “medals over morals mentality” as they announced the blanket ban over state-backed doping that Olympics bosses avoided.
Spraying by air for mosquitoes, Florida steps up Zika fight DORAL, Fla. (Reuters) – Florida began aerial spraying on Thursday to kill mosquitoes in a Miami neighborhood with the first U.S. spread of the Zika virus that can cause a rare but devastating birth defect.
Google to start selling auto insurance in the U.S., analyst says SAN FRANCISCO, Jan 8 (Reuters) – Google Inc may be
moving into the U.S. auto insurance market with a shopping site
for people to compare and buy policies, an analyst said on
Thursday, as it continues to shift its attention to the
Scientist Brian Cox holds summer master class in London for kids (Reuters) – British physics professor Brian Cox taught students at St. Paul’s Way Trust School in London on Tuesday how to create fire with methane gas.
Transit policeman charged with trying to help Islamic State: Post WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A Washington-area transit police officer has been arrested and charged with attempting to provide material support to Islamic State, The Washington Post reported on Wednesday.
Bradley Cooper develops HBO miniseries about rise of ISIS militant group (Reuters) – Actor Bradley Cooper is developing a TV miniseries based on a book about the rise of Islamic State militants, a show the author hopes will help Americans understand how the group came about.
Obama administration releases redacted version of drone policy WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration has released a redacted version of President Barack Obama’s policy on drone strikes abroad following a freedom of information lawsuit filed last year, the American Civil Liberties Union said on Saturday.
U.S. states signed pact to keep Exxon climate probe confidential HOUSTON (Reuters) – A pact that 15 U.S. states signed to jointly investigate Exxon Mobil Corp for allegedly misleading the public about climate change sought to keep prosecutors’ deliberations confidential and was broadly written so they could probe other fossil fuel companies.
Oil falls as glut, profit-taking beat back optimism over OPEC meet TOKYO (Reuters) – Crude prices edged lower on Tuesday on continued worries over a global oil glut and as investors took profits on gains of nearly 3 percent from the previous session, beating down upwards momentum from a possible meeting of oil producers.
Italy party head under fire for likening Chamber speaker to sex doll ROME (Reuters) – The outspoken leader of Italy’s anti-immigrant Northern League party drew a chorus of criticism on Monday for comparing the woman speaker of the lower house of parliament to an inflatable sex doll.
Cool temperatures, few mosquitoes make Games Zika-free, so far RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – So far, at the Olympics many feared would be the Zika Games, so good.
Minnesota judge denies claims of 29 would-be heirs to Prince estate (Reuters) – A Minnesota judge has excluded nearly 30 would-be heirs from the estate of the late pop star Prince, bolstering the inheritance claims of the performer’s sister and surviving half-siblings, probate court records released on Friday showed.
Italy’s anti-trust agency fines VW over diesel emissions ROME (Reuters) – Italy’s anti-trust agency said on Monday it had fined German carmaker Volkswagen 5 million euros ($5.54 million) for allegedly misinforming car buyers about diesel emissions results.
Senior ex-CIA official: Putin made Trump ‘an unwitting agent’ of Russia (Reuters) – A former top CIA official attacked Donald Trump on Friday as a danger to national security, saying President Vladimir Putin had made the Republican presidential candidate an “unwitting agent” of Russia.
San Francisco gangster ‘Shrimp Boy’ sentenced to life in prison SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – San Francisco gangster Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow was sentenced on Thursday to life in prison after his conviction on dozens of federal charges, including ordering the murder of a Chinatown rival, a U.S. Department of Justice spokesman said.
Berkshire profit up 25 percent as insurance helps, BNSF weighs (Reuters) – Berkshire Hathaway Inc on Friday said its second-quarter profit rose 25 percent, helped by improvement in insurance underwriting, investment gains and the purchase of Precision Castparts…
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.
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.
North Carolina will ask Supreme Court to allow voter ID law to stand WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (Reuters) – North Carolina will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to stay an appellate court ruling that struck down the state’s voter ID law a week ago, Republican Governor Pat McCrory said on Friday.
DJ Khaled ousts Drake for first No. 1 on Billboard 200 chart LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Music producer and social media star DJ Khaled scored his first chart-topping album on the weekly U.S. Billboard 200 album chart on Monday, ousting Canadian R&B artist Drake.
Harry Potter hits Belgium Harry Potter fans can plunge into the magical world of wizards thanks to a touring exhibition dedicated to the film franchise opening in the Belgian capital. Visitors can experience first-hand what life at wizarding school Hogwarts is like by wandering through the Gryffindor’s common room, strolling through the so-called Forbidden Forest or just by sitting in gamekeeper Hagrids’ huge chair in the rustic-style hut. Peter Monballieu, press officer for the exhibition, says the show was a success ev
LendingClub turmoil takes toll as company posts widening losses (Reuters) – LendingClub Corp on Monday reported its largest quarterly loss in a year as it struggles to bring banks back to its online lending platform following the departure of its chief executive and a scandal involving altered loan documents.
Pakistani lawmaker seeks to protect nation’s youth: from Doraemon cartoons LAHORE, Pakistan (Reuters) – A Pakistani opposition lawmaker on Wednesday proposed banning 24-hour cartoon TV channels, specifically the popular Japanese series “Doraemon”, drawing ridicule on social media in a country fighting corruption, poverty and Islamist militants.
Drake holds off Gucci Mane for 12th week at top of Billboard 200 LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Canadian R&B artist Drake held off rapper Gucci Mane for a 12th non-consecutive week at the top of the weekly U.S. Billboard 200 album chart on Monday.
Eisai: FDA confirms enough data to move Alzheimer’s drug to Phase III studies TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s Eisai Co said on Tuesday the U.S. Food and Drug Administration had confirmed that there was sufficient data to start Phase III studies of a drug it is co-developing to treat early Alzheimer’s disease.
Cephalon, U.S. states reach $125 million settlement over generic drugs WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Cephalon has reached a $125 million settlement with 48 states in connection with its alleged efforts to delay generic versions of its blockbuster sleep disorder drug Provigil from entering the market, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said on Thursday.
PwC must face $1 billion MF Global malpractice lawsuit: U.S. judge NEW YORK (Reuters) – A federal judge rejected PricewaterhouseCoopers’ [PWC.UL] bid to dismiss a $1 billion lawsuit accusing the accounting firm of professional malpractice for helping cause the October 2011 bankruptcy of MF Global Holdings Ltd [MGHL.UL], a brokerage once run by former New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine.
Pixar-inspired Cozmo robot has big personality, big screen hopes LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A new palm-sized robot is vying to become a favorite toy, equipped with a cheeky personality and hopes for a possible future entertainment franchise.
Gloria DeHaven, perky star of 1940s-50s Hollywood musicals, dies at age 91 Gloria DeHaven, the perky singing actress who starred in a parade of breezy Hollywood musicals in the 1940s and 1950s and gave Frank Sinatra his first big-screen kiss, has died at age 91, her agent said on Monday.EPA approves sales of 2017 BMW diesel vehicles TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (Reuters) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Tuesday it has approved the sale of new 2017 model year BMW AG diesel vehicles in the United States after a thorough review.