Blunders begone! Golden Globes burnish Hollywood credibility BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Jan 8 (Reuters) – Four years ago
Golden Globes host Ricky Gervais turned his sharp tongue on
voters of the awards show, ridiculing them for nominating the
poorly reviewed Johnny Depp-Angelina Jolie action thriller “The
Tourist.”Bill Cosby drops remainder of federal suit against accuser (Reuters) – Comedian Bill Cosby on Thursday dropped the remaining counts of a lawsuit he filed against one of the women accusing him of sexual assault, along with several others, claiming they violated the terms of a confidential settlement in another lawsuit.Refugee crowned ‘wine queen’, as German tradition evolves TRIER, Germany (Reuters) – A Syrian refugee has been crowned “wine queen” in Germany, winning a traditional annual honor that used to go to local young women from wine-growing families.
Phelps chosen as U.S. team flag bearer RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time with 18 gold medals among his career haul of 22, will carry the U.S. flag in Friday’s opening ceremony of the Rio Olympics.
‘Scary’ Lucille Ball statue replaced in her New York hometown A new statue honoring the “I Love Lucy” star was set to be unveiled on Saturday in Celoron, New York, on what would have been Ball’s 105th birthday, after residents of her hometown made it clear they did not “love” an unflattering previous version.
Venezuelan art exhibition honors legacy of Frida Kahlo An art gallery in the Venezuelan capital is honoring the late Mexican artist Frida Kahlo with an exposition featuring the works of 50 female Venezuelan artist.
Turkey’s Erdogan stages mass rally in show of strength after coup attempt ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Hundreds of thousands of Turks began gathering in Istanbul on Sunday summoned by President Tayyip Erdogan to denounce a failed coup – a show of strength staged in the face of Western criticism of widespread purges and detentions.
Quarantined Washington state wheat tests negative for GMO: USDA (Reuters) – No genetically modified (GMO) wheat has been found in a Washington state farm’s crop tested after an unapproved biotech variety was discovered growing there in June, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Friday.
Virginia trooper dies after being shot by gunman at bus station RICHMOND, Va. (Reuters) – A Virginia state trooper who was engaged in a training exercise at a Richmond bus station died on Thursday after a man pulled out a gun and opened fire before being fatally shot by two police officers, police said.
EMERGING MARKETS-Emerging stocks at 1-yr high, currencies firmer after US data By Karin Strohecker
LONDON, Aug 8 (Reuters) – Emerging stocks rose to one-year
highs on Monday and currencies strengthened as momentum from
Friday’s better-than-expected U.S. jobs data helped investors to
shrug off weak Chinese trade numbers.
MSCI’s emerging index jumped 1 percent, with
stocks across Asia as well as in Turkey, Russia
and South Africa chalking up solid gains after the U.S.
employment reading beat expectations for the second straight
month, bolstering expectations of fas
Oil up nearly 3 percent on OPEC output speculation as glut grows NEW YORK (Reuters) – Oil prices settled up nearly 3 percent on Monday amid renewed speculation that OPEC would try to restrain output, easing oversupply worries that pressured the market to three-month lows last week.
Indonesia arrests six suspected of plotting Singapore ‘rocket attack’ JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesian police arrested six suspected militants on Friday who they believed to be linked to the Islamic State group and plotting a rocket attack on Singapore, authorities in Indonesia and Singapore said.
Hear! Hear! Exquisite fossils preserve ear of prehistoric whale WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Fossils unearthed in a South Carolina drainage ditch are providing insight into the development of ultrasonic hearing in prehistoric whales, a trait closely linked to their uncanny ability to hunt and navigate using sound waves and echoes.
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
automotive industry.Macedonia declares state of emergency after 21 die in flash floods SKOPJE (Reuters) – Macedonia declared a state of emergency in its capital Skopje and neighboring districts on Sunday, a day after at least 21 people were killed in flash floods caused by a storm.
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.
Dorsey’s Square reports 41.5 percent jump in quarterly revenue (Reuters) – Mobile payments company Square Inc on Wednesday reported a 41.5 percent jump in revenue and diminishing losses as more large merchants make sales using Square’s technology, a sign the company has moved beyond serving only pop-up shops and food trucks.
BRIEF-Delta says ground stop lifted & limited departures resuming following power outage in Atlanta * Delta says there may be lag time in display of accurate
flight status at delta.com ,Fly Delta App
Bitfinex exchange customers to get 36 percent haircut, debt token HONG KONG (Reuters) – Crypto-currency exchange Bitfinex, which lost $72 million to hackers last week, told customers on Sunday they would lose just over 36 percent of the assets they had on the platform but would be compensated for these losses with tokens of credit.
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
Kesha drops sex abuse lawsuit against Dr. Luke to focus on music (Reuters) – Pop star Kesha has dropped her sexual abuse lawsuit in California against record producer Dr. Luke, saying she wants to focus on getting back to her music.
Some fish tackle ocean global warming by pretending it’s night OSLO (Reuters) – Some fish may cope with the changing chemistry of the oceans linked to global warming by permanently setting their body defenses to night-time levels, the time of day when they find sea water least hospitable, a study said on Monday.
Bitcoin worth $72 million stolen from Bitfinex exchange in Hong Kong HONG KONG (Reuters) – Nearly 120,000 units of digital currency bitcoin worth about US$72 million was stolen from the exchange platform Bitfinex in Hong Kong, rattling the global bitcoin community in the second-biggest security breach ever of such an exchange.
In slap at Trump, some wealthy Republicans campaign for Clinton NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Groups of wealthy Republicans unhappy with Donald Trump have been privately courting prominent peers to join them in backing Democrat Hillary Clinton’s U.S. presidential bid, several people involved in the effort told Reuters.
Kerry presses on with Russian talks on Syria despite Aleppo setbacks WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is still pursuing an agreement with Russia on military cooperation in the fight against Islamic State in Syria despite major setbacks and skepticism from other administration officials and U.S. allies, U.S. officials with knowledge of the talks said on Friday.
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.
Holy cows and Hindu crusaders cloud Modi’s Indian reform drive AGRA, India (Reuters) – Two miles down the road from the white marble walls of the fabled Taj Mahal, a heavyset man crouches in the dirt of a cow shed and explains how the future of India belongs to him.
Extreme runner wants to be reunited with Chinese stray dog (Reuters) – Extreme marathon runner Dion Leonard hopes to bring a stray dog which followed him for 125 kilometers (77 miles) during a race across China, back to his home in Scotland.
As Rio Games approach, 1.3 million tickets left unsold RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Two days ahead of the opening ceremony at the Olympics, organizers say that 1.3 million tickets remained unsold, an indication that spectator demand for Rio has lagged behind previous summer Games.
UPDATE 2-Nissan in talks with Panasonic, others to sell battery operations -sources * Nissan also in talks with Chinese, other overseas