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Court scraps multi-billion-dollar Ecuador damages against Chevron

Fri, 09/07/2018 - 13:25

An appeals court in The Hague cancelled $9.5 billion in damages handed down by an Ecuadoran court against American energy giant Chevron for causing oil pollution in the Amazon jungle, Ecuador's public prosecutor said Friday. The original ruling dates back to 2011 and was twice upheld on appeal in Ecuador, but Chevron took its protest to The Hague's Permanent Court of Arbitration, claiming it had already been exonerated of any wrongdoing.

Chris Watts Case: Shanann Watts' Brother Details Family Heartache as He Thanks Well-Wishers

Fri, 09/07/2018 - 12:18

Frankie Rzucek shared a heartfelt message of thanks for those who have supported his family.

For Susan Collins, A Vote For Kavanaugh Would Be Political Suicide

Fri, 09/07/2018 - 11:47

Throughout her more than two decades in the Senate, Sen. Susan Collins

Technological Advice for Older Job Seekers

Fri, 09/07/2018 - 11:38

Since one of the more common justifications for age discrimination in hiring is the assumption that older workers are unskilled at using common technology, experienced job seekers must pay careful attention to their technological footprint and personal brand. With Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Twitter, LinkedIn and Snapchat in the present and older but still active platforms like Tumblr and MySpace still online, it is easy to overlook an older but eternal presence. Job seekers must regularly Google themselves to ensure that inappropriate images or comments cannot be attributed to them.

Zimbabwe president names new finance minister to revive economy

Fri, 09/07/2018 - 11:36

Zimbabwe's newly-inaugurated President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Friday named respected economist Mthuli Ncube as finance minister to revive the country's battered economy in the first cabinet since his election in a disputed vote. Ncube, an Oxford University professor who is a former vice president of the African Development Bank, has the tough task of reviving an economy wrecked under Robert Mugabe, who was ousted last year. Mnangagwa, who has vowed fixing the economy as his priority, announced sweeping changes to his cabinet after his victory in the July 30 election.

Iran, Russia, Turkey struggle to agree future of Syria's Idlib

Fri, 09/07/2018 - 11:28

Iran, Russia and Turkey were unable to overcome their differences at a Tehran summit on Friday as they held talks on an imminent offensive against the last rebel stronghold in Syria, amid warnings from the international community of a looming humanitarian disaster. Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan openly disagreed with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin at a press conference in the Iranian capital and warned of a "bloodbath" in Idlib province, where an assault by Syrian government forces is expected any day.

Factbox: Tesla executive departures since 2016

Fri, 09/07/2018 - 10:32

(Reuters) - Electric carmaker Tesla Inc has seen a flurry of senior executive exits in recent months.

Chevrolet's Colorado ZR2 Bison Is Ready to Take on the Ford Ranger Raptor

Fri, 09/07/2018 - 10:25

Rock-resistant upgrades for Chevy's butch midsize pickup.

18-Year-Old Plunges to His Death While Taking Selfie at Yosemite National Park

Fri, 09/07/2018 - 09:25

Officials ruled his death an accident.

Presidents of Russia, Turkey and Iran Meet to Plot Future of Syria Ahead of Battle for Last Rebel Stronghold

Fri, 09/07/2018 - 09:02

"The fires of war and bloodshed in Syria are reaching their end," Rouhani said

Can the pope's accusers force him to resign?

Fri, 09/07/2018 - 08:22

In 2013, Francis's predecessor, Benedict, became the first pontiff in six centuries to resign. Benedict, then 85, abdicated because he said he no longer had the strength to run the Church. HOW DID THE VATICAN AND THE POPE GET TO THIS POINT?

Kavanaugh’s views on affirmative action draw scrutiny

Fri, 09/07/2018 - 07:31

Brett Kavanaugh's views on race and equality have become a major focus of his Supreme Court confirmation hearings.

Jared Kushner's Awkward Wait Outside A Locked Door Becomes Perfect 'Veep' Spoof

Fri, 09/07/2018 - 07:06

Jared Kushner was caught on camera awkwardly waiting for almost two minutes to

The Phone Call To The New York Times That Sarah Huckabee Sanders Will Absolutely Hate

Fri, 09/07/2018 - 06:34

Sarah Huckabee Sanders urged people to call The New York Times' opinion desk

Ford teases 2020 Mach 1

Fri, 09/07/2018 - 06:25

Ford Team Edison, which is responsible for the Blue Oval's new electric vehicle development, has finally issued a teaser of the Mach 1 performance electric crossover. It doesn't show a great deal of what to expect from the company's first electric SUV, but it's a lot more than we've been getting so far as pretty much all we've had to date is a logo and a prototype wearing a Ford Escape body. It's now around eight months since Ford announced it was working on the 2020 Mach 1 which was to be the company's first all-electric SUV, and not a lot more has been said of it since.

Japan resilient, but climate change making disasters worse: experts

Fri, 09/07/2018 - 05:40

Record typhoons, biblical floods, heatwaves, landslides and earthquakes: this summer, Japan really has seen it all and images of the destruction caused have been beamed around the world. More than 220 died in floods in July mainly because "less than one percent of people affected by local evacuation recommendations actually went to the shelters, thinking that there would not be a problem," notes Jean-Francois Heimburger, an expert on natural disasters in the country. Unlike in other countries, even the highest levels of evacuation orders in Japan are not compulsory and the vast majority of people ignore them.

Trump’s Latest Flub Goes Viral As ‘Anonymous’ Becomes The New ‘Covfefe’

Fri, 09/07/2018 - 05:22

President Donald Trump struggled with the word "anonymous" during a rally in

'Lots of evidence' Syria is preparing to use chemical weapons in Idlib, says US envoy ahead of Tehran meeting

Fri, 09/07/2018 - 04:55

There is "lots of evidence" that chemical weapons are being prepared by Syrian government forces in Idlib in northwest Syria, the new US adviser for Syria said on Thursday, as he warned of the risks of an offensive on the country's last big rebel enclave. "I am very sure that we have very, very good grounds to be making these warnings," said Jim Jeffrey, who was named on Aug. 17 as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's special adviser on Syria overseeing talks on a political transition in that country. "Any offensive is to us objectionable as a reckless escalation," Jeffrey told a few reporters in his first interview on the situation in Syria since his appointment. "There is lots of evidence that chemical weapons are being prepared." The White House has warned that the United States and its allies would respond "swiftly and vigorously" if government forces used chemical weapons in the widely expected offensive. Jeffrey said an attack by Russian and Syrian forces, and the use of chemical weapons, would force huge refugee flows into southeastern Turkey or areas in Syria under Turkish control. Displaced Syrians are seen at a camp in Kafr Lusin near the Bab al-Hawa border crossing with Turkey in the northern part of Syria's rebel-held Idlib province on September 6 Credit:  AAREF WATAD/ AFP Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has massed his army and allied forces on the frontlines in the northwest, and Russian planes have joined his bombardment of rebels there, in a prelude to a possible assault. The fate of the insurgent stronghold in and around Idlib province rests on a meeting to be held in Tehran on Friday between the leaders of Assad's supporters Russia and Iran, and the rebels' ally, Turkey. "We will find out to some degree tomorrow if the Russians are willing to come to a compromise with the Turks," Jeffrey said. Backed by Russian air power, Assad has in recent years taken back one rebel enclave after another. Idlib and its surroundings are now the only significant area where armed opposition to Damascus remains. Idlib offensive: Why the looming fight for Syria's last rebel stronghold could be the bloodiest yet Jeffrey described the situation in Idlib as "very dangerous" and said Turkey was trying to avoid an all-out Syrian government offensive. "I think the last chapter of the Idlib story has not been written. The Turks are trying to find a way out. The Turks have shown a great deal of resistance to an attack," he said. He said the United States had repeatedly asked Russia whether it could "operate" in Idlib to eliminate the last holdouts of Islamic State and other extremist groups. Asked whether that would include U.S. air strikes, Jeffrey said: "That would be one way." There was periodic cooperation between the United States and Russia against the same jihadist groups operating in Idlib until mid-2017.

Fox News Analyst Goes Off-Script: Trump Lacks 'The Temperament' To Be President

Fri, 09/07/2018 - 03:54

Fox News is President Donald Trump's favorite network, thanks to its largely