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Russian Foreign Ministry says latest U.S. sanctions are 'grotesque'

Top Stories - Thu, 12/21/2017 - 07:10

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The latest U.S. sanctions imposed on five Russians and Chechens are grotesque and groundless, and Moscow will hit back with tit-for-tat sanctions, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Thursday. The U.S. Treasury Department on Wednesday imposed the new sanctions on the five people, including on Chechen Republic head Ramzan Kadyrov, for alleged human rights abuses. (Reporting by Dmitry Solovyov; Editing by Alison Williams)


Car Brands Ranked by Owner Satisfaction

Top Stories - Thu, 12/21/2017 - 06:00

At our 327-acre test track in Connecticut, we evaluate dozens and dozens of cars each year, which we buy at dealerships the same way you do. In addition to testing them rigorously at our track, w...


Disney, Fox, and the painful path to a la carte TV

Macworld - Thu, 12/21/2017 - 06:00
Disney's plan to acquire most of Fox could hasten the TV bundle's collapse, but not without consequences.

China's Didi raises $4 bn to fund global turf war with Uber

Top Stories - Thu, 12/21/2017 - 02:10

Chinese ride-sharing firm Didi Chuxing said Thursday it had raised $4 billion from investors, months after a funding round that made it Asia’s most valuable startup, as it presses on with a global battle with US giant Uber. Local and foreign groups contributed to the huge pot, which will be used to fuel Didi's global expansion and support new developments in artificial intelligence and new energy vehicles, the company said in a statement. Didi, which bought Uber's China operations last year, has nearly half a billion users around the world and handles up to 25 million rides per day.


South Korean Troops Fire Warning Shots as North Korean Soldiers Pursue Defecting Comrade

Top Stories - Wed, 12/20/2017 - 23:43

South Korea’s military fired 20 rounds of warning shots Thursday as North Korean soldiers approached a borderline after their comrade defected to South Korea, officials said.


Mistrial declared for Nevada rancher who led revolt over U.S. land dispute

Top Stories - Wed, 12/20/2017 - 22:31

A federal judge on Wednesday declared a mistrial in a criminal case against four people, including Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, over a 2014 armed standoff with U.S. government agents, and rebuked prosecutors for withholding evidence from the defense. Bundy, two of his sons and a fourth man were charged with 15 counts of conspiracy, assault and other offenses stemming from the confrontation, which galvanized right-wing militia groups challenging federal authority over vast tracts of public lands in the American West. U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro told federal prosecutors they had willfully violated evidence rules in failing to turn over pertinent documents to the defense, adding, "The failure is prejudicial," to ensuring a fair trial.


‘She’s in My Dreams’: How the Boyfriend of a N.D. Woman Killed for Their Baby Is Haunted by Her Death- HOLD FOR POST 12/21

Top Stories - Wed, 12/20/2017 - 21:09

Four months after Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind’s killing, her longtime boyfriend and father of her only child remains haunted.


US aims to keep steep duties on Bombardier jets after Boeing complaint

Top Stories - Wed, 12/20/2017 - 19:51

The U.S. Commerce Department on Wednesday finalised steep anti-subsidy duties on Bombardier Inc's CSeries jets, setting up the next round of a fierce international trade dispute between the United States and Canada. The move announced by the department to impose duties of nearly 300 percent stems from a complaint by rival Boeing Co. The company claimed Bombardier had been unfairly and illegally subsidised by the Canadian government, allowing the planemaker to dump its newest jetliner in the U.S. market below cost. "Today's decision validates Boeing's complaints regarding Bombardier’s pricing in the United States, pricing that has harmed our workforce and U.S. industry," Boeing said in a statement after the department decision. Delta Air Lines, the second largest U.S. carrier by passenger traffic, has an order for 75 of the 100-to-150 seat CSeries jets. The aircraft starts at $79.5 million, according to list prices, or some $5.9 billion for the total order, but carriers typically receive steep discounts. Bombardier C300 Series Poster Credit: Bombardier If imposed, the duties would more than triple the cost of a CSeries aircraft sold in the United States, based on Boeing's assertion that Delta received the planes for $20 million each, well below an estimated cost of $33 million and what Bombardier charges in Canada. The Commerce Department's penalty against Bombardier will only take effect if the lesser-known US International Trade Commission (ITC) rules in Boeing's favour, as it so far has, in its final decision expected in early 2018. In its two-part complaint, Boeing called for countervailing duties of 79.41 percent to offset what it described as harmful Canadian subsidies to Bombardier. It also identified a "dumping margin" of 80.5 percent, based on the unpublished prices at which it claims Bombardier sold the CSeries planes to Delta. The department decision follows Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross' pledge to aggressively police unfairly traded imports to help shrink U.S. trade deficits. The move comes as the United States, Canada and Mexico are involved in a three-way negotiation to modernize the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The rift between the two plane makers could, however, move to a larger stage as Canada weighs a complaint to the World Trade Organization or through NAFTA regarding the dispute. At a contentious Monday hearing of the ITC, Canada warned that a positive finding of material harm to Boeing by the group could represent a possible violation of international trade agreements and prompt a formal objection. Canada earlier this month scrapped plans to buy 18 Boeing Super Hornet fighter jets, underlining Ottawa's anger over the trade challenge. Boeing has said it considered all potential risks before deciding to launch its trade case. US-Canadian trade relations have also chilled recently over disputes over Canadian softwood lumber and U.S. milk protein products.


U.S. cancels student loan debts for 12,900 college fraud victims

Top Stories - Wed, 12/20/2017 - 18:56

The U.S. Education Department on Wednesday canceled the student-loan debts of 12,900 people defrauded by defunct Corinthian Colleges, but its announcement that it will give varying amounts of debt relief in the future set off fierce criticism. For-profit higher education provider Corinthian collapsed in 2015 amid government investigations into how many of its graduates found gainful employment. An internal review released this month showed the Education Department had stopped discharging loans of former attendees of Corinthian and other failed for-profit schools once President Donald Trump took office.


The Latest: South Africa's new party leader: Graft must end

Top Stories - Wed, 12/20/2017 - 17:52

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The Latest on the new leader of South Africa's ruling party (all times local):


Mistrial declared for Nevada rancher who led revolt over U.S. land dispute

Top Stories - Wed, 12/20/2017 - 17:44

By John L. Smith LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - A federal judge on Wednesday declared a mistrial in the criminal case against Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and three others for their role in a 2014 armed standoff with U.S. government agents, and rebuked prosecutors for withholding evidence from the defense. Bundy, two of his sons and another man were charged with 15 counts of conspiracy, assault and other offenses stemming from the confrontation, which galvanized right-wing militia groups challenging federal authority over vast tracts of public lands in the American West. U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro told federal prosecutors they had willfully violated evidence rules in failing to turn over pertinent documents to the defense, adding that "the failure is prejudicial" to ensuring a fair trial.


Apple responds to accusations of performance throttling with older iPhones

Macworld - Wed, 12/20/2017 - 17:27

Apple on Wednesday released a statement to TechCrunch to address accusations on the internet that the company purposely throttles the performance of older iPhones in order to boost new iPhone sales. Here is the statement to TechCrunch:

Our goal is to deliver the best experience for customers, which includes overall performance and prolonging the life of their devices. Lithium-ion batteries become less capable of supplying peak current demands when in cold conditions, have a low battery charge or as they age over time, which can result in the device unexpectedly shutting down to protect its electronic components.

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US confirms punitive tariffs of nearly 300% on Bombardier planes

Top Stories - Wed, 12/20/2017 - 17:11

The US Commerce Department on Wednesday confirmed its decision to impose punitive tariffs of nearly 300 percent on airplanes manufactured by Canada's Bombardier in a trade dispute that has inflamed relations with Ottawa. The ruling affirms a preliminary finding that Bombardier received unfair subsidies from the Canadian government that allowed it to sell planes at below the cost of production, and compete unfairly with American aerospace giant Boeing, which lodged the complaint. Boeing filed the case against its Canadian rival after Delta Air Lines ordered 75 of the C-Series planes that can seat 100-150 passengers.


Last piece of Amtrak train wreckage removed from Washington state highway

Top Stories - Wed, 12/20/2017 - 17:08

The affected southbound stretch of Interstate 5, which runs from the Canadian border to Mexico, will remain closed indefinitely, the Washington State Department of Transportation has said. Federal investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) are seeking answers about the crash's cause in interviews with the train's engineer and a trainee conductor who were in the locomotive's cab. NTSB members say they are focused on whether the engineer was distracted, but are timing their interviews with the crew this week around their recuperation from injuries.


U.S. FDA approves new diabetes drug from Merck and Pfizer

Top Stories - Wed, 12/20/2017 - 16:43

(Reuters) - A new drug developed by Merck & Co and Pfizer Inc won U.S. approval on Wednesday to treat type II diabetes, the Food and Drug Administration said, adding another competitor to a growing class of treatments. The oral drug, known generically as ertugliflozin, will be sold under the brand name Steglatro and compete with AstraZeneca Plc's Farxiga, Johnson & Johnson's Invokana and Eli Lilly and Boehringer Ingelheim's Jardiance. Merck and Pfizer won approval for Steglatro as a single therapy and in fixed-dose combinations with Merck's diabetes drug Januvia or with metformin, an older generic treatment typically given to newly diagnosed patients.


Man Arrested After 5-Year-Old Son Fatally Shoots Himself With Gun Left In Glove Box

Top Stories - Wed, 12/20/2017 - 16:21

A Florida man is facing negligence charges after his 5-year-old son fatally shot himself in the head with a gun he found in the glove box of the man’s car.


2 More Women Join Lawsuit Against Bill O'Reilly And Fox News

Top Stories - Wed, 12/20/2017 - 15:32

Ousted Fox News host Bill O’Reilly’s efforts to smear the many women who’ve accused him of sexual harassment is once again coming back to bite him.


Trump celebrates 'amazing' tax cuts experts say will most benefit wealthy Americans

Top Stories - Wed, 12/20/2017 - 15:31

Donald Trump celebrated delivering a huge tax overhaul, a moment he said was “an amazing experience” but which was slammed by critics and independent analysts who said the move would disproportionately benefit the wealthiest Americans. Speaking on the South Lawn of the White House where he was surrounded by senior officials and legislators, Mr Trump beamed over what will be considered his signature legislative achievement. “It’s very simple,” said Mr Trump.


Scotland Bans Traveling Circuses From Using Wild Animals In Performances

Top Stories - Wed, 12/20/2017 - 15:10

Scotland has banned the use of wild animals in traveling circuses, handing an important victory to animal welfare advocates.


Why I Stayed At A Job Where I Was Sexually Harassed

Top Stories - Wed, 12/20/2017 - 15:05

With the #MeToo movement gaining in the world in which I am bringing up my teen and preteen daughters, they want answers I don’t always have.


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