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Mon, 05 Dec 2016 08:06
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday she was saddened by Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's defeat in a referendum on constitutional reform that she supported, adding that the vote was a domestic matter that must be respected. Many investors are looking to Merkel for leadership in Europe, fearing instability could reignite a sovereign debt crisis at a time when the EU is struggling with Britain's decision to leave and support for populist or right-wing parties is on the rise. Earlier, government spokesman Steffen Seibert said the chancellor had taken note of Renzi's decision to step down after the referendum with regret.
Merkel saddened by Renzi's defeat in Italian referendum
BRIDGEVILLE, Pa. (AP) — Police in one Pennsylvania town have sent an armed robbery suspect a message on Facebook, and it's not because they want to be friends.
Police send gas station robbery suspect Facebook message
FILE - This combination of two photos shows U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, left, speaking during a "USA Thank You" tour event in Cincinatti Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016, and Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen, delivering a speech during National Day celebrations in Taipei, Taiwan, Monday, Oct. 10, 2016. Trump spoke Friday, Dec. 2, with Tsai, a move that will be sure to anger China. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, Chinag Ying-ying, File)NEW YORK (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump is using Twitter to renew his defense of his engagement with the leader of Taiwan, a breach of diplomatic protocol as the U.S. shifted recognition from Taiwan to China nearly 40 years ago.
Trump renews defense of his call with Taiwan leader
FILE - In this Dec. 21, 2015 file photo, FIFA President Sepp Blatter arrives for a news conference in Zurich, Switzerland. The Court of Arbitration for Sport is due to give its verdict Monday Dec. 5, 2016, on Blatter's appeal against a 6-year ban for approving a $2 million payment to Michel Platini in 2011. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader, File)GENEVA (AP) — Sepp Blatter has lost his appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport against a six-year ban by FIFA.
Sepp Blatter loses appeal at CAS against 6-year FIFA ban
The Latest: Trump taps Ben Carson as housing secretaryThe Latest on President-elect Donald Trump (all times EST): 6:19 a.m. Donald Trump has chosen former Campaign 2016 rival Ben Carson to become secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development. ...
The Latest: Trump taps Ben Carson as housing secretary
File picture of Ben Carson listening to a question from a reporter during a campaign stop in Las VegasBy Diane Bartz and Doina Chiacu WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, a presidential rival-turned-supporter, has accepted U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's nomination to lead the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Trump's transition team said on Monday. Carson, a popular writer and speaker in conservative circles, has been a close adviser to Trump since he dropped out of the 2016 Republican presidential primary contest and he is a vice chairman of Trump's transition team. Trump discussed the job with Carson before the Thanksgiving Day holiday last month, although Carson had indicated reluctance to take a position in the incoming administration because of his lack of experience in federal government.
Carson accepts Trump's offer to head U.S. housing department
Nigeria's central bank governor Godwin Emefiele speaks during the monthly Monetary Policy Committee meeting in AbujaNigeria's central bank has asked banks to submit bids for a "special currency auction" targeting fuel importers to meet demand for matured letters of credit, traders said on Monday. Traders said the central bank sent a message to banks on Monday to submit backlog dollar demand from fuel importers by 15:00 GMT for a special intervention. Nigeria consumes 45 million litres of gasoline a day, or roughly 280,000 barrels, which would require the market to provide some $18 million a day.
Nigeria central bank to auction dollars for fuel import
U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Grandi speaks during a news conference in AmmanLinking aid for countries in the Middle East and Africa to how they manage migration can create dangerous precedents, the top United Nations' refugee official warned the European Union on Monday. Under the most prominent of such collaboration, it promised Turkey an initial 3 billion euros in aid for Syrian refugees living there, accelerated EU accession talks and visa-free travel to Europe for its citizens. In exchange, Ankara has increasingly prevented people from leaving its shores for Greece, which was the main gateway to Europe last year but is now much less active.
U.N. refugee chief warns EU against carrot-and-stick approach to migration
Smoke rises from buildings in Aleppo's eastern Karm al-Jabal neighbourhood on December 5, 2016A Russian army medic was killed Monday and two others seriously injured in rebel shelling of a field hospital in Syria's Aleppo, Russia's defence ministry said, blaming Western nations who support rebel fighters. "As a result of a shell directly hitting the reception area of the hospital, one Russian female military medic was killed," Russian defence ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said in a statement. Konashenkov said the attack had "undoubtedly been carried out by 'opposition' fighters" and laid the blame at the door of Western nations -- including the US, Britain and France -- that have backed those fighting its ally, Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad.
Russian army medic 'killed in Aleppo field hospital shelling'
Anti-referendum militants gather in downtown Rome after Italian Premier Matteo Renzi conceded defeat in a constitutional referendum and announced he will resign in Rome, early Monday, Dec. 5, 2016. Italians voted Sunday in a referendum on constitutional reforms that Premier Matteo Renzi has staked his political future on. Banner in Italian reads "You wanted to change the Constitution? Goodby Bella". (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)MILAN (AP) — The Latest on the Italian referendum (all times local):
The Latest: Merkel 'saddened' by Renzi's intention to resign
Rigging equipment is pictured in a field outside of Sweetwater TexasBy Karolin Schaps LONDON (Reuters) - Brent crude oil prices rose above $55 a barrel on Monday, trading at a fresh 16-month high, on rising prospects of a tightening market after OPEC members agreed on a landmark deal to cut production last week. WTI crude oil traded up 50 cents, also 1 percent, at $52.18 a barrel. "OPEC sentiment continues to support oil markets.
Oil tops $55 for first time in 16 months as OPEC deal fuels buying
FILE - In this Feb. 6, 2015 file photo, Bob Dylan accepts the 2015 MusiCares Person of the Year award at the 2015 MusiCares Person of the Year show in Los Angeles. Dylan, the winner of this year’s Nobel Prize in literature declined the invitation to the Dec. 10 2016 prize ceremony and banquet, pleading other commitments. But the Nobel Foundation said Monday that Dylan has written a “speech of thanks” that will be read by a yet-to-be-decided person at the lavish banquet in Stockholm’s City Hall. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Invision/AP, File)STOCKHOLM (AP) — He won't be there in person but the Nobel Foundation says Bob Dylan has written a speech that will be read out at the traditional Nobel Prize banquet.
Dylan writes Nobel Prize fest speech; Patti Smith to sing
FILE - In this Dec. 9, 2012, file photo, New Orleans Saints defensive end Will Smith appears before an NFL football game against the New York Giants in East Rutherford, N.J. The trial for Cardell Hayes charged with second-degree murder in the April 9, 2016, shooting death of Smith begins with jury selection Monday, Dec. 5, 2016. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun, File)NEW ORLEANS (AP) — One car rear-ends another on a Saturday night. People argue. It escalates.
Jury selection begins in high-profile Saints star's death
BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday that she was saddened by Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's defeat in a referendum over constitutional reform. "I am sad that the referendum in Italy did not turn out as the prime minister wished because I always supported his reform policies but it is of course a domestic Italian decision that we must respect," Merkel told reporters. (Reporting by Michelle Martin and Joseph Nasr)
Merkel says 'sad' about Italian referendum result
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Police Department has arrested a man accused of harassing an off-duty Muslim police officer previously commended for heroism.
NYPD arrests man accused of harassing Muslim police officer
Business
Mon, 05 Dec 2016 08:28
Business News Headlines - Yahoo! News
Employee of a foreign exchange trading company works near monitors showing Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi on TV news, and the Japanese yen's exchange rate against the euro in TokyoEuropean stocks and the euro rose on Monday, battling back as investors bet that Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's resignation after voters rejected his constitutional reforms would not trigger a snap election in Italy. Italian stocks broadly languished below the water line but the losses seen as the scale of Renzi's defeat in Sunday's referendum emerged were more than halved. "Renzi's resignation is likely to lead to a period of higher political uncertainty which comes in the midst of ongoing recapitalization efforts in the Italian banking sector," said Nicola Mai, head of European sovereign credit research at PIMCO.
Euro jumps as investors bet on Italian political limbo, not turmoil
Rigging equipment is pictured in a field outside of Sweetwater TexasBy Karolin Schaps LONDON (Reuters) - Brent crude oil prices rose above $55 a barrel on Monday, trading at a fresh 16-month high, on rising prospects of a tightening market after OPEC members agreed on a landmark deal to cut production last week. WTI crude oil traded up 50 cents, also 1 percent, at $52.18 a barrel. "OPEC sentiment continues to support oil markets.
Oil tops $55 for first time in 16 months as OPEC deal fuels buying
The logo of Aixtron SE is pictured on the roof of the German chip equipment maker's headquarters in HerzogenrathBEIJING/FRANKFURT (Reuters) - The sale of Aixtron to Chinese investors could go ahead under new terms if the German semiconductor equipment maker sells its Silicon Valley division to get around U.S. objections, analysts said Monday. While the 670 million euro ($717 million) deal is small, U.S. opposition is seen as a sign of growing concern in the West about the acquisition of cutting-edge technology by Chinese players and comes after Washington blocked the sale by Philips of its U.S. lighting business to Asian buyers. The crux of the issue for Aixtron is that it makes devices which produce crystalline layers based on gallium nitride that are used as semiconductors in weapons systems.
Aixtron could revive takeover despite U.S. block: analysts
Members of an indigenous peoples support group called RAICES perform a blessing ceremony as protesters gather outside before Trump holds a rally with supporters in AlbuquerqueNative American reservations cover just 2 percent of the United States, but they may contain about a fifth of the nation’s oil and gas, along with vast coal reserves. Now, a group of advisors to President-elect Donald Trump on Native American issues wants to free those resources from what they call a suffocating federal bureaucracy that holds title to 56 million acres of tribal lands, two chairmen of the coalition told Reuters in exclusive interviews. The group proposes to put those lands into private ownership - a politically explosive idea that could upend more than century of policy designed to preserve Indian tribes on U.S.-owned reservations, which are governed by tribal leaders as sovereign nations.
Trump advisors aim to privatize oil-rich Indian reservations
William Dudley, President of the New York Federal Reserve Bank, speaks at Brooklyn College in the Brooklyn borough of New YorkThe U.S. election of Donald Trump has created "considerable" uncertainty over the policies he will pursue so it is too soon for the Federal Reserve to judge whether its plan for gradual interest rate hikes needs adjusting, one of the most influential Fed policymakers said on Monday. In a speech that stepped well into fiscal policy, including a nod to rising debt levels and a prescription for more predictable actions from Washington, New York Fed President William Dudley painted a fairly benign picture of the current U.S. economy. "Assuming the economy stays on this trajectory, I would favor making monetary policy somewhat less accommodative over time by gradually pushing up the level of short-term interest rates," said Dudley, a permanent voter on monetary policy and a close ally of Fed Chair Janet Yellen.
Trump win creates 'considerable' uncertainty, Fed's Dudley says
A man makes a phone call near the entrance of the Monte dei Paschi bank headquarters in SienaA 5 billion euro ($5.33 billion) rescue plan for Italian bank Monte dei Paschi di Siena hung by a thread on Monday after Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's defeat in a referendum tipped the country into political turmoil. The world's oldest bank, saddled with 46 billion euros of bad loans, needs to raise the money by the end of the month to avoid being wound down, but Italy could now face early elections after Renzi said he would quit to take responsibility for the defeat of his constitutional referendum. Monte dei Paschi, rated the weakest lender in European stress tests this summer, had planned to secure a firm commitment from one or more anchor investors and launch a share sale as early as Wednesday or Thursday.
Rescue of Italian bank Monte Paschi in danger after Renzi's defeat
A soldier patrols in front of the OPEC headquarters in ViennaThe Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries expects oil demand in 2017 to be as robust as this year, the group's secretary general told an energy conference on Monday, though recently agreed production cuts could raise prices for buyers. Mohammed Sanusi Barkindo, briefing reporters on the sidelines of India's Petrotech energy conference, said Asia would have a big role to play in the demand growth and that there was plenty of room for OPEC and non-OPEC countries to grow in the global oil market. OPEC last week agreed its first oil output cuts since 2008, looking to reduce production by around 1.2 million barrels per day (bpd) beginning in January to try to reduce global oversupply and prop up prices.
OPEC sees robust oil demand growth even if prices rise
CEO Thiam of Swiss bank Credit Suisse awaits a news conference in ZurichBy Joshua Franklin and Oliver Hirt ZURICH (Reuters) - Just over a year since laying out his turnaround plan for Credit Suisse , Chief Executive Tidjane Thiam is expected to take another ax to costs and pare back ambitious profit targets at the Swiss lender's investor day on Wednesday. Having previously said he was not ready to give up on the goals, Thiam may now bow to tough markets that have made the Zurich-based bank's expectations look unachievable, analysts said. "The market knows this already, with consensus 2018 forecasts much lower than management guidance," Societe Generale analyst Andrew Lim, who has a "sell" rating on the stock, wrote in a note.
Costs, targets and IPO in focus at Credit Suisse investor update
To match Special Report CHESAPEAKE-MCCLENDON/LOANSChesapeake shares were up more than 5 percent in premarket trading on Monday. The company said the asset, which is located in northern Louisiana, includes about 78,000 net acres, 40,000 of which is core acreage. Chesapeake in November said it planned to sell more assets this year, including about 126,000 net acres in the Haynesville Shale field in Louisiana.
Chesapeake to sell Haynesville asset for $450 million
Storm clouds above Canary Wharf financial district in LondonThe British-based businesses of foreign banks will not avoid paying the country's tax on banks' balance sheets and profits, the government said on Monday following a consultation on changes to the tax proposed in July last year. The government said it had considered representations by foreign banks that they be excluded from the levy, introduced in 2011 in response to the financial crisis and aimed at reducing risky behavior by banks. "The government believes that including UK permanent establishments of foreign banking entities within the scope of the bank levy remains appropriate and will not be amending this policy," the statement from Britain's finance ministry said.
Foreign banks in Britain lose bid to avoid bank levy
In this Monday, Nov. 11, 2013, photo, workers build a new home in Pepper Pike, Ohio. National Association of Home Builders releases housing market index for November, on Monday, Nov. 18, 2013. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)U.S. homebuilders' confidence in the housing market held steady this month, but many are worried that another fight over the federal budget could cause would-be buyers to put off home purchases.
US homebuilder confidence holds steady in November
100 million students worldwide will learn to code this week for Hour of CodeMonday kicks off Computer Science Education Week, and Code.org's Hour of Code will teach millions of students across every country new coding skills. Here's why it's important, and how your company can participate.
100 million students worldwide will learn to code this week for Hour of Code
Android Security Bulletin November 2016: What you need to knowThe Android Mediaserver is back in the critical column for vulnerabilities. Get the highlights of the November 2016 bulletin.
Android Security Bulletin November 2016: What you need to know
How to hide visual clutter on your screen before your next web demoWhen giving a demo, make sure you keep the focus on your software, site, and message—not your apps, bookmarks, and extensions.
How to hide visual clutter on your screen before your next web demo
Apple to use drones to improve Maps service, compete with GoogleApple recently gained FAA approval to operate drones, and sources say the company will use them to improve its Maps service. Here's what you need to know.
Apple to use drones to improve Maps service, compete with Google
World News
Mon, 05 Dec 2016 08:28
World News Headlines - Yahoo News
Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi speaks during a media conference after a referendum on constitutional reform at Chigi palace in RomeBy Crispian Balmer and Gavin Jones ROME (Reuters) - Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi is set to resign on Monday after suffering a crushing defeat in a referendum over constitutional reform, tipping the euro zone's third-largest economy into political turmoil. Renzi's emotional, midnight resignation announcement sent the euro lower and jolted stock and bond markets on concerns that early elections could follow, possibly paving the way for an anti-euro party, the 5-Star Movement, to come to power. European Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs Pierre Moscovici dismissed talk of a euro zone crisis, and German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble urged calm.
Italy's Renzi to resign after referendum rout
U.S. President-elect Donald Trump arrives at a costume party at the home of hedge fund billionaire and campaign donor Robert Mercer in Head of the HarborBy Ben Blanchard and Roberta Rampton BEIJING/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President-elect Trump is clear about China's position on the Taiwan issue and China has maintained contacts with his team, the foreign ministry said on Monday, as Trump took to Twitter to complain about Chinese economic and military policy. Trump's unusual call with Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen on Friday prompted a diplomatic protest on Saturday, though U.S. Vice President-elect Mike Pence played down the telephone conversation, saying it was a "courtesy" call, not intended to show a shift in U.S. policy on China.
China says Trump clear about Taiwan, in touch with his team
Japanese PM Shinzo Abe gestures during a press conference in Buenos Aires, ArgentinaBy Kiyoshi Takenaka TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Monday he will visit Pearl Harbor this month with U.S. President Barack Obama "to console the souls" of victims of Japan's surprise attack on U.S. forces there 75 years ago. Abe, who will be the first serving Japanese prime minister to visit the naval base in Hawaii, said he wanted to demonstrate resolve to end the horror of war. This year, Obama become the first serving U.S. president to visit the Japanese city of Hiroshima, which the United States attacked with an atomic bomb in 1945.
Japan PM to visit Pearl Harbor with Obama, to 'console souls' of victims
A man holds a banner reading "I say no" during a march in support of the 'No' vote in the constitutional reform referendum in RomeBy Noah Barkin BERLIN (Reuters) - The resounding "no" from Italian voters to Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's referendum on constitutional reform was not a rejection of the European Union and its single currency, as jubilant populists from across the bloc claimed on Monday. In one fell swoop, it adds another country to the list of EU members that are likely to be pre-occupied by domestic politics in 2017, a year in which the Dutch, French, Germans, and possibly the British, will go to the polls. More immediately, despite the relatively calm reaction of financial markets on Monday, the vote will deepen concerns about Italy's under-funded banking sector and the economic prospects of the euro zone's third biggest member state.
Europe suffers Italian blow but bigger tests loom
Van der Bellen, who is supported by the Greens, reacts at an election party in ViennaBy Shadia Nasralla and Kirsti Knolle VIENNA (Reuters) - Austrians' desire to stay anchored in the European Union outweighed concerns over immigration and security and helped former Greens leader Alexander Van der Bellen defeat his far-right rival Norbert Hofer in Sunday's presidential election. Van der Bellen, whose win bucks a trend of populist victories across Western democracies, had put Britain's decision to leave the EU at the center of his own campaign, warning voters not to "play with this fire". "I will be a pro-European president of Austria open to the world," Van der Bellen, 72, said in his victory speech.
Austrians' pro-EU views scupper far-right bid for presidency
A pigeon flies over Parliament Square past the statue of Winston Churchill outside the Supreme Court, central LondonBy Michael Holden and Estelle Shirbon LONDON (Reuters) - The president of Britain's Supreme Court said on Monday a landmark case to decide whether the government can trigger the formal divorce process from the European Union without parliament's approval was a matter of law and not politics. Prime Minister Theresa May's government has appealed to the country's highest judicial body after the High Court ruled last month that ministers could not trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty and begin a two-year Brexit process without lawmakers' assent.
Britain's Supreme Court head says Brexit case about law, not wider politics
Relatives of some passengers aboard a Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, carrying 239 passengers and crew, that went missing more than two years ago address journalists at the Gassy Country House Hotel in Antananarivo, MadagascarBy Aislinn Laing ANTANANARIVO (Reuters) - People whose loved ones disappeared on Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 have appealed to residents on the east African coast to search for plane debris and hand in anything they find to the authorities. Ghislain Wattrelos, who lost his wife and two teenage children on the plane, said more debris could help determine what happened, more than 1,000 days after the flight disappeared en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. “It can tell us is there was a fire, if there are traces of explosive,” Wattrelos told a news conference in Antananarivo, the capital of the Indian Ocean island of Madagascar where some debris has washed up.
MH370 families urge residents of African coast to join debris search
Sirte, on Libya's Mediterranean coast, was the last significant IS-held territory in the north African countryForces loyal to Libya's UN-backed government said Monday they had seized full control of Sirte from the Islamic State group, in a major blow to the jihadists who battled for months to retain their bastion. The battle for the coastal city, which was the last significant territory held by IS in Libya, cost the lives of hundreds of loyalist troops as well as an unknown number of IS fighters. "Our forces have total control of Sirte," Reda Issa, a spokesman for pro-government forces, told AFP.
Libya loyalists take Sirte bastion from IS
BEIJING (AP) — Chinese leaders face a challenge: How to deal with Donald Trump. Weeks before taking office, the incoming American president is riling Beijing with confrontation and online statements that appear to foreshadow a tougher foreign policy toward China. China awoke Monday to sharp criticism posted byTrump on Twitter, days after Beijing responded to his telephone conversation with Taiwan's president by accusing the Taiwanese of playing a "small trick" on Trump. Trump wrote, "Did China ask us if it was OK to devalue their currency (making it hard for our companies to compete), heavily tax our products going into their country (the U.S.
Top Asian News 2:20 p.m. GMT
Uzbek acting President Shavkat Mirziyoyev casts his ballot during presidential election in Tashkent, Uzbekistan on Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016. Mirziyoyev, who spent 13 years as Karimov's prime minister, is expected to easily win a five-year term. Karimov led Uzbekistan since before the Soviet collapse, first as its communist boss and then as president. (AP Photo/Anvar Ilyasov, Pool)MOSCOW (AP) — Uzbekistan's acting president has overwhelmingly won a tightly controlled presidential election in the Central Asian country's first vote since the death of authoritarian leader Islam Karimov, election officials said Monday.
Uzbekistan's acting president wins election overwhelmingly
Activist Hugh Ahnatock of the Inupiaq tribe pauses after singing while the sun rises inside of the Oceti Sakowin camp as demonstrations continue against plans to pass the Dakota Access pipelineBy Ernest Scheyder and Terray Sylvester CANNON BALL, N.D. (Reuters) - Thousands of protesters in North Dakota celebrated after the federal government ruled against a controversial pipeline project but were mindful the fight is not over, as the company building the line said it had no plans for re-routing the pipe. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said on Sunday it rejected an application to allow the Dakota Access Pipeline to tunnel under Lake Oahe, a reservoir formed by a dam on the Missouri River. The decision came after months of protests from Native Americans and activists, who argued that the 1,172-mile (1,885-km) Dakota Access Pipeline would damage sacred lands and could contaminate the tribe's water source.
At Dakota pipeline protest, activists celebrate, mindful fight isn't over
A man from the Lakota Sioux tribe with a Native American tattoo on his neck poses for a photograph during a protest against plans to pass the Dakota Access pipeline near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, near Cannon Ball, North DakotaBy Liz Hampton HOUSTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Army's denial of an easement for the Dakota Access Pipeline, after permitting and legal obligations were followed, sets an uncertain precedent for new projects despite President-elect Donald Trump's promise to support energy infrastructure. The decision came after months of protests by the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and others who said the line could desecrate tribal grounds, or a spill could contaminate drinking water. While most of the 1,172-mile (1,885-km) pipeline is complete, Energy Transfer Partners, the line's owner, needed an easement from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to drill under Lake Oahe.
With Dakota denial, outlook for U.S. pipelines turns murky
BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — Libyan officials say allied fighters have driven Islamic State militants from the last street they held in the city of Sirte after months of fighting, but that clearing operations are still underway.
Libyans say they have driven IS out of nearly all of Sirte
A mourner stands at a makeshift memorial near the scene of a fatal warehouse fire in the Fruitvale district of Oakland, California(Reuters) - The death toll from a huge fire that tore through a converted warehouse in Oakland, California during a dance party on Friday night has risen to 36, with 11 of the victims identified so far, police said on Monday. The blaze was the deadliest in the United States since 100 people perished in a 2003 fire at a Rhode Island nightclub. (Reporting by Laila Kearney; Writing by Daniel Wallis; Editing by W Simon)
Death toll rises to 36 from warehouse fire in California: police
FILE - In this Feb. 9, 2016 file photo rescue teams work at the site where two trains collided head-on near Bad Aibling, Germany, killing twelve people and injuring 89. On Monday, Dec. 5, 2016 the train dispatcher was sentenced to 3 years and six months in prison because of negligence that led to one of the worst train crashes in German history this year. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader, file)BERLIN (AP) — A train dispatcher was convicted of negligent homicide and bodily harm on Monday over his role in the collision of two commuter trains in southern Germany earlier this year that killed 12 people and injured nearly 90. He was sentenced to 3½ years in prison.
Train dispatcher in Germany jailed over crash that killed 12
Technology
Mon, 05 Dec 2016 08:28
Tech News Headlines - Yahoo News
Commuters pass by the front of the Bangladesh central bank building in DhakaBangladesh will share findings from its investigation into how unidentified hackers pulled off one of the world’s biggest cyber bank heists to help speed up recovery of the stolen funds, its law minister said on Monday. Bangladesh has up to now declined to disclose its findings of an inquiry into how the hackers used stolen Bangladesh Bank credentials to try to transfer nearly $1 billion from its U.S. Federal Reserve account in February. Philippine Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez, who last week met a Bangladesh delegation led by Minister of Law Anisul Huq, said Manila "strongly recommended" Dhaka share the results of its investigation.
Bangladesh to share findings of heist inquiry with Philippines
(Reuters) - Consolidated Communications Holdings Inc said on Monday it would buy broadband service provider FairPoint Communications Inc in an all-stock deal valued at $1.5 billion, including debt. Consolidated's acquisition of FairPoint marks the fifth such deal in the last two months as growing demand for data and video services drives companies to expand their fiber optic networks in newer regions. Shareholders of FairPoint will receive 0.73 shares of Consolidated for each share held.
Consolidated Communications to buy FairPoint in $1.5 billion deal
People pass television installation at Panasonic pavilion before start of IFA consumer electronics fair in BerlinBy Makiko Yamazaki TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's Panasonic Corp is in talks to buy European automotive light maker ZKW Group, accelerating its push into the automotive electronics market, a person familiar with the matter said. An acquisition of ZKW would expand Panasonic's automotive lineup, which currently centers on batteries and navigation systems, as it shifts its focus to corporate clients to escape price competition from lower-margin consumer electronics manufacturers. Panasonic said in a statement the reported deal was not something it had announced, and declined to comment further.
Panasonic in talks to buy ZKW to accelerate push into auto electronics-source
The logo of BMW is pictured at at the 37th Bangkok International Motor Show in BangkokBy Edward Taylor MUNICH (Reuters) - BMW will test autonomous vehicles in Munich next year as it seeks to keep up with ride-hailing firms like Uber [UBER.UL], which have spent billions on pay-per-use personal transport. The German carmaker will have about 40 vehicles with self-driving functions in Munich's inner city and then expand the project to other cities, BMW executives said on Friday. "There is a trained test driver behind the wheel of every car," Klaus Buettner, BMW's Vice President in charge of Autonomous Driving said.
BMW seeks to be 'coolest' ride-hailing firm with autonomous car
Logo of Sharp Corp is pictured at CEATEC JAPAN 2016 in ChibaSharp Corp CEO and President Tai Jeng-wu told reporters on Monday he would step down once the Japanese electronics maker turns profitable again at the net level and its shares return to the first section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange. Tai, vice chairman of Foxconn, became president of Sharp in August after the Taiwan company, formally known as Hon Hai Precision Industry Co Ltd , took control of the Japanese firm. The Tokyo Stock Exchange moved Sharp shares to the bourse's second section in August after the electronics maker booked negative net assets - where liabilities exceeded assets - for the year ended in March, when the company was hit by falling sales of smartphone panels and restructuring costs.
Sharp CEO Tai says to step down once stock returns to TSE first section
A man holds his smartphone which displays the Google home page, in this picture illustration taken in Bordeaux, Southwestern FranceBy Foo Yun Chee BRUSSELS (Reuters) - U.S. tech giants including Facebook, Twitter, Google's YouTube and Microsoft will have to act faster to tackle online hate speech or face laws forcing them to do so, the European Commission said on Sunday. The European Union (EU) executive's warning comes six months after the companies signed up to a voluntary code of conduct to take action in Europe within 24 hours, following rising concerns triggered by the refugee crisis and terror attacks. ...
EU urges U.S. tech giants to act faster against hate speech
Behind the scenes of a 30-player video game theaterIt’s been three rounds, and the inmates of Pixel Prison Blues are having a rough time. My anthropomorphic owl prisoner has gotten locked into a cell block, pacing from side to side as I swipe the touchscreen controller in my hands.
Behind the scenes of a 30-player video game theater
In what has already become a predictable routine, Saturday Night Live over the weekend poked fun at Donald Trump's foibles, subsequently prompting the President-elect to thrash the program via, what else, his Twitter account. Funny enough, the entire premise of Saturday Night Live's cold open this past weekend centered on Trump's proclivity to communicate via Twitter, not to mention his recent decision to retweet something initially sent out by a 16-year old from California. DON'T MISS:  You get one last chance to buy a NES Classic Edition before Christmas The sketch begins with a High School-aged boy named Seth who is startled to discover that he's been retweeted by none other than Donald Trump, once again played dutifully by Alec Baldwin. During the course of a security briefing, Trump ignores more pressing matters and exclaims to Kellyanne Conway: "Kellyanne, I just retweeted the best tweet. I mean, what a great, smart tweet." After promising to stop tweeting to focus on more serious topics, Trump simply can't control himself, ultimately retweeting a few other messages from random citizens across the country. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tI3g_laToxE Of course, the overarching theme of the sketch is that Trump is wholly unprepared to take on the responsibilities of the Oval Office while simultaneously being uniquely unqualified to handle important international flare-ups across the globe. Not too long after the sketch aired, Trump predictably and non-ironically took to Twitter to lambast the show for another job poorly done. https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/805278955150471168 Funny enough, Trump has made a habit out of blasting SNL yet he can't seem to stop watching the show. In fact, Trump, during the run up to this year's election, tweeted that SNL was part of a broader media effort to rig the election, not before stating the the show itself should essentially be taken off the air. https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/787612552654155776 It's going to be an interesting four years, folks.
Watch the new SNL sketch that had Donald Trump fuming on Twitter
Plume’s pint-sized Wi-Fi pods are now availablePlume is announcing today that its Adaptive WiFi system is now available for purchase, following pre-orders earlier this summer. Plume is a mesh-based home Wi-Fi system that uses compact "pods" to provide coverage in every room of your home. Like Eero and other mesh systems, Plume is meant to prevent signal drops and dead spots in your home.
Plume’s pint-sized Wi-Fi pods are now available
These headphones have a built-in VU meter, and I’m not even madHeadphone design is no stranger to invasions from other categories, whether you’re talking LED lights, belt buckles, or, um, cat-ear speakers. Usually, I snarl at those excesses, but I find myself smiling at the latest example: a fully functional VU meter integrated into the ear cups of the new Meters Music OV-1 cans. Who’s Meters Music, you ask?
These headphones have a built-in VU meter, and I’m not even mad
The new MacBook Pro is objectively Apple’s best laptop ever, but it’s also getting plenty of criticism for its lack of notable improvements. Additionally, the new laptop has a graphics issue that Apple is currently investigating, and if that wasn't enough, there also appears to be a potential battery problem affecting some units. DON’T MISS: Microsoft kicks off 12 Days of Deals sale: Good Windows 10, Xbox One, and VR deals According to some MacRumors readers , the MacBook Pro with Touch Bar is experiencing shorter battery life than expected. Some users say they’re getting between three to six hours of battery life on a charge instead of the 10 hours advertised. “Currently I'm powering a 1080p external monitor and casually browsing with Chrome. At full charge, I'm getting an estimate of 3 hours battery life. With gaming it's even less,” one reader wrote. “I bought a maxed out 13-inch Touch Bar model, and I've been using it for about a week,” a second user said. “With light use, I've been consistently getting around 5-6.5 hours when mainly browsing. Apple claims 10 hours wireless web but my battery has never lasted this long.” A third user said that a 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar got around three hours and 45 minutes of battery life on a single charge during “normal usage” that included web browsing, YouTube video watching, and software development. A different user said battery life dropped by 5% in just 12 minutes. Similar stories were also posted on Reddit , which suggests that there are quite a few users who’re seeing battery estimates well below what Apple is advertising. At the same time, this isn’t necessarily a widespread issue, as other users note that their machines are working properly. “I’ve been working non-stop for the past 1.5 hours, back and forth betweenemails, Safari, Calendar, Messages, organizing files, editing some PDFs in Adobe Acrobat DC, and building a financial model in Excel,” a different user said on Reddit. “I started at 100% and am now at 92% battery, with an estimated 10 hours 35 minutes remaining. If you're not getting this kind of battery life on your MBP, you should definitely get it checked out.” Apple is yet to address the manner in an official capacity, as it did recently with the iPhone 6s . But if you’re experiencing lower-than-expected battery life on your brand new MacBook Pro, you should definitely have it inspected by an Apple Store genius as soon as possible.
Does the brand new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar have a battery problem?
Blink's newest security camera can be hidden in a treeToday Blink is announcing its first outdoor camera: the $119 Blink XT. Blink is a newcomer that's quickly making a name for itself with tiny, low-cost security cameras that are truly wireless thanks to their ability to run for two years or more off a pair of regular lithium AAs. The Blink XT continues the trend but adds weatherproofing, a 1080p camera, and infrared night vision.
Blink's newest security camera can be hidden in a tree
Predicting Westworld: The Real WorldEvery week, I swing for the fences with one massive theory about the future of Westworld. In the middle of Westworld’s season finale, the young board member Charlotte Hale prepares a coup against park founder Dr. Robert Ford. To the childish story director Lee Sizemore, Hale describes an anodyne vision for the future of the resort following its creator’s forced retirement: “Simpler, more manageable […] this place is complicated enough as it is.” After a 10-episode introductory season — throughout which Westworld’s creators withheld key information and retconned the backstories of lead characters for the sake of plot twists that themselves are merely setups for even more shocking turns — a simpler, or at least more manageable, Westworld doesn’t sound so bad.
Predicting Westworld: The Real World
Leap Motion lets you use real hand motion in a mobile VR headsetHand-tracking company Leap Motion is announcing a new platform that will bring its tech to mobile phone-based virtual reality headsets. The Leap Motion Mobile Platform uses two miniature cameras, embedded in a face plate, to detect finger motion that’s integrated into lower-powered VR experiences. Leap Motion began as a desktop-mounted, non-VR hand tracker, but for the past few years, developers have been able to mount it to the front of headsets like the Oculus Rift.
Leap Motion lets you use real hand motion in a mobile VR headset
2017 is going to be another exceptionally busy year for Marvel Studios, and it all begins with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 in May. We got our first glimpse of the sequel back in October , but over the weekend, Marvel shared the first full-length teaser for the movie, full of all the action and music you've come to expect. SEE ALSO:  Negan will be sticking around for season 8 of ‘The Walking Dead’ While the teaser is chock full of great moments, Baby Groot unsurprisingly steals the show. To be honest, I'm not sure Rocket really thought it through when he entrusted an atomic bomb to a tiny sentient plant, but what do I know: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dW1BIid8Osg Though it's a funny, exciting, explosive trailer, it doesn't really touch on the actual plot of the movie. Thankfully, we have a synopsis for that: "Set to the backdrop of ‘Awesome Mixtape #2,’ Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mysteries of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes’ aid as the Marvel cinematic universe continues to expand." Earlier this year, Marvel announced that Kurt Russell would step into the role of Ego, the cosmic being who fathered Peter Quill (aka Star-Lord). In the comics, he takes the form of a planet, but we'll see a humanoid Ego in the movie. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 hits theaters on May 5th, 2017.
See Baby Groot speak in a brand new trailer for ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’
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U.S. President-elect Donald Trump arrives at a costume party at the home of hedge fund billionaire and campaign donor Robert Mercer in Head of the HarborBy Ben Blanchard and Roberta Rampton BEIJING/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President-elect Trump is clear about China's position on the Taiwan issue and China has maintained contacts with his team, the foreign ministry said on Monday, as Trump took to Twitter to complain about Chinese economic and military policy. Trump's unusual call with Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen on Friday prompted a diplomatic protest on Saturday, though U.S. Vice President-elect Mike Pence played down the telephone conversation, saying it was a "courtesy" call, not intended to show a shift in U.S. policy on China.
China says Trump clear about Taiwan, in touch with his team
U.S. President-elect Donald Trump walks off his plane upon his arrival in IndianapolisBy Mica Rosenberg and Julia Edwards Ainsley NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President-elect Donald Trump will be able to make many of his promised changes in immigration policy unilaterally by exercising the same kind of executive powers he criticized President Barack Obama for using. Shifting policy on both issues could be accomplished by putting out new enforcement directives to agents in the field from the Department of Homeland Security.
Trump has broad power to implement immigration policies: legal experts
File picture of Ben Carson listening to a question from a reporter during a campaign stop in Las VegasBy Diane Bartz and Doina Chiacu WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, a presidential rival-turned-supporter, has accepted U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's nomination to lead the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Trump's transition team said on Monday. Carson, a popular writer and speaker in conservative circles, has been a close adviser to Trump since he dropped out of the 2016 Republican presidential primary contest and he is a vice chairman of Trump's transition team. Trump discussed the job with Carson before the Thanksgiving Day holiday last month, although Carson had indicated reluctance to take a position in the incoming administration because of his lack of experience in federal government.
Carson accepts Trump's offer to head U.S. housing department
Members of an indigenous peoples support group called RAICES perform a blessing ceremony as protesters gather outside before Trump holds a rally with supporters in AlbuquerqueNative American reservations cover just 2 percent of the United States, but they may contain about a fifth of the nation’s oil and gas, along with vast coal reserves. Now, a group of advisors to President-elect Donald Trump on Native American issues wants to free those resources from what they call a suffocating federal bureaucracy that holds title to 56 million acres of tribal lands, two chairmen of the coalition told Reuters in exclusive interviews. The group proposes to put those lands into private ownership - a politically explosive idea that could upend more than century of policy designed to preserve Indian tribes on U.S.-owned reservations, which are governed by tribal leaders as sovereign nations.
Trump advisors aim to privatize oil-rich Indian reservations
“It wasn’t so many years ago that people were saying, ‘This guy’s a Russian spy,’” said Snowden when asked by Couric how “nervous” he was about the possibility of losing his Russian sanctuary and being sent home to face criminal charges of theft of government property and violations of the Espionage Act. “The fact that I’m independent, the fact that I have always worked on behalf of the United States, and the fact that Russia doesn’t own me,” Snowden replied.
Exclusive: Face-to-face with Edward Snowden in Moscow on Trump, Putin and dwindling hopes of a presidential pardon 
Woman delivers epic Twitter takedown after Trump attacks ‘SNL’“Just tried watching Saturday Night Live — unwatchable!” Trump tweeted, perhaps proving the sketch’s point. Just tried watching Saturday Night Live – unwatchable! Totally biased, not funny and the Baldwin impersonation just can't get any worse. A Missouri woman, Danielle Muscato, delivered an epic, profanity-laced response that went viral.
Woman delivers epic Twitter takedown after Trump attacks ‘SNL’
Petraeus on mishandling classified info: ‘I made a very serious mistake’Retired Gen. David Petraeus admitted he made a “very serious mistake” in sharing classified information with his biographer when he was CIA director, adding that it would be up to the Senate to decide whether it should confirm or disqualify him should President-elect Donald Trump nominate him to be secretary of state. “Five years ago I made a very serious mistake,” Petraeus said in an interview with ABC’s “This Week With George Stephanopoulos” on Sunday. Petraeus pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge in April 2015 for mishandling classified information, receiving two years’ probation and a $100,000 fine.
Petraeus on mishandling classified info: ‘I made a very serious mistake’
The late Cuban leader Fidel Castro was laid to rest in Santiago, Cuba. His ashes arrived at the cemetery as crowds lined the streets to pay their final respects to the communist leader who came to power in 1959. The funeral service itself was private and closed to cameras. Castro died on Nov. 25 at the age of 90.
Fidel Castro laid to rest in Santiago, Cuba
Come back to Yahoo News on Monday to watch the full clip of Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric’s exclusive interview with Edward Snowden.
Exclusive: Snowden says Petraeus disclosed ‘far more highly classified’ secrets ‘than I ever did’
Trump Warns US Companies: There Will Be 'Consequences' for LeavingPresident-elect Donald Trump touted his deal to keep at least 1,000 jobs at a manufacturing plant in Indianapolis, but he was largely silent on the details. "Companies are not going to leave the United States anymore without consequences," he said to workers at the Carrier plant. Before the event, Trump toured the facility alongside Vice President–elect Mike Pence.
Trump Warns US Companies: There Will Be 'Consequences' for Leaving
U.S.-led Coalition Confirms 54 Additional Civilian Deaths in Iraq and Syria AirstrikesThe U.S.-led coalition fighting ISIS says 54 more civilians were inadvertently killed in airstrikes in Iraq and Syria that took place between March 31 and October 22. Since they began in August of 2014, the coalition has reported 173 civilians killed by coalition airstrikes and another 37 injured. "We regret the unintentional loss of civilian lives resulting from Coalition efforts to defeat ISIL in Iraq and Syria and express our deepest sympathies to the families and others affected by these strikes," said a statement released Thursday by Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR).
U.S.-led Coalition Confirms 54 Additional Civilian Deaths in Iraq and Syria Airstrikes
Wisconsin Recount Starts TodayThe first recount of the presidential election starts today in Wisconsin as two other states are preparing for their own iterations. The Wisconsin recount is going to run from its start at 9 a.m. this morning until the set end time of 8 p.m. on Dec. 12.
Wisconsin Recount Starts Today
This combination of three 2016 file photos shows, Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen, left, speaking at a ceremony at the Gen. Andres Rodriguez school in Asuncion, Paraguay, on June 29, U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, center, talking with President Barack Obama at White House in Washington, U.S.A. on Nov. 10, and China's President Xi Jinping arriving at La Moneda presidential palace in Santiago, Chile, on Nov. 22. With Trump's latest tweets touching on sensitive issues, China must decide how to handle an incoming American president who relishes confrontation and whose online statements appear to foreshadow shifts in foreign policy. China awoke Monday, Dec. 5, to criticism from Trump on Twitter, days after it responded to his telephone conversation with Taiwan's president by accusing the Taiwanese of playing a "little trick" on Trump. (AP Photo/Jorge Saenz, Pablo Martinez Monsivais, Luis Hidalgo, Files)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President-elect Donald Trump (all times EST):
The Latest: Rohrabacher says Trump considering him for State
FILE - This combination of two photos shows U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, left, speaking during a "USA Thank You" tour event in Cincinatti Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016, and Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen, delivering a speech during National Day celebrations in Taipei, Taiwan, Monday, Oct. 10, 2016. Trump spoke Friday, Dec. 2, with Tsai, a move that will be sure to anger China. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, Chinag Ying-ying, File)NEW YORK (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump is using Twitter to renew his defense of his engagement with the leader of Taiwan, a breach of diplomatic protocol as the U.S. shifted recognition from Taiwan to China nearly 40 years ago.
Trump renews defense of his call with Taiwan leader
Anti-referendum militants gather in downtown Rome after Italian Premier Matteo Renzi conceded defeat in a constitutional referendum and announced he will resign in Rome, early Monday, Dec. 5, 2016. Italians voted Sunday in a referendum on constitutional reforms that Premier Matteo Renzi has staked his political future on. Banner in Italian reads "You wanted to change the Constitution? Goodby Bella". (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)MILAN (AP) — The Latest on the Italian referendum (all times local):
The Latest: Merkel 'saddened' by Renzi's intention to resign
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Dec 5 (Gracenote) - The World Rankings 1. (1) Jason Day (Australia) 11.60 2. (2) Rory McIlroy (Britain) 10.38 3. (3) Dustin Johnson (U.S.) 10.03 4. (4) Henrik Stenson (Sweden) 9.11 5. (5) Jordan Spieth (U.S.) 8.62 6. (6) Hideki Matsuyama (Japan) 7.72 7. (7) Adam Scott (Australia) 6.70 8. (8) Patrick Reed (U.S.) 5.66 9. (9) Alexander Noren (Sweden) 5.52 10. (10) Bubba Watson (U.S.) 5.42 11. (12) Rickie Fowler (U.S.) 5.29 12. (11) Danny Willett (Britain) 5.23 13. (13) Paul Casey (Britain) 4.94 14. (14) Sergio Garcia (Spain) 4.87 15. (15) Justin Rose (Britain) 4.83 16. ...
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Indian golfer Mukesh Kumar will miss the Hong Kong Open, from December 8, 2016, as his passport has expiredVeteran Mukesh Kumar has blown the chance to tee up alongside Masters champion Danny Willett, Olympic gold medallist Justin Rose and US Ryder Cup star Patrick Reed -- because his passport has expired. India's 51-year-old Kumar secured his maiden Asian Tour victory at the weekend's $400,000 Panasonic Open India by one stroke and became the circuit's oldest winner in the process. It was the biggest win of his 32-year professional career and gave him entry to the star-studded $2 million Hong Kong Open, co-sanctioned by the European Tour, which begins on Thursday -- but he can't travel.
Passport lapse costs Kumar lucrative Hong Kong spot
Oklahoma City Thunder's Russell Westbrook drives to the basket defended by the New York Knicks's Derrick Rose as he notches up five straight triple-doublesRussell Westbrook became the first player since Michael Jordan in 1989 to notch five straight triple-doubles in the NBA, his latest on Sunday powering Oklahoma City to a 101-92 victory over the Pelicans in New Orleans. Westbrook scored 28 points, pulled down 17 rebounds and handed out 12 assists for his 10th triple-double of the season and his fifth in a row. "It's just a blessing," Westbrook said.
Westbrook in rare NBA territory with fifth straight triple-double
Tom Brady piloted the New England Patriots to a 26-10 victory over the Los Angeles Rams, his 201st NFL triumph breaking the all-time record for wins by a quarterbackTom Brady piloted the New England Patriots to a 26-10 victory over the Los Angeles Rams, his 201st NFL triumph breaking the all-time record for wins by a quarterback. "We're in the locker room with a walking legend," Patriots cornerback Malcom Butler said after Brady threw for one touchdown pass in the victory that took the Patriots to 10-2 for the season.
Patriots' 'walking legend' Brady seizes all-time NFL win mark
NFL: Carolina Panthers at Seattle Seahawks(Reuters) - Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton was benched for the start of his team’s 40-7 loss to the Seattle Seahawks due to a dress-code violation, NBC reported on Sunday. Newton's back-up, Derek Anderson, handled the team’s first possession. Newton was back under center on Carolina's next drive.
Panthers' Newton benched for first series due to dress code violation
NFL: Buffalo Bills at Seattle Seahawks(Reuters) - Seattle Seahawks safety Earl Thomas fractured his lower left leg on Sunday against the Carolina Panthers and later said he was considering retiring from the NFL. Thomas suffered what was reported as a crack to his tibia during the second quarter. “This game has been so good to me no regrets," he said on Twitter.
Seahawks safety Thomas breaks leg, considers retirement
MLB: Chicago Cubs at St. Louis Cardinals(Reuters) - The New York Yankees have landed free agent Matt Holliday, agreeing to terms with the power-hitting outfielder on Sunday, according to a report on Major League Baseball's website. Holliday, who turns 37 in January, missed seven weeks last season with a fractured thumb but finished the year batting .246 with 20 homers and 62 RBIs in 110 games. A seven-time All Star, Holliday spent the last seven seasons in St. Louis, is a career .303 hitter with 295 homers and 1,153 RBIs in 13 seasons.
Yankees land Holliday on one-year-deal
MLB: World Series-San Francisco Giants at Kansas City Royals(Reuters) - Former Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig and long-time MLB executive John Schuerholz were elected to the baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday. The selections were made by the veterans committee at Oxon Hill, Md., ahead of baseball's winter meetings. Selig and Schuerholz will be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, N.Y., on July 30.
Selig, Schuerholz make Hall of Fame
Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots completed 33-of-49 passes for 269 yards and broke a tie for all-time wins with Peyton Manning as the New England Patriots manhandled the Los Angeles Rams 26-10Tom Brady earned his 201st career victory counting the playoffs on Sunday to become the winningest quarterback in National Football League history. Brady completed 33-of-49 passes for 269 yards and broke a tie for all-time wins with Peyton Manning as the New England Patriots manhandled the Los Angeles Rams 26-10. Brady, who was playing on a sore knee, threw one touchdown pass for the Patriots who improved to 10-2 on the season.
Brady eclipses Manning for all-time win record
File photo of Team USA vice-captain Tiger Woods talking at the 13th green during the practice round for the Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club in ChaskaBy Mark Lamport-Stokes (Reuters) - Tiger Woods' return to competition after an absence of nearly 16 months was a mixed bag, though the former world number one said he had a great week simply competing at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas. While Woods showed flashes of the brilliant golf he produced while accumulating 14 major titles, he also delivered the inept, often finding sandy waste areas off the tee or with approach shots, and occasionally bladed bunker shots over greens. "I am just so thankful to be back out here playing again," Woods told reporters after closing with a four-over 76 on Sunday to finish 15th in a final field of 17.
Golf: Tiger upbeat after mixed fortunes on his Bahamas return
Tiger Woods of the United States speaks to the fans following the final round of the Hero World Challenge at Albany, The Bahamas on December 4, 2016 in NassauNassau (Bahamas) (AFP) - Five things we learned from the return of Tiger Woods to competitive golf at the Hero World Challenge invitational event at par-72 Albany Golf Club in the Bahamas:
Five Things We Learned From The Return of Tiger Woods
Draymond Green #23 of the Golden State Warriors scoffed at the ruling of an "unnatural leg extension" during a game against the Houston RocketsGolden State star Draymond Green was still steamed this weekend over the flagrant foul he received when his flailing leg found the head of Houston's James Harden in the Warriors' NBA loss to the Rockets on Thursday. "I wouldn’t call it unnatural," Harden said.
Warriors' Green irked over flagrant foul for leg flail
Hideki Matsuyama of Japan hits a shot from a greenside bunker on the third hole during the final round of the Hero World Challenge at Albany, The Bahamas on December 4, 2016Hideki Matsuyama captured his fourth title in the past two months Sunday by holding off reigning British Open champion Henrik Stenson to win the Hero World Challenge by two strokes. The 24-year-old Japanese star served notice that he will be a contender to become his homeland's first male major golf champion by taking the 18-man invitational event hosted by 14-time major winner Tiger Woods. "He's going to be one of the top guys to beat for a very long time," said Woods, who made his comeback this week from a 16-month back injury layoff.
Matsuyama holds off Stenson to win World Challenge
PGA: PGA Championship - Sunday Round(Reuters) - Japan's Hideki Matsuyama, the hottest player in world golf over the past two months, survived a shaky back nine to clinch his fourth win in five starts with a two-stroke victory at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas on Sunday. While tournament host Tiger Woods delivered the good, bad and ugly as he finished 14 shots back in his much anticipated return to competition, Matsuyama ended a dominant week with his worst round, a one-over 73 at the Albany course on the island of New Providence. The 24-year-old Japanese, seven strokes ahead overnight in the 18-man event, birdied two of the first nine holes, then shrugged off a double at the 10th and a bogey at the 14th as he posted an 18-under total in blustery conditions.
Golf: Matsuyama wins fourth tournament in five starts
Tiger Woods of the United States hits his tee shot on the second hole during the final round of the Hero World Challenge at Albany, The Bahamas on December 4, 2016 in Nassau, BahamasTiger Woods was pleased about his return to competition at the Hero World Challenge despite inconsistent play Sunday, but has not decided on a specific tournament to continue his comeback. Woods, who turns 41 later this month, made five birdies, three bogeys and three double bogeys on his way to finishing 72 holes on four-under 284 -- 14 shots behind winner Hideki Matsuyama of Japan. "Big picture, it feels good to be back out here playing again, competing and trying to beat the best players in the world," Woods said.
Tiger good with comeback but no word on next event
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FILE - This Sept. 15, 2012 file photo released by Point Foundation shows Robin Thicke performing at "Voices On Point" Concert & Gala in Los Angeles. Thisck's “Blurred Lines," featuring T.I. & Pharrell was the top selling song on iTunes for the week ending June 17, 2013. (AP Photo/Point Foundation, Colin Young-Wolff)iTunes' Official Music Charts for the week ending November 3, 2014:
The top 10 songs and albums on the iTunes Store
 Don Mischer, executive producer of the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards, left, host Jimmy Kimmel, center, and Television Academy chairman and chief executive Bruce Rosenblum attend the Emmy Awards Red Carpet Rollout at the Nokia Theatre on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012, in Los Angeles. The Emmy Awards will be held Sunday, Sept 23. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)After rolling out the red carpet Wednesday morning in anticipation of Sunday's Emmy ceremony, host Jimmy Kimmel warned he's planning a prank on folks not watching the show.
Jimmy Kimmel rolls out red carpet as Emmy host
This cover image released by Thames & Hudson shows, "Television: A Biography," by David Thomson. (Thames & Hudson via AP)NEW YORK (AP) — At 75, David Thomson is the sultan of cinema criticism. British-born but long based in America, he is the author of nearly two dozen film-related books including "Moments that Made the Movies," "'Have You Seen...?': A Personal Introduction to 1,000 Films" and "The New Biographical Dictionary of Film."
A seasoned film critic eyes TV in 'Television: A Biography'
Dylan writes Nobel Prize fest speech; Patti Smith to singHe won't be there in person but the Nobel Foundation says Bob Dylan has written a speech that will be read out at the traditional Nobel Prize banquet. Dylan, the winner of this year's Nobel Prize in literature, ...
Dylan writes Nobel Prize fest speech; Patti Smith to sing
FILE- In this Oct. 19, 2016, file photo, Ashton Kutcher and wife Mila Kunis take a selfie before Game 4 of the National League baseball championship series between the Chicago Cubs and the Los Angeles Dodgers in Los Angeles. Kutcher and Kunis have offered some details on the new addition to their family, a baby boy named Dmitri Portwood Kutcher. Kutcher announced on his website Dec. 2, 2016, that little Dmitri was born at 1:21 a.m. on Nov. 30 and weighed in at 8 pounds, 15 ounces. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis have offered some details on the new addition to their family, a baby boy named Dmitri Portwood Kutcher.
Ashton Kutcher, Mila Kunis reveal new baby boy's name
A look at the music accompanying massive S. Korean ralliesAny good South Korean protest needs a soundtrack, and the music that accompanies the massive rallies on the verge of bringing down President Park Geun-hye includes the mournful, the tongue-and-cheek and ...
A look at the music accompanying massive S. Korean rallies
Teresa Heinz Kerry, front row, from left, Kennedy Center Honorees Al Pacino, Mavis Staples, Martha Argerich, James Taylor, and Kennedy Center President Deborah Rutter; rear row, from left, Secretary of State John Kerry, Kennedy Center Honorees Joe Walsh, Don Henley, and Timothy Schmit, and David Rubinstein are photographed following the State Department for the Kennedy Center Honors gala dinner, Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016, in Washington. (AP Photo/Kevin Wolf)WASHINGTON (AP) — The longest, loudest standing ovation of the Kennedy Center Honors gala wasn't reserved for Al Pacino, Mavis Staples or the Eagles. Instead, it went to the man sitting to their left, attending his eighth and most likely his last honors presentation: President Barack Obama.
Standing ovation for Obama at his last Kennedy Center Honors
ORONO, Maine (AP) — A transgender student whose battle over the right to use a girls' bathroom led to a landmark court ruling in Maine is being featured in a new HBO documentary.
Maine girl featured in new HBO documentary 'The Trans List'
Obamas celebrated at their last Kennedy Center HonorsThe longest, loudest standing ovation of the Kennedy Center Honors gala wasn't reserved for Al Pacino, Mavis Staples or the Eagles. Instead, it went to the man sitting to their left, attending his eighth ...
Obamas celebrated at their last Kennedy Center Honors
Men dressed in Red Army World War II uniforms take part in the opening of a street art-style painting promoting the new Russian film "The Panfilov 28" in MoscowIn a controversial new Russian film, 28 Soviet soldiers facing sure death defend the frontline outside Moscow against an onslaught of Nazi tanks in 1941. Culture Minister Vladimir Medinsky has launched a scathing attack on doubters. The film recounts the story of the outgunned and outmanned Panfilov rifle division, which was defending Moscow's western front.
Russian film sparks uproar by glorifying Soviet WWII 'myth'
Hollywood stars Dwayne Johnson (left) and Auli'i Cravalho both feature in "Moana" -- an animated Disney film about a brave Polynesian teenage girl on a risky mission to save her peopleThe Disney film about a brave Polynesian teenage girl on a risky mission to save her people has raked in a total of $120 million since its opening on Thanksgiving Day, Exhibitor Relations said. The Harry Potter spin-off "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them," stayed in second place from last weekend during its third week in theaters, chalking up $18.5 million for a total of $184 million so far. Acclaimed alien invasion movie "Arrival," starring Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner, jumped from fifth to third place, posting $7.3 million in weekend revenue after it received 10 nominations from the Critics Choice Awards last week, including for best picture, director and actress.
Disney's 'Moana' dominates N. American box office again
FILE - In this Oct. 15, 2016, file photo, director Bernardo Bertolucci poses for photographers during a photo call at the Rome Film festival in Rome. A recently unearthed video interview with Bertolucci from 2013 has renewed interest, and outrage, over what happened to actress Maria Schneider on set during the infamous butter sex scene in “Last Tango in Paris”. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Last Tango in Paris" is making headlines again 44 years after the controversial film came out. A recently unearthed video interview with Italian director Bernardo Bertolucci from 2013 has renewed interest, and outrage, over what happened to actress Maria Schneider on set during the infamous butter rape scene.
'Last Tango in Paris' rape scene revelation sparks outrage
LOWELL, Mass. (AP) — Actor Mark Wahlberg's foundation is hosting a conference this week aimed at keeping teenagers off addictive drugs.
Mark Wahlberg's foundation presents youth drug summit
This Sept. 22, 2014 photo made available by Professor Jonathan Petropolous shows Camille Pissarro's 1897 Impressionist masterpiece, "Rue Saint-Honoré, dans l'après-midi. Effet de pluie," during an examination at the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza in Madrid. In the 16-year battle over this priceless painting looted by the Nazis, there is one point on which all sides agree: When Lilly Cassirer and her husband fled Germany ahead of the Holocaust in 1939, the Jewish couple had to surrender their masterpiece in exchange for their lives. What they disagree on is who owns the painting now. Are the owners the descendants of Cassirer or the Spanish museum that acquired the painting decades ago in good faith. On Monday, Dec. 5, 2016, the case will be argued in a federal appeals court. (Jonathan Petropolous via AP)LOS ANGELES (AP) — In the epic, 16-year battle over a priceless painting looted by the Nazis, there is one point on which all sides agree: When Lilly Cassirer and her husband fled Germany ahead of the Holocaust, they surrendered their Camille Pissarro masterpiece in exchange for their lives.
Jewish family battles Spain museum over art looted by Nazis
This image released by Disney shows Moana, voiced by Auli'i Cravalho, in a scene from the animated film, "Moana." (Disney via AP)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Audiences came back for a second helping of "Moana" and "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" this weekend. Both family-friendly films topped the post-Thanksgiving box office charts, with "Moana" bringing in $28.4 million and "Fantastic Beasts" earning $18.5 million, according to studio estimates Sunday.
Leftovers 'Moana,' 'Fantastic Beasts' rule box office again
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TOMAH, Wis. (AP) — A dentist has resigned from his position at a Wisconsin Veterans Affairs hospital amid accusations he treated hundreds of patients with improperly cleaned equipment.
VA dentist accused of using improperly cleaned tools resigns
(Reuters) - U.S. President-elect Donald Trump said on Monday he would nominate retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, a presidential rival-turned-supporter to serve as Department of Housing and Urban Development secretary. [L1N1E00G0] Below are people mentioned as contenders for senior roles as Trump works to form his administration before taking office on Jan. 20, according to Reuters sources and media reports. See the end of list for posts already filled. ...
Contenders, picks for key jobs in Trump's administration
Smoke rises after airstrikes on rebel-controlled besieged eastern AleppoBy Umberto Bacchi LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The United Nations launched a record humanitarian appeal on Monday, asking for $22.2 billion in 2017 to help almost 93 million people hit by conflicts and natural disasters. More than half of the money will be used to address the needs of people caught up in crises in Syria, Yemen, Iraq and South Sudan, the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said. "The scale of humanitarian crises today is greater than at any time since the United Nations was founded," U.N. humanitarian chief Stephen O'Brien said in a statement.
U.N. launches record $22.2 billion humanitarian appeal for 2017
The logo of Swiss pharmaceutical company Roche is seen outside their headquarters in BaselBy John Miller ZURICH (Reuters) - Roche's Gazyva cancer drug did not show a significant overall survival benefit and raised greater safety concerns than its predecessor Rituxan, a study showed, raising doubts over the Swiss pharmaceuticals group's bid to replace a key blockbuster. Gazyva is used with the chemotherapy drug bendamustine to treat follicular lymphoma (FL) and Roche is counting on it to help mitigate the impact of biosimilars on Rituxan, whose patents expired this year.. Roche failed to find a follow-up drug to its Avastin blockbuster this year and faces competition from rivals including Novartis whose Sandoz generics unit is hot on Rituxan's heels. An analysis released at the weekend meeting of the American Society of Hematology found that for patients with previously untreated FL, those getting Gazyva and bendamustine showed a 94 percent overall survival rate at three years.
Study raises questions over benefit of Roche's Gazyva cancer drug
The Pfizer logo is seen at their world headquarters in New York(Reuters) - Pfizer Inc said on Monday its cancer drug, Bosulif, was found effective in a late-stage study on previously untreated patients with a form of blood and bone marrow cancer that is characterized by the abnormal production of white blood cells. Most people with chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) have a genetic mutation, called the Philadelphia chromosome, which causes the bone marrow to make an enzyme that triggers the development of abnormal and unhealthy white blood cells.
Pfizer's blood cancer drug Bosulif effective in untreated patients
By Humphrey Malalo and Thomas Mukoya NAIROBI (Reuters) - Doctors working in Kenyan state hospitals went on strike on Monday to demand fulfilment of a 2013 agreement between their union and the government that would raise their pay and improve working conditions, a senior union official said. Police fired tear gas to disperse hundreds of members of the Kenya Medical Practitioners Pharmacists and Dentists' Union (KMPDU) who had marched to the health ministry headquarters in the capital, Reuters witnesses said. The medics, wearing white gowns and surgical caps, then marched on to the Finance Ministry headquarters.
Kenyan government doctors go on strike, demand honouring of 2013 pay deal
The logo of Aixtron SE is pictured on the roof of the German chip equipment maker's headquarters in HerzogenrathBEIJING/FRANKFURT (Reuters) - The sale of Aixtron to Chinese investors could go ahead under new terms if the German semiconductor equipment maker sells its Silicon Valley division to get around U.S. objections, analysts said Monday. While the 670 million euro ($717 million) deal is small, U.S. opposition is seen as a sign of growing concern in the West about the acquisition of cutting-edge technology by Chinese players and comes after Washington blocked the sale by Philips of its U.S. lighting business to Asian buyers. The crux of the issue for Aixtron is that it makes devices which produce crystalline layers based on gallium nitride that are used as semiconductors in weapons systems.
Aixtron could revive takeover despite U.S. block: analysts
By Humphrey Malalo and Thomas Mukoya NAIROBI (Reuters) - Doctors working in Kenyan state hospitals went on strike on Monday to demand fulfillment of a 2013 agreement between their union and the government that would raise their pay and improve working conditions, a senior union official said. Police fired tear gas to disperse hundreds of members of the Kenya Medical Practitioners Pharmacists and Dentists' Union (KMPDU) who had marched to the health ministry headquarters in the capital, Reuters witnesses said. The medics, wearing white gowns and surgical caps, then marched on to the Finance Ministry headquarters.
Kenyan government doctors go on strike, demand honoring of 2013 pay deal
Cravings diminish progressively.Here are five facts about quitting smoking, cravings and withdrawal symptoms explained by Bernard Antoine, a smoking cessation and addiction specialist in Paris, France. Smoking withdrawal symptoms certainly exist, but they aren't unmanageable.
Don't give up on giving up: Five facts about quitting smoking
Teresa Shook is pictured in this undated handout photoBy Laila Kearney NEW YORK (Reuters) - Hawaii grandmother Teresa Shook wanted to share her outrage with other women the night after Donald Trump was elected president, but she had few options in her remote island community. Four weeks later, organizers credit Shook’s quiet plea with igniting what could be the largest demonstration in the nation's capital related to a presidential election. More than 125,000 people from across the country have signed up to march in Washington on Jan. 21, the day after Trump’s inauguration in support of women’s rights.
Hawaii grandma's plea launches women's march in Washington
Egyptian billionaire Sawiris answers journalists' questions during the "Rome 2015 MED, Mediterranean dialogues" forum in RomeBy Amina Ismail CAIRO (Reuters) - Egyptian billionaire Naguib Sawiris has resigned as chief executive officer of Orascom and his deputy Tamer El Mahdi has been nominated as his successor, the company said on Sunday, without explaining his decision. "Naguib Sawiris has submitted his resignation from his position as CEO effective January 1st, 2017," Orascom Telecom Media and Technology Holding (OTMT) said in a statement. Orascom has holdings in media, technology and cable businesses, but under Sawiris has sought to move further into the financial sector by creating a major investment firm.
Egyptian billionaire Sawiris in surprise exit as Orascom CEO
(Reuters) - Biotechnology company ReNeuron Group Plc said its experimental stem cell therapy helped some patients improve motor functions in their arms in a mid-stage study after being disabled by stroke. Shares of the company jumped 22 percent to 3.45 pence per share in morning trade on Monday on the London Stock Exchange. ReNueron's trial adds to a small but growing number of studies being conducted by a few publicly listed companies around the world that are testing stem cell therapies in various indications.
ReNeuron says stem cells improved motor function in stroke study
By Elias Ntungwe Ngalame BUEA, Cameroon (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - An initiative by youth organisations in Cameroon to turn human waste into biogas is reducing pollution and providing cheap, renewable energy to the growing populations of the university towns of Buea and Bamenda. The organisation says its efforts are spurring the use of clean energy in homes and secondary schools where grid electrical power is non-existent or unreliable and alternative sources of energy such as gas cylinders are expensive. “Many have come to discover the cheap energy in their backyard and are not only embracing the technology but are also learning the transformation process,” said Cedrick Kemajou, Bioenergy’s coordinator.
Girls turn poo to clean power in Cameroon biogas push
Young girls play puzzles as an occupational therapist assesses their cognitive development inside a Medecins Sans Frontieres hospital in AmmanBy Lin Taylor AMMAN (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - As soon as the bombs exploded outside his house in the Iraqi town of Falluja, Rachid Jassam rushed onto the street to rescue the injured. "I lost five centimetres of my bone from my right leg and I couldn't move it anymore." More than 20 per cent of all patients at the MSF hospital are children just like Rachid - blown apart, severely burnt and disfigured by conflicts in Iraq, Syria, Yemen and Gaza. Since it opened in 2006, the hospital has treated almost 4,400 patients free of charge, and remains the only hospital in the Middle East to perform advanced reconstructive surgery on victims of war.
In Jordan hospital, mental trauma scars children blown apart by bombs
Men gather at hospital morgue to identify their relatives who were killed after a fire had erupted in a hotel early morning in KarachiA fire at a luxury hotel in the Pakistani city of Karachi killed at least 11 people on Monday and injuring dozens, media reported. The blaze broke out in a ground floor kitchen of the Regent Plaza hotel and trapped guests in upper floors, the English-language Dawn newspaper reported. Video footage showed some hotel guests using a chain of bed sheets to climb down from windows of top floors as smoke filled the hotel Karachi Mayor Waseem Akhtar told reporters the cause of the fire was not clear.
At least 11 killed in hotel blaze in Pakistan
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A full-size model of the European ExoMars entry, descent and landing module, Schiaparell is seen during a press conference at the European Space Agency (ESA) Headquarters in DarmstadtEuropean space agency (ESA) member states have approved another 450 million euros ($479 million) in funding for the ExoMars mission to the Red Planet, even after a test lander that was part of the program crashed in October, ESA said on Friday. The European-Russian ExoMars program sent a gas-sniffing orbiter and the test lander to Mars this year to search for signs of past or present life on the Red Planet and to lay the groundwork for a rover that is due to follow in 2020. The Schiaparelli lander crashed after a sensor failure caused it to cast away its parachute and turn off braking thrusters more than two miles (3.7 km) above the surface of the planet, as though it had already landed.
European Mars mission funding approved even after test lander's crash
Buzz Aldrin testifies at space competitiveness hearing on Capitol Hill in WashingtonFormer U.S. astronaut Buzz Aldrin, the second man to walk on the moon, posted photos on Saturday of his recovery in a New Zealand hospital after he was evacuated from the South Pole due to illness. Aldrin, 86, who was visiting the pole as part of a tourist group, was flown to Christchurch, New Zealand, early on Friday local time when his condition deteriorated. Aldrin appeared in good spirits on Saturday after receiving a visit from NASA Deputy Administrator Dava Newman at Christchurch Hospital.
Former astronaut Buzz Aldrin recovering well after Antarctic evacuation
Russian Progress MS-04 space cargo ship with food and supplies for International Space Station blasts off from launch pad at Baikonur cosmodromeBy Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - An unmanned Russian cargo ship loaded with more than 2-1/2 tons of food and supplies for the International Space Station broke apart about six minutes after liftoff on Thursday, Russia's space agency Roscosmos said in a statement. A Soyuz rocket carrying the Progress capsule blasted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan as planned at 9:51 a.m. EST, a NASA TV broadcast showed. The six-member crew aboard the International Space Station is not in any danger and has enough supplies for several months, NASA said.
Russian cargo ship destroyed after launch for Space Station
A man poses with a magnifier in front of a Facebook logo on display in this illustration taken in SarajevoBy Kristina Cooke MENLO PARK, Calif. (Reuters) - Facebook Inc is working on automatically flagging offensive material in live video streams, building on a growing effort to use artificial intelligence to monitor content, said Joaquin Candela, the company’s director of applied machine learning. Facebook has historically relied mostly on users to report offensive posts, which are then checked by Facebook employees against company "community standards." Decisions on especially thorny content issues that might require policy changes are made by top executives at the company. Candela told reporters that Facebook increasingly was using artificial intelligence to find offensive material.
Facebook developing artificial intelligence to flag offensive live videos
By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - Tech billionaire Elon Musk’s SpaceX hopes to return its Falcon 9 rocket to flight on Dec. 16, said Iridium Communications Inc, which plans to have 10 of its satellites on board for launching. The launch is contingent on approval by the Federal Aviation Administration, which oversees U.S. commercial space transportation, Iridium said on Thursday. “We are looking forward to return to flight,” SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell said in a statement from Iridium.  SpaceX suspended flights after one of its rockets burst into flames on Sept. 1 as it was being fueled for a routine prelaunch test at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
SpaceX aims for December 16 return to flight, customer Iridium says
Reel Big: 112-Pound Catfish Caught in North CarolinaA gigantic, 112-lb. (50 kilograms) catfish was reeled in by a North Carolina man the day before Thanksgiving, according to local news reports. The man, Riahn Brewington, caught the massive fish in the northeast section of Cape Fear River in North Carolina, local ABC affiliate WWAY reported. Brewington said he could tell the catch was big, but he had only a 10-lb. (4.5 kg) line on his fishing rod.
Reel Big: 112-Pound Catfish Caught in North Carolina
Flying Robotic Ambulance Completes First Solo Test FlightCompleting such missions in rough terrain or combat zones can be tricky, with helicopters currently offering the best transportation option in most cases. Earlier this month, Israeli company Urban Aeronautics completed a test flight for a robotic flying vehicle that could one day go where helicopters can't. On Nov. 14, the company flew its robotic flyer, dubbed the Cormorant, on the craft's first solo flight over real terrain.
Flying Robotic Ambulance Completes First Solo Test Flight
The Most Interesting Science News Articles of the WeekEach week we uncover the most interesting and informative articles around, here are 10 of the coolest stories in Science this week.
The Most Interesting Science News Articles of the Week
Spaceflight Is Entering a New Golden Age, Says Blue Origin Founder Jeff BezosEarly Monday (Nov. 23), the private spaceflight company Blue Origin made a major stride in the pursuit of fully reusable rockets, when it launched an uncrewed vehicle into space and then soft-landed the rocket booster on the ground. "It was one of the greatest moments of my life," said Jeff Bezos, Blue Origin's founder, speaking about the landing in a press briefing yesterday (Nov. 24). "And my teammates here at Blue Origin, I could see felt the same way.
Spaceflight Is Entering a New Golden Age, Says Blue Origin Founder Jeff Bezos
Turkey and Football: How Astronauts Celebrate Thanksgiving in SpaceThanksgiving in space will be a lot like the holiday down here on the ground — minus the gravity, of course. Like most Americans, NASA astronauts Scott Kelly and Kjell Lindgren have Thanksgiving (Nov. 26) off, and they'll spend the day aboard the International Space Station (ISS) watching football and enjoying a turkey-centric feast, agency officials said. Kelly and Lindgren gave viewers a look at that feast in a special Thanksgiving video this week, breaking out bags of smoked turkey, rehydratable corn, candied yams and potatoes au gratin.
Turkey and Football: How Astronauts Celebrate Thanksgiving in Space
Scientists Pinpoint How to Calm Oklahoma's Human-Made QuakesHuman-induced earthquakes have rattled Oklahoma in recent years, a state known more for its wide-open plains than havoc-wreaking temblors. This water is pumped as part of the oil and gas production process in Oklahoma and other states in the central and eastern United States. Injecting wastewater from oil and gas extraction into underground wells has occurred for decades in Oklahoma without raising concern over induced seismicity, but in 2009, the rate and volume of injection massively increased, according to the study.
Scientists Pinpoint How to Calm Oklahoma's Human-Made Quakes
Ravenous 14-Foot Python Caught with 3 Deer in Its GutA Burmese python in the Everglades with a penchant for venison gulped down three whole deer — one doe and two fawns — before wildlife officials captured and euthanized it, a new study reveals. The gustatory feat sets a record: It's the first invasive Burmese python (Python molurus bivittatus) caught with three deer in its gut, said study co-lead author Scott Boback, an associate professor of biology at Dickinson College in Pennsylvania. The python probably attacked and ate the deer at different times over a 90-day period, Boback said.
Ravenous 14-Foot Python Caught with 3 Deer in Its Gut
Neutron Star May Reveal First Evidence of 80-Year-Old Quantum PredictionIn 1930, physicists Werner Heisenberg and Hans Heinrich Euler predicted that very strong magnetic fields could change the polarity of light waves in a vacuum (where polarity refers to the orientation of the light's electric and magnetic fields). This effect, which they dubbed "vacuum birefringence," is not predicted by classical physics. Now, scientists using the European Southern Observatory's (ESO) Very Large Telescope (VLT) say they may have observed this effect in the light coming from a neutron star— a cosmic object with a very strong magnetic field.
Neutron Star May Reveal First Evidence of 80-Year-Old Quantum Prediction
Dec 1 (Reuters) - Uni-bio Science Group Ltd : * unit entered into a multiple drug co-development agreementwith Beijing Sun-Novo Pharmaceutical Research Co., Limited * deal to extend group's current research and developmentcapabilities in small molecule drug development * Project is targeted to start in 2017 and launch sales inmarket around 2020-2021Source text: (http://bit.ly/2gBHcEU)Further company coverage:
BRIEF-Uni-Bio Science says unit entered multiple drug co-development agreement
This Nov. 30, 2016, photo shows part of a food label that states the product "may contain traces of peanut and other tree nuts" as photographed in Washington. A new report says the hodgepodge of warnings that a food might accidentally contain a troublesome ingredient is confusing to people with food allergies, and calls for a makeover. The report from the prestigious National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine said it's time for regulators and the food industry to clear consumer confusion with labels that better reflect the level of risk. (AP Photo/Jon Elswick)WASHINGTON (AP) — "Made in the same factory as peanuts." ''May contain traces of tree nuts." A new report says the hodgepodge of warnings that a food might accidentally contain a troublesome ingredient is confusing to people with food allergies, and calls for a makeover.
Science panel urges rewrite of food allergy warning labels
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U.S. Navy sailors work to repair the floating dock next to the USS Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. (Laurie Dexter/The U.S. Navy via AP)On Dec. 26, Shinzo Abe will become the first Japanese leader to visit the site of the attack that propelled the U.S. into World War II.
Japan's Abe to visit Pearl Harbor with Obama
Dr. Ben Carson in August. (Gerald Herbert/AP)The president-elect picks his former campaign rival to lead the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Trump taps Ben Carson as housing secretary
In a wide-ranging interview in Moscow, the fugitive ex-NSA staffer says he is "encouraged" that Putin might turn him over to Trump.
Snowden: 'Russia doesn't own me'
President-elect Donald Trump in Cincinnati, Ohio, on Dec. 1. (Evan Vucci/AP)A foreign ministry spokesman in Beijing says China is maintaining contacts with the president-elect's team.
China: Trump is clear about Taiwan issue
President-elect Donald Trump during his post-election tour in Cincinnati. (John Minchillo/AP)There are potential problems with his plan to heavily tax companies that move jobs overseas and still try to sell their goods in the U.S.
Trump's tariff threats vs. economic reality
Secretary of State John Kerry. (Susan Walsh/AP)Before contacting foreign leaders, John Kerry suggests, seek advice from the State Department.
Kerry's tip for Trump on diplomacy
Newspapers on display the day after Donald Trump won the presidency. (AP)When the president-elect's outspoken tweets touch on highly sensitive issues, Beijing will have to get creative.
China's challenge: Decoding Trump's tweets
N.C. man arrest and charged (EFE)A North Carolina man told police he went to the restaurant with an assault rifle to “self-investigate” an election-related conspiracy theory.
Fake news report leads gunman to D.C. pizzeria
Firefighters at the converted warehouse, dubbed the "Ghost Ship." (Getty Images)A one-time tenant of the "Ghost Ship" isn't surprised a deadly fire ripped through the cluttered space.
Ex-tenant: Oakland warehouse 'a death trap'
Trump adiviser Anthony Scaramucci, left, with former CIA Director David Petraeus at Trump Tower for a meeting with President-elect Donald Trump. (AP)Former CIA Director David Petraeus and Tenn. GOP Sen. Bob Corker are said to be top contenders.
Trump State Dept. candidate list grows
Derick Ion Almena (Facebook)The operator of the Oakland, Calif., warehouse draws outrage for his initial response to the deadly fire.
Warehouse operator mourns venue, not victims
Dylann Roof asks for lawyers’ return. (AP)Suspect in South Carolina church shooting asks for his defense team back, a week after he was allowed to represent himself.
Dylann Roof asks for lawyers' return
This photo taken from video provided by @Oaklandfirelive shows the scene of a fire in Oakland, early Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016. (AP)Family members have been told they may have to provide DNA samples to as authorities continue their search.
30 dead in Oakland fire, more expected
Cuban President Raúl Castro receives the ashes of his older brother, Fidel Castro, from an honor guard before placing them into a niche in his tomb. (AP)The tomb, a simple round stone about 15 feet high, will become one of the most important sites on the island.
Castro’s final resting place revealed
Retired Gen. David Petraeus (Getty Images)The former CIA director says he "paid a very heavy price" for sharing classified info with his former lover and biographer.
Petraeus: 'I made a very serious mistake'
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