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  • Priests in defunct Catholic order in Italy accused of sexual abuse

    Nine members of a defunct, cult-like Roman Catholic religious order in Italy's Tuscany region are under investigation for alleged sexual abuse of two brothers when they were minors, authorities said on Wednesday. The nine, including five priests and three other men, were members of a religious order called the Disciples of the Annunciation. Late last year the Vatican shut down the small order, which had several communities in Tuscany.

    Wed, 29 Jan 2020 15:50:11 -0500
  • Walmart evacuated after man sets fire to clothing rack, North Carolina officials say news

    The store was closed while officials investigated.

    Wed, 29 Jan 2020 15:42:27 -0500
  • U.S. Commerce Department opens anti-dumping probe into millwork from Brazil, China

    The U.S. Commerce Department on Wednesday said it launched anti-dumping investigations into wood moulding and millwork product imports from Brazil and China worth about $500 million annually. In a statement, the Commerce Department said it estimated possible anti-dumping duties of 86.7% for products from Brazil and 181.2% to 359.2% from China. The agency also is conducting an anti-subsidy investigation into the moulding millwork products from China.

    Wed, 29 Jan 2020 15:40:25 -0500
  • Target shopper flips man in wheelchair in brutal California parking fight, video shows

    A man was arrested and charged with attempted kidnapping and assault

    Wed, 29 Jan 2020 15:37:56 -0500
  • Target shopper flips man in wheelchair in brutal California parking fight, video shows

    A man was arrested and charged with attempted kidnapping and assault

    Wed, 29 Jan 2020 15:37:56 -0500
  • Brazilian makes power from a penny worth of paper, graphite paint

    A Brazilian researcher has discovered a way to generate enough energy to power a small Christmas tree using about a penny worth of paper and graphite paint, opening a new possibility for cheap, sustainable electricity for poorer communities. "When we started out, we got very little energy," said Thiago Augusto, Moreira's research advisor at the Federal University of Santa Maria in Brazil's southern state of Rio Grande do Sul. "We don't believe that this will replace other sources of energy, but in the world today, additional energy sources that are sustainable and renewable are always welcome," Moreira said.

    Wed, 29 Jan 2020 15:27:11 -0500
  • Man exonerated by DNA after serving 25 years for rape news

    A man who served 25 years in jail after being wrongfully convicted in a 1985 sexual assault case has been fully exonerated by the New York Supreme Court after newly-discovered DNA evidence proved his innocence.Rafael Ruiz was released in 2009 after initially rejecting a three-year plea deal and serving the full 25-year sentence for a crime he did not commit.

    Wed, 29 Jan 2020 15:26:00 -0500
  • Flynn's new legal team unleashes on his old lawyers in bid to withdraw guilty plea news

    The former Trump national security adviser pleaded guilty to a single false-statement charge in December 2017

    Wed, 29 Jan 2020 15:21:09 -0500
  • Trump impeachment trial live updates: Senators question House managers, Trump lawyers news

    Trump impeachment trial live updates: Senators question House managers, Trump lawyers originally appeared on abcnews.go. ...

    Wed, 29 Jan 2020 15:09:00 -0500
  • Palestinian President Abbas to speak in U.N. Security Council on U.S. peace plan -envoy

    Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will speak in the United Nations Security Council in the next two weeks about the U.S. Middle East peace plan, Palestinian U.N. envoy Riyad Mansour said on Wednesday. Mansour said he hoped the Security Council, at the same meeting that Abbas would address, would vote on a draft resolution on the Israeli-Palestinian peace plan unveiled by U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday.

    Wed, 29 Jan 2020 15:05:53 -0500
  • GLOBAL MARKETS-Stocks gain on solid results, but virus keeps safe-havens alive

    Global equity markets edged higher on Wednesday on strong results from Apple and others but concerns about the coronavirus outbreak in China kept a safe-haven bid in gold and the dollar alive. A Chinese government economist said the outbreak could cut China's first quarter growth by one point to 5% or lower as the crisis hits sectors from mining to luxury goods. Investors took in stride the Federal Reserve's first policy meeting of the year as it left interest rates unchanged.

    Wed, 29 Jan 2020 15:02:45 -0500
  • David Schwimmer speaks out on the lack of diversity in 'Friends' news

    The actor, who played Ross Geller during the show's 10-year run, was asked for his take on the possibility of bringing back the sitcom, during a recently released interview with The Guardian. The show's creators David Crane and Marta Kauffman shared a similar sentiment during an interview with "Good Morning America" in 2019. "'Friends' was a show about that time in your life when your friends were your family.

    Wed, 29 Jan 2020 15:01:12 -0500
  • Shaken Caribbean tiptoes back to normal after shock of major quake

    KINGSTON/MIAMI, Jan 29 (Reuters) - Shaken Caribbean residents and tourists said on Wednesday that life was returning to normal after a powerful earthquake struck the region and rattled nerves but spared the area from serious damage to property or loss of life. The magnitude 7.7 quake hit Tuesday afternoon in the Caribbean Sea between Jamaica, the Cayman Islands and Cuba, bursting drains and ripping open sinkholes. Several aftershocks followed, including a magnitude 6.1 tremor closer to the Cayman Islands, unnerving people for hours afterwards.

    Wed, 29 Jan 2020 14:57:49 -0500
  • U.N. says offices in Geneva, Vienna targeted by 'well-resourced' cyberattack last year

    The United Nations said on Wednesday that its offices in Geneva and Vienna were targeted by an "apparently well-resourced" cyber attack in the middle of last year that exposed lists of user accounts, but that the damage had been contained. Geneva is home to several U.N. arms, including the Human Rights Council, the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the High Commissioner for Refugees, the World Health Organization and the World Trade Organization.

    Wed, 29 Jan 2020 14:47:47 -0500
  • Judge: Police chief's conviction of lying to FBI will stand

    A federal judge refused Wednesday to throw out a former New Jersey police chief’s conviction of lying to the FBI and said he would not rule out imposing an above-guideline sentence that would send him to prison. Frank Nucera, who served in Bordentown Township, was convicted of the count in October by a jury that also deadlocked on two more serious charges — hate crime assault and deprivation of civil rights under color of law. Federal prosecutors plan to retry Nucera on those charges, and jury selection for that trial is scheduled to start March 16, six days after Nucera is scheduled to be sentenced on the charge of lying to the FBI.

    Wed, 29 Jan 2020 14:36:00 -0500
  • US STOCKS-Apple, Boeing lift Wall Street as Fed stands pat

    U.S. stocks rose on Wednesday, boosted by Apple, Boeing and General Electric following their quarterly results, though worries about the economic damage of the fast-spreading coronavirus kept gains in check. Stocks showed little reaction to the Federal Reserve's policy statement.

    Wed, 29 Jan 2020 14:28:17 -0500
  • Shaun Weiss: Mighty Ducks star arrested on suspicion of burglary while on drugs news

    Shaun Weiss, who played hockey goalie Greg Goldberg in “The Mighty Ducks” films, has been arrested on charges of burglary and possessing methamphetamine.Mr Weiss, 41, was found in a car parked inside the garage of a resident outside Marysville, California on Sunday morning. The homeowner called police when he noticed Mr Weiss rooting through his car.

    Wed, 29 Jan 2020 14:18:00 -0500
  • 'I'm in an apocalypse:' American student trapped in coronavirus-hit Chinese city news

    An eerie calm has descended on the normally bustling streets of the city of 11 million people, where Schneider has been studying geodesy - a branch of applied mathematics - at Wuhan University, about 10 miles (16 km) from where experts believe the new coronavirus originated in a market illegally trading in wildlife. Chinese officials cut most transport links to Wuhan on Jan. 23 in an effort to slow transmission of the virus, which has infected nearly 6,000 people in China - more cases than were recorded in the 2002-2003 SARS outbreak - and killed more than 130 people.

    Wed, 29 Jan 2020 14:05:32 -0500
  • Macron: Turkey is sending warships, mercenaries to Libya news

    French President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday accused Turkey of breaching an agreement to halt foreign interference in Libya by sending warships and mercenaries to the North African country. Following a meeting with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Macron also described a maritime deal between Turkey and Libya's U.N.-backed government as a “void document" with no legal or political standing.

    Wed, 29 Jan 2020 14:03:14 -0500
  • WRAPUP 5-Fed keeps interest rates steady, offers no new balance sheet guidance

    The Federal Reserve held interest rates steady on Wednesday at its first policy meeting of the year, with the head of the U.S. central bank pointing to continued moderate economic growth and a "strong" job market, and giving no sign of any imminent changes in borrowing costs. "We believe the current stance of monetary policy is appropriate to support sustained economic growth, a strong labor market and inflation returning to our symmetric 2% objective," Fed Chair Jerome Powell said at a news conference following the central bank's unanimous decision to maintain the key overnight lending rate in a range of between 1.50% and 1.75%.

    Wed, 29 Jan 2020 14:00:02 -0500
  • Republican U.S. Senator Gardner says no need for witnesses in Trump impeachment trial -website

    U.S. Republican Senator Cory Gardner said on Wednesday he does not support calling witnesses in the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, the Colorado Politics website reported. "I do not believe we need to hear from an 18th witness," the website quoted Gardner as saying in a statement. Gardner, of Colorado, is one of a handful of Republican senators who face a tough re-election battle this year and might encounter a voter backlash if they vote to wrap up the trial quickly, as Republican leaders want, instead of calling for more evidence and witnesses.

    Wed, 29 Jan 2020 13:52:45 -0500
  • Fourteen U.S. states sue EPA for 'gutting' chemical plant safety protections news

    Fourteen U.S. states and Washington D.C. sued the Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday to fight what they called the Trump administration's effort to gut rules meant to improve safety at chemical plants and reduce the threat of accidents. The states petitioned the federal appeals court in Washington to review an EPA rule finalized in December that rolls back amendments to the agency's Risk Management Program regulations, known as the Chemical Disaster Rule.

    Wed, 29 Jan 2020 13:51:53 -0500
  • Popeyes Chicken launches clothing line that channels Beyonce's Ivy Park collection news

    Popeyes made headlines for its chicken sandwich in 2019, and now the popular food chain is capturing the attention of many for their latest launched fashion line based on employee uniforms. Shortly after the release of Beyoncé's highly acclaimed Ivy Park x Adidas collection, eagle-eyed fans were quick to point out the resemblance many of the maroon and orange pieces had to Popeyes uniforms.

    Wed, 29 Jan 2020 13:47:25 -0500
  • Lyft plans restructuring, job cuts - NYT

    Lyft Inc plans to announce a restructuring that will result in job cuts, the New York Times reported on Wednesday, citing two people with knowledge of the matter. Rival Uber Technologies Inc has promised it would achieve adjusted EBITDA profitability by the end of 2021.

    Wed, 29 Jan 2020 13:43:35 -0500
  • Alaska man sentenced in 2016 killing of police sergeant news

    A man convicted of killing a Fairbanks, Alaska, police officer in 2016 has been sentenced to 119 years in prison. Superior Court Judge Michael McConahy on Tuesday sentenced Anthony Jenkins-Alexie, 32, for the shooting death of Sgt. Allen Brandt, an 11-year veteran of the Fairbanks Police Department, Fairbanks television station KTVF reported. Current and former law enforcement officers, along with former Fairbanks District Attorney Gregg Olson, packed the courtroom for the sentencing.

    Wed, 29 Jan 2020 13:43:20 -0500
  • After Russia, China veto, U.N. says medical aid for Syria stuck in Iraq

    Truckloads of medical aid for civilians in Syria's northeast is stuck in Iraq, the United Nations aid chief said on Wednesday, after Russia and China prevented the U.N. Security Council from renewing authorization for the cross-border deliveries. Earlier this month, the council allowed a six-year-long cross-border aid operation to continue from two places in Turkey, but dropped crossing points from Iraq and Jordan due to opposition by Russia and China.

    Wed, 29 Jan 2020 13:37:48 -0500
  • FACTBOX-How the North American trade deal will affect autos, digital trade, drugs

    The U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement (USMCA) signed by President Donald Trump on Wednesday modernizes the 26-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement, which has been blamed for hollowing out the U.S. manufacturing sector. Passed by the U.S. Senate on Jan. 16, the trade deal still needs to be approved by Canada's Parliament before it takes effect. Mexico has already ratified the pact.

    Wed, 29 Jan 2020 13:36:26 -0500
  • Man accused in shootings pleads not guilty to lawyer attack

    A man accused of shooting a New Hampshire church pastor and bride during a wedding pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges that he attacked his own lawyer, who was hospitalized with head injuries. Dale Holloway, 37, of Manchester, was indicted this month on six assault charges. WMUR-TV reports that in court Wednesday, Holloway's new lawyer, Donna Brown, had questions about the assault charges, many of which were similar.

    Wed, 29 Jan 2020 13:34:55 -0500
  • Scottish Parliament urges post-Brexit independence vote news

    Scotland’s Parliament voted Wednesday to hold a new referendum on Scottish independence, a move intended to increase political pressure on the British government as the U.K. leaves the European Union. A binding referendum can’t take place without the British government's agreement, and Prime Minister Boris Johnson this month turned down the Scottish government's request for one on the independence question.

    Wed, 29 Jan 2020 13:22:41 -0500
  • Morocco 'appreciates' Mideast peace plan, says needs acceptance by parties

    Morocco is a close ally of the United States and added in the statement that it hopes for "a constructive peace process" offering "a realistic, applicable, equitable and lasting solution" to the dispute.

    Wed, 29 Jan 2020 13:21:50 -0500
  • NikkieTutorials releases follow-up response to her 'coming out' video news

    YouTube vlogger Nikkie de Jager, better known as NikkieTutorials, came out as transgender in a heartfelt video earlier this month. "It has been a crazy whirlwind this last couple of weeks," she says at the beginning of the video.

    Wed, 29 Jan 2020 13:20:00 -0500
  • Miami police searching for missing baby after three women found dead news

    Police are searching for a missing baby after three women were found dead on Tuesday in a South Florida home.Investigators believe the newborn boy, called Andrew, is with his father. Police have named him on Twitter as Ernesto Caballeiro, 49.

    Wed, 29 Jan 2020 13:19:20 -0500
  • WHO again weighs declaring coronavirus global public health emergency news

    Patients from Germany, Japan, Taiwan and Vietnam have been diagnosed with the new coronavirus without having visited China, health officials said during a World Health Organization news conference Wednesday. Human-to-human transmission outside of China "worries us," said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director general at WHO. Partly because of human-to-human transmission outside of China and partly because of a continued increase in cases, the WHO said it will reconvene on Thursday to determine whether to declare coronavirus a public health emergency of international concern.

    Wed, 29 Jan 2020 13:16:00 -0500
  • US STOCKS-Apple, Boeing lift Wall Street ahead of Fed decision

    U.S. stock indexes rose on Wednesday, boosted by shares of Apple, Boeing and General Electric following their results, while investors assessed the economic damage of the fast-spreading coronavirus outbreak. The Federal Reserve is also in focus, with the central bank expected to release its monetary policy statement at 2:00 pm ET, followed by Chairman Jerome Powell's news conference.

    Wed, 29 Jan 2020 13:13:20 -0500
  • EXPLAINER-Inside the plans for Trump's expanded travel ban

    U.S. President Donald Trump said he plans to expand his travel ban to bar people from several additional countries, a move that could again reignite questions about whether the policy discriminates against Muslims. Trump said during a visit to Davos, Switzerland, last week that his administration planned to add "a couple of countries" to the ban, but did not give further details. According to a source familiar with a draft version, the tentative list of nations included Belarus, Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, Nigeria, Sudan and Tanzania.

    Wed, 29 Jan 2020 13:13:03 -0500
  • U.S. state debates criminal charges for treating trans teens

    Lawmakers in South Dakota are on Wednesday due to vote on a proposed law that would see doctors jailed for giving puberty-blocking drugs to transgender children, the latest in a slew of such bills sweeping the United States. The ban has strong support in the state's Republican-controlled House of Representatives, but its critics say the drugs play a crucial role in allowing trans children struggling with the onset of puberty to hit pause. "One of the biggest problems for these kids is ... their sense of who they are isn't matching their body," South Dakota psychologist Anne Dilenschneider told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

    Wed, 29 Jan 2020 13:12:32 -0500
  • Argentina needs policy clarity to reinvigorate economy: IMF news

    "As new public policies are announced it will decrease uncertainty, which is very high in the Argentine economy," said Alejandro Werner, the IMF's director for the Western Hemisphere. Argentina is gearing up to restructure around $100 billion in sovereign debt, including part of a $57 billion credit facility that the IMF extended the country in 2018.

    Wed, 29 Jan 2020 13:05:14 -0500
  • Alan Bersten swears off dating his 'Dancing with the Stars' partners news

    Mirrorball Trophy winner and "Dancing with the Stars" pro dancer Alan Bersten said he's swearing off romance when it comes to the hit dancing competition. Bersten and model Alexis Ren, who paired up in 2018, turned their professional relationship into a romantic one during season 27 but broke up a few months after the finale. Then, in 2019, rumors sparked again, this time with Bersten's new partner and "Bachelorette" alum Hannah Brown.

    Wed, 29 Jan 2020 13:04:46 -0500
  • Deputies save kidnapped Tennessee woman screaming for help in 18-wheeler, SC cops say news

    Authorities in Tennessee alerted the Sheriff’s Office that the suspect might be in the area, officials say.

    Wed, 29 Jan 2020 13:01:48 -0500
  • CORRECTED-KLM says it will scrap some flights to China due to the coronavirus outbreak

    KLM, the Dutch arm of Air France KLM, will scrap some flights to China due to the coronavirus outbreak in the North Asian country, it said late on Wednesday. Starting on Friday, direct flights to Chengdu and Hangzhou will be suspended, while the number flights to Shanghai will be reduced from 11 to 7 per week. Service to Beijing has not been affected, KLM said in a statement.

    Wed, 29 Jan 2020 13:01:03 -0500
  • Greta Thunberg seeks to trademark her name to stem misuse

    Teen climate activist Greta Thunberg said on Instagram on Wednesday she has applied to register her name and that of the Fridays For Future movement she founded in 2018, which has gone global and catapulted her to international fame. Thunberg said she had also applied to trademark "Skolstrejk for klimatet", school strike for the climate in Swedish - the wording on the placard she has held since she started her one-person protest outside the Swedish parliament in 2018, for whih she missed school. Thunberg, who took centre stage at the Global Economic Forum in Davos this month, and her fellow young activists in the movement want politicians to listen to climate scientists and take action to curb global warming.

    Wed, 29 Jan 2020 12:59:12 -0500
  • Flint official who gave Nazi salute loses leadership roles

    A Flint city councilman who gave a Nazi salute to the council's leader and compared her to Adolf Hitler during a public meeting has been stripped of his council leadership roles. The Flint City Council voted 6-0 on Monday to remove Councilman Eric Mays as finance committee chair and council vice president during yet another heated meeting, The Flint Journal reported. Mays and Council President Monica Galloway verbally clashed at a Jan. 13 council meeting and when Galloway sought to move on to another point on the agenda, Mays accused her of being rude and of acting like Hitler.

    Wed, 29 Jan 2020 12:56:47 -0500
  • Argentina needs policy clarity to reinvigorate economy -IMF

    Greater certainty around Argentina's public policies could help reactivate growth and investments in the recession-hit South American country, the International Monetary Fund said on Wednesday. "As new public policies are announced it will decrease uncertainty, which is very high in the Argentine economy," said Alejandro Werner, the IMF's director for the Western Hemisphere.

    Wed, 29 Jan 2020 12:55:44 -0500
  • Keep calm and work at home: order prevails at virus-hit German firm news

    Four of their co-workers have contracted the coronavirus after a colleague from China visited the firm and their factory has been temporarily closed, but staff at German auto parts supplier Webasto insist they are not worried, even as the global death toll rises. The firm later announced three additional co-workers had tested positive for the flu-like virus.

    Wed, 29 Jan 2020 12:53:34 -0500
  • Parnas, former Ukraine fixer, shows up outside Trump trial news

    Lev Parnas, an indicted businessman who says he worked to pressure Ukraine to investigate one of President Donald Trump's political rivals, traveled to Washington on Wednesday for Trump's impeachment trial -- but he was turned away at the U.S. Capitol. Trailed by TV cameras, photographers and a sign that read "FAIR TRIAL," Parnas posed for selfies with a pink-hatted woman as he walked from Union Station to the U.S. Capitol building. "It's a surreal feeling," Parnas said.

    Wed, 29 Jan 2020 12:48:57 -0500
  • Keep calm and work at home: order prevails at virus-hit German firm

    Four of their co-workers have contracted the coronavirus after a colleague from China visited the firm and their factory has been temporarily closed, but staff at German auto parts supplier Webasto insist they are not worried, even as the global death toll rises. The firm later announced three additional co-workers had tested positive for the flu-like virus.

    Wed, 29 Jan 2020 12:46:00 -0500
  • White House tells Bolton his manuscript has classified material, cannot be published

    The White House has informed former national security adviser John Bolton that his book manuscript appeared to contain "significant amounts of classified information" and could not be published in its current form. "Under federal law and the nondisclosure agreements your client signed as a condition for gaining access to classified information, the manuscript may not be published or otherwise disclosed without the deletion of this classified information," the letter said.

    Wed, 29 Jan 2020 12:43:07 -0500
  • UK PM Johnson plans "respectful" Brexit celebration

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he would be respectful in his celebrations on Friday when Britain leaves the European Union, mindful that Brexit still divides the country. "In common with everybody else, I will be making a dignified exit from the European Union," he said during a live Facebook broadcast in which he answers questions submitted by members of the public. Britain leaves the bloc at 2300 GMT - an event that is due to be marked with celebrations across the country - including outside parliament - but which will be lamented by many who voted against it in 2016 after a divisive referendum campaign.

    Wed, 29 Jan 2020 12:42:29 -0500
  • Arabs prioritise ties with U.S. against Iran in reacting to Trump peace plan

    RIYADH/CAIRO, Jan 29 (Reuters) - Arab powers appear to be prioritising close ties with the United States that are vital to countering Iran over traditional unswerving support for the Palestinians in their reaction to President Donald Trump's Middle East peace plan. At a White House event on Tuesday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Trump proposed creating a Palestinian state but demilitarised and with borders drawn to meet Israeli security needs, while granting U.S. recognition of Israeli settlements on occupied West Bank land and of Jerusalem as Israel's indivisible capital.

    Wed, 29 Jan 2020 12:41:09 -0500
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