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Advocates: Alabama execution a 'disaster'

Ronald Bert Smith Jr., who was executed on Dec. 8 using a drug previously used in problematic lethal injections. (Alabama Department of Corrections via AP)Ronald Bert Smith Jr. was "not anesthetized at any point during the agonizingly long procedure," his legal team says.




Health care industry: What's after Obamacare?

The HealthCare.gov 2017 homepage. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)Hospitals and insurers want to know soon how GOP leaders plan to address the consequences of repealing the health law.




Senate narrowly averts government shutdown

File general view of the U.S. Capitol dome in the pre-dawn darkness in WashingtonThe stopgap spending bill passes by a 63-36 vote shortly before a midnight deadline.




Senate likely averts government shutdown

The United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. at night. (Getty Images)Democrats drop their objections to the spending bill after taking the debate right to the brink before a midnight deadline.




Trump closes companies tied to Saudi Arabia

Post-election, Trump closes companies tied to Saudi Arabia. (Amr Nabil/AP)The president-elect shut down firms that appeared connected to a possible venture there, corporate documents show.




Trump's worrisome attacks on private citizens

Donald Trump speaks to supporters on Kiawah Island, S.C. (Matt Rourke/AP)A longtime union chief and a 19-year-old woman got menacing phone calls after the president-elect went after them on Twitter.




Consumer confidence at a high after Trump win

Trump's victory has consumer confidence near a 12-year high. (Alan Diaz/AP)It surges on the initial reaction to the president-elect's surprise win and relief the election is over, experts say.




School to build first on-campus firing range

The National Armory gun store and gun range in Pompano Beach, Fla. (Lynne Sladky/AP)Liberty University is seeking a permit to build a full-scale, National Rifle Association-approved facility.




GOP pursues massive cuts to Social Security

GOP pursuing massive cuts to Social Security. (William Thomas Cain/Getty Images)A Republican from Texas introduces a bill that would slash benefits and raise the retirement age.




Trump crowd boos when he praises Obama

Donald Trump (Getty Images)The president-elect's praise for Barack Obama is greeted with boos and awkward silence at a rally in Louisiana.





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Advocates: Alabama execution a 'disaster'

Ronald Bert Smith Jr., who was executed on Dec. 8 using a drug previously used in problematic lethal injections. (Alabama Department of Corrections via AP)Ronald Bert Smith Jr. was "not anesthetized at any point during the agonizingly long procedure," his legal team says.




Health care industry: What's after Obamacare?

The HealthCare.gov 2017 homepage. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)Hospitals and insurers want to know soon how GOP leaders plan to address the consequences of repealing the health law.




Senate narrowly averts government shutdown

File general view of the U.S. Capitol dome in the pre-dawn darkness in WashingtonThe stopgap spending bill passes by a 63-36 vote shortly before a midnight deadline.




Senate likely averts government shutdown

The United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. at night. (Getty Images)Democrats drop their objections to the spending bill after taking the debate right to the brink before a midnight deadline.




Trump closes companies tied to Saudi Arabia

Post-election, Trump closes companies tied to Saudi Arabia. (Amr Nabil/AP)The president-elect shut down firms that appeared connected to a possible venture there, corporate documents show.




Trump's worrisome attacks on private citizens

Donald Trump speaks to supporters on Kiawah Island, S.C. (Matt Rourke/AP)A longtime union chief and a 19-year-old woman got menacing phone calls after the president-elect went after them on Twitter.




Consumer confidence at a high after Trump win

Trump's victory has consumer confidence near a 12-year high. (Alan Diaz/AP)It surges on the initial reaction to the president-elect's surprise win and relief the election is over, experts say.




School to build first on-campus firing range

The National Armory gun store and gun range in Pompano Beach, Fla. (Lynne Sladky/AP)Liberty University is seeking a permit to build a full-scale, National Rifle Association-approved facility.




GOP pursues massive cuts to Social Security

GOP pursuing massive cuts to Social Security. (William Thomas Cain/Getty Images)A Republican from Texas introduces a bill that would slash benefits and raise the retirement age.




Trump crowd boos when he praises Obama

Donald Trump (Getty Images)The president-elect's praise for Barack Obama is greeted with boos and awkward silence at a rally in Louisiana.





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So far, Obamacare isn't hurting the economy or killing jobs
Republican leaders keep saying Obamacare is hurting the economy and killing jobs, but there's scant evidence for it. In fact, a number of studies show that the economy has been growing.

Trump sold stocks, but what about his hedge fund millions?
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Why IMF chief Christine Lagarde is going to court
IMF managing director Christine Lagarde is accused of negligence in her handling of a fraud case a decade ago.

How more deportations under Trump could lead to a spike in foreclosures
President-elect Donald Trump's vow to deport two to three million undocumented immigrants could spur an increase in foreclosures among Latinos and hurt the nation's overall housing market, a new report finds.

Ikea renames products after your secret anxieties
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What a fast food CEO Labor Secretary means for the Fight for $15
News that President-elect Trump is nominating Andrew Puzder, CEO of the parent company of Carl's Jr. and Hardee's, was met with dismay by advocates for low-wage workers.

India's cash crisis is 'a mammoth tragedy'
Ex-Prime Minister Manmohan Singh says India's rupee note ban shattered trust in the government.

Warren warns Trump: Don't cut Medicare and Medicaid
Senator Elizabeth Warren and 20 other senators send a letter to President-elect Donald Trump reminding him he wouldn't cut Medicare and Medicaid.

Minimum wage since 1938
When the federal minimum wage first became law in 1938, it was 25 cents. Adjusted for inflation, that would be worth $4.19 today. Scroll over the chart to see historical minimum wage amounts, and their corresponding values in today's dollars.

Walmart's Mexico unit to add 10,000 jobs
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Remarkable feathered dinosaur tail found in chunk of amber

A chunk of amber - fossilized resin - spotted by a Chinese scientist in a market in Myitkyina, Myanmar last year shows the tip of a preserved dinosaur tail sectionBy Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Some 99 million years ago, a juvenile dinosaur got its feathery tail stuck in tree resin, a death trap for the small creature. Researchers said on Thursday a chunk of amber - fossilized resin - spotted by a Chinese scientist in a market in Myitkyina, Myanmar, last year contained 1.4 inches (36 mm) of the tail of the dinosaur, complete with bones, flesh, skin and feathers. The dinosaur itself was no more than 6 inches (15 cm) long, about the size of a sparrow.




Japanese cargo ship blasts off for space station
By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - An unmanned H-2B rocket blasted off from Tanegashima island in southern Japan on Friday to send a cargo ship to the International Space Station, a NASA TV broadcast showed. The delivery of about 4.5 tons (4,100 kg) of supplies for the six-member station crew took on fresh urgency after a botched Russian cargo run on Dec. 1 and additional delays returning NASA contractor SpaceX to flight following an unrelated accident. The rocket, carrying Japan’s HTV-6 cargo ship, blasted off at 8:26 a.m. EST (1326 GMT), flying over the Pacific Ocean on its way to space.

In fossil rarity, tumor found in 255-million-year-old beast

Handout of a histological thin section of the gorgonopsid lower jaw of a saber-tooth mammal-like beast that prowled Tanzania 255 million years agoBy Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Scientists examining the jawbone of a saber-toothed, mammal-like beast that prowled Tanzania 255 million years ago have come across a remarkable fossil rarity: one of the oldest-known tumors. University of Washington researchers on Thursday described a benign tumor composed of miniature tooth-like structures they found embedded next to the root of the creature's enlarged canine tooth while studying an unrelated aspect of the jaw.




Inmarsat switches to Arianespace for satellite launch after SpaceX delays

Staff at satellite communications company Inmarsat work in front of a screen showing subscribers using their service throughout the world, at their headquarters in LondonBritish satellite company Inmarsat will switch to using Arianespace from rival SpaceX to launch a new satellite to provide broadband connectivity to air passengers, it said on Thursday. The S-band satellite had been scheduled to launch with technology billionaire Elon Musk's SpaceX but Inmarsat said setbacks to SpaceX's launch schedule prompted it to turn to Arianespace instead. Inmarsat said on Thursday that European-owned Arianespace will launch the S-band satellite in mid-2017.




John Glenn, first American to orbit Earth, dies at 95

Astronaut and U.S. Senator John Glenn poses for his official NASA photoJohn Glenn, who became one of the 20th century's greatest explorers as the first American to orbit Earth and later as the world's oldest astronaut, and also had a long career as a U.S. senator, died in Ohio on Thursday at age 95. Glenn, the last surviving member of the original seven American "Right Stuff" Mercury astronauts, died at the James Cancer Hospital at Ohio State University in Columbus, said Hank Wilson, a spokesman at the university's John Glenn College of Public Affairs, which Glenn helped found. Glenn was credited with reviving U.S. pride after the Soviet Union's early domination of manned space exploration.




Conjoined Twin Girls Successfully Separated

Conjoined Twin Girls Successfully SeparatedConjoined twin girls who shared much of their lower body were successfully separated after a surgery that took 17 hours, their doctors said. The 2-year-old girls, Erika and Eva Sandoval, were born joined from the lower chest downwards, and shared a liver, a bladder and a leg, according to a statement from Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford in Palo Alto, California, where the surgery was performed. The marathon surgery to separate the twins required a team of about 50 doctors, nurses and operating staff, and was finished in the early morning of Dec. 7.




Can a Chemotherapy Drug 'Turn Back the Clock' in Women's Ovaries?

Can a Chemotherapy Drug 'Turn Back the Clock' in Women's Ovaries?The reason for the finding isn't clear, but it suggests that the chemotherapy may spur the development of new eggs, the researchers say. However, the researchers caution that the study was small, and the findings do not prove that the chemotherapy treatment caused the production of new eggs. In addition, it's not clear whether the greater number of eggs seen in these women after the chemotherapy treatment would help with their fertility.




Does Your Doctor Need to Show More Empathy?

Does Your Doctor Need to Show More Empathy?Instead of being urged to simply "be more compassionate," doctors should learn specific empathy skills during their training to improve their care of patients, one doctor argues in a new paper. According to Dr. David Jeffrey, an honorary lecturer in palliative medicine at the Center for Population Health Sciences in Edinburgh, Scotland, who wrote the paper, there is concern about a general lack of psychological and social support for patients from doctors. In addition, the "commercialization of health care leaves people vulnerable" to being treated as though their care is simply an instrument to bring in money to the system, Jeffrey said.




Spaceflight Is Entering a New Golden Age, Says Blue Origin Founder Jeff Bezos

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.




Turkey and Football: How Astronauts Celebrate Thanksgiving in Space

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.





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Senate passes funding bill, Obama signs into law

File general view of the U.S. Capitol dome in the pre-dawn darkness in WashingtonBy Susan Cornwell and Valerie Volcovici WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate passed legislation on Friday to fund the government through April and President Barack Obama promptly signed it into law, after Democrats who had sought more generous healthcare benefits for coal miners stopped delaying action on the measure. Many government services and operations would have been closed or suspended at midnight, when current funding authority expired, if the Senate had not approved the bill. The House of Representatives passed the legislation on Thursday.




CIA says Russia intervened to help Trump win White House

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump speaks at a "Thank You USA" tour rally in Grand RapidsThe CIA has concluded that Russia intervened in the 2016 election to help President-elect Donald Trump win the White House, and not just to undermine confidence in the U.S. electoral system, a senior U.S. official said on Friday. U.S. intelligence agencies have assessed that as the 2016 presidential campaign drew on, Russian government officials devoted increasing attention to assisting Donald Trump's effort to win the election, the U.S. official familiar with the finding told Reuters on Friday night on condition of anonymity.




Exxon CEO is now Trump's secretary of state favorite - transition official

ExxonMobil Chairman and CEO Rex Tillerson speaks during the IHS CERAWeek 2015 energy conference in HoustonExxon Mobil Corp Chief Executive Officer Rex Tillerson emerged on Friday as President-elect Donald Trump's leading candidate for U.S. secretary of state, a senior transition official said. Trump appears to be in the final days of deliberations over his top diplomat with an announcement possible next week. Tillerson's favored status was revealed as former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani formally withdrew from consideration for secretary of state.




Wisconsin judge rejects bid to stop election recount

Ballots from the 2016 U.S. presidential election are recounted, following a request by the Green Party, in MadisonThe results of the Nov. 8 election have been challenged in three states by Green Party candidate Jill Stein, who finished fourth in the presidential poll. In Pennsylvania, the third state, a judge said he would rule on Monday on whether to allow a recount to go forward.




Trump turns his Twitter attacks on private citizens, raising concerns

Trump turns his Twitter attacks on private citizens, raising concernsTrump’s tweets at Chuck Jones, who had criticized him for exaggerating the number of jobs he saved at Carrier, have led to threats against the union president. Lauren Batchelder, 19, whom Trump lashed out at after she made a critical comment at conference last year, told the Washington Post she still gets menacing notes on social media.




Trump crowd boos when he praises Obama

Trump crowd boos when he praises ObamaDonald Trump apparently doesn’t see much point in bashing President Obama anymore, but the same can’t be said for some of his supporters. “President Obama, who by the way I’ve gotten along with so well,” Trump told supporters during his speech at a Dow Chemical facility. As part of his “thank-you” tour, Trump was in Louisiana to campaign for Republican John Kennedy in the state’s Senate runoff election.




The Trump transition in 60 seconds or less: campaigner-in-chief
Dec. 9 was another busy day for the Trump transition. House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., met with President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower in New York City. Ryan, who had often been critical of Trump during the campaign, didn’t say much about what happened during the sit-down other than that it was “a very exciting meeting” and that “We’re very excited about getting to work and hitting the ground running in 2017.”

In Trump’s Cabinet, how many generals is too many generals?

In Trump’s Cabinet, how many generals is too many generals?President-elect Donald Trump's Cabinet picks include retired U.S. Marine Corps General John Kelly, retired Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn and retired Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis. His choice of so many military officers calls into question one of our nation’s central democratic values: that civilians give the orders, and military officers follow them.




Obama orders ‘full review’ of 2016 election hacking

Obama orders ‘full review’ of 2016 election hackingPresident Obama has ordered the U.S. intelligence community to conduct a “full review” of the cyberattacks during the 2016 election and to prepare a report on the subject — including to Congress — before he leaves office, White House homeland security adviser Lisa Monaco said Thursday. “We may have crossed into a new threshold,” Monaco said at a breakfast meeting with reporters, referring to the “malicious” election-related cyberattacks, which U.S. intelligence officials have said publicly they are “confident” were directed by the Russian government.




What It's Like as an Asian-American Journalist to Interview a White Nationalist

What It's Like as an Asian-American Journalist to Interview a White NationalistIt’s not every day that a self-proclaimed white nationalist calls you an “honorary white person.”He was joking, of course, after I said I enjoyed a recent trip near his home in Whitefish, Montana. It would have been light-hearted banter in any other context, but not this one.Because Richard Spencer had just told me with a smile on his face that I would not be allowed to live in the all-white ethno-state he envisions for the future.“You could have your own ethno-state,” he offered, as though ethnic cleansing might strike most Americans as anything other than reprehensible. ...





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Samsung to disable Note 7 phones in the U.S. via software update

A customer uses his Samsung Electronics' Galaxy Note 7 as he waits for exchange at company's headquarters in Seoul(Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Friday that a software update for Galaxy Note 7 smartphones will be released mid-December in the United States preventing them from charging and functioning as mobile phones, rendering them useless. The smartphone maker said that more than 93 percent of all recalled Galaxy Note 7 devices had been returned as a part of its exchange program in the United States. http://bit.ly/2glcQtG The U.S. ...




U.S. trade judge rules Arista infringes more Cisco network patents

A Cisco logo is seen at the router in KievBy Andrew Chung NEW YORK (Reuters) - Arista Networks Inc used rival Cisco Systems Inc's network device technology in its ethernet switches without permission, a U.S. trade judge ruled on Friday, handing Cisco yet another win in a sprawling legal battle over patents between the two companies. The judge, MaryJoan McNamara of the U.S. International Trade Commission in Washington, said that Arista had infringed two patents owned by Cisco. The ruling, which must be reviewed by the full commission over the next few months, could lead to an order banning the import of Arista's products into the United States.




Obama orders review of 2016 election cyber attacks

Obama visits MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, FloridaBy Jeff Mason WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama has ordered intelligence agencies to review cyber attacks and foreign intervention into the 2016 election and deliver a report before he leaves office on Jan. 20, the White House said on Friday. In October, the U.S. government formally accused Russia of a campaign of cyber attacks against Democratic Party organizations ahead of the Nov. 8 presidential election, and Obama has said he warned Russian President Vladimir Putin about consequences for the attacks.




Bitcoin hits highest levels in almost three years

A sticker that reads "Bitcoin accepted here" is displayed at the entrance of the Stadthaus town hall in ZugBy Jemima Kelly LONDON (Reuters) - Web-based digital currency bitcoin hit its highest levels in almost three years on Friday, extending gains since India sparked a cash shortage by removing high-denomination bank notes from circulation a month ago. Indian prime minister Narendra Modi announced a shock move on Nov. 8 to ditch 500 and 1,000 rupee notes - worth a combined $256 billion - that he said were fuelling corruption, being forged and even paying for attacks by militants who target India.




Exclusive: Japan's TDK in talks to buy iPhone supplier InvenSense - sources

The logo of TDK Corp. is displayed at the entrance of the company headquarters building in TokyoThe deal would allow TDK, already a major smartphone components supplier, to boost its sensor technology offerings. InvenSense designs gyroscopes which help smartphones calculate motion, enabling augmented reality games such as Pokemon Go. TDK has offered $12 per share to acquire InvenSense, one of the people said, cautioning that negotiations are ongoing and that terms could still change before a potential deal is reached.




White House voices concerns about China cyber law

A lock icon, signifying an encrypted Internet connection, is seen on an Internet Explorer browser in ParisThe White House said on Thursday that it raised concerns about China's new cyber security law during a meeting with a Chinese official after the latest round of talks between the two countries on cyber crime. U.S. National Security Adviser Susan Rice met with Chinese State Councilor Guo Shengkun to discuss the importance "of fully adhering" to an anti-hacking accord signed last year between the China and the United States, National Security Council spokesman Ned Price said. The deal, brokered during Chinese President Xi Jinping's state visit to Washington in 2015, included a pledge that neither country would knowingly carry out hacking for commercial advantages.




The 2016 Nobel Prize winners and their work
STOCKHOLM (AP) — This year's Nobel Prizes will be handed out Saturday for ground-breaking work ranging from the development of the world's smallest machines to song lyrics that have touched generations of fans.

Contextual App Folder: The coolest Android app you're not using

Contextual App Folder: The coolest Android app you're not usingAndroid users looking for a contextual folder that will automatically alter its contents based on configured triggers should check out Contextual App Folder.




This jet engine ceiling fan and coffee table are way too cool for your living room
If that plain old wood-and-whatever ceiling fan in your living room isn't quite generating enough airflow for your liking, perhaps you'd consider a jet engine instead. Well, maybe not an actual jet engine, but at least a fan built using jet engine parts , like this one by Phighter Images , which sells all kinds of aviation parts that have been repurposed for the home. Sourced from a Pratt & Whitney JT8 engine, this ridiculously cool ceiling fan measures and impressive 39 inches in diameter, and is controlled via remote. It's a bit smaller than the nearly 50-inch diameter of an actual JT8D fan, but it's probably a better fit for most rooms at its somewhat shrunken size anyway. Phighter Images even sells a second version, based on the General Electric GE9X engine, with a different blade style, if you're after an extremely specific look. Oh, and they'll even sell you an engine cowl ring to go along with it, so you can complete the "there's an engine sticking out of my ceiling" look you're undoubtedly after. Not a fan of fans? That's okay, you can still put a jet engine in your den with a totally badass coffee table, complete with mood lighting around the base. https://www.facebook.com/PhighterImages/posts/1287966141216572 Apparently Phighter Images has been building these kinds of things for some time now. Owner Kurt Eldrup and his father, a retired Brigadier General, have serious passion for planes. "Items have a story to tell or an event that has to do with that aircraft, that’s what so great about it," the company's about page reads. "The fun part is finding the parts and then building and using the item along with the history that comes with it." It's also pretty darn cool.

Boosted asks regulators to help handle its smoking electric skateboard problem

Boosted asks regulators to help handle its smoking electric skateboard problemBoosted has turned to federal regulators to help handle the investigation into two battery failures on its electric skateboards last month. Boosted also told customers who had already received the board to stop riding until a fix was found. As part of our investigation into the short-circuit of the battery electronics, we have reported the issue to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.





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Murdoch's new Sky bid should be probed, UK opposition politicians say

Britain's Business Secretary Vince Cable talks during his keynote speech on the second day of Liberal Democrat party's spring conference in LiverpoolRupert Murdoch's new takeover approach for British pay-TV firm Sky should be investigated by the UK's competition authorities, according to opposition politicians, though analysts said a deal should be easier to get through this time round. Liberal Democrat Vince Cable, who was Britain's business secretary at the time of Murdoch's first bid in 2010-11 told BBC radio the media tycoon's new takeover attempt would not be in the public interest. Cable referred Murdoch's original bid to regulator Ofcom and said his latest offer should face the same scrutiny.




Hawkish Fed a potential speed bump for stock bulls

Traders work on the floor of the NYSENext week's Federal Reserve meeting and possible signals on the pace of rate hikes for next year could pose the biggest risk yet to the rally the U.S. stock market has seen since last month's presidential election. While investors have long anticipated the Fed will raise rates at the Dec. 13-14 meeting - in what would be its first such move in a year and second in nearly a decade - the worry for some stock investors is that the Fed takes a more aggressive stance on inflation and future hikes. Stocks have set a string of record highs since the Nov. 8 election on hopes of a pickup in U.S. economic growth, thanks to President-elect Donald Trump's promises of increased infrastructure spending, lower taxes and easier regulations.




OPEC, Russia see smooth road to global deal on output cut

Saudi Arabia's Energy Minister al-Falih to journalists during an OPEC meeting in ViennaRussia and Saudi Arabia said they expect OPEC and non-OPEC producers to reach an agreement on Saturday to curtail oil output and prop up prices in the first such joint move since 2001. Everything is good!" Khalid al-Falih, energy minister of OPEC's de facto leader and top oil exporter Saudi Arabia, told reporters. Oil prices have more than halved in the past two years after Saudi Arabia raised output steeply in an attempt to drive higher-cost producers such as U.S. shale firms out of the market.




Lawyers seek to launch fresh Brexit challenge in Irish courts

Pro and anti-Brexit protesters stand outside the Supreme Court in Parliament Square, central LondonA group of British and Irish lawyers are seeking to challenge Britain's decision to leave the European Union in the Irish High Court to try to establish if Brexit can be reversed once divorce talks have been triggered. The lawyers hope the court in Dublin will ask the European Court of Justice, the EU's highest court, to determine whether Article 50 can be revoked and also if leaving the EU means that Britain automatically leaves the European Economic Area (EEA). European Council President Donald Tusk has said that Britain might ultimately decide not to leave the EU and that if it unilaterally withdrew its request to leave before the two years were up, then it could stay in the Union.




Coke CEO Muhtar Kent hands reins to Quincey in widely expected move

The Coca-Cola Company President and Chief Operating Officer James Quincey delivers a speech during a presentation in ParisCoca-Cola Co said on Friday that Muhtar Kent would step aside as chief executive next year and be replaced by James Quincey, a company veteran credited with several recent changes to help the company cut its dependence on sugary drinks. Quincey's ascension was widely expected since he became chief operating officer in August 2015 after jobs that included running Coke's businesses in Europe and Mexico over two decades. Kent, 64, will have completed nine years at the helm when he steps down in May, but he will continue as chairman of the board, a post he has held since 2009, Coke said.




U.S. agency concerned about destroyed, lost phones in VW probe

Volkswagen logo is pictured at the newly opened Volkswagen factory in WrzesniaA U.S. agency involved in settlement talks with Volkswagen AG over its diesel emissions scandal has raised concerns about nearly two dozen mobile phones destroyed or lost by the German carmaker. The Federal Trade Commission said in a court filing dated Thursday there were 23 lost or broken mobile phones the FTC was not able to access, the agency said in the filing with the U.S. District Court in San Francisco. In November, the FTC said in court documents that it has been investigating since March whether Volkswagen Group of America destroyed documents related to its "Dieselgate" scandal.




All eyes focused on clues for future Fed hikes

The United States Federal Reserve Board building is shown in WashingtonJust how fast the Federal Reserve hikes rates next year will be the all-important question global investors will be hoping to get answered when the U.S. central bank meets next week. There is little doubt that the Fed will raise interest rates for the first time in a year on Wednesday, with markets pricing in a near 100 percent chance for a quarter percentage point increase in its target range. "While financial markets have gotten excited about the prospects of fiscal stimulus by the incoming administration, we expect that FOMC members won't incorporate such a scenario into their forecasts until it has been approved," they added.




Ex-Cantor Fitzgerald mortgage bond trader indicted in U.S. for fraud

Former Cantor Fitzgerald trader Demos exits the federal courthouse in New HavenDavid Demos, 35, was charged with securities fraud in an indictment filed in federal court in New Haven, Connecticut, becoming the latest trader to face charges for cheating customers on prices of mortgage-backed securities. Demos, of Westport, Connecticut, appeared in court on Friday for an arraignment.




Exxon CEO is now Trump's secretary of state favorite - transition official

ExxonMobil Chairman and CEO Rex Tillerson speaks during the IHS CERAWeek 2015 energy conference in HoustonExxon Mobil Corp Chief Executive Officer Rex Tillerson emerged on Friday as President-elect Donald Trump's leading candidate for U.S. secretary of state, a senior transition official said. Trump appears to be in the final days of deliberations over his top diplomat with an announcement possible next week. Tillerson's favored status was revealed as former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani formally withdrew from consideration for secretary of state.




Aetna CEO defends merger with Humana in antitrust trial

Mark Bertolini, Chairman and CEO of Aetna, participates in a panel discussion at the 2015 Fortune Global Forum in San FranciscoBy Diane Bartz WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Aetna Inc's chief executive denied on Friday that its withdrawal from some Obamacare exchanges was in retaliation for government efforts to halt its merger with Humana Inc , as he sought to convince a federal judge to approve the deal. The U.S. Justice Department sued to stop the $34 billion tie-up in July, saying that it and another insurance mega merger, Anthem Inc's planned purchase of Cigna Corp , would mean higher prices and worse service for many consumers. The primary disputes in Friday afternoon's testimony were whether traditional Medicare, which is managed by the government, competes with Medicare Advantage, run by insurers, and whether Aetna pulled out of some public Obamacare exchanges out of anger after the department filed its lawsuit.





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The top 10 songs and albums on the iTunes Store

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:




Jimmy Kimmel rolls out red carpet as Emmy host

 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.




Schwarzenegger: OK Trump is still 'Apprentice' producer

FILE - In this Nov. 12, 2016 file photo, Arnold Schwarzenegger arrives at the 2016 Governors Awards in Los Angeles. Schwarzenegger, star of the new version of "The New Celebrity Apprentice," is unfazed that President-elect Donald Trump has retained a producer's stake in the show. Schwarzenegger said Friday, Dec. 9, 2016, that it's just business, comparable to his situation when he became California's governor and retained a screen credit and kept earning royalties for the "Terminator" movie. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. (AP) — Arnold Schwarzenegger, star of the new version of "Celebrity Apprentice," is unfazed that President-elect Donald Trump has retained a producer's stake in the show.




The Latest: Trump says CNN reporting 'rediculous' fake news

A crowd waits to enter the DeltaPlex to hear President-elect Donald J. Trump to speak as part of his "USA Thank You Tour" in Walker, Mich., Friday, Dec. 9, 2016. Trump is thanking supporters in Grand Rapids, Michigan, noting that the state helped power him to the White House. (Cory Morse/The Grand Rapids Press-MLive.com via AP)NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest developments related to President-elect Donald Trump (all times local):




'La La Land' expected to lead Golden Globe nominations

The musical "La La Land" starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling and written and directed by Damien Chazelle (L) is a favorite at the Golden GlobesIn a departure from last year's awards calendar, the announcements come before the influential Screen Actors Guild nominations, making them the first major bellwether of momentum going into the Oscars race. The Globe nominations, set to be made at the crack of dawn in Beverly Hills, are decided by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), a group of entertainment journalists who are wined and dined by publicists.




Inside Kirk Douglas's intimate 100th birthday celebration

FILE - In this Friday, Dec. 5, 2014, file photo, Kirk Douglas poses for a portrait in Beverly Hills, Calif. Douglas turned 100 on Friday, Dec. 9, 2016. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File)BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Kirk Douglas knows how to make an entrance. With boxing gloves in every centerpiece and the theme from "Rocky" blaring over the speakers, Douglas, one of the golden age of Hollywood's last living legends, walked confidently into the Sunset Room at the Beverly Hills Hotel Friday afternoon to celebrate his 100th birthday at an intimate gathering of friends and family.




Climate change film 'An Inconvenient Truth' gets a sequel

FILE - In this Jan. 15, 2007 file photo, former Vice President Al Gore acknowledges spectators in front of a poster of his starring documentary film "An Inconvenient Truth" on global warming before its screening during the Japan Premier at a theater in Tokyo. Gore's climate change documentary, "An Inconvenient Truth," is getting a sequel. Paramount Pictures said Friday, Dec. 9, 2016, the follow-up to the Oscar-winning original will premiere at next January's Sundance Film Festival. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Al Gore's climate change documentary, "An Inconvenient Truth," is getting a sequel.




'Days of Our Lives' bad guy Joseph Mascolo dies at 87

FILE - This June 22, 2014 file photo shows actor Joseph Mascolo at the 41st annual Daytime Emmy Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. Mascolo, an actor most well-known for his portrayal of the evil villain Stefano DiMera on NBC’s daytime drama “Days of our Lives,” died, Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2016. He was 87. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Joseph Mascolo, who played bad guy Stefano DiMera on NBC's daytime serial "Days of Our Lives," has died. He was 87.




Judge finalizes Khloe Kardashian's divorce from Lamar Odom

FILE - In this April 30, 2012, file photo, Khloe Kardashian Odom and Lamar Odom from the show "Keeping Up With The Kardashians" attend an E! Network upfront event at Gotham Hall in New York. A Los Angeles judge on Friday, Dec. 9, 2016, finalized Kardashian and Odom's divorce nearly three years after she first filed to end their marriage. The pair were married in September 2009 and court records show many financial details of the divorce were subject to a prenuptial agreement. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Khlomar is officially no more.




Hibbing struggles with how it should honor Bob Dylan

FILE - In this Jan. 12, 2012, file photo, Bob Dylan performs in Los Angeles. The city of Hibbing, Minn., has few things honoring its most famous son and Nobel laureate, Bob Dylan, and some residents think the city should do more. The singer-songwriter will be awarded the Nobel Prize in literature Saturday. Minnesota Public Radio News reports that Gov. Mark Dayton has proclaimed Saturday Nov. 11, 2016 as Bob Dylan Day in Minnesota. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)HIBBING, Minn. (AP) — The city of Hibbing has long struggled with how it should honor its most famous son, Bob Dylan. There is a street sign, a small exhibit in the public library, but little more.





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