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New Cold War threatens to spill over into World Cup

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Government leaders from Iceland are joining British officials in staying home from the World Cup this summer in Russian Federation. Reykjavik suspended " all high-level bilateral dialogue with Russian authorities ", which included Icelandic leaders not attending Russia 2018. Read More »

Cuomo, Schneiderman slam decision to add citizenship question to 2020 census

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The Commerce Department, in a memorandum, portrayed the move as a way to better enforce Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act. Leaders said on a conference call Tuesday that there were already gearing up for difficulties in getting members of underrepresented communities to participate, given the Trump Administration's rhetoric and strict immigration enforcement practices. Read More »

China stocks pare losses, reports of US-China trade talks help

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At 9 a.m. local time on Monday, crude contracts began trading on the Shanghai International Energy Exchange . Geopolitical factors have also offered support. In Asia, crude oil is mainly priced against the Dubai, Oman and dated Brent benchmarks or Oman crude futures on the Dubai Mercantile Exchange. But analysts said Chinese capital controls will likely discourage hefty foreign engagement, as will wariness of the often wild gyrations in China's still relatively immature financial ... Read More »

Waymo to create luxury, self-driving electric auto with Jaguar

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On Tuesday morning, Waymo revealed the newest partner for its planned autonomous taxi service: Jaguar . Waymo has already been testing its ride-hailing service in the Phoenix metro area since late past year, through a program designed for residents (you need to apply online to become an "early rider" ). Read More »

Giants Bumgarner hit in hand, leaves spring training start

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The 2014 World Series MVP missed almost three months last season with a shoulder injury after a dirt bike accident on April 20 during an off day in Colorado. "I feel like we've got a good chance to compete and win some games this year". "It happened. There's nothing we can do but push on". In the meantime, with Bumgarner and Jeff Samardzija (pectoral) expected to open the season on the disabled list and Johnny Cueto off schedule, Ty Blach now appears to be the favorite to start for the ... Read More »

Stocks tumble as investors fear escalating U.S. and China trade conflict

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European stocks were down over 1% in early trade. Germany's Dax was down 2.26%, the French CAC 40 1.8% lower and Britain's FTSE 100 0.6% in the red. On Thursday, investors fled stocks and bought bonds, which sent bond prices higher and yields lower. That marked a reversal from earlier in the week, when banks rose as the Federal Reserve raised interest rates. Read More »

Bank of England keeps rates on hold but hints at May rise

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Gilt futures initially fell after the BoE announcement but were stronger at 1320 GMT, up almost 80 ticks on the day, roughly in line with German bund futures. The greenback slipped, however, with investors who had bet on the Fed signalling four rate increases in 2018 instead of the widely anticipated three seen to have taken profits after the announcement. Read More »

Delete Facebook? This is what WhatsApp cofounder Brian Acton wants

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The campaign calls on social-media users to unsubscribe from not only Facebook , but also Instagram and WhatsApp, which are owned by the same company. It appears that Acton was not made to remove the tweet as it's still on the website. Facebook acquired WhatsApp for $US19 billion in February 2014. Read More »

Amazon eyes soon-to-be-vacant Toys R Us stores

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Toys "R" Us was the last remaining specialty toy retailer in the United States and hundreds of companies relied on its big-box stores as a showcase for both innovative toys as well as classics. When we talked to numerous employees, we heard everything from the liquidation starts this Thursday to they don't know when to teams are coming in on Thursday for a meeting. Read More »

Volkswagen to make new SUV at Chattanooga, Tennessee plant

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Woebcken, president and CEO, Volkswagen Group of America. "We are not only committed to this market, we are committed to our USA manufacturing home in Chattanooga". Chattanooga's first vehicle was the Passat sedan, which is still manufactured at the plant, but Passat sales declined after a diesel emissions scandal that affected certain Passats and other models and cost the automaker billions in fines. Read More »

Nidahas T20 scuffle: Sri Lanka Cricket boss regrets Bangladesh behaviour

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Rohit Sharma-led India and Shakib Al Hasan's Bangladesh will lock horns for one last time in the 2018 Nidahas Trophy when they faceoff for the final of the tri-nation tournament. I am sure everyone is relaxed, and if we can be like this till tomorrow's match, it will be good for us. It was important to rotate the strike and give it to Mahmudullah . Read More »

Students slowed by snowstorm hold gun walkouts a day later

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Students at Booker T. Washington High School were placed on a "soft" lockdown to prevent visitors from entering the school. Standing before a crowd of students numbering between 800 and 1,000 at the entrance to Falcon Field, he said , "No students or teachers should have to go to school and to their jobs always having that thought in the back of their mind, 'Are we going to get shot today?" The nationwide protest was held one month to the day after Nikolas Cruz , a troubled 19-year-old ... Read More »

Twitch gives subscribers free games every month

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Free Games with Prime will bundle a few PC games that can be downloaded during the entire month for free. Twitch also made a decision to offer all eight of the Indie Amplifier games for free over the next few months, with Shadow Tactics and Candlekeep: Tomb of Annihilation being the first to appear this month. Read More »

Walmart Grows Online Grocery Delivery Availability

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While the exact metro areas haven't been disclosed, Walmart claims the expansion will allow its delivery service to serve 40 percent of USA households. "Our commitment goes further than saving customers money", said Tom Ward, vice president of digital operations. Interestingly, Amazon was the pioneer in online grocery delivery, launching its AmazonFresh service in Seattle more eleven years ago. Read More »

Trump personal aide John McEntee forced out over background check issues

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Axios's Jonathan Swan touched on how devastating this will be for morale inside the White House. He was one of a shrinking group of campaign aides still working in the turbulent West Wing. The role meant McEntee was almost constantly at the President's side. His firing marks yet another departure in an executive office marked by a revolving door of hirings and firings and plagued by issues obtaining security clearances. Read More »

Serena wins again, sets up sisters match

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Whether it be her inability to smile during a competition, or her visceral reactions whenever she scores a point, (or oftentimes win) Williams has merited the ire of many in the sports world and online. But I have to play a seed regardless, sooner than later most times for the next couple of tournaments, so I have to be ready. Riding on her momentum, the Dutch had the golden opportunity to extend her lead but failed to convert her chances as Williams sent in several well-placed serves to ... Read More »

Federer takes care of business, Djokovic crashes out

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It was another snag in the return for the world number 13 Djokovic who admitted he lacked composure while playing in just his second event of 2018 and first since having surgery . Djokovic had four aces but overall he served poorly making four double faults and winning just 65 percent of his first-serve points. He had elbow surgery in Switzerland shortly after that. Read More »

Oil Pushes Higher, Despite Growing US Output

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The price for Brent crude oil, the global benchmark, was down 0.52 percent as of 9:23 a.m. EST to $65.15 per barrel. The most significant price action this week is likely to take place after the release of the American Petroleum Institute's weekly inventories report on Tuesday and Wednesday's U.S. Read More »

Tillerson and Trump: Star-crossed from the Start

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Both are considered to be among of the strongest supporters of diplomacy now on the scene in Western governments, even though Tillerson's position frequently clashed with the White House and was undermined by a rocky personal relationship with Trump . Read More »