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IOC bans Russian bobsledders, speed skaters for Sochi doping

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Two Russian bobsledders, including double gold medalist Alexander Zubkov, and two speed skaters have been banned for life from the Olympics over doping violations at the 2014 Sochi Games, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said on Friday. Russia’s pilot Alexander Zubkov poses with a gold medal during a ceremony for the four-man bobsleigh event at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, at the Sanki Sliding Center in Rosa Khutor Alpine Ski Resort near Sochi, Russia, February 23, 2014. REUTERS/Murad Sezer/File Photo Picture Supplied by Action Images The otherRead More


Texas state trooper shot dead, suspect arrested after manhunt

(Reuters) – A Texas state trooper was shot and killed during a traffic stop on Thanksgiving Day, leading to a manhunt and further gunfire some 125 miles (200 km) away, where the suspect was arrested. Darbrett Black of Texas, a suspect in the shooting of a Texas state trooper, is pictured in this undated handout photo obtained by Reuters November 23, 2017. Navarro County OEM/Handout via REUTERS The fatal shooting took place on Thursday in Fairfield, about 90 miles (145 km) south of Dallas, where highway patrol trooper Damon AllenRead More


Tornado in Indonesia injures 35, damages hundreds of homes

JAKARTA (Reuters) – A tornado ripped through a densely populated area in Indonesia’s East Java province on Wednesday, injuring 35 people and damaging more than 600 homes, the head of the local disaster mitigation official said. The tornado, with wind speeds of 70 km per hour (45 miles per hour), carved a path of destruction in the Sidoarjo area, lasting about five minutes, Dwidjo Prawito of Indonesia’s disaster mitigation agency said by telephone. A video posted on social media showed part of a roof being torn off a building asRead More


Britain to hike levy on diesel cars

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain will increase the tax paid by those driving new diesel cars that do not meet the latest emissions standards from next year, in the latest blow to the hard-pressed sector. Sales of diesel cars have fallen 15 percent so far this year in Europe’s second-biggest autos market, whilst demand for petrol has increased 3 percent, as buyers shun diesel models fearful of more levies and regulatory crackdowns. Since the 2015 Volkswagen (VOWG_p.DE) emissions cheating scandal, a number of major cities including Madrid, Paris and Athens haveRead More


No joke: China government warns northern cities to get serious in war on smog

BEIJING (Reuters) – Some northern Chinese cities failed to improve air quality by much last month, hitting the smog-prone region’s overall results in a drive against pollution, the government said as it warned provincial officials to comply with stringent steps to clear the skies. FILE PHOTO: A man wearing a face mask rides a bicycle on a bridge in front of the financial district of Pudong covered in smog during a polluted day in Shanghai, China November 22, 2017. REUTERS/Aly Song “Some cities did not improve air quality by muchRead More


Amazon starts Australian trial after months of hype

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Amazon.com Inc’s (AMZN.O) Australian arm began an order-taking trial on Thursday, giving life to the hype which has preceded its arrival in the world’s No. 12 economy and weighed on the shares of the brick-and-mortar retail sector. FILE PHOTO: A web page featuring Amazon’s Australian URL is pictured in this photo illustration in a Sydney office, Australia, April 20, 2017. REUTERS/Jason Reed/Illustration Photo/File Photo The trial kicked off at 3 p.m. (0400 GMT) with the Amazon Australia website’s search box filling in product names automatically. A representativeRead More


Should Chip Kelly choose Florida or UCLA? Coaches offer their advice – Sharing #ABC #News Feed

Chip Kelly is a wanted man. The former Oregon and NFL coach likely has a decision to make about his next coaching stop: Florida or UCLA? Kelly, currently working as an ESPN college football analyst, met with Florida officials Sunday afternoon. When UCLA fired coach Jim Mora earlier that day, multiple industry sources said the school would pursue Kelly. A decision could come as soon as Monday afternoon. Both Florida and UCLA are attractive options for Kelly, who led Oregon to three Pac-12 titles, a national title game appearance, aRead More


IOC bans four Russian skeleton athletes for life over Sochi doping

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Four Russian skeleton athletes, including Olympic champion Alexander Tretyakov, have been banned for life from the Olympics after being found guilty of doping at the 2014 Sochi Games, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said on Wednesday. FILE PHOTO: Alexander Tretyakov of Russia reacts after winning the men’s skeleton competition at the Bobsleigh and Skeleton World Championships 2013 in the Swiss mountain resort of St. Moritz February 2, 2013. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann Tretyakov, Sochi bronze-medal winner Elena Nikitina, Maria Orlova and Olga Potylitsyna have been “found to have committedRead More


Austria: Bitcoins stolen over public wireless network – Sharing #ABC #News Feed

Austrian police say cyber thieves transferred bitcoins worth more than 100,000 euros ($117,000) from a man’s account while he was logged in on a restaurant’s public wireless network. A police statement Wednesday says the bitcoins were moved to an “unknown, non-traceable account” after the unidentified 36-year old logged in southeast of the city of Innsbruck on Tuesday to check the value of his digital currency. It says it remains unclear whether the victim’s account was already hacked before he logged on to the unsecured network. Source link Abc news headlinesRead More


Day, Spieth ready to resume rivalry at Australian Open

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Jason Day is desperate to add the Australian Open title to his career honor roll and would love nothing better than to do it after going swing-for-swing with Jordan Spieth in the final round this week. FILE PHOTO: USA’s Jordan Spieth celebrates with The Claret Jug after winning The Open Championship REUTERS/Hannah McKay The 30-year-old former world number one has endured a poor season by his own lofty standards and is hoping that the Australian Golf Club, where he last played as a teenager, might offer upRead More