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British embassy cat in Jordan appointed chief mouser

AMMAN (Reuters) – At the British embassy to Jordan, a former rescue cat is settling into his new position as chief mouser – as a traditional well established in the ministries of London goes global. Lawrence of Abdoun, the first diplo-cat to be appointed by the British Embassy in Jordan sits next to a laptop that shows its official Twitter account at the embassy headquarters in Amman, Jordan, November 15, 2017. REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed “Lawrence of Abdoun” is a fluffy black-and-white tom who, according to his Twitter feed, reports directly toRead More


CBS channels blacked out for Dish customers over carriage dispute

(Reuters) – CBS Corp’s TV stations were blacked out for Dish Network Corp’s customers over a network carriage deal dispute, the companies said early Tuesday. FILE PHOTO: A Dish Network receiver hangs on a house in Somerville, Massachusetts, U.S., February 21, 2017. REUTERS/Brian Snyder/File Photo Dish said in a statement that CBS rejected its offer to extend their contract while negotiations continued. “This particular dispute is yet another example of the company punishing its subscribers instead of negotiating a fair carriage deal that reflects the current marketplace,” CBS said inRead More


Zimbabwe’s Mnangagwa adds to calls for Mugabe to go

HARARE (Reuters) – Ousted Zimbabwean vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa added his voice on Tuesday to those demanding 93-year-old President Mugabe resign, saying he needed to heed the “clarion call” of his people and step down. Mnangagwa, who said he fled Zimbabwe because of a threat to his life after being purged from the ruling party, said he had been in contact with Mugabe and invited to return but would not do so until his personal security could be guaranteed. “I told the President that I would not return home nowRead More


Falcons hang on for win as Seahawks field goal fails to fly

(The Sports Xchange) – Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan threw two touchdown passes and Seattle came up short on a game-tying field-goal attempt with two seconds remaining as the Falcons held on to defeat the Seahawks 34-31 in Seattle on Monday. Nov 20, 2017; Seattle, WA, USA; Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) passes against the Seattle Seahawks during the second quarter at CenturyLink Field. Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports Down by 11, the Seahawks tried to rally, with quarterback Russell Wilson finding Doug Baldwin on a 29-yard touchdown and tight endRead More


Exclusive – State Dept. revolt: Tillerson accused of violating U.S. law on child soldiers

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A group of about a dozen U.S. State Department officials have taken the unusual step of formally accusing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson of violating a federal law designed to stop foreign militaries from enlisting child soldiers, according to internal government documents reviewed by Reuters. FILE PHOTO: U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson speaks to staff members at the U.S. Mission to the U.N. in Geneva, Switzerland October 26, 2017. REUTERS/Alex Brandon/Pool/File Photo A confidential State Department “dissent” memo not previously reported said Tillerson breached the ChildRead More


Marvell Technology to buy rival chipmaker Cavium for $6 billion

(Reuters) – Chipmaker Marvell Technology Group Ltd (MRVL.O) said on Monday it would buy smaller rival Cavium Inc (CAVM.O) for about $6 billion, as it seeks to expand its wireless connectivity business in a rapidly consolidating semiconductor industry. Shares of Marvell were down 0.8 percent to $20.14, while Cavium was up 7 percent at $81.14 in early trading. Chief Executive Matthew Murphy, who took the top job a year ago, has been focusing on Marvell’s networking business to counteract declining demand for its chips used in hard disk drives ofRead More


Why Jim Carrey almost quit ‘Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas’ Video – Sharing #ABC #News Feed

Now Playing: A Behind the Scenes Look at the Making of the Grinch in Broadway Musical Now Playing: Behind the Scenes With Old Max in ‘Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical’ Now Playing: Why Jim Carrey almost quit ‘Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas’ Now Playing: Parents recall night son was born with rare craniofacial disorder: Part 1 Now Playing: Boy living with Treacher Collins has 53 surgeries by age 11: Part 2 Now Playing: ‘Wonder’ author R.J. Palacio tells the story behind her inspiration forRead More


Rising Medicare costs leave many U.S. seniors with a flat COLA

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Millicent Graves will get a raise from Social Security next year, but her household budget will get worse, not better. FILE PHOTO: An elderly couple looks out at the ocean as they sit on a park bench in La Jolla, California November 13, 2013. REUTERS/Mike Blake/File Photo – The 2 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) announced by Social Security for 2018 last month will boost Graves’ monthly benefit by $20.70. But in reality, that increase will be wiped out by a higher Medicare Part B premium, which will beRead More


Help obese kids avoid weight stigma, doctors advise

(Reuters Health) – Shaming kids about their weight doesn’t encourage them to shed excess pounds, U.S. doctors warn. In fact, it often has the opposite effect and contributes to behaviors like binge eating, inactivity, social isolation, and avoidance of routine medical checkups, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Obesity Society advise in a joint policy statement. “Keep it positive. We know that making change is tough, and patients will likely have trouble initially meeting some of their goals, but we can learn from these challenges and go from there,”Read More


‘It never really leaves you.’ Opioids haunt users’ recovery – Sharing #ABC #News Feed

It’s hard to say whether businessman Kyle Graves hit rock bottom when he shot himself in the ankle so emergency room doctors would feed his opioid habit or when he broke into a safe to steal his father’s cancer pain medicine. For straight-talking ex-trucker Jeff McCoy, it was when he grabbed a gun and threatened to blow his brains out if his mother didn’t hand over his fentanyl patches. For newly minted lawyer Bianca Knight, it happened after hitting the street to find pills when her opioid prescription ran out,Read More