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Black Friday draws early shoppers, but real frenzy is online

CHICAGO/NEW YORK (Reuters) – Turnout at U.S. retailers was relatively subdued on Black Friday, with many shoppers flocking to stores to eye items in person and enjoy the festive atmosphere while waiting to do their actual bargain hunting online. A Black Friday sale sign is displayed outside a makeup store at Roosevelt Field shopping mall in Garden City, New York, U.S., November 24, 2017. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton There were few signs of the over-the-top frenzy that had been a hallmark of the start to the U.S. shopping season in years past,Read More


South African appeals court more than doubles Pistorius sentence

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South Africa’s Supreme Court increased Oscar Pistorius’ murder sentence on Friday to 13 years and five months after the state argued his original sentence of six years for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp was “shockingly lenient”. FILE PHOTO: Former Paralympian Oscar Pistorius appears for sentencing for the murder of Reeva Steenkamp at the Pretoria High Court, South Africa June 14, 2016. REUTERS/Kim Ludbrook/Pool/File Photo Rights groups in a country beset by high levels of violent crime against women say Pistorius, a gold medal-winning athlete known as theRead More


Monsanto says Mexico revokes permit to market GMO soy in seven states

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Monsanto Co said on Thursday that Mexico’s agriculture sanitation authority SENASICA had revoked its permit to commercialize genetically modified soy in seven states, criticizing the decision as unjustified. FILE PHOTO: Monsanto logo is displayed on a screen where the stock is traded on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York City, U.S., May 9, 2016. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/File Photo Monsanto said in a statement that the permit had been withdrawn on unwarranted legal and technical grounds. The company said it would takeRead More


U.S. judge orders Uber customer to arbitrate price-fixing claims

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A U.S. judge ruled that Uber can force an unhappy Connecticut customer’s price-fixing case against the ride-service company into arbitration, after the customer said the proposed class action belonged in court because he never agreed to arbitrate. FILE PHOTO: A man arrives at the Uber offices in Queens, New York, U.S., February 2, 2017. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/File Photo In an order dated Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff in Manhattan also dismissed claims by the customer, Spencer Meyer, against former Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] Chief Executive TravisRead More


Angola’s new leader shakes up old order after dos Santos – Sharing #ABC #News Feed

Angola’s new leader is making surprising moves to shake himself free of the legacy of one of Africa’s longest-serving presidents. Joao Lourenco’s visit to South Africa on Thursday and Friday is giving the world a closer look at the man who stepped in after Jose Eduardo dos Santos ruled the oil-rich but largely impoverished nation for nearly 38 years. Since winning election in August, Lourenco has taken steps to show that he is running a new government, even firing the daughter of dos Santos as chair of the powerful state-ownedRead More


France’s strength in depth gives them the edge against Goffin’s Belgium

PARIS (Reuters) – France’s strength in depth makes them the favorites for this week’s Davis Cup final against Belgium, who will need David Goffin to be at his very best to stand a chance in the three-day showdown in Lille. FILE PHOTO: France’s Jo-Wilfried Tsonga celebrates winning his match against Serbia’s Dusan Lajovic REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol Belgium, seeking their first title, will be led by world number seven Goffin, who beat Rafa Nadal and Roger Federer at the ATP Finals last week, but nine-time champions France seem better armed. Jo-Wilfried TsongaRead More


JPMorgan’s Dimon says Trump likely to be a one-term president

CHICAGO/NEW YORK (Reuters) – Jamie Dimon, chief executive officer of JPMorgan Chase & Co, on Wednesday said he expects to see a new U.S. president in 2021 and advised the Democratic party to come up with a “pro-free enterprise” agenda for jobs and economic growth instead. FILE PHOTO: JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon speaks at a Remain in the EU campaign event attended by Britain’s Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne (not shown) at JP Morgan’s corporate centre in Bournemouth, southern Britain, June 3, 2016. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez/File Photo Asked atRead More


U.S. TV networks fire Charlie Rose after sex harassment allegations

(Reuters) – CBS News and other networks said on Tuesday they had fired Charlie Rose, one of the most prominent American interviewers, the day after the Washington Post reported the television host had sexually harassed eight women. FILE PHOTO: CBS news host Charlie Rose departs after meeting with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower in the Manhattan borough of New York, U.S. on November 21, 2016. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson/File Photo PBS and Bloomberg, which broadcast the “Charlie Rose” show, also said they were terminating their relationships with Rose and cancelingRead More


China’s CEFC denies links to alleged Africa bribery plot – Sharing #ABC #News Feed

A Chinese energy company has denied it had anything to do with a multimillion dollar bribery scheme that U.S. prosecutors say was organized by two businessmen to secure an edge with African officials on its behalf. In a statement late Tuesday, CEFC China Energy Co. sought to distance itself from the corruption, money laundering and conspiracy charges filed against former Hong Kong home secretary Patrick Ho and Cheik Gadio, a former Senegal foreign minister. CEFC said it “conducts its business activities in strict accordance with the law.” ”Any activities thatRead More


22-count indictment returned against suspect in New York City bike path terror attack – Sharing #ABC #News Feed

A federal grand jury returned a 22-count indictment Tuesday against Sayfullo Saipov in connection with the deadly terror attack on Manhattan’s West Side on Halloween. Interested in New York? Add New York as an interest to stay up to date on the latest New York news, video, and analysis from ABC News. The indictment treats the Islamic State, in whose name Saipov told police he carried out the attack, like a mafia family. It charges Saipov with murder in aid of racketeering, a charge federal prosecutors typically use in organizedRead More