Documentarian Morgan Spurlock says he engaged in sexual misconduct

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Award-winning U.S. documentary maker Morgan Spurlock wrote on Twitter late on Wednesday that he has engaged in sexual misconduct, saying, “I am part of the problem.” FILE PHOTO: Director Morgan Spurlock arrives for the premiere of the documentary film “This is Us” about British boy band One Direction in New York, August 26, 2013. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson The “Super Size Me” director wrote on his Twitter account that he had in the past been accused of rape, had settled a sexual harassment lawsuit, been unfaithful to wivesRead More

U.S. appeals court vacates conviction of drug distributor over Botox

(Reuters) – A U.S. appeals court on Wednesday vacated the conviction of the owner of a wholesale drug distributor accused of selling authentic Botox and other drugs with foreign labels, dealing another setback to the government, which has struggled at times to successfully prosecute similar such cases. A three-judge panel on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit found that a lower court erred when it declined to allow William “Liam” Scully to introduce evidence at his 2015 trial showing he sought legal advice about importing drugs withRead More

NFL-Cardinals’ coach unsure if running back Peterson will play again this season

(Reuters) – Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians says he has “no idea” whether veteran running back Adrian Peterson will play again this season. Nov 19, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; Arizona Cardinals running back Adrian Peterson (23) runs the ball during the first quarter against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. Shanna Lockwood-USA TODAY Sports Peterson has missed the past two games with a neck injury and seems likely to miss Sunday’s match-up against the Washington Redskins. The 32-year-old rusher was acquired by the Cardinals in a trade with New OrleansRead More

Renewed winds, dry conditions hamper fight to tame California wildfire

CARPINTERIA, Calif. (Reuters) – Firefighters trying to tame a blaze that has destroyed hundreds of homes in Southern California were facing bone-dry conditions and the return of powerful wind gusts on Wednesday. A lull in the winds a day earlier sapped the forward momentum of the Thomas Fire, which has charred more than 368 square miles (953 square km) in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, an area larger than New York City. But adverse weather will again promote significant fire growth and hamper efforts to control the inferno, which brokeRead More

Big firms call on EU to set 35 percent renewable power supplies target

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – A group of big technology, industry and power companies have called on the European Union to set a target for renewables of at least 35 percent when EU energy ministers meet next week. FILE PHOTO – The logo of Amazon is seen at the company logistics center in Lauwin-Planque, northern France on February 20, 2017. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol/File Photo The energy-hungry firms, including Amazon, Facebook, Google <Google LLC>, IKEA, Microsoft, Philips and Unilever, say an ambitious target would encourage their investment in multi-year wind and solar power supplyRead More

Firefighters wrestle to control massive California wildfire

CARPINTERIA, Calif. (Reuters) – An out-of-control California wildfire that has already destroyed nearly 700 homes in its path of destruction crept closer to the upscale hillside community of Montecito on Tuesday despite calmer winds that slowed its progress. The Thomas Fire, which broke out on Dec. 4 near the community of Ojai, has since traveled 27 miles (43 km) to become the fifth-largest blaze in state history. It has blackened more than 368 square miles (953 square km) in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, an area larger than New YorkRead More

Democrat Jones wins U.S. Senate seat in Alabama in blow to Trump

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (Reuters) – Democrat Doug Jones won a bitter fight for a U.S. Senate seat in deeply conservative Alabama on Tuesday, U.S. media projected, dealing a political blow to President Donald Trump in a race marked by accusations of sexual misconduct against Republican candidate Roy Moore. Democratic Alabama U.S. Senate candidate Doug Jones speaks with the media after casting his vote at Brookwood Baptist Church in Mountain Brook, Alabama, U.S. December 12, 2017. REUTERS/Marvin Gentry The stunning upset by Jones makes him the first Democrat elected to the U.S.Read More

IOC bans six Russian female ice hockey players for life over doping

LAUSANNE (Reuters) – The International Olympic Committee (IOC) said on Tuesday it had banned six Russian female ice hockey players for life from the Olympics over doping allegations linked to the Sochi 2014 winter games. Russian players celebrate after scoring on Japan during the first period of their women’s ice hockey game at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 11, 2014. REUTERS/Grigory Dukor “More hearings concerning other athletes will be held over the next few weeks,” the IOC said in a statement posted on its website. Reporting by Andrew Osborn;Read More

Macron seeks climate action after U.S. withdrawal from Paris accord

PARIS (Reuters) – French President Emmanuel Macron is urging wealthy countries and global companies to commit more funds to combating global warming and help poorer nations deal with the impact of climate change. French President Emmanuel Macron delivers a speech before a dinner hosted by Special envoy to the United Nations for climate change Michael Bloomberg (not pictured) at the Grand Palais, on the eve of the One Planet Summit held in Paris, France, December 11, 2017. REUTERS/Ian Langsdon/Pool The French leader is hosting the “One Planet” summit two yearsRead More

Pfizer breast cancer drug superior to chemotherapy in late stage study

(Reuters) – Patients with advanced breast cancer tied to an inherited gene mutation who were treated with an experimental Pfizer Inc (PFE.N) drug went about three months longer before their disease worsened than those who received chemotherapy in a late stage study, according to data released on Friday. A logo of Pfizer is displayed on a monitor outside of the New York Stock Exchange shortly after the opening bell in New York, U.S., December 5, 2017. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson The drug, talazoparib, a once daily pill that Pfizer acquired with itsRead More