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U.S. judge rejects plea deal with Novelion’s Aegerion

BOSTON (Reuters) – A judge on Monday rejected a plea deal that was part of Aegerion Pharmaceuticals Inc’s recent agreement to pay $40.1 million to resolve U.S. probes of its marketing of a cholesterol drug, saying it was “not in the public interest.” U.S. District Judge William Young in Boston ruled the U.S. Justice Department’s deal with the Novelion Therapeutics Inc unit “unduly hobbles” his duties as a judge by restricting his ability to impose a sentence. Young said the agreement showed “the shocking disparity between the treatment of corporationsRead More

Gary Oldman slays dragons to play Churchill in ‘Darkest Hour’

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Gary Oldman has played Beethoven, Lee Harvey Oswald, Sid Vicious and Pontius Pilate in his 35-year acting career, but he says taking on Britain’s Winston Churchill was by far the most daunting. British actor Gary Oldman, who stars in the film “Darkest Hour” about Winston Churchill, poses for a portrait in Beverly Hills, California U.S. November 9, 2017. Picture taken November 9, 2017. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson Months of research, four hours for makeup and costumes every day, and capturing the famous voice of Britain’s wartime prime ministerRead More

Bipartisan Harvard panel recommends hacking safeguards for elections

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – A bipartisan Harvard University project aimed at protecting elections from hacking and propaganda will release its first set of recommendations today on how U.S. elections can be defended from hacking attacks. FILE PHOTO: An unidentified voter casts his ballot at a local polling station in Miami November 2, 2010. REUTERS/Hans Deryk The 27-page guidebook shown to Reuters ahead of publication calls for campaign leaders to emphasize security from the start and insist on practices such as two-factor authentication for access to email and documents and fullyRead More

NFL investigating allegation that Jameis Winston groped female Uber driver; QB says ‘accusation is false’ – Sharing #ABC #News Feed

The NFL is investigating an allegation that Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston groped a female Uber driver in March 2016. NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy confirmed to ESPN’s Jeff Darlington that the “allegation was shared with the NFL and we have reached out to Uber to request any information they may have.” The league’s investigation was first reported Friday by BuzzFeed News, which viewed a letter it said was sent from NFL executive Lisa Friel to the Uber driver. “The League has been informed that you may have been theRead More

Earthquake of magnitude 6.4 strikes near New Caledonia: USGS

(Reuters) – An earthquake of magnitude 6.4 struck in the Pacific Ocean, 74 kilometers (46 miles) east of the Loyalty Islands, New Caledonia, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) said on Sunday. The quake, initially reported as a magnitude 6.6, struck at 8:25 pm in the evening (4.25 a.m. ET) at a shallow depth of 13.0 km, the USGS said. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said in a statement that a destructive Pacific-wide tsunami was not expected and there was no tsunami threat to Hawaii. Reporting by Richard PullinEditing byRead More

‘No fireworks’ at NAFTA talks, but few signs of progress

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Negotiations in Mexico to update NAFTA have not made much progress on tough U.S. demands that could sink the 1994 trade pact but the current round of talks are progressing with civility, a well-placed source said on Saturday. A NAFTA banner is seen during the fifth round of NAFTA talks involving the United States, Mexico and Canada, in Mexico City, Mexico, November 18, 2017. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido Officials from the United States, Canada and Mexico are meeting in Mexico City for the fifth of seven planned roundsRead More

Ecstatic Zimbabweans flood Harare to celebrate expected Mugabe downfall

HARARE (Reuters) – Tens of thousands of Zimbabweans flooded the streets of Harare on Saturday, singing, dancing and hugging soldiers in an extraordinary outpouring of elation at the expected fall of President Robert Mugabe, their leader of the last 37 years. Protesters gather calling for Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe to step down, in Harare, Zimbabwe November 18, 2017. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo Mugabe, the only ruler Zimbabwe has known since independence from Britain in 1980, has been holed up in his lavish ‘Blue Roof’ compound, from where he has watched support fromRead More

Russia blocks bid to briefly extend Syria chemical weapons inquiry

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Russia vetoed on Friday a Japanese-drafted U.N. Security Council resolution to extend by one month an international inquiry into who is to blame for chemical weapons attacks in Syria, just a day after Moscow blocked a U.S. push to renew the investigation. Representatives of Russia and Bolivia vote in the United Nations (UN) Security Council on a bid to renew an international inquiry into chemical weapons attacks in Syria during a meeting at the UN headquarters in New York, U.S., November 16, 2017. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson TheRead More

In Minnesota, Franken feels heat _ but no broad call to quit – Sharing #ABC #News Feed

Minnesota Sen. Al Franken faces a certain ethics complaint in Congress but uncertainty among party leaders and voters in his home state — most stopping short of calling for his resignation — after a Los Angeles radio anchor accused him of forcibly kissing her during a 2006 USO tour. Leeann Tweeden said Thursday that Franken kissed her while rehearsing a sketch over her protests, and later on the tour was photographed with his hands over her breasts, grinning at the camera, as she slept on board a military aircraft. FrankenRead More

Johnson & Johnson hit with $247 million verdict in hip implant trial

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A federal jury in Dallas on Thursday ordered Johnson & Johnson and its DePuy Orthopaedics unit to pay $247 million to six patients who said they were injured by defective Pinnacle hip implants. FILE PHOTO: A Johnson & Johnson building is shown in Irvine, California, U.S., January 24, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Blake Delivering a third straight win to patients, the jury found that the metal-on-metal hip implants were defectively designed and that the companies failed to warn consumers about the risks. Six New York residents implanted withRead More