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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


Taylor Swift’s ‘Reputation’ is 2017’s biggest U.S. album debut

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Taylor Swift’s “Reputation” album sold 1.216 million copies in its first week and debuted at the top of the U.S. Billboard 200 album chart, Nielsen Music said on Monday, the biggest album debut of the year. FILE PHOTO: Singer Taylor Swift poses at the 2016 iHeartRadio Music Awards in Inglewood, California, April 3, 2016. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok/File Picture The first week sales for “Reputation” outpaced the year’s previous biggest debut, rapper Kendrick Lamar’s “Damn.,” which opened with 603,000 album units in April. Reporting by Piya Sinha-RoyEditing byRead More


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


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


Nebraska clears path for Keystone XL pipeline, in boost for Trump

LINCOLN, Neb./CALGARY, Alberta (Reuters) – Nebraska regulators approved a route for TransCanada Corp’s (TRP.TO) Keystone XL pipeline through the state on Monday, lifting the last big regulatory obstacle for the long-delayed project that U.S. President Donald Trump wants built. The 3-2 vote by the Nebraska Public Service Commission helps clear the way for the pipeline linking Canada’s Alberta oil sands to refineries in the United States, but is likely to be tied up for years in court challenges by opponents who say the project is an environmental risk. “We areRead More


Entertainment Weekly features 4 collector covers of ‘The Last Jedi’ from its magazines Video – Sharing #ABC #News Feed

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Stormy weather complicates search for missing Argentine submarine

MAR DEL PLATA, Argentina/BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – A storm on Sunday complicated the search for an Argentine navy submarine missing in the South Atlantic, as authorities worked to verify that recent satellite calls, which raised hopes of finding the 44 crew members alive, came from the vessel. U.S. airplanes carrying subsurface search specialists arrived in Argentina to help hunt for the ARA San Juan, which was 432 km (268 miles) off Argentina’s coast when its location was last known early on Wednesday, said navy Admiral Gabriel Gonzalez. More than aRead More


Behind the scenes of the 2017 American Music Awards Video – Sharing #ABC #News Feed

Transcript for Behind the scenes of the 2017 American Music Awards We’re just hours away now from one of the biggest nights in music. The American muse you can awards airs right here on ABC. There’s a star-studded list of presenters and winners. Marci Gonzalez joins us with more. Reporter: Good morning. So much to look forward to from the performances to the hosts. One of the hilarious stars of “Black-ish.” She’s promises nostalgic watdrobe changes in on nor of a very meaningful music icon. Host Tracee Ellis Ross helpingRead 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


After Macron meeting, Hariri says will clarify position in Lebanon

PARIS (Reuters) – Saad al-Hariri, who resigned as Lebanon’s prime minister this month while in Saudi Arabia, said on Saturday he would clarify his position when he returns to Beirut next week. Hariri’s resignation on Nov. 4 threw Lebanon into political crisis and put it center-stage in the Middle East’s overarching rivalry between Sunni Saudi Arabia and its allies and a bloc led by Shi‘ite Iran. “With regard to the political situation in Lebanon, I will go to Beirut in the coming days, I will participate in the independence celebrations,Read More