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Disney buying Fox film, TV units for $52 billion in digital push

(Reuters) – Walt Disney Co has struck a deal to buy film, television and international businesses from Rupert Murdoch’s Twenty-First Century Fox Inc for $52.4 billion in stock, giving the world’s largest entertainment company an arsenal of shows and movies to combat growing digital rivals Netflix Inc and Amazon.com Inc. The deal brings to a close more than half a century of expansion by Murdoch, 86, who turned a single Australian newspaper he inherited from his father at the age of 21 into one of the world’s most important globalRead More


Striking images show California wildfires from space – Sharing #ABC #News Feed

The California wildfires have burned through so much acreage in the Golden State that the smoke is visible from space. Interested in California Wildfires? Add California Wildfires as an interest to stay up to date on the latest California Wildfires news, video, and analysis from ABC News. NASA tweeted a handful of photos of the smoke plume drifting over the Pacific Ocean on Wednesday. The NASA photos were taken from the International Space Station, and show heavy clouds of smoke billowing from California’s mountainous terrain. NASAAstronauts on the International SpaceRead More


White House staff exits likely as Trump’s first year draws to a close: sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s expected exit from the Trump administration is one of many staff changes likely as President Donald Trump nears the end of his first year in office, with sources saying top economic adviser Gary Cohn and son-in-law Jared Kushner could be among those who depart. President Donald Trump speaks with reporters at the White House in Washington, November 28, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst Cohn, whose relationship with Trump became tense earlier this year, has considered leaving once the Republican effort to overhaul 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


Sessions looking into special counsel for Clinton issues: media reports

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has asked Justice Department prosecutors to decide if a special counsel should be appointed to investigate certain Republican concerns, including alleged wrongdoing by the Clinton Foundation and the sale of a uranium company to Russia, according to media reports on Monday. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions makes a statement regarding national security in New York, U.S., November 2, 2017. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson The Washington Post and New York Times cited a letter from the Justice Department to the Republican chairman of the HouseRead More


In Beijing, Trump presses China on North Korea and trade

BEIJING (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump pressed China to do more on the North Korean nuclear issue on Thursday and said bilateral trade had been unfair to the United States, but praised President Xi Jinping’s pledge that China would be more open to foreign firms. On North Korea, Trump said “China can fix this problem quickly and easily”, urging Beijing to cut financial links with North Korea and also calling on Russia to help. Trump was speaking alongside Xi in the Chinese capital to announce the signing of aboutRead More


Albanians view antique communist-era spyware in ‘House of Leaves’

TIRANA (Reuters) – In the days of communist Albania’s near-total isolation, Saimir Maloku used his technical knowhow to gain illicit glimpses of the outside world. Unluckily for him, as he and his father watched forbidden Italian television, the regime was watching him. Tourists visit “House of Leaves”, the museum of secret surveillance in Tirana, Albania, November 2, 2017. Picture taken November 2, 2017. REUTERS/Florion Goga Maloku was jailed for nine years in 1976 after the secret police bugged his home. Four decades on, he can visit a unique Tirana museumRead More


Swimming: Australian coach Volkers charged with child sex offences – report

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Australian swimming coach Scott Volkers, a former mentor to Olympic and world champions, has been arrested and charged with multiple counts of child abuse, state media reported. Volkers was arrested on Friday and is due to appear in court next month in Queensland state, the report said. “A 59-year-old Sunshine Coast man has today been charged with five counts of indecent treatment of a child,” Queensland police said in a statement. “The man was arrested by State Crime Command’s Child Abuse and Sexual Crime Group. He willRead More


Feathered foes: Resurgent turkeys clash with human neighbors – Sharing #ABC #News Feed

Interested in Animals? Add Animals as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Animals news, video, and analysis from ABC News. Not everyone is celebrating the return of the wild turkeys. After being wiped out from New England in the 1800s, the birds have stormed back in what’s considered a major success story for wildlife restoration. But as they spread farther into urban areas, they’re increasingly clashing with residents who say they destroy gardens, damage cars, chase pets and attack people. Complaints about troublesome turkeys have surgedRead More


In the mountains of Puerto Rico, hurricane recovery is slower

TRUJILLO ALTO, Puerto Rico (Reuters) – In the lowlands of Trujillo Alto, a sprawling suburb of San Juan, clean water once again flows in the homes of most residents. But in the mountainous part of the city, which is largely poor and semi-rural, finding clean water remains a daily struggle. Across Puerto Rico, officials say, altitude matters. While workers are making steady progress restoring power and running water to coastal regions, where the territory’s largest cities are located, the mountainous regions at the island’s center are proving challenging. “Are peopleRead More