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Democratic Senator Franken faces pressure to resign, announcement looms

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democrat Al Franken faced intense pressure from members of his own party on Wednesday to resign from the U.S. Senate over accusations of sexual misconduct. Minnesota Public Radio reported Franken would resign on Thursday. Franken’s office said in an email that no final decision had been made and that the senator was still discussing the issue with his family. After accusations began surfacing three weeks ago, Franken said he would remain in office and work to regain the trust of voters in Minnesota, the state he represents.Read More


Top Democrats in Congress accept Trump offer to meet on year-end priorities

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democratic leaders in Congress said on Monday they had accepted an invitation from President Donald Trump to meet with him and Republican leaders to discuss year-end legislative priorities, including efforts to fund the government and avoid a shutdown. FILE PHOTO: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) speaks during a press conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., November 30, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer, who canceled a previous meeting with Trump after he issued a disparaging note onRead More


Senate tax bill accomplishes major Obamacare repeal goal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The sweeping tax overhaul that passed the U.S. Senate on Saturday contains the Republicans’ biggest blow yet to former President Barack Obama’s healthcare law, repealing the requirement that all Americans obtain health insurance. FILE PHOTO: A sign on an insurance store advertises Obamacare in San Ysidro, San Diego, California, U.S., October 26, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Blake/File Photo The individual mandate is meant to ensure a viable health insurance market by forcing younger and healthier Americans to buy coverage. Removing it while keeping the rest of Obama’s Affordable CareRead More


YouTube sharpens how it recommends videos despite fears of isolating users

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Google’s YouTube has updated its recommendation feature to spotlight videos users are likely to find the most gratifying, brushing aside concerns that such an approach can trap people in bubbles of misinformation and like-minded opinions. Signage is seen at a YouTube stand at the Labour Party Conference venue in Brighton, Britain, September 26, 2017. REUTERS/Toby Melville The new feature, which arrived in January but has not previously been reported, uses a measure of satisfaction derived from a massive and ongoing user survey to predict and promoteRead More


The Note: Democrats can’t blame Trump for mess in their own house – Sharing #ABC #News Feed

The TAKE with Rick Klein President Donald Trump started things down this slope. He famously bragged on the “Access Hollywood” tape (yes, it was him) that “when you’re a star they let you do it,” and even now is standing by Roy Moore on the grounds that “he totally denies it.” But that doesn’t leave Nancy Pelosi on firm ground. The House Democratic leader’s defense of Rep. John Conyers – calling him “an icon in our country” who “has done a great deal to protect women,” and declining to sayRead More


Australia’s Victoria state closer to legalizing assisted death

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia’s second-largest state on Wednesday took another step towards adopting a law allowing voluntary assisted dying for terminally ill patients. Any resident of Victoria state over 18, with a terminal illness and with less than six months to live can request a lethal dose of medication under the new legislation. Assisted dying will remain illegal in Australia’s other five states. In a vote in Victoria’s upper house, 22 of 40 senators supported the legislation. The legislation required amendments to pass the upper house, including halving the timeRead More


Hunt underway for a killer terrorizing a Florida neighborhood Video – Sharing #ABC #News Feed

Now Playing: Authorities searching for killer terrorizing a Tampa Bay neighborhood Now Playing: Manhunt on in Tampa after 3 slayings in 11 days Now Playing: Trump says he will allow release of JFK secret case files Now Playing: NYC pups strut their stuff at the annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog parade Now Playing: Houston Astros win a spot in the 2017 World Series Now Playing: 5 former presidents come together for concert for hurricane relief Now Playing: Hunt underway for a killer terrorizing a Florida neighborhood Now Playing: Decades afterRead More


Founder of Canadian ‘Just for Laughs’ comedy festival quits amid abuse allegations

MONTREAL (Reuters) – The founder of Canada’s comedy festival ‘Just for Laughs’, which draws celebrities including Trevor Noah, Sarah Silverman and Jerry Seinfeld, has resigned from his own company in the wake of allegations of sexual harassment. FILE PHOTO: Gilbert Rozon (L) and Bruce Hills (R) of the television comedy show “Just For Laughs” accept the ICON award during the Canadian Screen Awards in Toronto, Ontario, Canada March 12, 2017. REUTERS/Mark Blinch Gilbert Rozon made the announcement on his Facebook page on Wednesday night. He is the latest entertainment executiveRead More


Six injured, one missing in Louisiana oil platform explosion

HOUSTON (Reuters) – One worker is missing and six are injured after an oil production platform operated by a New Orleans company exploded and caught fire in Louisiana’s Lake Pontchartrain late on Sunday, authorities said. The platform is operated by Clovelly Oil Co, confirmed Donald Mackenroth, a Clovelly vice president reached by phone. He said the cause of the explosion and fire was not clear, and declined to comment on the number of workers on the platform. “We’ve got a bunch of people at the hospital; we don’t yet knowRead More


US indexes edge higher as banks and technology stocks rise

U.S. stock indexes are slightly higher Wednesday as banks rise along with bond yields, but utilities and other big-dividend stocks tumble. Smaller companies are climbing as investors review tax cuts proposed by President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans, and technology companies continue to recover some of their recent losses. Nike fell after saying big discounts continue to hurt its business. KEEPING SCORE: The Standard & Poor’s 500 index added 2 points, or 0.1 percent, to 2,499 as of 12:30 p.m. Eastern time. The Dow Jones industrial average declined 2 pointsRead More