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‘Raj Pink’ diamond, top gems, fail to sell at Sotheby’s sale

GENEVA (Reuters) – A large pink diamond, rare for its color and clarity, was among several major jewels that failed to sell on Wednesday at Sotheby’s auction in Geneva. The 37.3-carat cushion-shaped stone, known as the “Raj Pink” and mounted on a ring, was billed as the star lot at Sotheby’s semi-annual jewelry sale in the Swiss city. The pre-sale estimate for the diamond, found in South Africa in 2015, was $20 million to $30 million. Bidding opened on it at 9.9 million Swiss francs ($10.02 million) and climbed toRead More


NBA Power Rankings: Does No. 12 equal No. 1 for streaking Celtics? – Sharing #ABC #News Feed

Make it a dozen for the seemingly unstoppable Boston Celtics. Despite losing Kyrie Irving to a facial fracture suffered Friday, Boston managed to eke out a close win Sunday over the Toronto Raptors to run their win streak to 12 games. Was it enough to unseat the Golden State Warriors or Houston Rockets — each winners of six straight games — for one of the top two spots in our rankings? At the other end of the spectrum, the falling LA Clippers have lost five straight and, after a stringRead More


‘Mark Felt’ star Liam Neeson is not retiring, but he is changing how he chooses roles Video

Now Playing: Nov. 29, 1988: Hollywood ‘newcomer’ Liam Neeson on his quick rise to success Now Playing: Liam Neeson Is Hilarious (and Horrifying) Reading A Bedtime Story Now Playing: Jimmy Kimmel shares childhood stories of growing up in Las Vegas Now Playing: Teresa Giudice regrets doing the ‘Real Housewives of New Jersey’ Now Playing: Liam Neeson sings emotional rendition of ‘Danny Boy’ Now Playing: ‘Mark Felt’ star Liam Neeson is not retiring, but he is changing how he chooses roles Now Playing: Connie Britton, Ryan Murphy to reunite for newRead More


Police chief: ‘A lot of concerns’ after shooting of deaf man

The police chief of Oklahoma City said Thursday the fatal shooting of a deaf man has raised “a lot of concerns” about training for officer interaction with people with hearing or speech problems, and he plans to meet with advocates for those who have such impairments. Chief Bill Citty said the shooting of 35-year-old Magdiel Sanchez “is something that’s tragic, either way.” He added that he gives condolences to the Sanchez family. Officers who responded to a hit-and-run accident Tuesday night encountered Sanchez holding a metal pipe in his rightRead More


Anti-NFL billboard to appear for next 3 weeks near StubHub Center

A digital billboard near the StubHub Center in Los Angeles will display five anti-NFL messages for the next three weeks thanks to the efforts of a scorned Chargers fan who is upset that his favorite team relocated from San Diego. Joseph MacRae designed the images and raised more than $10,000 with an online fundraiser to pay for the billboards. In the message on the GoFundMe page, MacRae wrote, “This isn’t just for San Diego fans. This is for Oakland fans and St. Louis fans as well. Your cities didn’t deserveRead More


France, Germany, Italy, Spain seek tax on digital giants’ revenues

PARIS (Reuters) – France, Germany, Italy and Spain want digital multinationals like Amazon and Google to be taxed in Europe based on their revenues, rather than only profits as now, their finance ministers said in a joint letter. France is leading a push to clamp down on the taxation of such companies, but has found support from other countries also frustrated at the low tax they receive under current international rules. Currently such companies are often taxed on profits booked by subsidiaries in low-tax countries like Ireland even though theRead More


‘Force Friday’: Take a look back at the evolution of ‘Star Wars’ toys

It’s that time of the year again: “Force Friday,” when fans get to dig into new toys in advance of the latest “Star Wars” film. This year it’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” that buffs of a “galaxy far, far away” are waiting until Dec. 15 to see, but more than 40 years ago, it was just a small, unknown film by an up-and-coming director named George Lucas. While you wait to see the latest toys for BB-8, Rey and company, here’s a look back at more than four decadesRead More


Self-sufficient eclipse chasers hit the road to ‘totality’ – world news headlines from reuters

(Reuters) – Michael Zeiler packed his portable toilet then headed out on a 10-hour drive from New Mexico to Wyoming where, on Monday, he intends to mark the ninth time he has seen the moon pass in front of the sun in a total solar eclipse. Zeiler is a self-described “eclipse chaser,” part of a group of avid astronomy buffs, telescope hobbyists and amateur photographers whose passion for such celestial events takes them to the far corners of the earth. For the first coast-to-coast total solar eclipse in the UnitedRead More