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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


Elon Musk to compete to fund high-speed Loop in Chicago

(Reuters) – Tech entrepreneur Elon Musk said on Tuesday The Boring Company will compete to fund, build and operate a high-speed Loop connecting O‘Hare Airport to downtown Chicago. Elon Musk, founder, CEO and lead designer at SpaceX and co-founder of Tesla, speaks at the SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition II in Hawthorne, California, U.S., August 27, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Blake Musk, the chief executive of electric car maker Tesla Inc and rocket company SpaceX, recently started the Boring Company to build transport tunnels for the system, which he says would be farRead More


Toshiba gains breathing room with $5.4 billion share issue to overseas investors

TOKYO/HONG KONG (Reuters) – Toshiba Corp’s planned $5.4 billion new share issue to overseas investors is set to provide it with most of the funds it needs to avoid a delisting – a quickly arranged deal that underscores both the weakness of its finances and the allure of its chips unit. FILE PHOTO: The logo of Toshiba Corp is seen as window cleaners work on the company’s headquarters in Tokyo, Japan, February 14, 2017. REUTERS/Toru Hanai/File Photo Burdened by billions of dollars in liabilities at its bankrupt U.S. nuclear reactorRead More


Flanagan scores stunning victory in New York City marathon

(Reuters) – Shalane Flanagan became the first American woman to win the New York City Marathon in 40 years when she claimed a dominant victory over Kenyan three-times champion Mary Keitany on Sunday. Nov 5, 2017; New York, NY, USA; Shalane Flanagan celebrates after winning the professional women’s division at the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon. Mandatory Credit: Derik Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports The men’s title went to Kenyan Geoffrey Kamworor, who held off countryman Wilson Kipsang. Flanagan, who had never won a major marathon, clocked two hours, 26 minutesRead More


Golf: Rose turns up heat on Fleetwood with back-to-back wins

BELEK, Turkey (Reuters) – Justin Rose set up a thrilling finale to the European Tour campaign by winning the $7 million Turkish Airlines Open on Sunday to claim his second victory in eight days. FILE PHOTO – Sep 24, 2017; Atlanta, GA, USA; Justin Rose walks off the second tee during the final round of the Tour Championship golf tournament at East Lake Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports The world number six, who overcame an eight-shot deficit in the final round to triumph at last week’s WGC-HSBCRead More


Confusion coming with California’s legal marijuana – Sharing #ABC #News Feed

Interested in Marijuana? Add Marijuana as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Marijuana news, video, and analysis from ABC News. Ready or not, California kicks off recreational marijuana sales on Jan. 1. And, mostly, it’s not. Los Angeles and San Francisco are among many cities still struggling to fashion local rules for pot shops and growers. Without the regulations, there could be limited options in many places for consumers eager to ring in the new year with a legal pot purchase. “The bulk of folks probablyRead More


Plague kills 124 in Madagascar, cities most affected: report

KIGALI (Reuters) – A plague epidemic in Madagascar has killed 124 people since August in an outbreak that has hit the island’s two main cities the hardest, the authorities said on Wednesday. Plague is endemic in Madagascar, but the outbreak that has caused 1,192 suspected cases since August is especially worrying because it started earlier in the season than usual and has hit urban rather than rural areas. In addition, two thirds of the cases are of the pneumonic plague, the deadliest form of the disease. “The total number ofRead More


Judge blocks latest Trump curbs on people entering United States

SAN FRANCISCO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. judge on Tuesday blocked President Donald Trump’s latest bid to impose restrictions on citizens from several countries entering the United States, which would have taken effect this week. The open-ended ban, announced last month, targeted people from Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Chad and North Korea, as well as certain government officials from Venezuela. It was the third version of a policy that had previously targeted some Muslim-majority countries but had been restricted by the courts. Tuesday’s ruling sets up another high stakes battleRead More


Trump offers vague threat against North Korea Video

Transcript for Trump offers vague threat against North Korea This is president trump’s fourth test from mother nature in two months. It is North Korea that has been on the president’s mind this weekend with more ominous words directed at Kim Jong-un, North Korea releasing pictures of their leader overnight. ABC’s Cecilia Vega is at the white house. Good morning, Cecilia. Reporter: Good morning to you, my friend. Good to see you there in new York. Ominous words as you say yet again and despite all of these attempts toRead More


US stock indexes waver in early trading; oil flat

The major U.S. stock indexes wavered in early trading Friday as losses by technology companies mostly outweighed gains by oil companies. Financial stocks also headed lower as bond yields declined. Oil prices were flat. KEEPING SCORE: The Standard & Poor’s 500 index was down less than 1 point to 2,500 as of 10:18 a.m. Eastern Time. The Dow Jones industrial average added 2 points to 22,361. The Nasdaq composite slid less than 1 point to 6,422. The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks added 1 point, or 0.1 percent, toRead More