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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


Highlights of Wednesday’s NHL games

(The Sports Xchange) – Highlights of Wednesday’s National Hockey League games: Dec 6, 2017; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby (70) makes a save on Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane (88) in the second period at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports Capitals 6, Blackhawks 2 Alexander Ovechkin scored his league-leading 21st goal, Nicklas Backstrom ended a 21-game goal-scoring drought, and Tom Wilson scored twice as the Washington Capitals cruised to a 6-2 victory over the sliding Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday. Brett Connolly andRead More


Trump administration warns of consumer protection panel disruptions in court filing

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Trump administration warned that granting a temporary restraining order to prevent the president from naming an interim director of the U.S. consumer watchdog would be an extraordinary intrusion into the executive branch and harm the agency. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Mick Mulvaney speaks to the media at the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), where he began work earlier in the day after being named acting director by U.S. President Donald Trump in Washington November 27, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts White House budget directorRead More


Flynn’s lawyers split from Trump, signaling possible cooperation with Mueller: NY Times

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Lawyers for Michael Flynn, President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser, have told Trump’s legal team they can no longer discuss the probe by a special counsel, indicating Flynn may be cooperating with the investigation, the New York Times reported on Thursday. FILE PHOTO: White House National Security Advisor Michael Flynn (C) arrives prior to a joint news conference between Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. President Donald Trump at the White House in Washington, DC, U.S. on February 13, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria/File Photo Flynn’s lawyerRead More


Goffin stuns Federer to reach London final

LONDON (Reuters) – As if clocking up a first victory over Rafael Nadal was not enough, David Goffin continued breaking new ground by stunning Roger Federer at the ATP Finals on Saturday to claim the biggest win of his career and reach the final. Tennis – ATP World Tour Finals – The O2 Arena, London, Britain – November 18, 2017 Belgium’s David Goffin celebrates after winning his semi final match against Switzerland’s Roger Federer Action Images via Reuters/Tony O’Brien Few gave the willowy world number eight a prayer against theRead More


Barbers may help men of color spot hair follicle problems

(Reuters Health) – Barbers may be able to recognize hair follicle problems that are common in men of color and advise them on how to shave to avoid irritation or complications, a small study suggests. Researchers surveyed 50 barbers from 37 barbershops in Oklahoma City and found nearly four in five could identify a condition that often develops in the beard area of African-America men and other people with curly hair. Pseudofolliculitis barbae (PFB), also known as razor bumps, “can be a frustrating issue for all men,” said lead studyRead More


Saudi fund agrees plan to invest in Virgin space ventures

RIYADH (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund plans to invest about $1 billion in Richard Branson’s space company, Virgin Galactic, and sister companies The Spaceship Company and Virgin Orbit, according to a joint statement published on Thursday. FILE PHOTO: Sir Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Group and Virgin Unite, takes part in a discussion during the Clinton Global Initiative’s annual meeting in New York, September 28, 2015. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson/File Photo ”This investment will enable us to develop the next generation of satellite launches and accelerate our program for pointRead More


Sierra Leone to auction multi-million dollar diamond to benefit poor

Ramat Gan, ISRAEL (Reuters) – Sierra Leone hopes to raise millions of dollars for development projects by auctioning a huge uncut diamond, believed to be one of the world’s largest, in New York in December. A 709-carat diamond, found in Sierra Leone and known as the “Peace Diamond”, is displayed during a tour ahead of its auction, at Israel’s Diamond Exchange, in Ramat Gan, Israel October 19, 2017. Picture taken October 19, 2017. REUTERS/Nir Elias It will be the government’s second attempt to sell the 709-carat gem, known as theRead More


Short on staff: Nursing crisis strains U.S. hospitals

MORGANTOWN, West Virginia (Reuters) – A shortage of nurses at U.S. hospitals hit West Virginia’s Charleston Area Medical Center at the worst possible time. The non-profit healthcare system is one of the state’s largest employers and sits in the heart of economically depressed coal country. It faces a $40 million deficit this year as it struggles with fewer privately insured patients, cuts in government reimbursement and higher labor costs to attract a shrinking pool of nurses. To keep its operations intact, Charleston Medical is spending this year $12 million onRead More


Federal judge in Hawaii expands block on Trump travel ban

(Reuters) – A federal judge in Hawaii extended his halt of U.S. President Donald Trump’s travel ban on citizens from six Muslim-majority countries. U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson, who stopped the ban from taking effect this week, on Friday converted his temporary restraining order to a preliminary injunction. Watson’s ruling, issued in Honolulu, applies only to the six Muslim-majority countries of Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia and Chad, although the ban, announced in September, also limits travel from North Korea and Venezuela. Trump has said the restrictions are needed toRead More