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Sessions says he now recalls campaign meeting where Russia discussed

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said on Tuesday he now recalls a meeting with then-candidate Donald Trump and aides where campaign connections to Russia were discussed, despite earlier testifying that he was unaware of any such contacts. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions testifies before a House Judiciary Committee hearing on oversight of the Justice Department on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., November 14, 2017. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein Sessions, addressing the House Judiciary Committee, said he recalled the March 2016 meeting where foreign policy advisor George Papadopoulos wasRead More


Wider image: Life after death for the ‘Love Bug’ in Ethiopia

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – At Kinfe Abera’s garage in Addis Ababa, cranky, 50-year-old Volkswagen Beetles enjoy a kind of life after death; their parts are never discarded but re-used to keep the city’s remaining Beetles on the road. A Volkswagen Beetle car is parked in front of a grocery store in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, September 8, 2017. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri The Beetle was born in the 1930s out of dictator Adolf Hitler’s desire to produce a cheap “people’s car” for the German family. After World War Two it sold in theRead More


Snap lays off 18 employees in recruiting division

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Social media company Snap Inc (SNAP.N) said on Friday it had laid off 18 people in its recruiting division, an unusual move for a young company with ambitious growth plans and a likely reflection of tough competition from Facebook Inc (FB.O). FILE PHOTO – A woman stands in front of the logo of Snap Inc. on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) while waiting for Snap Inc. to post their IPO, in New York City, New York, U.S. on March 2, 2017. REUTERS/LucasRead More


Mixing Kafka with Jane Austen: Ishiguro wins literature Nobel

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – Kazuo Ishiguro, the British author of “The Remains of the Day”, won the Nobel Prize for Literature on Thursday for a run of “exquisite” novels that the award body said mixed Franz Kafka with Jane Austen. The 62-year-old writer called the news “flabbergastingly flattering” and said he initially thought it was a hoax. He told reporters his wife had rushed home from the hairdressers after seeing reports on her phone. “It comes at a time when the world is uncertain about its values, its leadership and itsRead More


Buyer’s remorse be gone, Walmart puts returns in fast lane

Online sales have divided retailers into two camps: the quick and the dead. To that end, Walmart is altering its policies to speed returns, even it means that nothing is returned at all in some cases. Starting next month through Walmart’s app, customers will be able to scan goods they no longer want with their own smartphone and drop it off at a customer service desk. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said Monday, will take 35 seconds or less. Returns right now are about quadruple that time, not including any wait inRead More


A Minute With: Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling on ‘Blade Runner 2049’

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The long-awaited sequel to the cult classic “Blade Runner,” a 1982 sci-fi thriller, finally hits movie theaters on Friday. But there is not much that stars Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling can say about “Blade Runner 2049,” for fear of revealing major plot spoilers. Ford, who reprises his role as an older Rick Deckard, and Gosling as a new ‘blade runner’ Officer K, told Reuters that the film offers a glimpse into the potential impact of a rapidly changing climate and an increasingly isolated society reliantRead More


San Juan mayor tells President Trump ‘it’s not about politics’

San Juan, Puerto Rico Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz told President Donald Trump Tuesday that hurricane relief efforts on the island were “not about politics,” days after Trump sparred with Cruz via Twitter over her criticism of the federal government’s response. “It’s all about saving lives, it’s not about politics,” said Cruz to Trump as they shook hands following a briefing earlier in the day. Trump accused Cruz of “poor leadership” and speculated that “Democrats” told her to “be nasty to Trump” in a barrage of tweets over the weekend afterRead More


Marilyn Manson, hurt onstage in NY, cancels Oct. tour shows

Marilyn Manson is canceling several upcoming tour dates after the singer was injured in a mishap onstage during a New York City performance and taken to a hospital. “The Dope Show” singer issued a statement Sunday that said his Oct. 2-14 shows will be rescheduled. That means dates in Boston; Huntington, New York; Toronto; Camden, New Jersey; Columbus, Ohio; Chicago; Milwaukee; Kansas City, Missouri; and Houston are affected. Manson, whose 10th album “Heaven Upside Down” comes out Friday, was injured Saturday night toward the end of his set, ending theRead More


Under pressure from Trump, Price resigns as health secretary over private plane uproar

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price resigned under pressure from President Donald Trump on Friday in an uproar over Price’s use of costly private charter planes for government business. His abrupt departure was announced an hour after Trump told reporters he was disappointed in Price’s use of private aircraft and did not like the way it reflected on his administration. “Secretary of Health and Human Services Thomas Price offered his resignation earlier today and the president accepted,” the White House said in a statement. TrumpRead More


U.S. suicide attempts up most among younger adults, less educated

(Reuters Health) – Young adults with low levels of education and people with mental health disorders bore the greatest burden of a recent increase in suicide attempts in the U.S., a new study shows. Suicide prevention efforts may need to focus most on those two groups, the research team suggests. “We should be focusing on young adults from socially and economically disadvantaged backgrounds as well as the ones who made previous suicide attempts and have some common psychiatric disorders,” said lead author Dr. Mark Olfson, of Columbia Psychiatry in NewRead More