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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

Proxy firm ISS advises shareholders to back Marcato at Deckers

BOSTON (Reuters) – Proxy advisory firm Institutional Shareholder Services on Wednesday suggested shareholders back hedge fund Marcato’s choice of directors at Deckers Outdoor Corp, switching its recommendation after the U.S. fund made changes. In one of the season’s most hotly contested proxy contests, activist investor Marcato Capital Management has proposed its own slate of directors to influence strategy at the maker of UGG boots. But after having spent months campaigning to replace all nine members of the board, Marcato on Monday slimmed its proposal to three directors, who are allRead More

U.S. justices pose tough questions about baker’s refusal to make gay wedding cake

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Supreme Court justices including pivotal jurist Anthony Kennedy on Tuesday posed tough questions to lawyers representing a conservative Christian baker in Colorado who refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple, but also raised concerns about religious liberty implications in the closely watched case. FILE PHOTO: Baker Jack Phillips decorates a cake in his Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood, Colorado U.S. on September 21, 2017. REUTERS/Rick Wilking/File Photo The nine justices heard arguments in the major case on whether certain businesses can refuse service toRead More

One killed, five hurt by car in brawl outside New York bar

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A driver deliberately plowed a car into six people during a fight outside a hookah bar in the New York City borough of Queens in the early hours of Sunday morning, killing one and injuring five others before fleeing, police said. One of the struck people was in critical condition while the other four were stable, Lee Jones, a New York Police Department spokesman, said. Two other people were stabbed during the brawl, and were also in a stable condition. Police are still looking for theRead More

Prospect of post-Brexit boom sparks worry as well as celebration in Frankfurt

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – The prospect of bankers pouring into Frankfurt from post-Brexit Britain has worried local residents anxious about the effect on an already dire housing shortage but also energized leftist groups looking to advance their anti-capitalist ideology. FILE PHOTO: Activists attend a protest training organised by “NoG20 Rhein-Main” in preparation for the upcoming G 20 summit, which will take place on July 7 in Hamburg, in Frankfurt, Germany June 10, 2017. Picture taken June 10, 2017. REUTERS/Ralph Orlowski/File Photo At least 10,000 financial jobs are expected to move outRead More

Pink’s ‘Beautiful Trauma’ tops Billboard, one of 2017’s biggest debuts

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Pop star Pink soared to the top of the U.S. Billboard 200 album chart on Monday with one of the year’s biggest album sales debut, beating out new albums from rapper Gucci Mane and rocker Beck. FILE PHOTO: Singer Pink performs at the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards Show in Inglewood, California, U.S., August 27, 2017. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni/File Photo “Beautiful Trauma,” Pink’s seventh studio album, sold 408,000 album units in its first week. This comprised sales from albums and songs and streaming consumption, according to figuresRead More

Ed Sheeran ‘bruised and broken’ after accident, tour uncertain

LONDON (Reuters) – Singer Ed Sheeran said he was “a bit bruised and broken” on Wednesday as he recovered from a bicycle accident that left him with a broken wrist, elbow and rib and led to the cancellation of shows on the Asia leg of his tour. Sheeran, 26, sported a full cast on one arm and a sling on the other arm as he walked down the red carpet at London’s Q Awards for music. “I am a bit bruised and broken but I am fine,” the singer toldRead More

Australian rules-AFL criticized after transgender player ruled ineligible

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – The Australian Football League has come under fire after ruling a transgender footballer ineligible for selection a day before the national draft for the professional women’s competition. Hannah Mouncey, formerly known as Callum and a member of the Australian men’s handball team in 2016, applied for the draft for next year’s AFL Women tournament, having played women’s Australian Rules football at club level in Canberra this year. On the eve of Wednesday’s draft, the AFL said a subcommittee set up to rule on Mouncey had rejected herRead More

Forty dead, neighborhoods burned to ash in California fires

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (Reuters) – Dry, warm gusts of wind are forecast for Sunday as firefighters continue to grapple with the deadliest blazes in California’s history, which have killed at least 40 people and reduced entire neighborhoods to ash. Fast-moving fires spread by shifting winds forced thousands more people to evacuate their homes on Saturday as the death toll crept upwards. Hundreds of people remain unaccounted for. More than 10,000 firefighters supported by air tankers and helicopters battled 16 major wildfires in areas north of San Francisco that have consumedRead More

Britons open wallets to secure White Cliffs of Dover for nation

LONDON (Reuters) – A British charity seeking to buy land abutting the White Cliffs of Dover to secure the landscape for the nation says it has hit its target to raise one million pounds ($1.3 million) in just three weeks. The chalk cliffs, seen as a symbol of Britain’s identity as a proud island nation, are the first sight of the country that travelers see when they approach by ferry from nearby France. The National Trust, a charity dedicated to preserving Britain’s heritage and areas of natural beauty for theRead More