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‘Shape of Water’ leads Globes nominees; risk-takers rewarded

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Hollywood’s long awards season began to take shape on Monday with Golden Globe nominations that rewarded risk-taking and shone a spotlight on veterans and newcomers alike. Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water,” a magical drama about a relationship between a strange river creature and a mute cleaner, collected a leading seven nods, including best drama, and director and acting nominations for Sally Hawkins, Octavia Spencer and Richard Jenkins. “Above all, ‘The Shape of Water’ is about love overcoming fear and embracing the Other,”Read More

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

U.S. regulator raises concerns about weights on energy pipelines

CALGARY, Alberta/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. regulator’s preliminary investigation into the biggest oil pipeline spill this year has raised a red flag that could trigger an extensive and costly inspection of tens of thousands of miles of underground energy lines. An aerial view shows the darkened ground of an oil spill which shut down the Keystone pipeline between Canada and the United States, located in an agricultural area near Amherst, South Dakota. REUTERS/Dronebase The 5,000-barrel leak on TransCanada Corp’s (TRP.TO) Keystone pipeline on Nov. 16 in South Dakota might haveRead More

Ex-priest took confession, then murdered Texas beauty queen: prosecutors

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – A former Roman Catholic priest took the confession of a Texas beauty queen, then lured her to a church rectory and killed her, prosecutors said on Thursday to start a trial for a 1960 murder that has been one of state’s most notorious cold cases. FILE PHOTO: Former priest John Feit, 83, is shown in this Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) photo received after his arrest in Arizona, U.S. on February 9, 2016. Courtesy MCSO/Handout via REUTERS In opening statements at a state court in theRead More

U.S. Senate Republicans ask Moore to withdraw as new accuser steps forward

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell led a chorus of establishment Republicans on Monday urging Roy Moore, the party’s Senate candidate in Alabama, to quit the race as a fifth woman came forward with allegations Moore had sexual contact with teenage girls decades ago. FILE PHOTO: Judge Roy Moore participates in the Mid-Alabama Republican Club’s Veterans Day Program in Vestavia Hills, Alabama, U.S. November 11, 2017. REUTERS/Marvin Gentry/File Photo Beverly Young Nelson said Moore sexually assaulted her when she was 16 and he was a prosecuting attorneyRead More

Ex-Merrill Lynch broker to plead guilty to securities fraud

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A former Bank of America Merrill Lynch broker has agreed to plead guilty to a criminal charge of securities fraud for billing clients excessive commissions, according to federal court documents unsealed on Tuesday. Tom Buck, once a top Merrill Lynch financial adviser in Indiana, could face up to 25 years in prison if convicted. In a parallel case, Buck agreed to pay $5 million to settle civil charges brought with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, which alleged that Buck overcharged at least 50 clients aroundRead More

Facebook, in reversal, to publish cache of political ads

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Facebook Inc (FB.O) announced a plan to increase transparency about its role in political advertising on Friday, ahead of congressional hearings next week on social media companies and Russia’s meddling in last year’s U.S. presidential election. FILE PHOTO: Facebook logo is seen at a start-up companies gathering at Paris’ Station F in Paris, France on January 17, 2017. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer/File Photo Rob Goldman, Facebook’s vice president for ads, said in a blog post that the company would launch a publicly searchable archive next year containing detailsRead More

Trump tax cut plan gains momentum after budget vote

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump’s tax reform plans won partial support on Friday when Republican U.S. Senator Rand Paul said he was “all in” for massive tax cuts, but the party was still far from united over how to achieve the main item on its domestic agenda. Trump’s drive to overhaul the U.S. tax code cleared a critical hurdle on Thursday when the Senate approved a budget measure that will allow Republicans to pursue a tax-cut package without Democratic support. But Republicans, who control both the Senate and HouseRead More

AIBA president Wu suspended by amateur body

(Reuters) – The International Boxing Association’s (AIBA) Taiwanese president Ching-kuo Wu has been provisionally suspended by a disciplinary commission, the Olympic sport’s governing body said in a statement on Tuesday. The Swiss-based organization has been riven with in-fighting for months, with Wu pitted against most of the executive committee who failed to remove him through a vote of no confidence tabled in July. AIBA said on their website ( that the 70-year-old was served on Monday with a provisional and immediate suspension from duties pending the conclusion of a complaintRead More

Cosby accuser asks U.S. appeals court to revive defamation lawsuit

BOSTON (Reuters) – A lawyer for an actress who claims Bill Cosby raped her in 1974 told a U.S. appeals court on Wednesday that the comedian “destroyed” her reputation by calling her a liar after she came forward with her allegations in a 2014 newspaper interview. Katherine McKee’s lawyer made that claim as he urged the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston to revive a defamation lawsuit she filed against Cosby based on a letter his lawyer sent the New York Daily News after it published the interview.Read More