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Highlights of Friday’s NBA games

(The Sports Xchange) – Highlights of National Basketball Association games on Friday: Rockets 124, Spurs 109 Chris Paul delivered an impressive two-way performance and the Houston Rockets rolled to a 124-109, wire-to-wire win over the San Antonio Spurs on Friday night at Toyota Center. Paul finished with 28 points, eight assists and seven steals as the Rockets, who are unbeaten with Paul in the lineup this season, extended their winning streak to 12 games in large part courtesy of an early 3-point barrage. All five Rockets starters scored in doubleRead More


Trump outlines big cuts to Utah monuments, tribes prepare to sue

WASHINGTON/SALT LAKE CITY (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump announced big cuts to two of Utah’s sprawling wilderness national monuments on Monday in a bid to boost development, angering tribes and environmental groups that called it an attack on crucial land protections. Trump’s announcement, which amounts to the largest rollback of national monuments in U.S. history, follows a months-long review by the Interior Department that he ordered in April to identify which of 27 monuments designated by past presidents should be rescinded or resized to provide states and local governmentsRead More


What life is like now for formerly conjoined twin sisters after separation surgery

Like many toddlers, Eva and Erika Sandoval spent their third birthday party playing with friends and family, laughing and eating cake — a Princess Sofia cake from the Disney TV series, “Sophia the First,” for Eva and a Woody from “Toy Story” cake for Erika. The twin girls each had their own party outfits — Eva was dressed as Princess Sophia, Erika was dressed as Woody. But for their parents, Aida and Art Sandoval, this was more than just their daughters’ birthday. It was a miracle. Watch the full storyRead More


Trump lifts foreign shipping restrictions for storm-hit Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump temporarily lifted restrictions on foreign shipping from the U.S. mainland to Puerto Rico on Thursday to help get supplies quickly to the U.S. territory as it reels from the devastation of Hurricane Maria. Even so, the island still faces huge logistical hurdles to distribute badly needed food, fuel and drinking water. Most of the Caribbean island’s 3.4 million people are without electricity. Shipping containers have been piling up at Puerto Rico’s ports in the aftermath of Maria. The most powerfulRead More


Wealthy financiers could gain from Trump’s proposed tax cut for small businesses

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – High-income Wall Street financiers could be unintended winners from a section of U.S. President Donald Trump’s tax-cut plan that is meant to help mostly small, “mom-and-pop” businesses. Trump called on Wednesday for a new “pass-through” tax rate of 25 percent that could mean big savings for owners of sole proprietorships and partnerships who now pay 39.6 percent. But it could also mean a windfall for partners in private-equity, venture-capital and hedge funds, unless Congress can figure out a way to block them from taking advantage of theRead More


Cowboys, Cardinals link arms amid anthem protests

PHOENIX (Reuters) – Two National Football League teams largely steered clear of a controversy over national anthem protests that have ensnared U.S. President Donald Trump and threatened to damage the game’s popularity, staging a “moment of unity” on Monday instead. The entire Dallas Cowboys team, including owner Jerry Jones, linked arms and knelt on the playing field for a moment before the game, but then stood respectfully as the “Star-Spangled Banner” was performed by singer Jordin Sparks. “We all agreed that our players wanted to make a statement about unityRead More


Flights, camera, action: Chinese couples in pursuit of perfect photos

BEIJING/LONDON (Reuters) – Under a rare blue summer sky on London’s Westminster Bridge, Jiachun Lin poses in a flowing white lace gown and windtossed veil with her fiance Da Song. For Chinese couples, wedding photos are not simply about having a photographer show up on the big day. They can be elaborate affairs involving costumes, make-up artists, camera assistants and trips overseas, sometimes even underwater, and take up as much as a quarter of the wedding budget. “You can go to a studio to have pre-wedding pictures taken and youRead More


‘La La Land”s Chazelle partners with Netflix for Paris TV musical

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Damien Chazelle, the Oscar-winning director of hit movie “La La Land,” has another musical in the works, this time a multilingual television series set in Paris. Streaming company Netflix (NFLX.O) said on Friday it was teaming up with Chazelle on “The Eddy,” an eight-part series that will be shot in France with dialogue in French, English and Arabic. It described “The Eddy” as a musical drama set in contemporary multicultural Paris revolving around a club, its owner, the house band, and the chaotic city that surroundsRead More


Taylor Swift announces ‘Reputation’ album after court victory

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Taylor Swift announced a new album titled “Reputation” on Wednesday, just over a week after scoring a court victory at a high-profile groping trial in Colorado. The singer made the announcement in a series of Instagram images, including a possible album cover featuring a black and white illustration of Swift with newspaper-style headlines overlapping part of her face. The album will be released Nov. 10, and the first single will debut on Thursday. Swift, 27, ended a six-month absence from the spotlight to deliver unflinching testimonyRead More


Business Highlights – ABC News – Abc news headlines

___ Leaked email shows HBO negotiating with hackers BOSTON (AP) — Hackers released an email from HBO in which the company expressed willingness to pay them $250,000 as part of a negotiation over electronic data swiped from HBO’s servers. The July 27 email was sent by an HBO executive who thanked the hackers for “making us aware” of previously unknown security vulnerabilities. The executive asked for a one-week delay and said HBO was willing to commit $250,000, calling it a “bug bounty” reward for IT professionals rather than a ransom.Read More