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Hong Kong Police Repel Protesters Run On Government Complex

Ending what had been a weeks-long peace, protesters in Hong Kong tried to storm a government complex on Sunday, sparking violent clashes with police.<p>As The New York Times reports, police responded with batons and tear gas to repel the protesters. For weeks now, the government and protesters had …

Ex-New Mexico Gov. Johnson named pot company CEO

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Nevada-based startup that plans on selling medical and recreational marijuana products named former New Mexico governor and U.S. Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson as its CEO and president, the company announced Tuesday.<p>The announcement came as Cannabis …

Luis Suarez apologizes on Facebook for taking bite out of World Cup opponent

The controversial Uruguayan striker uses social media to go back on his earlier denial of chomping the shoulder of Italy's Giorgio Chiellini.<p>Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez finally owned up to one of 2014 World Cup's strangest, saddest scandals.<p>On Monday, Suarez, who previously claimed innocence, …

Soccer

Japan bans child pornography possession

<b>Japan has banned the possession of child sex-abuse images, one of the last developed countries to do so.</b><p>The new law states that anyone found with such images can be jailed for up to a year, or fined up to $10,000 (£6,000).<p>The ban does not apply to animation or to comic art known as manga.<p>Japan was …

OECD

Google is planning to enter the U.S power market: Bloomberg - Energy Ticker - MarketWatch

Google Inc. is looking to make a deeper push into the billion-dollar U.S. energy market by developing tools to deliver power more efficiently, …

Group of Seattle franchise businesses sue to stop $15 minimum wage

Five Puget Sound business owners and a trade group based in<p>Washington, D.C., filed suit in federal court Wednesday to stop Seattle from enacting a $15-an-hour minimum wage, which would be the highest in the nation when it takes effect.<p>The suit, filed by the International Franchise Assn. and five …

Income Inequality

Apple Tax Breaks to Be Probed By E.U.

The European Union opened an investigation Wednesday into the tax affairs of large corporations including Apple and Starbucks that regulators believe …

Infosys appoints new boss as co-founder Murthy leaves

<b>Indian software giant Infosys has appointed Vishal Sikka as its new chief executive and said that co-founder Narayana Murthy will leave the firm.</b><p>Mr Murthy came out of retirement last year to take up the role of chairman, for a period of five years, to help revive the firm's flagging fortunes.<p>But …

IT

Medical marijuana companies find creative ways to stand out

When Chuck Rifici and his business partners set out to promote their startup, they didn't buy advertising. Instead, they took the company public.<p>It was an unconventional move, but Mr. Rifici's company isn't exactly a conventional one. Tweed Marijuana is one of Canada's new batch of legal medical …

San Francisco To Vote On $15 Minimum Wage

Voters in San Francisco will have the opportunity to raise the city's minimum wage to $15 an hour this November on the heels of Seattle's city council making a similar hike earlier this month.<p>On Tuesday, city officials reached a deal on a ballot measure that would gradually increase the hourly wage …

Equality

In Student Debt Fight, Billionaires Win

The 1% won another tense battle in Congress on Wednesday as representatives voted down a bill that would have given an estimated 25 million people the chance to cut the interest rates on their student loans.<p>The highly-anticipated bill from Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D – Mass., would have allowed …

China takes new steps to boost growth

<b>China has announced new measures aimed at bolstering its economic growth.</b><p>These include plans to build railways, roads and airports along the Yangtze River - which connects China's less developed inland provinces to Shanghai.<p>Meanwhile, China's central bank said it will encourage banks to lend more …

China

Police took no action in reported attack by Elliot Rodger in 2013

Santa Barbara authorities were told nearly a year before<p>Elliot Rodger's deadlyrampagethat he had tried to push several people off a 10-foot ledge during a party in Isla Vista, according to records made public on Wednesday.<p>A witness reported the incident to deputies while they were investigating …

Crime

Iraq crisis: the West now faces a world beyond known extremes

As a psychotic Sunni jihadist state establishes itself on the border of Turkey, it is clear America is losing control of the Middle East<p>Events in northern <b>Iraq</b> are a fearsome demonstration of what has become ever clearer over the last three years: America is losing control of the Middle East.<p>A …

Middle East

Strippers, club boss drugged men, netted $200K in "fishing" scam, prosecutor says

It's a tactic known to law enforcement as "fishing" -- women troll upscale bars and restaurants to pick up wealthy men for "dates."<p>But for four men in New York City, it was anything but dinner and a movie.<p>Four female adult entertainers and a strip club manager were charged this week in an alleged …

Recession 'led to 10,000 suicides'

<b>The economic crisis in Europe and North America led to more than 10,000 extra suicides, according to figures from UK researchers.</b><p>A study, published in the British Journal of Psychiatry, showed "suicides have risen markedly".<p>The research group said some deaths may have been avoidable as some …

Mental Health

World Bank lowers growth forecast for developing world

<b>The World Bank has revised down its forecast for economic growth in the developing world this year - from 5.3% down to 4.8%.</b><p>If right, it would be the third consecutive year of growth below 5% for this group of countries.<p>The Bank says that developing nations need to make economic reforms to promote …

Economics

Iraq crisis: Islamists force 500,000 to flee Mosul

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1084000/1084963_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1515096935_f80ed784f43d5b6e7a719ab47e37be14<p><b>As many as 500,000 people have been forced to flee the Iraqi city of Mosul after hundreds of Islamist militants took control of it, the International</b> …

Revealed: Asian slave labour producing prawns for supermarkets in US, UK

Thai 'ghost ships' that enslave and even kill workers are linked to global shrimp supply chain, Guardian investigation discovers • Trafficked into slavery on Thai trawlers to catch food for prawns • Thailand's seafood industry: state-sanctioned slavery? • Ask your questions - live chat as it …

William Hague to investigate claims of Tamil rape victims being deported

Pledge follows allegations UK is sending back Sri Lankan asylum seekers who have been abused by security forces<p>William Hague has said the government will investigate claims that Tamil asylum seekers are being deported from the UK to Sri Lanka despite evidence they have been subjected to rape and …

Oregon High School Shooting Leaves Two Dead: Police

A shooter opened fire at a suburban Portland, Oregon, high school Tuesday morning, killing a 14-year-old freshman, authorities said.<p>The gunman also died, and Troutdale Police Chief Scott Anderson told an afternoon news conference that he had been tentatively identified but his name would not be …

Law Enforcement

Israel picks Reuven Rivlin in particularly messy presidential contest

At the end of a tense vote that capped a messy political campaign, Reuven Rivlin was chosen Tuesday to serve as Israel's 10th president.<p>Rivlin, 74, was elected by members of Israel's 120-seat parliament to succeed the country's longest-serving public figure, President Shimon Peres, who will be …

Israel

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When Akio Toyoda charged Jim Lentz to make Toyota Motor “more self-reliant” in North America, he told his subordinate “not to think of the next three or four years but the next 50 years.”<p>Lentz, promoted to Toyota’s chief executive in North America a year ago, described the exchange shortly after …