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Trump is speeding the global erosion of democracy, watchdog says

<i>Want smart analysis of the most important news in your inbox every weekday along with other global reads, interesting ideas and opinions to know? Sign up for the Today's WorldView newsletter.</i><p><b>On the same day President Trump was supposed to unveil “awards” for the “fake news” media, Sen. Jeff Flake</b> …

Democracy

Tillerson: Evidence sanctions 'really starting to hurt' North Korea

ABOARD U.S. GOVERNMENT AIRCRAFT (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Wednesday the United States is getting evidence that international sanctions are "really starting to hurt" North Korea, even as he accused Russia of not implementing all of the measures.<p>U.S. President Donald …

North Korea

Republicans move ahead with vote to avoid a government shutdown

<b>(CNN) —</b> House Republican leaders are moving toward a vote Thursday to avoid a shutdown, but as a new day dawns in Washington, it's still unclear if GOP leaders have enough support to keep the government open.<p>House Speaker Paul Ryan and his lieutenants were up against the clock and their own ranks …

Angus King

Russia probes come up against claims of executive privilege

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's White House is relying on a sweeping interpretation of executive privilege that is rankling members of Congress on both sides of the aisle.<p>The contention espoused by top White House officials? Pretty much everything is off limits until the president says …

Donald Trump

Bus fire in Kazakhstan kills 52 people

Officials say victims were from neighbouring Uzbekistan and died on a road widely used to transport migrant workers<p>A bus caught fire in a remote part of Kazakhstan on Thursday, killing 52 citizens of neighbouring Uzbekistan, the Kazakh interior ministry has said.<p>The bus was travelling along a road …

Kazakhstan

California torture house where 13 starving ‘kids’ found had not been inspected, officials say

There is no record that the horror house in California where 13 starving siblings were found was ever inspected by the fire department as required by law, a city official confirmed Thursday.<p>That could explain why Perris city officials had no idea that David Allen Turpin and his wife, Louisa Anna …

Crime

White House Chief of Staff Calls Trump’s Campaign Wall Promises ‘Uninformed’

WASHINGTON — President Trump’s chief of staff on Wednesday told a group of Democratic lawmakers that Mr. Trump’s campaign promise to build a wall along the Mexican border was “not fully informed,” and that the president has “evolved” on the issue of immigration, participants in the meeting said.<p>The …

Congressional Caucuses

European Stocks Gain, Wall Street Edges Higher as Global Markets Power Ahead

European stocks opened firmly higher Thursday, while U.S. equity futures edged into further record highs as global stocks extend January rally that …

Markets

'Very strong' Democratic sentiment to oppose GOP budget bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hard-line conservatives threatened late Tuesday to scuttle Republican leaders' plans to prevent a weekend government shutdown, saying GOP leaders now lack the votes to push their proposal through the House. The setback came as a deal between President Donald Trump and Congress to …

U.S. Congress

Apple plans second U.S. campus, to pay $38 billion in foreign cash taxes

(Reuters) - Apple Inc (AAPL.O) will make about $38 billion in U.S. tax payments on its $252.3 billion in overseas cash in accordance with the tax law passed late last month, the company said on Wednesday.<p>The company also said it planned to open a new campus at a location that it will announce later …

Donald Trump

Most Americans can't cover a $1,000 emergency

Personal Finance

Bitcoin speculative bubble is bursting and has a long way to fall, economists warn

Despite losing 40% in a matter of weeks the cryptocurrency still has further to drop according to experts at Capital Economics<p>Bitcoin has all the hallmarks of a classic speculative bubble and even after almost halving in value in a matter of weeks it still has further to fall, according to a …

Economy

China’s Economic Growth Looks Strong. Maybe Too Strong.

HONG KONG — The pace of growth in China’s economy accelerated last year for the first time in seven years as exports, construction and consumer spending all climbed strongly.<p>At least, that’s what the government says.<p>In reality, the pace of growth in China’s economy is anybody’s guess. Various …

China

Weidmann Hits Back After Lagarde Criticizes German Surplus

Jens Weidmann hit back at criticism of Germany’s current account and budget surpluses by International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine …

Economy

A bug is messing up the keyboard for some Messenger users on iPhones

If you’re having issues with Facebook Messenger on your iPhone right now, you’re not alone.<p>An annoying bug is affecting typing inside the app. Some users on iOS devices are finding that the app is freezing after they type a couple of words in a chat bubble, but other apps are working fine. The …

iOS

Tim Cook on iPhone Battery Controversy: 'Maybe We Should've Been Clearer'

While visiting the Apple data center located in Reno, Nevada this afternoon, Apple CEO Tim Cook did a quick interview with Rebecca Jarvis of <i>ABC News</i>, where he discussed Apple's economic announcements and touched on the ongoing controversy over power management features in older iPhones.<p>According to …

Tim Cook

Intel admits Spectre patch problems also affect newer Core chips

Intel has revealed that even its newer CPUs are affected by the frequent reboot problems brought about by the Spectre/Meltdown patches. The chipmaker previously said that the reboot issue affects systems running Broadwell and Haswell. Now that it has managed to reproduce the problem internally in …

Kaby Lake

Amazon ramps up Dash Button integration for super-quick ordering

Amazon’s Dash Buttons, launched in 2015, promise a simpler shopping life of one-press ordering whenever you run out of anything in your home. It also …

Amazon

Google Clips passes by the FCC, inches closer to launch

• Google Clips officially swung by the FCC for certification.<br>• The FCC filing could mean that Google Clips’ launch is around the corner.<br>• Announced back in October 2017, Google Clips automatically captures images and short videos.<p>Announced back in October alongside Google‘s refreshed Pixel lineup and …

Google

DJI might unveil Mavic Air at drone event next Tuesday

A smaller, lighter, faster Mavic Pro?<p>DJI has sent out invitations for an “Adventure Unfolds” event next week on January 23rd. There’s not a lot of information included about to expect, just a teaser video with some dramatic music, drone shots, and what might be close-ups of a new drone.<p>But …

Drones

Google's Gboard might soon do our texting for us

Google’s Gboard keyboard for iOS and Android packs a bunch of useful features, but it’s not flexible enough to get me to switch from SwiftKey. However, it looks like the company is working on adding a ‘Smart Reply’ feature to the keyboard, and if it happens, it’ll probably do the trick and convert …

Google

Tom Brady Lands on Injury Report Ahead of Patriots-Jaguars Game

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was a limited participant in Wednesday’s practice due to an injury to his throwing hand, the team announced.<p>Brady …

New England

Carmelo Anthony: Having Fun Again After Accepting Role with Thunder

Carmelo Anthony is apparently enjoying himself as a second or third option on the Oklahoma City Thunder alongside Russell Westbrook and Paul George.<p>"Once you accept something, regardless of what it is, I think you become comfortable with it," he said Wednesday, per Royce Young of ESPN.com. "You …

Basketball

No. 1 Villanova leads by 44, beats Ewing, Georgetown 88-56

WASHINGTON (AP) — After watching Villanova make 3-pointer after 3-pointer and build a hard-to-fathom lead — 20, then 30, eventually all the way up to 44 — Georgetown coach Patrick Ewing did not want to offer any sort of assessment about what this game indicates about his team's status in relation …

College Basketball

Report: Rockets upset Griffin, Rivers weren't disciplined

The Houston Rockets lost a couple of key rotation players for two games after the NBA suspended Trevor Ariza and Gerald Green on Wednesday for their …

Basketball

Doping: CAS to hear appeals from 39 banned Russians next week

(Reuters) - The cases of 39 Russian athletes given lifetime Olympic bans following doping violations at the 2014 Sochi Games will be heard next week, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) said on Wednesday.<p>CAS said in a statement the hearings would begin on Monday in Geneva and run into the …

Olympics

Kris Dunn fell so hard on his teeth that they left a mark in the hardwood court

I regret to inform you that yes, you did read that headline correctly.<p>We’ve seen so many different injuries happen in basketball over the years, but I’ve never seen something quite like this Kris Dunn injury. Please be warned: you will not like it.<p>In Wednesday’s game against the Golden State …

Basketball

Australian Open: No. 3 seed Garbine Muguruza upset by Hsieh Su-Wei

MELBOURNE — Reigning Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza was upset by 88th-ranked Hsieh Su-Wei of Tapiei 7-6 (7-1), 6-4 in the second round of the Australian Open on a Thursday.<p>The third-seeded Muguruza is the highest seed to fall in the women’s draw. The next highest to depart the Australian Open …

Tennis

The Best Workout Gear, According to Your Style Type

More than any of the other 11 months of the year, January is a time for new goals and achievements to set your sites on, and oftentimes, a healthier …

Clothing

Six of the most eye-catching looks at Milan men's fashion week

Striking silhouettes and bold new ways with suiting dominated the catwalks at the autumn/winter 2018/19 shows...<p>Prada<p>Miuccia Prada forged a path in black nylon - her signature in the 1990s - and returned to that oft-copied baseline to remind the upstarts that this is her patch. Cue a series of …

Ermenegildo Zegna

How to make your living room look lighter, brighter and bigger

Plan to perfection to create the living room of your dreams.<p><b>Creating a great living space is a case of being clear about your objectives before you</b> …

Decorations

“Harvey’s Concern Was Who Did Him In”: Inside Harvey Weinstein’s Frantic Final Days

Before the story of his alleged abuses broke in October, Harvey Weinstein hunkered down in his Tribeca bunker—even as the producer refused to believe the end was near.<p>On Monday, October 2, 2017, Harvey Weinstein arrived at work earlier than usual. As was his custom, he barked orders and moved from …

Bob Weinstein

Kevin Spacey investigated by Scotland Yard over third complaint of sexual assault

Kevin Spacey, the Oscar-winning actor, is being investigated by Scotland Yard over a third complaint of sexual assault, it emerged last night.<p>A third man came forward to allege Spacey, 58, assaulted them in London in 2005.<p>"On December 13 we received an allegation that the man sexually assaulted a …

Anthony Rapp

Jimmy Kimmel Invites A Very Special ‘Fake’ Wolf Blitzer To Accept CNN’s Fake News Trump Award

Jimmy Kimmel had a very special person stop by his show to portray Wolf Blitzer in honor of Donald Trump’s Fake News Awards on Wednesday night. While he does bear a slight resemblance to the CNN host, Kimmel’s father sounds nothing like the man and doesn’t seem to have his robotic sensibilities. …

Donald Trump

Dennis Rodman Enters Rehab for 'His Issue with Alcohol' After DUI Arrest in California

Dennis Rodman has entered rehab after he was arrested Saturday night for DUI in Newport Beach, California.<p>Rodman’s agent, Dennis Prince, tells PEOPLE …

Dennis Rodman

Brigitte Bardot Calls #MeToo Movement “Hypocritical And Ridiculous”

French actress and film legend Brigitte Bardot is the latest to come forward to criticize the #MeToo movement sparked by the deluge of sexual …

Feminism

Kristen Wiig to Star in Comedy Based on Curtis Sittenfeld Short Story Collection

If there’s a book women love, she <i>will</i> adapt it for television and it <i>will</i> star your favorite blond actress/es, or her name isn’t Laura Jeanne Reese …

Kristen Wiig

Ben Affleck Reportedly Wants To Marry Lindsay Shookus Despite Unfinalized Divorce & Fans Were Disappointed

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner have been separated since 2015 although they didn’t file for divorce until April 2017, seeking joint legal and …

Jennifer Garner

Hot Wheels at Detroit Auto Show: Pictures

Dodge