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‘I’m not going there’: As Trump hurls racial invective, most Republicans stay silent

The president of the United States had just lobbed another racially charged insult — this time calling his former top African American adviser a “dog” — but Sen. John Cornyn (R-Tex.) had no interest in talking about it.<p>“I’ve got more important things on my mind, so I really don’t have a comment on …

Donald Trump

Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan dies at age 80

ACCRA, Ghana (AP) — Kofi Annan, a charismatic global diplomat and the first black African to become United Nations secretary-general who led the world body through one of its most turbulent periods, died early Saturday at age 80.<p>Tributes flowed in from around the world after his foundation …

Africa

8.2-magnitude earthquake strikes in South Pacific off Fiji

<b>(CNN) —</b> A massive 8.2 magnitude earthquake struck in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, roughly 200 miles off Fiji and almost the same distance from Tonga, according to the preliminary report from the US Geological Survey.<p>The earthquake struck just after midday Sunday and was almost 560 kilometers …

Natural Disasters

The Clergy Abuse Crisis Has Cost The Catholic Church $3 Billion

Sixteen years after an investigation in Boston highlighted the dimensions of the sex abuse crisis in the Catholic priesthood, the financial and reputational cost to the Catholic church continues to grow.<p>Lawsuits by abuse victims have so far forced dioceses and religious orders in the United States …

Pew Research Center

Iran says U.S. 'action group' will fail to overthrow Iranian state: tweet

LONDON (Reuters) - Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif said on Sunday that a new Iran Action Group in the U.S. State Department aimed to overthrow the Islamic Republic, but would fail.<p>He was speaking on the 65th anniversary of a U.S.-backed coup that overthrew a democratically elected …

South Asia

McGahn, White House Counsel, Has Cooperated Extensively in Mueller Inquiry

WASHINGTON — The White House counsel, Donald F. McGahn II, has cooperated extensively in the special counsel investigation, sharing detailed accounts about the episodes at the heart of the inquiry into whether President Trump obstructed justice, including some that investigators would not have …

Donald Trump

Ecuador tightens entry rules for Venezuelan migrants

<b>Ecuador has brought in new rules to stop Venezuelan migrants entering the country without a passport, leaving many stranded in neighbouring Colombia.</b><p>Thousands of Venezuelans fleeing their country's economic and political crisis have been crossing into Ecuador from Colombia using only identity cards.<p>…

Venezuela

Turkey's president says country will defy economic threats

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey's president said Saturday his country will stand strong against an "attempted economic coup" amid heightened tensions with the United States.<p>Recep Tayyip Erdogan told thousands of supporters in Ankara that the country was being "threatened by the economy, sanctions, foreign …

South Asia

VW's CEO was told about emissions software months before scandal: Der Spiegel

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Volkswagen (VOWG_p.DE) Chief Executive Herbert Diess was told about the existence of cheating software in cars two months before regulators blew the whistle on a multi-billion exhaust emissions scandal, German magazine Der Spiegel said.<p>Der Spiegel's story, based on recently …

Administrative Law

Tesla Board Torn Between Service to Shareholders and Iconic CEO

Tesla Inc.’s board of directors is at a critical juncture, wedged between a larger-than-life figure to whom many are personally close and their …

Tesla

Venezuelan president announces 96% devaluation in currency

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro ordered a 96% devaluation of its currency ahead of the release of the new Bolivar later this month, reports</b> …

Venezuela

Hedge Funds Short Yen Poised for Pain as Techs Signal Strength

Dollar-yen is caught in a tug-of-war: on one side is the Japanese currency’s status as a global haven. On the other, a widening interest-rate …

Consumer Price Index

Quick-fix team called in to tackle business rates

HM Revenue & Customs has been forced to second a team of experts to the Government department responsible for business rates as civil servants battle to improve the appeals system.<p>Around 25 people are understood to have been moved from HMRC to the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) on a temporary basis …

Online Life

Spending on business travel has been on the rise, but trade wars could derail growth, travel managers say

Spending on business travel has been surging over the last year, but that updraft is threatened by potential trade wars and an economic slowdown in the next year, according to a forecast by the global trade group for corporate travel managers.<p>“The direction of trade policy is far and away the …

Economy

Trump tweets that social media firms discriminate against the right

President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Saturday to accuse social media companies of "totally discriminating against Republican/Conservative voices," a notion that's picked up steam among some on the right during the past year.<p>"Speaking loudly and clearly for the Trump Administration, we won't …

Google’s ambitions for China could trigger a crisis inside the company

Employees are in the dark — and they’re furious<p>On Thursday afternoon, a critical meeting at Google was derailed by a handful of tweets. Employees who had been pressing top executives for answers about the company’s plans to build a censored search engine and news app for the Chinese market appeared …

Internet

Netflix purges all user reviews like it said it would

If you're browsing Netflix for a new show to watch, don't bother looking for reviews on the platform to see if a title is worth your time. The streaming service is done purging user reviews -- a decade's worth of comments praising and excoriating shows, all gone. Under the question "How do I post …

TV shows

Snapchat's long-awaited redesign is smoother, can be enabled right now with root

Back in November of last year, Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel announced that a new Android app was being built from the ground up. It's been almost a year …

Snapchat

Next Windows 10 update nearing completion as it gets its official name

New builds are light on features, focused on fixes.<p>The last few Windows Insider preview builds of Windows 10 have offered few new features and have …

Windows 10

Google is rolling back latest Android Messages update w/ Dark Mode

A few months after we first showed it to you, Google rolled out the new Material design for Android Messages just yesterday. Shortly after, though, Google has mysteriously rolled back that update.<p>As we noted yesterday, Android Messages 3.5 delivers a Material Theme to Google’s messaging app, as …

Material Design

iOS Twitter client Leaf joins others as it announces end of life due to Twitter API changes

Popular iOS Twitter client, Leaf, has announced today that the app will no longer be getting updates. With the announcement, the developer iPlop, and app designer Surenix have shed some light on what they’ve been working on, but will ultimately never see the light of day.<p>The duo shared that Leaf’s …

APIs

Cahill sharp, A's beat Astros 7-1 to tie for AL West lead

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Athletics were an average team two months ago, a dozen games behind the Houston Astros and closer to the bottom of the AL West than the top.<p>Well, look at the A's now.<p>Trevor Cahill pitched one-hit ball for seven shutout innings and the Athletics kept up their …

Oakland Athletics

Golf: Thompson penalized for rules breach at Indy Championship

(Reuters) - Lexi Thompson received a one-stroke penalty for a rules violation at the LPGA's Indy Championship on Saturday in her first event back after taking a short break from the tour.<p>Thompson made headlines for another rules violation at last year's ANA Inspiration where she received a penalty …

Golf

Watch: Mariners walk off Dodgers on bases-loaded balk

(Video courtesy: MLB.com)<p>After the Los Angeles Dodgers staged a dramatic comeback, hitting a pair of home runs in the eighth inning and game-tying …

Los Angeles Dodgers

Receiver Josh Gordon returning to Browns after time away for 'mental and physical health'

Georgia's Freshman 5-Star RB Zamir White's Knee Injury Diagnosed as Torn ACL

Georgia's backfield took a huge hit on Saturday when freshman running back Zamir White injured his knee during a scrimmage.<p>Per The Athletic's Seth Emerson, White tore his ACL.<p>Georgia head coach Kirby Smart told reporters White was injured on a non-contact play while he was in punt coverage.<p>"There …

College Football

Maryland Players Defend Coach DJ Durkin, Split on 'Toxic' Culture

Two Terrapins football players defended head coach DJ Durkin, who is currently on paid leave, and addressed reports of the program's "toxic culture," …

Paid Leave

Jerry Jones says Cowboys 'optimistic' about Zack Martin injury, teammates not worried

The star Cowboys offensive lineman appears to be just fine following a preseason injury<p>The harsh reality of how quickly a season can change on an …

Football (U.S.)

Kourtney Kardashian ‘Suffering’ After Younes Split: It’s Opened Old Wounds From Scott Disick

Kourtney Kardashian’s breakup from Younes Bendjima is bringing up a whole slew of emotions that she initially dealt with when she ended things with …

Kourtney Kardashian

Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas confirm they are engaged

<b>Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra have confirmed they are engaged after just a few months together.</b><p>The Texan singer, formerly part of the Jonas Brothers, and the Bollywood superstar held a private engagement ceremony in Mumbai on Saturday. Both wore traditional Indian clothes.<p>The pair's engagement has …

Nick Jonas

Backstreet Boys, 98 Degrees concert canceled in Oklahoma after storm injures 14

(Reuters) - An outdoor concert in Oklahoma featuring 90's boy band favorites Backstreet Boys and 98 Degrees was canceled on Saturday after an intense storm struck the area and injured at least 14 people, venue officials said.<p>"We never want to put our fans in harm's way and with tonight's weather …

Social Media

Michael Bublé & His Wife Luisana Lopilato 'Fell in Love Again' After 'Hell' of Son's Health Battle

Michael Bublé and his wife Luisana Lopilato’s lives changed in 2016 after they found out their son Noah had been diagnosed with cancer — but once he …

Love

Kevin Spacey's new movie 'Billionaire Boys Club' made only $126 on opening day

Kevin Spacey’s career continues to suffer as his latest film, the crime-drama <i>Billionaire Boys Club</i>, took in a meager $126 after it debuted on Friday …

Fine Art

Kim Kardashian Wears Neon Pink Thong and Laughs Off "Blotchy" Tan Report

| Sat., Aug. 18, 2018 2:16 PM<p>"Blotchy" tanner or not, <b>Kim Kardashian</b> is all about that thong thong thong thong thong.<p>The 37-year-old <i>Keeping Up With</i> …

Filmmaking

Selena Gomez Thinks Kylie Jenner And Travis Scott Are Couple Goals, Per ‘Hollywood Life’

Selena Gomez reportedly thinks that Kylie Jenner and her boyfriend, Travis Scott, are one of Hollywood’s cutest couples.<p>According to an August 18 …

Kylie Jenner

When Ms. Franklin calls: Reporter reflects on Queen of Soul

NEW YORK (AP) — When I got the chance to interview Aretha Franklin for the first time in 2001, I was already a bundle of nerves: Even though it was just over the phone, I'd be talking to THE Queen of Soul! You could get no closer to rock 'n' roll royalty than the Queen herself.<p>So my trepidation was …

Music

The Clairvoyance of the Fourteen-Year-Old Aretha Franklin

An inarticulate misery, and yet the desperate need to articulate it, is what brought the thunderous wonder of Thomas A. Dorsey’s “Take My Hand, Precious Lord” to the earth. In August of 1932, the musician, who had left the packed blues clubs and rent-raising parties of the South for a …

Aretha Franklin

Stevie Wonder Says Aretha Franklin 'Wasn’t Able to Speak' When He Visited Her Before Her Death

Aretha Franklin was surrounded by loved ones at the time of her death but her famed voice had fallen silent.<p>One of those to pay their respects to the …

Aretha Franklin

Scenes from the Palio, Italy’s Most Famous Horse Race

Italy