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Texas set to pass transgender bathroom law for schools

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House Speaker Joe Straus (R) opposed that bill - a priority for Gov. Greg Abbott (R) and especially Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (R) - and it never came up for a House vote. Lambda Legal, a civil rights advocacy group, said Texas can expect a lawsuit if the transgender bathroom ban becomes law. No school finance changes are legally required this session because Texas' Supreme Court ruled last summer that the system was flawed but minimally constitutional. Read More »

Amazon.com May Expand Cashier-Free Grocery Stores to U.K., Europe

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A trademark has been approved by the UK Intellectual Property Office for Amazon's new grocery shop slogan. Amazon Go has not checkouts, when you place an item in your basket it is charged to your Amazon account, then when you out that item back on the shelf, the charge is taken off your account. Read More »

North Korea links nuclear advances to hostile USA policy

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Moon has criticized the United States's local deployment of a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti-missile system, which passed its first major test when detecting the North's latest missile launch. Moon's envoy to Washington , South Korean media mogul Hong Seok-hyun, said Trump spoke of being willing to use engagement to ensure peace, Hong said in comments carried by television on Thursday. Read More »

Fyre Festival Investigated By The FBI

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According to the New York Times, the United States attorney's office for the Southern District of New York and the FBI are investigating, with a laundry list of aggrieved customers, debtors, musicians and businesses who are very likely eager to testify against McFarland and Ja Rule. Read More »

Fears cholera outbreak out of control in Yemen

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While the outbreak first erupted in October a year ago, the incidence of the disease dropped significantly in December, though it was never fully under control. Latest tallies show that the war on Yemen has so far killed over 12,000 Yemenis and wounded thousands more. "Before the outbreak, the [Yemeni] health system was already overstretched and people's health needs were already huge", Ghassan Abou Chaar, MSF's head of mission in Yemen , said in a statement. Read More »

Zverev downs Isner to reach Italian Open final

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Agassi, who retired in 2006, won eight Grand Slam titles. Midway through the match Sky Italy announced it had been confirmed that Djokovic would be working with Andre Agassi - Djokovic had hoped to announce something before or during Roland Garros . Read More »

Olynyk ends busy series by being Game 7 hero

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Olynyk scored 14 of his 26 points in the final fame, including a decisive stretch that started with seven minutes remaining and buried the Wizards . With the Celtics down by three, Isaiah Thomas, who had 29 points and 12 rebounds - making him the first player to put up those numbers in a Game 7 since 2007 - hit two 3-pointers and Smart one in a 1:13 span to put the home team ahead to stay. Read More »

In nod to Comey story, aide shares video of Clinton avoiding hug

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Clinton dodges the hug and Reines chases her around and tries to maul her like a hungry bear. "A favourite moment from debate prep". But Trump tried to hug him anyway, which Comey avoided, and it resulted in an awkward handshake. Clinton isn't the only one who isn't feeling the Trump hugs. In a slight-of-hand trick, Trump pulled him into an embrace before he could do anything. Read More »

Billy Vunipola out of Lions tour to NZ

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His brother Mako remains available but there are few back-rowers anywhere in the world with Billy's compelling mix of power and exuberance. There are suggestions that Vunipola had been managing the injury but that a bang during the hugely physical battle against the Exeter Chiefs on the weekend meant that further medical attention was the only way forward for the outstanding 34-cap No 8, who has only a week previously picked up a Man of the Match award for his part in Saracens reclaiming the ... Read More »

Global Oil Supplies Inch Down In April: IEA

It has been suggested that U.S. output, which is not included in the deal, might scupper the agreement, however, the current weak oil price makes exploitation of United States shale oil deposits marginal, so the USA also has a vested interest in seeing the oil price rise from a producer's perspective, but this is tempered as the USA is the largest market for oil. Read More »

Fight on terror not a battle between religions

Mr Trump said every nation must shoulder the burden of rooting our terrorism from their countries. Trump , who during last year's presidential campaign said he thought that " Islam hates us" and proposed a ban on all Muslims entering the United States, sounded different themes in a speech to Muslim leaders here in the Saudi capital. Read More »

Amazon Unveils a New Echo with a Touchscreen

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The device features a depth-sensing camera that can be used to take full-length photos of your look each day. The Internet's powerhouse retailer has been leaning on its vocal digital assistant to spread the company's AI system everywhere, certainly beyond the original Echo speaker, into phones, appliances and other products. Read More »

US, Europe discuss new laptop ban on flights

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They discussed "existing aviation security standards and detection capabilities" as well as security improvements "related to large electronic devices placed in checked baggage", it added. He said there is a risk that businesses will cancel travel rather than risk losing confidential data that might be compromised if executives are forced to check their laptops. Read More »

Jury acquits Tulsa cop in shooting of unarmed black man

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Seconds after someone in the helicopter (perhaps the same individual) said , "I think he may have just been tasered", Shelby fired shots. "But let it be known that I believe in my heart that Betty Shelby got away with murder, and I don't know what was in the mind of that jury that they could come to that conclusion". Read More »

Germany vote tests public opinion before election

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Schulz conceded Sunday's loss, saying, "This is a hard day for the Social Democrats, a hard day for me personally as well". "We accomplished our two goals: defeating the SPD-Greens coalition and becoming the strongest party in the state". The CDU is hoping to mount a national campaign in September built around Merkel ( photo ), who has been in office since 2005, as a force of political stability and a steady hand on the global stage. Read More »

OPEC to extend and deepen cuts, sources claim

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U.S. producers are unlikely to replace all the proposed 1.8m/d cut to global oil supply in 1H17. According to the EIA data , Lower 48 states' field production of crude oil has been growing each week since early December, right after OPEC said it would curb supply to try to balance the market and lift the price of oil. Read More »

Lookin At Lee, Corey Lanerie make another charge, finish fourth in Preakness

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With Classic Empire and Kentucky Derby champion Always Dreaming battling for the lead the entire race, Cloud Computing came storming down the stretch to overtake the leaders. Cloud Computing stole the Preakness , and any hope of a Triple Crown in the Belmont Stakes. Cloud Computing had gone off in the race as a 13-1 shot, and he paid $28.80, $8.60 and $6 for the victory. Read More »

N.Korea calls latest solid-fuel missile test successful

While noting that Seoul's special envoys to the U.S., China, Japan and Russian Federation made it clear that Seoul is seeking fundamental solutions to the nuclear issue, the government reiterated that it will employ sanctions and dialogue, and all other means to resolve the problem. Read More »

Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) CEO Mark Fields Leaving

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He worked at Grand Rapids, Michigan-based office furniture maker Steelcase for two decades. Jack Nerad, the editorial director for the vehicle shopping site Kelley Blue Book, told the AFP news agency: "Mark Fields was given the almost impossible task of making the utterly conventional auto manufacturer, Ford Motor Company , into a high-tech information-style company with share values to match". Read More »

Westpac says bank levy will cost $260m

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Westpac is the first of those banks to release figures on how the levy will affect its profit. Westpac Banking Corp (ASX:WBC) says the new major bank tax announced in the Federal Budget, would cost the group around $370 million or around $260 million after tax, on an annualised basis. Read More »

Kapil Mishra, on hunger strike against Arvind Kejriwal, attacked

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While speaking to the media, Mishra affirmed that Kejriwal was silent on the allegations as he had a lot to "hide". He added: "I am on the warpath against those few individuals who are doing corruption". Yesterday, in another letter, Mishra challenged the AAP chief to contest elections against him. The CBI said that Mr Mishra's complaints against the Delhi government ministers and others will be "examined and verified". Read More »

Dem Leaders Urge Party to 'Slow Down' on Calls for Impeachment

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The callers used racial slurs and made threats against the congressman and others. This is the week impeachment went from a marginal dream, to front and center possibility. And if articles are voted out of the House, the case moves on to the United State Senate, which tries the president with the chief justice of the United States Supreme Court presiding, and the standards are higher here. Read More »

Chidambaram's son raided: CBI searches Peter Mukerjea's house for nine hours

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Chidambaram, a staunch critic of the Narendra Modi-led BJP regime, has said in the past that his voice against the Centre can not be silenced by launching cases against him or his son Karti, also a Congress leader. Instead of acknowledging the Income Tax Department that would have nipped the fraud in 2008 itself but for the finance ministry officials persuading it to drop the investigation, the CBI claims it registered the FIR on the basis of "a reliable information received" regarding INX ... Read More »

Election day ahead: Lib Dems take turn to launch manifesto

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Mr Davey said: "If you have had three or four years of negotiating Brexit, and that is the deal, people can have their first ever chance to vote on that deal. However, the manifesto does not match Labour's pledge to scrap tuition fees, which the Lib Dems promised to oppose but then voted through during the coalition government, to outrage from student campaigners. Read More »

Oil prices soar as KSA, Russia back extension of output cut

Saudi Arabian production in April average 9.97 million barrels per day, nearly 1 percent below its quota under the multilateral deal. Even so, the IEA does not see global oil markets returning to balance-or the five-year average, which is used to measure the market balance-before the year's end. Read More »

Pennon Group plc (PNN) Receives GBX 874.50 Average Target Price from Analysts

Among 12 analysts covering Shawbrook Group Plc ( LON:SHAW ), 5 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 7 Hold. Therefore 29% are positive. Historically, if we have a peek at price target revisions, GlaxoSmithKline plc (ADR) (NYSE:GSK)'s price target was revised by the analysts three weeks back on 04/24/17 to set its target price at $48.50 where its twelve month high target price was set at $49 and low at $48 while demonstrating the standard deviation of 0.71. Read More »

U.S. reviews Iran nuclear programme, implements missile sanctions

The administration of US President Donald Trump chose to stick by the nuclear deal with Iran on Wednesday, renewing a waiver of nuclear-related sanctions despite his past criticism of the agreement. As contentious as the 2015 Iran nuclear deal is in the US, it has been even more divisive in Iran. After accusing Iran of "not living up to the spirit" of the deal, the new Republican president said in April that his administration was analyzing the JCPOA and would "have something to say about ... Read More »

Major delays at airports

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The systems, known as an Advanced Passenger Processing system, understood to have been provided by global industry-owned SITA are used to check and verify passports on check in, meaning lengthy waits for passengers looking to get through customs and on to worldwide flights. Read More »

Trump's Israel Visit: If 'Hotel Blows Up,' He'll Survive in Armored Suite

Nikki Haley, President Donald Trump's United Nations ambassador, waded into a diplomatic minefield by asserting that the Western Wall is part of Israel, a deviation from US policy. "We will move the embassy to the Eternal Capital of the Jewish people, Jerusalem ". Initially hailed as a hero by Israel's right wing, Trump campaigned on a promise of moving the USA embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and recognizing a united Jerusalem as the capital of Israel , moves that were certain ... Read More »

Extending Oil Output Cuts Will Stabilise Prices, Says Putin

As of May 1, Russian Federation moved beyond its commitments as it reduced oil production by 300,790 barrels per day versus October 2016, according to the Energy Ministry. It also noted that, alongside production cuts and steady demand growth, a rise in global refinery runs should start to contribute to the rebalancing. Read More »

N. Korea fires missile in latest test, US and S. Korea say

This story is breaki. South Korea's new President Moon Jae-In called a National Security Council meeting in response to the latest launch, Yonhap news agency reported. "This system, last tested in February, has a shorter range than the missiles launched in North Korea's three most recent tests", the official said in Saudi Arabia, where US President Donald Trump is on a two-day visit. Read More »