UK’s May seeks Florentine renaissance for deadlocked Brexit talks

September 22, 2017

FLORENCE, Italy (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Theresa May will try to rescue stalled Brexit talks on Friday with a speech in the Italian city of Florence she hopes will convince the European Union she is ready to cut a fair divorce deal. Europe’s capitals and boardrooms will be watching to see if May can offer enough to EU negotiators to persuade them to move talks forward, without angering eurosceptics…

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BLM activists can proceed with suit against NYPD, Manhattan DA

September 22, 2017

Two Black Lives Matter activists can go ahead with their lawsuit against the Manhattan DA’s office and the NYPD over the police department handling their arrest cases, a judge ruled Thursday. Arminta Jeffryes and Christina Winsor are trying to prevent NYPD lawyers from prosecuting them in criminal court. The women face minor civil disobedience charges stemming from rallies. Lawyers for Jeffryes and Winsor…

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AP Explains: Why Japan doesn’t sign nuclear arms ban treaty

September 22, 2017

Japan, the only country to have suffered atomic bomb attacks, has repeatedly called for a global ban on nuclear weapons. Yet it sided with the nuclear powers and NATO in refusing to sign a treaty to ban such weapons during the U.N. General Assembly meeting in New York. The treaty, the first of its kind, was signed Wednesday by 50 countries and would take effect if the same number of…

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‘Deranged’ Trump will ‘pay dearly’ for threat

September 21, 2017

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un called President Donald Trump “deranged” and said in a statement carried by the state news agency that he will “pay dearly” for his threats. Kim said that Trump is “unfit to hold the prerogative of supreme command of a country.” He also described the president as “a rogue and a gangster fond of playing with fire.” “I will make the…

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Hurricane Maria lashes Dominican Republic after cutting off power to Puerto Rico

September 21, 2017

Posted September 22, 2017 00:39:10 Photo: A man tries to salvage furniture from his restaurant as Maria starts pounding down on Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. (Reuters: Ricardo Rojas) Hurricane Maria has lashed parts of the Dominican Republic with heavy rain and high winds after directly hitting Puerto Rico causing severe flooding and cutting off power to the entire island. Key points: Hurricane Maria has killed at least 10 people throughout…

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Consumer packaging group to reduce confusing food labels

September 21, 2017

“Sell by?” ”Display Until?” ”Best Before?” These food date labels intend to help shoppers figure out what to throw away, but they’re also mixed up with deadlines for retailers as well. That causes confusion among shoppers who can’t figure out what they all mean on a can of beans or a bag of pasta. As a result, shoppers discard food that is either safe or usable after the date to…

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Puerto Ricans vow to rebuild after Hurricane Maria devastation

September 21, 2017

CLOSE New video has surfaced showing the path of destruction left by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. USA TODAY Residents of San Juan, Puerto Rico, deal with damages to their homes on September 20, 2017, as Hurricane Maria batters the island. Maria slammed into Puerto Rico on Wednesday, cutting power on most of the US territory as terrified residents hunkered down in the face of the island’s worst storm…

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Crevasse risk identified weeks before Captain David Wood’s death in Antarctica

September 21, 2017

The owner of the company Captain David Wood worked for would have considered using a helicopter to pull the wedged pilot from the icy crevasse, but it was an option that carried risks, a court has heard. William English, the managing director of Helicopter Resources, gave evidence at the inquest into the pilot’s death on Wednesday. Play Video Don’t Play Abbott allegedly ‘headbutted’ by YES campaigner Play Video Don’t Play…

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Trump’s big test: will his swing voters stay loyal? | US news

In his climb to the presidency, Donald Trump managed to grab 209 US counties that had voted twice for Barack Obama. Each county flipped for reasons all its own. But the overall phenomenon – of Trump eating the Democrats’ lunch in Obama districts – raised a basic question about the future of American politics: were those county results an aberration, or did they reveal an enduring shift? Eight months into…

September 21, 2017
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Can companies block employees’ class-action lawsuits?

September 21, 2017

ANTONIN SCALIA was no fan of class-action lawsuits. When plaintiffs band together to sue a company, he wrote in a 2011 Supreme Court decision, the result is often “trial by formula”—a mashing together of countless disparate claims that are impossible to adjudicate fairly. The Supreme Court followed up on Walmart v Dukes (when it rebuffed 1.5m female employees’ claim that Walmart discriminated against them) by whittling away at class-action litigation…

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