US Imposes Sanctions on Turkey over Russian S-400 Air Defence Missile Systems
2020-12-14 20:48:59 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Monday imposed sanctions on its NATO ally Turkey over its purchase of a Russian air defense system, in a striking move against a longtime partner that sets the stage for further confrontation between the two nations as President-elect Joe Biden prepar...
The Worst Depictions of Paris in Film and TV
2020-12-14 02:21:15 UTC
— By Addison Nugent
Netflix’s Emily in Paris is the latest work to portray the French capital as a postcard-pretty playground for an American. Where do these fantasies come from, asks Addison Nugent.
“The best of America drifts to Paris. The American in Paris is the best American,” F Scott ...
Hollywood's Long History of Misrepresentation of Irish
2020-12-18 02:50:45 UTC
Wild Mountain Thyme and cinema's ridiculous Emerald Isle fantasies. Why Hollywood gets the Irish so wrong? Most stories told about Ireland are not for the Irish who live in Ireland, so 'Irishness' in Hollywood only serves the needs of those who will pay to see it. You're not obliged to. Unless yo...
Supreme Court Rejects Trump/ GOP's Bid to Overturn Biden’s Victory
2020-12-12 00:23:12 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Friday rejected a lawsuit backed by President Donald Trump to overturn Joe Biden’s election victory, ending a desperate attempt to get legal issues rejected by state and federal judges before the nation’s highest court.
The court’s order was its second th...
EU Wants to Be a leader in Fight Against Global Warming
2020-12-12 20:22:17 UTC
BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders reached a hard-fought deal Friday to cut the bloc’s greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by the end of the decade compared with 1990 levels, avoiding a hugely embarrassing deadlock ahead of a U.N. climate meeting this weekend.
Following night-long dis...
U.S. Govt Accuses Facebook of Abusing Its Market Power to Crush Competitors
2020-12-09 23:53:02 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government and 48 states and districts sued Facebook Wednesday, accusing it of abusing its market power in social networking to crush smaller competitors and seeking remedies that could include a forced spinoff of the social network’s Instagram and WhatsApp messaging se...
First Shot: UK Starts COVID-19 Vaccination
2020-12-08 07:22:51 UTC
LONDON (AP) — U.K. health authorities began rolling out the first doses of a widely tested and independently reviewed COVID-19 vaccine on Tuesday, starting a global immunization program that is expected to gain momentum as more serums win approval.
The first shot came early in the morning at o...
Millions of Hungry Americans Turn to Food Banks For 1st Time
2020-12-08 00:37:47 UTC
<p>The deadly pandemic that tore through the nation’s heartland struck just as Aaron Crawford was in a moment of crisis. He was looking for work, his wife needed surgery, then the virus began eating away at her work hours and her paycheck.</p><p>The Crawfords had no savings, mounting bills ...
Irish PM Says Chances of a Brexit- Deal at 50-50
2020-12-07 16:04:37 UTC
BRUSSELS/LONDON (Reuters) - British and European Union negotiators made a last-ditch effort on Monday to bridge stubborn differences standing in the way of a post-Brexit trade deal, but they had at best 48 hours left to avoid a disorderly parting of ways at the end of this month.
Rudy Giuliani, 76, Gets COVID-19
2020-12-07 02:19:56 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Sunday his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani has tested positive for the coronavirus.
The 76-year-old former New York mayor has traveled extensively to battleground states in recent days and weeks in an effort to help Trump subvert his election loss....
How to Make Pizza Like in Italy
2020-12-06 16:46:11 UTC
The Margherita is the undisputed heavyweight champion of pizza. It’s the pizza that any pizza chef would order to get the measure of a new pizzeria because there is nothing to hide behind; no snazzy flavors to mask the quality of your ingredients, dough and skill with the oven. Here is Thom Ellio...
Will Five-Year Brexit Divorce End Messily?
2020-12-06 06:45:34 UTC
<p>LONDON/BRUSSELS (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen instructed their negotiators to resume trade talks on Sunday in a last ditch attempt to bridge significant differences.</p><p>The decision to revive the long-running talks af...
US Lawmakers Close to A Coronavirus Stimulus Deal
2020-12-04 19:51:13 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi gave an optimistic assessment of the prospects for a mid-sized COVID-19 relief bill and a separate $1.4 trillion governmentwide spending bill on Friday, teeing up expectations for a successful burst of legislative action to reverse months of frustratio...
What To Do Immediately After A Car Accident
2020-12-06 20:11:47 UTC
Car accidents, even just fender benders, are an unfortunate fact of life. Even though fewer cars are on the road during the pandemic—16% fewer according to Zendrive, a smartphone-based driving analytics app provider—drivers might be more distracted. Phone use while driving was up 38% after lockdo...
Filing an Auto Insurance Claim
2021-09-02 01:52:21 UTC
If you have recently been in a car accident, you may be uncertain about what to do. You're probably not surprised to hear that many people are unsure about what to do after an accident. Even the most cautious and experienced drivers can find themselves shaken up on the side of the road, assessing...
Fact Check: Trump and His Accomplices Continue to Spread Falsehoods on Social Media
2020-12-04 02:46:11 UTC
(Reuters) — Social media users have been sharing posts which claim to show a video of an employee of the electronic voting company, Dominion Voting Systems, manipulating and stealing voting data. However, a spokesperson for the Gwinnett County government and the voting system implementation manag...
Study: U.S. Students Falling Behind in Math During Pandemic
2020-12-04 02:45:15 UTC
A disproportionately large number of poor and minority students were not in schools for assessments this fall, complicating efforts to measure the pandemic’s effects on some of the most vulnerable students, a not-for-profit company that administers standardized testing said Tuesday.
Iran's Parliament Steps Up Pressure on Europe over Sanctions Targeting Banking, Oil
2020-12-01 16:04:14 UTC
<p>TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s parliament on Tuesday approved a bill that would suspend U.N. inspections of its nuclear facilities and require the government to boost its uranium enrichment if European signatories to the 2015 nuclear deal do not provide relief from oil and banking sanc...
Scientists Discover How a Protein Sequence Folds Up Into Three Dimensions
2020-12-01 03:18:45 UTC
One of biology's biggest mysteries has been solved using artificial intelligence, experts have announced.
Predicting how a protein folds into a unique three-dimensional shape has puzzled scientists for half a century.
London-based AI lab, DeepMind, has largely cracked the problem, say the o...
Moderna Pushes US/EU Regulators to Allow Emergency Use of COVID-19 Vaccine
2020-12-01 00:31:56 UTC
Moderna Inc. said it would ask U.S. and European regulators Monday to allow emergency use of its COVID-19 vaccine as new study results confirm the shots offer strong protection — ramping up the race to begin limited vaccinations as the coronavirus rampage worsens.
Multiple vaccine candidates m...
Iran Says Israel Killed Scientist with Remote-Controlled Machine Gun
2020-11-30 16:15:52 UTC
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A top Iranian security official on Monday accused Israel of using “electronic devices” to remotely kill a scientist who founded the Islamic Republic’s military nuclear program in the 2000s.
Ali Shamkhani, the secretary of the country’s Supreme National Security Council, ma...
Palestinian President, Jordan's King Set High Hopes that Biden Revives Peace Talks
2020-12-01 00:28:01 UTC
AMMAN (Reuters) - Jordan’s King Abdullah on Sunday met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and both leaders set high hopes that U.S. President-elect Joe Biden will revive peace talks over a two-state solution to the decades-old Arab-Israeli conflict, officials said.
In a palace statement ...
Hungarian Official: “Europe is George Soros’ Gas Chamber”
2020-11-29 17:42:08 UTC
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — A Hungarian ministerial commissioner has come under fire for an article comparing American-Hungarian billionaire and philanthropist George Soros, a staunch critic of Hungary’s government, to Adolf Hitler and the Nazis.
“Europe is George Soros’ gas chamber,” Szilard Dem...
'The Weeknd' Calls Grammy 'Corrupt' After Lack of Nominations
2020-11-28 21:44:24 UTC
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Beyonce dominated nominations for the 2021 Grammy Awards on Tuesday in a field that favored alternative artists over mainstream musicians, topped by a stunning snub for Canadian singer The Weeknd, who called the process “corrupt.”
Beyonce’s nine nods made her the second...
Biden Plans Swift Moves to Protect and Advance LGBTQ Rights
2020-11-28 18:24:10 UTC
As vice president in 2012, Joe Biden endeared himself to many LGBTQ Americans by endorsing same-sex marriage even before his boss, President Barack Obama.
Now, as president-elect, Biden is making sweeping promises to LGBTQ activists, proposing to carry out virtually every major proposal on the...