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Clock running out as Senate tries to avert government s…

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate raced to avert a government shutdown on Friday ahead of a midnight deadline with no agreement on funding in sight and both parties squabbling over who is to blame for the impasse. President Donald Trump postponed plans to leave Washington on Friday as a bill to fund the government through Feb. 16, approved on Thursday night by the House of Representatives, appeared on the verge of collapse in the Senate, where Democratic votes are needed to pass it. The Republican-controlled House planned to adjournRead More


Coca-Cola pledges to recycle all packaging by 2030

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Coca-Cola has announced a pledge to recycle a used bottle or can for every one the company sells by 2030. Calling it a “massive global ambition” the firm admitted its role in littering the environment and responsibility for tackling the problem. It will also work towards making all of its packaging recyclable worldwide. However, Greenpeace said Coca-Cola was not taking the problem seriously enough, and should focus on reducing the amount of plastic it produces. Tisha Brown, Oceans Campaigner for Greenpeace UK, said the plan hadRead More


6.3-magnitude earthquake shakes Mexico’s Gulf of Califo…

MEXICO CITY –  A 6.3-magnitude earthquake has struck offshore in Mexico’s Gulf of California. There are no immediate reports of damage. The U.S. Geological Survey says the Friday morning quake was centered about 48 miles (78 kilometers) north-northeast of Loreto, in the waters between the states of Baja California Sur and Sinaloa. The USGS reports that it struck at a depth of 6 miles (10 kilometers). The area is a desert coastline dotted with small towns and fishing villages popular with U.S. tourists who park their recreational vehicles at seasideRead More


Pentagon puts countering China, Russia at center of U.S…

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. military has put countering China and Russia at the heart of a new national defense strategy unveiled on Friday, the latest sign of shifting American priorities after more than a decade and a half of focusing on the fight against Islamist militants. The strategy document, the first of its kind since at least 2014, sets priorities for the U.S. Defense Department that are expected to be reflected in future defense spending requests. The Pentagon released an unclassified, 11-page version of the document on Friday. TheRead More


Thousands hit in OnePlus credit card hack

Image copyright OnePlus Image caption OnePlus said the card-stealing script was active for about two months Up to 40,000 people were caught out by hackers who stole credit card details from the site of phone maker OnePlus. The company stopped taking card payments via its site earlier this week after learning about the attack. An investigation has revealed that attackers stole data by exploiting a loophole in its payment system between mid-November 2017 and 11 January. The company apologised and said affected customers would get free help to resolve cardRead More


Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman confronts Larry Nassar in c…

LANSING, Mich. — Six-time Olympic medalist Aly Raisman faced her abuser in a Michigan courtroom on Friday. The Needham, Massachusetts native is one of more than 140 women who say former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar sexually abused them under the guise of medical treatment. “I am here to face you, Larry, so you can see I have regained my strength. That I am no longer a victim, I am a survivor. I am no longer that little girl you met in Australia, where you first began grooming andRead More


Kodak Black held without bond after latest arrest

Rapper Kodak Black was arrested Thursday in Florida on several felony charges, including grand theft of a firearm and possession of a weapon by a convicted felon, jail records show. The musician, whose real name is Dieuson Octave, remains in custody Friday at the Broward County Main Jail on seven felony charges. In addition to the firearm counts, Octave, 20, is also facing charges of marijuana possession, child neglect and violating his probation, according to jail records. A judge ordered Octave, who was on probation at the time of hisRead More


TalkTalk most complained-about broadband provider

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Overall the trend of complaints to Ofcom is down, suggesting providers are improving their services TalkTalk has been named as the most complained-about broadband firm in the UK, according to the latest report from regulator Ofcom. The watchdog received nearly 250 complaints a day about communications services from July to September 2017. The Post Office came out worst for landline services and Vodafone received most complaints from mobile users. In response, TalkTalk said closure of customer service centres in India had been partially toRead More


Baby killed, 17 injured after car hits crowd on Rio boa…

RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazilian authorities say a baby was killed and 17 people were injured when a motorist drove into a crowded boardwalk along Copacabana beach. Rio de Janeiro’s municipal health department confirmed Friday that an Australian was among those injured in the Thursday night incident and that the 68-year-old is breathing with the help of a respirator. Eight others remain hospitalized, many with broken bones. The state health department confirmed the death of a baby girl.  People watch a car that has driven into the crowded seaside boardwalkRead More


Ewan McGregor’s daughter seemingly attacks dad’s new ro…

Actor Ewan McGregor and his wife Eve Mavrakis arrive at the 86th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California March 2, 2014.  (Reuters) Ewan McGregor’s 15-year-old daughter has slammed the Hollywood star in a song she wrote and posted online. Esther McGregor pours out her heart while singing “Seeing those pictures, they’re making me cry” — thought to be a reference to her dad’s kiss with new love Mary Elizabeth Winstead. The tune, titled “Made You A Man,” comes after the “Star Wars” and “Trainspotting” actor walked out on her mom Eve Mavrakis, 51. Reuters  (Ewan McGregorRead More