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  • 1/100   News Photos Slideshows
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  • 2/100   List of nominees for the Golden Globe Awards
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    Nominees for the 70th annual Golden Globe Awards, announced Thursday in Beverly Hills, Calif.:

    Nominees for the 70th annual Golden Globe Awards, announced Thursday in Beverly Hills, Calif.:


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  • 3/100   The top 10 songs and albums on the iTunes Store
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    iTunes' Official Music Charts for the week ending November 3, 2014:

    iTunes' Official Music Charts for the week ending November 3, 2014:


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  • 4/100   Jimmy Kimmel rolls out red carpet as Emmy host
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    After rolling out the red carpet Wednesday morning in anticipation of Sunday's Emmy ceremony, host Jimmy Kimmel warned he's planning a prank on folks not watching the show.

    After rolling out the red carpet Wednesday morning in anticipation of Sunday's Emmy ceremony, host Jimmy Kimmel warned he's planning a prank on folks not watching the show.


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  • 5/100   In 2016, a year of painful goodbyes and politics
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    Our politics is often reflected in our popular culture, and vice versa — especially in an election year. That relationship seemed closer than ever in 2016, when a TV personality was elected president, reality shows and beauty contests were referenced in presidential debates, and even a Broadway show ignited partisan sparring.

    Our politics is often reflected in our popular culture, and vice versa — especially in an election year. That relationship seemed closer than ever in 2016, when a TV personality was elected president, reality shows and beauty contests were referenced in presidential debates, and even a Broadway show ignited partisan sparring.


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  • 6/100   Singer Trey Songz arrested after concert outburst in Detroit
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    DETROIT (AP) — Police say singer Trey Songz has been arrested for throwing microphones and speakers from the stage during a performance at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.

    DETROIT (AP) — Police say singer Trey Songz has been arrested for throwing microphones and speakers from the stage during a performance at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.


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  • 7/100   Mundane items ooze love, loss at failed-relationships museum
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    LOS ANGELES (AP) — After her husband asked for a divorce, Amber Clisura gave back her engagement ring, kicked him out of the house and tossed everything that reminded her of the ruined marriage. Except for one item: a polished steel barbecue smoker that her future ex-husband had fashioned for her from an old oil drum.

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — After her husband asked for a divorce, Amber Clisura gave back her engagement ring, kicked him out of the house and tossed everything that reminded her of the ruined marriage. Except for one item: a polished steel barbecue smoker that her future ex-husband had fashioned for her from an old oil drum.


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  • 8/100   'Singin in the Rain' star Debbie Reynolds dies day after daughter Carrie Fisher
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    Debbie Reynolds, the "Singin' in the Rain" actress who tap-danced her way into American hearts as a star of Hollywood's Golden Age, has died, grief-stricken over daughter Carrie Fisher's death a day earlier. The 84-year-old suffered a stroke at son Todd Fisher's Beverly Hills home after telling him "I miss her so much, I want to be with Carrie," he was quoted as telling celebrity news website TMZ. Coming so close to the death of her daughter, Carrie Fisher, this is truly a double tragedy," Screen Actors Guild president Gabrielle Carteris said in a statement.

    Debbie Reynolds, the "Singin' in the Rain" actress who tap-danced her way into American hearts as a star of Hollywood's Golden Age, has died, grief-stricken over daughter Carrie Fisher's death a day earlier. The 84-year-old suffered a stroke at son Todd Fisher's Beverly Hills home after telling him "I miss her so much, I want to be with Carrie," he was quoted as telling celebrity news website TMZ. Coming so close to the death of her daughter, Carrie Fisher, this is truly a double tragedy," Screen Actors Guild president Gabrielle Carteris said in a statement.


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  • 9/100   Debbie Reynolds and daughter Carrie Fisher linked by death
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    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Debbie Reynolds embodied the sunshine of postwar America on the screen as she matched steps with Gene Kelly in "Singin' in the Rain."

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Debbie Reynolds embodied the sunshine of postwar America on the screen as she matched steps with Gene Kelly in "Singin' in the Rain."


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  • 10/100   Fans create impromptu Hollywood star for Carrie Fisher
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    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Carrie Fisher didn't have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, so fans have taken over a blank sidewalk star to pay tribute to the late "Star Wars" actress.

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Carrie Fisher didn't have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, so fans have taken over a blank sidewalk star to pay tribute to the late "Star Wars" actress.


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  • 11/100   Poland to buy Da Vinci's 'Lady with an Ermine'
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    Poland's culture ministry is expected Thursday to buy a private art collection worth two billion euros that includes Leonardo da Vinci's "Lady with an Ermine". Currently owned by the Princes Czartoryski Foundation and housed at the National Museum in the southern city of Krakow, the collection numbers thousands of items. In addition to the da Vinci, which is insured for about 350 million euros ($365 million), its other big names include a Rembrandt and drawings by Renoir.

    Poland's culture ministry is expected Thursday to buy a private art collection worth two billion euros that includes Leonardo da Vinci's "Lady with an Ermine". Currently owned by the Princes Czartoryski Foundation and housed at the National Museum in the southern city of Krakow, the collection numbers thousands of items. In addition to the da Vinci, which is insured for about 350 million euros ($365 million), its other big names include a Rembrandt and drawings by Renoir.


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  • 12/100   Reactions to the death of actress Debbie Reynolds Wednesday
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    Reaction to the death of actress Debbie Reynolds Wednesday at 84, a day after her daughter, Carrie Fisher, died:

    Reaction to the death of actress Debbie Reynolds Wednesday at 84, a day after her daughter, Carrie Fisher, died:


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  • 13/100   South Korea investigators look into alleged artist blacklist
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    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean investigators on Thursday summoned the country's ambassador to France as they widened their inquiry into a corruption scandal involving impeached President Park Geun-hye to include allegations her administration blacklisted thousands of artists for their political beliefs.

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean investigators on Thursday summoned the country's ambassador to France as they widened their inquiry into a corruption scandal involving impeached President Park Geun-hye to include allegations her administration blacklisted thousands of artists for their political beliefs.


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  • 14/100   Fans create impromptu Walk of Fame star for Carrie Fisher
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    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Fans seeking to pay tribute to Carrie Fisher have created an impromptu star for the actress on Hollywood's Walk of Fame.

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Fans seeking to pay tribute to Carrie Fisher have created an impromptu star for the actress on Hollywood's Walk of Fame.


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  • 15/100   Final goodbye: Roll call of some of those who died in 2016
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    Death claimed transcendent political figures in 2016, including Cuba's revolutionary leader and Thailand's longtime king, but also took away royals of a different sort: kings of pop music, from Prince ...

    Death claimed transcendent political figures in 2016, including Cuba's revolutionary leader and Thailand's longtime king, but also took away royals of a different sort: kings of pop music, from Prince ...


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  • 16/100   Actress Debbie Reynolds, 84, dies a day after daughter
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    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Debbie Reynolds, who lit up the screen in "Singin' in the Rain' and other Hollywood classics despite a tumultuous life, has died a day after losing her daughter, Carrie Fisher. Reynolds was 84.

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Debbie Reynolds, who lit up the screen in "Singin' in the Rain' and other Hollywood classics despite a tumultuous life, has died a day after losing her daughter, Carrie Fisher. Reynolds was 84.


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  • 17/100   Police, other agencies ramp up security for Rose Parade
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    PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Acknowledging they have learned valuable lessons from this year's terrorist attack in Brussels, authorities said Wednesday they are tightening security at the 128th annual Rose Parade with sturdier barricades and more checkpoints to control cars, as well as numerous other measures, including some they aren't disclosing.

    PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Acknowledging they have learned valuable lessons from this year's terrorist attack in Brussels, authorities said Wednesday they are tightening security at the 128th annual Rose Parade with sturdier barricades and more checkpoints to control cars, as well as numerous other measures, including some they aren't disclosing.


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  • 18/100   Reports: Debbie Reynolds hospitalized in Los Angeles
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    Debbie Reynolds has been taken to the hospital after suffering a medical emergency in Los Angeles one day after her daughter Carrie Fisher died, multiple media outlets reported Wednesday. The Los Angeles ...

    Debbie Reynolds has been taken to the hospital after suffering a medical emergency in Los Angeles one day after her daughter Carrie Fisher died, multiple media outlets reported Wednesday. The Los Angeles ...


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  • 19/100   Reports: Debbie Reynolds hospitalized in Los Angeles
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    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Media reports say Debbie Reynolds has been rushed to the hospital after suffering a medical emergency in Los Angeles one day after her daughter Carrie Fisher died.

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Media reports say Debbie Reynolds has been rushed to the hospital after suffering a medical emergency in Los Angeles one day after her daughter Carrie Fisher died.


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  • 20/100   Canadian actor Gordie Tapp, a regular on 'Hee Haw' has died
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    BURLINGTON, Ontario (AP) — Canadian entertainer Gordie Tapp, who exercised his comedic chops as a regular on the popular American television variety series "Hee Haw," died earlier this month at age 94, the Canadian Broadcast Corp. announced. It said he died Dec. 18 from complications of pneumonia.

    BURLINGTON, Ontario (AP) — Canadian entertainer Gordie Tapp, who exercised his comedic chops as a regular on the popular American television variety series "Hee Haw," died earlier this month at age 94, the Canadian Broadcast Corp. announced. It said he died Dec. 18 from complications of pneumonia.


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  • 21/100   Trump inaugural to include prayers from prosperity preachers
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    Two preachers who teach that God will make the faithful rich are among the religious leaders chosen to offer prayers at President-elect Donald Trump's swearing-in, the inaugural committee said Wednesday.

    Two preachers who teach that God will make the faithful rich are among the religious leaders chosen to offer prayers at President-elect Donald Trump's swearing-in, the inaugural committee said Wednesday.


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  • 22/100   Rapper T.I. and his wife to split as she files for divorce
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    ATLANTA (AP) — Tameka "Tiny" Harris, wife of rapper T.I., has filed for divorce from the hip-hop entertainer.

    ATLANTA (AP) — Tameka "Tiny" Harris, wife of rapper T.I., has filed for divorce from the hip-hop entertainer.


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  • 23/100   Where to sell your unwanted stuff online and earn extra cash
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    NEW YORK (AP) — If you're cleaning out your closets for the new year, or need some spare cash after the holidays, your old stuff can help fill up your wallet.

    NEW YORK (AP) — If you're cleaning out your closets for the new year, or need some spare cash after the holidays, your old stuff can help fill up your wallet.


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  • 24/100   AP FACT CHECK: WWE wrestler 'Big Show' is alive and well
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    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A story posted by a blog called "WWE" that claimed the professional wrestling star "Big Show" had died in a car accident is false.

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A story posted by a blog called "WWE" that claimed the professional wrestling star "Big Show" had died in a car accident is false.


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  • 25/100   With the loss of its celebrities, Gen X ponders mortality
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    Princess Leia was our first girl movie heroine, and we made our moms braid brunette yarn so we'd have earmuff buns for Halloween. Carol Brady of "The Brady Bunch" was the ideal mother we probably didn't have, because our moms had to work and left us latchkey kids home alone, with TV and processed food our only companions.

    Princess Leia was our first girl movie heroine, and we made our moms braid brunette yarn so we'd have earmuff buns for Halloween. Carol Brady of "The Brady Bunch" was the ideal mother we probably didn't have, because our moms had to work and left us latchkey kids home alone, with TV and processed food our only companions.


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  • 26/100   'Nashville' returns with transgender actress, new plot lines
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    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The new season of "Nashville" starts with traditional songs rooted in gospel and folk music rather than big production country songs.

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The new season of "Nashville" starts with traditional songs rooted in gospel and folk music rather than big production country songs.


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  • 27/100   Review: Fisher's 'The Princess Diarist' doesn't dish enough
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    "The Princess Diarist" (Blue Rider Press), by Carrie Fisher

    "The Princess Diarist" (Blue Rider Press), by Carrie Fisher


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  • 28/100   Older British royals outpace youngers in public duties
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    LONDON (AP) — Prince Philip has been saying since he turned 90 five years ago that he's cutting back on his public schedule to reflect his advancing years.

    LONDON (AP) — Prince Philip has been saying since he turned 90 five years ago that he's cutting back on his public schedule to reflect his advancing years.


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  • 29/100   Hollywood's 'princess' Carrie Fisher dead at 60
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    After decades of fast living that her fearless "Star Wars" character Princess Leia would have struggled to keep up with, Carrie Fisher died Tuesday following a massive heart attack. The American actress, best-selling author and screenwriter -- who suffered from numerous addictions she later turned into writing gold -- was a member of Hollywood royalty, both on screen and off. Born in Los Angeles in October 1956, the daughter of actress Debbie Reynolds and singer Eddie Fisher became an international star overnight with the release of "Star Wars" in 1977.

    After decades of fast living that her fearless "Star Wars" character Princess Leia would have struggled to keep up with, Carrie Fisher died Tuesday following a massive heart attack. The American actress, best-selling author and screenwriter -- who suffered from numerous addictions she later turned into writing gold -- was a member of Hollywood royalty, both on screen and off. Born in Los Angeles in October 1956, the daughter of actress Debbie Reynolds and singer Eddie Fisher became an international star overnight with the release of "Star Wars" in 1977.


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  • 30/100   Film factory Budapest, where Hollywood dreams are made
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    Spotting hunky Hollywood actors is no big deal any more in Budapest, now one of Europe's top hubs for foreign film productions thanks to attractive tax breaks and cutting-edge facilities. Some of the biggest US blockbusters in recent years were filmed here, including 2015 action comedy "Spy" with Jude Law and 2016 mystery thriller "Inferno" featuring Tom Hanks. The 60-year-old star of the sequel to Dan Brown's "Da Vinci Code" spent several weeks in the Hungarian capital during the shooting.

    Spotting hunky Hollywood actors is no big deal any more in Budapest, now one of Europe's top hubs for foreign film productions thanks to attractive tax breaks and cutting-edge facilities. Some of the biggest US blockbusters in recent years were filmed here, including 2015 action comedy "Spy" with Jude Law and 2016 mystery thriller "Inferno" featuring Tom Hanks. The 60-year-old star of the sequel to Dan Brown's "Da Vinci Code" spent several weeks in the Hungarian capital during the shooting.


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  • 31/100   Warriors bounce back from Christmas Day defeat
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    The Golden State Warriors, stung on Christmas Day in their NBA Finals rematch with the Cleveland Cavaliers, took charge early Wednesday in a 121-111 victory over the Toronto Raptors. Kevin Durant posted a double-double of 22 points and 17 rebounds and Stephen Curry scored 28 points for the Warriors, who had squandered a double-digit fourth-quarter lead in their 109-108 loss to the Cavs. "It's huge," Curry said of the bounce-back win.

    The Golden State Warriors, stung on Christmas Day in their NBA Finals rematch with the Cleveland Cavaliers, took charge early Wednesday in a 121-111 victory over the Toronto Raptors. Kevin Durant posted a double-double of 22 points and 17 rebounds and Stephen Curry scored 28 points for the Warriors, who had squandered a double-digit fourth-quarter lead in their 109-108 loss to the Cavs. "It's huge," Curry said of the bounce-back win.


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  • 32/100   Warriors spoil DeRozan's record achievement
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    (The Sports Xchange) - Klay Thompson scored 12 of his 21 points in Golden State's 42-point first quarter on Wednesday, which propelled the Warriors to a 121-111 victory over the Toronto Raptors. Despite seeing a seven-game road winning streak end, the Raptors experienced a historic moment when DeMar DeRozan became the franchise's all-time leading scorer, surpassing Chris Bosh with the 15th of his team-high 29 points. DeRozan, currently in his eighth NBA season, finished the game with 10,290 career points, 15 more than Bosh, who played his first seven seasons for Toronto.

    (The Sports Xchange) - Klay Thompson scored 12 of his 21 points in Golden State's 42-point first quarter on Wednesday, which propelled the Warriors to a 121-111 victory over the Toronto Raptors. Despite seeing a seven-game road winning streak end, the Raptors experienced a historic moment when DeMar DeRozan became the franchise's all-time leading scorer, surpassing Chris Bosh with the 15th of his team-high 29 points. DeRozan, currently in his eighth NBA season, finished the game with 10,290 career points, 15 more than Bosh, who played his first seven seasons for Toronto.


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  • 33/100   Anthony ejected for flagrant foul as Knicks fall to Hawks
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    (Reuters) - New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony was ejected for a flagrant foul during the game against the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday as tempers flared again in the National Basketball Association. The nine-times All-Star was given his marching orders in the second quarter for hitting Atlanta's Thabo Sefolosha in the head with his right hand as they jostled anticipating a rebound. Anthony did not speak to the media afterwards, but Sefolosha pulled no metaphorical punches.

    (Reuters) - New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony was ejected for a flagrant foul during the game against the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday as tempers flared again in the National Basketball Association. The nine-times All-Star was given his marching orders in the second quarter for hitting Atlanta's Thabo Sefolosha in the head with his right hand as they jostled anticipating a rebound. Anthony did not speak to the media afterwards, but Sefolosha pulled no metaphorical punches.


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  • 34/100   Aldridge leads short-handed Spurs over Suns
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    With San Antonio's leading scorer Kawhi Leonard sidelined by illness, LaMarcus Aldridge stepped up with 27 points on Wednesday to lead the Spurs to a 119-98 NBA victory over the Phoenix Suns. Leonard missed his first game of the season with a stomach bug. "He just couldn't keep anything down today, so he stayed home," coach Gregg Popovich said.

    With San Antonio's leading scorer Kawhi Leonard sidelined by illness, LaMarcus Aldridge stepped up with 27 points on Wednesday to lead the Spurs to a 119-98 NBA victory over the Phoenix Suns. Leonard missed his first game of the season with a stomach bug. "He just couldn't keep anything down today, so he stayed home," coach Gregg Popovich said.


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  • 35/100   'Phenomenal' Butler lifts Bulls over Nets
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    Jimmy Butler's 40 points included the first buzzer-beating game-winner of his career, but the Chicago Bulls forward said the last-gasp heroics weren't his dream scenario. "I hope it never comes down to that, to tell you the truth," Butler said after the Bulls edged the Brooklyn Nets 101-99. Butler also pulled down 11 rebounds for his fourth double-double of the season.

    Jimmy Butler's 40 points included the first buzzer-beating game-winner of his career, but the Chicago Bulls forward said the last-gasp heroics weren't his dream scenario. "I hope it never comes down to that, to tell you the truth," Butler said after the Bulls edged the Brooklyn Nets 101-99. Butler also pulled down 11 rebounds for his fourth double-double of the season.


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  • 36/100   Woods worth $740 million, Jordan a billionaire says Forbes
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    (Reuters) - Golfers Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson and former NBA player Michael Jordan are among the 20 wealthiest American celebrities, Forbes reported on Wednesday. Woods, 40, is the youngest person on the Forbes top-20 list, with a net worth estimated at $740 million. The 14-times major champion, who trails only Jack Nicklaus (18 majors) on the all-time list, recently launched a competitive comeback after being sidelined for more than 15 months while recovering from back surgery.

    (Reuters) - Golfers Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson and former NBA player Michael Jordan are among the 20 wealthiest American celebrities, Forbes reported on Wednesday. Woods, 40, is the youngest person on the Forbes top-20 list, with a net worth estimated at $740 million. The 14-times major champion, who trails only Jack Nicklaus (18 majors) on the all-time list, recently launched a competitive comeback after being sidelined for more than 15 months while recovering from back surgery.


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  • 37/100   Buccaneers' Martin suspended, enters treatment
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    The National Football League has slapped Doug Martin with a four-game suspension after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back failed a drugs test. The ban begins with this week's final regular season game against the Carolina Panthers and Martin has now entered a treatment facility. Buccaneers coach Dirk Koetter earlier benched the Pro Bowl running back in Saturday's 31-24 loss to the New Orleans Saints.

    The National Football League has slapped Doug Martin with a four-game suspension after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back failed a drugs test. The ban begins with this week's final regular season game against the Carolina Panthers and Martin has now entered a treatment facility. Buccaneers coach Dirk Koetter earlier benched the Pro Bowl running back in Saturday's 31-24 loss to the New Orleans Saints.


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  • 38/100   Pacers player, coach fined for criticizing refs
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    The NBA fined Indiana Pacers forward Paul George and head coach Nate McMillan on Wednesday over their comments criticizing league officials in the wake of the team's loss to Chicago on Monday. George, who was fined $15,000, was anticipating such a move even as he voice his frustration after the game. "I've been fined multiple times," George said, but went on to say he believes the Pacers don't get the benefit of the doubt on foul calls.

    The NBA fined Indiana Pacers forward Paul George and head coach Nate McMillan on Wednesday over their comments criticizing league officials in the wake of the team's loss to Chicago on Monday. George, who was fined $15,000, was anticipating such a move even as he voice his frustration after the game. "I've been fined multiple times," George said, but went on to say he believes the Pacers don't get the benefit of the doubt on foul calls.


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  • 39/100   Bucs' RB Martin suspended four games for doping violation
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    (Reuters) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin has been suspended four games for violating the NFL's performance-enhancing drug policy and said on Wednesday he was entering a treatment facility. The NFL Network reported that two-time Pro Bowler Martin, who was held out of last week's loss against the New Orleans Saints, was suspended for using the stimulant Adderall. My initial instinct was to appeal the suspension and finish the season with my teammates," Martin, 27, said in a statement.

    (Reuters) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin has been suspended four games for violating the NFL's performance-enhancing drug policy and said on Wednesday he was entering a treatment facility. The NFL Network reported that two-time Pro Bowler Martin, who was held out of last week's loss against the New Orleans Saints, was suspended for using the stimulant Adderall. My initial instinct was to appeal the suspension and finish the season with my teammates," Martin, 27, said in a statement.


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  • 40/100   Interim Bills coach says benching QB Taylor business decision
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    (The Sports Xchange) - EJ Manuel will start at quarterback for the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, but interim head coach Anthony Lynn made it clear the decision to bench Tyrod Taylor in the season finale came from the front office. Taylor, signed to a long-term contract extension before the start of the 2016 season, joined the Bills following four seasons as a Ravens back-up after a strong endorsement from then-head coach Rex Ryan.

    (The Sports Xchange) - EJ Manuel will start at quarterback for the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, but interim head coach Anthony Lynn made it clear the decision to bench Tyrod Taylor in the season finale came from the front office. Taylor, signed to a long-term contract extension before the start of the 2016 season, joined the Bills following four seasons as a Ravens back-up after a strong endorsement from then-head coach Rex Ryan.


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  • 41/100   McIlroy must strive harder to be the greatest - Nicklaus
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    (Reuters) - World number two Rory McIlroy has the talent but he must work harder to dominate golf, 18-times major title winner Jack Nicklaus has said. McIlroy is only behind Australian Jason Day in the world rankings and has won four majors in his career so far, the last of which came in 2014. "Rory is one of those young men who has got a tremendous amount of talent," American Nicklaus told the BBC.

    (Reuters) - World number two Rory McIlroy has the talent but he must work harder to dominate golf, 18-times major title winner Jack Nicklaus has said. McIlroy is only behind Australian Jason Day in the world rankings and has won four majors in his career so far, the last of which came in 2014. "Rory is one of those young men who has got a tremendous amount of talent," American Nicklaus told the BBC.


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  • 42/100   Bogut called for flagrant foul on Harden as tempers flare
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    (The Sports Xchange) - Tempers flared between the Houston Rockets and Dallas on Tuesday, with the Mavericks' Australian center Andrew Bogut among those involved in the thick of the action. Bogut seemed confused about why he had been called for a flagrant foul that helped spur a game-changing 16-0 run by the Rockets in the second quarter. Both locker rooms had plenty to say even though the Rockets won a lopsided game 123-107 in Dallas.

    (The Sports Xchange) - Tempers flared between the Houston Rockets and Dallas on Tuesday, with the Mavericks' Australian center Andrew Bogut among those involved in the thick of the action. Bogut seemed confused about why he had been called for a flagrant foul that helped spur a game-changing 16-0 run by the Rockets in the second quarter. Both locker rooms had plenty to say even though the Rockets won a lopsided game 123-107 in Dallas.


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  • 43/100   Knicks president Jackson and Lakers owner Buss split
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    New York Knicks president Phil Jackson and Los Angeles Lakers president and co-owner Jeanie Buss said they have ended their four-year engagement. Jackson and Buss, daughter of late Lakers owner Jerry Buss, began dating after Jackson became coach of the Lakers in 1999.

    New York Knicks president Phil Jackson and Los Angeles Lakers president and co-owner Jeanie Buss said they have ended their four-year engagement. Jackson and Buss, daughter of late Lakers owner Jerry Buss, began dating after Jackson became coach of the Lakers in 1999.


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  • 44/100   Another Westbrook triple-double lifts Thunder over Heat
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    The seemingly unstoppable Russell Westbrook produced his 15th triple-double of the season Tuesday to propel the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 106-94 NBA victory over the Heat in Miami. Westbrook's 52nd career triple-double was his 30th of 2016 -- a total spanning the latter part of last season. "He's a unique player," Thunder coach Billy Donovan said of Westbrook, who reeled in a rebound to wrap up a triple-double with 6:40 remaining in the third quarter.

    The seemingly unstoppable Russell Westbrook produced his 15th triple-double of the season Tuesday to propel the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 106-94 NBA victory over the Heat in Miami. Westbrook's 52nd career triple-double was his 30th of 2016 -- a total spanning the latter part of last season. "He's a unique player," Thunder coach Billy Donovan said of Westbrook, who reeled in a rebound to wrap up a triple-double with 6:40 remaining in the third quarter.


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  • 45/100   Durant slams NBA for 'throwing refs under the bus'
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    (Reuters) - Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant wants the National Basketball Association to become less transparent, at least when it comes to its review of referee decisions. Durant made his comments after the league concluded he was on the wrong end of a non-call during the Warriors' blockbuster Christmas Day showdown with the Cleveland Cavaliers. On the game's final play, with the Warriors down by one point, Durant stumbled when Cleveland's Richard Jefferson trod on his foot.

    (Reuters) - Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant wants the National Basketball Association to become less transparent, at least when it comes to its review of referee decisions. Durant made his comments after the league concluded he was on the wrong end of a non-call during the Warriors' blockbuster Christmas Day showdown with the Cleveland Cavaliers. On the game's final play, with the Warriors down by one point, Durant stumbled when Cleveland's Richard Jefferson trod on his foot.


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  • 46/100   Westbrook's triple-double fuels Thunder
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    Russell Westbrook's 52nd career triple-double powered the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 106-94 NBA victory over the Heat in Miami. Westbrook scored 29 points, pulled down 17 rebounds and handed out 11 assists, securing a triple-double with 6:40 to play in the third period. It was his 15th triple-double of the season and his sixth of the campaign to be achieved through only three quarters.

    Russell Westbrook's 52nd career triple-double powered the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 106-94 NBA victory over the Heat in Miami. Westbrook scored 29 points, pulled down 17 rebounds and handed out 11 assists, securing a triple-double with 6:40 to play in the third period. It was his 15th triple-double of the season and his sixth of the campaign to be achieved through only three quarters.


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  • 47/100   Right-hander Nova inks three-year deal with Pirates
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    (Reuters) - The Pittsburgh Pirates have bolstered their 2017 prospects by signing starting pitcher Ivan Nova to a new three-year deal, the Major League Baseball team announced on Tuesday. Free agent Nova ended the 2016 season in stellar fashion after being acquired from the New York Yankees in August. In 11 starts with Pittsburgh, the right-hander from the Dominican Republic went 5-2 with a 3.06 ERA.

    (Reuters) - The Pittsburgh Pirates have bolstered their 2017 prospects by signing starting pitcher Ivan Nova to a new three-year deal, the Major League Baseball team announced on Tuesday. Free agent Nova ended the 2016 season in stellar fashion after being acquired from the New York Yankees in August. In 11 starts with Pittsburgh, the right-hander from the Dominican Republic went 5-2 with a 3.06 ERA.


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  • 48/100   Durant no fan of league's officiating reports
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    Kevin Durant is no fan of the NBA's late-game officiating reports, even when they confirm his impression of referee errors. The league's most recent "Last Two Minutes" officiating report said that Durant was fouled on the final play of his Golden State Warriors' one-point loss to the Cavaliers in Cleveland on Christmas Day. No foul was called when the Cavs' Richard Jefferson's foot made contact with Durant, who ended up sprawled on the floor unable to connect on a potential game-winning shot.

    Kevin Durant is no fan of the NBA's late-game officiating reports, even when they confirm his impression of referee errors. The league's most recent "Last Two Minutes" officiating report said that Durant was fouled on the final play of his Golden State Warriors' one-point loss to the Cavaliers in Cleveland on Christmas Day. No foul was called when the Cavs' Richard Jefferson's foot made contact with Durant, who ended up sprawled on the floor unable to connect on a potential game-winning shot.


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  • 49/100   Oakland Raiders prep for playoffs without injured QB Carr
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    The Oakland Raiders will be counting on backup quarterback Matt McGloin in their first NFL playoff run since 2002 as Derek Carr recovers from a broken leg that required surgery. "Surgery couldn't have gone better!" Carr tweeted on Tuesday afternoon. The Raiders had already secured a post-season berth when Carr broke his right fibula after he was sacked Saturday in a win over the Indianapolis Colts.

    The Oakland Raiders will be counting on backup quarterback Matt McGloin in their first NFL playoff run since 2002 as Derek Carr recovers from a broken leg that required surgery. "Surgery couldn't have gone better!" Carr tweeted on Tuesday afternoon. The Raiders had already secured a post-season berth when Carr broke his right fibula after he was sacked Saturday in a win over the Indianapolis Colts.


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  • 50/100   Bills fire Ryan, name Lynn interim head coach
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    (The Sports Xchange) - The Buffalo Bills announced on Tuesday that coach Rex Ryan and assistant head coach Rob Ryan, his twin brother, have been fired. Offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn, who replaced Greg Roman in Week 3, will take over as the interim coach of the Bills (7-8), the National Football League team said.

    (The Sports Xchange) - The Buffalo Bills announced on Tuesday that coach Rex Ryan and assistant head coach Rob Ryan, his twin brother, have been fired. Offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn, who replaced Greg Roman in Week 3, will take over as the interim coach of the Bills (7-8), the National Football League team said.


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  • 51/100   Bills sack coach Rex Ryan as playoff drought continues
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    The Buffalo Bills, out of NFL playoff contention for the 17th straight season, sacked head coach Rex Ryan on Tuesday. The Bills said offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn will take over as interim coach for the final game of the season next weekend. The Bills have lost six of their last nine games and take a record of 7-8 into their season finale against Ryan's former team, the New York Jets, on Sunday.

    The Buffalo Bills, out of NFL playoff contention for the 17th straight season, sacked head coach Rex Ryan on Tuesday. The Bills said offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn will take over as interim coach for the final game of the season next weekend. The Bills have lost six of their last nine games and take a record of 7-8 into their season finale against Ryan's former team, the New York Jets, on Sunday.


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  • 52/100   Lions still in hunt for post-season ticket
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    (Reuters) - Despite losing a second straight game on Monday the Detroit Lions still have a chance to punch their post-season ticket as NFL teams scramble for playoff positioning heading into the final game of the regular season. The Lions (9-6) fell to the Dallas Cowboys 42-21 on Monday to set up a final matchup with Green Bay (9-6) that will determine the NFC North Division. The loser of the matchup could miss the playoffs altogether if Washington claim their finale against the New York Giants and snatch away the NFC's No. 6 seed.

    (Reuters) - Despite losing a second straight game on Monday the Detroit Lions still have a chance to punch their post-season ticket as NFL teams scramble for playoff positioning heading into the final game of the regular season. The Lions (9-6) fell to the Dallas Cowboys 42-21 on Monday to set up a final matchup with Green Bay (9-6) that will determine the NFC North Division. The loser of the matchup could miss the playoffs altogether if Washington claim their finale against the New York Giants and snatch away the NFC's No. 6 seed.


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  • 53/100   With LeBron James resting, Cavaliers fall to Pistons
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    The Detroit Pistons made the most of LeBron James's absence, snapping a five-game skid with a 106-90 victory over the NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers. A day after their 109-108 triumph over the Golden State Warriors in a Christmas Day thriller, the short-handed Cavs had no answer for the Pistons. Tobias Harris came off the bench to lead Detroit with 21 points.

    The Detroit Pistons made the most of LeBron James's absence, snapping a five-game skid with a 106-90 victory over the NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers. A day after their 109-108 triumph over the Golden State Warriors in a Christmas Day thriller, the short-handed Cavs had no answer for the Pistons. Tobias Harris came off the bench to lead Detroit with 21 points.


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  • 54/100   Dallas Cowboys keep Detroit Lions waiting with 42-21 rout
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    The Dallas Cowboys, already assured of home field advantage throughout the playoffs, didn't let up in a 42-21 rout of Detroit that prevented the Lions from clinching their own NFL post-season berth. Cowboys rookie quarterback Dak Prescott on Monday passed for 212 yards and three touchdowns, wide receiver Dez Bryant caught two TD passes and threw one more and rookie running back Ezekiel Elliot rushed for 80 yards and two scores as Dallas improved to 13-2 with one game left in the regular season. It's just the third time in Cowboys history that they have won 13 games.

    The Dallas Cowboys, already assured of home field advantage throughout the playoffs, didn't let up in a 42-21 rout of Detroit that prevented the Lions from clinching their own NFL post-season berth. Cowboys rookie quarterback Dak Prescott on Monday passed for 212 yards and three touchdowns, wide receiver Dez Bryant caught two TD passes and threw one more and rookie running back Ezekiel Elliot rushed for 80 yards and two scores as Dallas improved to 13-2 with one game left in the regular season. It's just the third time in Cowboys history that they have won 13 games.


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  • 55/100   Dak and Dez fire as Dallas deny Detroit
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    The Dallas Cowboys entered their final regular-season home game with the NFC East title and home-field advantage in the playoffs in their back pocket. The Lions (9-6) were the team trying to lock up a playoff berth, but they couldn't keep up after halftime with Dallas (13-2), which had all of its stars on display. Cowboys rookie quarterback Dak Prescott passed for 212 yards and three touchdowns.

    The Dallas Cowboys entered their final regular-season home game with the NFC East title and home-field advantage in the playoffs in their back pocket. The Lions (9-6) were the team trying to lock up a playoff berth, but they couldn't keep up after halftime with Dallas (13-2), which had all of its stars on display. Cowboys rookie quarterback Dak Prescott passed for 212 yards and three touchdowns.


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  • 56/100   Sprint, OneWeb say 8,000 jobs announced by Trump are part of SoftBank pledge

    By Richard Cowan PALM BEACH, Fla. (Reuters) - U.S. President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday said telecommunications group Sprint Corp and a U.S. satellite company OneWeb will bring 8,000 jobs to the United States, and the companies said the positions were part of a previously disclosed pledge by Japan's SoftBank Group Corp. SoftBank holds stakes in both companies and its chief, billionaire businessman Masayoshi Son, earlier in December said he would invest $50 billion in the United States and create 50,000 jobs. Sprint in January said it had cut 2,500 jobs as part of its plan to cut $2.5 billion in costs.

    By Richard Cowan PALM BEACH, Fla. (Reuters) - U.S. President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday said telecommunications group Sprint Corp and a U.S. satellite company OneWeb will bring 8,000 jobs to the United States, and the companies said the positions were part of a previously disclosed pledge by Japan's SoftBank Group Corp. SoftBank holds stakes in both companies and its chief, billionaire businessman Masayoshi Son, earlier in December said he would invest $50 billion in the United States and create 50,000 jobs. Sprint in January said it had cut 2,500 jobs as part of its plan to cut $2.5 billion in costs.


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  • 57/100   U.S. set to announce response to Russian election hacking: sources

    By Dustin Volz and Joel Schectman WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration plans to announce on Thursday a series of retaliatory measures against Russia for hacking into U.S. political institutions and individuals and leaking information in an effort to help President-elect Donald Trump and other Republican candidates, two U.S. officials said on Wednesday. Both officials declined to specify what actions President Barack Obama has approved, but said targeted economic sanctions, indictments, leaking information to embarrass Russian officials or oligarchs, and restrictions on Russian diplomats in the United States are among steps that have been discussed. The Federal Bureau of Investigation, Central Intelligence Agency and Office of Director of National Intelligence agree that Russia was behind hacks into Democratic Party organizations and operatives ahead of the Nov. 8 presidential election.

    By Dustin Volz and Joel Schectman WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration plans to announce on Thursday a series of retaliatory measures against Russia for hacking into U.S. political institutions and individuals and leaking information in an effort to help President-elect Donald Trump and other Republican candidates, two U.S. officials said on Wednesday. Both officials declined to specify what actions President Barack Obama has approved, but said targeted economic sanctions, indictments, leaking information to embarrass Russian officials or oligarchs, and restrictions on Russian diplomats in the United States are among steps that have been discussed. The Federal Bureau of Investigation, Central Intelligence Agency and Office of Director of National Intelligence agree that Russia was behind hacks into Democratic Party organizations and operatives ahead of the Nov. 8 presidential election.


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  • 58/100   Battered Toshiba out of easy options to plug nuclear hole

    By Makiko Yamazaki and Taro Fuse TOKYO (Reuters) - Faced with the prospect of a multi-billion-dollar writedown that could wipe out its shareholders' equity, Japan's Toshiba is running out of fixes: it is burning cash, cannot issue shares and has few easy assets left to sell. The Tokyo-based conglomerate, which is still recovering from a $1.3 billion accounting scandal in 2015, dismayed investors and lenders again this week by announcing that cost overruns at a U.S. nuclear business bought only last year meant it could now face a crippling charge against profit. Toshiba says it will be weeks before it can give a final number, but a writedown of the scale expected - as much as 500 billion yen ($4.3 billion), according to one source close to Toshiba - would leave the group scrambling to plug the financial hole and keep up hefty investments in the competitive memory chip industry, which generates the bulk of its operating profit.

    By Makiko Yamazaki and Taro Fuse TOKYO (Reuters) - Faced with the prospect of a multi-billion-dollar writedown that could wipe out its shareholders' equity, Japan's Toshiba is running out of fixes: it is burning cash, cannot issue shares and has few easy assets left to sell. The Tokyo-based conglomerate, which is still recovering from a $1.3 billion accounting scandal in 2015, dismayed investors and lenders again this week by announcing that cost overruns at a U.S. nuclear business bought only last year meant it could now face a crippling charge against profit. Toshiba says it will be weeks before it can give a final number, but a writedown of the scale expected - as much as 500 billion yen ($4.3 billion), according to one source close to Toshiba - would leave the group scrambling to plug the financial hole and keep up hefty investments in the competitive memory chip industry, which generates the bulk of its operating profit.


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  • 59/100   China's cash-strapped LeEco in talks to gain $1.4 billion from investor

    By David Stanway and Jess Macy Yu SHANGHAI/HONG KONG (Reuters) - China's cash-strapped LeEco said it is in talks to secure 10 billion yuan ($1.4 billion) from an unidentified strategic investor, but the announcement was seen as insufficient to dispel concern over the high-tech conglomerate's financial health. Led by tycoon Jia Yueting, LeEco expanded aggressively into electric and driverless cars and smartphones after making its name in video streaming, but last month warned staff it was facing 'a big company disease' after growing too fast and in too many directions left it short of funds. LeEco is still finalizing details of the investment, according to a filing by its Shenzhen-listed unit Leshi Internet Information and Technology .

    By David Stanway and Jess Macy Yu SHANGHAI/HONG KONG (Reuters) - China's cash-strapped LeEco said it is in talks to secure 10 billion yuan ($1.4 billion) from an unidentified strategic investor, but the announcement was seen as insufficient to dispel concern over the high-tech conglomerate's financial health. Led by tycoon Jia Yueting, LeEco expanded aggressively into electric and driverless cars and smartphones after making its name in video streaming, but last month warned staff it was facing 'a big company disease' after growing too fast and in too many directions left it short of funds. LeEco is still finalizing details of the investment, according to a filing by its Shenzhen-listed unit Leshi Internet Information and Technology .


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  • 60/100   New York eases proposed cyber regulations after industry complaints

    New York state's financial regulator on Wednesday issued a revised proposal for the nation's first cyber security rules for banks and insurers, loosening some security requirements and delaying implementation by two months to March 1. The rules from the New York State Department of Financial Services are being closely because they lay out unprecedented requirements on steps that financial firms must take to protect their networks and customer data from hackers and disclose cyber events to state regulators. "Many organizations are going to have a lot of work to do to come into compliance with these revised regulations," said Jed Davis, a partner with law firm Day Pitney and former U.S. federal cyber crimes prosecutor.

    New York state's financial regulator on Wednesday issued a revised proposal for the nation's first cyber security rules for banks and insurers, loosening some security requirements and delaying implementation by two months to March 1. The rules from the New York State Department of Financial Services are being closely because they lay out unprecedented requirements on steps that financial firms must take to protect their networks and customer data from hackers and disclose cyber events to state regulators. "Many organizations are going to have a lot of work to do to come into compliance with these revised regulations," said Jed Davis, a partner with law firm Day Pitney and former U.S. federal cyber crimes prosecutor.


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  • 61/100   Xiaomi-backed online bank to launch services soon - bank investor

    A Chinese online bank backed by smartphones and home appliances maker Xiaomi Inc [XTC.UL] is set to launch services soon, after being officially established and rebranded recently, according to one of the venture's investors. New Hope Group Co Ltd said in a statement on Tuesday shareholders and regulators had approved the name Sichuan XW Bank for the lender. WeBank, backed by Tencent Holdings Ltd, became China's first operational online-only bank in 2015, followed by MYBank, a venture controlled by Alibaba Group Holding Ltd affiliate Ant Financial Services Group.

    A Chinese online bank backed by smartphones and home appliances maker Xiaomi Inc [XTC.UL] is set to launch services soon, after being officially established and rebranded recently, according to one of the venture's investors. New Hope Group Co Ltd said in a statement on Tuesday shareholders and regulators had approved the name Sichuan XW Bank for the lender. WeBank, backed by Tencent Holdings Ltd, became China's first operational online-only bank in 2015, followed by MYBank, a venture controlled by Alibaba Group Holding Ltd affiliate Ant Financial Services Group.


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  • 62/100   The Verge 2016 tech report card: Apple

    For Apple, the year 2016 may be best remembered as the year the headphone jack was stripped away from the iPhone, without any real apology, by one of the few organizations that has the power and gall to kill popular consumer tech standards and call it “courage.” It was a year of awkward product launches, and it seemed that every new gadget was also coupled with disappointment. The company’s most critical moment actually had its roots in the end of 2015, and it’s something that may be of even more importance in 2017. Early this year, Apple rolled out a smaller 9.7-inch iPad Pro, and upgraded the internals of the iPhone 5 and called it the iPhone SE.

    For Apple, the year 2016 may be best remembered as the year the headphone jack was stripped away from the iPhone, without any real apology, by one of the few organizations that has the power and gall to kill popular consumer tech standards and call it “courage.” It was a year of awkward product launches, and it seemed that every new gadget was also coupled with disappointment. The company’s most critical moment actually had its roots in the end of 2015, and it’s something that may be of even more importance in 2017. Early this year, Apple rolled out a smaller 9.7-inch iPad Pro, and upgraded the internals of the iPhone 5 and called it the iPhone SE.


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  • 63/100   The Verge 2016 tech report card: Apple

    For Apple, the year 2016 may be best remembered as the year the headphone jack was stripped away from the iPhone, without any real apology, by one of the few organizations that has the power and gall to kill popular consumer tech standards and call it “courage.” It was a year of awkward product launches, and it seemed that every new gadget was also coupled with disappointment. The company’s most critical moment actually had its roots in the end of 2015, and it’s something that may be of even more importance in 2017. Early this year, Apple rolled out a smaller 9.7-inch iPad Pro, and upgraded the internals of the iPhone 5 and called it the iPhone SE.

    For Apple, the year 2016 may be best remembered as the year the headphone jack was stripped away from the iPhone, without any real apology, by one of the few organizations that has the power and gall to kill popular consumer tech standards and call it “courage.” It was a year of awkward product launches, and it seemed that every new gadget was also coupled with disappointment. The company’s most critical moment actually had its roots in the end of 2015, and it’s something that may be of even more importance in 2017. Early this year, Apple rolled out a smaller 9.7-inch iPad Pro, and upgraded the internals of the iPhone 5 and called it the iPhone SE.


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  • 64/100   This Ski Pole Can Predict Avalanches

    Stay safe in the backcountry this winter with the latest tech-savvy ski gear.

    Stay safe in the backcountry this winter with the latest tech-savvy ski gear.


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  • 65/100   First Click: What to expect from alternate reality CES 2017

    PR representatives spend months emailing hype about their products before the show begins, while jaded tech journalists trudge back from the Las Vegas Convention Center every year burned out on gimmicky gadgets and 15-hour work days. Upon arrival, guests will be presented with their personalized Uniwheel, a convenient and safe* device that will allow them to navigate the miles upon miles of hallways, conference rooms, tunnels, and dungeons that I (assume) make up the Las Vegas Convention Center. The Las Vegas Convention Center may be huge, but CES is bigger, forcing organizers to open a portal to the Exhibition Dimension.

    PR representatives spend months emailing hype about their products before the show begins, while jaded tech journalists trudge back from the Las Vegas Convention Center every year burned out on gimmicky gadgets and 15-hour work days. Upon arrival, guests will be presented with their personalized Uniwheel, a convenient and safe* device that will allow them to navigate the miles upon miles of hallways, conference rooms, tunnels, and dungeons that I (assume) make up the Las Vegas Convention Center. The Las Vegas Convention Center may be huge, but CES is bigger, forcing organizers to open a portal to the Exhibition Dimension.


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  • 66/100   First Click: What to expect from alternate reality CES 2017

    PR representatives spend months emailing hype about their products before the show begins, while jaded tech journalists trudge back from the Las Vegas Convention Center every year burned out on gimmicky gadgets and 15-hour work days. Upon arrival, guests will be presented with their personalized Uniwheel, a convenient and safe* device that will allow them to navigate the miles upon miles of hallways, conference rooms, tunnels, and dungeons that I (assume) make up the Las Vegas Convention Center. The Las Vegas Convention Center may be huge, but CES is bigger, forcing organizers to open a portal to the Exhibition Dimension.

    PR representatives spend months emailing hype about their products before the show begins, while jaded tech journalists trudge back from the Las Vegas Convention Center every year burned out on gimmicky gadgets and 15-hour work days. Upon arrival, guests will be presented with their personalized Uniwheel, a convenient and safe* device that will allow them to navigate the miles upon miles of hallways, conference rooms, tunnels, and dungeons that I (assume) make up the Las Vegas Convention Center. The Las Vegas Convention Center may be huge, but CES is bigger, forcing organizers to open a portal to the Exhibition Dimension.


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  • 67/100   Pokemon Go, Trump top Google trend list

    The past year was a big one for Donald Trump, but also for Pokemon Go. According to Google's global trends report released Wednesday, the augmented reality game from Nintendo was the most-searched item online in 2016. Google publishes its global list each year along with trends from different countries, offering insights into the interests of internet users around the globe.

    The past year was a big one for Donald Trump, but also for Pokemon Go. According to Google's global trends report released Wednesday, the augmented reality game from Nintendo was the most-searched item online in 2016. Google publishes its global list each year along with trends from different countries, offering insights into the interests of internet users around the globe.


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  • 68/100   Samsung targets gamers with new curved, quantum dot monitor

    On December 29, Samsung announced that it will be introducing its new CH711, a quantum dot curved monitor, at CES 2017 in Las Vegas. The new addition to Samsung's catalogue will be unveiled alongside its two other curved quantum dot monitors, the CFG70 and the CF791, which were shown at IFA 2016 in September before commercial release in the US in December. Samsung's quantum dot technology is designed with gamers in mind, featuring 2,560 x 1,440 WQHD resolution, a curvature of 1,800R and a viewing angle of 178°.

    On December 29, Samsung announced that it will be introducing its new CH711, a quantum dot curved monitor, at CES 2017 in Las Vegas. The new addition to Samsung's catalogue will be unveiled alongside its two other curved quantum dot monitors, the CFG70 and the CF791, which were shown at IFA 2016 in September before commercial release in the US in December. Samsung's quantum dot technology is designed with gamers in mind, featuring 2,560 x 1,440 WQHD resolution, a curvature of 1,800R and a viewing angle of 178°.


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  • 69/100   Amazon files patent for flying warehouse as part of drone delivery plan

    In a patent filed with the USPTO, Amazon reveals its plans to develop an "airborne fulfillment center" for its future delivery drones. Filed in April, the patent was only discovered by a technology analyst at CB Insights on December 28. It shows Amazon's next drone-delivery steps, just two weeks after it announced its first successful Prime Air mission.

    In a patent filed with the USPTO, Amazon reveals its plans to develop an "airborne fulfillment center" for its future delivery drones. Filed in April, the patent was only discovered by a technology analyst at CB Insights on December 28. It shows Amazon's next drone-delivery steps, just two weeks after it announced its first successful Prime Air mission.


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  • 70/100   Windows 10 testers will now get a Green Screen of Death

    Windows’ infamous Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) is turning a shade of green for Windows 10 testers soon. A leaked preview build of Windows 10 (build 14997) emerged on the internet earlier this week, and it includes a number of new features and changes. One of the biggest is a Green Screen of Death instead of the regular BSOD.

    Windows’ infamous Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) is turning a shade of green for Windows 10 testers soon. A leaked preview build of Windows 10 (build 14997) emerged on the internet earlier this week, and it includes a number of new features and changes. One of the biggest is a Green Screen of Death instead of the regular BSOD.


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  • 71/100   Windows 10 testers will now get a Green Screen of Death

    Windows’ infamous Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) is turning a shade of green for Windows 10 testers soon. A leaked preview build of Windows 10 (build 14997) emerged on the internet earlier this week, and it includes a number of new features and changes. One of the biggest is a Green Screen of Death instead of the regular BSOD.

    Windows’ infamous Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) is turning a shade of green for Windows 10 testers soon. A leaked preview build of Windows 10 (build 14997) emerged on the internet earlier this week, and it includes a number of new features and changes. One of the biggest is a Green Screen of Death instead of the regular BSOD.


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  • 72/100   Today’s Google Doodle celebrates a Scottish chemist and his waterproof raincoat

    Charles Macintosh was born 250 years ago today. Today’s Google Doodle celebrates the man whose invention keeps us dry all winter: Charles Macintosh (1766 – 1843), inventor of the waterproof raincoat — commonly known as a mackintosh. Macintosh was a chemist born 250 years ago today in Glasgow, Scotland, where it rains, sleets, or snows an average of 201 days per year.

    Charles Macintosh was born 250 years ago today. Today’s Google Doodle celebrates the man whose invention keeps us dry all winter: Charles Macintosh (1766 – 1843), inventor of the waterproof raincoat — commonly known as a mackintosh. Macintosh was a chemist born 250 years ago today in Glasgow, Scotland, where it rains, sleets, or snows an average of 201 days per year.


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  • 73/100   Today’s Google Doodle celebrates a Scottish chemist and his waterproof raincoat

    Charles Macintosh was born 250 years ago today. Today’s Google Doodle celebrates the man whose invention keeps us dry all winter: Charles Macintosh (1766 – 1843), inventor of the waterproof raincoat — commonly known as a mackintosh. Macintosh was a chemist born 250 years ago today in Glasgow, Scotland, where it rains, sleets, or snows an average of 201 days per year.

    Charles Macintosh was born 250 years ago today. Today’s Google Doodle celebrates the man whose invention keeps us dry all winter: Charles Macintosh (1766 – 1843), inventor of the waterproof raincoat — commonly known as a mackintosh. Macintosh was a chemist born 250 years ago today in Glasgow, Scotland, where it rains, sleets, or snows an average of 201 days per year.


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  • 74/100   Twitter unveils 360-degree live video

    Twitter on Wednesday began streaming 360-degree video, allowing users to interact and get behind the scenes of live broadcasts. "Starting today, you can check out live, interactive 360 videos from interesting broadcasters and explore what's happening with them," Twitter's Alessandro Sabatelli said in a blog post. The first such video was delivered over Twitter's live Periscope application from broadcaster Alex Pettitt, showing a Florida sunset, while allowing users to see it from different angles by clicking on the stream.

    Twitter on Wednesday began streaming 360-degree video, allowing users to interact and get behind the scenes of live broadcasts. "Starting today, you can check out live, interactive 360 videos from interesting broadcasters and explore what's happening with them," Twitter's Alessandro Sabatelli said in a blog post. The first such video was delivered over Twitter's live Periscope application from broadcaster Alex Pettitt, showing a Florida sunset, while allowing users to see it from different angles by clicking on the stream.


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  • 75/100   Alexa a witness to murder? Prosecutors seek Amazon Echo data

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Authorities investigating the death of an Arkansas man whose body was found in a hot tub want to expand the probe to include a new kind of evidence: any comments overheard by the suspect's Amazon Echo smart speaker.

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Authorities investigating the death of an Arkansas man whose body was found in a hot tub want to expand the probe to include a new kind of evidence: any comments overheard by the suspect's Amazon Echo smart speaker.


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  • 76/100   Toshiba shares, bonds tumble as second downgrade fans writedown fears

    Shares in Toshiba fell more than 19 percent on Thursday, clocking a third day of heavy losses after the Japanese tech-to-nuclear conglomerate said earlier this week it faced a potential multi-billion dollar writedown. Earlier this week, Toshiba said cost overruns at a U.S. nuclear business it bought from Chicago Bridge & Iron last year, CB&I Stone & Webster, meant it could face "several billion dollars" in charges, acknowledging a bruising overpayment. Late on Wednesday, Moody's became the second agency to downgrade Toshiba's rating, pushing it deeper into "junk", or non-investment grade territory, with a Caa1 rating, from B3.

    Shares in Toshiba fell more than 19 percent on Thursday, clocking a third day of heavy losses after the Japanese tech-to-nuclear conglomerate said earlier this week it faced a potential multi-billion dollar writedown. Earlier this week, Toshiba said cost overruns at a U.S. nuclear business it bought from Chicago Bridge & Iron last year, CB&I Stone & Webster, meant it could face "several billion dollars" in charges, acknowledging a bruising overpayment. Late on Wednesday, Moody's became the second agency to downgrade Toshiba's rating, pushing it deeper into "junk", or non-investment grade territory, with a Caa1 rating, from B3.


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  • 77/100   Asked about Russia sanctions, Trump says 'we ought to get on with our lives'

    By Richard Cowan PALM BEACH, Fla. (Reuters) - U.S. President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday suggested that the United States and Russia lay to rest the controversy over Moscow's computer hacking of Democratic Party computers, saying, "We ought to get on with our lives." Trump has cast doubt on the findings of U.S. intelligence agencies that Russian hackers took information from Democratic Party computers and individuals and posted it online to help Trump win the election. The Obama administration plans to announce on Thursday a series of retaliatory measures against Russia for hacking into U.S. political institutions and individuals and leaking information, two U.S. officials said on Wednesday.

    By Richard Cowan PALM BEACH, Fla. (Reuters) - U.S. President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday suggested that the United States and Russia lay to rest the controversy over Moscow's computer hacking of Democratic Party computers, saying, "We ought to get on with our lives." Trump has cast doubt on the findings of U.S. intelligence agencies that Russian hackers took information from Democratic Party computers and individuals and posted it online to help Trump win the election. The Obama administration plans to announce on Thursday a series of retaliatory measures against Russia for hacking into U.S. political institutions and individuals and leaking information, two U.S. officials said on Wednesday.


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  • 78/100   Samsung’s new monitors have a better reason to be curved than TVs ever did

    The new model is due out in early 2017, but will be on show at CES — along with Samsung's other new curved quantum dot monitors, including the gaming-centric CFG70 and more workplace-focused CF791. Samsung's going hard on curved screens, but it will also be showing some regular flat monitors at the show, too — monitors like the still-to-be-released UH750, which the company says boasts a super-fast 1 ms response time.

    The new model is due out in early 2017, but will be on show at CES — along with Samsung's other new curved quantum dot monitors, including the gaming-centric CFG70 and more workplace-focused CF791. Samsung's going hard on curved screens, but it will also be showing some regular flat monitors at the show, too — monitors like the still-to-be-released UH750, which the company says boasts a super-fast 1 ms response time.


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  • 79/100   Samsung’s new monitors have a better reason to be curved than TVs ever did

    The new model is due out in early 2017, but will be on show at CES — along with Samsung's other new curved quantum dot monitors, including the gaming-centric CFG70 and more workplace-focused CF791. Samsung's going hard on curved screens, but it will also be showing some regular flat monitors at the show, too — monitors like the still-to-be-released UH750, which the company says boasts a super-fast 1 ms response time.

    The new model is due out in early 2017, but will be on show at CES — along with Samsung's other new curved quantum dot monitors, including the gaming-centric CFG70 and more workplace-focused CF791. Samsung's going hard on curved screens, but it will also be showing some regular flat monitors at the show, too — monitors like the still-to-be-released UH750, which the company says boasts a super-fast 1 ms response time.


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  • 80/100   This luxury Android phone packs a 7,000mAh battery and dual-curved display

    The M2017, which is limited to the Chinese market as of now, comes with a 7,000mAh battery at a time when most phones can barely break 3,000mAh. For that kind of battery and processing power, you’ll be forking over the Chinese Yuan equivalent of about $1,000. The phone also features a dual-curved display, similar to that of the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge.

    The M2017, which is limited to the Chinese market as of now, comes with a 7,000mAh battery at a time when most phones can barely break 3,000mAh. For that kind of battery and processing power, you’ll be forking over the Chinese Yuan equivalent of about $1,000. The phone also features a dual-curved display, similar to that of the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge.


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  • 81/100   Ceasefire deal signed for Syria: Putin
    POLITICS TOPIC NEWS

    "The agreements reached are, of course, fragile, need a special attention," said the Russian leader.

    "The agreements reached are, of course, fragile, need a special attention," said the Russian leader.


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  • 82/100   Trump, with Don King at his side, takes questions
    POLITICS TOPIC NEWS

    The president-elect addresses concerns about his business relationship with Russia and his views on foreign policy.

    The president-elect addresses concerns about his business relationship with Russia and his views on foreign policy.


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  • 83/100   Trump considering dramatic VA overhaul
    POLITICS TOPIC NEWS

    A senior Trump official says the president-elect is looking to create a public/private option for the Department of Veterans Affairs.

    A senior Trump official says the president-elect is looking to create a public/private option for the Department of Veterans Affairs.


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  • 84/100   Carrie Fisher's mom, Debbie Reynolds, dies
    POLITICS TOPIC NEWS

    The news comes just one day after her daughter, actress and writer Carrie Fisher, 60, died of a heart attack.

    The news comes just one day after her daughter, actress and writer Carrie Fisher, 60, died of a heart attack.


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  • 85/100   Trump has 'nice' talk with Obama after dispute
    POLITICS TOPIC NEWS

    The president-elect tweeted earlier that the White House was using "roadblocks" to prevent a "smooth transition."

    The president-elect tweeted earlier that the White House was using "roadblocks" to prevent a "smooth transition."


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  • 86/100   China says space program must help protect national security
    SCIENCE TOPIC NEWS

    China's space program must help protect the country's national security, but China is dedicated to the peaceful use of space and opposes a space arms race, the government said in a policy paper issued on Tuesday. President Xi Jinping has called for China to establish itself as a space power, and it has tested anti-satellite missiles, in addition to its civilian aims China has repeatedly said its space program is for peaceful purposes, but the U.S. Defense Department has highlighted its increasing capabilities, saying it was pursuing activities aimed to prevent adversaries from using space-based assets in a crisis.

    China's space program must help protect the country's national security, but China is dedicated to the peaceful use of space and opposes a space arms race, the government said in a policy paper issued on Tuesday. President Xi Jinping has called for China to establish itself as a space power, and it has tested anti-satellite missiles, in addition to its civilian aims China has repeatedly said its space program is for peaceful purposes, but the U.S. Defense Department has highlighted its increasing capabilities, saying it was pursuing activities aimed to prevent adversaries from using space-based assets in a crisis.


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  • 87/100   Bite the dust: meek dinosaur lost its teeth as it hit adulthood
    SCIENCE TOPIC NEWS

    By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A modest little dinosaur that scampered across northwestern China 160 million years ago boasted a unique trait not seen in any other dinosaur or other prehistoric creature yet unearthed: it was born with teeth but became toothless by adulthood. Scientists on Thursday said fossils of 19 individuals of a dinosaur called Limusaurus, ranging in age from under a year to 10 years, showed that juveniles had small, sharp teeth but adults developed a toothless beak. This cluster of dinosaurs, found in Xinjiang Province, apparently became hopelessly trapped in a mud pit and died.

    By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A modest little dinosaur that scampered across northwestern China 160 million years ago boasted a unique trait not seen in any other dinosaur or other prehistoric creature yet unearthed: it was born with teeth but became toothless by adulthood. Scientists on Thursday said fossils of 19 individuals of a dinosaur called Limusaurus, ranging in age from under a year to 10 years, showed that juveniles had small, sharp teeth but adults developed a toothless beak. This cluster of dinosaurs, found in Xinjiang Province, apparently became hopelessly trapped in a mud pit and died.


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  • 88/100   Swat team: scientists track humongous number of flying bugs
    SCIENCE TOPIC NEWS

    By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Counting the number of bugs whizzing high overhead annually may seem all but impossible, but researchers in Britain have completed the most comprehensive tally ever conducted. "High-altitude aerial migration of insects is enormous," said University of Exeter entomologist Jason Chapman, whose research was published in the journal Science. In terms of biomass, the insects greatly exceeded migratory birds in Britain.

    By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Counting the number of bugs whizzing high overhead annually may seem all but impossible, but researchers in Britain have completed the most comprehensive tally ever conducted. "High-altitude aerial migration of insects is enormous," said University of Exeter entomologist Jason Chapman, whose research was published in the journal Science. In terms of biomass, the insects greatly exceeded migratory birds in Britain.


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  • 89/100   Artificial leaf copies nature to manufacture medicine
    SCIENCE TOPIC NEWS

    Dutch scientists have developed an artificial leaf that can act as a mini-factory for producing drugs, an advance that could allow medicines to be produced anywhere there is sunlight. The work taps into the ability of plants to use sunlight to feed themselves through photosynthesis, something industrial chemists have struggled to replicate because sunshine usually generates too little energy to fuel chemical reactions. The leaf-inspired micro factory mimics nature's efficiency at harvesting solar radiation by using new materials called luminescent solar concentrators with very thin channels through which liquid is pumped, exposing molecules to sunlight.

    Dutch scientists have developed an artificial leaf that can act as a mini-factory for producing drugs, an advance that could allow medicines to be produced anywhere there is sunlight. The work taps into the ability of plants to use sunlight to feed themselves through photosynthesis, something industrial chemists have struggled to replicate because sunshine usually generates too little energy to fuel chemical reactions. The leaf-inspired micro factory mimics nature's efficiency at harvesting solar radiation by using new materials called luminescent solar concentrators with very thin channels through which liquid is pumped, exposing molecules to sunlight.


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  • 90/100   Time of Death? Check the Body's 'Necrobiome'
    SCIENCE TOPIC NEWS

    It's a line you'll hear in almost any crime show after someone finds the body — the detective turns to the medical examiner and asks, "Time of death?" But in real life, medical examiners don't have a very precise method for figuring out how long ago someone died. Now, researchers say they could use the bacteria found on the body to provide a more accurate way to pinpoint the time of death, according to a new study. Currently, medical examiners estimate the time of death by physically inspecting the body for signs of early-phase decomposition and, in later stages of decomposition, by looking at the insects present on the body, the researchers wrote.

    It's a line you'll hear in almost any crime show after someone finds the body — the detective turns to the medical examiner and asks, "Time of death?" But in real life, medical examiners don't have a very precise method for figuring out how long ago someone died. Now, researchers say they could use the bacteria found on the body to provide a more accurate way to pinpoint the time of death, according to a new study. Currently, medical examiners estimate the time of death by physically inspecting the body for signs of early-phase decomposition and, in later stages of decomposition, by looking at the insects present on the body, the researchers wrote.


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  • 91/100   Russia announces ceasefire in Syria from midnight
    WORLD TOPIC NEWS

    By Denis Pinchuk and Tulay Karadeniz MOSCOW/ANKARA (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a ceasefire between Syrian opposition groups and the Syrian government starting at midnight on Thursday. The Kremlin statement came after Moscow, Iran and Turkey said they were ready to broker a peace deal in the nearly six-year-old Syrian war. The Syrian army announced a nationwide halt to fighting but said Islamic State and ex-Nusra Front militants and all groups linked to them would be excluded from the deal.

    By Denis Pinchuk and Tulay Karadeniz MOSCOW/ANKARA (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a ceasefire between Syrian opposition groups and the Syrian government starting at midnight on Thursday. The Kremlin statement came after Moscow, Iran and Turkey said they were ready to broker a peace deal in the nearly six-year-old Syrian war. The Syrian army announced a nationwide halt to fighting but said Islamic State and ex-Nusra Front militants and all groups linked to them would be excluded from the deal.


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  • 92/100   Philippines' Duterte calls U.S. envoys 'spies' over alleged ouster plot
    WORLD TOPIC NEWS

    By Martin Petty and Neil Jerome Morales MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte derided U.S. ambassadors as "spies" on Thursday, responding to a media report of an alleged American plot to destabilize his government, a job he said some envoys were appointed solely to do. The volatile former mayor said though had received no intelligence reports of any U.S. plan to undermine his presidency, he believed most ambassadors were in cahoots with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), which had a track record of meddling in other countries' affairs. The Manila Times newspaper on Tuesday reported a former U.S. ambassador to the Philippines had prepared a "blueprint to undermine Duterte", citing a document it had received from a what it described as a "highly placed source".

    By Martin Petty and Neil Jerome Morales MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte derided U.S. ambassadors as "spies" on Thursday, responding to a media report of an alleged American plot to destabilize his government, a job he said some envoys were appointed solely to do. The volatile former mayor said though had received no intelligence reports of any U.S. plan to undermine his presidency, he believed most ambassadors were in cahoots with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), which had a track record of meddling in other countries' affairs. The Manila Times newspaper on Tuesday reported a former U.S. ambassador to the Philippines had prepared a "blueprint to undermine Duterte", citing a document it had received from a what it described as a "highly placed source".


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  • 93/100   Iraqi forces launch second phase of Mosul offensive against Islamic State
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    By Isabel Coles and Stephen Kalin NEAR MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - Iraqi security forces on Thursday began the second phase of their offensive against Islamic State militants in Mosul, pushing from three directions into eastern districts where the battle has been deadlocked for nearly a month. Since the offensive to capture Mosul began 10 weeks ago, counter-terrorism forces have retaken a quarter of the city, the jihadists' last major stronghold in Iraq, but their advance has been slow and troops on other fronts have made little progress. The campaign, the biggest ground operation in Iraq since the U.S.-led invasion of 2003 that toppled Saddam Hussein, entered its first significant pause earlier this month for a planned "operational refit".

    By Isabel Coles and Stephen Kalin NEAR MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - Iraqi security forces on Thursday began the second phase of their offensive against Islamic State militants in Mosul, pushing from three directions into eastern districts where the battle has been deadlocked for nearly a month. Since the offensive to capture Mosul began 10 weeks ago, counter-terrorism forces have retaken a quarter of the city, the jihadists' last major stronghold in Iraq, but their advance has been slow and troops on other fronts have made little progress. The campaign, the biggest ground operation in Iraq since the U.S.-led invasion of 2003 that toppled Saddam Hussein, entered its first significant pause earlier this month for a planned "operational refit".


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  • 94/100   Exclusive: Bangladesh police detail suspicions of inside help in central bank heist
    WORLD TOPIC NEWS

    By Krishna N. Das DHAKA (Reuters) - A top investigator into the electronic theft of $81 million from the Bangladesh central bank is turning his attention to some IT technicians from the bank whom he suspects hooked up its transactions system to the public Internet, giving hackers access. In a series of interviews this month, Mohammad Shah Alam, a Bangladesh police deputy inspector general who is heading investigations in Dhaka, went into some detail about how insiders at Bangladesh Bank may have helped in the execution of one of the world's biggest cyber-heists last February. For instance, Alam said he was focusing on why a password token protecting the SWIFT international transactions network at Bangladesh Bank was left inserted in the SWIFT server for months leading up to the heist.

    By Krishna N. Das DHAKA (Reuters) - A top investigator into the electronic theft of $81 million from the Bangladesh central bank is turning his attention to some IT technicians from the bank whom he suspects hooked up its transactions system to the public Internet, giving hackers access. In a series of interviews this month, Mohammad Shah Alam, a Bangladesh police deputy inspector general who is heading investigations in Dhaka, went into some detail about how insiders at Bangladesh Bank may have helped in the execution of one of the world's biggest cyber-heists last February. For instance, Alam said he was focusing on why a password token protecting the SWIFT international transactions network at Bangladesh Bank was left inserted in the SWIFT server for months leading up to the heist.


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  • 95/100   Iraqi troops resume Mosul fight after 2-week lull
    WORLD TOPIC NEWS

    MOSUL, Iraq (AP) — Iraqi troops backed by U.S.-led airstrikes pushed deeper into eastern Mosul on Thursday in a multi-pronged assault after a two-week lull in the operation to retake the Islamic State-held city.

    MOSUL, Iraq (AP) — Iraqi troops backed by U.S.-led airstrikes pushed deeper into eastern Mosul on Thursday in a multi-pronged assault after a two-week lull in the operation to retake the Islamic State-held city.


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  • 96/100   U.S. FTC requires divestitures in $13.53 billion Boehringer-Sanofi deal
    HEALTH TOPIC NEWS

    German pharmaceutical company Boehringer Ingelheim agreed to divest five types of animal health products to settle charges that a proposed asset swap with Sanofi would harm competition, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission said on Wednesday. The proposed asset swap involved Boehringer Ingelheim's acquisition of Sanofi's $13.5 billion animal care subsidiary and Sanofi's obtaining the Germany company's consumer health care business unit, valued at nearly $8 billion, plus $5.5 billion in cash, the FTC said in a statement. Without the divestitures, the proposed swap "would harm competition in the U.S. markets for various vaccines for companion animals (pets) and certain parasite control products for cattle and sheep," the commission said.

    German pharmaceutical company Boehringer Ingelheim agreed to divest five types of animal health products to settle charges that a proposed asset swap with Sanofi would harm competition, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission said on Wednesday. The proposed asset swap involved Boehringer Ingelheim's acquisition of Sanofi's $13.5 billion animal care subsidiary and Sanofi's obtaining the Germany company's consumer health care business unit, valued at nearly $8 billion, plus $5.5 billion in cash, the FTC said in a statement. Without the divestitures, the proposed swap "would harm competition in the U.S. markets for various vaccines for companion animals (pets) and certain parasite control products for cattle and sheep," the commission said.


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  • 97/100   Through reclusive Wa, China's reach extends into Suu Kyi's Myanmar
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    By Antoni Slodkowski and Yimou Lee PANGSAN, Myanmar (Reuters) - China is extending its sway over an autonomous enclave run by Myanmar's most powerful ethnic armed group, sources in the region told Reuters, bolstering Beijing's role in the peace process that is the signature policy of Aung San Suu Kyi. The "foreign policy" of the self-proclaimed Wa State is closely monitored by Beijing, senior officials in the administration run by the 30,000-strong United Wa State Army (UWSA) and its political wing said, with contact with Western governments, businesses or aid groups deemed particularly sensitive. Official known to Myanmar as "Special Region 2", the remote territory is the size of Belgium and home to 600,000 people.

    By Antoni Slodkowski and Yimou Lee PANGSAN, Myanmar (Reuters) - China is extending its sway over an autonomous enclave run by Myanmar's most powerful ethnic armed group, sources in the region told Reuters, bolstering Beijing's role in the peace process that is the signature policy of Aung San Suu Kyi. The "foreign policy" of the self-proclaimed Wa State is closely monitored by Beijing, senior officials in the administration run by the 30,000-strong United Wa State Army (UWSA) and its political wing said, with contact with Western governments, businesses or aid groups deemed particularly sensitive. Official known to Myanmar as "Special Region 2", the remote territory is the size of Belgium and home to 600,000 people.


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  • 98/100   Fish oil pills for pregnant moms may cut asthma risk in kids
    HEALTH TOPIC NEWS

    Children whose moms took high doses of fish oil during their last three months of pregnancy were less likely to develop chronic wheezing problems or asthma by age 5, finds a study that suggests a possible way to help prevent this growing problem.

    Children whose moms took high doses of fish oil during their last three months of pregnancy were less likely to develop chronic wheezing problems or asthma by age 5, finds a study that suggests a possible way to help prevent this growing problem.


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  • 99/100   Burger King, Tim Hortons to curb antibiotics used in chicken
    HEALTH TOPIC NEWS

    By Tom Polansek and Lisa Baertlein CHICAGO/LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Restaurant chains Burger King and Tim Hortons plan to switch to chicken raised without antibiotics considered "critically important" to human medicine, their owner said on Wednesday, making it the latest company to ditch the drugs over health concerns. Restaurant Brands International Inc, which owns both chains, said it aims to make the change in U.S. stores in 2017 and in Canada in 2018. An estimated 70 percent of antibiotics that are important to fighting human infections and ensuring the safety of invasive procedures such as surgeries are sold for use in meat and dairy production.

    By Tom Polansek and Lisa Baertlein CHICAGO/LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Restaurant chains Burger King and Tim Hortons plan to switch to chicken raised without antibiotics considered "critically important" to human medicine, their owner said on Wednesday, making it the latest company to ditch the drugs over health concerns. Restaurant Brands International Inc, which owns both chains, said it aims to make the change in U.S. stores in 2017 and in Canada in 2018. An estimated 70 percent of antibiotics that are important to fighting human infections and ensuring the safety of invasive procedures such as surgeries are sold for use in meat and dairy production.


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  • 100/100   Cells dripped into the brain help man fight a deadly cancer
    HEALTH TOPIC NEWS

    A man with deadly brain cancer that had spread to his spine saw his tumors shrink and, for a time, completely vanish after a novel treatment to help his immune system attack his disease — another first in this promising field.

    A man with deadly brain cancer that had spread to his spine saw his tumors shrink and, for a time, completely vanish after a novel treatment to help his immune system attack his disease — another first in this promising field.


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