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  • Militia leaders warn Virginia gun rally could get violent

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    A pro-gun rally expected to draw thousands around Virginia's capitol building on Monday has authorities bracing for violence, but it also marks shifting battle lines in the U.S. gun debate. "The Virginia election last November was an indictment of guns, and it was not an outlier," said Christian Heyne, who leads legislative efforts at the gun violence prevention group Brady.

    Mon, 20 Jan 2020 06:27:14 -0500
  • Explainer: How Trump's impeachment trial will differ from a criminal one

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    The U.S. Senate's impeachment trial of President Donald Trump will begin in earnest on Tuesday, when senators may begin hearing opening statements on why he should be removed from office. While senators will serve as jurors, legal experts say an impeachment trial will look fundamentally different from a U.S. criminal proceeding. HOW DOES AN IMPEACHMENT TRIAL WORK?

    Mon, 20 Jan 2020 06:22:34 -0500
  • Democrats mark King's birthday on presidential campaign trail

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    Democrats locked in a tight race for their party's presidential nomination will mark the holiday that celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. by seeking the support of black voters. U.S. presidential candidates, including Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Pete Buttigieg, will spend Monday in Iowa and South Carolina, which are among the first states to hold nominating contests in the race.

    Mon, 20 Jan 2020 06:17:17 -0500
  • Bridge linking Denmark to Sweden to get new lick of paint in 13-year operation

    The nearly eight-kilometre (five mile) bridge linking Denmark and Sweden is to get a new lick of paint for the first time since it opened for traffic in 2000, but it will take an estimated 13 years to complete the mega-project. The Oresund Bridge, made famous by the Nordic noir TV crime series 'The Bridge', needs the fresh coat of paint to maintain its steel structure. The project will involve painting some 300,000 square metres of bridge.

    Mon, 20 Jan 2020 06:12:52 -0500
  • Lebanon caretaker PM Hariri: new gov't needed urgently to avoid collapse

    Lebanon needs to urgently form a new government to get out of a cycle of collapse that has repercussions for the country's economic and security situation, caretaker prime minister Saad al-Hariri tweeted on Monday. Hariri said the country was headed to the "unknown" while obstruction has continued and the team responsible for forming a government has taken its time. Lebanon has been without a government since Hariri resigned on Oct. 29 in the face of mass protests.

    Mon, 20 Jan 2020 06:11:26 -0500
  • Senate's McConnell keeps cool in heated Trump impeachment trial

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    U.S. President Donald Trump's impeachment trial, which begins next week, may pose one of the greatest political challenges Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has faced in more than three decades in Congress. McConnell, the top Republican in Congress, says America's founders created the Senate for moments such as this, to block the "factional fevers" and "runaway passions" of the House of Representatives. The reserved Senate leader, who represents Trump-friendly Kentucky, views with contempt the allegations by the Democratic-controlled House that the Republican president abused his power.

    Mon, 20 Jan 2020 06:10:33 -0500
  • Former German military translator on trial as Iran spy

    A German-Afghan man who worked for years as an interpreter and adviser for the German military went on trial Monday on charges of spying for Iranian intelligence. The 51-year-old man, who has been identified only as Abdul S. in line with German privacy rules, is charged with "a particularly serious case" of treason and with breaching official secrecy laws in 18 cases. Presiding judge Thomas Bergmann said the trial would be held behind closed doors “until further notice” because of security concerns.

    Mon, 20 Jan 2020 06:07:08 -0500
  • India's ruling party picks new president as challenges mount

    India's Hindu nationalist ruling party on Monday elevated a veteran lawmaker and long-time associate of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to become its president ahead of a string of state elections. Jagat Prakash Nadda, who rose through the ranks after cutting his teeth as a student leader in the 1970s, will become the new president of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), replacing Amit Shah, currently India's Home Minister. Led by Modi and Shah, the BJP returned to power, winning in a general election in 2019 by a landslide majority, but the party has failed to keep its hold on a number of key Indian states amid growing criticism over some of its recent moves.

    Mon, 20 Jan 2020 06:03:17 -0500
  • FACTBOX-Seven U.S. House Democrats to argue impeachment case against Trump in Senate

    Seven members of the House of Representatives will act as prosecutors in the Senate impeachment trial of U.S. President Donald Trump, which begins in earnest on Tuesday. The House Intelligence Committee chairman, 59, has been a leading figure in the impeachment inquiry that preceded the House vote. Schiff spearheaded an investigation that featured testimony from U.S. officials about Trump's dealings with Ukraine, both in private and on national television.

    Mon, 20 Jan 2020 06:00:00 -0500
  • Nigerian artist makes dark skin prosthetics to boost patients' confidence

    Michael Sunday is delighted, if a little stunned, as he admires his new right hand: a silicone glove-like prosthetic meant to help him return to normal life after he lost three fingers in a car accident a year ago.

    Mon, 20 Jan 2020 06:00:00 -0500
  • Militia leaders warn Virginia gun rally could get violent

    A pro-gun rally expected to draw thousands around Viriginia's capitol building on Monday has authorities bracing for violence, but it also marks shifting battle lines in the U.S. gun debate. "The Virginia election last November was an indictment of guns, and it was not an outlier," said Christian Heyne, who leads legislative efforts at the gun violence prevention group Brady.

    Mon, 20 Jan 2020 06:00:00 -0500
  • Democrats mark King's birthday on presidential campaign trail

    Democrats locked in a tight race for their party's presidential nomination will mark the holiday that celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. by seeking the support of black voters. U.S. presidential candidates, including Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Pete Buttigieg, will spend Monday in Iowa and South Carolina, which are among the first states to hold nominating contests in the race.

    Mon, 20 Jan 2020 06:00:00 -0500
  • EXPLAINER-How Trump's impeachment trial will differ from a criminal one

    The U.S. Senate's impeachment trial of President Donald Trump will begin in earnest on Tuesday, when senators may begin hearing opening statements on why he should be removed from office. While senators will serve as jurors, legal experts say an impeachment trial will look fundamentally different from a U.S. criminal proceeding. HOW DOES AN IMPEACHMENT TRIAL WORK?

    Mon, 20 Jan 2020 06:00:00 -0500
  • EXPLAINER-The new life of Prince Harry and Meghan after split from royal family

    Prince Harry and his wife Meghan will stop using their royal titles, give up state funding and repay taxpayer money used to refurbish their home at Windsor Castle as they seek to pursue new careers outside of Britain's royal family. Charles, heir to the throne and father of Prince Harry and Prince William, will continue to offer private financial support although the details of this was not spelled out.

    Mon, 20 Jan 2020 05:58:14 -0500
  • Apple's Cook says global corporate tax system must be overhauled

    Everyone knows that the global corporate tax system needs to be overhauled, Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook said on Monday, backing changes to global rules that are currently under consideration. The growth of internet giants such as Apple has pushed international tax rules to the limit, prompting the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) to pursue global reforms over where multinational firms should be taxed.

    Mon, 20 Jan 2020 05:56:18 -0500
  • Italy's Salvini dares lawmakers to vote to put him on trial

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    Italy's right-wing opposition leader Matteo Salvini is daring fellow senators to vote to put him on trial for alleged kidnapping for keeping migrants aboard a rescue ship for days last year when he was interior minister. The Senate commission on parliamentary immunity meets later Monday to decide. Italy's governing center-left parties fear Salvini will exploit any lifting of his immunity for sympathy votes in a Jan. 26 regional election where he hopes his anti-migrant League party will triumph.

    Mon, 20 Jan 2020 05:51:13 -0500
  • Phew! Easing of strike brings relief for Paris commuters

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    Paris commuters who were careworn after six weeks of misery-inducing transport strikes found their smiles again Monday as some subway workers ended their walkouts against a contested overhaul of France's pension system. A weekend announcement by the subway wing of the UNSA union of a return to work after 46 consecutive days of strikes produced a marked improvement in services as the French capital embarked on a new week Monday. “It was very fluid,” said traveler Eric Lebrun, after taking a train and then riding the metro during the morning rush hour.

    Mon, 20 Jan 2020 05:49:05 -0500
  • Russian opposition wants big protest over Putin's plan to 'rule for ever'

    Russia's anti-Kremlin opposition said on Monday it planned to stage a big protest next month against President Vladimir Putin's proposed constitutional changes, which it cast as a ploy for Putin to rule for life. Putin, in a surprise move, last week unveiled a sweeping shake-up of the political system which led to the resignation of Dmitry Medvedev as prime minister along with his government. Putin's changes, which would amend the constitution to create new centres of power outside the presidency, were seen by many as giving the 67-year-old scope to extend his grip on power once his term expires in 2024.

    Mon, 20 Jan 2020 05:48:56 -0500
  • Nepal rescuers call off search for trekkers after new avalanches

    Rescuers in Nepal called off efforts on Monday to find seven people, including four South Korean trekkers, after fresh avalanches hit the Annapurna region where the group went missing last week, an official said. Three Nepali guides were among the group struck by an avalanche on Friday along the popular trekking route at the base of Mount Annapurna, the world’s 10th highest mountain, at 8,091 metres (26,545 feet). A military helicopter flew an army search and rescue team and sherpa climbers to the area, but "bad weather, heavy snow and continuous avalanches" prevented them from landing, said Mira Acharya, a tourism department official.

    Mon, 20 Jan 2020 05:43:00 -0500
  • Iran's steps to reduce commitments to nuclear pact are over- Iran foreign minister

    Iran's steps in reducing commitments to the 2015 nuclear deal are over, Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Monday, according to the parliament's news site ICANA. "The steps of reducing commitments are finished but if the Europeans continue their improper behavior or send Iran's file to the Security Council, we will withdraw from the NPT," Zarif said.

    Mon, 20 Jan 2020 05:35:17 -0500
  • A Drexel University professor has been charged with stealing $185,000 in government grant money to spend on Philadelphia strip clubs and iTunes

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    The Philadelphia district attorney's office charged Chikaodinaka Nwankpa with theft by unlawful taking and theft by deception last week.

    Mon, 20 Jan 2020 05:30:33 -0500
  • Myanmar govt-appointed panel finds no 'genocide' against Rohingya

    A government-appointed panel established in Myanmar to probe allegations of abuses in Rakhine state in 2017 that drew global outrage said on Monday they had found no evidence of genocide against the Rohingya Muslim minority. More than 730,000 Rohingya fled Rakhine state during weeks of brutal violence, during which the United Nations says gang rapes and mass killings were carried out with "genocidal intent".

    Mon, 20 Jan 2020 05:30:16 -0500
  • UK issues commemorative coin celebrating rock band Queen

    Britain's Royal Mint has issued its first commemorative coin featuring a British rock group, in a tribute to the late Freddie Mercury and the three other band members of Queen. The coin, released on Monday, features the band's logo and instruments played by the Queen members: the Bechstein grand piano played by Freddie Mercury for "Bohemian Rhapsody", May's "Red Special" guitar, Roger Taylor's Ludwig bass drum with an early-day Queen crest and John Deacon's Fender Precision Bass. The coin's designer Chris Facey also paid tribute to "Bohemian Rhapsody", the band's most celebrated hit, with the keys of the piano on the coin pressed down for the opening notes of the song, The Royal Mint said in a press release.

    Mon, 20 Jan 2020 05:16:45 -0500
  • 75 years on, Holocaust survivors struggle to recover property in Poland

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    WARSAW/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Lea Evron, 85, has only fragments of memories of the fur factory and the three-story apartment building her family owned before World War Two in Zywiec, a small town in southern Poland. What she does remember clearly is returning after the war, when most of her family had been killed in the Holocaust. A local woman said to her and her mother "Hitler promised to get rid of all of the Jews, and here they come home," Evron told Reuters in her apartment in New York.

    Mon, 20 Jan 2020 05:14:33 -0500
  • Trump to offer first detailed impeachment defense as pivotal week begins

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    After refusing to cooperate with the Democratic Party-led impeachment probe in the House of Representatives, President Donald Trump will on Monday offer his first comprehensive defense, before his trial begins in earnest in the Senate. "This is a brazen and unlawful attempt to overturn the results of the 2016 election and interfere with the 2020 election - now just months away," Trump's lawyers argued in a six-page initial response to the charges on Saturday. Senior administration officials said Monday's document will offer a more detailed and aggressive defense in arguing that Trump is innocent of the charges and should not be removed from office, as Democrats are demanding.

    Mon, 20 Jan 2020 05:09:34 -0500
  • 75 years on, Holocaust survivors struggle to recover property in Poland

    WARSAW/NEW YORK Jan 20 (Reuters) - Lea Evron, 85, has only fragments of memories of the fur factory and the three-story apartment building her family owned before World War Two in Zywiec, a small town in southern Poland. What she does remember clearly is returning after the war, when most of her family had been killed in the Holocaust. A local woman said to her and her mother "Hitler promised to get rid of all of the Jews, and here they come home," Evron told Reuters in her apartment in New York.

    Mon, 20 Jan 2020 05:09:16 -0500
  • 10 years after landmark Citizens United Supreme Court decision, record cash flooding US elections

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    American elections have long been awash in cash, but a decade after the Supreme Court eliminated limits on political spending by outside groups, watchdogs say the system is drowning in it. Ten years ago this week, the court decided Citizens United v FEC, a landmark 5-4 ruling that unleashed billions of dollars from corporations, labor unions and other groups into American campaigns as a protected form of free speech. "The decision stands for freedom and encourages participation in the political process," said Michael Boos, vice president and general counsel of Citizens United, the conservative nonprofit organization which successfully challenged federal caps on independent political spending.

    Mon, 20 Jan 2020 05:07:42 -0500
  • Authorities brace for massive gun rights rally in Richmond, Virginia

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    Law enforcement officials will be on high alert Monday as activists from around the country are expected to descend on Richmond, Virginia, to rally against the state’s progressive gun control proposals. Gun rights groups such as the Virginia Citizens Defense League and Gun Owners of America are planning a protest on the state’s Lobby Day. Lawmakers in Virginia have proposed a ban on assault rifles and a "red flag" law, which would give officials the power to confiscate weapons from an individual who poses a threat, among other gun control measures.

    Mon, 20 Jan 2020 05:05:49 -0500
  • UK high-speed rail project could cost $137 bln - FT

    A proposed British high-speed rail project running between London and northern England could cost up to 106 billion pounds ($137 billion), 25% more than recently predicted, an official review seen by the Financial Times says. The report said there was a "considerable risk" that the High Speed 2 (HS2) project's price could jump from the 81-88 billion pounds budget that was set by the government as recently as September. The Financial Times said the review also recommended that work on the second phase of the project, stretching from central England to northern towns such as Manchester, should be paused to determine whether a mix of conventional and high speed lines could be used instead.

    Mon, 20 Jan 2020 05:01:37 -0500
  • In Zimbabwe, a backyard hydroponic farm beats drought to grow veg

    In a backyard in Zimbabwe's capital, a 50-year-old mother of two is using hydroponics to grow vegetables for some of Harare's top restaurants, defying drought and an economic crisis that have left millions needing food aid. Venensia Mukarati, whose day job is an accountant, always had a passion for farming, but no land on which to plant. Just over two years ago she did a web search on how to grow vegetables on the deck of her Harare house, importing a small hydroponics system from Cape Town for $900 that enables plants to draw soluble nutrients from water.

    Mon, 20 Jan 2020 05:00:00 -0500
  • Trump to offer first detailed impeachment defense as pivotal week begins

    After refusing to cooperate with the Democratic Party-led impeachment probe in the House of Representatives, President Donald Trump will on Monday offer his first comprehensive defense, before his trial begins in earnest in the Senate. "This is a brazen and unlawful attempt to overturn the results of the 2016 election and interfere with the 2020 election - now just months away," Trump's lawyers argued in a six-page initial response to the charges on Saturday. Senior administration officials said Monday's document will offer a more detailed and aggressive defense in arguing that Trump is innocent of the charges and should not be removed from office, as Democrats are demanding.

    Mon, 20 Jan 2020 05:00:00 -0500
  • FEATURE-Door-knocking neighbors help avert home seizures in Detroit

    When Delores Orr was going door-to-door helping her Detroit neighbors deal with the effects of one of the nation's worst tax foreclosure crises, she was shocked at how many people didn't know their homes were in danger or what to do about it. Orr, 72, was working with the Neighbor to Neighbor programme when it launched in 2017, joining a group of 450 people who went around their communities to alert homeowners and renters whose property taxes were in arrears. When, as part of the canvassing, she was given a list of properties at risk of foreclosure, she saw her own address among them.

    Mon, 20 Jan 2020 05:00:00 -0500
  • China reports new H5N6 bird flu case in Xinjiang region

    China's agriculture ministry said on Monday it had detected the highly pathogenic H5N6 strain of avian flu in swans in its western Xinjiang region. The case is the third this month of the strain in swans in Xinjiang. The ministry said 13 swans had died in the Manas county wetlands near Changji city that were inhabited by around 800 birds.

    Mon, 20 Jan 2020 04:53:03 -0500
  • Sterling falls after Javid comments stoke hard Brexit fears

    The pound fell on Monday after comments by UK finance minister Sajid Javid stoked fears about weak ties between the UK and the European Union following the country's departure from the bloc. In an interview with the Financial Times on Saturday, Javid said Britain would not commit to sticking to EU rules in post-Brexit trade talks. "It's about the UK diverging from Europe, and that would necessarily result in limiting access to European markets," said RBC Capital markets chief currency strategist Adam Cole.

    Mon, 20 Jan 2020 04:51:18 -0500
  • If nuclear issue is referred to UN, Iran will pull out of the NPT- Iran foreign minister

    If Iran's nuclear file is sent to the United Nations Security Council, then Iran will withdraw from the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Monday, according to the official IRNA news agency. "If the Europeans continue their improper behavior or send Iran's file to the Security Council, we will withdraw from the NPT," IRNA quoted Zarif as saying.

    Mon, 20 Jan 2020 04:46:43 -0500
  • REFILE-Thai court could dissolve opposition party on anti-monarchy allegations

    Thailand's Constitutional Court is to decide on Tuesday whether to dissolve the opposition Future Forward Party, in a ruling that could strengthen the military-backed government's majority in parliament. The case is based on a complaint that claims the party is seeking to overthrow the revered constitutional monarchy and is linked to the Illuminati, a secret society that conspiracy theorists believe seeks world domination. Founded almost two years ago by auto-parts billionaire Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, Future Forward Party came third in last year's general election, which the opposition says was manipulated in favor of the pro-military Palang Pracharat Party.

    Mon, 20 Jan 2020 04:46:19 -0500
  • Singer-songwriter David Olney dies on stage mid-performance

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    American folk singer and songwriter David Olney died on stage during a performance in Florida over the weekend. Olney, who wrote songs recorded by Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, Steve Young and others, suffered an apparent heart attack during his performance at the 30A Songwriters Festival in Santa Rosa Beach on Saturday night, according to a statement on his website.

    Mon, 20 Jan 2020 04:34:00 -0500
  • South African Airways says flights operating as normal

    Struggling state-owned airline South African Airways (SAA) said on Monday that flights to all its destinations were continuing as normal, after a trade union said last week that flights were at risk if government funding didn't arrive soon. "Flights to all its destinations continue as normal," SAA said in a statement. Last week, a union official said SAA could have to suspend some flights and delay salary payments if the government doesn't come up with a plan to provide the 2 billion rand ($138 million) it promised the airline last month.

    Mon, 20 Jan 2020 04:20:42 -0500
  • EMERGING MARKETS-EM stocks, currencies flat ahead of key central bank meetings

    Emerging market stocks and currencies were flat on Monday as investors braced for major central bank meetings later in the week, while Turkish and Russian equities scaled all-time highs. The Bank of Japan will announce its rate decision on Tuesday, while the European Central Bank is gearing up for its first policy meeting of the year on Thursday. "Major central banks are unlikely to take action for the foreseeable future, as they have all come close to the end of their possibilities when it comes to expansionary measures and see little scope for action on the restrictive side of things," said Commerzbank FX strategist Ulrich Leuchtmann.

    Mon, 20 Jan 2020 04:15:08 -0500
  • Japan, U.S. lead survey's corporate climate change action 'A List'

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    BT , Danone , Microsoft and Sony are among 178 companies with top marks in the latest global ranking of transparency and action on climate change. Japan and the U.S. were the countries with the headquarters of the most 'A List' companies individually, while regionally, Europe as a bloc was home to the highest number. Companies are coming under pressure from customers and investors to step up efforts to help slow climate change in accordance with the 2015 Paris climate agreement to phase out greenhouse gas emissions by shifting away from fossil fuels.

    Mon, 20 Jan 2020 04:14:33 -0500
  • Ukraine to press for plane crash black boxes as Iran minister visits

    Ukraine will press Iran to hand over the black boxes from the crash of a Ukrainian passenger plane at a meeting with a visiting Iranian delegation on Monday, Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko told reporters. Ukraine would convey the message to visiting Minister of Roads and Urban Development Mohammad Eslami, that returning the black boxes would show that Iran wanted an unbiased investigation of the crash, Prystaiko said. Iran had said on Sunday it was trying to analyse the black boxes from the airliner its military shot down this month, denying an earlier report it would hand them to Ukraine.

    Mon, 20 Jan 2020 04:13:55 -0500
  • Masks on, Chinese start holiday travels as alarm mounts over mystery virus

    Bundled up in winter clothes as they head home for the Lunar New Year holiday amid a health scare over a mystery new virus, Chinese travellers on the teeming concourse of Beijing West station were evenly split between the masked and the barefaced. Covering up was clearly the best decision for many of the passengers waiting to board the packed train carriages for the 5-1/2 hour journey to Wuhan, the epicenter of an outbreak that has sent shivers through the world's most populous country. Going back to her hometown, 28-year-old Tan Jie has been ribbed at work about the danger of contracting the new coronavirus, but the blue surgical mask on her face shows she is taking the risk seriously.

    Mon, 20 Jan 2020 04:13:40 -0500
  • DAVOS-Capitalism seen doing "more harm than good" in global survey

    A majority of people around the world believe capitalism in its current form is doing more harm than good, a survey found ahead of this week's Davos meeting of business and political leaders. This year was the first time the "Edelman Trust Barometer", which for two decades has polled tens of thousands of people on their trust in core institutions, sought to understand how capitalism itself was viewed. "The answer is yes," David Bersoff, lead researcher on the study produced by U.S. communications company Edelman.

    Mon, 20 Jan 2020 04:13:12 -0500
  • Why Stitch Fix CEO Katrina Lake turned down a multimillion-dollar offer

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    Stitch Fix founder and CEO Katrina Lake made history in 2017 when she became the youngest female founder to take a company public at just 34. Users fill out a "Style Profile," which a personal stylist uses to handpick items fitting a customer's tastes, needs and budget.

    Mon, 20 Jan 2020 04:11:46 -0500
  • How this woman went from 350 pounds to 4-time marathoner

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    From keeping your New Year’s resolutions going to Instagram-worthy meal prep to workout programs to eating plans to taking time for yourself, we have it all covered. Liz Rock started her transformation journey four years ago weighing 350 pounds. "At 350 pounds there were a lot of things I couldn’t do, simple things that people don’t have to think about if they‘re not considered overweight," Rock told "Good Morning America." "I would have anxiety about taking the train because I’m taking up a seat-and-a-half.

    Mon, 20 Jan 2020 04:08:07 -0500
  • GLOBAL MARKETS-Feel good factor keeps world stocks near record highs, oil jumps

    World stocks held near record highs on Monday as generally better data and earnings bolstered sentiment, while oil prices hit their highest in over a week after two large crude production bases in Libya began shutting down following a blockade. European equities opened a touch lower , while U.S. stock futures were down marginally. Trading was light with U.S. markets closed for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

    Mon, 20 Jan 2020 04:04:52 -0500
  • Taiwan's China-friendly opposition seeks makeover after election drubbing

    Driven out of China after losing a civil war, Taiwan's main opposition party faces another crisis following an election drubbing this month, seeking to re-invent itself and rethink its unpopular policy of trying to accommodate Beijing. The Kuomintang, which ruled all of China until forced to flee to Taiwan in 1949, soundly lost both the presidential and parliamentary elections to the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), whose promises to stand up to China's threats contrasted with its own platform to be more conciliatory towards Beijing. China claims Taiwan as its sacred territory, to be taken by force if needed, with President Xi Jinping last year once again proposing a "one country, two systems" model for the island, only to be denounced by both the DPP and Kuomintang.

    Mon, 20 Jan 2020 04:01:44 -0500
  • Japan, U.S. lead survey's corporate climate change action 'A List'

    BT , Danone, Microsoft and Sony are among 178 companies with top marks in the latest global ranking of transparency and action on climate change. Japan and the U.S. were the countries with the headquarters of the most 'A List' companies individually, while regionally, Europe as a bloc was home to the highest number. Companies are coming under pressure from customers and investors to step up efforts to help slow climate change in accordance with the 2015 Paris climate agreement to phase out greenhouse gas emissions by shifting away from fossil fuels.

    Mon, 20 Jan 2020 04:00:00 -0500
  • FOREX-Dollar holds firm after strong U.S. data, Chinese yuan extends run

    The dollar held near a one-month high against major currencies on Monday after last week's run of data confirmed that the United States economy is holding up well, while China's yuan hit a new six-month high. Mostly though it was another quiet start to the week for currencies, with FX volatility near all-time lows and little in the way of key economic data. Investors are focused on central bank meetings in Japan, which is on Tuesday, and the European Central Bank meeting on Thursday.

    Mon, 20 Jan 2020 03:50:35 -0500
  • Woman struck and killed by 2 cars running across street to get McDonalds for her family

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    Laura Bryant was in northeast Fresno, California, on Saturday night when she attempted to cross a busy street to get her family some food at McDonalds but, according to detectives, she didn’t use the crosswalk and poor lighting made it difficult for her to be seen. The impact of getting hit then sent her into the middle lane where she was struck by a second passing vehicle. "This is an absolute tragic event, but this shows the importance to not be running in the middle of the road at night on a busy road," said Lt. Bill Dooley with the Fresno Police Department to ABC’s Fresno station KFSN.

    Mon, 20 Jan 2020 03:44:48 -0500
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