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European Union proposes bloc-wide ban on single-use plastics

The PlasticsEurope association urged the European Commission to "avoid shortcuts". The European Commission on Monday proposed banning single-use plastic products such as cotton buds and plastic straws and putting the burden of cleaning up waste on manufacturers in an effort to reduce marine litter. Read More »

Spectacular lightning strikes parts of UK

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In Warwickshire, the fire service said five properties were struck by lightning in the early hours of Sunday. An early summer thunderstorm rolled into the United Kingdom overnight, with meteorologists saying the United Kingdom was hit by between 15,000 and 20,000 lightning strikes. Read More »

Federal Bureau of Investigation urges people to reboot home, office routers to thwart malware attack

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The malware is able to perform multiple functions, including possible information collection, device exploitation, and blocking web and network traffic. "The FBI recommends any owner of small office and home office routers power cycle (reboot) the devices". TP-Link said VPNFilter only affected its TP-R600VPN router, and linked users to firmware and security instructions. Read More »

Ford helped rig candidate nomination: Liberals

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If proved true, the charges would call into question the PC leader's conviction that he had been busy cleaning the mess left from the party's previous administration. He has said the party is looking into whether the allegedly stolen 407 ETR customer data may have been used by some candidates to win nomination races. Read More »

Amazon Rescues The Expanse for a Fourth Season

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The announcement came during the National Space Society's International Space Development Conference in Los Angeles. The news dropped about an hour after a panel dedicated to The Expanse at the same event, which featured EP and showrunner Naren Shankar and stars Steven Strait , Cas Anvar , and Wes Chatham . Read More »

AAA: Memorial Day gas prices expected to be highest since 2014

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And as motorists gas up, they'll be paying more at the pump . As with Americans across the country, Marylanders are being motivated to travel thanks to a stronger economy and growing consumer confidence. That translates into gasoline costing about $3 a gallon on average in the U.S.as of Friday, compared to $2.30 a year earlier. "This year people are feeling better about their economic situation, and when you have full employment, you have people driving to and from work every day", ... Read More »

Oil prices slump as OPEC, Russia plan output boost

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Brent crude futures LCOc1 were at $76.02 per barrel at 0016 GMT, down 42 cents, or 0.55 percent, from their last close. Trump tweeted last month that OPEC had "artificially" boosted oil prices. Current discussions are aimed at relaxing record-high compliance with the production cuts, the sources said, in an effort to cool the market after oil hit $80 a barrel on concerns over a supply shortage. Read More »

NAB Promises Compensation For Losses After Yesterday's Outage

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This means ANZ, ASB, BNZ , Westpac and Kiwibank, however the four Australian-owned banks are primarily affected. The outage affected internet and mobile banking, ATMs and EFTPOS and is believed to have started about 8am AEST. "We've had easily 100 customers who couldn't buy their produce this morning", he said. But "sorry this happened on a Saturday", makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Read More »

Oil prices slump as OPEC and Russian Federation consider output boost

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Petersburg International Economic Forum in Russia, Al Falih said: "I think in the near future there will be time to release supply" smoothly to avoid shocking the market". "Different options will be put forward". Hedge funds and other money managers raised their bullish bets on USA crude futures and options in the latest week after four consecutive cuts in the net long position, according to data released on Friday. Read More »

Teamsters reject CP Rail's final contract offer

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The IBEW, which represents some 360 signal and communications workers, voted about 97 per cent against the offer. The union said it would immediately request that the railway resume negotiations to reach a deal without resorting to a strike. Read More »

Oil India, ONGC shares tank on windfall oil tax worries

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My ministry has even written to the Ministry of Finance in this regard on several occasions. "Some of them include fluctuations in global market and depreciation of Indian rupees against the United States dollars". The UK in 2011 raised the tax rate to be applied to North Sea oil and gas profits when the price is above $75 per barrel. The common man is greatly impacted by the fuel prices hike as it has a cascading effect on the economy and burns a hole in his pocket by leading to an ... Read More »

Opec, Russia prepared to raise oil output under USA pressure

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Oil prices slumped lower on Friday after news that Russian Federation and the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries were discussing raising oil output by one million barrels per day (bpd). Diplomats and oil officials in OPEC countries were also anxious about the potential revival in Washington of the so-called "No Oil Producing and Exporting Cartels Act", which proposes making OPEC subject to the Sherman anti-trust law, used more than a century ago to break up the oil empire of John ... Read More »

Brazilian President Michel Temer orders security forces to remove trucker blockades

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Brazilian President Michel Temer ordered security forces Friday to clear roads blocked by truckers staging a five-day-old strike that has left the country virtually paralyzed. A spokeswoman for Rio's fuel retailers' union Sincomb told AFP that the main service stations were last supplied on Monday. And now they want a 15-day freeze with (a reduction of) 10 percent. Read More »

Saudi Arabia and Russian Federation to boost oil output 'by 1 million barrels

The rapid decline in oil inventories and worries about supplies after the USA decision to withdraw from the worldwide nuclear deal with Iran, as well as Venezuela's collapsing output, were behind the change in Opec's thinking. "We were in the meeting in Jiddah, when we read the tweet", OPEC Secretary General Mohammad Barkindo said today. "We pride ourselves as friends of the United States", Barkindo told Saudi and Russian energy ministers during a panel at Russia's main economic forum in St. Read More »

Jury recommends $37m in Johnson & Johnson lawsuit

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If Johnson & Johnson won't put a warning on its baby powder that it may be tainted with asbestos, some jurors were ready to do it for them. A Los Angeles jury awarded $21.7 million in compensatory damages to Joanne Anderson , who said she developed mesothelioma after being exposed to asbestos in J&J baby powder laced with the carcinogen. Read More »

Uber auto 'had six seconds to respond' in fatal crash

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During these six seconds , the driver could and should have been alerted of an anomalous object ahead on the left - whether it was a deer, a vehicle or a bike, it was entering or could enter the road and should be attended to. "Without any driver support such as warnings or driver monitoring, a crash like this was inevitable", Fisher says. The report also notes that she "was dressed in dark clothing and that the bicycle did not have any side reflectors", and that she crossed in a dark ... Read More »

PM Modi asks people to rate his government, BJP lawmakers

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He also made light of Congress President Rahul Gandhi's remarks that he was ready to be Prime Minister if his party emerges as the biggest group. Modi said he, unlike his predecessor, had provided strong leadership. Highlighting the Modi government's work, Shah said: "We have benefitted 22 crore people with several schemes", while the country's self-pride has been restored and its status globally taken to the highest level. Read More »

U.S. seeks to take control of infected routers from hackers

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This renders any device unusable, as the code needed to start the device has been replaced with jumbled data. The VPNFilter code shares some similarities with the Black Energy malware used in attacks on Ukraine's power grid. This, according to the warning that Cisco has sent out, which refers to the modular, multi-stage malware as VPNFilter. He said: "There are also similarities between this malware and the BlackEnergy attacks that previously affected electricity supply in Ukraine". Read More »

Grayling: Improving Northern rail ‘number one priority’

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The operator's recovery proposals - submitted to transport secretary Chris Grayling and rail minister Jo Johnson - include a number of measures such as improving driver rostering to get more trains running and increasing driver training on new routes to get more services online as quickly as possible. Read More »

Another big Lotto Max ticket sold in Courtenay

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Two Maxmillions prizes, worth $500,000 each, were sold in Toronto and Sault Ste. "We definitely see sales rise, when we have a $60 million jackpot - people love to dream about winning that amount". That is combined with about $46 million Lotto Max winnings and that makes more than $100 million up for grabs across the country. The chances of winning the main jackpot are one in 28 million, but recent history suggests a Quebecer may be the lucky victor. Read More »

Service dog gives birth to 8 puppies at Florida airport gate

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They missed the flight, and for the next three hours created a fuzzy spectacle as crowds gathered with phones trying to capture the scene. "I've never seen anything like this in an airport, or otherwise", she said. A service dog went into labor at Tampa International Airport just before boarding her flight to Philadelphia. They are waiting for two more puppies. Read More »

SUMMIT SAVED? Jim Mattis ‘VERY OPTIMISTIC’ Korean Summit Will Take Place

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Asked if North Korea is playing games, Mr. Trump said , "Everybody plays games". Also, for talks to commence, North Korea must detail a preliminary roadmap as to what it would offer in terms of denuclearization. In a letter to Kim, Trump said Thursday he would not go ahead with the summit in Singapore, following what the White House called a "trail of broken promises" by the North. Read More »

Germany's Deutsche Bank to lay off more than 7,000 workers

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The associated personnel reductions are underway, it said. While the overall banking sector has been performing well - with the major USA banks reporting record-setting earnings - Deutsche Bank hasn't been doing very well. "How can you cut back operations and reduce costs without massively losing market share and revenues?" he asked Sewing. The planned cuts, which are coming about two months after the bank elevated its new CEO Christian Sewing, accelerate and deepen layoffs that were ... Read More »

Fiat Chrysler software fix prompts recall of 4.8 million vehicles

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A recall is underway for all of the vehicles, which span FCA's Dodge, Jeep, Chrysler , and Ram lines, and include sedans, SUVs, and pickups. If that coincides with a short-circuit in a specific electrical network, it turns out, the driver of the auto would be left unable to turn the cruise control off. Read More »

Canada blocks China purchase of construction firm Aecon

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Some anxious the decision would have an impact on Canada-China relations, which has been a significant priority for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau since his 2015 election. At the same time as the CNOOC deal won approval, Prime Minister Stephen Harper gave Malaysia's Petronas the go-ahead to buy Progress Energy Resources Corp., which was developing natural-gas lands in northeastern B.C. Read More »

Amazon will cancel your account if you keep doing this one thing

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Some Amazon customers shared stories about their accounts getting shut down with no warning after they allegedly returned too many items, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal - sparking concern from other users who are anxious their accounts would also get shuttered. Read More »

Timeline of Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline

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Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says while other western premiers meeting in Yellowknife will be talking about how to spend money, she'll be working in Alberta figuring out how to earn it. Deputy premier Sarah Hoffman, who is also Alberta's minister of health, will attend in Notley's place. The justice system, legalized cannabis and pharmacare are all on the premiers' agenda, and Notley said they're too important to boycott altogether. Read More »

Tesla Ready to Settle Claims Over Autopilot Troubles

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The AP said the police report was obtained Thursday through an open records request. The most recent crash, in March, is being investigated by safety regulators. Tesla has paid out $5 million to settle a 2017 class action lawsuit that originally alleged that the Autopilot feature shipped in 2016 in the company's cars was "essentially unusable and demonstrably unsafe". Read More »

Donald Trump signs law that loosens bank restraints enacted after Great Recession

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Those banks are subject to stricter capital and planning requirements. The law gives regional and community banks relief from rules that they've decried as burdensome and costly. The bill would raise that threshold to $250 billion in assets, potentially allowing several high-profile financial institutions, including American Express and Ally Financial, to escape the extra regulatory scrutiny. Read More »

Elon Musk accuses the media of "sugarcoating" lies

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The entry-level model has a US EPA range of 354km, and a 0-60mph (0-97km/h) time of 5.6 seconds, while the more expensive Long Range version has a range of 500km, and a 0-60mph time of 5.1 seconds. It helped Tesla command a 14.3 percent share of the total number of vehicles registered in the mid-size premium sedan segment. He also vowed to launch a website where users "can rate the core truth of any article " and track the credibility of journalists and publications. Read More »

Netflix Is Now More Valuable Than Disney

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On Wednesday, Netflix's market cap surpassed that of Comcast , the cable and media giant that's poised to start a bidding war with Disney to acquire 21st Century Fox assets . The inroads made by sites such as YouTube, Amazon and Netflix - which launched its streaming service in 2007 - are forcing traditional firms to act, spurring a slew of mergers and other deals. Read More »

US Justice Department probes manipulation in bitcoin prices

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The investigation appears to be focused on specific and clearly manipulative activities, like spoofing large (but fake) orders in order to trick other traders and move the price. Lack of regulation surrounding cryptocurrencies is what worries federal authorities, as that leaves the market vulnerable to abuse, a number of sources told Bloomberg . Read More »

Gas prices are up 31% from last Memorial Day. Here's why

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AAA recently released its list of the worst times to hit the road for what's expected to be a record Memorial Day travel weekend. For people traveling by auto, INRIX , a vehicle services company, and AAA predict that most of the congestion will happen Thursday, May 24 and Friday, May 25, in the late afternoon as commuters combine with travelers. Read More »

Elon Musk does a Trump with tirade at media

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Musk has 21.8 million followers on Twitter and has tweeted more than four thousand times since he joined the site in June 2009. "Musk didn't seem to mind the media when it was churning out fawning profiles of him", she notes. Musk urged the media to promote the poll if " they didn't want Pravda to exist", then tweeted again, saying he may call the site "You're Right" instead. Read More »

Big oil consumers start to lock-in prices as Brent urges to $80

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Many developing countries cut or abolished fuel subsidies during the oil-price slump three years ago. The increase in hedging suggests that oil prices are flirting with a pain threshold for consumers, a potentially ominous sign for OPEC , which always keeps a watchful eye on demand growth. Read More »

Max Schrems files GDPR complaints against Facebook and Google

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Even though the GDPR is a European law, there's a big impact here in the United States. Here's what you need to know. The European Parliament adopted the law in 2014, with a two-year grace period starting May 24 , 2016. Companies based in the European Union have to offer these privacy protections to all their users, not just European Union residents. There are probably some businesses that don't realize that their mailing list is global. Read More »

Uber self-driving SUV saw pedestrian but didn't brake

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Investigators revealed that although the operator could have intervened, the Uber self-driving system was designed in a way that fails to notify the operator. Kornhauser said that was enough distance for the SUV to stop, or slow considerably to mitigate damage from the crash. According to the NTSB report , her toxicology test results were positive for methamphetamine and marijuana, while the Uber operator showed no signs of impairment. Read More »

Trump pardons late, great boxer Jack Johnson

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At the turn of the 20th century, that was large for a heavyweight of that era. Johnson was the heavyweight champion of the world from 1908-15. Founded in 1846, AP has covered all the major news events of the past 165 years, providing high-quality, informed reporting of everything from wars and elections to championship games and royal weddings. Read More »

Trump administration launches vehicle import probe

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Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross announced he initiated a so-called Section 232 investigation on auto trade - which would provide the legal basis to impose tariffs, if his department finds imports threaten USA national security - after speaking with Donald Trump on the matter. Read More »

Marks & Spencer set to close Walsall store putting 94 jobs at risk

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The closures will mainly affect its larger clothing and home stores, which have under performed for several years, but bosses say the move is "vital" for its survival. Shares in M&S were down 3 percent at 1017 GMT. Its position seemed unassailable, but since then its market share has been on a declining trend, Hinton explains. Read More »

Ariana Grande remembers Manchester bomb attack victims on first anniversary

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It has now been a year since the attack, but the singer says that it is "still so heavy on [her] heart". She closed off the song by blowing a kiss and saying, "Happy birthday, Saffie". A memorial service, attended by Prime Minister Theresa May and Prince William , was also held in Manchester Cathedral. "There are so many people who have suffered such loss and pain", she said, sobbing. Read More »

Battlefield 5 Teaser Video Clip Reveals WWII Setting

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EA says the team developing the game "will share their vision" for Battlefield 5 , but it's not unusual for some third-party celebrity to ensure smooth transitions throughout the show. Battlefield V is set to be one of the biggest releases of the year, and the Xbox One having access to content before the PS4 could well convince many to pick it up on Microsoft's console. Read More »

NYT Columnist Worries Mueller Investigation Actually Helping Trump

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The FBI and Department of Justice will brief lawmakers Thursday on classified material they have requested relating to the FBI's actions during the 2016 campaign, the White House announced Tuesday. There have been multiple reports over the past few months about how President Trump's lawyers (including the very outspoken Rudy Giuliani ) want to deal with the potential Robert Mueller , and now there's a new one about how they want to limit the scope of questions asked. Read More »