Amotz Asa-El's View from Jerusalem: Saudi economic reform plan is bound to fail
Fri, 29 Apr 2016 07:24:07 +0100
Saudi Arabia’s bold plan to reform the economy isn’t nearly bold enough, because it leaves the social order in place and it continues to rely on rent-seeking rather than production, writes Amotz Asa-El.
Protests rage outside Trump rally in Orange County; 17 arrested, police car smashed - Los Angeles Times
Fri, 29 Apr 2016 07:21:00 +0100
North Korea Could Test World's Commitment to Sanctions - Voice of America
Fri, 29 Apr 2016 06:52:13 +0100
Marlins 2B Dee Gordon suspended 80 games for PEDs - USA TODAY
Fri, 29 Apr 2016 06:39:35 +0100
The Wall Street Journal: Eurozone finance ministers aim for Greece bailout deal at May meeting
Fri, 29 Apr 2016 06:31:20 +0100
Dutch Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem said creditors need a little more time to work with Athens on the legal possibilities for a contingency mechanism that would trigger further austerity if Greece misses targets.
2016 NFL Draft: Cowboys up, Rams, Browns down after Round 1 - NFL.com
Fri, 29 Apr 2016 06:22:00 +0100
Futures Movers: Oil prices fall as some investors cash out on April’s big gains
Fri, 29 Apr 2016 06:04:36 +0100
Oil prices slip as investors decide to cash out on April’s big gains.
49ers select OG Josh Garnett with No. 28 pick in 2016 NFL draft - Sports Illustrated
Fri, 29 Apr 2016 04:46:16 +0100
The Margin: How many millions did Laremy Tunsil lose because of one tweet?
Fri, 29 Apr 2016 04:34:06 +0100
Highly regarded University of Mississippi offensive lineman Laremy Tunsil saw his stock plummet at the NFL Draft on Thursday night after a video of him smoking marijuana from a bong was posted to his Twitter account minutes before the draft started.
Asia Markets: Asian markets keep sliding in wake of Japan’s inaction
Fri, 29 Apr 2016 04:20:49 +0100
Shares in most Asian stock markets edged lower Friday, with gains capped by disappointment over the Bank of Japan holding back on additional stimulus and worries about global economic growth.
The Latest: Powder sent to Trump office deemed harmless - Washington Post
Fri, 29 Apr 2016 04:10:39 +0100
Denver Broncos trade up to select QB Paxton Lynch - NFL.com
Fri, 29 Apr 2016 04:04:55 +0100
Mutual Funds Weekly: Warren Buffett’s No. 1 rule applies to every stock investor
Fri, 29 Apr 2016 03:45:11 +0100
Warren Buffett has followed an investing playbook based on rules he established for himself early in his storied career. But one rule applies to all stock investors.
Graffiti at Utah's Arches National Park may be irreparable
Fri, 29 Apr 2016 02:29:02 +0100
(Reuters) - Graffiti etched into one of the popular red rock arches in Utah's Arches National Park may be too deep to be repaired, the park's superintendent said on Thursday. The site of the graffiti is near a hiking trail to one of the park's main attractions, Delicate Arch, a 64-feet high sandstone structure that has been known to draw hundreds of visitors at a time. Defacing a national park can lead to a sentence of six months in prison and a $500 fine, according to the website for the U.S. Department of Justice.
The Wall Street Journal: Caterpillar to shut 5 U.S. plants, cut more than 800 jobs
Fri, 29 Apr 2016 02:11:35 +0100
Caterpillar Inc. said Thursday it will close five U.S. plants and shed about 820 positions as the construction-equipment maker continues to scale back its production and workforce in response to falling demand.
Death raises questions: Did Prince die of an overdose?
Fri, 29 Apr 2016 01:48:21 +0100
CHICAGO (AP) — Prince's final days and unexpected death at age 57 raise questions among experts familiar with prescription painkiller overdoses. It's possible the innovative musician's demise represents one of the most public tragedies in an overdose crisis now gripping America.
MarketWatch First Take: LinkedIn not quite dead yet
Fri, 29 Apr 2016 01:18:41 +0100
LinkedIn Corp. surpassed expectations for the first quarter, as it is gradually makes its way back into Wall Street’s graces after its disappointing bombshell last quarter, yet concerns about slower growth rate remain.
Laremy Tunsil slides in draft after bong video posted on Twitter
Fri, 29 Apr 2016 01:15:02 +0100
The Ole Miss offensive tackle had a fall for the ages in Chicago.
The Wall Street Journal: China passes tough law against foreign nonprofits
Fri, 29 Apr 2016 01:03:01 +0100
Chinese legislators passed a law on Thursday granting police broad authority to supervise foreign nonprofit groups, reinforcing President Xi Jinping’s drive to consolidate government control over China’s society, culture and economy.
'Bomb' hooked to man in animal suit really flotation device
Fri, 29 Apr 2016 00:41:36 +0100
BALTIMORE (AP) — A young man in an animal costume and surgical mask who walked into a Baltimore TV station Thursday claiming to have a bomb was shot and wounded by police, who determined that his alleged explosive consisted of aluminum-wrapped chocolate bars duct-taped to a flotation device.
The Wall Street Journal: PG&E may be on the hook for $90 million in California wildfire
Fri, 29 Apr 2016 00:39:13 +0100
A major wildfire that killed two people and destroyed more than 500 homes in California last year was caused by a spark from a tree that touched a power line owned by PG&E Corp., according to state officials, who said they would seek $90 million from the utility to help cover firefighting costs.
Vanuatu tsunami threat over after big quake: scientists
Thu, 28 Apr 2016 23:10:37 +0100
A major earthquake hit the Pacific nation of Vanuatu early Friday, briefly prompting a tsunami warning that was cancelled after locals reported no significant damage. The United States Geological Survey said the 7.0-magnitude quake -- originally reported as 7.3 -- struck at a relatively shallow depth of 35 kilometres (21 miles) some 209 kilometres from the capital Port Vila. The National Tsunami Warning Center (NTWC) initially warned the quake, which hit at 1933 Thursday GMT, could generate waves of up to three metres (10 feet) on parts of the Vanuatu coast.
Cruz's latest fight with fellow Republicans is a reminder: Many don't like the guy - Washington Post
Thu, 28 Apr 2016 23:03:24 +0100
Joe Biden Makes Surprise Visit to Iraq, Seeking to Bolster Fight Against ISIS - New York Times
Thu, 28 Apr 2016 21:49:11 +0100
South Korea: Suspected midrange North Korean missiles fail
Thu, 28 Apr 2016 20:50:04 +0100
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea attempted unsuccessfully to launch two suspected powerful intermediate-range missiles on Thursday, South Korean defense officials said, bringing the number of apparent failures in recent weeks to three.
Man shot, Baltimore station WBFF-TV evacuated after bomb scare
Thu, 28 Apr 2016 19:59:38 +0100
A television station in Baltimore has been evacuated after employees say a man threatened to blow up the station.
Air strikes on Aleppo hospital kill doctors and children
Thu, 28 Apr 2016 19:48:26 +0100
By Lisa Barrington and Stephanie Nebehay BEIRUT/GENEVA (Reuters) - Air strikes destroyed a hospital and killed dozens of people in rebel-held areas of Aleppo, including children and doctors, in an attack that a U.S. official said appeared to be solely the work of the Syrian government. The city of Aleppo is at the center of a military escalation that has undermined peace talks in Geneva aimed at ending the five-year-old war. U.N. envoy Staffan de Mistura appealed to the presidents of the United States and Russia to intervene to salvage a ceasefire that was "barely alive".
FBI arrests brother of San Bernardino attacker and two other relatives, charges them with marriage fraud - Washington Post
Thu, 28 Apr 2016 19:09:21 +0100
Boehner calls Cruz ‘Lucifer in the flesh’
Thu, 28 Apr 2016 15:51:18 +0100
The former House speaker offers a blunt assessment of the Texas senator: "I have never worked with a more miserable son of a bitch in my life.”
Trump’s ‘America First’ neo-isolationism
Thu, 28 Apr 2016 12:33:31 +0100
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump delivers a foreign policy speech at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C., April 27, 2016. After rolling over its opponents in all five Eastern seaboard primaries, the Trump juggernaut entered Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, where the victorious candidate gave a speech intended to add gravitas to his scattershot positions on foreign policy and national security. “The direction I’m outlining will return us to a timeless principle — always putting the interests of the American people and American security above all else.
A failed pact tells you why Trump is winning
Thu, 28 Apr 2016 10:00:50 +0100
Like Stalin and Churchill huddled over a map of Europe in 1944, Ted Cruz and John Kasich began a very odd week by announcing — publicly, for reasons known only to them — that they were divvying up the remaining primary states in order to maintain individual spheres of influence. Cruz would get Indiana (which is next to Ohio), while Kasich would get New Mexico (which shares a border with Texas). Of course, primary voters — unlike, say, Polish peasants — tend to do whatever they want, so all this plotting didn’t exactly make Cruz and Kasich grandmasters of global domination.
Prescription Drugs Found With Prince at the Time of His Death
Thu, 28 Apr 2016 01:20:00 +0100
Two law enforcement sources told CBS News on Wednesday that prescription drugs were found in Prince’s possession and at his home at the time of the music icon’s death. The sources also said that the local sheriff’s department has contacted the DEA about assisting with the investigation into the singer’s death.
Jury convicts ex-Oklahoma reserve deputy in suspect's death
Thu, 28 Apr 2016 01:07:34 +0100
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A former Oklahoma volunteer sheriff's deputy who said he mistook his handgun for his stun gun when he fatally shot an unarmed suspect last year was convicted of second-degree manslaughter on Wednesday.
Tennessee law to allow counselors to deny service based on beliefs
Thu, 28 Apr 2016 00:19:29 +0100
Tennessee's Republican governor on Wednesday signed a law allowing mental health counselors to refuse service to patients on "sincerely held principles," the latest in a string of U.S. state measures criticized as discriminatory against the gay community. Governor Bill Haslam signed the bill into law three weeks after it was approved by the legislature. "The substance of this bill doesn't address a group, issue or belief system," Haslam said in a statement.
Ted Cruz picks Carly Fiorina as running mate in a highly unusual move
Wed, 27 Apr 2016 21:51:05 +0100
During a rally Wednesday afternoon in Indianapolis, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz announced that he had selected former Hewlett-Packard CEO and unsuccessful 2016 GOP presidential candidate Carly Fiorina as his running mate. “After a great deal of time and thought, after a great deal of consideration and prayer, I have come to the conclusion that if I am nominated to be the president of the United States, I will run on a ticket with my vice presidential nominee Carly Fiorina,” Cruz told hundreds of flag-waving supporters gathered at the Pavilion at Pan Am Plaza. “Over and over again, Carly has shattered glass ceilings,” Cruz said.
Sanders says to lay off hundreds of campaign workers: NY Times
Wed, 27 Apr 2016 21:39:42 +0100
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders said on Wednesday he is planning to lay off hundreds of campaign workers nationwide and focus on winning in California, the New York Times reported on Wednesday. Sanders, a U.S. senator from Vermont, told the Times in an interview he planned to remain in the race despite losing four of five states in primary voting on Tuesday, putting him further behind rival Hillary Clinton. (http://nyti. ...
Ex-House Speaker Hastert gets 15 months, admits sex abuse
Wed, 27 Apr 2016 21:26:14 +0100
Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert, once one of the country's most powerful politicians, was sentenced on Wednesday to 15 months in federal prison for a financial crime related to sexual abuse of high school wrestlers he coached decades ago. U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Durkin called Hastert a serial sex abuser in handing down the sentence, which was longer than the zero to six months recommended by federal prosecutors. Durkin said the sentence would have been even longer if it weren't for Hastert's age, 74, and poor health.
Obama to visit water crisis-hit Flint
Wed, 27 Apr 2016 16:37:43 +0100
President Barack Obama will next week travel to Flint, Michigan, where a crisis over tainted water has become a focus of the 2016 election campaign, the White House said Wednesday. Responding to a letter from eight-year-old Flint resident Mari Copeny, Obama said he would visit the majority African American northern city on May 4. "I want to make sure people like you and your family are receiving the help you need and deserve," Obama wrote.
Did Mary Pat Christie roll her eyes during Donald Trump’s ‘woman card’ comments?
Wed, 27 Apr 2016 16:36:23 +0100
The Republican frontrunner raised more than a few eyebrows by accusing Hillary Clinton of playing the "woman card" on Tuesday night — including, it seemed, those of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's wife.
‘The Jinx’ Subject Robert Durst Gets 7-Year Prison Sentence in Plea Deal
Wed, 27 Apr 2016 16:24:17 +0100
Real estate heir Robert Durst will serve seven years and one month in prison on a weapons charge after a federal judge approved a plea deal on Wednesday, the Associated Press reports. U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt approved the sentence, which Durst accepted, in New Orleans. The maximum penalty that Durst could have faced was... Read more »