Month: May 2018

(Reuters) – Japan’s SoftBank Group Corp (9984.T) will invest $2.25 billion in General Motors Co’s (GM.N) autonomous vehicle unit Cruise, the companies said on Thursday, a deal that validates the venerable Detroit automaker’s leadership in self-driving cars and sent GM shares up nearly 13 percent. The move by SoftBank’s $100-billion Vision Fund is one of
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OXON HILL, Md. (Reuters) – Coolly acing such obscure words as “staphylinid,” “amphipneustic” and “synecphonesis,” 16 young contestants made it to the final round of the Scripps National Spelling Bee on Thursday after five hours of tense competition. May 31, 2018; National Harbor, MD, USA; Aisha Randhawa from California spelled the word Marseilles correctly during
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(Reuters) – Britain’s pensions watchdog head Lesley Titcomb will step down at the end of her four-year contract in February 2019, The Pensions Regulator said on Thursday. The search for her successor will begin immediately and will be led by Chairman Mark Boyle, the watchdog said bit.ly/2J918ws. Titcomb, who was appointed chief executive of the
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(Reuters) – A federal appeals court on Thursday awarded a victory to Jay-Z in a copyright infringement lawsuit claiming that the rapper sampled without permission from an Egyptian composer’s song for his 1999 hit “Big Pimpin’.” FILE PHOTO: American rapper Jay-Z performs at Bercy stadium in Paris, France, October 17, 2013. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier The 9th
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump on Thursday pardoned a conservative commentator and said he was considering pardoning lifestyle maven Martha Stewart and commuting a former Illinois governor’s prison sentence, prompting critics to accuse him of subverting the rule of law. Trump announced his decision to pardon pundit and filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza, who pleaded guilty
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LONDON (Reuters) – Matt LeBlanc, former star of 1990s U.S. hit comedy “Friends”, said on Thursday he will step down as co-host of the BBC motoring program “Top Gear” after the next series. Cast member Matt LeBlanc speaks at a panel for the television series “Man with a Plan” during the TCA CBS Summer Press
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Scientists have pinpointed three genes that may have played a pivotal role in an important milestone in human evolution: the striking increase in brain size that facilitated cognitive advances that helped define what it means to be human. FILE PHOTO: A doctor holds a human brain in a brain bank in the
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LONDON (Reuters) – British consumers and businesses turned more confident in May, a sign that the economy is recovering from a weak start to 2018, according to surveys published on Thursday. Households felt more upbeat about their personal finances, market research firm GfK said, while two surveys of companies suggested they were coping with uncertainty
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LONDON (Reuters) – The original map of the Hundred Acre Wood from the Winnie-the-Pooh children’s stories is set to go under the hammer, with an estimate price tag of up to $200,000. Sotheby’s staff hold the original map of Winnie the Pooh’s Hundred Acre Wood by E.H. Shepard at Sotheby’s auction rooms in London, Britain,
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LONDON (Reuters) – Meghan Markle was named among the 25 most influential women in Britain on Thursday, according to a list published by UK Vogue magazine which hailed her as forging a new identity for the monarchy. Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attends a garden party at Buckingham Palace, in London, Britain May 22, 2018. Dominic
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TOKYO (Reuters) – Sony Corp’s (6758.T) new chief executive is embracing entertainment content, but for now appears to be steering clear of direct competition with tech giants such as Apple Inc (AAPL.O) and Netflix Inc (NFLX.O). FILE PHOTO: Sony Corp’s new President and Chief Executive Officer Kenichiro Yoshida attends a news conference on their business
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HONOLULU (Reuters) – Molten rock from several lava-spewing fissures opened by Kilauea Volcano crept toward clusters of homes and vacation rentals on the eastern tip of Hawaii’s Big Island on Wednesday, prompting authorities to usher residents out of the area as a precaution. Volcanic gases rise from the Kilauea lava flow that crossed Pohoiki Road
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