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NY senators: Withhold Penn Station funds because of delays


Amtrak hasn't yet provided a detailed plan on service cutbacks and alternatives when work gets under way in July to replace tracks and switches. Cuomo said the track-work would lead to a "20 percent reduction" in service during the station's "peak hours", causing headaches for the NY metropolitan area's 600,000 daily commuters. Read More »

Texas revives transgender 'bathroom bill' for public schools


Gov. Dan Patrick is hell-bent on making transgender kids into scary villains", the organization said in a written statement . AUSTIN, Texas (AP ) — A transgender "bathroom bill" reminiscent of one in North Carolina that caused a national uproar now appears to be on a fast-track to becoming law in Texas — though it may only apply to public schools. Read More »

Amazon Go issued United Kingdom trademark igniting launch rumours


No Checkout. (No, Seriously.)" as well as, "No Queue. The No Lines... catchphrase has been used to promote the test Amazon Go store that the retailer opened in Seattle previous year. According to the report, the technology was having trouble keeping track of more than 20 people at a time and struggled to track an item that had been moved from its place on the shelf. Read More »

Trump talks of engagement to resolve North Korea crisis


This is not play time. "You either support North Korea or you support us, because that's what it comes down to", Haley said at a news conference. But a senior North Korean diplomat has said Pyongyang was open to having talks with Washington under the right conditions. Read More »

Fyre Festival Now Faces FBI Probe


The investigation is being overseen by "a prosecutor assigned to the complex frauds and cybercrime unit". Yet, speaking on May 2 with unnerved employees at his TriBeCa office - with its $30,000 sound system and frequent fashion-model visitors - Mr. Read More »

Fight against terror a 'battle between good and evil'


The US president avoided using his signature term "radical Islamic terrorism" in the speech, a sign that he has heeded advice to moderate his tone after using the phrase repeatedly as a presidential candidate. A second order, which dropped Iraq from the list, is tied up in federal court and the federal government is appealing. The speech, on Sunday afternoon, is also meant to "unite the broader Muslim world". Read More »

Basquiat painting sells for $111 million, sets record


Last year , he became the highest-grossing American artist at auction , generating US$171.5 million from 80 works, according to Artprice, and his auction high has increased at least tenfold in the last 15 years. The sale of the picture at Sotheby's in NY puts it in an elite club: only 10 other works have sold for more than $100 million. Maezawa said he intends to lend the work for public exhibitions before housing it in his own museum in his native Chiba, Japan. Read More »

GST rates finalised, education and healthcare exempted


The telecom industry on Friday expressed disappointment over the 18 per cent Goods and Services Tax (GST ) rate, saying it will further stress the already-bleeding balance sheet of the sector. For customers who's currently paying 15 per cent service tax on Rs 499, that is Rs 74.85 tax, will not mind paying Rs 15 extra because in the larger context, they are now paying substantially less for their postpaid plan - Rs 700. Read More »

Texas set to pass transgender bathroom law for schools


Greg Abbott for his consideration. Under Paddie's amendment, schools would be required to provide for "single-occupancy facilities for use by a student who does not wish to use the facilities designated for use ... Supporters of the measure say LGBT couples will be able to find agencies without religious objections, but critics call is state-funded discrimination. Read More »

Jurgen Klopp Confident of Liverpool's Financial Strength

The challenge will be repeat and improve upon the finish next year, when those UCL fixtures clog the schedule, forcing Liverpool to play EPL matches on exhausted legs. "When something doesn't work it feels something slips through your fingers". So I am really happy we achieved a little bit of something that we didn't achieve too often in the past. Read More »

Cholera outbreak claims 315 lives in Yemen


Almost 23,500 suspected cases of cholera have been registered in war-ravaged Yemen in the past three weeks, the World Health Organization said, as the death toll of the outbreak climbed to at least 242. As hospitals struggle to cope with an influx of patients, the global charity organization Doctors without Borders (MSF) warned that the cholera outbreak in Yemen could get out of control. Read More »

Novak Djokovic Hires Andre Agassi As New Coach

Agassi won eight Grand Slam titles, including the French Open in 1999, before retiring in 2006. "I spoke to Andre the last couple of weeks on the phone and we chose to get together in Paris", said Djokovic of the American's first foray into coaching. Read More »

The Wizards needed Beal, Wall at their best; only one delivered


Bradley Beal led the Wizards , who were playing their first game seven since 1979, with 38 points, including 24 in the second half. They don't ever give us a chance and we just keep going. "Kelly was the MVP tonight", Thomas said, "I'm definitely going to enjoy it until tomorrow". Maligned for their play throughout the month of March and beginning of April, the Cavaliers converted 43 of their 92 attempts, including 11 three-point attempts and 17 of their 18 free throws in the lopsided win. Read More »

Video shows Hillary Clinton practicing avoiding Trump's hugs

The footage is a bit shaky, so it wasn't clear at first if it was really Clinton in the video, but Reines confirmed that it's the real deal in a follow-up tweet. Reines purchased four podiums on Amazon, two for his home and two for the secret office the Clinton campaign lent him at the PerkinsCoie law firm in Washington, D.C. Read More »

Billy Vunipola out of Lions tour of NZ

Vunipola - arguably the Lions' greatest strike weapon, was ruled out of the three-test series with the All Blacks with a chronic shoulder problem. It is really disappointing for Billy and we know how much he was looking forward to joining the squad. Read More »

US President Donald Trump calls for worldwide isolation of Iran

Although Saudi support of Trump and his plan to stamp out Islamist terrorism was a foregone conclusion ahead of the summit, it remains to be seen what impact, if any, the rhetoric had or will have on the other Arab leaders present and the millions of Muslims they represent. Read More »

Amazon Echo Show launched: everything you need to know

Another calling feature is "drop In" where users can designate friends and family to make a call from Echo Show at any time. Here's the Echo Show , an Echo with a touchscreen and camera. Echo Show's touchscreen can display several things, including video calls with other Echo Show users or voice calls with other Echo product users. Read More »

USA and European Union Officials Discuss Laptop Ban on Flights

IATA estimates that an extension of the ban would result in a $1.1 billion annual cost to passengers alone, including $655 million worth of productive time to business travelers, $216 million worth of travel time increases (nine minutes per flight) and $195 million in harm to passenger well-being. Read More »

Tulsa police officer acquitted in fatal shooting of unarmed man


In a statement following the verdict, Terence Crutcher's father, Joseph Crutcher, said , "I have four grandchildren that are at home that has lost their daddy". "I ask Oklahomans to respect our criminal justice system and especially the jurors, who heard the evidence from both sides in this case", Fallin said. Read More »

Harvard student, Obasi Shaw, submits rap album as final year thesis


Shaw will receive an honours degree, graduating summa cum laude while his album thesis earned him an A - the second highest grade a student can receive in the department. "Each song is an exploration of that state between slavery and freedom", Shaw said. "I didn't think they would respect rap as an art form enough for me to do it". Read More »

Human rights concerns prove no obstacle in Trump-Saudi ties


Trump , echoing George W. Bush in the wake of September 11, also characterized the battle against terrorism as a battle ultimately between good and evil. Then: Trump routinely assailed Obama and Democratic campaign rival Hillary Clinton for failing to use the specific phrase, "radical Islamic terrorism". Read More »

Saudis See Extended Cuts Enough to Drain Stocks

At WTI price of US$50 per barrel, Lower 48 output is seen to be growing by an additional 390,000 bpd between May 2017 and December 2017, the consultancy noted. The EIA reported that stockpiles of crude hit 518.6m barrels in February, the highest level since the agency began compiling weekly data in 1982. The rising U.S. Read More »

Iran Foreign Minister Disparages Trump Speech, Arms Deal


Shi'ite Muslim majority Iran and Sunni-led Saudi Arabia have always been bitter rivals in the region, with each accusing the other of attempting to undermine competing branches of Islam. In an editorial published by the London-based Al-Araby Al-Jadeed website on Sunday, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif advised U.S. President Donald Trump to discuss with Saudi leaders how to prevent another September 11 attack from taking place. Read More »