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Britain greets new prince in old style — by placing bets

As the Duchess of Cambridge labored in the Lindo Ward, an aircraft hired by Ladbrokes circled low overhead, towing a banner listing odds on the baby’s name. The participation of bookmakers at a royal birth has become a ritual. Read More

Hawaiian food is flourishing … in Utah


Updated on  April 24, 2018 at 4:22 pm
The restaurant Mo’ Bettahs is a ballad to beach life. Surfing movies play on TV screens in a continuous loop. Paddles and surfboards that have all touched Hawaiian waters adorn the walls. Reggae music by the band Natural Vibrations pulses through the speakers. Read More

Craft distillers, facing lower taxes, invest in themselves

The Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act, an amendment that quietly found its way into the omnibus tax bill that President Donald Trump signed into law in December, lowers the federal excise tax that producers pay by 80 percent. Read More

EPA issuing new rule restricting scientific studies in policymaking

The Environmental Protection Agency plans to publish a new regulation that would restrict the kinds of scientific studies the agency can use when it develops policies, a move critics say will permanently weaken the agency’s ability to protect public health. Read More
 

As Koreas weigh deal to end war, what is on the table?

South Korea says it has been in talks with North Korea and the United States to formally end the 1950-53 Korean War, which was halted by an armistice, or truce, rather than a negotiated peace treaty, which means that the fighting ended, but the war did not. The prospects of such a deal are still unclear. Read More

Cosby lawyers paint accuser as con artist in final appeal to jury

Lawyers for Bill Cosby fiercely attacked the credibility of his accuser, Andrea Constand, during two hours of closing arguments in his sexual assault retrial. They appealed to jurors to ignore the social changesoccurring outside the courtroom so they could focus on the single case before them. Read More

Videos of Toronto van driver’s arrest captivate social media

The van massacre that traumatized Toronto was amplified by the spread of smartphone videos that showed police arresting the driver, repeatedly screaming at him to lie on the ground as he dares them to shoot him in the head. Read More
 

Study says California’s deadly 1862 flood likely to repeat within 50 years

Because of the warming atmosphere, the type of storms that produced record flooding 156 years ago will probably be three to four times more frequent by the end of this century. That means San Francisco and Los Angeles are more likely than not to see an 1862-style deluge by 2060, according to the research published in the peer-reviewed journal Nature Climate Change. Read More

Prince’s family sues hospital that treated first opioid overdose

Days after authorities in Minnesota announced that no one would be criminally charged in the 2016 overdose death of Prince, his next of kin are suing an Illinois hospital that treated the singer for an opioid overdose the week before his fatal incident. Read More

Cosby defense rests as sex assault trial nears end

Bill Cosby’s defense team rested its case after presenting additional witnesses whose testimony was intended to suggest that Cosby could not have sexually assaulted Andrea Constand at his home near here in January 2004, as she has said. Read More

Korean Air heiresses, 1 known for ‘nut rage,’ lose their jobs


Updated on  April 22, 2018 at 4:47 pm
Two sisters accused of abusing Korean Air employees will be removed from management positions in their family-run corporate empire, the company announced Sunday, four years after one of them became notorious for an episode known as “nut rage.” Read More

Natalie Portman backs out of Israeli award ceremony

Natalie Portman, the Oscar-winning actress, has backed out of a major award ceremony meant to honor her in Jerusalem, with her representatives citing her distress over “recent events” in Israel. Read More

From janitor to Chief Justice: Could Joaquim Barbosa be Brazil’s next president?

Joaquim Barbosa, who made history in 2003 when he became the country’s first black Supreme Court justice, registered with the center-left Brazilian Socialist Party on April 6, one day before the deadline for potential presidential candidates to join a party. While he has yet to formally begin a campaign, party leaders have spent the past few weeks building a strategy that draws on Barbosa’s remarkable biography. Read More

DEA investigates former agent on misconduct allegations


Updated on  April 20, 2018 at 12:57 pm
The Drug Enforcement Administration is investigating a former agent who was previously stationed in Colombia for misconduct, a U.S. law enforcement official said. Read More

A marriage used to prevent deportation. Not anymore.


Updated on  April 19, 2018 at 12:42 pm
For decades, marriage to a U.S. citizen has been a virtual guarantee of legal residency, the main hurdle being proof that the relationship is legitimate. But with the Trump administration in fierce pursuit of unauthorized immigrants across the country, many who were ordered deported years ago are finding that jobs, home and family are no longer a defense — not even for those who have married Americans. Read More

It could be game over for ‘Donkey Kong’ king Billy Mitchell


Updated on  April 19, 2018 at 12:38 pm
The dispute over who was the first to score 1 million points in the classic Donkey Kong arcade game has captivated gamers for more than a decade. Earlier this month, video game adjudicator Twin Galaxies handed off the long-ago title to Steve Wiebe. His rival, Billy Mitchell, has been cast from the record books and barred for life from being listed on Twin Galaxies leader boards. Read More

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