• Cosby jokes in 1st show since 2015 he 'used to be' comedian
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    Cosby jokes in 1st show since 2015 he 'used to be' comedian

    Bill Cosby performed in public for the first time since a sex abuse scandal embroiled him in 2015, joking that he "used to be a comedian" and playing with a jazz band in his hometown as a retrial looms in his criminal sexual assault case. The 80-year-old entertainer took the stage for about

  • As U.S. goes quiet on close naval patrols, China speaks out
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    As U.S. goes quiet on close naval patrols, China speaks out

    By Greg Torode and Philip Wen HONG KONG/BEIJING (Reuters) - While the Pentagon plays down patrols close to Chinese-controlled reefs and islands in the South China Sea, Beijing is sounding the alarm about them, seeking to justify what experts say will be an even greater presence in the disputed region

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    Taiwan president says does not exclude possibility of China attack

    Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen said that she does not exclude the possibility of China attacking the self-ruled island, amid heightened tensions between the two sides including an increasing number of Chinese military drills near Taiwan. Beijing has taken an increasingly hostile stance toward Taiwan,

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    Las Vegas airport passenger tally sets new annual record

    Las Vegas airport officials say the number of passengers using McCarran International Airport soared to a new record in 2017, with 48.5 million people coming and going.

  • South Korea government rejects 'Pyongyang Olympics' criticism
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    South Korea government rejects 'Pyongyang Olympics' criticism

    By Hyonhee Shin SEOUL (Reuters) - Seoul's presidential Blue House rejected criticism on Tuesday that next month's Winter Games had been hijacked by North Korea, saying the event will help defuse tensions over Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programs. Some opposition politicians and conservatives

  • The Latest: Mexico slams US decision on solar panels tariff
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    The Latest: Mexico slams US decision on solar panels tariff

    Mexico says it regrets the United States' decision not to exclude it from tariffs on imported washing machines and solar panels. It says it will "use all available legal resources in response to the U.S. decision." It says its inclusion in the application of protections is "regrettable

  • At least 16 hurt in volcano eruption near Japan ski resort
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    At least 16 hurt in volcano eruption near Japan ski resort

    A volcanic eruption Tuesday injured at least 16 people at a ski resort in central Japan, including six soldiers hit by an avalanche during ski training, officials said. Nine civilians were injured by volcanic rocks, while seven people — six soldiers and one civilian skier — were hit by an avalanche,

  • The Latest: Cosby says friends prompted his return to stage
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    The Latest: Cosby says friends prompted his return to stage

    Bill Cosby says he made his first public performance since a sex abuse scandal embroiled him in 2015 because he wanted to enjoy being with his friends and the people who turned out to see him. The 80-year-old entertainer took the stage Monday at a hometown Philadelphia jazz club in his first show since

  • Philippine volcano spews lava fountains, 40,000 people flee
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    Philippine volcano spews lava fountains, 40,000 people flee

    The Philippines' most active volcano continued to spew fountains of red-hot lava and massive ash plumes Tuesday in a dazzling but increasingly dangerous eruption that has sent 40,000 villagers to shelter in evacuation centres . Lava fountains gushed up 700 metres (2,300 feet) above Mount Mayon'

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    Exclusive: Looted cash, gold helps Islamic State recruit in Philippines

    By Tom Allard MARAWI CITY, Philippines (Reuters) - Islamist insurgents looted cash, gold and jewelry worth tens of millions of dollars when they occupied a southern Philippines town last year, treasure one of their leaders has used to recruit around 250 fighters for fresh attacks. The military said

  • Student: Boy arrested in school shooting has violent past
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    Student: Boy arrested in school shooting has violent past

    A 16-year-old boy accused of shooting a classmate at a Texas high school on Monday had a history of aggressive actions at school, a fellow student said. The injured student, a 15-year-old girl, was airlifted to a hospital in Dallas following the shooting inside the cafeteria at Italy High School, which

  • Chinese police detain bookseller Gui Minhai again, daughter says
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    Chinese police detain bookseller Gui Minhai again, daughter says

    STOCKHOLM/HONG KONG (Reuters) - Chinese agents have seized Swedish citizen and Hong Kong-based bookseller Gui Minhai from a Beijing-bound train while in the company of two Swedish diplomats, his daughter said. Gui was taken away on Saturday by plainclothes police, Angela Gui told Radio Sweden, adding

  • Californians who fled mudslides may start going home Jan. 31
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    Californians who fled mudslides may start going home Jan. 31

    Officials said Sunday that it will be a gradual process getting residents back into homes in Montecito, where at least 21 people were killed during flash floods Jan. 9. Robert Lewin, director of Santa Barbara County's office of emergency management, said it may be into February before natural gas

  • Diamond says he has Parkinson's, retires from touring
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    Diamond says he has Parkinson's, retires from touring

    NEW YORK — Neil Diamond is retiring from touring after he says he was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.

  • 'Hobbit' director Peter Jackson making WWI documentary
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    'Hobbit' director Peter Jackson making WWI documentary

    LONDON — "The Lord of the Rings" director Peter Jackson is going from Middle Earth to the Western Front, transforming grainy black-and-white footage of World War I into 3-D colour for a new documentary film. Jackson's movie, announced Monday, is among dozens of artworks commissioned by

  • Uber driver in US illegally charged with 4 California rapes
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    Uber driver in US illegally charged with 4 California rapes

    A Mexican man living in the U.S. illegally used his job as an Uber driver to target intoxicated young women and was charged Monday with raping, assaulting and robbing four victims, California prosecutors said. Alfonso Alarcon-Nunez drove women to their homes, assaulted them, and stole property including

  • Government shutdown fizzles on spending, immigration deal in Congress
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    Government shutdown fizzles on spending, immigration deal in Congress

    By Susan Cornwell and Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Congress voted on Monday to end a three-day U.S. government shutdown, approving the latest short-term funding bill as Democrats accepted promises from Republicans for a broad debate later on the future of young illegal immigrants. The fourth

  • Dick Pound criticizes IOC for not punishing Russia strongly enough for Olympic doping
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    Dick Pound criticizes IOC for not punishing Russia strongly enough for Olympic doping

    Dick Pound, a senior member of the International Olympic Committee, is criticizing the Olympic body for neglecting to punish Russia strongly enough, and instead allowing potentially hundreds of Russian athletes to compete at the Winter Games in Pyeongchang. The strongly worded critique comes in a  personal

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    Yale fraternities delay rush events amid push to allow women

    Several fraternity chapters at Yale University have postponed recruiting events amid a push by student activists to make the social organizations open to both men and women, an umbrella group said Monday. The fraternities put off rush events scheduled for this past weekend when students ineligible for

  • Winter storm howls through Midwest
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    Winter storm howls through Midwest

    In Minnesota, Gov. Mark Dayton called out the National Guard to help stranded motorists, the Star Tribune reported. The National Weather Service said more than 10 inches (26 centimetres ) of snow has already fallen on North Platte in western Nebraska.

  • Top gymnastics board members resign in wake of abuse case
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    Top gymnastics board members resign in wake of abuse case

    Three top board members of USA Gymnastics resigned and the man who coached the 2012 Olympic team was suspended Monday, after calls from angry gymnasts who say the organization did nothing to protect them after they were abused by former team doctor Larry Nassar. Chairman Paul Parilla, vice chair Jay

  • Get your stuff and go: Amazon opens store with no cashiers
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    Get your stuff and go: Amazon opens store with no cashiers

    No cashiers, no registers and no cash — this is how Amazon sees the future of store shopping. The online retailer opened its Amazon Go concept to the public Monday in Seattle, which lets shoppers take milk, potato chips or ready-to-eat salads off its shelves and just walk out. Amazon's technology

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    Connecticut theatre director accused of sexual misconduct

    A Connecticut theatre's artistic director is on administrative leave due to allegations of sexual misconduct. Long Wharf Theatre board chair Laura Pappano says she placed Gordon Edelstein on leave Monday following a report by The New York Times. The newspaper says it interviewed four women on the

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    Get Started: Shutdown puts brakes on small business activity

    The federal government shutdown appears to have lasted one business day, long enough to give many small companies a taste of how much a longer disruption could affect them. The Small Business Administration largely shut down except for its disaster relief operations. Phone calls to the SBA's New

  • Puerto Rico moves to privatize troubled power company
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    Puerto Rico moves to privatize troubled power company

    Puerto Rico's governor announced Monday that he is moving to privatize the U.S. territory's public power company after its slow, troubled recovery from Hurricane Maria focused new attention on longstanding accusations of mismanagement and corruption. Nearly 30 per cent of customers on this island