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'Historic day' as Australia's parliament approves same-sex marriages

Friday 09:01 GMT

The Australian Parliament voted on Thursday to allow same-sex marriage across the nation, following a bitter and divisive debate settled by the government polling voters in a much-criticized ballot survey that strongly endorsed change.

Veteran gay rights campaigner Rodney Croome said he expected the first same-sex weddings in Australia would not take place until February.

Source: Common Domain

Warner Bros. shakes up DC leadership after 'Justice League' falls short at box office

Friday 23:41 GMT

The Warner Bros. film executive in charge of production on the studio’s DC superhero films is stepping down after the disappointment of the big-budget movie “Justice League,” according to a person familiar with the matter who was not authorized to comment.

The next live-action superhero movie for Warner Bros. is “Aquaman,” which is directed by James Wan and is scheduled for a December 2018 release.

Source: Global News

Should MPs accept free trips to China Critics urge closer look at sponsored travel

Saturday 18:12 GMT

That question has been swirling just under the radar in Ottawa this week on the heels of a Globe and Mail report that there have been 36 cases since 2006 of parliamentarians taking sponsored junkets to China paid for by the United Front Work Department, the branch of the Chinese government responsible for trying to burnish China’s image abroad, and by business groups seeking closer ties between Canada and China.

Source: Common Domain

'mother!' may I: Five story lines to watch for in this year's Golden Globe nominations

Sunday 01:31 GMT

The HFPA has given the film’s star, Jennifer Lawrence, three Golden Globes (and one more nomination) over the years, and it’s not much of a stretch to think they’ll nominate her again, if simply for enduring the making of this punishing film.

Although the film doesn’t open until Christmas and won’t be officially unveiled to the press until later next week, Golden Globes voters saw an unfinished version Monday in Los Angeles and New York.

Source: New York Times

Australia Makes Same-Sex Marriage Legal

Friday 09:01 GMT

Australia’s Parliament voted overwhelmingly to legalize same-sex marriage on Thursday, overcoming years of conservative resistance to enact change that the public had made clear that it wanted.

Mr. Wolfson said that in both the United States and Spain, which legalized same-sex marriage in 2005, polls have found support for same-sex marriage growing instead of diminishing, a sign of the laws’ positive effects.

Source: Fox News

Ethics panel clears Rep. Devin Nunes of claims he mishandled classified information

Friday 23:41 GMT

The House Ethics Committee announced Thursday that it had cleared House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., of claims that he improperly disclosed classified information while leading the committee's investigation of Russian actions during the 2016 election.

In a statement, the committee said that classification experts in the intelligence community had concluded that "the information that Rep. Nunes disclosed was not classified." In March, Nunes held a news conference in which he discussed viewing intelligence reports in which the names of Trump associates were "unmasked" by then-National Security Adviser Susan Rice in the final weeks of the Obama administration.

Source: Common Domain

Fed’s Evans floats idea of waiting until next summer to raise interest rates

Wednesday 22:49 GMT

Chicago Federal Reserve President Charles Evans said the case for a December interest-rate hike is not “obvious,” adding it may be wiser to delay any further increase in benchmark rates until next summer to see if inflation and the market’s expectations of higher prices perk up.

Fed Gov. Jerome Powell, who is President Donald Trump’s pick to lead the Fed, and who has always voted with Yellen on rate policy, told Congress last week that the case for a rate hike in December was “coming together.”

Source: New York Times

California Today: Guiding L.A. Through a Crisis

Saturday 13:36 GMT

• Another point of view from the director of the California Chaparral Institute: California is burning because of bad planning — not because of a natural disaster.

Throughout its time in office, the Obama administration was dogged by Republican state attorneys general who filed lawsuits tying up in court its policies on matters like health care and immigration.

Source: BBC

Iran to hear UK fears for jailed Briton

Sunday 01:31 GMT

"But I am clear that dialogue is the key to managing our differences and, where possible, making progress on issues that really matter, even under difficult conditions."

Boris Johnson will raise "grave concerns" over the imprisonment of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe when he arrives in Iran later. The UK foreign secretary will call for the release of the British-Iranian woman, along with other dual nationals.

Source: NBC News

Meet the Team U.S.A. athletes preparing for the 2018 Winter Olympics

Friday 14:34 GMT

With 100 days until the 23rd Olympic Winter Games kick off in PyeongChang, South Korea, it’s time to meet a few of the top medal contenders.

With the Opening Ceremony on Feb. 9, athletes from around the world will compete for at least one of the 102 gold medals up for grabs in 15 sports, including alpine skiing, curling, figure skating and speed skating. With 100 days until the 23rd Olympic Winter Games kick off in PyeongChang, South Korea, it’s time to meet a few of the top medal contenders.

Source: Washington Post

The economy added 228,000 jobs in November, unemployment at 4.1 percent

Saturday 13:36 GMT

The economy added 228,000 jobs in November, slightly outpacing analysts' expectations, and unemployment held steady at 4.1 percent, federal economists reported Friday.

These workers are quitting, anyway Half of millennials could be competing with robots for jobs Bosses believe your work skills will soon be useless Jobs report charts: See how Trump's economy is doing

Source: NBC News

Will corporate tax cuts finally lead to higher wages?

Saturday 18:12 GMT

While Congress promises that slashing corporate taxes will deliver this boost, economists are skeptical that the benefit of a deficit-inflating corporate tax cut will benefit rank-and-file workers rather than the investor class.

“I personally have not seen any good evidence that cutting the corporate tax rate raises wages, at least not in the short run.” Although the government’s unemployment report released Friday found that the economy added 228,000 jobs last month, more than economists predicted, it also found that wages continue to grow at a mediocre 2.5 percent on an annualized basis, roughly a full percentage point below what experts consider a marker of a thriving labor market.

Source: New York Times

A Clothing Line That Simplifies Getting Dressed

Friday 23:41 GMT

As Goot puts it, glancing at their first installment, “One of our big goals is to give people the opportunity to wear really high-quality clothes.”

The instinct to pare down represents a departure from many designer collections — as well as a change from fast-fashion clothing, in which items are churned out in bulk for low prices.

Source: CBS News

Profiles in Service: West Point cadet Simone Askew on making history and leadership

Saturday 13:36 GMT

Askew's mom develops affordable housing for primarily black communities in Washington, D.C.. "That is service to a community that she doesn't receive benefit from, or at least, initially does not have any connection to," Askew said. "Seeing her do that and be committed and devoted to that was something I knew I wanted to do when I grew up just to be exactly like her.". "And how much do you credit your mother with where you are today?"

Source: New York Times

N.B.A. Plans to Put a Minor League Team in Mexico City

Friday 23:41 GMT

The National Basketball Association intends to move quickly to put an N.B.A. G League franchise here in the Mexican capital, N.B.A. Commissioner Adam Silver said Thursday.

The N.B.A. G League is scheduled to have franchises owned or directly affiliated with 27 N.B.A. teams next season as it continues to work toward its long-stated “30 for 30” goal, which calls for every N.B.A. franchise to have a direct affiliate in the developmental league.

Source: Common Domain

Alabama Senate race churns into final hours, still too close to predict

Today 12:44 GMT
Source: ABC News

What Doug Jones' election could mean for the U.S. Senate

Today 10:53 GMT
Source: The Guradian

The defeat of Roy Moore in Alabama is a rare moment to lift the spirits

Today 12:44 GMT
Source: CBS News

How Doug Jones beat Roy Moore in the Alabama Senate race

Today 10:53 GMT
Source: Washington Post

Trump attack on Gillibrand criticized as sexually suggestive and demeaning

Today 10:53 GMT
Source: DW

'Burning a flag is like burning one's own integrity,' says Israeli ambassador to Germany

Today 10:52 GMT
Source: Global News

Donald Trump says sexual misconduct accusations ‘fabricated stories of women who I don’t know’

Today 10:52 GMT
Source: NBC News

Where are the lower prices that Amazon promised at Whole Foods?

Thursday 20:02 GMT
Source: NBC News

Meet the harpist using traditional Indian music and American jazz to 'bridge worlds'

Saturday 13:36 GMT
Source: NBC News

Lauren Conrad on the 5 gifts she's giving this year

Saturday 17:17 GMT
Source: Common Domain

Visa Spent a Year Developing a ‘Signature Sound’

Friday 09:57 GMT
Source: The Week

What makes the human mind so special?

Sunday 10:49 GMT
Source: Common Domain

Deals Help Barnes & Noble Education Make the Grade

Wednesday 19:09 GMT
Source: Fox News

Trump Jr. won't discuss talks with dad about Russia meeting, lawmaker says

Friday 00:37 GMT

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