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Source: CBS News

Katie Couric to co-host Winter Olympics opening ceremony

Friday 14:34 GMT

Instead, NBC is intent on convincing its advertisers that even if prime-time television viewing is off, that more people will consume Olympics content on cable, online and through venues like Snapchat, he said.

The TV personality will co-host with Mike Tirico, who is replacing Bob Costas as prime-time host of the games, for the Feb. 9 ceremony. This time, she'll co-host the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Source: The Guradian

Meet Jon Bakero: the MLS SuperDraft prospect with ties to Johan Cruyff

Thursday 09:56 GMT

When the reigning college player of the year is one generation removed from a player who was once coached by Johan Cruyff, he’s certain to be seen as an exception, not as the rule.

Bakero grew up idolizing Andrés Iniesta, reflecting his admiration by being the best final-third passer of any prospect in this year’s class. While Villa can chalk his success up to a high attacking workrate, blistering pace with the ball at his feet, and deadly finishing, he’s a very different striker from his younger countryman.

Source: CBS News

Protests plans and pessimism as Trump eyes Davos

Thursday 15:28 GMT

And preceded by a small group of Americans on the streets of Davos telling conference participants they are "sorry" for the Trump administration's, "efforts to undermine peace, human rights, and environmental justice around the world."

Top celebrities including actress Cate Blanchett, actor Shah Rukh Khan, and singer Elton John will turn up for an awards ceremony on Monday before the formal conference start.

Source: The Guradian

The boss, the boyfriend and the FBI: the Italian woman in the eye of the Trump-Russia inquiry

Friday 09:02 GMT

The knock on her door arrived last October, on the day that Mangiante’s boyfriend, George Papadopoulos, a former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser, pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI.

In an interview with the Guardian in Rome, Mangiante declined to get into specifics about what exactly the FBI asked in the two-and-a-half-hour interrogation, or any of the details of Papadopolous’s ongoing discussions with federal agents.

Source: The Week

Climate change is triggering a migrant crisis in Vietnam

Friday 15:29 GMT

It is with these failures in mind that society must prepare an equitable and sustainable response to climate change and what seems a looming migrant crisis.

The 18 million inhabitants of this low-lying river delta are also some of the world's most vulnerable to climate change. Over the last 10 years around 1.7 million people have migrated out of its vast expanse of fields, rivers, and canals while only 700,000 have arrived.

Source: Common Domain

January breakout accelerates, S&P 500 clears 20-day volatility bands

Wednesday 21:54 GMT

Delving deeper, the S&P’s 20-day moving average, currently 2,714, is followed by the breakout point, the 2017 peak of 2,695.

Recall that the S&P has registered just one close under its 20-day moving average since Aug. 29, signaling a strong near-term uptrend. This marks its fastest-ever rally between round-number milestones, eclipsing the previous record of 23 sessions.

Source: Fox News

One year later, why Trump is still polarizing the polls

Thursday 09:56 GMT

You can be sure that if the Dow was down 8,000 points since the election, virtually every story would start by tying it to Trump.

Polls can fluctuate, but the reason this matters is that the president hasn't done much to expand his rock-solid base since taking office. Some 72 percent of Republicans give the president an A or B, and just 10 percent opt for D or F.. By contrast, just 8 percent of Democrats go with A or B, while 79 percent give Trump a D or F. (Among independents, 45 percent go with D or F).

Source: Common Domain

The Big New Player Feeding America’s Sweet Tooth

Thursday 15:28 GMT

Swiss food giant Nestlé NSRGY -0.12% on Tuesday announced the sale of Butterfinger, Baby Ruth and other American sweet treats to Ferrero Group.

Nobody better lay a finger on my Butterfinger—unless you are Nutella-owner Ferrero and can pay Nestlé $2.9 billion

Source: DW

Lactalis' contaminated baby food, a global scandal?

Friday 09:02 GMT

Quentin Guillemain has been angry ever since December 5. On that day, he first read in the papers that French conglomerate Lactalis had ordered a recall of a number of baby milk products all produced in a factory in Craon in northwest France over fears of salmonella poisoning.

The bacteria was also found in a food-drying system, and not only, as Lactalis had claimed, on cleaning devices that have no direct contact with food products.

Source: Common Domain

Republicans figure out opioid crisis — it's the fault of Medicaid expansion! (Spoiler: They're wrong)

Friday 15:29 GMT

A chart reproduced from a report he released Wednesday pinning the crisis on Medicaid fraud paired five Medicaid expansion states with neighboring non-expansion states, purporting to show much higher increases in opioid deaths in the expansion states from 2013 to 2015.

The necessity of continuing Medicaid expansion to address the opioid crisis was made forcibly by Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, both Republicans, last year when congressional Republicans were working hard to eviscerate the program.

Source: Common Domain

Off-Plan Homes Reigned Supreme in Dubai in 2017

Wednesday 21:54 GMT

The existing developments are getting ‘tired’ and clients are looking for modern, contemporary design and open spaces with great views and good quality.”

The top-three performing areas were the Dubai Marina, transacting approximately AED 3.34 billion (US$909 million), followed by the Palm Jumeirah (AED 2.32 billion, or US$631 million) and Downtown Dubai (AED 1.54 billion, or US$419 million).

Source: Fox News

Elvis impersonator hopes children from house of horrors find strength in each other: report

Thursday 09:56 GMT

The Las Vegas Elvis impersonator who renewed the wedding vows for the couple accused of holding their 13 children captive said in an interview Tuesday that he was physically sick when he learned about the reports, but was heartened by the thought that the children were finding strength in each other.

Kent Ripley, the impersonator who conducted the 2013, 2015 and 2016 ceremonies for David and Louise Turpin, told the Daily News that he remembered singing and chatting with the children and said they all appeared to have strong bonds.

Source: CBS News

Rats may not be to blame for spreading "Black Death," study claims

Thursday 15:28 GMT

It turns out that rats might not be to blame after all — instead, the disease may have spread from person to person through human-feeding parasites, including fleas and lice, a new study suggests.

This could have happened during the Black Death — for instance, when infected rats died, their flea parasites could have "jumped" from the recently dead rat hosts to humans, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Source: DW

HRW: France leads fight against populism, Germany, US, UK get mixed reviews

Friday 09:02 GMT

Fighting populism and xenophobia and championing human rights is bearing fruit, according to Human Rights Watch's World Report 2018.

When Russia refused to allow the UN Security Council to challenge Syria on human rights abuses, Liechtenstein built a coalition to seek a resolution in the UN general assembly.

Source: The Week

How the whalers of Moby-Dick could help put humans on Mars

Friday 15:29 GMT

In the 45 years since the Apollo 17 astronauts placed the last boot prints on the moon, Mars has loomed as the next target for human exploration of the solar system.

Whalers worked in confined conditions aboard their floating factories, often going months at a time without setting foot on land, prefiguring the cramped space capsules being considered for Mars missions. Finally, whalers and their Mars-bound counterparts share a place in the great pantheon of human exploration — individuals who accepted steep risks in the name of what Ishmael, the most famous fictional whaler in Herman Melville's Moby-Dick (1851), calls "honor and glory."

Source: Washington Post

Shutdown ends after Democrats agree to trust that McConnell will allow ‘dreamer’ vote

Today 11:49 GMT
Source: Global News

Tsunami warning issued for B.C.’s coast after 7.9-magnitude earthquake off Alaska

Today 11:49 GMT
Source: The Guradian

Late-night hosts on shutdown: 'America gets caught in the stairwell by the landlord'

Today 17:20 GMT
Source: New York Times

U.S. Tariffs, Aimed at China and South Korea, to Hit Targets Worldwide

Today 15:26 GMT
Source: Washington Post

Oscar nominations 2018: ‘The Shape of Water’ leads with 13; ‘Get Out’ nominated for best picture

Today 14:33 GMT
Source: CBS News

Trump trip to Davos on hold pending shutdown resolution

Today 14:34 GMT
Source: The Guradian

Turkey says first soldier has died in Kurdish offensive in Syria

Today 17:19 GMT
Source: Common Domain

Edwin Hawkins, gospel star known for ‘Oh Happy Day,' dies at 74

Tuesday 21:52 GMT
Source: New York Times

Can Philippe Jaroussky Help Fix Classical Music’s Diversity Problem?

Friday 23:42 GMT
Source: Common Domain

Movie attendance fell 6% in 2017. Meanwhile, ticket prices hit a record

Thursday 18:13 GMT
Source: Reuters

Exclusive: Trump considers big 'fine' over China intellectual property

Friday 11:50 GMT
Source: New York Times

Music Therapy Offers an End-of-Life Grace Note

16-Jan-2018
Source: Common Domain

U.K. Prime Regional and Country House Prices Rose Slightly in 2017

Friday 22:48 GMT
Source: DW

High Five: 5 materials you probably didn't know are used to make clothes

Wednesday 04:16 GMT

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