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Source: Common Domain

U.S. Consumers More Confident in Economy

Thursday 08:07 GMT

Americans’ spirits rose this month after dipping earlier this spring, suggesting they remain confident in the economy despite rising inflation and stock-market gyrations.

The average price of a gallon of regular gasoline in the U.S. stood at $2.798 on Monday, up nearly 35 cents from a year earlier, U.S. Energy Information Administration data show. “Over all, confidence levels remain strong and suggest that the economy will continue expanding at a solid pace in the months ahead,” Lynn Franco, director of economic indicators at the Conference Board, said in a statement.

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Source: New York Times

The New ‘American Idol’: Youth Gone Wild and an Understanding Dad

Tuesday 19:10 GMT

The shortened format might favor someone less expected — someone who isn’t inclined to use the show as a step toward a mainstream music career (though the winner gets a guaranteed contract with Hollywood Records, a pop-leaning label) but rather as a distraction on the way to a quieter kind of fame.

In all its prior iterations, the only father figure “Idol” genuinely had was Simon Cowell, a bad dad if ever there were one.

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Source: New York Times

This Start-Up Says It Wants to Fight Poverty. A Food Stamp Giant Is Blocking It.

Tuesday 19:10 GMT

Today, one million food stamp participants use Propel’s app, and the start-up has added features like links to food coupons, healthy recipes, budgeting tools and job opportunities.

In 2016, the Brooklyn start-up released a smartphone app that lets food stamp recipients easily look up how much money was left in their accounts, rather than call an 800 number or keep paper receipts. Today, one million food stamp participants use Propel’s app, and the start-up has added features like links to food coupons, healthy recipes, budgeting tools and job opportunities.

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Source: BBC

Blossoms on the essence of cool

Wednesday 20:04 GMT

Blossoms' first album debuted at number one and earned them a Mercury Prize nomination - but they never let it go to their heads.

With the record ready to hit shelves this week, Ogden and Donovan sat down to discuss their pet peeves, why Noel Gallagher gives them butterflies, and the essence of cool.

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Source: DW

Germany cannot deport Osama bin Laden's former bodyguard

Wednesday 18:11 GMT

The government of the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) said on Tuesday it was not possible to deport a former bodyguard of slain terrorist Osama Bin Laden, who is currently living in the state, because of fears that he could be tortured or treated badly in his homeland.

Sami A., who first arrived in Germany in 1997 as a student, is alleged to have spent 1999 and 2000 in an Al-Qaida camp in Afghanistan, where he received military training while serving as one of bin Laden's bodyguards.

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Source: Common Domain

4 outcomes for the ECB meeting, in 1 handy chart

Thursday 06:07 GMT

Analysts at ING have compiled this handy chart to outline the four most likely scenarios, for both the policy statement and Draghi’s news conference.

That means traders have dialed back expectations that the ECB will wind up the QE program in September when the asset purchases currently are slated to end. Additionally, markets are no longer pricing in a summer 2019 rate rise, but rather looking toward the end of next year for the first hike.

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Source: The Week

The dangers of liberals' cringing timidity

Wednesday 06:06 GMT

If a future person or group does overthrow American democracy, I fear it will be because the coming cohort of Democrats could not overcome their traditional cringing timidity (or corruption) and match their program to the size of the problems besetting the nation.

However, if the Democratic Party wants to stave off political collapse, liberals would do well to consider reform that is so aggressive that it makes drastic and fundamental changes to the structure of society — what we might call revolutionary reform.

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Source: The Guradian

Meek Mill, rapper whose imprisonment sparked outcry, released on bail

Wednesday 18:11 GMT

The supreme court of Pennsylvania has ordered that the rapper Meek Mill be released from prison on bail Tuesday afternoon.

The state’s highest court overruled Judge Genece Brinkley, who denied Meek Mill bail last week after prosecutors from Philadelphia’s district attorney’s office asked that his original drug conviction be vacated. Supporters gathered around the courthouse advocating for his release, including Mill’s son and mother, noting that the arresting officer Reginald Graham was on a list of cops “considered tainted and unworthy of testimony by the DA’s office”, according to Philadelphia magazine.

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Source: The Guradian

Mo Salah leads Liverpool onslaught to leave Roma needing new miracle

Wednesday 18:11 GMT

Of all the mesmerising nights Liverpool have experienced under Anfield’s floodlights in European competition, where does this one stand?

Roma promptly scored twice and, somehow, Liverpool managed to combine scoring five times with a nervous climax to an extraordinary night. Ultimately, though, it was another triumphant night for Klopp’s men and they will go into the return leg in a position of considerable strength.

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Source: DW

All that jazz at the Jazzfest Bonn

Wednesday 06:06 GMT

From April 26 until May 12, the ninth Jazzfest Bonn numbers 24 acts, in a "program of high-quality artistry, but also with audience appeal," said Peter Materna when the program was revealed in Bonn last November.

After "Martin Albrecht — Scriabin Code" — with the music of the visionary Russian composer Alexander Scriabin (1872-1915) as the point of departure — pianist Michael Wollny's trio takes the stage in Wollny's fourth appearance at the Jazzfest.

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Source: BBC

Who chooses to live in a 'glorified student dorm'?

Wednesday 06:06 GMT

As I'm ready to settle down, living like this would feel like a step backwards - as though I were returning to a phase of my life I've left behind.

Its communal facilities are extensive: six kitchens, three themed dining rooms, a terrace, cinema room, games room, large industrial-style co-working area and a gym and spa, all spread over 10 floors in a modern building block that was in fact originally meant to be student accommodation.

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Source: NBC News

Facebook responds to censorship critics with transparency pledge

Wednesday 06:06 GMT

Republican lawmakers have seized on the topic of censorship of conservative voices by Facebook after the sisters’ page was throttled by Facebook earlier this month for being “unsafe to the community.” Zuckerberg told lawmakers it was an “enforcement error” and that Facebook had been in touch with the sisters and reversed it.

On Tuesday, Facebook updated its community guidelines, publishing for the first time the rules on what moderators should be looking for when deciding to remove content from Facebook.

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Source: DW

German Muslim leader says anti-Semitism is a sin

Wednesday 06:06 GMT

The Muslim leader made his comments in response to remarks by German Chancellor Angela Merkel to an Israeli broadcaster at the weekend.

However, Schuster added: "In spite of this, I would actually have to advise individuals against openly appearing in large city environments wearing a kippah."

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Source: Common Domain

European stocks hold at 2-month highs as energy names rally

Wednesday 06:06 GMT

European stocks traded around their strongest levels in more than two months Tuesday, led by gains for oil and gas shares, as investors continued to wade through a stream of corporate earnings reports.

The main reasons for the disappointing start of the year in Germany are one-offs, like the harsh winter weather, vacation and high levels of sick leave due to the flu, combined with some sentiment normalization,” Brzeski added.

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Source: CBS News

Aluminum gains evaporate as U.S. softens sanctions stance

Wednesday 06:06 GMT

Century Aluminum (CENX) in early March voiced strong support for the administration's 10 percent tariff on aluminum imports into the U.S. . CEO Michael Bless in a news release, said the company would "begin the process of restarting" idled potlines at its Hawesville, Kentucky, smelter, bringing back nearly 300 jobs, and investing more than $100 million to restart and upgrade the plant.

In the week after the White House unveiled its trade plan related to steel and aluminum imports, "the price of aluminum increased like never before in the history of the aluminum industry," said Vazquez.

Source: Washington Post

Trump says Pompeo was not originally scheduled to see Kim Jong Un on secret North Korea visit

Today 03:22 GMT
Source: New York Times

Bill Cosby Found Guilty of Sexual Assault After Years of Accusations

Today 03:22 GMT
Source: Common Domain

North-South Korea Meeting to Determine Their Future Ties

Today 03:22 GMT
Source: Washington Post

Senate confirms Mike Pompeo as Trump’s next secretary of state

Today 03:22 GMT
Source: CBS News

Mike Pompeo, confirmed as secretary of state, is now off on his first official trip

Today 04:18 GMT
Source: The Week

Ronny Jackson, swamp doctor

Thursday 21:53 GMT
Source: New York Times

Former Judge Chosen to Review Materials Seized From Michael Cohen

Today 04:18 GMT
Source: Global News

WestJet pilots begin strike vote after months of failed contract negotiations

Thursday 13:39 GMT
Source: Common Domain

Tencent Music: Tune In, But Don’t Turn On Yet

Tuesday 11:48 GMT
Source: Common Domain

U.S. 10-year government bond yield breaches 3% level

Wednesday 14:33 GMT
Source: Common Domain

$110 Million Malibu Beach Home Sets Los Angeles Price Record

Wednesday 18:11 GMT
Source: BBC

Data firm AIQ may face legal action in UK

Today 04:18 GMT
Source: Common Domain

Don’t blame oil prices for a narrowing gap in government bond yields, says BMO

Tuesday 19:10 GMT
Source: DW

Have Spotify and other streaming services saved the music industry?

Thursday 14:34 GMT

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