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Bid to censure Ghana's finance minister fails in parliament

ACCRA (Reuters) - A bid to censure Ghana's embattled finance minister Ken Ofori-Atta failed on Thursday when ruling party members

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Brittney Griner's release celebrated by basketball world

Brittney Griner’s loved ones and extended basketball family were ecstatic when news broke about her release from a Russian prison and that she was on her way back to the United States

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Boy in the box: DNA helps Philadelphia police name victim after 65 years

DNA helps Philadelphia police identify the boy found dead in a cardboard box more than 60 years ago.

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Stocks rise on Wall Street, but remain lower for the week

Stocks rose on Wall Street, but remain lower for the week after five straight losses

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Fields' emergence gives struggling Bears hope for future

The emergence of quarterback Justin Fields after a slow start to his second season is by far the most important development for the Chicago Bears in a year when wins have been scarce

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5 officers charged in police van injury case appear in court

Five Connecticut police officers have appeared in court for the first time since being charged with cruelly neglecting a Black man who suffered a neck injury and was partially paralyzed in the back of a police van with no seatbelts

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Judge orders unsealing of 2021 bomb threat case file involving Colorado Springs LGBTQ club shooting suspect

A Colorado judge on Thursday ordered the unsealing of the case file in the 2021 bomb threat arrest of the suspect in last month's deadly shooting at an LGBTQ nightclub.

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Hear why Marjorie Taylor Greene thinks Herschel Walker lost in Georgia

CNN's Inside Politics panel discusses Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene's recent comments that campaign consultants made a mistake by keeping her from campaigning for Republican candidate Herschel Walker in Georgia's Senate runoff race following his loss to Democratic incumbent Sen. Raphael Warnock

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Opinion: The often-high price of bringing detained Americans home

The release of basketball legend Brittney Griner from Russian detention, in exchange for Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout, highlights an emerging trend of hostile states holding Americans to gain leverage over the US government, writes Peter Bergen.

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Greenback to bear signatures of two women for first time

The US dollar will bear two women's signatures for the first time, belonging to Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen and US Treasurer Lynn Malerba, officials said...

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Women sue Musk's Twitter alleging discriminatory layoffs

Two women who lost their jobs at Twitter when billionaire Elon Musk took over are suing the company in federal court, claiming that last month’s abrupt mass layoffs disproportionately affected female employees

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Opinion: What comes next for Brittney Griner must be up to her

Upon Griner's release, what comes next should be up to her, with questions of whether or not she will return to the court best left for another day. Instead of jumping into those narratives, perhaps we could pause, take a breath and think about how Griner's nightmare has revealed so much about things that should never be glossed over, writes Amy Bass.

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House passes defense bill that rescinds military Covid vaccine mandate

The House voted on Thursday to pass sweeping legislation that would authorize $858 billion in national defense funding and rescind the US military's Covid vaccine mandate. The measure passed with wide bipartisan support with a tally of 350 to 80.

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Elon Musk 'to charge iPhone users more for Twitter Blue'

Just after his recent battle against Apple, Elon Musk is allegedly implementing an official downside to owning an iPhone when it comes to Twitter. iPhone users who purchase Twitter Blue through an iPhone app will have to pay $11 rather than the typical $7.99 according to The Information. The increase comes after Musk criticized the technology company for applying a 30 percent fee for all digital content purchased in an iPhone app. Sign up for our free Indy100 weekly newsletter Twitter Blue users who purchase the subscription-based feature on a desktop will have to pay $7. When Musk first introduced a revamped Twitter Blue, which initially included a paid-for verification badge, rumors sparked that it could cost users anywhere from $5 to $20. Although Musk said it would officially be $7.99 it seems the pricing scale is still being experimented with. Twitter Blue allows users to access an edit button, a blue checkmark, read ad-free news, upload 10-minute-long videos, organize bookmarks into folders, pin conversations, and more. However, some people criticized the price, claiming other subscription-based features cost less like Spotify. The alleged increase comes after Musk got into a spat with Apple in November. Musk accused the company of suppressing free speech by threatening to pull Twitter from the App Store over content moderation issues. He tweeted he was willing to "go to war" with Apple. However, Musk told followers he and Apple CEO Tim Cook sat down to speak where Cook clarified "Apple never considered" removing Twitter from the App Store. Despite the miscommunication, Musk is still holding to about his opinion on Apple's 30 percent App Store fee. Other companies like Meta, Netflix, and Spotify have also criticized Apple for the fee. Have your say in our news democracy. Click the upvote icon at the top of the page to help raise this article through the indy100 rankings.

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Saudi Arabia did not mediate in Griner release, White House says

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -The release of basketball star player Brittney Griner was negotiated between the United States and Russia only, the

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CRTC rejects Telus' request to charge processing fee on credit card payments

(Reuters) - A Canadian regulator said on Thursday it had rejected Telus Corp's request to charge a processing fee on

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Rail strikes could last ‘indefinitely’, warns RMT leader Mick Lynch

Strike action on the national railways will last “indefinitely” unless the Government abandons its stance that guards are removed from trains, RMT general secretary Mick Lynch warned on Thursday evening. The RMT said hopes of a deal with 14 train companies that would have averted next week’s walkouts was scuppered on Sunday when a late condition was added – that trains should become driver-only operated (DOO). The union believes the precondition was added by Downing Street – which Transport Secretary Mark Harper was unable to deny when asked at the transport select committee on Wednesday. Mr Lynch made clear the union was prepared to fight to the end on what it regarded as a matter of principle. “This union will go down on this issue,” he said. “We will not accept DOO in any form.” Asked if the Government’s requirement for a driver-only network meant industrial action was likely to last indefinitely, Mr Lynch said: “It will be indefinite if that is their position.” He said Aslef, which represents the majority of train drivers, was also vehemently opposed to driver-only trains. RMT members are due to walk out at Network Rail and 14 rail firms next Tuesday and Wednesday and on Friday and Saturday. This will result in week-long of chaos on the railways, with only 20 per cent of trains running and no services in some areas. Speaking to journalists for 45 minutes inside the RMT’s Euston headquarters, Mr Lynch said the rail firms were “not losing a penny” from the strikes as they were being “reimbursed” by the Government. He said rail firms had received payments worth £318m and had not suffered a loss of income – unlike striking workers, who lose a day’s pay for each action. Only the worst off members are able to apply to a union hardship fund for help. The rail dispute has effectively split in two, with the RMT closer to securing a deal with Network Rail but appearing miles from reaching agreement with the train companies. The 14 train companies affected by RMT action are: Great Western Railway, Avanti West Coast, South Western Railway, Chiltern Railways, Cross Country Trains, Greater Anglia, LNER, East Midlands Railway, c2c, Northern Trains, Southeastern, TransPennine Express, West Midlands Trains and GTR (including Gatwick Express, Great Northern, Southern and Thameslink). The RMT is holding an electronic referendum of Network Rail members to give them the chance of accepting an offer from Network Rail, which is worth five per cent this year and four per cent next year and up to 14 per cent for staff earning less than £25,000 a year. The result is due at midday on Monday. If members vote to accept the deal, the RMT will cancel the walkout planned by track maintenance workers between December 24 and December 27. But the RMT has recommended that its Network Rail members reject the deal, as it says the pay rises are funded by “thousands” of unspecified job cuts and a reduction in track safety checks, which Mr Lynch claimed would mean the railways were “less safe than they are now”. The offer from the train companies, made on their behalf by the Rail Delivery Group, is worth four per cent this year and four per cent next year. Mr Lynch said he believed a deal for rail workers was being blocked by Government departments such as the Department for Health as it would act as a precent for other public sector workers demanding a pay rise, such as nurses and paramedics. “My wife is a nurse,” he said. “She hasn’t had a pay rise for six years.” Steve Montgomery, chair of the Rail Delivery Group, said: “Regrettably, the RMT leadership’s refusal to put our proposedeight per cent pay offer to its membership means we are unable to reach a resolution at this stage, although we remain open to talks. “With the deadline having passed where disruption could be avoided even if strikes were called off, our focus is on giving passengers the maximum possible certainty so they can make their festive plans. “We continue to urge RMT leaders to put our proposals to their members rather than condemning them to weeks of lost pay either side of Christmas during a cost-of-living crisis.” Read More Pubs and restaurants face surge in Christmas party cancellations over strikes Rail union leaders accuse government of ‘blocking’ deal to end Christmas strikes Londoners facing six more months of Tube strikes after RMT ballot green light

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Wirecard bosses' fraud trial begins after scandal that rocked Germany

By Jörn Poltz MUNICH (Reuters) - Wirecard's former chief executive, who steered the payments company through its rise and spectacular

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Elon Musk’s Bankers Consider Tesla Margin Loans to Cut Risky Twitter Debt

(Bloomberg) -- Elon Musk’s bankers are considering replacing some of the high-interest debt he layered on Twitter Inc. with new

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Many questions on $52B storm protection plan in NY, NJ

People are asking questions about a massive $52 billion storm protection plan proposed by the federal government in New York and New Jersey

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Opinion: The day the football gods reversed the tide of history

Morocco's win against Spain to make the knockout stage of the World Cup is bigger than a tale of the underdog. For Muslim fans watching -- both in the stands and at home -- it was a spiritual scene, writes Khaled A. Beydoun.

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Gilles Michel to become Chairman of French car parts maker Valeo

PARIS (Reuters) - French car parts maker Valeo on Thursday said that Gilles Michel will become its new chairman of

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FDA clears updated COVID-19 vaccines for kids under age 5

U.S. regulators have cleared doses of the updated COVID-19 vaccines for children younger than 5

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EU adds eight people to Congolese sanctions list

KINSHASA (Reuters) - The European Union has added eight people to its list of sanctions relating to the conflict in

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Padres offered Aaron Judge an unreal amount of money

Padres offered Aaron Judge an unreal amount of money

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