Tropical Cyclone Debbie Lashes Northeast Australia

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Cyclone Debbie, the most powerful storm to hit Australia since Cyclone Yasi caused more than $600 million in damage in 2011, made landfall Tuesday. Tropical Cyclone Debbie, the most powerful storm since Cyclone Yasi made landfall in February 2011, lashed tourist islands and resorts in Queensland state with destructive winds of... Photo: EPACANBERRA, Australia—Australia’s insurance industry declared a catastrophe after one of the most ferocious tropical storms to hit the country in years blew ashore, causing widespread flooding and damage, after thousands of people were evacuated in its path.

Bones Found Near South Korea Ferry Wreckage Were From Animals, Not Humans, Government Says

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Yonhap — AP(SEOUL) — Bones found near the wreckage of a South Korean ferry belonged to animals, not missing passengers from the ship's 2014 sinking in which 304 people died, the government announced Tuesday. The ministry also said shoes and other items believed to be from the missing victims were found. Relatives of the missing victims and clergymen attend religious services on a boat near the sunken ferry Sewol on a semi-submersible transport vessel in waters off Jindo, South Korea, on March 28, 2017. Relatives had expressed concern that remains of the missing victims could slip out through the holes and get lost. The bones were found near a beam beneath the front side of the ferry, which had been loaded onto a heavy lift transport vessel that will carry it to port.

Slowdive Announces First Album In 22 Years, Shares The Twinkling 'Sugar For The Pill'

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A calmly geometric, geologic video for "Sugar For The Pill" announces Slowdive, not to be confused with the band's eponymous EP from 1990. The gracefully subdued "Sugar For The Pill" gently moves like fingertips on peach fuzz. Slowdive's first album in 22 years is starting to come along quite blissfully, and now it has a name. Slowdive goes on tour this spring. Like that EP, this new Slowdive feels like an introduction, an acknowledgement of the band's lasting influence on shoegaze and dream-pop, but familiar and different all the same.

In Presidential Push, Le Pen Seeks Advice from France's Elite

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Le Pen has dubbed these members of France’s elite “Les Horaces,” a reference to the poet... PARIS—For more than a year, French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen, representing the once-ostracized National Front, met with influential bankers, corporate executives and government officials to get advice on the radical changes vowed by her campaign. Now the group is helping plan what she hopes will be her first 100 days in office.

Tuesday's analyst upgrades and downgrades

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“Chinook reported 4Q16 financial and operating results that were consolidated with assets since removed from the business,” said Mr. Molnar. Exit 2016 positive working capital of $15.1-million was largely in line with our estimate of $15.7-million.”Report Typo/Error Inside the Market’s roundup of some of today’s key analyst actionsFailing to see “simple” solutions to structural concerns about its near-term state, Raymond James analyst Kurt Molnar downgraded Chinook Energy Inc. (CKE-T) in reaction to its fourth-quarter 2017 results and operational update. “So comparatives up-and-down the income statement for estimates are of little value for the investor for 4Q16. Going forward the prospects for the equity account will be largely biased to the Birley Montney project.

President Trump Touts ‘Big Announcement’ From Ford

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Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump waves after the Presidential Debate with Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton at Hofstra University on September 26, 2016 in Hempstead, New York. - Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 28, 2017It is unclear whether Ford will reveal new investments during the automaker's announcement on Tuesday. "Big announcement by Ford today," Trump tweeted early Tuesday morning. Drew Angerer—Getty ImagesPresident Trump tweeted about Ford Motor's expected announcement on Tuesday about jobs, saying the company will make a "major investment" in three plants in Michigan. "Big announcement by Ford today.

Trump to sign order sweeping away Obama-era climate policies

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Trump and several members of his administration, however, have doubts about climate change, and Trump promised during his campaign to pull the United States out of the Paris climate accord, arguing it would hurt U.S. business. Christiana Figueres, former executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change who helped broker the Paris accord, lamented Trump's order. The Clean Power Plan required states to collectively cut carbon emissions from power plants by 32 percent below 2005 levels by 2030. But the United States still imports about 7.9 million barrels of crude oil a day, almost enough meet total oil demand in Japan and India combined. Trump will sign the order at the Environmental Protection Agency with Administrator Scott Pruitt, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and Energy Secretary Rick Perry on Tuesday afternoon.

Theresa May refuses to comment on Daily Mail 'Legs-it' front page

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A spokesperson for the Daily Mail said: “For goodness sake, get a life! Shame on the Daily Mail. It’s just because it’s in the Daily Mail, and people have a Pavlovian reaction to the Daily Mail.”Newspapers were often rude about male politicians’ appearance, including about her husband, Michael Gove, Vine said. “For the record, the Mail was the paper which, more than any other, backed Theresa May for the top job. “Isn’t it routinely the job of the PM’s spokespeople to comment on what’s on the front of newspapers?” he tweeted.

Frank Delaney obituary

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The author and broadcaster Frank Delaney, who has died aged 74 after suffering complications from a stroke, liked to think of himself as a democratiser of the written and spoken word. Born in Thomastown, Co Tipperary, Frank was the son of Edward Delaney, a primary school headteacher, and his wife Elizabeth (nee O’Sullivan), a kindergarten teacher. On BBC TV Frank fronted the weekly arts series Omnibus and a six-part series, The Celts (1987), originally seen in 40 countries. • Francis James Joseph Raphael Delaney, author and broadcaster, born 24 October 1942; died 21 February 2017 After crossing the Atlantic to New York, Frank settled in Kent, Connecticut, where we were friends and neighbours.

Pressure Mounts for House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes to Recuse Himself From Russia Probe

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House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes speaks with reporters outside the White House in Washington, D.C., on March 22, 2017. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said, "Chairman Nunes' discredited behavior has tarnished that office," and said Ryan should insist that Nunes "at least recuse himself" from the Russia probe. AshLee Strong, a spokeswoman for Ryan, said Monday the speaker has "full confidence that Chairman Nunes is conducting a thorough, fair and credible investigation. It is highly unusual for a committee chairman and ranking member not to coordinate meetings related to an investigation. Besides the two congressional committees, the FBI is also investigating connections between the Trump campaign and Russia.

Poll shows Macron win in French election in shadow of 'Penelopegate'

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REUTERS/Philippe WojazerThe five candidates for the French presidential election, from L-R, Francois Fillon, Benoit Hamon, Marine Le Pen, Emmanuel Macron, Jean-Luc Melenchon. ) and candidate for the 2017 presidential election, attends a meeting with French employers' association MEDEF in Paris, France, March 28, 2017. Emmanuel Macron, head of the political movement En Marche ! The poll conducted on Sunday and Monday showed Le Pen and Macron respectively securing 25 and 24 percent of first-round votes, with transfer votes from eliminated candidates ensuring a resounding victory for Macron in the final two-way playoff. REUTERS/Charles Platiau/File PhotosPARIS Centrist Emmanuel Macron would trounce far-right leader Marine Le Pen in France's presidential election if, as seems increasingly likely, the two face off in the second and final round of the contest on May 7, a poll showed on Tuesday.

Exclusive: As Democratic attorneys general target Trump, Republican AGs target them

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That hands-off stance ended this month when Republican AGs voted to abandon the agreement and spend money to help unseat Democrats in other states, according to the Republican Attorneys General Association. For years the national political organizations of both Democratic and Republican state attorneys general observed an agreement not to target the other party's incumbent office-holders in elections. Twelve Republican state AGs on Monday filed a federal appeals court brief supporting Trump's revised travel restrictions. Already, the Republican Attorneys General Association has built a fundraising advantage. Scott Will, executive director of the Republican Attorneys General Association, confirmed the decision to abolish the incumbency rule, but declined to discuss specifics of the vote.

Monahan scores team-leading 26th goal as Flames double up Avalanche

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Monahan scored his team-leading 26th goal and added three assists Monday as Calgary won 4-2 over the floundering Colorado Avalanche. Handed a power play 23 seconds into the game, Calgary immediately took advantage with Monahan’s shot deflecting in off the stick of defenceman Erik Johnson. After Andrighetto scored on the power play at 4:58 of the third, Brouwer’s power-play goal restored the Flames two-goal cushion. Sven Andrighetto scored both goals for Colorado (20-52-3), his second coming with 1:54 remaining and the goalie pulled. Another big night for Sean Monahan’s line has the red-hot Flames one win away from clinching a playoff spot.

The Incredible Journey of Thousands of Lost Robert Capa Negatives

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During the Spanish Civil War, Mexico had supported the Spanish Republic, sending over ammunition and other supplies. For decades Cornell Capa, Robert’s younger brother, desperately searched for the lost cache of negatives. He tells Professor Green that he believes he has more than two thousand negatives by Robert Capa, who has been dead for over forty years. Even for those who came to doubt the Left, the Spanish Civil War remained a pure struggle, a pure time in their lives. This prompted him to approach the professor at the exhibition of Spanish Civil War photographs.

After 12 Rejections, Apple Accepts App That Tracks U.S. Drone Strikes

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Today, after 12 attempts, the Metadata app is back in the App Store. Websites like The Intercept have published whistleblower exposés about how the covert drone program clicks together. If anything about the app is “excessively objectionable or crude,” perhaps it’s the airstrikes themselves. Apple rejected the app three times, calling it “excessively objectionable or crude content.”Over the years, I would occasionally resubmit the app, changing its name from Drones+ to Metadata+. They claimed that the content, once again, was “excessively objectionable or crude.”Well, Apple’s position has evolved.

California Today: California Today: Considering a Single-Payer Insurance System

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Gavin Newsom said he was working with health care experts to craft a plan for a single-payer system. Advertisement Continue reading the main storyMr. Lara said the Republican defeat in Congress could pave the way for a single-payer system. California Today is edited by Julie Bloom, who grew up in Los Angeles and graduated from U.C. Do you think California should move to a single-payer system? “It’s easier to expand health care than make up lost ground as we would have had to do,” he said.

Marijuana stocks ‘a bubble ready to burst’

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A roundup of what The Globe and Mail’s market strategist Scott Barlow is reading this morning on the WebA Reuters column argues that OPEC can either retail its global market share or have higher prices, it can’t have both,“The crude import data from Asia's biggest buyers show the scale of the challenge facing Saudi Arabia and Russia, the two countries that are the lynchpins of the November agreement between the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and its allies to cut output by 1.8 million barrels per day (bpd) in the first six months of 2017… While OPEC and its allies have had success in ensuring high compliance with the deal, which has started the process of drawing down high global oil inventories, they have also opened the door to producers outside the agreement to raise output.”Report Typo/Error

Trump's treasury secretary accused of ethics violation after Lego Batman 'plug'

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Secretary Mnuchin directly acknowledged and understood the ethics law involved.”Mnuchin is not the only member of the Trump administration to have been accused of ethics violations. The treasury secretary acknowledged that ethics laws prohibit him from endorsing products that may benefit his financial interests, before seemingly doing so anyway. “I am concerned that Sec Mnuchin’s comments may be seen to have a predictable effect on the financial interests [of RatPac-Dune]”, Wyden wrote. “But you should send all your kids to Lego Batman.”Facebook Twitter Pinterest Senator Ron Wyden … voiced concern that Mnuchin’s comments could further financial interests of RatPac-Dune. “I request that you review Sec Mnuchin’s comments and report any findings to me and the Treasury department.”Mnuchin’s comments came in response to a question from an Axios reader asking for a film recommendation.

Germany accuses Turkey of 'intolerable' spying on Gülen supporters

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In February, German police raided the homes of four Turkish Muslim preachers suspected of spying on alleged Gülen supporters for Erdoğan’s government. Fethullah Gülen: alleged coup mastermind – and friendly neighbor Read moreAnkara had asked Berlin to help spy on about 300 alleged Gülen supporters, Pistorius said, adding that the list was handed to Germany’s spy service, which turned it over to the federal states. “It is notable with what intensity and ruthlessness the people living abroad are being investigated,” said Boris Pistorius, interior minister of the northern German state of Lower Saxony. Germany’s foreign intelligence chief Bruno Kahl also raised heckles in Turkey last week when he said he was not convinced Gülen was behind the failed coup of 15 July. The latest German accusations came as ties are already badly strained over a wide range of issues surrounding human rights, particularly after the failed coup.

Carlos the Jackal given life sentence for 1974 attack on Paris arcade

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The Venezuelan-born Ilich Ramirez Sanchez is already serving two life sentences in France for murders and attacks in the 1970s and 80s. As the trial wrapped up on Tuesday, the 67-year-old known worldwide as “Carlos” denounced “an absurd trial” for a 42-year-old crime. Five judges found Carlos, the only defendant, guilty of throwing a grenade onto a shopping area, killing two and injuring 32. Venezuelan-born Ilich Ramirez Sanchez was found guilty of killing two and injuring 32 with grenade attackThe man known as “Carlos the Jackal” has been convicted in a French court of a deadly 1974 attack on a Paris shopping arcade and sentenced to life in prison – for the third time. Carlos had denied involvement, saying there was no proof against him.

China’s Tencent buys five per cent stake in Tesla

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Tencent owns about 8.2 million shares in Tesla, the carmaker said, making the Chinese company one of its biggest shareholders. Tesla Inc said Chinese tech giant Tencent Holdings Ltd has bought a 5 per cent stake in the U.S. company for $1.78-billion, as Chinese firms aggressively invest in electric vehicles amid tighter emission rules in the country. Several Chinese electric vehicle start-ups, including LeSee, NextEV, Future Mobility and Qiantu Motor, are backed by big internet groups such as Alibaba and Tencent. Musk is Tesla’s top shareholder, with a stake of about 21 per cent as of Dec. 31. Future Mobility, an automotive venture backed by Tencent and Hon Hai, aims to launch an electric self-driving car before 2020, entering a crowded field dominated by U.S.-based Tesla.

Police investigating 'human waste in Coca Cola cans'

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The night shift at the Lisburn factory was disrupted last week when machines became clogged; Coca Cola said it had impounded all affected cans. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Coca Cola stressed this was an isolated incident that did not affect any products currently for salePolice have begun an investigation after what appeared to be human waste was found in drinks cans delivered to a Coca Cola factory in Northern Ireland. The company stressed this was an isolated incident that did not affect any products currently for sale. "This is an isolated incident and does not affect any products currently on sale. 'Beggars belief'A spokesperson for Coca-Cola said the company was aware of an incident involving empty cans at the Knockmore Hill plant.

'A harsh but just ruler': what do Russians think about Putin? | Eva Hartog and others

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Tobias Ellwood: 'I was one of many that stepped forward' – video

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Tobias Ellwood, the junior foreign minister who ran to help the police officer murdered in the Westminster terror attack, is praised by his colleagues in the House of Commons. The MP, who was pictured kneeling over PC Keith Palmer, says he was very grateful for the kind remarks

Cats Care About People More Than Food, New Study Finds

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The creatures were offered a choice between food, toys, scent, and social interaction with humans, to see which their preferences were. Although there was clear individual variability in cat preference, social interaction with humans was the preferred activity for the majority of both pet and shelter cats, followed by food. For the study, which was published in the journal Behavioural Processes , scientists examined what happened when domestic pets and shelter cats were given a choice of stimuli. However, a new study carried out by scientists from Oregon State University has determined that felines actually prefer human social interaction to food, making them no less loving than their canine counterparts. Cats may have a reputation of being standoffish creatures who show their owners affection merely to fill their tummies.

Tuesday’s TSX breakouts: A top-performing stock with 14 ‘buy’ calls and 39% upside forecast

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A “Golden Cross” occurs when a short-term moving average, in this case the 50-day moving average, crosses above a longer-term moving average, in this case the 200-day moving average. Last month, Michael Gray, the analyst from Macquarie, raised his target price to $1.10 from $1, while Ingrid Rico, the analyst from GMP, trimmed her target price to $1.15 from $1.25. This month, the stock experienced a bullish ‘golden cross’ pattern, with its 50-day moving average (at $0.77) crossing above its 200-day moving average (at $0.74). Looking at key resistance and support levels, the stock price has initial overhead resistance around 95 cents, and after that around $1. The average one-year target price is $1.21, implying there is 39 per cent upside potential in the share price over the next 12 months.

Occupy Activist Micah White: Time To Move Beyond Memes And Street Spectacles

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" I ended up moving to small town Oregon and realizing, "Here's another theory of how social change could happen. When I look at activism in the six years since Occupy, they're repeating the same mistake over and over and over again. If you look at Occupy Wall Street, it started as Occupy Wall Street, and then it became Occupy London, and then it became Occupy Sandy, like we occupied a storm. You're saying, in the age of Trump, there is a kind of fetishization of street protest and spectacle over substance? I think a lot of activists don't want to learn from Occupy Wall Street.

Iran, Gulf Monarchies Mend Fences as U.S.-Tehran Tensions Grow

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The longstanding rivalry flared last year when Saudi Arabia executed a prominent Shiite cleric and angry Iranian protesters stormed the Saudi embassy, smashing its windows and setting the compound on fire.... Iran and the Gulf states, whose contest for power in the Middle East has been tipping toward open confrontation, are quietly trying to repair the damaged relationship as the U.S. takes a more confrontational stance toward Tehran.

From five-a-side to futsal and Star Sixes: how football's small forms went big

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The publicity generated by Star Sixes should provide further encouragement for youngsters up and down the country. Facebook Twitter Pinterest Argentina play Egypt in the quarter-finals of the 2016 Futsal World Cup in Colombia. The England futsal team has yet to qualify for either the World Cup or European Championship but they made it to the last qualifying stage of the 2016 Futsal World Cup, which was their best result since the team formed in 2003. Adrian Bevington, an adviser to the Star Sixes tournament, knows about the key issues facing English football more than most, having spent almost 20 years at the FA. This glitzy environment will be a world away from grassroots football, which remains hampered by inadequate facilities and a lack of investment.

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