Tintin marks 90th birthday with colonial controversy

FILE PHOTO: A Tintin balloon float is seen in Albertine Square during Balloon’s Day Parade in Brussels September 6, 2014. REUTERS/Eric Vidal BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Tintin will mark his 90th birthday this year with a return to controversy as his Belgian creator’s heirs release a new edition of “Tintin in the Congo”, a work from […]

Verizon deepens ties with Apple, offers free Apple Music to some U.S. customers

FILE PHOTO: An Apple company logo is seen behind tree branches outside an Apple store in Beijing, China December 14, 2018. REUTERS/Jason Lee/File Photo (Reuters) – Verizon Communications Inc (VZ.N) said on Tuesday it will include free Apple Music subscriptions in some of its top-tier U.S. data plans, deepening its ties with the iPhone maker. […]

Northern California county ravaged by wildfire sues utility

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – The Northern California county where a deadly wildfire killed 86 people last year sued Pacific Gas & Electric Co. on Tuesday, a day after the utility announced it will file for bankruptcy. Butte County’s lawsuit blames the utility for the wildfire that sparked Nov. 8 and “effectively eradicated” the city of […]

Judge declines to grant immediate pay, other relief to workers in throes of gov’t shutdown

A judge Tuesday refused to order the Trump administration to pay federal employees kept on the job during the partial shutdown, as the IRS said it was bringing back tens of thousands of employees to process tax returns. U.S. District Court Senior Judge Richard J. Leon said he sympathizes with workers struggling to make ends […]

Brexit vote: Theresa May’s deal defeated by record margin

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Hindu ascetics lead millions of Indians in holy bath, but politics weigh

PRAYAGRAJ, India (Reuters) – Millions of pilgrims began bathing on the first official day of India’s Kumbh Mela on Tuesday, the world’s largest religious festival where politics play an important role ahead of a general election later this year. Naga Sadhus or Hindu holy men take a dip during the first “Shahi Snan” (grand bath) […]

AG pick Barr wants closer scrutiny of Silicon Valley ‘behemoths’

President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Freedom Caucus calls for Congress to work on shutdown through break Democrat previews Mueller questions for Trump’s AG nominee Trump inaugural committee spent ,000 on makeup for aides: report MORE’s pick to lead the Department of Justice, William Barr, suggested during his confirmation hearing on Tuesday that the agency should take a closer […]

Federal workers take on odd jobs to make ends meet

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – When her paychecks dried up because of the partial government shutdown, Cheryl Inzunza Blum sought out a side job that has become a popular option in the current economy: She rented out a room on Airbnb. Other government workers are driving for Uber, relying on word-of-mouth and social networks to find […]

House denounces white supremacy; Steve King supports resolution of rebuke

Rep. Steve King voted Tuesday to denounce white supremacy — joining the very colleagues who had intended the vote to be a rebuke to the Iowa Republican and recent controversial statements attributed to him. The 424-1 vote follows a decision a day earlier by House Republicans to keep Mr. King from serving on any committees […]

Brexit bedlam: Parliament sinks PM May’s EU divorce deal by 230 votes

LONDON (Reuters) – British lawmakers defeated Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit divorce deal by a crushing margin on Tuesday, triggering political upheaval that could lead to a disorderly exit from the EU or even to a reversal of the 2016 decision to leave. Prime Minister Theresa May sits down in Parliament after the vote on […]