Sunday, October 20, 2019



A day in Elton John’s life: Buy Rolls, write hit song, dine with Ringo


Singer Robbie Williams to release first ever Christmas album

LONDON (Reuters) – British singer Robbie Williams is getting into the festive cheer, announcing on Friday he would release his first ever Christmas album this holiday season. “The Christmas Present”, made up of two “Christmas Past” and “Christmas Future” discs and released on Nov. 22, will feature original songs and covers, including duets with the…


Alicia Alonso, Cuba’s ballet legend, dies at age 98

(Reuters) – Legendary Cuban ballerina Alicia Alonso, who achieved global acclaim in the 1940s and went on to run the internationally renowned National Ballet of Cuba for decades, died on Thursday at age 98, state-run media said. “Alicia Alonso has gone and left an enormous void, but also an unbeatable legacy,” President Miguel Diaz-Canel said…


WarnerMedia’s HBO Max to stream films of ‘Spirited Away’ producer

(Reuters) – HBO Max, the forthcoming streaming service from AT&T Inc’s WarnerMedia, will screen films from Studio Ghibli, the Japanese animation producer behind the Academy Award-winning movie “Spirited Away”. This is the first time a streaming provider has obtained rights to Ghibli’s films, WarnerMedia said on Thursday. Co-founded by master animator Hayao Miyazaki, the studio…



Opioid settlement talks fail, landmark trial expected Monday

CLEVELAND (Reuters) – A landmark trial over the U.S. opioid epidemic is on track to begin on Monday after drug companies and local governments failed to agree on a settlement on Friday that had been expected to be valued at around $50 billion. Top executives of the largest U.S. drug distributors and drugmaker Teva Pharmaceutical…


FDA approves Alexion’s Ultomiris for another rare blood disease

(Reuters) – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc’s treatment for a second rare blood disorder, the company said. The treatment, Ultomiris, has already been approved in the United States, Japan and the European Union to treat adults with blood disorder called paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria. Friday’s approval allows its use…


Sanofi pulls Zantac from U.S. and Canada after carcinogen found

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Sanofi SA said on Friday it would recall popular heartburn medicine Zantac in the United States and Canada, after the medicines were linked with a probable cancer-causing impurity. The French drugmaker said it was working with health authorities to determine the level and extent of the recall, which it called a…

New Technology


Exclusive: Huawei in early talks with U.S. firms to license 5G platform – Huawei executive

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Blacklisted Chinese telecoms equipment giant Huawei is in early-stage talks with some U.S. telecoms companies about licensing its 5G network technology to them, a Huawei executive told Reuters on Friday. Vincent Pang, senior vice president and board director at the company said some firms had expressed interest in both a long-term deal…


G20 kicks off debate to regulate ‘stablecoins’ in hit to Facebook’s Libra

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Group of 20 finance leaders on Friday agreed to set strict regulations on cryptocurrencies such as Facebook’s (FB.O) Libra, warning that issuance of such “stablecoins” should not be allowed until various global risks they pose have been addressed. The agreement came after a G7 working group warned that when launched on a…


House antitrust probe report likely by ‘first part’ of 2020

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The House of Representatives Judiciary Committee expects to have a final report on its probe of big technology companies and their potential breaches of antitrust law, by the “first part” of next year, the chair of its antitrust panel said on Friday. The committee has received tens of thousands of documents from…


News Corp to supply headlines for Facebook’s upcoming news tab

(Reuters) – Facebook Inc’s (FB.O) upcoming news tab will feature headlines from the Wall Street Journal and some other News Corp (NWSA.O) media properties when it launches in fall of 2019, the social network said on Friday. The WSJ, which first reported about the deal, said news publications Washington Post, BuzzFeed News, and Business Insider…


Apple’s star-studded ‘The Morning Show’ joins #MeToo conversation

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Apple Inc is jumping into the streaming video wars with a series that explores accusations of sexual misconduct at a fictional morning television news show, a story that tackles issues brought to life over the past two years of the #MeToo movement. “The Morning Show” starring Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon and…



U.S. astronauts embark on the first all-female spacewalk

(Reuters) – U.S. astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir made history on Friday when they stepped outside the International Space Station (ISS) on the first all-female spacewalk. The much-anticipated milestone for NASA was achieved during a relatively routine mission to swap faulty batteries on the station’s exterior. WATCH: The first all-female spacewalk from the International…


Planetary ‘autopsies’ indicate worlds like Earth common in the cosmos

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A new way of studying planets in other solar systems – by doing sort of an autopsy on planetary wreckage devoured by a type of star called a white dwarf – is showing that rocky worlds with geochemistry similar to Earth may be quite common in the cosmos. In a study published…