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Judge in Texas lawsuit against Google issues protective order

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FILE PHOTO: The Google Inc. logo is seen outside their headquarters in Mountain View, California August 18, 2004. REUTERS/Clay McLachlan/File Photo WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The judge hearing the Texas antitrust lawsuit against Alphabet Inc’s Google put limits on what the search giant’s in-house lawyers can see in an order aimed......

Prosecutors say Kristin Smart was killed during rape or attempted rape

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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Prosecutors on Wednesday charged a former classmate with the murder of Kristin Smart, a California college freshman who went missing nearly 25 years ago, alleging for the first time that the suspect killed her during a rape or attempted rape. FILE PHOTO: An undated handout image......

Senate votes to confirm Mallory to lead White House environmental council

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WASHINGTON, April 14 (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate voted 53-45 to confirm Brenda Mallory as head of the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), a key role that is central to federal environmental reviews of major infrastructure projects and coordinating the administration’s environmental justice and climate change policies. Mallory......

People in these states receive the highest tax refunds on average

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CNBC – For more and to sign up click here Many taxpayers get a refund from the IRS. Not all are created equal. Some taxpayers receive significantly higher refunds after filing their returns, according to an analysis of IRS data done by LendingTree. In 2018, the latest available data, the......

EU Commission to end AstraZeneca and J&J vaccine contracts at expiry – paper

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MILAN (Reuters) – The EU Commission has decided not to renew COVID-19 vaccine contracts next year with AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson (J&J), Italian daily La Stampa reported on Wednesday, citing a source from the Italian health ministry. “The European Commission, in agreement with the leaders of many (EU) countries,......

U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan to begin May 1- Biden

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U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks on his plan to withdraw American troops from Afghanistan, at the White House, Washington, U.S., April 14, 2021. Andrew Harnik/Pool via REUTERS WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden said on Wednesday that the United States would begin its final military withdrawal from Afghanistan......

Lockdown snacking: Lots to munch on when PepsiCo reports results

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(Reuters) – Will people break their lockdown snacking habit once the pandemic eases? FILE PHOTO: Bottles of Pepsi are pictured at a grocery store in Pasadena, California, U.S., July 11, 2017. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni/File Photo GLOBAL BUSINESS WEEK AHEAD PepsiCo Inc’s results on Thursday will give investors a glimpse of how......

USWNT explore options, show versatility vs. Sweden, France as Olympic prep continues

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As we inch closer to the summer Olympics — dare I say, even in a whisper, I feel confident it will indeed happen — I will, of course, spend a lot of time dissecting the U.S. women’s national team. Given the roster size for the Olympics is only 18 players,......

Goldman Sachs profit soars on global deals frenzy, trading boom

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(Reuters) – Goldman Sachs Group Inc surged past Wall Street expectations for first-quarter profit on Wednesday, as the U.S. investment banking giant capitalized on record levels of global dealmaking and a coronavirus-driven boom in equity trading. An unprecedented boom in private firms merging with listed shell companies to go public......

Amazon aims to double U.S. Black employees in leadership this year

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FILE PHOTO: The logo of Amazon is seen at the company logistics centre in Boves, France, August 8, 2018. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol/File Photo (Reuters) – Amazon.com said on Wednesday it was aiming to double the number of Black employees in senior leadership roles and hire 30% more Black people as corporate......

Greece to lift quarantine rule for more travelers from next week: official

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FILE PHOTO: People make their way on Monastiraki square, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in Athens, Greece, March 10, 2021. REUTERS/Louiza Vradi ATHENS (Reuters) – Greece plans to lift quarantine restrictions from next week for travelers from the European Union and five other countries who have been vaccinated or......

Iran’s Rouhani says 60% enrichment is an answer to attack at Natanz site

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DUBAI (Reuters) – Iran’s move to enrich uranium up to 60% purity is a response to the sabotage at its key nuclear facility, President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday, adding the Islamic Republic had no intention of building a nuclear weapon. FILE PHOTO: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani attends a meeting......

Here’s what Coinbase is and how to use it to buy and sell cryptocurrencies

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CNBC – For more and to sign up click here Coinbase will be the first major crypto business to go public in the U.S. when it begins trading on Wednesday. At a reference price of $250 a share ahead of the NASDAQ direct listing, the company is worth about $65.3......

Bernie Madoff, mastermind of the nation’s biggest investment fraud, dies at 82, AP reports

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CNBC – For more and to sign up click here Bernard Madoff leaves federal court in New York on Tuesday, March 10, 2009. Jin Lee | Bloomberg | Getty Images Bernard Madoff, mastermind of the biggest investment fraud in U.S. history, ripping off tens of thousands of clients of as......

U.S. senators to receive classified briefing on Afghanistan: Schumer

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FILE PHOTO: Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) speaks during a news conference after the first Democratic luncheon meeting since COVID-19 restrictions went into effect on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S. April 13, 2021. REUTERS/Erin Scott WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. senators will receive a classified briefing on President Joe Biden’s......

More guns than people: Why tighter U.S. firearms laws are unlikely

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Joe Biden announced limited measures to tackle gun violence in the United States last week, but more ambitious steps will be harder to enact despite widespread public support. Here are some facts about gun violence in the United States: HOW MANY AMERICANS OWN GUNS? With about......

Indonesian e-commerce firm Bukalapak raises $234 million: document

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SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Indonesian e-commerce company Bukalapak raised $234 million in capital in a funding round led by Microsoft, Singapore sovereign wealth fund GIC, and local media conglomerate Emtek, according to a sale document reviewed by Reuters. The latest funding round comes amid a frenzy of interest from global investors......

U.S. Senate to consider hate crimes bill in potential filibuster test

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By Makini Brice, David Morgan WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate will take up hate crime legislation on Wednesday intended to combat violence against Asian Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic, in a potential first major test this Congress of the Senate procedural tool known as the filibuster. The COVID-19 Hate......

OECD backs Biden’s plan to raise the minimum wage

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CNBC – For more and to sign up click here Workers repair glass on the East Front rotunda doors that was damaged during the January 6 attack on the US Capitol on February 08, 2021 in Washington, DC. Tasos Katopodis | Getty Images LONDON — The U.S. should go ahead......

‘Let’s make it count’: World leaders, royalty and environmentalists gear up for major climate summit COP26

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CNBC – For more and to sign up click here Six years ago, after days of painstaking negotiations, world leaders managed to thrash out a deal on climate change. The result was the Paris Agreement, decided at the COP21 summit in Paris. Described by the United Nations as a legally-binding......

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