Protesters dressed in costumes inspired by "The Handmaid's Tale" demonstrate ahead of the Senate confirmation of President Trump's Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett.
Protesters dressed in costumes inspired by "The Handmaid's Tale" demonstrate ahead of the Senate confirmation of President Trump's Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett.
A key U.S. lawmaker endorsed the idea of an international agreement to govern the principles and standards for tech giants like Amazon, Google, Facebook and Apple.
The UFC's final event of a pandemic plagued 2020 could not go unscathed by COVID-19. Leon Edwards and his UFC Vegas 17 headlining bout opposite Khamzat Chimaev became the latest casualties of a trying year. Edwards contracted COVID-19, which negated his ability to train for the fight and resulted in him losing 12 pounds over four days. He was subsequently removed from the UFC Vegas 17 main event, which the fight promotion hopes to reschedule in early 2021, possibly as soon as January. While readily identifying the fight's postponement as a hit to him, Edwards was quick to acknowledge that things could have been much worse for him, and things are much worse for many other people. "Another setback, but when you come from the mud you learn to put everything in perspective. This virus has affected many lives and families much worse than mine. Looking forward to getting this rebooked soon, thank you all for the well wishes."Leon Edwards on Twitter https://twitter.com/Leon_edwardsmma/status/1334162543263305729?s=20 Though UFC officials have yet to make it official, it is expected that a welterweight bout between Stephen Thompson and Geoff Neal would move into the headlining spot. The bout was already slated for the UFC Vegas 17 fight card. TRENDING > Khabib has no interest in fighting Conor McGregor again, reveals new fight promotion Trending Video > Mike Tyson: UFC was kicking Boxing's Butt (Subscribe to MMAWeekly.com on YouTube)
A group of U.S. states led by New York is investigating Facebook Inc for possible antitrust violations and plans to file a lawsuit against the social media giant next week, four sources familiar with the matter said on Wednesday. The Justice Department sued Alphabet Inc's Google in October. Facebook declined to comment.
Neymar scored twice to lead Paris Saint-Germain to a 3-1 victory at 10-man Manchester United in the Champions League on Wednesday, leaving both teams’ hopes of reaching the knockout stage uncertain heading into their final group games. United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær was left to rue not bringing off Fred after he escaped with only a booking for a first-half head butt.The midfielder was sent off in the 70th minute for a second yellow card after his challenge on former United midfielder Ander Herrera just after United had gone 2-1 down when Marquinhos scored.“Fred played really disciplined in the second half,” Solskjær said. “He was lucky to stay on in the first half.”Marcus Rashford had equalized in the 32nd minute after Neymar had taken only six minutes to put last season’s beaten finalists in front. The Brazilian struck again in stoppage time at an empty Old Trafford.“This is good for our confidence,” Marquinhos said. “We’re still in the competition and very happy.”While United remains top of Group H, PSG and Leipzig are only behind on goal difference. United only needs a point in Leipzig on Tuesday when PSG hosts Istanbul Basaksehir, which is six points behind the top three.Losing to United in the Group H opener in Paris had put the heat on Thomas Tuchel, who has picked up two points from the last two French league games.“We earned our luck today by hard work, by good mentality,” Tuchel said. “It’s not the most easy time for us. We don’t play at the highest level.”The visitors did at the start in Manchester when Kylian Mbappé’s deflected shot bounced into the path of Neymar to score from the near post.It took David de Gea’s save, palming away Alessandro Florenzi’s shot, to prevent the deficit from growing bigger for United.Good fortune came in the form of Fred not being sent off for pushing his head toward Leandro Paredes, despite a VAR review.“To give a yellow card I was very surprised,” Tuchel said. “It says he touched him but not hard enough for a red card?”After the reprieve, United drew level when Anthony Martial’s shot was parried by Kaylor Navas and Rashford’s strike deflected off Danilo past the goalkeeper for his sixth goal in five European games.Fortunately again for United, Paredes was booked rather than Fred, who stepped on the PSG midfielder’s foot.That still didn’t prompt Solskjær to substitute Fred at the break.United had chances to go in front after the break when Martial lifted a shot over and Edinson Cavani tried to chip Navas.“It could perhaps have been completely different if they had scored,” Herrera said. “But we have players who can kill a match.”PSG was back in front in the 69th.De Gea pushed Mitchel Bakker’s low shot wide but from the resulting corner Herrera passed to Abdou Diallo, who squared across the six-yard box for Marquinhos to knock the ball under the goalkeeper.It was then a less contentious challenge on Herrera from Fred that earned the second yellow card. This time there was no VAR review, even as Fred lingered.The game was getting away from United and it was killed off when Neymar began a move around the halfway line that led to the third goal.The Brazilian sent a long-range pass to Mbappe and Rafinha then teed up Neymar to sidefoot into an open net.“Their goals were scrappy goals, a ricochet and pinball around the box,” United captain Harry Maguire said. “I feel we deserved something.”(AP)
AMC Networks investor relations head Seth Zaslow is stepping down at year end, the company said Wednesday, expanding the role of Nicholas Seibert to VP, Corporate Development and Investor Relations. Seibert will continue to report to John Hsu, AMC Networks Executive Vice President, Corporate Development and Treasurer. Zaslow joined AMC Networks in 2011 and oversaw […]
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Civeo Corporation (NYSE: CVEO) today announced that on December 2, 2020, Civeo was notified by the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) that the Company has regained compliance with the NYSE's continued listing standards.
Contracts on the three major indices ticked higher at the start of late trading on Wednesday, with the S&P 500 adding to record levels.
Hulu's social viewing feature, Watch Party, has now launched to all on-demand subscribers, the company announced today. The co-viewing feature was first introduced during the earlier days of the pandemic in 2020, allowing Hulu users to watch shows together from different locations, as well as chat and react to what they're watching in a group chat interface on the side of the screen. Initially, the feature was only made available to Hulu's "No Ads" subscribers before being tested with Hulu's ad-supported subscribers in a more limited capacity.
Shares of Salesforce traded lower today, despite the company hosting a multi-hour keynote that included a buffet of Marc Benioff. Essentially, since the Salesforce-Slack deal reached the ears of the public, shares of the CRM giant have fallen, while shares of the enterprise social upstart have risen sharply. Salesforce is paying more for the company than it had been worth, the premium to its prior value constituting its argument that Slack's investors should approve the deal.
In a normal season, we’d be preparing for conference championship games this week. But because of the pandemic, there are still two more full weekends of regular season games.
The simple fact of fighting Vettori hasn’t gotten Hermansson fired up and eager to go. It’s what a win could accomplish.
President Donald Trump is closing out his relationship with Congress with one more power jab, threatening to veto a hugely popular defense bill unless lawmakers clamp down on big tech companies he claims were biased against him during the election. Trump is demanding that Congress repeal so-called Section 230, a part of the communications code that shields Twitter, Facebook and others from content liability.
Limited housing inventory and low mortgage rates have driven home prices up, and today's buyers need higher mortgages to compensate. If you bring home $3,000 a month after taxes, that gives you $900 to spend on your monthly mortgage payment.
Dec.02 -- White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany says it is a "tremendous achievement" for the U.S. to have as many as 40 million vaccine doses ready by year’s end, crediting the accomplishment to President Donald Trump's background in the business world. She speaks at a press briefing. (Excerpt)
(Bloomberg) -- Macquarie Group Ltd., Australia’s largest investment bank, has agreed to buy Waddell & Reed Financial Inc. for $1.7 billion to expand its U.S. asset management business.The offer values Waddell & Reed shares at $25 a piece in cash, Sydney-based Macquarie said in a statement Thursday, or about a 47% premium to their latest closing price. The acquisition is expected to close by the middle of 2021.After the deal is completed, Macquarie will sell Waddell & Reed’s wealth management business, which has about $63 billion in assets under administration, to LPL Financial Holdings Inc. for about $300 million.That will leave Macquarie with Waddell & Reed’s asset management business, which oversees about $68 billion in assets, primarily in equities. The move will lift Macquarie Asset Management’s assets to roughly $465 billion.For more detail on the deal, click hereThe U.S. represents the largest client segment in asset management globally, and there is a trend toward the rationalization of asset manager relationships, Macquarie said. The combined business will have increased scale and diversification of investment capabilities, making it more attractive to distribution partners, the bank said. Macquarie already has a presence in U.S. asset management through Delaware Funds by Macquarie, which it bought from Lincoln Financial Group in 2010.Asset management has seen a wave of consolidation in recent years, with firms responding to a squeeze on fees from cutthroat competition and a shift to passive fund management.The pressure on small and medium-size asset managers comes from the very top of the industry, which is dominated by index-fund giants BlackRock Inc. and Vanguard Group Inc. The high costs of technology and complying with regulations are also weighing on money managers.Shares in Macquarie were little changed at the start of trading in Sydney on Thursday. (Adds rationale for deal in fifth paragraph.)For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.
(Bloomberg) -- Asian stocks looked set for a muted start Thursday after U.S. equities eked out another record high amid renewed optimism over U.S. stimulus talks and vaccine approval. Treasury yields ticked higher and the dollar touched a more than two-year low.Futures were little changed in Japan and slightly higher in Hong Kong and Australia. S&P 500 contracts fluctuated after the underlying gauge closed at another all-time high, led by gains in energy stocks. Tech shares underperformed on concerns about valuations. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer called for immediate talks and said a bipartisan $908 billion aid proposal should be the foundation for negotiations. The U.K. approved the Covid vaccine from Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE.Elsewhere, Australia’s 10-year yield climbed through 1%. Oil resumed this week’s decline. The pound held losses seen Wednesday, when the European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier reportedly told envoys the outcome of any deal is still too close to call. After vaccine breakthroughs fueled record monthly gains for global stocks, investors are turning some of their attention to bonds. One of the year’s biggest spikes in Treasury yields on Tuesday has spurred speculation about the potential impact of rising rates on stocks and corporate debt.“The market has almost immediately priced in a better-than-expected 2021, particularly in the second half and that’s what we are seeing here, and on the yield curve as well,” Alicia Levine, chief strategist at BNY Mellon Investment Management, said on Bloomberg TV. “The message here really is that better days are ahead and that dips and consolidations are eminently buyable.”Meanwhile, Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell indicated Wednesday that there was no rift between the central bank and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin over the sunsetting of emergency lending programs. The U.S. House cleared legislation that would impose restrictions on Chinese companies listed on U.S. exchanges.These are some key events coming up:The U.S. employment report on Friday is expected to show more Americans headed back to work in November, though at a slower pace than October.German factory orders for October are due Friday.Here are some of the main moves in markets:StocksS&P 500 futures gained 0.1% as of 8:05 a.m. in Tokyo. The gauge rose 0.2% on Wednesday.Futures on Japan’s Nikkei 225 were little changed.Hang Seng futures earlier gained 0.2%.Futures on Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 Index added 0.3%.CurrenciesThe Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index fell 0.1%.The yen was at 104.44 per dollar.The offshore yuan held at 6.5442 per dollar.The euro bought $1.2115.BondsThe yield on 10-year Treasuries rose one basis point to 0.94%.CommoditiesWest Texas Intermediate crude slid 0.5% to $44.94 a barrel.Gold dipped 0.1% to $1,829.99 an ounce.For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.
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In late 2019, a pregnant Turkish woman obtained a tourist visa for American travel and told officials she’d stay at a New York City hotel. But instead, federal prosecutors say, she moved into a Long Island “birth house,” had her baby at a local hospital, and left the country after applying for a U.S. passport for her child.The woman was one of about 100 Turkish nationals to fraudulently obtain citizenship for their babies through a Suffolk County “birth tourism” scheme, which authorities say bilked Medicaid out of $2.1 million in benefits.On Wednesday, the feds arrested five Long Island residents accused of operating the citizenship mill: Ibrahim “Dennis” Aksakal, 48; Enes Burak Cakiroglu, 24; Sarah Kaplan, 46; Fiordalisa Marte, 41; and Edgar Rodriguez, 48. The alleged scammers were arraigned on Wednesday afternoon. It’s unclear whether a sixth person identified only as “Indicted Co-conspirator 1” would be arrested, too.Aksakal, Cakiroglu, Kaplan and the “co-conspirator” are charged with conspiring to commit visa fraud, health care fraud, wire fraud, and money laundering. Marte and Rogriguez face charges of conspiring to commit health care fraud, wire fraud, and money laundering. If convicted, they face at least 10 years behind bars.Prosecutors say the enterprise—which ran from January 2017 to September 2020—advertised on Turkish-language Facebook pages titled “My Baby Should be Born in America” and “Giving Birth in America.” The operation raked in more than $750,000, which authorities claim was funneled to bank accounts in Turkey so the U.S. government couldn’t seize the profits.“If you believe your baby should be born in the USA and become an American citizen then you are at the right place,” one January 2018 Facebook post declared, adding that the business would “provide future mothers and fathers this opportunity, with minimal costs.” One of the group’s websites even claimed the service facilitated the births of more than 800 Turkish babies in America, prosecutors say.A translated copy of one of the Facebook pages, filed as a court exhibit, boasted that the citizenship services were “in the comfort of our luxurious home” which included a piano for guests to play and a professional massage chair.The page bragged that the service’s five-bedroom house was only 45 minutes from New York City. “There is a large pool in the backyard as well as green area to spend quality time,” the site noted. “The different rooms located inside the house are rented out to future mothers and fathers. We named each room [after] the famous boroughs of New York City.”In a Dec. 2 letter to Judge Steven Locke, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York said some of the defendants, who are Turkish citizens, pose a flight risk because Turkey does not extradite suspects and because Aksakal “stashed scheme proceeds in at least one unreachable Turkish bank account.”The birth tourism scam “is likely to have untold reverberating effects as children born as a result of the scheme seek to claim the many rights and privileges of United States citizenship,” prosecutors said in the filing.This letter detailed how expectant mothers paid about $7,500 in cash for the fraudulent service. It included transportation, health “insurance” (which was actually falsely obtained Medicaid benefits), and assistance in applying for U.S. citizenship on behalf of the newborn babies. As part of the ruse, the mothers hid their pregnancies and came to America using visas for tourism and business. When they applied for Medicaid, they claimed they were permanent New York state residents with no income.“Using Internet ads, the defendants perpetrated an international fraud that relied upon a parade of women who paid them thousands of dollars in fees in order to enter the United States under false pretenses, to give birth here,” U.S. Attorney Seth DuCharme said in a statement. “The defendants cashed in on the desire for birthright citizenship, and the American taxpayer ultimately got stuck with the $2.1 million bill.”A year-long probe found that 119 Turkish children received birthright citizenship through the scheme. And that the accused fraudsters operated seven “birth houses” with locations in Center Moriches, Dix Hills, East Northport, East Patchogue, Smithtown and West Babylon.Prosecutors say Aksakal, Cakiroglu, and Kaplan advertised and facilitated the “birth tourism” network, while Marte and Rodriguez helped about 99 Turkish women apply for Medicaid coverage. As professionals who were certified to assist people applying for health care, Marte and Rodriguez fraudulently obtained benefits for “pre-natal, labor and delivery costs,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office said in the letter.“Tellingly, many of the applications that Marte and Rodriguez submitted listed Aksakal or Kaplan’s phone numbers as purported contact information” for the Turkish women, prosecutors continued.The letter also describes conversations undercover agents recorded with the alleged scammers. In May 2019, Aksakal told an undercover agent with the Department of Homeland Security that to enjoy his service, a Turkish woman would need to snag a “tourist visa” before the pregnancy became “obvious.”Meanwhile, Indicted Co-conspirator 1 was recorded promoting the illegal business to the undercover DHS agent, who was posing as a woman’s spouse. “[I]f it was me, I would not want people come and get citizenship and not pay any taxes or live in the country ever, but still everyday hundreds, thousands people come to this country to give birth from all over the world. Because there are benefits that the country provides,” the co-conspirator said.“Everything is private therefore healthcare is quite expensive here,” the co-conspirator added. “Also birth is expensive. I can tell you that the person, gentleman I know can provide you the cheapest birth here.” (The woman was referring to Aksakal, whom she described as her “boss,” the letter states.)She told the spouse that the citizenship process would take two to four months and that a “full package” would cost $10,000 and include doctor’s appointments, “American style houses,” and assistance in obtaining a U.S. birth certificate and passport to ensure the “baby will be a U.S. citizen.”In intercepted communications, Aksakal allegedly bragged that he had duped Medicaid at least 100 times. He also allegedly warned his co-defendants not to discuss the business with anyone calling from a U.S.-based phone number and instructed accomplices to deny they were helping Turkish women obtain Medicaid benefits.“Whoever calls from US. From inside the US. Don’t talk,” Aksakal told Kaplan.Ex-Arizona Official Gets Six Years for Smuggling Pregnant Women Into U.S. to Sell Their BabiesRead more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.
Harvey Langi went three panic-filled hours without knowing if his wife was alive or dead. Langi, then a New England Patriots linebacker, and his wife Cassidy were rescued from the wreckage and transported to separate hospitals, each with serious injuries. “That, personally, just ruined me because you just don’t know any information,” recalled Langi, now with the New York Jets.