Scottish lawmakers authorize new referendum to secede from U.K.

28 Mar

EDINBURGH, Scotland — Scottish lawmakers voted to seek a new referendum on independence Tuesday, presenting the British government with an unwelcome distraction as it prepares to leave the European Union. The Edinburgh-based legislature voted 69-59 to ask the U.K. government to sanction an independence vote that would be held within the next two years. Outside, […]

Target store workers save couple from $4,000 scam

28 Mar

A pair of Target employees are being praised for saving an elderly couple from falling victim to a vicious scam that would have drained their bank account of at least $4,000. In late January, a couple from Hanover County, Virginia, received a suspicious phone call from an unknown number. The caller claimed to be a […]

“Groundbreaking” tech restores movement in paralyzed man

28 Mar

For the first time, a paralyzed man has regained functional arm movement and is able to feed himself using his own hand as a result of new technology that reconnects his brain with his muscles. Bill Kochevar, now 53, suffered a severe spinal cord injury in a bicycle accident eight years ago that left him completely […]

Kentucky fans trash referee’s roofing business on its own Facebook page

28 Mar

Kentucky fans who felt their Wildcats didn’t get a fair shake in Sunday’s loss to North Carolina because of the officiating aired their grievances in a very strange way.  Bracket Central Expert Picks Latest odds After the game, some burned televisions and couches in the streets . But some went a step farther and tracked […]

House votes to block Obama-era browsing protections

28 Mar

The House voted Tuesday to nullify Obama-era Federal Communications Commission rules that protect the privacy of users’ web browsing history.  The resolution, which passed the Senate last week, will allow internet service providers (ISPs) — think Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Verizon and others — to share and sell information from users’ browsers like shopping habits […]

U.S. sees probable role in Mosul blast, probe under way

28 Mar

MOSUL, Iraq/WASHINGTON The senior U.S. commander in Iraq acknowledged on Tuesday that the U.S.-led coalition probably had a role in an explosion in Mosul believed to have killed scores of civilians but said Islamic State could also be to blame. As investigators probe the blast, Lieutenant General Stephen Townsend strongly defended U.S. behavior in the […]

Thousands of water lines to be replaced in Flint settlement

28 Mar

The state of Michigan will replace water lines serving at least 18,000 homes in Flint over the next three years under a settlement approved by a U.S. judge to address a 2015 crisis that exposed residents to lead in their drinking water. The state will pay $87 million to identify and replace the service lines […]

Tesla deal boosts Chinese presence in U.S. auto tech

28 Mar

DETROIT China’s Tencent Holdings Ltd (0700.HK) has bought a 5 percent stake in U.S. electric car maker Tesla Inc (TSLA.O) for $1.78 billion, the latest investment by a Chinese internet company in the potentially lucrative market for self-driving vehicles and related services. Tencent’s investment, revealed in a U.S. regulatory filing, provides Tesla with a deep-pocketed […]

Motor racing-Mansell joins tributes to Surtees at funeral

28 Mar

LONDON Former Formula One world champion Nigel Mansell joined the motorsport world on Tuesday in paying tribute to John Surtees at the funeral of the only man to win world titles on two wheels and four. Surtees, who won the 1964 F1 championship with Ferrari after four 500cc and three 350cc titles between 1956 and […]

Trump signs order dismantling Obama-era climate policies

28 Mar

WASHINGTON President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed an order to undo Obama-era climate change regulations, keeping a campaign promise to support the coal industry and calling into question U.S. support for an international deal to fight global warming. Flanked by coal miners and coal company executives, Trump proclaimed his “Energy Independence” executive order at the […]