Architect of Trump administration's hardline Iran policy quits
Theenvoyleading President Donald Trump'shardlinepush onIranquit on Thursday, months before an election that could reorient US policy.Brian Hook, a stalwart Republican considered one of the most powerful figures at the State Department, decided to return to the private sector, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said.Hook "has achieved historic results countering the Iranian regime", Pompeo said in a statement.Hook will be replaced by Elliott Abrams, another veteran Republican who was an intellectual architect of the 2003 invasion of Iraq and has been leading Trump's unsuccessful campaign to oust Ve...
Macron calls for international probe into Beirut blast
French PresidentEmmanuel Macronon Thursday called for an internationalinvestigationinto theblastat Beirut's port thatkilledmore than 130 people and ravaged entire neighbourhoods, costing the country billions."An international, open and transparent probe is needed to prevent things from remaining hidden and doubt from creeping in," he told reporters at the end of a snap visit to the Lebanese capital.In asking for an international enquiry, he joined calls widely supported in and outside Lebanon for an independent probe, and said French investigators were on their way to Beirut.Even as they count...
Real estate Q&A: What to do when application of the rules becomes an impediment?
Q: My tenant is not allowing me in his unit to perform maintenance even after I gave plenty of notice. What should I do? – RitaQ: My condo board is not approving my buyer because they do not allow emotional support animals. What should I do? – SamQ: Our community has an owner who will not stop running a business out of his apartment, which is against the rules. What should we do? — SelmaA: Each week, many readers send me questions such as these describing situations where the rules are clear, but not being followed. These letters are written in frustration after a failed attempt to work things...
Rocket Companies' IPO raises $1.8 billion, launches trading on Wall Street
Detroit billionaire Dan Gilbert celebrated his $1.8 billion Rocket Companies IPO Thursday by talking up the possibility of acquiring more financial-technology companies down the road.“We want to use our stock as currency and potentially acquire more fin-tech organizations and put them in the vault,” Gilbert said on CNBC. “We’re excited about it.”Rocket stock began trading on the New York Stock Exchange Thursday around 11 a.m. opening at the IPO price of $18 a share. The stock was gaining ground and trading around $18.65 a share shortly after 11:30 a.m. In early trading, the stock swung from a ...
Detroit Free Press
Ben Simmons sidelined with subluxation of his left knee cap
ORLANDO, Fla. — Ben Simmons is sidelined with a subluxation of his left knee cap.The 76ers forward suffered the injury in Wednesday’s game against the Washington Wizards and is considering treatment options. The team said further updates will be provided as appropriate.Simmons left in the third quarter of the Sixers’ 107-98 win and did not return. An initial MRI Wednesday showed that he suffered a subluxation of the left patella, which means the knee cap went out of the joint and came back into place by itself. A partial dislocation would have involved the knee cap going out of the joint and h...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
What we know so far about COVID-19 and children
Washington (AFP) - President Donald Trump has been censored on Facebook and Twitter after saying children are "almost immune" from COVID-19. What do the facts say?We know for sure children are less likely to fall seriously ill from the coronavirus, and emerging evidence suggests they're less likely to be infected too. What's less clear is how much they spread the virus once infected.Children rarely become seriously ill -Under-18s have accounted for just two percent of hospitalized COVID-19 cases and less than 0.1 percent of all deaths in the United States, according to statistics from the Cent...
Bruins Lose First Seed IN NHL Round Robin Tournament: ‘That Part Sucks!’
When the NHL season was suspended, the Bruins had the best record (44-14-12). But the team will not be the first or second seed when the 16 team playoff starts next week. This is because the NHL did a round-robin tournament for the top four teams in order to give the warm-up games some meaning and playoff implications. Unfortunately for the Bruins, the team dropped the ball in the round-robin and with losses to the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday and the Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday.Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy was very candid about the situation. “That part sucks. I’m not going to lie to you,...
Swapping acting for gaming: James Buckley giving up acting to become full-time gamer
James Buckley is set to give up acting after becoming a full-time gamer.The 'Inbetweeners' star claims he has lost interest in being in the spotlight and instead wants to focus on growing his Twitch gaming channel 'Completed It Mate' after having talks with sponsors.He told The Sun newspaper's Bizarre TV column: "I'm not that excited about the industry and I haven't been for a while. I'm really enjoying the stuff I'm doing with my Twitch channel."It feels like a little business that I've got control of. I'm running it and talking to sponsors and trying to be taken seriously in that sphere now....
US jobless claims dip in latest week, but government help delayed
Washington (AFP) - New applications for jobless benefits returned to a downward path Thursday after two weeks of increases, hitting a new pandemic low in a surprise sign of improvement, but economists warn the battered US job market recovery remains painfully slow.Meanwhile, talks in Washington on a new emergency spending plan and expanded unemployment payments continue to drag on with Democratic leaders and President Donald Trump's economic team still far apart.Trump announced Thursday he plans to issues executive action to address some parts of the $2.2 trillion CARES Act approved in late Ma...
Facebook blocks deceptive pro-Trump campaign from Romania
San Francisco (AFP) - Facebook said Thursday it took down accounts running a deceptive campaign out of Romania pretending to be Americans supporting US President Donald Trump ahead of the coming election.The leading online social network removed 35 Facebook accounts, three pages, and 88 Instagram accounts as part of an ongoing fight against "coordinated inauthentic behavior," according to security policy head Nathaniel Gleicher."The people behind this network used fake accounts to pose as Americans, amplify and comment on their own content, and manage pages including some posing as President T...