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Cosby jury to return on Friday to try to break deadlock

June 16, 2017 By Joseph Ax NORRISTOWN, Pa. (Reuters) – The jurors in Bill Cosby’s sexual assault trial concluded their fourth day of deliberation on Thursday, unable to reach a unanimous verdict on the three charges against the entertainer. Judge Steven O’Neill in Norristown, Pennsylvania, sent the jurors, many of whom looked exhausted, back to their hotel a few minutes after 9 p.m. on Thursday after praising them for their efforts. The jury has completed about 40 hours of deliberations, including three consecutive 12-hour days, without reaching an unanimous verdict…

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Robo-adviser Wahed targets Muslim investors in U.S. and beyond

June 7, 2017 By Bernardo Vizcaino SYDNEY (Reuters) – New York-based Wahed Invest will offer its automated investment services across the United States after raising $5 million in seed capital, making it the first robo-adviser to cater to Muslim investors through a sharia-compliant platform, its founder said. The firm raised the funds from Gulf-based investors and hopes success at home will allow it to eventually expand to Europe and the Middle East, chief executive Junaid Wahedna said in an interview. Wahed joins a number of wealth management firms building robo-advisers,…

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Disney’s Iger says hackers claim to have stolen upcoming movie – Hollywood Reporter

May 15, 2017 (Reuters) – Walt Disney Co Chief Executive Bob Iger has revealed that hackers claimed to have access to an unnamed upcoming movie and have demanded a ransom, the Hollywood Reporter said on Monday. Iger made the comments during a town hall meeting with ABC employees in New York City, the Hollywood Reporter said, citing multiple sources. The hackers have demanded that a huge sum be paid on Bitcoin, but Disney has refused to pay, the publication said. Disney was not immediately available for comment. (Reporting by Anya…

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Amazon sweeps U.S. market for voice-controlled speakers: study

May 8, 2017 By Jeffrey Dastin (Reuters) – Amazon.com Inc is dominating the nascent market for voice-controlled speakers, research firm eMarketer said on Monday. The e-commerce giant’s Amazon Echo and Echo Dot devices will claim a 70.6 percent share of the U.S. market this year, the study found. The speakers feature Alexa, Amazon’s voice-controlled aide, which users can tell to play music, order an Uber or turn on the house lights. That puts it far ahead of Alphabet Inc’s Google Home, a similar gadget that has a 23.8 percent share,…

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More U.S. Social Security claimants see patience as a virtue

April 27, 2017 By Mark Miller CHICAGO (Reuters) – Good things come to those who wait, the old saying goes. And more Americans are getting the message when it comes to claiming Social Security benefits. The number of near-retirement workers planning to take Social Security benefits as soon as possible has fallen sharply, according to a new survey by Fidelity Investments. Just 28 percent of 61-year-olds say they plan to file for their benefits at age 62 – the first year of eligibility. That stands in marked contrast with 2008…

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Cleveland police widen manhunt for Facebook murder suspect

April 18, 2017 By Peter Szekely and Timothy Mclaughlin (Reuters) – The manhunt widened on Monday for a murder suspect who police said posted a video of himself on Facebook shooting an elderly man in Cleveland, where authorities appealed to the public for help in the case after urging the killer to turn himself in. Police said they have received “dozens and dozens” of tips for possible sightings of the suspect, Steve Stephens, and tried to persuade him to surrender when they spoke with him via his cellphone on Sunday…

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Cleveland police seek man they say broadcast killing on Facebook

April 17, 2017 (Reuters) – Cleveland police urged a suspect who they said posted video of himself on Facebook killing an elderly man on Sunday to turn himself in to authorities. Officials in the Ohio city said they were looking for Steve Stephens in connection with the one confirmed killing but had found no evidence to support what police said was a claim he made in the video of having killed more than a dozen other people. “Everybody is out there looking for Steve,” Calvin Williams, the Cleveland police chief,…

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Rap anti-hero Tupac Shakur bigger in death than life

April 3, 2017 By Jill Serjeant NEW YORK (Reuters) – Tupac Shakur’s recording career lasted just five years before he was murdered in 1996, but it is the rapper’s influence from beyond the grave that will be celebrated when he is inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Friday. Arguably bigger in death than he was in life, Shakur will be only the sixth rap act to be voted into the Hall of Fame in its 30-year history. The Hall of Fame described him as “an international…

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Schiff says Trump wants focus on tweets, not Russia probe

April 2, 2017 By Doina Chiacu WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee accused President Donald Trump on Sunday of trying to divert Congress from its investigations of Russia’s role in the 2016 U.S. election and any links between Moscow and the Trump campaign. Representative Adam Schiff said the Republican president and his aides have instead attempted to throw the focus on the possibility of illegal leaks of classified information and whether Trump or his associates were caught up in incidental collection by surveillance that was…

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Meryl Streep accuses Karl Lagerfeld of spoiling her Oscars

February 26, 2017 LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Meryl Streep on Saturday accused designer Karl Lagerfeld of spoiling her night at the Academy Awards ceremony by falsely accusing her of being paid to wear a gown on the Oscars red carpet. Streep was responding to a claim earlier this week by Lagerfeld that the “Sophie’s Choice” actress had decided against wearing a Chanel gown at Sunday’s Oscar ceremony because she could get paid by wearing a dress from a different designer. Lagerfeld’s claims made headlines around the world. “The story was…

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