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Smart caption glasses refocus the action for deaf playgoers

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LONDON (Reuters) - For all his adult life keen theatergoer Tim Hardy, who is partially deaf, has watched plays with a torch in his hand and a script on his lap so he can follow what’s being said on stage. People watch a live performance of Exit the King at the National Theatre while wearing...read more

Russian tycoon sues Sotheby's for $380 million over art deals

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MOSCOW/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Dmitry Rybolovlev, a Russian billionaire and owner of Monaco soccer club, has sued Sotheby’s for at least $380 million, alleging the auction house helped his former art adviser to defraud him. FILE PHOTO: Dmitri Rybolovlev, President of AS Monaco Football Club, a...read more

UK accuses Kremlin of ordering series of 'reckless' cyber-attacks

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The British government has directly accused Russian military intelligence of being behind a spate of “reckless and indiscriminate cyber-attacks” carried out on the orders of Vladimir Putin’s Kremlin, including the hacking in 2016 of the US Democratic National Committee headquarters. The c...read more

UK Brexit bill could rise as EU reveals record spending promises

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The EU’s spending promises and pension costs rose by tens of billions of euros last year, an official report reveals, raising the possibility of an escalating Brexit divorce bill for the UK. The EU’s auditor also described member countries’ annual budget fees as “moveable”, because they a...read more

Cops Use Slain Woman's Fitbit To Charge 90-Year-Old Stepdad

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A 90-year-old man in California has been charged in the slaying of his 67-year-old stepdaughter after police alleged his alibi was untrue based on evidence from her fitness tracker. On Sept. 13, a co-worker of pharmacy technician Karen Navarra went to the woman’s San Jose home to conduct ...read more

LAPD Busts Burglary Ring That Targeted Celebs Like Rihanna And Yasiel Puig

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Four people have been arrested in connection with a series of burglaries that targeted the homes of celebrities, including Rihanna, Christina Milian, Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig and Rams wide receiver Robert Woods, police said Tuesday. The suspects were believed to b...read more

Las Vegas Mass Shooter's Nevada Home Is Up For Sale

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The brown and tan stucco house in Nevada that Stephen Paddock called home before committing the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history is now up for sale. On Oct. 1, 2017, Paddock, a wealthy 64-year-old gambler, killed 58 people and injured hundreds more at Las Vegas’ Route 91 Har...read more

Planning to Vote in the November Election? Why Most Americans Probably Won’t

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“You’d go in there and there’d be people everywhere,” said Albert Baisden, a retired trucking company owner in Dingess, recalling election times in the 1950s. “You had to fight your way in through the crowd to get to vote. You couldn’t hardly get a parking place. Everybody was grabbing you b...read more

7 Law Enforcement Officers Shot, One Fatally, in South Carolina, Official Says

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ATLANTA — Seven law enforcement officers were shot — at least one of them fatally — in an extraordinary barrage of firepower after the authorities sought to serve a search warrant in South Carolina on Wednesday, officials said, transforming a residential subdivision into a tragic battlegroun...read more

F.B.I. Arrests Utah Man in Ricin Scare at Pentagon

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The F.B.I. on Wednesday arrested a Navy veteran suspected of sending two envelopes to the Pentagon this week that contained raw materials for the deadly poison ricin. The man, William Clyde Allen III, was detained at a home in Logan, Utah. Two envelopes addressed to Defense Secretary Jim ...read more

Police Use Fitbit Data to Charge 90-Year-Old Man in Stepdaughter’s Killing

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“From doorbell security footage to Fitbit, technology engineered to solve some of life’s issues are solving serious crimes,” said Jeff Rosen, the district attorney for Santa Clara County. “We are continually inspired by law enforcement investigators who are thinking outside of the box.” I...read more

Judge Blocks Trump Administration From Ending Some Immigrant Protections

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A federal judge in San Francisco blocked the Trump administration from ending special protections for immigrants from four countries devastated by war and natural disaster, temporarily relieving more than 300,000 people from the threat of deportation. Immigrants from El Salvador, Haiti, N...read more

The New New World: Private Businesses Built Modern China. Now the Government Is Pushing Back.

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HONG KONG — The comments were couched in careful language, but the warning about China’s direction was clear. China grew to prosperity in part by embracing market forces, said Wu Jinglian, the 88-year-old dean of pro-market Chinese economists, at a forum last month. Then he turned to the ...read more

For Canada and U.S., ‘That Relationship Is Gone’ After Bitter Nafta Talks

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TORONTO — He called his relationship with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada “testy.” But President Trump put that down to heated trade negotiations only. Now that the newly named deal was settled, things between the two men — and by extension, two countries — were supposedly rosy ag...read more

Canada Revokes Honorary Citizenship of Aung San Suu Kyi

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HONG KONG — Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar’s civilian leader, was stripped of her honorary Canadian citizenship on Tuesday over her inaction on military violence against the country’s Rohingya Muslims. Senators unanimously passed a measure revoking her citizenship and declaring the treatme...read more

Heads Up: New Malibu Hotels for Surf-Lovers

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With a reputation as a happy mix of surfers, resident hippies, incognito celebrities and carefree intelligentsia, all living in a relatively small community on a stretch of pristine Pacific with perfect surf breaks, Malibu has long held a cachet as a particularly alluring beachside enclave. ...read more

Yankees 7, Athletics 2: Yankees Blast Away Nerves, and the A’s, for a Wild-Card Win

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The Yankees have had two months, ever since they were swept at Fenway Park in early August, to come to terms with a reality that could have left their palms quite sweaty: that their World Series ambitions would begin with nine innings of unpredictable, win-or-go-home baseball. Knowing wha...read more

Brazilian Big-Wave Surfer Sets a Record

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RIO DE JANEIRO — The first time the Brazilian surfer faced the monstrous waves that crash at Nazaré, in Portugal, she almost died. A giant wave knocked Maya Gabeira off her surfboard and broke her ankle. A friend who came to her rescue found her floating in the water, face down. Five y...read more

Orioles, After 115 Losses, Part Ways With Showalter and Duquette

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BALTIMORE — The Baltimore Orioles will continue their rebuilding project without Manager Buck Showalter and the executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette, who were fired Wednesday after the team finished with the worst record in the major leagues. With Duquette procurin...read more

Addison Russell Is Suspended 40 Games Over Domestic Violence Accusations

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CHICAGO — Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell was suspended for 40 games on Wednesday for violating Major League Baseball’s joint domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse policy. His ex-wife made a series of allegations against him in a blog post last month that prompted M.L.B. t...read more

Yankees Beat Athletics to Set Up Showdown With Red Sox in A.L.D.S.

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As the rookie manager Aaron Boone knows, the intensity and scrutiny will be magnified now. Boone authored one of the more famous moments in Red Sox-Yankees lore with his game-winning home run off Tim Wakefield in Game 7 of the 2003 A.L.C.S. But the 2004 series, after Boone had left the te...read more

On Baseball: For the Cubs, the Playoffs Aren’t Good Enough Anymore

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Other moves worked, like the signing of reliever Steve Cishek last winter and the summer trades for Cole Hamels, Daniel Murphy, Jesse Chavez and Jorge De La Rosa. But besides a brief uptick after Murphy’s arrival in August, the Cubs simply could not generate consistent offense from a lineup ...read more

Melania Trump, in Africa (and Far From Washington), Seems at Ease

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CAPE COAST, Ghana — With the unrelenting Ghanaian sun serving as her spotlight, Melania Trump has stepped out of her husband’s shadow, apparently showing the world what some 5,200 miles of breathing room away from her home city can do. On Wednesday morning, on the second day of a four-nat...read more

Trilobites: Why Elephants Don’t Shed Their Skin

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The African elephant is known for its thick, wrinkly skin. But look closer and you’ll see an intricate network of tiny crevices that makes the mighty mammal’s hide resemble cracked mud or damaged asphalt. The purpose of those cracks is no mystery. An elephant doesn’t have sweat or sebum g...read more

Man Killed by Amtrak in Guadalupe

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A man sitting on the railroad tracks in Guadalupe was struck and killed by a northbound Amtrak on Monday afternoon. Luis Cervantes, a 59-year-old transient, had stood up when the train engineer sounded his horn and tried to brake the train, but he did not get out of the way in time, the Sherif...read more
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