U.S. charges 61 over India-based IRS impersonation scam
The U.S. Justice Department charged 61 people on Thursday with taking part in a scam involving India-based call centers where people impersonated Internal Revenue Service, immigration and other federal officials and demanded payments for non-existent debts. The defendants, who were indicted by a grand jury in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas on Oct. 19, included 32 people at five Indian call centers and 24 people in nine U.S. states, the statement said.
Broadband privacy rules approved despite industry pushbackNEW YORK (AP) ? Federal regulators have approved new broadband privacy rules that make internet service providers like Comcast and Verizon ask customers' permission before using or sharing much of their data.
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Gilt yields hit post-Brexit highs after UK GDP data, sterling dropsBy Anirban Nag LONDON (Reuters) - British gilt yields surged to a post-Brexit peak on Thursday, after data showed the economy had grown faster than expected in the third quarter, reducing the chances of an interest rate cut in the near term. The benchmark 10-year gilt yield rose 10 basis points to 1.27 percent , the highest since the Brexit vote in June, dragging other European government bond yields higher.
Powerful quakes wreak new havoc in Italian mountain towns
VISSO, Italy (AP) ? Authorities scrambled to find housing Thursday for thousands of people displaced by a pair of strong earthquakes that struck the same region of central Italy hit by a deadly quake in August, hoping to prevent a second night for them on the street or in cars.
Twitter beats estimates, cuts jobs with eye on 2017 profitability
The company is "more disciplined about how we invest in the business" and intends to be profitable in 2017, said Chief Financial Officer Anthony Noto. Among its priorities, Twitter is dedicated to growing its burgeoning live video offerings through partnerships with organizations such as the National Football League, Noto said. Twitter, which has seen user growth stall amid competition from nimbler rivals such as Instagram and Snapchat, said its user base ticked up 3 percent to 317 million average monthly active users in the quarter.
Kerber, Cibulkova reach WTA semi-finals in Singapore
Germany?s Angelique Kerber continued her unbeaten run at the WTA Finals on Thursday, steamrolling rising American Madison Keys 6-3 6-3 to charge into the semi-finals of the season-ending championship . Kerber was joined in the semis by Slovakia's Dominika Cibulkova, who claimed her first victory of the tournament by defeating Simona Halep of Romania 6-3 7-6 (7-5), to finish as the group runner-up. Beaten in her first two matches, the 27-year-old Cibulkova needed to see off Halep in straight sets then rely on Kerber defeating Keys in straight sets to advance, but she made it through when everything she hoped for went according to plan.
Oil pipeline protesters brace for confrontation with police
Protesters trying to stop construction of the Dakota Access oil pipeline are bracing for a confrontation with police Thursday after the demonstrators refused to leave private land in the pipeline's path. ...
Putin rejects claims of Russian interference in US electionMOSCOW (AP) ? President Vladimir Putin says the claims of Russia's interference in the U.S. presidential election are designed to distract public attention from real issues.
UPS 3Q profit up 1 percent as US revenue increases