Syrian rebels launch Aleppo counter-attack to break siege
By Ellen Francis and Angus McDowall BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian rebels including jihadists counter-attacked the army and its allies on Friday aiming to break a weeks-long siege on eastern Aleppo, insurgents said. The assault, employing heavy shelling and suicide car bombs, was mainly focused on the city's western edge by rebels based in the countryside outside Aleppo. It included Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, a former affiliate of al Qaeda previously known as the Nusra Front, and groups fighting under the Free Syrian Army (FSA) banner.
Does baby powder cause cancer? Another jury says yes.
For the third time, Johnson & Johnson has been hit with a multimillion-dollar jury verdict over whether the talc in its iconic baby powder causes ovarian cancer when applied regularly for feminine hygiene. ...
Thousands of Iraqis being used as human shields near Mosul
QAYARA, Iraq (AP) ? For three months, as Islamic State militants ranged across farms and villages south of Mosul, they took Sayid Naheer, his wife and eight children with them. The family was among tens of thousands of people that the U.N. says have been rounded up to be used as human shields.
Madoff trustee reaches $277 million accord with money manager's family
Picard also said a $15 million restitution fund supervised by the office of California Attorney General Kamala Harris will pay claims by investors in partnerships related to Chais and the state. The accord requires approval by U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Stuart Bernstein in Manhattan, who is overseeing the liquidation of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC. U.S. regulators accused Chais of pocketing $270 million of improper fees, and said he and his family withdrew $546 million more than they invested with Madoff.
76ers apologize for canceling 'We Matter' anthem singer
The Latest: US airstrikes target 50 IS vehicles near Mosul
May's Nissan deal opens floodgates as rivals seek Brexit reassurance
By Kate Holton and Costas Pitas LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister Theresa May's deal to keep Nissan investing in Britain opened the floodgates on Friday to demands from rival car companies chasing their own assurances from the government that they won't be hurt by Brexit. Britain's biggest car maker Jaguar Land Rover and its biggest engine maker Ford welcomed the news that the Japanese group would build two new models in the northeastern English city of Sunderland. While the exact nature of the deal remains unknown, its announcement raised the prospect that Britain might be adopting an interventionist approach to placate exporters as it prepares to leave the world's biggest trading bloc - a stark change for a country known for its hands-off approach to business.
Payback plot for bridge traffic was 'cruel,' prosecutor says
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) ? Prosecutors in the George Washington Bridge lane-closing case used their closing arguments Friday to again display for jurors the infamous email at the heart of the case as they sought to prove that two former allies of Republican Gov. Chris Christie purposely created gridlock in a political payback scheme.
Democrats are spending as Senate race tightens in WisconsinWASHINGTON (AP) ? A major Democratic campaign committee is announcing last-minute spending in Wisconsin's U.S. Senate race as the contest tightens.
Philippine leader Duterte says God told him to stop cursing
MANILA, Philippines (AP) ? The foul-mouthed Philippine president, who once called the pope a "son of a bitch" and told Barack Obama to "go to hell," says he has promised to God he won't spew expletives again.