Politicians condemn 'quiet scandal' of British bank closures
By Andrew MacAskill and Lawrence White LONDON (Reuters) - British politicians have urged banks to provide more services in poor areas after a Reuters article showed the largest are disproportionately closing branches in the lowest-income areas while expanding in wealthier ones. The analysis published last week found more than 90 percent of the branch closures were in areas where the median household income is below the British average of 27,600 pounds ($36,600). "The research is very worrying and I hope the Treasury are aware of it," James Heappey, a Conservative member of parliament (MP), told the House of Commons in a debate on Thursday.
Judge blocks Indiana genetic abnormality abortion lawINDIANAPOLIS (AP) ? A federal judge blocked a new Indiana law Thursday that bans abortions sought because of a fetus' genetic abnormalities.
Iconic Nashville soda shop hosts new USPS stamps launch
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) ? The future seemed grim five years ago for a Nashville soda shop that has been serving up ice cream since the Great Depression. Faced with a rent increase, the Elliston Place Soda Shop hung a sign on the door: It would be closing for good.
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BoE's Carney says will not quit if critics come to powerBank of England Governor Mark Carney said it would be wrong for him or any of his colleagues to quit if critics of the central bank's stance in the European Union referendum come to power following Prime Minister David Cameron's decision to resign. Before Britain voted to leave the EU last week, Carney said this would bring short-term market turmoil and negative medium-term economic consequences, drawing criticism from the subsequently victorious Vote Leave campaign, which questioned his motivation. Three Conservative anti-EU campaigners - Michael Gove, Liam Fox and Andrea Leadsom - are among the five candidates vying to succeed Cameron in a race that will conclude in September.
US human trafficking report blacklists Myanmar
The United States on Thursday blacklisted eight more countries for failing to combat human trafficking, including fledgling democracy Myanmar, but was criticized for taking an easier line on Thailand. Announcing the release of the State Department's annual human trafficking report, Secretary of State John Kerry insisted the rankings were based on objective criteria, and not political favor.
Palestinian kills teen in West Bank home, shot dead: army
A Palestinian attacker Thursday fatally stabbed a 13-year-old girl in her home in a Jewish settlement in the West Bank before being shot dead by security guards, the Israeli army said. The army said the young Palestinian killed the girl in her bed after breaking into her home in the Kiryat Arba settlement outside the flashpoint city of Hebron. Security personnel rushed to the house and fired on the attacker, who wounded a guard before being shot dead, the army said.
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Ex-London mayor halts bid to be UK prime minister, upends race
By Kylie MacLellan and Elizabeth Piper LONDON (Reuters) - Former London mayor Boris Johnson abruptly pulled out of the race to become Britain's prime minister that he was once favored to win, upending the contest less than a week after he led a campaign to take the country out of the EU. Johnson's announcement, to audible gasps from a roomful of journalists and supporters on Thursday, was the biggest political surprise since Prime Minister David Cameron quit after losing last week's referendum on British membership of the bloc. It makes interior minister Theresa May, a party stalwart who backed remaining in the European Union, the new favorite to succeed Cameron.