Hugh Laurie gets star on Hollywood Walk of Fame
Hugh Laurie, the British comedian and star of "The Night Manager," "House" and numerous movies, cemented his place among entertainment's elite Tuesday with a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame. While numerous Hollywood stars have spoken out against Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, Laurie used the opportunity for a joke at the expense of 2012 GOP candidate Mitt Romney. Laurie won consecutive Golden Globes in 2006 and 2007 for "House" and has seven Emmy nominations, although he has never won.
Ryan urges Pentagon to suspend collection of Guard bonuses
WASHINGTON (AP) ? House Speaker Paul Ryan on Tuesday called for the Pentagon to immediately suspend efforts to recover enlistment bonuses paid to thousands of soldiers in California, even as the Pentagon said late Tuesday the number of soldiers affected was smaller than first believed.
City of London calls for post-Brexit banking rules that aid competitiveness
By Huw Jones LONDON (Reuters) - London's financial district has called for a regulatory regime in the UK that does not harm competitiveness as bankers fear that being outside the European Union will reduce the capital's clout in global markets. The City of London's Lord Mayor, Jeffrey Mountevans, will tell regulators at a dinner on Wednesday evening that after Britain's vote in June to leave the EU, "realistic, collaborative" regulation was needed to keep the sector on an even keel. "Regulation that will continue to protect our competitiveness and provide liberal market influence across the EU, even after Brexit," Mountevans said in remarks released to the media in advance of the annual Mansion House dinner for bankers and regulators.
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Brazil's 'eternal captain' Carlos Alberto dies at 72
Carlos Alberto, the revered captain of Brazil's 1970 World Cup-winning side, considered one of the greatest of all time, died on Tuesday aged 72. The right-back starred alongside Pele, Tostao, Jairzinho and Rivelino in the legendary Brazil team that beat Italy 4-1 in the 1970 final. Rest In Peace," said Pele in an emotionally-charged Twitter post alongside a black and white picture of Carlos Alberto comforting him as he cries.
NATO seeks troops to deter Russia on eastern flank
By Robin Emmott BRUSSELS (Reuters) - NATO will press allies on Wednesday to contribute to its biggest military build-up on Russia's borders since the Cold War as the alliance prepares for a protracted quarrel with Moscow. With Russia's aircraft carrier heading to Syria in a show of force along Europe's shores, alliance defense ministers aim to make good on a July promise by NATO leaders to send forces to the Baltic states and eastern Poland from early next year. The United States hopes for binding commitments from Europe to fill four battle groups of some 4,000 troops, part of NATO's response to Russia's 2014 annexation of Crimea and concern it could try a similar tactic in Europe's ex-Soviet states.
Apple iPhone sales fall but beat estimates; shares slip
Apple Inc posted its third successive quarter of declining iPhone sales on Tuesday, sending shares slipping despite the promise of better-than-expected holiday sales. "In essence, in China and elsewhere, while Apple?s products are still seen favorably, the distance between Apple and its competitors is nowhere near as great as it once was," Neil Saunders, head of retail research firm Conlumino, wrote in a note. Apple shares fell 2.8 percent to $114.99 in after-hours trading.
American Paul Beatty's race satire wins Man Booker Prize
By Nigel Stephenson LONDON (Reuters) - Paul Beatty was on Tuesday named as the first American to win the prestigious Man Booker fiction prize, for "The Sellout", a biting satire on race relations in the United States. The narrator of "The Sellout", an African-American called "Bonbon" tries to put his Californian town back on the map, from which it has been officially removed, by re-introducing slavery and segregation in its high school. The 289-page novel begins with "Bonbon" facing a hearing in the Supreme Court, looking back over the events that led up to that point.
Chicago 'goes nuts' as Cubs make history
The bronze lions guarding the steps of Chicago's Art Institute are decked out in giant caps emblazoned with the blue and red logo of the city's baseball team. As the Cubs attempt to win a coveted World Series championship for the first time in more than a century, the Windy City is plastered in their colors -- and Chicagoans can barely believe what is happening. "We might be seeing something that we haven't seen in over a hundred years," said Peyton Hester, 28, who had come to replace his worn-out Cubs hat at a store across the street from the team's home stadium Wrigley Field.