Author: HillyBilly

Uber driver suspected of fatally shooting six to be arraigned in Michigan

REUTERS – A Michigan man who worked as an Uber driver is due to be arraigned on Monday in the fatal weekend shootings of six people in Kalamazoo as police search for a motive in a case that raised questions about how the car service vets its drivers. Prosecutors alleged that Jason Dalton, 45, opened fire during a five-hour period on Saturday in parking lots outside an apartment building, a car dealership and a Cracker Barrel restaurant in Kalamazoo, about 150 miles (240 km) west of Detroit. Police are investigating reports Dalton also may have driven customers of the...

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Bolivia votes on whether Evo Morales can run for fourth term

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — An influence-peddling scandal involving a former lover and a deadly incident of political violence dogged President Evo Morales as Bolivians voted Sunday on whether he should be allowed to run for another term. The voters were deciding whether to amend the constitution so that Morales, in office for a decade, can run for re-election in 2019. The current limit is two terms and the change would allow presidents to run for re-election twice. Pre-election polls indicated voters were about evenly split — with some 15 percent undecided — on whether to give Bolivia’s first...

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Xi tours Chinese top state media, demands total loyalty

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping made a rare, high-profile tour of the country’s top three state-run media outlets Friday, telling editors and reporters they must pledge absolute loyalty to the party and closely follow its leadership in “thought, politics and action.” The remarks by Xi, also head of the ruling Communist Party, are the latest sign of the party’s increasingly tighter control over all media and Xi’s unceasing efforts to consolidate his powers. Xi overshadowed the party’s propaganda chief, Liu Yunshan, who accompanied him on his visits to the newsrooms of the party newspaper People’s Daily, the...

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Country music returns to Grammys after years away

NEW YORK (AP) — Country music has not had an album or song nominated in the top three categories at the Grammys since 2011 when Lady Antebellum won big, but the genre is back strong, thanks to Chris Stapleton’s overall success and Little Big Town’s megahit, “Girl Crush.” Stapleton, a hit songwriter and former leader of The SteelDrivers, is nominated for album of the year for his debut, “Traveller,” while “Girl Crush” earned songwriters Liz Rose, Hillary Lindsey and Lori McKenna nominations for song of the year. The last time a country album was nominated for album of the...

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Oil prices fall 2 percent, supply overhang back in focus

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Crude oil prices fell 2 percent on Monday as supply overhang concerns grew after a Saudi-Venezuela meeting on Sunday showed few signs of coordination to boost prices. Brent futures fell 68 cents to $33.38 a barrel, a 2 percent loss, by 10:36 a.m. EST (1536 GMT), paring a fall of as much as 3.3 percent earlier in the session. U.S. crude fell 78 cents, or 2.5 percent to $30.11 per barrel, also trimming losses of as much as 4.3 percent earlier in the day. “With the possibility of a production cutting deal quickly fading into...

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