Bill Cosby appeals 2018 conviction for Pennsylvania sex attack

FILE PHOTO: Actor and comedian Bill Cosby leaves the Montgomery County Courthouse in handcuffs after sentencing in his sexual assault trial in Norristown, Pennsylvania, U.S., September 25, 2018. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/File Photo(Reuters) – Bill Cosby’s lawyers on Tuesday appealed his Pennsylvania conviction for drugging and sexually attacking former Temple University administrator Andrea Constand at his home near Philadelphia in 2004. Attorneys for the 81-year-old once-beloved American actor, star of “The Cosby Show,” submitted a written appeal of the 2018 guilty verdict to the Pennsylvania Superior Court. Reporting and writing by Barbara…

Rapper Cardi B pleads not guilty to charges in New York strip club fight

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Grammy Award-winning rapper Cardi B pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to felony assault charges relating to an alleged fight at a New York City strip club last year. FILE PHOTO: 2019 BET Awards – Show – Los Angeles, California, U.S., June 23, 2019 – Cardi B accepts the Album of the Year award. REUTERS/Mike BlakeThe 26-year-old performer from the Bronx borough of New York City entered the plea in an appearance at New York Supreme Court in the borough of Queens. “Not guilty sir, honor,” Cardi…

Micron pops on earnings and revenue beat

Sanjay Mehrotra, CEO, Micron TechnologyScott Mlyn | CNBCShares of memory and storage company Micron rose more than 4% after-hours Tuesday after the company beat analysts’ expectations for its fiscal third quarter of its 2019 earnings.Here are the key numbers:Earnings: $1.05 per share, excluding certain items, vs. 79 cents per share as expected by analysts, according to Refinitiv.Revenue: $4.79 billion, vs. $4.69 billion as expected by analysts, according to Refinitiv.Micron’s strong performance for the quarter shows it was able to grow despite bubbling trade tensions between the U.S. and China. Huawei,…

Rapper Cardi B enters not guilty plea to strip club fight charges

FILE PHOTO: 2019 BET Awards – Show – Los Angeles, California, U.S., June 23, 2019 – Cardi B accepts the Album of the Year award. REUTERS/Mike BlakeNEW YORK (Reuters) – Grammy Award-winning rapper Cardi B entered a not guilty plea on Tuesday to felony assault charges relating to an alleged fight at a New York City strip club. The 26-year-old performer from the Bronx, whose real name is Belcalis Almanzar, made the plea in her appearance at New York Supreme Court in the borough of Queens. “Not guilty sir, honor,”…

Rapper Cardi B appears in New York court over strip club fight charges

FILE PHOTO: 2019 BET Awards – Show – Los Angeles, California, U.S., June 23, 2019 – Cardi B accepts the Album of the Year award. REUTERS/Mike BlakeNEW YORK (Reuters) – Grammy Award-winning rapper Cardi B appeared in court on Tuesday to face felony assault charges over her alleged involvement in a fight at a New York City strip club. The 26-year-old performer from the Bronx, whose real name is Belcalis Almanzar, wore a blue and pink pant suit and carried a pink handbag as she was escorted into the New…

Trump threatens ‘obliteration,’ Iran calls White House ‘mentally retarded’

WASHINGTON/DUBAI (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump threatened on Tuesday to obliterate parts of Iran if it attacked “anything American,” in a new war of words with Iran which condemned the latest U.S. sanctions on Tehran and called White House actions “mentally retarded.” Trump on Monday signed an executive order imposing largely symbolic economic sanctions against Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and other senior figures, with punitive measures against Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif expected later this week. Iran shot down a U.S. drone last week and Trump said…

New Pentagon chief hopes to win NATO allies’ support on Iran

U.S. acting Secretary of Defense Mark Esper arrives for the first day in his new post at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, U.S. June 24, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan ErnstBRUSSELS (Reuters) – Acting U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Tuesday he hoped to recruit support from NATO allies this week for U.S. efforts to deter conflict with Iran and “open the door to diplomacy,” as he made his first trip as Pentagon chief. “Express with us the concern, outrage … with regard to Iran’s activities in the region. That would be…

Popular YouTuber found dead in New York less than a week after reported missing

Desmond Amofah aka EtikaSource: NYPDEtika, a YouTuber known for his popular videos about video games, was found dead in New York Monday less than a week after he was reported missing, authorities said. « We regret to inform that Desmond Amofah aka Etika has been found deceased, » the New York Police Department tweeted Tuesday.Last Thursday, the NYPD requested information on the 29-year-old YouTuber, whose real name is Desmond Amofah. The department said he had last been heard from June 19 at about 8 p.m. by phone and « many…

Disney adds scene to ‘Avengers: Endgame’ as film nears box-office record

Two men place a painted billboard of the « Avengers: Endgame » movie by Greek artist Virginia Axioti at the facade of the Athinaion cinema in Athens, Greece, April 23, 2019. Picture taken April 23, 2019. REUTERS/Constantina PeppaLOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Walt Disney Co said it will release a revised version of megahit “Avengers: Endgame” on Friday that includes a previously deleted scene, a move that could propel the Marvel superhero movie to the all-time box office record. “Endgame” has hauled in an estimated $2.75 billion at global box offices…

Here are some of the best hidden but useful features coming to your iPhone this fall

Apple CEO Tim Cook delivers the keynote address during the 2019 Apple Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) at the San Jose Convention Center on June 03, 2019 in San Jose, California.Justin Sullivan | Getty ImagesOn Monday, Apple released the public beta of iOS 13, which lets you try some of the new features coming to the iPhone this fall. I already covered some of the bigger changes, like dark mode, but there are a whole bunch of new features coming, and some of them are kind of hidden.I’ve been using the…

Big California insurer is ditching ‘zombie’ workplace wellness programs and focusing on health apps

Employee wellness programs guidelines won’t violate health privacy and discrimination regulations.Braun S | Getty ImagesCompanies have embraced health surveys, biometric screenings and other wellness offerings, as a way to keep employees healthy and lower their overall medical costs.But studies are finding that most traditional workplace wellness programs do not work, and large employers aren’t reporting a reduction in their health-related spending, which is now at a record high.One of California’s largest health insurers has had enough.Blue Shield of California’s Bryce Williams, who’s responsible for the plan’s lifestyle initiatives, feels that…

MIT president warns ‘toxic atmosphere’ for people of Chinese descent will hurt US competitiveness

The U.S. government’s rhetoric and policies on immigration could « have serious long-term costs, » Massachusetts Institute of Technology President L. Rafael Reif said in an email to the school community Tuesday.The relationship between the U.S. and China has been strained in recent months over escalating tariffs. The U.S. has also raised national security concerns about Chinese technology firms like Huawei, against which the Justice Department has filed criminal charges in two cases.In the email, Reif discussed how tensions between China and the U.S. have bled onto MIT’s campus. He…

Rapper Cardi B due in New York court to face charges over strip club brawl

FILE PHOTO: 2019 BET Awards – Show – Los Angeles, California, U.S., June 23, 2019 – Cardi B accepts the Album of the Year award. REUTERS/Mike BlakeNEW YORK (Reuters) – Grammy Award-winning rapper Cardi B was due to appear in court on Tuesday to face felony assault charges over a fight at a New York City strip club. The 26-year-old performer, whose real name is Belcalis Almanzar, was scheduled to appear at the New York Supreme Court in the borough of Queens at 3 p.m. EDT (1900 GMT), according to…

Jeremy Hunt: Next PM ‘must be trustworthy to avoid no Brexit’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Jeremy Hunt has said the next prime minister should be someone who is trustworthy, otherwise the UK risks a general election and no Brexit. In an interview with the BBC, the foreign secretary said the ability to negotiate a new Brexit deal « is about the personality of the prime minister ». « I do believe I can be trusted to deliver this deal, » he said. Mr Hunt said he would leave the EU without a deal, but not if there was…

Call9, a start-up selling digital medical services to nursing homes, is shutting down operations

Timothy Peck, founder and CEO of healthcare service Call9.Call9, a start-up that provided medical equipment and a platform to video chat with a doctor for nursing home residents, is shutting down operations, CEO Dr. Timothy Peck confirmed to CNBC.The company had raised $34 million in venture capital, but struggled to secure additional capital to scale its business and manage the high cost of running a health care business. The company said it laid off about 100 employees in the process of winding down the business.Peck said he’ll continue to operate part…

New Istanbul mayor’s star power could be a challenge for Erdogan

ANKARA/ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Istanbul’s new mayor now shoulders the expectations of Turkey’s long-subdued opposition after he emerged from obscurity to deal President Tayyip Erdogan the biggest election blow of his career. Ekrem Imamoglu, mayoral candidate of the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), greets supporters at a rally of in Beylikduzu district, in Istanbul, Turkey, June 23, 2019. REUTERS/Kemal AslanEkrem Imamoglu of the Republican People’s Party (CHP) won a decisive victory on Sunday, his second in three months after authorities annulled an earlier vote. His first task is to take…

European watchdogs demand detail on Facebook’s cryptocurrency

LONDON/ZUG, Switzerland (Reuters) – Facebook’s fledgling cryptocurrency faced mounting scrutiny on Tuesday as European central bankers and regulators demanded more detail on the social media giant’s Libra project. Britain’s top financial regulator said there was not yet enough information to understand Libra, adding that it could be very significant for public policy and that would not easily get the go-ahead without further disclosure. Facebook last week announced plans to launch Libra within the first half of 2020, part of an effort to expand beyond social media to e-commerce and digital…

Boris Johnson in ‘deal or no deal’ Brexit challenge to rival Hunt

Boris Johnson has called on his Conservative leadership rival Jeremy Hunt to commit to leaving the EU on 31 October « deal or no deal ». Mr Johnson said the two men should agree that the revised Brexit deadline must be met « no matter what » in order to keep promises to the British people. Mr Hunt has suggested he could seek extra time if he was close to getting a better deal but was not quite there. The two are vying to succeed Theresa May, with the result…

Facebook to give data on hate speech suspects to French courts, minister says

Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg (L) meets with French President Emmanuel Macron (R) at the Elysee presidential palace following the « Tech for Good » summit in Paris on May 23, 2018.Christophe Petit Tesson  AFP | Getty ImagesFacebook has agreed to hand over the identification data of French users suspected of hate speech on its platform to judges, France’s minister for digital affairs Cedric O said on Tuesday, adding the deal was a world first.The move by the world’s biggest social media network comes after successive meetings between Facebook’s founder Mark…

How Jumia beat Amazon in Africa

Jumia, Africa’s largest online retailer, was founded in 2012 by Sacha Poignonnec and Jeremy Hodara, who were both former employees of the American worldwide management consulting firm, McKinsey & Company.Jumia offers customers the ability to buy products online, like phones and shoes, as well as groceries, flights, food delivery, and offers bill paying and cellular data plans. The company sought to build an online shopping experience, among other digital products, that could work well with Africa’s sometimes ineffective infrastructure.According to Chinese state-run news organization China Daily, Alibaba serviced 4.2 million…

Boris Johnson: Tory leadership favourite in campaign media blitz

Boris Johnson has responded to criticism of his Tory leadership campaign by undertaking a succession of media and public appearances. The favourite to succeed Theresa May as prime minister told Talk Radio Brexit would happen on 31 October « do or die ». In an apparent change of strategy following attacks from his rival Jeremy Hunt, Mr Johnson met members of the public in a walkabout in Surrey. He has also raised eyebrows by making a series of uncosted spending pledges. Areas ranging from social care and schools to infrastructure…

Hillsborough match commander David Duckenfield retrial

Hillsborough match commander David Duckenfield is to face a retrial over the deaths of 95 football fans. In April, a jury failed to reach a verdict on the former chief superintendent, who had denied gross negligence manslaughter. Lawyers acting for Mr Duckenfield, 74, of Ferndown, Dorset, opposed an application for a retrial over the 1989 stadium disaster. The trial is due to start on 7 October at Preston Crown Court. John Traynor – the brother of Christopher and Kevin Traynor who both died in the tragedy – said he was…

Trump says sexual assault accuser E Jean Carroll ‘not my type’

US President Donald Trump has again denied allegations he sexually assaulted a columnist in the 1990s, saying « she’s not my type ». Mr Trump said E. Jean Carroll was « totally lying » about the alleged attack in a New York department store. « I’ll say it with great respect: Number one, she’s not my type. Number two, it never happened. It never happened, OK? » Mr Trump told The Hill. Ms Carroll, 75, made the allegations in the New York magazine last Friday. In follow-up interviews with CNN…

Lee Pomeroy death: Accused ‘stabbed man over train aisle row’

A man was stabbed 18 times on a train in front of his 14-year-old son after a « heated argument » over blocking the aisle, the Old Bailey has heard. Darren Pencille denies murdering Lee Pomeroy, 51, on a Guildford to London service on 4 January. The defendant’s girlfriend, Chelsea Mitchell, is also on trial and denies assisting an offender. Opening the case, prosecutor Jacob Hallam QC said Mr Pomeroy was killed the day before his birthday. He said the victim and his son boarded the train at London Road…

‘Two arrests’ over leaked A-level paper

Police investigating the leak of an A-level maths paper on 13 June have arrested two people, the exam board, Edexcel, has said. Two questions from the paper were posted on Twitter the day before the exam. In the now deleted post, the account holder urged students to get in touch, offering the full paper for £70. Pearson Edexcel said: « We understand students are rightfully concerned and want a fair playing field. » The parent company’s senior vice-president in charge of schools, Sharon Hague, added: « Our key priority is…

U.S. not where it needs to be on LGBT employment: Fed’s Williams

FILE PHOTO: A rainbow pride flag is seen with the U.S. national flag at a building ahead of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riot, in New York, U.S., June 22, 2019. REUTERS/Jeenah Moon/File PhotoNEW YORK (Reuters) – The United States is “not where we need to be” on increasing employment levels of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people, a top economic policymaker said on Tuesday. Federal Reserve Bank of New York President John Williams said at an LGBT finance industry event that unemployment rates are nearly double the…

Exclusive: Johnson courts financiers in race to become British PM – sources

LONDON (Reuters) – Boris Johnson, the frontrunner in the race to become Britain’s next prime minister, has met hedge fund and private equity executives to raise donations for his leadership campaign, according to sources familiar with the matter. Boris Johnson, a leadership candidate for Britain’s Conservative Party, looks on during his visit at Wisley Garden Centre in Surrey, Britain, June 25, 2019. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls    Johnson, who on Tuesday reaffirmed his determination to take Britain out of the European Union on Oct 31, is seeking to build up a war chest for…

There’s another reason behind bitcoin’s 200% rise this year — it’s got nothing to do with Facebook

In this photo illustration, a visual representation of the digital Cryptocurrency, Bitcoin is displayed on April 03, 2019 in Paris, France.Chesnot | Getty ImagesBitcoin has been on a tear this year, rising almost 200% since the start of the year. There are multiple theories as to why, and one in particular is gaining traction.It’s being called « the halvening », an event where the rewards to so-called bitcoin miners are cut in half. To understand what that means, it’s important to know how bitcoin’s underlying technology — the blockchain —…

Instagram’s boss says the app doesn’t snoop on your conversations for ads

Adam Mosseri, FacebookBeck Diefenbach | ReutersInstagram is not eavesdropping on its customers’ conversations offline to target them with ads, according to its chief Adam Mosseri. In a new interview with CBS’s Gayle King, Mosseri addressed the common suspicion that Instagram and its owner, Facebook, tap into user’s phones to gather ad-targeting intelligence.King asked Mosseri about what happens on the back-end when an ad for something she just discussed in private uncannily shows up in her Instagram feed. « There are two ways that can happen, » Mosseri said. « One…

ITV won’t commission another show with ‘Jeremy Kyle’ format: CEO

FILE PHOTO: A company sign is displayed outside an ITV studio in London, Britain July 27, 2016. REUTERS/Neil HallLONDON (Reuters) – British broadcaster ITV will not commission another show with the same format as tabloid talkshow “The Jeremy Kyle Show” which was canceled last month, its boss told lawmakers on Tuesday. “We won’t commission a show with that (format),” ITV Chief Executive Carolyn McCall said in evidence to the British parliament’s Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee which is investigating the support offered to participants in reality TV shows, both…