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December 25, 2018 1:07 AM Black wrestler's lawyer says referee's lateness led to haircut

(Reuters) - A lawyer for a high school wrestler who was pressured into cutting his dreadlocks by a referee last week said on Monday that the referee was late to the match and should have raised the issue of hair length hours earlier. The New Jersey Division of Civil Rights has launched a probe into the conduct of referee Alan Maloney, who is white, after 73

December 24, 2018 5:35 AM NFL roundup: Saints hold off Steelers, clinch home field

Taking advantage of a special teams stop on a fake punt, Drew Brees threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to Michael Thomas with 1:25 left to lift the host New Orleans Saints to a 31-28 comeback victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday and clinch home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs. Pittsburgh (8-6-1) led 28-24 with little more than four minutes 128

December 22, 2018 3:06 AM Trump hopes partial shutdown of government will not last long

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday that a partial shutdown of the government would hopefully not last long, after Republican senators failed to muster the votes needed to approve a funding measure that included $5 billion for a border wall fiercely opposed by Democrats. “We’re going to have a shutdown. There’s nothing we can do about 111

December 21, 2018 11:26 PM Report: Raiders in talks to play at AT&T Park in 2019

With Sunday’s game against the Denver Broncos likely the Oakland Raiders’ final game played at Oakland Coliseum, the Raiders’ home for next season is still up in the air before the franchise moves to Las Vegas in 2020. Currently entangled in a lawsuit filed by the city of Oakland, which would seem to remove the option of one more season at the Coliseum 93

December 21, 2018 6:34 PM Here’s what $5 billion in border wall funding would buy

As Congress battles over President Trump’s demand for $5 billion in border-wall funding, Homeland Security officials explained Friday what that money could actually buy. According to DHS officials, the funding would cover the construction of 215 miles of “wall system” on the southern border. But DHS officials say it could cover the replacement of “dilapidated 113

December 21, 2018 5:21 PM Alexion wins early U.S. approval for rare blood disorder drug

(Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved on Friday Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc’s rare blood disorder drug Ultomiris, an early backing that also solidifies the company’s dominant market position. The company’s flagship drug, Soliris, was the lone FDA-approved treatment for the blood disorder, paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH) 101

December 21, 2018 9:05 AM Nonprofit Troops Direct helps keep US military personnel well-equipped: report

FILE: Air Force operations on Guam. A Bay Area organization sends equipment to troops overseas. (U.S. Air Force) When U.S. troops overseas fall short on supplies, a nonprofit in the San Francisco Bay Area is among the organizations looking to help. Troops Direct, based in San Ramon, has been sending much-needed equipment to military personnel for about 109

December 20, 2018 7:26 PM U.S. FDA approves new protocol for study on Bayer's birth control device

(Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday approved a new protocol for a post-marketing study of Bayer AG’s Essure birth-control device, as the regulator seeks more information on the device’s safety. The study would now monitor here women implanted with the devices for five years, up from three years, and would need additional blood 82

December 20, 2018 12:55 AM Los Angeles teachers union sets January strike date

In this Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018, photo, thousands of teachers rally outside The Broad, a contemporary art museum downtown Los Angeles. Teachers in the nation's second-largest school district will go on strike next month if there's no settlement of its long-running contract dispute, union leaders said Wednesday, Dec. 19. The announcement by United Teachers 102

December 19, 2018 11:19 PM Ireland may ask for derogations from some EU rules in no-deal Brexit

DUBLIN (Reuters) - Ireland does not rule out asking the European Union to relax or waive some rules of the single market in the event of a no-deal Brexit in order to avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland, Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said on Wednesday. Asked if Ireland would need any derogations to avoid a hard border, Coveney said: “That will be an ongoing 61