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December 19, 2018 1:14 PM Uber and other taxi firms to pay London congestion charge

LONDON (Reuters) - Uber, Addison Lee and other private hire taxi operators in London will no longer be exempt from paying a weekday charge for entering the city center, as Mayor Sadiq Khan continues his bid to improve air quality. Most drivers entering London’s central zone, spanning King’s Cross in the north, the City in the east, the Imperial War Museum 148

December 18, 2018 10:49 AM Don't blame migrants for everything, Pope tells politicians

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis on Tuesday condemned nationalist leaders who blame migrants for their countries’ problems and themselves fostered mistrust in society by pursuing dishonest gain and xenophobic and racist policies. The 82-year-old pope, who has made defense of migrants a plank of his papacy, made the comments in his message for the Catholic 85

December 17, 2018 3:50 PM UK's May says rescheduling Brexit vote in parliament for mid-Jan

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Monday that she intended to re-schedule a delayed vote in parliament on her Brexit plan in the week starting on Jan. 14. “Many members of this house are concerned that we need to take a decision soon,” May told lawmakers in the House of Commons. “We intend to return to the ‘Meaningful Vote’ 71

December 17, 2018 3:12 PM Want $100,000? Just give up your smartphone for a year

Vitaminwater has issued a challenge: Don't use your smartphone for a full year, and you can win $100,000. On its website, the company has announced the "Scroll Free For A Year Contest." To enter, you need to post a photo on Twitter or Instagram explaining how you would use your year-long break from your phone. The submissions will be judged based on "creativity 145

December 16, 2018 6:23 PM New Ukrainian Orthodox leader gives 1st liturgy, urges unity

Ukrainian new head of Ukrainian Orthodox church Metropolitan Epiphanius speaks during a closed-door synod of three Ukrainian Orthodox churches to approve the charter for a unified church and to elect leadership in the St. Sophia Cathedral in Kiev, Ukraine, Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018. Ukrainian Orthodox leaders on Saturday approved the creation of a unified 67

December 16, 2018 5:06 PM Truck driver saves dogs thrown from vehicle on New York highway

Two beagles were thrown out of an SUV on Interstate 81 in Cortland County on Wednesday. (New York State Police) Two beagles are now recovering after they were thrown out of a vehicle on an upstate New York highway and rescued by a truck driver on Wednesday. New York State Police said in a news release the incident happened on Interstate 81 in Whitney 116

December 16, 2018 4:42 PM Contract status, Lamar Jackson's rise could lead to end of Joe Flacco's time in Baltimore

Now that quarterback Joe Flacco officially has been demoted in favor of rookie Lamar Jackson, it's possible the Baltimore Ravens could move on from the former Super Bowl MVP entirely. Flacco is due $18.5 million in salary next season, $20.25 million in 2020 and another $24.25 million in 2021. Despite the hefty price tags, the Ravens have already absorbed 84

December 16, 2018 4:56 AM It wasn't pretty, but for at least one more night, the Browns are still in the playoff hunt

DENVER -- The Cleveland Browns don't care how it happened, they just care that it did. When Jabrill Peppers sacked Denver Broncos QB Case Keenum on fourth down with 43 seconds left and the Broncos at midfield and down one, the visiting sideline erupted. The Browns somehow had slogged through for a 17-16 win, their fourth in five games. “Right now for these 92

December 16, 2018 4:18 AM Real Madrid's Courtois: Atletico boss Simeone criticises us 'to be popular with his fans'

Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has accused Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone of criticising Real "to be popular with his fans." Earlier this month, Simeone claimed former Chelsea keeper Courtois had won FIFA's The Best Goalkeeper award only because he plays for Real. The Atleti coach also said star forward Antoine Griezmann should have won the Ballon 90

December 15, 2018 10:05 PM World Leaders Agree to Paris Climate Accord Rules After 2 Weeks of U.N. Talks

(KATOWICE, Poland) — Officials from around the world have agreed upon a set of rules to govern the 2015 Paris climate accord after two weeks of U.N. climate talks in Poland. Michal Kurtyka, a Polish official chairing the talks in Katowice, gaveled the deal Saturday after diplomats and ministers from almost 200 countries approved. The U.N. talks were meant 63