Tuesday, 16 Jul 2019

Florida man captures out-of-place gator in Chicago lagoon

Police say an expert from Florida has captured an elusive alligator in a Chicago public lagoon. Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi says the Humboldt Park gator was caught humanely early Tuesday and is in good health. The reptile, nicknamed “Chance the Snapper,” was first spotted last week and photos soon started showing up online. Investigators […]

‘Waddling vagrant’ penguins kicked out of sushi shop — twice

A sushi shop in New Zealand can’t seem to get rid of its most enthusiastic guests: a pair of fish-loving blue penguins with a rebellious streak. The little birds were found nesting under a refrigerator at the sushi shop in Wellington’s largest railway station early Monday. The shop owner called police to deal with the […]

Christine Lagarde, Iran, Trade: Your Tuesday Briefing

(Want to get this briefing by email? Here’s the sign-up.) Good morning. We’re covering the challenges awaiting Christine Lagarde at the European Central Bank, European efforts to save the Iran nuclear accord and the costs of the U.S. trade war with China. A test for Christine Lagarde Ms. Lagarde is poised to become president of […]

Frank Coughlan: 'Our rocking history turns to rubble'

I won’t be sorry to see that decrepit old cash ‘n’ carry warehouse come tumbling down. Shabby, forlorn and nothing more than a receptacle for fast food detritus, the site has been a blight on my neck of the woods for more years than I care to remember. Sitting directly opposite Bray’s railway station, itself […]

Osram receives non-binding AMS offer designed to trump rival bid

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Osram Licht (OSRn.DE) has been approached by Austria’s AMS (AMS.VI) to discuss a non-binding 38.50 euros ($43.32) per share takeover offer, it said on Monday, sparking a potential bidding war for the German lighting company. The AMS offer comes after Osram this month backed an approach from private equity firms Bain and […]

Astonishing X-ray shows $132M worth of cocaine smuggled inside excavator

Australian border officials have cracked a major drug-smuggling case involving a piece of construction equipment stuffed with 384 kilograms of cocaine. The cocaine was concealed inside the hydraulic arm of a second-hand excavator, according to Ray Johnson, chief police officer for the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Police. “This is the largest drug seizure ever conducted […]

Yandex's joint venture with Uber to buy smaller Russian taxi firm's assets

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian internet company Yandex’s (YNDX.O) joint venture with Uber (UBER.N) has agreed to buy Russian taxi firm Vezet’s core business, further cementing Yandex’s role as a major online taxi operator in Russia and neighboring countries. Taxi, ride sharing and car sharing services have been booming in Russia over the last couple of […]

Editorial: 'All sectors must combine to cut insurance costs'

Long-suffering business people, motorists and householders may decide both sides in this argument deserve one another, and each is to blame for spiralling insurance premiums. The insurance crisis in Ireland is closing businesses, threatening jobs, and forcing charities and sports groups to curtail their activities. This basic unfairness is hurting many law-abiding citizens. The past […]

Opinion | What to Do About Prescription Drug Costs?

To the Editor: Re “Sound, Fury and Prescription Drugs” (editorial, July 7): I heartily agree with your recommendations to constrain prescription drug costs. In addition to efforts at the federal level, state governments have been very active on this issue since 2017. State initiatives become models for federal action, and this area is no exception. […]

Opinion | All Presidents Are Deporters in Chief

Every person who assumes the title of president of the United States also takes on the role of deporter in chief. That’s because the office comes with the responsibility to enforce the nation’s laws — laws that require that the borders be secure and that some of the people who aren’t legally authorized to live […]