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Brexit talks must be quick, City of London at risk of losing 'EU passport': ECB's Villeroy
02:34 AM, 06.25.2016

Talks on Britain leaving the European Union must be carried out quickly to limit uncertainty, ECB Governing Council member Francois Villeroy de Galhau said on Saturday, adding London's financial center was at risk of losing its prized "EU passport". Banks based in London rely on a so-called EU passport to operate across the bloc's capital market unhindered. Some banks have said they would shift operations to the euro zone if Britain left the EU.

 
ECB's Villeroy - Brexit talks must be quick, City of London at risk of losing 'EU passport'
02:34 AM, 06.25.2016

French Central bank Governor Villeroy de Galhau attends the 2016 Institute of International Finance (IIF) Spring Membership meeting in MadridTalks on Britain leaving the European Union must be carried out quickly to limit uncertainty, ECB Governing Council member Francois Villeroy de Galhau said on Saturday, adding London's financial centre was at risk of losing its prized "EU passport". Banks based in London rely on a so-called EU passport to operate across the bloc's capital market unhindered. Some banks have said they would shift operations to the euro zone if Britain left the EU.


 
Brexit weakens Chancellor Osborne's leadership chances, says senior Conservative
02:32 AM, 06.25.2016

Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne attends the inauguration of the ceremonial market opening of the London Stock Exchange in LondonBritish finance minister George Osborne's chances of succeeding Prime Minister David Cameron have been "much weakened" by the country's decision to quit the European Union, senior Conservative Party member Alan Duncan said on Saturday. "Remain" campaigner Osborne, Cameron's political ally and Chancellor since 2010, had been seen as the frontrunner to become the party's next leader. Chief Brexit campaigner Boris Johnson is now favourite to become prime minister in a leadership contest which will be concluded by October.


 
France presses for quick EU divorce with Britain, Germany cautious
02:21 AM, 06.25.2016

By John Irish BERLIN (Reuters) - France's foreign minister called on Saturday for the European Union to move ahead quickly to seal the terms of a British exit from the bloc, arguing that the other 27 members needed to give the EU new purpose or else risk populism taking hold. "Negotiations have to go quickly in the common interest," Jean-Marc Ayrault said on his way to a meeting in Berlin of foreign ministers from the six founding members of the EU - Germany, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg. Britain voted on Thursday to leave the EU, forcing the resignation of Prime Minister David Cameron and dealing the biggest blow since World War Two to the European project of forging greater unity.

 
Pope at Armenia genocide memorial: Never forget or minimize
02:18 AM, 06.25.2016

Pope Francis, left, attends a ceremony at a memorial to Armenians killed by the Ottoman Turks in Yerevan, Armenia, Saturday, June 25, 2016. Francis used another opportunity to pay respects to the victims of the slaughter when he visits Armenia's genocide memorial. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)GYUMRI, Armenia (AP) — Pope Francis demanded Saturday that the world never forget or minimize the Ottoman-era slaughter of Armenians as he paid his respects at the country's imposing genocide memorial after declaring the slaughter a planned "genocide" to annihilate an entire people.


 
Wall Street eyes low rates, earnings after Brexit rout
02:12 AM, 06.25.2016

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New YorkU.S. companies do stand to lose from Britain's divorce from the EU, a process expected to take two years to negotiate. Fed Chair Janet Yellen is scheduled to speak at an event in Portugal on Wednesday and investors will want to know how she sees the so-called Brexit changing the outlook for the U.S. economy and interest rates.


 
Puerto Rico Governor suspends payments on infrastructure debt
02:03 AM, 06.25.2016

Puerto Rico's Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla talks to journalists in Havana, CubaPuerto Rican Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla late on Friday declared a suspension of any payments on some debt issued by the U.S. territory's infrastructure financing authority, citing the authority granted under a local emergency debt moratorium law. Garcia Padilla signed an executive order that applies to "certain Puerto Rico Financing Authority (PRIFA) notes," a statement from the government said. Garcia Padilla said in the statement that the PRIFA notes were now covered obligations "pursuant to the Puerto Rico Emergency Moratorium and Rehabilitation Act," which the Puerto Rican legislature passed in April.


 
Britain pressured for quick EU split as Brexit impact begins
01:58 AM, 06.25.2016

Ministers walk through the Park of the German Foreign Ministery guest house before a foreign minister meeting of the EU founding members in BerlinBy William James and Michael Holden LONDON (Reuters) - Britain was under pressure on Saturday to set out a quick timetable for a divorce from the European Union after the country's historic vote to leave the bloc sent shockwaves around the world. Ratings agency Moody's downgraded its outlook for Britain, saying its creditworthiness was now at greater risk as the country would face substantial challenges to successfully negotiating its exit from the bloc. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said he wanted to begin negotiating Britain's departure immediately.


 
European leaders discuss EU future after Brexit shock
01:51 AM, 06.25.2016

A small group of anti-Brexit demonstrators protest opposite Downing Street in central London following the UK's decision to leave the EUFounding EU members held a crisis meeting Saturday on the future of the bloc after Britain's seismic vote to leave the union and the resignation of Prime Minister David Cameron. Paris and Berlin will present their partners with "concrete solutions" to make the EU "more effective", Ayrault told AFP.


 
Michelle Obama to visit Africa to highlight girls' education
01:46 AM, 06.25.2016

U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama and television presenter Oprah Winfrey (not pictured) participate in the White House's "United State of Women" summit in WashingtonBy Isma'il Kushkush WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. first lady Michelle Obama will travel to Africa on Sunday with daughters Sasha and Malia and her mother as part of an effort to promote girls' education, her office said. The upcoming, six-day trip will include visits to Morocco and Liberia. The trip will highlight the work of Let Girls Learn, a U.S. government initiative launched by U.S. President Barack Obama and the first lady in 2015.


 
Six Central African Republic police hostages freed
01:30 AM, 06.25.2016

Six police officers in the Central African Republic were freed on Friday after they were taken hostage in the capital by members of the former Seleka rebel group, a mediator and a senior presidential aide said. The officers were handed over to U.N. peacekeepers upon their release, parliamentary deputy Amadou Aboubakar Kabirou, who was part of the mediation team, said. It underscores the scale of the task President Faustin-Archange Touadéra faces in restoring the state's authority after years of violence and lawlessness.

 
Newspaper: Man given clemency in murder case faces new probe
01:08 AM, 06.25.2016

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports that a Montana man who was granted clemency by the governor after he spent three decades behind bars for a murder he says he did not commit is now under investigation on allegations that he asked a female to perform sex acts.

 
Democrats approved platform draft with Sanders' imprint
01:07 AM, 06.25.2016

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., delivers his "Where We Go From Here" speech, Friday, June 24, 2016, in Albany, N.Y. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)ST. LOUIS (AP) — Democrats approved a draft of the party platform early Saturday that includes steps to break up large Wall Street banks, advocates for a $15 an hour wage and urges the abolition of the death penalty, reflecting the influence of Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign.


 
New Hampshire woman drops defamation suit against Bill Cosby
12:44 AM, 06.25.2016

FILE - In this May 24, 2016 file photo, Bill Cosby departs the Montgomery County Courthouse after a preliminary hearing, in Norristown, Pa. A 72-year-old New Hampshire woman who says Bill Cosby raped her in 1965 has withdrawn her civil defamation lawsuit against the comedian after a federal judge had allowed the case to move forward. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A 72-year-old New Hampshire woman who says Bill Cosby raped her in 1965 has withdrawn her civil defamation lawsuit against the comedian after a federal judge had allowed the case to move forward.


 
Trans-Atlantic Trend? Trump sees UK vote as validation
12:29 AM, 06.25.2016

Trans-Atlantic Trend? Trump sees UK vote as validationWASHINGTON (AP) — Britain's stunning vote to bolt from the European Union sent political tremors across the Atlantic, fueling Donald Trump's confidence that frustrated U.S. voters will back similarly sweeping change and rattling Democrats who are banking on Americans ultimately choosing a more conventional leader in Hillary Clinton.


 
LEADING OFF: Reyes return to New York? Garza boosts Brewers
12:27 AM, 06.25.2016

Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Steven Wright winds up during the first inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox at Fenway Park, Monday, June 20, 2016, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)A look at what's happening all around the majors today:


 
Experts: weak launch in Britain for DraftKings
12:25 AM, 06.25.2016

FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2015, file photo, Bear Duker, a marketing manager for strategic partnerships at DraftKings, works at his computer at the company headquarters in Boston. Gambling analysts said the daily fantasy sports company has struggled to break out in the UK since it launched to fanfare there in February 2016. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia, File)BOSTON (AP) — A bid to grow daily fantasy sports overseas doesn't appear to be gaining much traction as the industry fights for survival on its home front.


 
Bernie Worrell, masterful P-Funk keyboardist, dead at 72
12:08 AM, 06.25.2016

FILE - In this March 18, 2002, file photo, Bernie Worrell speaks at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in New York. Worrell, whose keyboard sounds and textures helped define the Parliament-Funkadelic musical empire, died of lung cancer at his home in Everson, Wash., on Friday, June 24, 2016. He was 72. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Bernie Worrell, the ingenious "Wizard of Woo" whose amazing array of keyboard sounds and textures helped define the Parliament-Funkadelic musical empire and influenced performers of funk, rock, hip-hop and other genres, has died.


 
Crowds, tight security expected for Cincinnati pride parade
12:04 AM, 06.25.2016

File- This June 18, 2016, file photo shows Police escorts leading out the start of the "New Orleans Pride" parade, a gay pride parade, in New Orleans. Organizers expect big crowds and authorities plan tight security for Cincinnati's parade and festival events celebrating Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month. The celebration will occur amid the same kind of increased security put in place last weekend at gay pride events in more than a half dozen cities, including Chicago, Denver and New Orleans. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)CINCINNATI (AP) — Organizers expect big crowds and authorities plan tight security for Cincinnati's parade and festival events celebrating Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month.


 
AP NewsAlert
12:00 AM, 06.25.2016

BEIJING (AP) — Beijing cuts contacts between China-Taiwan liaison bodies, says island's leader fails to endorse one-China concept.

 
Saudi police officer killed in kingdom's Shiite east
11:57 PM, 06.24.2016

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Authorities in Saudi Arabia say a police officer working on a traffic patrol has been shot dead in the kingdom's predominantly Shiite east amid continued unrest in neighboring Bahrain.

 
Extra security moves honorees to withdraw from pride parade
11:57 PM, 06.24.2016

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The stepped-up security surrounding San Francisco's LGBT pride celebration has caused two honorary grand marshals and a health clinic that serves sex workers to withdraw from the event's signature parade.

 
APNewsBreak: Experts demand more effort to save coral reefs
11:54 PM, 06.24.2016

In this May, 2016 photo provided by XL Catlin Global Reef Record, decomposing coral is shown on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. As the world’s largest gathering of coral reef experts comes to a close, scientists and policy makers are moving ahead with plans for action to save the world’s imperiled reefs. (XL Catlin Global Reef Record via AP)HONOLULU (AP) — As the largest international gathering of coral reef experts comes to a close, scientists and policy makers are moving ahead with plans for action to save the world's reefs, which are being rapidly damaged.


 
Kanye West unveils "Famous" video of him, celebrities
11:45 PM, 06.24.2016

FILE - In this Sept. 10, 2015 file photo, Kanye West appears at the Brother Vellies Spring 2016 collection presentation during Fashion Week, in New York. West has unveiled a video that is all about a subject he knows something about: fame. The video for a single titled “Famous” unveiled Friday, June 24, 2016, at a promotional event in the Los Angeles Forum _ features what appears to be a naked West with images of 11 other famous people, some of whom he has had good and bad relationships with, Vanity Fair magazine reported. The celebrities, who appear to be naked in a huge bed with West, are his wife, Kim Kardashian West; former President George W. Bush; presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump; Vogue editor Anna Wintour; singers Rihanna, Chris Brown and Taylor Swift; producer Ray J.; former girlfriend Amber Rose; transgender activist Caitlyn Jenner; and comedian Bill Cosby. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kanye West has unveiled a video on a subject he knows something about: fame.


 
US Navy keeps electromagnetic cannon in its sights
11:28 PM, 06.24.2016

US Navy image shows the Electromagnetic Railgun which employs vast amounts of electromagnetic energy to fire a projectile and represents a paradigm shift in ballistic technologyThe US Navy is quietly pushing ahead with a radical new cannon that one day could transform how wars are fought, even though some Pentagon officials have voiced concerns over its cost and viability. Named the railgun, the weapon in question represents a paradigm shift in ballistic technology. Instead of using gunpowder and explosive charges to shoot a shell from its barrel, it employs vast amounts of electromagnetic energy to zoom a projectile along a set of copper-alloy rails.


 
Democrats reject platform proposal opposing trade deal
11:26 PM, 06.24.2016

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Democrats on Friday voted down an amendment to the party's platform that would have opposed the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, avoiding an awkward scenario that would have put its statement of values at odds with President Barack Obama.

 
Red Sox rally with 4 runs in 9th for 8-7 win over Rangers
11:12 PM, 06.24.2016

Boston Red Sox's Mookie Betts celebrates his home run during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas, Friday, June 24, 2016. The Red Sox won 8-7. (AP Photo/LM Otero)ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Mookie Betts went deep on an elevated fastball, and Dustin Pedroia came home on a pitch that got past the catcher.


 
Michael Herr, author of the Vietnam-era 'Dispatches,' dies
11:11 PM, 06.24.2016

NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Herr, the author and Oscar-nominated screenplay writer who viscerally documented the ravages of the Vietnam War through his classic nonfiction novel "Dispatches" and through such films as "Apocalypse Now" and "Full Metal Jacket," died after a long illness. He was 76.

 
AP Source: Sabres Kane investigated for harassing 2 women
11:08 PM, 06.24.2016

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press that Buffalo police are investigating an allegation that Buffalo Sabres forward Evander Kane physically harassed two women at a downtown Buffalo bar.

 
23 dead in West Virginia floods
10:55 PM, 06.24.2016

Flooding in the US state of West Virginia has killed at least 23 people with Governor Earl Ray Tomblin saying damage was "widespread and devastating"Flooding in the US state of West Virginia killed 23 people and stranded others who had to be plucked from rooftops and rescued from fast-moving waters, state officials said. Tomblin gave a death toll of 14 from the disaster, but later Friday Jessica Tice, with the state's Homeland Security and Emergency Management office, told AFP that the toll had reached 23. At least six counties have extensive structural damage and about 66,000 people were without power, the governor said.


 
Two killed, 100 homes destroyed by fast-moving California wildfire
10:44 PM, 06.24.2016

Flames from the Erskine Fire engulf a home near WeldonBy Noah Berger LAKE ISABELLA, Calif. (Reuters) - A massive California wildfire that has already killed two people and destroyed 100 structures was burning out of control on Friday evening as officials said it was possible more victims could be found in the rubble. The so-called Erskine Fire, which broke out on Thursday afternoon in the foothills of Kern County about 42 miles (68 km) northeast of Bakersfield, had mushroomed on Friday to char more than 30,000 acres (12,140 hectares), making it one of the worst in an already intense California fire season. The blaze has also sent three firefighters to the hospital for smoke inhalation and forced hundreds of residents to flee their homes ahead of the flames.


 
Simone Biles on top again at US gymnastics championships
10:38 PM, 06.24.2016

Simone Biles competes on the balance beam during the U.S. women's gymnastics championships, Friday, June 24, 2016, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)ST. LOUIS (AP) — When U.S. women's national team coordinator Martha Karolyi met with Simone Biles to map out the three-time world gymnastics champion's schedule, one designed to keep Biles fresh heading into the Olympics, it was the equivalent of pulling up to an intersection in a Ferrari and letting it idle when the light turned green.


 
Toronto select American Matthews first in NHL entry draft
10:32 PM, 06.24.2016

The Toronto Maple Leafs select teenage phenom Auston Matthews first overall in the NHL draft, making him the first American to go No. 1 since 2007The Toronto Maple Leafs selected Arizona teenager Auston Matthews with the No. 1 pick in the National Hockey League draft as a record 12 Americans were chosen in the first round. Matthews was considered to be the consensus first overall pick heading into the entry draft, and he goes to a team that desperately needs a goal-scorer and a leader as the Leafs are suffering through one of the longest Stanley Cup droughts in the league. Especially going to the storied franchise like the Toronto Maple Leafs," he on Friday said of the Leafs, who are also one of the original six NHL franchises.


 
Elderly couple dead, 80 homes burn in California wildfire
10:15 PM, 06.24.2016

A firefighter battles a wildfire burning along Highway 178, Friday, June 24, 2016 in Lake Isabella, Calif. The wildfire that roared across dry brush and trees in the mountains of central California gave residents little time to flee as flames burned homes to the ground, propane tanks exploded and smoke obscured the path to safety. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)LAKE ISABELLA, Calif. (AP) — A vast and voracious wildfire that has burned at least 80 homes in central California killed an elderly couple as they tried to flee, authorities said.


 
Obama tells Democratic donors 'it's up to you' on gun laws
10:09 PM, 06.24.2016

President Barack Obama speaks at a fundraiser for Washington Gov. Jay Inslee at the Washington State Convention Center, Friday, June 24, 2016, in Seattle, WA. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)SEATTLE (AP) — President Barack Obama has told Democratic donors in Washington state that "it's up to you" after the failure to move ahead with gun legislation in the wake of the Orlando shootings.


 
Eurosceptic English resort hopes for sunny future post-Brexit
09:59 PM, 06.24.2016

Nostalgia for the domestic beach tourism heyday of the 1940s-1980s is palpable in the small resort of Clacton-on-Sea, the unlikely epicentre of a eurosceptic wave that peaked with Britain's stunning decision to pull out of the EUWith its deserted casinos, ice-cream parlours and seagulls circling above a lofty Victorian pier, the English seaside town of Clacton-on-Sea is like a postcard for the Britain of yesteryear. Nostalgia for the domestic beach tourism heyday of the 1940s-1980s is palpable in this small Essex resort, the unlikely epicentre of a eurosceptic wave that peaked on Thursday with Britain's stunning decision to pull out of the EU. Clacton's local area, a bastion of the UK Independence Party of top anti-EU campaigner Nigel Farage, voted 69.5 percent to 30.5 percent in favour of leaving the union.


 
US military to lift transgender ban: media
09:50 PM, 06.24.2016

The Pentagon is set to lift its ban on transgender troops, another major milestone for America's vast military, which up until five years ago still banned gay troops from openly discussing their sexualityThe Pentagon is set to lift its ban on transgender troops within the coming weeks, US media reported Friday. Currently, Pentagon rules allow transgender troops to be discharged from the military. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter last year ordered all military roles -- including combat positions -- to be opened to women.


 
Joyce helps Pirates snap Dodgers' 6-game win streak, 8-6
09:49 PM, 06.24.2016

Los Angeles Dodgers' Corey Seager, right, slides into second with a double as Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer (10) waits for the throw during the third inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Friday, June 24, 2016. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)PITTSBURGH (AP) — For a change, the Pittsburgh Pirates got to celebrate Friday night.


 
Betances, Miller, Chapman perfect again, Yanks top Twins 5-3
09:41 PM, 06.24.2016

New York Yankees' Aroldis Chapman delivers a pitch during the ninth inning of the Yankees' baseball game against the Minnesota Twins on Friday, June 24, 2016, in New York. The Yankees won 5-3. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)NEW YORK (AP) — Aroldis Chapman reared back and fired strike after strike at the Minnesota Twins.


 
The Latest: Delegate files suit to avoid voting for Trump
09:01 PM, 06.24.2016

President Barack Obama gestures on stage after speaking at a fundraiser for Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, right, at the Washington State Convention Center, Friday, June 24, 2016, in Seattle, WA. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. presidential campaign (all times EDT):


 
 
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