U.S.

Lawyer gets eight years in U.S. prison for payday lending scheme

A Delaware lawyer was sentenced on Friday to eight years in prison for helping clients including a pioneer of the payday lending industry to collect on hundreds of millions of dollars in illegal loans, prosecutors said.

World

Dozens of Palestinians injured by Israeli gunfire, tear gas in Gaza border protests

Dozens of Palestinians demonstrating at the Gaza border were injured by Israeli gunfire and tear gas on Friday, as the latest round of protests drew several thousand participants to the frontier.

U.S.

Indiana middle school student shoots teacher, classmate

A student armed with two handguns shot a teacher and a fellow student at a middle school in Indiana on Friday, police said, the latest in a series of shootings at U.S. schools and colleges fueling debate about how to keep campuses safe.

Business

Fiat Chrysler recalls 4.8 million U.S. vehicles for cruise control defect

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV said on Friday it is recalling 4.8 million U.S. vehicles over a defect that could prevent drivers from deactivating cruise control and warned owners not to use the function until they get software upgrades.

Entertainment

Film mogul Weinstein appears handcuffed in court to face rape charges

Movie mogul Harvey Weinstein appeared in handcuffs in a New York court on Friday to face charges of rape and other sex crimes against two of the scores of women who have accused him of misconduct, ending his reign as a Hollywood kingpin.

Sports

Tennis: Federico Coria found guilty of anti-corruption charge

Federico Coria has been found guilty of a breach of the Tennis Anti-Corruption Program – the second player from Argentina to fall foul of the rules in the past 24 hours.

World

Dozens killed in clashes between two Somali regions in land dispute

Fighting between Somalia’s semi-autonomous Puntland region and breakaway Somaliland has killed dozens of soldiers, according to a witness and a military commander who spoke of a “hellish” outbreak of violence.

Top News

Two men set off bomb in restaurant in Canada; 15 wounded

Two unidentified men walked into a restaurant on Thursday in the Canadian city of Mississauga and set off a bomb, wounding more than a dozen people, and then fleeing, local police said.

Technology

U.S. jury awards Apple $539 million in Samsung patent retrial

After nearly five days of deliberations, a U.S. jury on Thursday said Samsung Electronics Co Ltd should pay $539 million Apple Inc for copying patented smartphone features, technology publication CNET reported, bringing a years-long feud between the technology companies into its final stages.

World

Two retired French spies suspected of handing secrets to foreign power

Two retired French spies are suspected of passing state secrets to a foreign power, France’s Ministry of Defence said on Thursday.

World

Five killed, including two Congolese security forces, in Banro attack

Five people were killed, including two Congolese security forces, and several company workers wounded in an attack on Banro Corp’s east Congo gold mine, a Banro official told Reuters.

U.S.

U.S. Senate approves bill to address Capitol Hill sexual harassment

The U.S. Senate on Thursday unanimously approved legislation that would step up protections for congressional staffers facing workplace harassment, including requiring lawmakers to use their personal funds to cover the cost of settlements if they were the alleged harassers.

Technology

Brazilian electronics company Multilaser files for IPO

Brazilian electronics company Multilaser Industrial SA on Thursday filed for regulatory clearance to launch an initial public offering, according to a securities filing.

Business

J&J must pay $4 million in punitive damages in latest asbestos cancer trial

A California jury on Thursday ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $4 million in punitive damages to a woman who said she developed cancer after being exposed to asbestos in the company’s baby powder, pushing the total damages award in the case to $25.7 million.

World

Egypt state security orders prominent blogger Wael Abbas detained for 15 days

Egypt’s state security prosecutor on Thursday ordered a prominent blogger and journalist Wael Abbas detained for 15 days for investigation on charges including involvement with an illegal organization and publishing false news, state news agency MENA said.

Politics

U.S. House panel approves work requirement for welfare

Welfare beneficiaries would have to work or get job training under legislation approved by a U.S. Congress committee on Thursday, part of a broader Republican effort to impose work rules on Americans getting public assistance.

World

Venezuela’s Maduro to begin new six-year term in January

Venezuela’s socialist President Nicolas Maduro, who was reelected on Sunday, will begin his new six-year term in January, the head of the pro-government Constituent Assembly said on Thursday.

Business

Union accuses Tesla CEO Musk of threatening workers

The United Auto Workers International Union (UAW) has filed a complaint accusing Tesla Inc Chief Executive Elon Musk of illegally threatening to take away benefits from workers who join the union.

U.S.

Trump pardons late black boxing champion Jack Johnson

U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday issued a posthumous pardon to boxer Jack Johnson, the first African-American heavyweight champion who was jailed a century ago after having a relationship with a white woman.

Sports

White Sox catcher Castillo to be suspended over perforance-enhancing substance

Chicago White Sox catcher Welington Castillo will be suspended 80 games following a positive test for a performance-enhancing substance in violation of Major League Baseball’s joint drug prevention and treatment program, according to multiple reports Wednesday.

World

Brazilian F-5 fighter crashes near Rio, pilots eject

A Brazilian Air Force F-5 fighter crashed in the Rio metropolitan area shortly after take-off early on Thursday but the two pilots were able to eject before the aircraft plummeted to the ground, the Air Force said.

World

Malaysia court sentences Australian woman to death for drug-trafficking

A Malaysian court on Thursday sentenced to death by hanging an Australian mother of three, for trafficking more than a kilogram of crystal methamphetamine into the Southeast Asian nation, but her lawyer said she was appealing.

Sports

Caps blank Lightning, return to finals after 20 years

Andre Burakovsky scored twice, and goalie Braden Holtby produced his second shutout in a row as the Washington Capitals advanced to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in 20 years, defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-0 in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals Wednesday night at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Fla.

Business

Pfizer to pay $23.85 million to resolve U.S. kickbacks case

Pfizer Inc has agreed to pay $23.85 million to resolve allegations it illegally paid kickbacks to Medicare patients through a purportedly independent charitable foundation, the U.S. Department of Justice said on Thursday.

Sports

LPGA announces new South Korean event

The LPGA will add a new South Korean tournament next year, the U.S.-based tour announced Wednesday.