Here are the world’s most expensive cities

SALT LAKE CITY — Paris is now one of the most expensive cities in the world, according to a new survey. BBC News reported that Paris topped the rankings for the world’s most expensive city. Hong Kong and Singapore joined the top of the list as well. All three cities tied for first. Paris previously ranked as the second-most expensive city last year in the annual Economist Intelligence Unit survey. The full list: Singapore (Singapore) Paris (France) Hong Kong (China) Zurich (Switzerland) Geneva (Switzerland) Osaka (Japan) Seoul (South Korea) Copenhagen (Denmark) New York (U.S.) Tel Aviv (Israel) Los Angeles (U.S.) Method: The survey determined the cost of living for 133… Read More

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Shifting hopes as Republicans, Democrats wait for Mueller

WASHINGTON — It’s a witch hunt, a vendetta, the worst presidential harassment in history. That’s what President Donald Trump has shouted for two years about the special counsel’s Russia probe. Now, barring an eleventh-hour surprise, Trump and his allies are starting to see it as something potentially very different: a political opportunity. With Robert Mueller’s findings expected any day, the president has grown increasingly confident the report will produce what he insisted all along — no clear evidence of a conspiracy between Russia and his 2016 campaign. And Trump and his advisers are considering how to weaponize those possible findings for the 2020 race, according to current and former White… Read More

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UK aims to salvage Brexit deal as EU says: make up your mind

LONDON — Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit plan has been derailed in Parliament. Now she is at the mercy of an exasperated European Union. May was preparing Tuesday to ask the EU for a delay of at least several months to Brexit after the speaker of the House of Commons ruled that she can’t keep asking lawmakers to vote on the same divorce deal that they have already rejected twice. Chief EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said the bloc wouldn’t automatically grant the request. He said a long extension “must be linked to something new, a new event, or a new political process.” “The real question is, what is the… Read More

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Floodwaters threaten millions in crop and livestock losses

DES MOINES, Iowa — Farmer Jeff Jorgenson looks out over 750 acres of cropland submerged beneath the swollen Missouri River, and he knows he probably won’t plant this year. But that’s not his biggest worry. He and other farmers have worked until midnight for days to move grain, equipment and fuel barrels away from the floodwaters fed by heavy rain and snowmelt. The rising water that has damaged hundreds of homes and been blamed for three deaths has also taken a heavy toll on agriculture, inundating thousands of acres, threatening stockpiled grain and killing livestock. In Fremont County alone, Jorgenson estimates that more than a million bushels of corn and… Read More

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Trump buddies up with Bolsonaro, the ‘Trump of the Tropics’

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump welcomed Brazil’s new far-right leader to the White House Tuesday and made clear that flattery pays. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro — the “Trump of the Tropics”— ran an unabashedly pro-Trump, pro-American campaign last year, emulating Trump in tone and style. It seems to have paid off for Bolsonaro on his first official trip to Washington. At a joint news conference, Trump announced that he’d agreed to designate Brazil a “major non-NATO ally” — something Brazil had pursued to smooth U.S. weapons purchases and military coordination. Trump even said he’d be open to granting full NATO membership to Latin America’s largest and most populous nation, even… Read More

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Goodbye console? Google launches game-streaming platform

NEW YORK — Google on Tuesday unveiled a video-game streaming platform called Stadia, positioning itself to take on the traditional video-game business. The platform will store a game-playing session in the cloud and lets players jump across devices operating on Google’s Chrome browser and Chrome OS, such as Pixel phones and Chromebooks. Google didn’t say how much its new service will cost, whether it will offer subscriptions or other options, or what games will be available at launch —all key elements to the success of a new video-game platform. It said only that Stadia will be available in late 2019. Google made the announcement at the Game Developers Conference in… Read More

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Paul Ryan (remember him?) has a new job at Fox. Here’s what it is

SALT LAKE CITY — Paul Ryan has a new job. The former U.S. speaker of the house will join the board of the new Fox Corporation, which is the parent company for Fox News, CNN reports. Ryan will join three other new board members with the corporation, which will be slimmed down compared to previous years after the Disney-Fox deal, according to CNN. Disney and Fox’s deal will close at 12:02 a.m. ET on Wednesday. Interesting: The parts of Fox that Disney doesn’t acquire from its deal with 21st Century Fox will be named, simply, Fox. It will be run by Murdoch’s son, Lachlan Murdoch, according to The Los Angeles… Read More

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Dutch prosecutors consider terror motive in tram shooting

UTRECHT, Netherlands — Investigators probing the deadly tram shooting in the Dutch city of Utrecht sharpened their focus Tuesday on a possible extremist motive, as judicial authorities revealed that the main suspect was released from jail this month and faces a rape trial in July. The nature of the Monday’s attack and a note found in a suspected getaway car suggest a possible terror motive, prosecutors said in a statement, but they add that other possible reasons also are being investigated. “Based on the letter, we think he had a terroristic motive,” police spokesman Joost Lanshage told The Associated Press. He declined to elaborate. Speaking in parliament, anti-Islam lawmaker Geert… Read More

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‘Trump of the Tropics’ Bolsonaro visits the White House

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that he will work to designate Brazil a “major non-NATO ally” — and maybe even full NATO membership —as he welcomed the country’s new Trump-friendly far-right leader to the White House. That’s despite the fact that Brazil doesn’t quality to join the North Atlantic alliance. Jair Bolsonaro, who’s been described as the “Trump of the Tropics,” ran on an unabashedly pro-American platform, emulating Trump in tone and in style. It’s a position that seemed to pay off for the leader on his first official trip to Washington. As they sat down for the first time, Trump praised Bolsonaro, saying he’d done “a… Read More

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Trump: Never was, never will be fan of Sen. John McCain

WASHINGTON — Carrying a bitter personal feud beyond the grave, President Donald Trump escalated his attacks on the late Sen. John McCain on Tuesday, declaring he will “never” be a fan of the Vietnam war hero and longtime Republican lawmaker who died last year of brain cancer. “I was never a fan of John McCain, and I never will be,” Trump told reporters in the Oval Office. The fresh vitriol followed Trump’s weekend tweets insulting the 2008 Republican presidential candidate, with whom he long had a fractious relationship. He repeated some of those attacks, complaining about McCain’s vote against repealing President Barack Obama’s health care law. “He campaigned on repealing… Read More

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