A champion is crowned on ‘American Idol’

Last season on American Idol, judge Luke Bryan told Louisiana bayou boy Laine Hardy, “If you ain’t careful, you might win.” That didn’t happen; Laine floundered in Hollywood Week, and he went home shockingly early. But apparently Laine was less “careful” this year. He returned to the show supposedly just to play guitar for his friend Ashton Gill during her audition, but when the judges begged him to accept a golden ticket to Hollywood and give Idol another, more serious shot, he grudgingly accepted their offer. On Sunday’s grand finale, Laine followed in the ($4,000, diamond-encrusted) footsteps of reluctant-but-successful past champions David Cook and Nick Fradiani — who also initially… Read More

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Premier League transfer news: Maguire, Mbappe, Coutinho, Kante, Pogba, Bale

Description Leicester City defender Harry Maguire impressed for England at the 2018 World Cup in Russia Credits Clive Rose/Getty Images Alt Text Leicester City defender Harry Maguire impressed for England at the 2018 World Cup in Russia Will Harry Maguire take Vincent Kompany’s place in Man City’s defence? Daily Briefing Monday, May 20, 2019 – 10:27am Premier League transfer news and rumours Maguire to replace Kompany? Vincent Kompany’s departure has left a giant hole in Manchester City’s defence and squad for next season. See related Today’s back pages: True blue Vincent parts Kompany with Man City Arsenal transfer news: Zaha, Bergkamp, Pepe, Partey, Saliba After lifting the FA Cup at… Read More

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Does the Queen back Brexit?

Diplomatic cables from German ambassador contain fresh clues to the monarch’s views Reaction Monday, May 20, 2019 – 10:42am The Queen is required to be strictly neutral on political matters, including her nation’s biggest shake-up yet in the 21st century – Brexit. As head of state, the monarch is not allowed to take part in elections or referendums and must keep her opinions under wraps. But, as The Guardian notes, this hasn’t prevented the media and public from speculating about her views on the UK’s place in Europe. The German cables The latest insight into the Queen’s thoughts on the bloc comes from newly released diplomatic cables from 1988. Rudiger… Read More

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Huawei responds to Android ban

Fresh off the sledgehammer blow of having its Android license revoked by Google in response to US government demands, Huawei has issued its first, limited response, which leaves more questions open than it answers. In a statement emailed to The Verge, Huawei underscores its contributions to the growth of Android globally — which most recently saw the company’s Android phone sales growing by double digits while every other leading smartphone vendor was shrinking or stagnant — and reassures current owners of Huawei and (subsidiary brand) Honor phones that they will continue to receive security updates and after-sales service. That promise also covers phones that are already shipped and in stock… Read More

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Oil is rallying on supply worries after Trump threatens the ‘official end of Iran’

Crude oil jumped after Trump threatened Iran and oil producers signaled they would maintain supply cuts. “If Iran wants to fight, that wil be the official end of Iran. Never threaten the United States again!” Trump tweeted. OPEC plans to reduce inventories “gently” with an eye on the needs of a “fragile” market. Crude-oil prices jumped by as much as 1.6% on Monday after US President Trump threatened the “official end of Iran” and oil producers signaled they would maintain supply cuts. Responding to Iran’s suspension of its commitments to the nuclear deal it signed in 2015 and its threats to resume production of enriched uranium, Trump tweeted, “If Iran… Read More

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Here’s how retailers and logistics firms can solve the multibillion-dollar returns issue

This is a preview of The Reverse Logistics Report from Business Insider Intelligence. Current subscribers can read the report here. With e-commerce becoming a lucrative shopping channel, retailers and their logistics partners have been primarily focused on how to quickly move goods through the supply chain and into the hands of consumers — a process commonly referred to as forward logistics. However, the opportunities presented by the growing popularity of e-commerce also come with a challenging, multibillion-dollar downside: returns. Return rates for e-commerce purchases are between 25% and 30%, compared with just 9% for in-store purchases. Turning reverse logistics — the process of returning goods from end users back to… Read More

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What is Theresa May’s ‘new, bold offer’ on Brexit?

Credits Ben Birchall/WPA Pool/Getty Images Alt Text Theresa May PM revisits Withdrawal Agreement package for ‘last roll of the dice’ In Depth Monday, May 20, 2019 – 10:18am Theresa May is gathering senior members of her cross-party Brexit negotiating team today for a private summit to finalise the withdrawal deal that she will offer MPs in two weeks’ time. See related Today’s back pages: True blue Vincent parts Kompany with Man City Arsenal transfer news: Zaha, Bergkamp, Pepe, Partey, Saliba The prime minister announced last week that Parliament would vote on the Withdrawal Agreement Bill (WAB) in the week beginning 3 June. If it is not passed, the default position… Read More

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Operation Stop Boris: Conservative moderates battle to prevent no-deal Brexit prime minister

Seven senior Conservative MPs will launch a bid to stop Boris Johnson becoming prime minister if he endorses a no-deal Brexit. The ‘One Nation Caucus’ of moderate Conservative MPs includes Work & Pensions secretary Amber Rudd, Nicky Morgan, and multiple Cabinet ministers. The group would “work to stop any leadership candidate who endorses a ‘Nigel Farage No-Deal Brexit,” sources told the Mail newspaper. Boris Johnson is understood to be ready to back a no-deal Brexit if the EU does not grant concessions. Visit Business Insider’s home page for more stories. LONDON — Seven Conservative Cabinet ministers will on Monday launch a bid to stop Boris Johnson from becoming the prime… Read More

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Change UK leader says the party may no longer exist by the next election

Change UK leader Heidi Allen suggests the party may cease to exist in its current form before the next election. The party was formed by former Conservative and Labour MPs earlier this year, but has struggled to gain support. Allen suggests she may instead seek re-election as part of a “brand new world party” encompassing MPs from across the House of Commons. The comments come after a leading candidate for the party described them as a “sinking ship.” Visit Business Insider’s home page for more stories. LONDON — Change UK may no longer exist in its current form by the time of the next election, its leader Heidi Allen said… Read More

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