Labour MP Chris Williamson under investigation over anti-Semitism

Labour MP Chris Williamson is under investigation following remarks he made about antisemitism but will not be suspended. Senior party figures including deputy leader Tom Watson said Derby North MP, who has a history of controversial remarks about antisemitism within Labour, should have the party whip removed. Williamson is a close ally of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who insisted earlier in February that the MP was “not antisemitic in any way.” LONDON — Labour MP Chris Williamson has been placed under investigation following remarks he made about antisemitism, a party spokesperson said on Wednesday. A spokesperson for Jeremy Corbyn confirmed that the Derby North MP faced an internal investigation but… Read More

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TikTok was bigger than Instagram last year after passing the 1 billion download mark

Chinese short-form video app TikTok has been downloaded 1 billion times across Android and iOS, according to Sensor Tower figures. TikTok was downloaded more times than Instagram in 2018, the data showed. Just over 40% of the app’s 2018 downloads came from Indian users. Chinese short-form video app TikTok has hit a major milestone, with one billion downloads across Android and iOS, according to app analytics site Sensor Tower. Sensor Tower added that the billion figure did not include Android installs from China, so the real number of installs is likely to be much higher. Roughly 663 million of TikTok’s total one billion downloads came in 2018, meaning it was… Read More

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Water in schools, child care centers would be regularly tested for lead under Utah bill

SALT LAKE CITY — Water in Utah schools and child care centers would be regularly tested for lead under a bill approved Tuesday by the House Education Committee. HB360, sponsored by Rep. Steve Handy, R-Layton, also calls on the state Drinking Water Board to establish a lead concentration level in drinking water “at or above which schools and child care centers are required to undertake mitigation activities.” In 2017, there was a voluntary request to test for lead in water in schools, Handy said. “Seventy-five percent of the schools participated. Ninety-two percent had detectable levels of lead. The other thing I came away with was there is no level of… Read More

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Best Buy announces $3 billion buyback plan, shares spike (BBY)

Best Buy’s holiday quarter beat on the top and bottom lines. The big-box retailer’s board approved a new $3 billion share buyback plan. Shares were up 11% early Wednesday. Watch Best Buy trade live. Best Buy reported quarterly earnings and revenue on Wednesday that topped analysts’ expectations, sending shares higher by 11% ahead of the opening bell. The Minnesota-based retailer said its board authorized a $3 billion share buyback plan, and plans to spend between $750 million and $1 billion on share buybacks during its fiscal year 2020. Share repurchases are on track to top a fresh record this year, according to Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Firms announced more… Read More

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Egypt railcar crash, fire at central Cairo station kills 25

CAIRO — A locomotive crashed into a barrier at Cairo’s main train station at high speed on Wednesday, causing its fuel tank to explode and triggering a huge fire, leaving at least 25 people dead, officials said. Railway officials said the single railcar was traveling too fast when it collided head-on with the barrier. At least 47 people were also injured. The explosion and fire blasted through people on the platform in the busy Ramses Station in downtown Cairo. A surveillance video showed the moment of impact when the car barreled past men and women walking by who are then engulfed in flames and smoke. Charred bodies lay on the… Read More

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Chase’s Sapphire Preferred is one of the best credit cards with an annual fee under $100 — the sign-up bonus alone is worth at least $625 in free travel

The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you’ll like. Business Insider may receive a commission from The Points Guy Affiliate Network. The Chase Sapphire Preferred Card is one of the best credit cards available today with an annual fee around $100 or less. The sign-up bonus alone is worth at least six years’ worth of annual fees not taking into account other points you earn and other benefits. On a personal note, I’ve had this card since March 2012 and have only considered getting rid of it to upgrade to its beefier, premium-geared sibling, the Chase Sapphire Reserve. But for now, this one is still a staple in… Read More

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Are Taylor Swift & Katy Perry Releasing A New Song TOGETHER?!

This can’t be true! Can it? Taylor Swift and Katy Perry are rumored to be putting out a song… together! And here’s why. Ever since Taylor hinted at her “next chapter,” and has increased her social media activity, her fans have been speculating the release of her seventh album. The Swifties believe her posts are hints at new music that is on the way. On Sunday afternoon, the 29-year-old singer shared a filtered photo of the Los Angeles skyline, captioning the post with seven palm tree emojis. Which clearly points to a seventh studio album, right? Many fans believe that Tay has previously suggested the palm trees theme, “once at… Read More

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Trump, Kim open second nuclear summit with handshake, smiles

HANOI, Vietnam — U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, leaders of nations with a long history of hostilities, opened their second summit Wednesday with smiles and friendly banter before sitting down for a dinner that will set the stage for difficult talks about North Korea’s pursuit of nuclear weapons. “I think it’ll lead to a wonderful, really a wonderful situation long term,” Trump said as he sat beside Kim at the dinner table. Asked earlier if the summit would yield a political declaration to end the Korean War, Trump said, “We’ll see.” Kim, who spoke through an interpreter, told Trump he was “confident that we can… Read More

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