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Report: Boeheim hit, killed man on interstate

Jim Boeheim reportedly struck and killed a pedestrian while the Syracuse head coach was driving on Interstate 690 late Wednesday night. FILE PHOTO: Feb 9, 2019; Syracuse, NY, USA; Syracuse Orange head coach Jim Boeheim looks on during the second half against the Boston College Eagles at the Carrier Dome. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports The 74-year-old Boeheim is cooperating with authorities and reported the accident to police, according to Syracuse.com. Onondaga County (New York) District Attorney Bill Fitzpatrick told WSYR on Thursday that Boeheim was traveling at the…

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HSBC profits hit by China slowdown

Image copyright Reuters HSBC has reported a lower-than-expected 15.9% rise in pre-tax profits for 2018, partly because of an economic slowdown in China and Hong Kong. Europe’s largest bank made $19.9bn (£15.4bn) before tax last year, compared with $17.2bn in 2017. Reported revenue was $53.8bn, a rise of 5% from the previous year. HSBC makes three-quarters of its profits in Asia and China’s trade war with the US was one reason for problems with its economy near the end of 2018. Group chairman Mark E Tucker said that the bank…

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Alibaba is the force behind hit Chinese Communist Party app: sources

BEIJING (Reuters) – A Chinese government propaganda app that recently became a huge hit was developed by Alibaba, two people at the company told Reuters, at a time when the nation’s tech firms are under global scrutiny over their ties to Beijing. Chinese government propaganda app Xuexi Qiangguo, which literally translates as ‘Study to make China strong’, is seen on a mobile phone in this illustration picture taken February 18, 2019. REUTERS/Tingshu Wang/Illustration “Xuexi Qiangguo”, which literally translates as ‘Study to make China strong’ and is a play on the…

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England in West Indies: Joe Root & Jason Roy hit centuries in warm-up win

Jason Roy hit 15 fours and a six in his 110 Tour match, Three Ws Oval, Barbados England 371-7 (50 overs): Root 114, Roy 110 ret hurt University of West Indies Vice Chancellor’s XI 200 (43.5 overs): Rashid 2-21, Woakes 2-28 England won by 171 runs Scorecard Joe Root and Jason Roy hit centuries as England cruised to a 171-run win in their only warm-up match before the one-day series in the West Indies. Root made 114 off 81 balls while Roy retired out for 110 off 82 in England’s…

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Australian political parties hit by ‘state actor’ hack, PM says

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Australia’s parliament was the subject of an attempted hack two weeks ago Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison says the country’s major political parties have been hit by a hack on their computer networks. The activity was carried out by a “sophisticated state actor”, Mr Morrison said. It was discovered following an investigation into a hacking attempt on Australia’s parliament two weeks ago. There was “no evidence of any electoral interference”, he said. The nation is due to hold an election within months. “During the…

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Pension contribution hike to hit pay packets

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Workers with auto-enrolment pensions will contribute 5% of their salary from April Millions of workers could see their take-home pay fall in six weeks’ time when the amount they have to pay into their pension pot increases. Analysis for the BBC has examined how pay will be hit when higher contribution rates for those with auto-enrolment pensions kick in. Since 2012, 10 million eligible workers have been automatically signed up to workplace pensions. From April, their contribution will rise from 3% of their salary…

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Long-nosed lover Cyrano returns to woo Paris in hit play Edmond

Image copyright Alexis Michalik Image caption The drama follows Edmond Rostand as he writes about Cyrano de Bergerac A play-within-a-play in the style of Shakespeare in Love – penned by a half-British actor, no less – has become the toast of Paris theatre. The play, Edmond, is now one of the most successful French productions of modern times. French newspaper Le Monde called it “not so much a success as a triumph” – just like the play on which it is itself based. Written by 36-year-old Alexis Michalik, Edmond tells…

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NFL notebook: Rams CB Robey-Coleman fined for Super Bowl hit

Los Angeles Rams cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman has been smacked with a hefty fine for a hit in a second straight playoff game. FILE PHOTO – Feb 3, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New England Patriots running back Rex Burkhead (34) is tackled by Los Angeles Rams defensive back Nickell Robey-Coleman (23) during the first quarter in Super Bowl LIII at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports Robey-Coleman was fined $26,739 by the NFL for a helmet-to-helmet hit on a prone New England Patriots running back Rex Burkhead in the…

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Robey-Coleman fined $26,000 for Super Bowl hit

Feb 3, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New England Patriots running back Rex Burkhead (34) is tackled by Los Angeles Rams defensive back Nickell Robey-Coleman (23) during the first quarter in Super Bowl LIII at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports Los Angeles Rams cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman has been smacked with a hefty fine for a hit in a second straight playoff game. Robey-Coleman was fined $26,739 by the NFL for a helmet-to-helmet hit on a prone New England Patriots running back Rex Burkhead in the first quarter of Super Bowl…

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Australia parliament hit by cyber-hack attempt

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The attempted breach is the latest in a number of known attacks on the Australian government Authorities in Australia say they are investigating an attempt to hack into its parliament’s computer network. Lawmakers said there was “no evidence” that information had been accessed or stolen, but politicians’ passwords have been reset as a precaution. Local cyber-security experts have suggested the hack likely came from a foreign state. Australian PM Scott Morrison said he didn’t intend to comment in depth on “the source or nature…

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