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    Michigan business groups oppose proposed border tax

    Michigan business organizations want to put the brakes on a section of the GOP tax reform plan that would tax goods imported into the country, arguing that the measure could burden import-dependent companies such as car makers. A study released this month by Freedom Partners, a nonprofit, nonpartisan policy institute, found that Michigan would be ground zero in terms of […]

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    Pentagon probes Trump’s ex-adviser Flynn over foreign payments

    The Pentagon inspector general has launched an investigation into whether Michael Flynn, U.S. President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser, accepted money from foreign entities without the required approval, according to a letter released by House Democrats on Thursday. The new probe compounds the legal problems Flynn faces for taking hundreds of thousands of dollars from the state-run Russia Today […]

Resource availability drives person-to-person variations in microbes living in the body

The collection of microbial species found in the human body varies from person to person, and new research published in PLOS Computational Biology suggests that a significant part of this variation can be explained by variability in shared resources available to the microbes. Every human is home to a collection of thousands of diverse species of microbes known as the […]

  • Ice cave in Transylvania yields window into region’s past

    Ice cores drilled from a glacier in a cave in Transylvania offer new evidence of how Europe’s winter weather and climate patterns fluctuated during the last 10,000 years, known as the Holocene period. The cores provide insights into how the region’s climate has changed over time. The researchers’ results, published this week in the journal Scientific Reports, could help reveal […]

  • Ding Junhui takes 5-3 overnight lead on Mark Selby in Crucible semi-final

    The 2016 champion Mark Selby was left with plenty to think about overnight following an enthralling first session of his world championship semi-final with China’s Ding Junhui. There was little to split the pair in Sheffield on Thursday before Ding, who lost against Selby in the final last year, won the final three frames to secure a 5-3 advantage. They […]

  • France investigates votes for 2018 and 2022 World Cups and questions Blatter

    French prosecutors have opened an investigation into potential corruption relating to Fifa’s vote for Russia and Qatar to host respectively the 2018 and 2022 World Cup finals, sources close to the investigation have confirmed. Investigators are understood to have interviewed Sepp Blatter, who was the Fifa president at the time of the controversial December 2010 vote by a majority of […]

  • Experts warn of £12.6bn scale of UK gambling problem

    Experts are warning that the UK must face up to the scale of its gambling problem with a lack of research, and industry influence, preventing proper scrutiny of a growing national habit. Joey Barton’s 18-month suspension from football on betting-related charges, and the player’s response in which he spoke of an “explosion in sports betting”, has brought the spotlight back […]

  • Premier League and much more: 10 things to look out for this weekend

    1) Spurs need to keep their heads. But if they can’t … Won’t someone think of the kids? OK! Will do! But let’s not get too pious: there was something satisfying – nay, gloriously entertaining – about the way Spurs tumbled down the tunnel at Chelsea last season, raging against the dying of the light. Bottom line, we all enjoy […]

  • Exeter’s Harry Williams: ‘The idea of international rugby is forming a bit more’

    In Exeter they do not mind what their rugby players look like. “We’re not big ones for the colour of a player’s boots or hairstyles or tattoos,” confirms Rob Baxter, the Chiefs director of rugby, glancing over at his distinctively pony-tailed, 20-stone prop Harry Williams. “We’re happy for them to be their own men as long as they buy into […]

  • White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer was once an advocate for NAFTA

    One of the most public faces of Donald Trump’s administration once argued that the failure of the United States to uphold its obligations under the North American Free Trade Agreement would hurt American workers. The Trump administration this week imposed a tariff on lumber from Canada, a NAFTA partner, and has said it will withdraw from the trade agreement if […]

  • Trump fails to force health care vote in first 100 days

    Washington (CNN)House GOP leaders, despite a furious push Thursday, were unable to wrangle the votes necessary to move forward on their latest effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. The development short-circuits, yet again, the House effort to repeal the cornerstone domestic achievement of President Barack Obama. It guarantees President Donald Trump will be without a cornerstone legislative […]

  • Donald Trump warns of ‘major, major conflict’ with North Korea

    US president says he wants to seek a diplomatic solution to crisis in Korea and reveals China is helping to pressure Kim Jong-un Donald Trump has said that a “major conflict” was possible with North Korea though he would prefer to solve the standoff over the country’s nuclear and missile programme through diplomacy. Trump’s warning on Thursday came towards the […]

  • Trump, Argentine President Macri hold White House talks

    President Donald Trump welcomed Argentine President Mauricio to the White House for talks on Thursday and said they’ll end up being “great friends, better than ever before.” Trump puts great stock in the relationships he’s building with his foreign counterparts, and has spoken extensively in recent weeks about the “chemistry” he says he built with Chinese President Xi Jinping after […]

  • Racing news and tips: Fehily and Unowhatimeanharry avenge Cheltenham loss

    For the second day running, the feature event here on Thursday was in the balance until its final moment as Unowhatimeanharry, the beaten favourite behind Nichols Canyon in the Stayers’ Hurdle at Cheltenham, turned around the form under a bold ride by Noel Fehily and held off his old rival by a head. Ruby Walsh threw everything into his finish […]

  • Talking Horses: Friday racing tips for Sandown and Punchestown

    t was fun when the late-April meeting at Sandown Park mixed Flat and National Hunt racing on the same afternoon, but it is difficult to argue with the move to partition the meeting into separate days for the two codes when it produces a card as deep and intriguing as the one at the Esher track today. From the Esher […]

  • Lewis Hamilton inspired by Serena Williams response to Ilie Nastase abuse

    Lewis Hamilton has spoken out in support of Serena Williams after she was the victim of racial abuse from the former player Ilie Nastase last week. The British driver, speaking before the Russian Grand Prix in Sochi, hailed Williams’s reaction to the abuse and said she was an inspiration as a “powerful, independent black woman”. Nastase, who won both the […]

  • Anthony Joshua: ‘When Wladimir Klitschko gets beat it could be the end’

    There was nothing more to say but they said it anyway. Hoovering up a few more pay-per-view clicks at the end of a long promotion ritually relies on pre-fight shenanigans but there was no chance of that when Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko stopped short of eloping together on Thursday as their world title fight on Saturday night looms. For […]

  • Why Arsène Wenger finally decided a back three was Arsenal’s way forward

    In late September 1996, Arsenal travelled to face Borussia Mönchengladbach in the second leg of a Uefa Cup tie. Arsène Wenger had been confirmed as manager but was supposed to have only a watching brief, formally taking over after the following weekend’s match against Sunderland. At half-time, with the score 1-1 and Arsenal trailing 4-3 on aggregate, he came down […]

  • Pentagon probes Trump’s ex-adviser Flynn over foreign payments

    The Pentagon inspector general has launched an investigation into whether Michael Flynn, U.S. President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser, accepted money from foreign entities without the required approval, according to a letter released by House Democrats on Thursday. The new probe compounds the legal problems Flynn faces for taking hundreds of thousands of dollars from the state-run Russia Today […]

  • GOP’s health care push tests Democratic resistance

    Washington (CNN)The most conservative congressmen in the country were a major roadblock in President Donald Trump’s first push to replace Obamacare. Now, a second attempt’s fate is in the hands of a moderate Republican faction — putting to the test the power of Democratic resistance. Progressives have protested at those Republicans’ town halls, marched through major cities and filled lawmakers’ […]

  • Congress eyes stopgap to avert shutdown, as health care bill gains steam

    House lawmakers have filed a stopgap spending bill to avert a government shutdown this weekend, as lawmakers juggle talks on a longer-term budget deal and a potential revival of ObamaCare replacement legislation. The short-term “continuing resolution” would fund the government through May 5, under current funding levels. “I am optimistic that a final funding package will be completed soon. It […]