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Trump warns US Fed against making 'yet another mistake'

Trump warns US Fed against making 'yet another mistake'

Business
US President Donald Trump has stepped up his pressure on the Federal Reserve by warning the central bank against making "yet another mistake".The Fed is widely expected to announce an interest rate rise - its fourth in a year - on Wednesday. But with financial markets in turmoil and fears of recession growing, some critics are questioning the plan.In a tweet, President Trump advised the Fed to "feel the market" and not to "just go by meaningless numbers". What's knocked markets off course? The perils of a political Federal Reserve His remarks bring unprecedented pressure on the central bank as policymakers meet in Washington for a two-day meeting.Presidents generally avoid criticising the Fed publicly, for fear of politicising the institution and underm...
Just another challenge for Redskins QB Alex Smith

Just another challenge for Redskins QB Alex Smith

Sports
Few, if any, NFL quarterbacks faced the myriad of challenges confronted by Alexander Douglas Smith, who was under a shroud of controversy even before he entered the league at the very highest level in 2005 as the first overall pick in the draft by the San Francisco 49ers. Now, after overcoming multiple issues to achieve success with three organizations, Smith is facing yet another challenge as he recovers in a Washington hospital following surgery to repair a broken fibula and tibia, the result of a play so gruesome Sunday that even national television had the decency not to replay it more than once. It happened while he was dropping back to pass for the Washington Redskins and was overrun by Houston Texans defenders J.J. Watt and Kareem Jackson. It was immediately obvious that the 34-y...
Scandal-hit Strictly couple stay for another week

Scandal-hit Strictly couple stay for another week

Entertainment
Strictly contestant Seann Walsh and his professional partner Katya Jones have remained in the competition, despite days of controversy after they were photographed kissing in the street. Jones is married to another dancer on the show, and Walsh was in a relationship at the time.They finished in the top half of the leaderboard on Saturday night after receiving 28 points from the judges for their Charleston.It was one of the highest scores of the night, putting them in fourth place overall.Those points were then combined with votes from the public.Katie Piper and her professional partner Gorka Marquez became the third couple to leave the show this year.Following the cheating revelations, Walsh was publicly dumped by his long-term girlfriend.Rebecca Humphries released a statem...
Cardinals aim for another series win vs. Reds

Cardinals aim for another series win vs. Reds

Sports
A spot in the team record books is on the line Sunday, as well as an opportunity to solidify their playoff positioning. But if the St. Louis Cardinals are to beat the Cincinnati Reds at Busch Stadium and capture their 11th consecutive series, they will probably need a strong start from a guy that recently lost his spot in the rotation. Manager Mike Shildt has opted to give an extra day of rest to the likes of Jack Flaherty, Miles Mikolas and John Gant ahead of their starts Monday through Wednesday in Washington. Shildt is going with righthander Luke Weaver (7-11, 4.59 ERA), who will make his first start since an Aug. 16 loss to the Nationals, which occurred four days after he was scratched with a cut on his right index finger from trying to open a food tray. After starting the season a...
Indonesian island hit by another quake, causing landslides

Indonesian island hit by another quake, causing landslides

World
A strong earthquake jolted the Indonesian island of Lombok on Sunday, causing landslides on Mount Rinjani and damaging buildings, as it tries to recover from a temblor earlier this month that killed hundreds of people. The U.S. Geological Survey measured the quake, which was centered in the northeast of the tourist island, at magnitude 6.3 with a depth of 7 kilometers (4 miles). It was felt on the neighboring island of Bali and was preceded a few minutes earlier by a magnitude 5.4 quake, also in Lombok's northeast. An Associated Press reporter on Lombok said the tremor caused landslides on the slopes of Rinjani and panic in villages. Video shot by the Indonesian Red Cross showed huge clouds of dust billowing from the mountain's slopes. The shaking toppled motorcycles and there was damage...