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Mid-term elections: Democrats win House in setback for Trump

Mid-term elections: Democrats win House in setback for Trump

World
Media playback is unsupported on your device The Democrats have taken control of the US House of Representatives in the mid-term elections, dealing a blow to President Donald Trump.A Democratic majority in the lower chamber for the first time in eight years will restrict his ability to steer his programme through Congress.But Mr Trump's Republicans are set to strengthen their grip on the Senate.Tuesday's vote was seen as a referendum on a polarising president, even though he is not up for re-election till 2020.The election confirms a historical trend for the party that is not in the White House to make gains in the mid-terms. Media playback is unsupported on your device House Democratic leader Nan...
Trump's stunned silence as Kanye rants in White House

Trump's stunned silence as Kanye rants in White House

Entertainment
Kanye West appeared to stun Donald Trump into silence as he delivered an expletive-filled rant at the White House. Meeting the president in front of reporters and photographers in the Oval Office, the superstar rapper gave Mr Trump little chance to speak as he made a wide-ranging, off-the-cuff address.He sported a "Make America Great Again" hat - popularised during the president's campaign in 2016 - and revealed that his friends had tried to scare him into not wearing it.Nevertheless, he said he had "enough balls to put on this hat" as it made him feel like "superman", adding: "People expect that if you're black, you have to be Democrat." Image: Kanye West shows Donald Trump his mobile phone in the Oval Office Speaking...
Ashley sacks entire House of Fraser management team

Ashley sacks entire House of Fraser management team

Business
Mike Ashley's firm has sacked the senior management at House of Fraser just weeks after it bought the department store chain.In a one-sentence announcement to the stock market, Sports Direct said it had "dismissed the former directors and senior management of House of Fraser".The move followed "calls for an investigation" into the retailer's collapse, the statement added.Sports Direct paid £90m for House of Fraser's 58 UK stores in August.Those departing the chain will include chief executive Alex Williamson. It is not clear who will replace the management team at House of Fraser, or how many people are affected by the decision.Richard Lim of Retail Economics, a consultancy, said the new owner had taken "drastic action following a series of woeful m...
White House 'preparing to investigate tech giants'

White House 'preparing to investigate tech giants'

Technology
The White House has drafted an executive order for Donald Trump which would instruct federal agencies to investigate the business practices of technology giants including Facebook and Google. Without naming specific companies, a draft copy of the order, obtained by Bloomberg, instructs antitrust (competition law) authorities to "thoroughly investigate whether any online platform has acted in violation of the antitrust laws".Other federal agencies are instructed to develop recommendations on how to "protect competition among online platforms and address online platform bias" within a month by the order, which has not been finalised.It is currently in its preliminary stages and federal agencies will consult on its contents before it goes to the president.Mr Trump publicly acc...
Jack White donates $30,000 to make 'Outsiders' house a museum

Jack White donates $30,000 to make 'Outsiders' house a museum

Entertainment
Sept. 22 (UPI) -- Singer-songwriter Jack White has donated $ 30,000 to help transform the Oklahoma house from the 1983 movie The Outsiders into a museum. Tulsa World reported the gift allowed fundraisers to meet their $ 75,000 goal. "Jack White closed the thing and got it done," fundraiser Danny O'Connor told the newspaper Thursday. "I have a feeling there's a brass plaque in order in the cement at that house pretty soon. What a guy. I couldn't think of a better person to come wrap this bow up, tie the loose ends up."The vibe at The Outsiders house today was like... pic.twitter.com/w7W7aUE6qV— The Outsiders House (@OutsidersHouse) September 20, 2018 O'Connor also tweeted: "If there's a higher caliber of human being who just happens to be a rock god I haven't met em'. Thank you, Ja...