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North Korea's Olympic move a chance for U.S. talks, analyst says

North Korea's Olympic move a chance for U.S. talks, analyst says

World
NEW YORK, Jan. 18 (UPI) --North Korea is pursuing a dangerous path of nuclear weapons development, but that does not mean the United States should dismiss an opportunity to deescalate tensions during the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, a U.S. analyst said Wednesday.Speaking before members of the Harvard Business School Club of New York, Suzanne DiMaggio, a senior fellow with New America who recently met with North Korean officials in Moscow, said Kim Jong Un's overtures for reconciliation are not to be ignored as tensions recede on the peninsula."I think the Olympics actually offers an opportunity for both sides to scale back on the rhetoric," she said, referring to the U.S. and North Korean governments. "We now have a nearly two-month Winter Olympic pause.""We must use that pause to pur...
Carillion: Government 'inept' over crisis, says GMB boss

Carillion: Government 'inept' over crisis, says GMB boss

Business
GMB union boss Tim Roache has said the government's response to the Carillion crisis has been "inadequate and inept".The construction giant has gone bust, putting thousands of jobs at risk.Mr Roache said that his union had called on Business Secretary Greg Clark to set up a task force to help private sector companies and employees affected by Carillion's collapse.The government offered firms working in the private sector 48 hours of support which runs out on Wednesday.Mr Roache said the government had told employees that if another private sector company had not taken them on by then, "then here's the Job Centre Plus address. That's frankly scandalous."He called on other private sector companies to take on affected workers without a change in their terms and conditions - a process that he ...
The oil trade is no longer intriguing, T. Boone Pickens says

The oil trade is no longer intriguing, T. Boone Pickens says

Business
Jan. 12 (UPI) -- After a "roller coaster ride" that saw $ 100-per-barrel swings in crude oil prices, tycoon and former oil man T. Boone Pickens said he's bored with trading oil.The 89-year-old investor, who nine years ago launched The Pickens Plan, designed to drive the U.S. energy sector away from its dependence on foreign oil, said in a statement he was shutting down his oil- and gas-commodity focused BP Capital.Launched after he left Mesa Petroleum in the 1990s, Pickens said he's seen oil move from $ 10 per barrel, up to the $ 150 range and as low as $ 26 per barrel in early 2016. The price for Brent crude oil, the global benchmark, hit $ 70 per barrel for the first time since December 2014 in Thursday trading, but is now back below $ 69 per barrel."It has been one hell of a roller coas...
Man who aided disoriented patient says she's getting care

Man who aided disoriented patient says she's getting care

Health
The man who said he came to the aid of a visibly disoriented woman discharged from a Baltimore hospital wearing only a gown and socks on a frigid winter's night said Friday that she's been reunited with her family. Imamu Baraka, a psychotherapist who has an office across the street from the University of Maryland Medical Center Midtown Campus, told The Associated Press he was so angry at the woman's treatment that he decided to record Tuesday night's events on cellphone video, fearing no one would believe him if he reported a patient being left at a bus stop like that on a cold January night. "I knew that she was not supposed to be discharged from a hospital with no clothing on and no shoes," he said during a Friday interview in his office. Baraka's cellphone video shows several guards st...
Dallas Cowboys' Butler says he would've produced more than Dez if he had opportunity

Dallas Cowboys' Butler says he would've produced more than Dez if he had opportunity

Sports
Jan. 13 (UPI) -- Wide receiver Brice Butler says he would have produced more than Dez Bryant if the Dallas Cowboys gave him the opportunity last season.Butler spoke on FS1 Thursday, answering questions about Bryant and his future with the Cowboys."100 percent," Butler answered, when asked if he would have been more productive than Bryant if he had the opportunities.The San Diego State product was a seventh round pick by the Oakland Raiders in the 2013 NFL Draft. He piled up 383 yards and two scores on 30 catches in two seasons with the Raiders, before joining the Cowboys in 2015. Butler had 12 catches for 258 yards in seven games during his first season in Dallas.He had 16 grabs for 219 yards and three scores in 16 games in 2016. This season, Butler had 15 catches for a career-best 317 yar...