Business Politics 

Trump walks out of shutdown talks with a ‘bye-bye’

President Donald Trump has walked out of a meeting with Democratic leaders as negotiations broke down on the 19th day of a partial US government shutdown. Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer stuck by their refusal to fund his US-Mexico border wall, prompting Mr Trump to call the meeting “a total waste of time”. Democrats again accused the president of throwing a “temper tantrum”. Mr Trump has demanded $5.7bn (£4.5bn) to build a steel barrier, which would deliver on a key campaign pledge. But Democrats – who control the House of…

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Business 

Trade war: China says US talks ‘laid ground’ to resolve dispute

China said talks with the US “laid the foundations” to resolve a damaging trade dispute between the world’s two largest economies. The negotiations in Beijing this week were “extensive, deep and detailed,” China’s commerce ministry said. The US highlighted China’s pledge to purchase more agriculture and other goods, without providing specifics. Neither side has said when the two countries will meet again for further negotiations. The midlevel talks in Beijing concluded on Wednesday. They weren’t expected to produce a final deal but optimism about progress had buoyed global stock markets…

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Sports 

Big Bash: Tom Curran stars but Sydney Sixers beaten by Sydney Thunder

England’s Tom Curran starred with bat and ball but still ended on the losing side as Sydney Sixers were beaten by Sydney Thunder in a Big Bash derby. Curran took 3-24 as Thunder made 169-9, helped by Jos Buttler’s 63, though England captain Joe Root fell for nine. The Sixers fell to 56-6 but rallied courtesy of Curran’s quick-fire 62 – before losing by 21 runs. England hopeful Jofra Archer took 3-25 as Hobart Hurricanes beat Melbourne Stars by six wickets. The Hurricanes decided to field after winning the toss…

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Sports 

LeBron James apologises for ‘Jewish money’ Instagram post

Basketball star LeBron James has apologised after sharing a lyric about “Jewish money” on social media – saying he thought it was a compliment. James was called out over the lyric – which comes from a song by US rapper 21 Savage – after he shared it with his 45.8m followers on Instagram. US journalist Darren Rovell was among those drawing attention to the post, saying it was “offensive”. But James said it was not his intent “to hurt anyone” with Saturday’s post. LeBron James: Racism is hidden but alive…

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Business Tech 

Gatwick ‘no drone’ police comment ‘miscommunicated’

The suggestion there may not have been any drones at Gatwick Airport was a “miscommunication by police”, a government source has told the BBC. During a conference call between ministers, chaired by Transport Secretary Chris Grayling, it was agreed the 67 drone sightings were legitimate. But over the weekend, a senior police officer said it was a “possibility” there had never been a drone. About 1,000 flights were affected during the airport’s 36 hours of chaos. The airport has spent £5m since Wednesday on new equipment and technology to prevent…

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Tech 

Suffolk farm drone in near-miss with Tornado jet

An RAF Tornado travelling at 517mph (832km/h) came within 22m (72ft) of hitting a drone, a report has revealed. The jet, which was flying in formation 10 miles (16km) north-east of Wattisham Airfield in Suffolk, did not see the remote-controlled aircraft, according to the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). The drone pilot, which reported the incident, said there was a high risk of collision. The CAA Airprox board’s report said “safety had been much reduced”. The drone, which was carrying out an agricultural survey, was at an altitude of 100m (328ft) while the…

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Tech 

Google and Amazon urged to follow Apple’s ‘anti-gay app ban’

Campaigners have thanked Apple for removing an app from its store that they said stigmatised LGBT people. The software promoted a US religious group that says homosexual practice is sinful and that its members should help “call up” others to their natural-born “biblical gender”. Apple’s store now says the app is not available, but the tech firm has not commented on the matter. Google and Amazon continue to offer Android versions of the app. The Christian organisation involved, Living Hope Ministries, has told NBC News that it plans to challenge Apple’s…

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Tech 

Drone detectors now deployable across UK: minister

London (AFP) – British Security Minister Ben Wallace said Monday the government can now deploy drone detection systems nationwide, after days of device sightings caused chaos at Gatwick Airport and criticism of the government response. Britain’s second-busiest airport was forced to close its only runway repeatedly last Wednesday through Friday due to numerous reports of drones, impacting nearly 140,000 passengers and leading to the deployment of soldiers. “We are able to now deploy detection systems throughout the UK to combat this threat,” Wallace said in a statement. But he warned:…

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Business 

A good Santa Claus can rake in $15,000 for the season

It might not be the easiest gig in the world, dealing with massive crowds of kids – some of whom end up crying on your lap – but being a Santa Claus for hire could be extremely lucrative. According to Mitch Allen, partner at HireSanta LLC, a company that places hundreds of Saint Nicks throughout the U.S., most Santas typically rake in around $2,000 to $15,000 per holiday season, starting around Thanksgiving and ending on Christmas Day. “Most make $3,000 to $7,000, but it really varies based on how much Santa wants…

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Business 

Taxpayers can no longer claim these 4 deductions

As Americans get ready for the upcoming tax season, sweeping changes are going to affect how individuals and families file this year — including which deductions and credits they can claim. While the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act doubled the standard deduction for both individuals and married couples filing jointly – meaning fewer people are expected to itemize – it also changed allowable deductions. Here’s a look at what is no longer – and what still is – able to be claimed, as compiled by TurboTax: Dependent exemption Under the previous law,…

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