Virginia governor vows to stay; calls mount to oust lieutenant governor

Virginia governor vows to stay; calls mount to oust lieutenant governor
RICHMOND, Va. (Reuters) – Virginia’s embattled governor, Ralph Northam, capped a week of political chaos ignited by racial scandals by vowing to stay in office on Friday, while the fellow Democrat in line to succeed him faced a second accusation of sexual assault. The swirling racial scandals, involving both Northam and the state’s Democratic attorney general, and the sexual assault... Read More

Arizona healthcare facility where woman was raped will remain open

Arizona healthcare facility where woman was raped will remain open
PHOENIX (Reuters) – An Arizona long-term healthcare facility where a severely disabled woman was raped will remain open after its owners agreed to allow the state to oversee operations, a spokesman for the governor said on Friday. Hacienda HealthCare had said on Thursday that it was no longer “sustainable” to operate its skilled nursing facility in Phoenix, where an unidentified... Read More

Virginia lieutenant governor denies new sexual assault allegation

Virginia lieutenant governor denies new sexual assault allegation
RICHMOND, Va. (Reuters) – Virginia Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax faced a second accusation of sexual assault on Friday, when a woman accused him of raping her when they were fellow students at Duke University, adding to the chaos that has engulfed the state’s top three elected officials. Fairfax denied both accusations as a “coordinated smear campaign.” He called the latest... Read More

University of California to be granted pioneering CRISPR patent

University of California to be granted pioneering CRISPR patent
(Reuters) – The University of California will soon be granted a potentially valuable patent on the revolutionary gene-editing technology known as CRISPR, according to a document filed by the U.S. patent office on Friday. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office decision to grant the patent could further fuel a long-running rivalry between the university and the Broad Institute, a biological... Read More

Virginia lieutenant governor denies second sexual assault allegation

Virginia lieutenant governor denies second sexual assault allegation
RICHMOND, Va. (Reuters) – Virginia Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax, who earlier this week was accused of a 2004 sexual assault that he has denied, on Friday faced a new allegation that he raped a fellow Duke University student in 2000, according to a law firm representing his accuser. Justin Fairfax, the Lieutenant Governor of Virginia, drinks before opening the state’s... Read More

New UK laws will block China’s Huawei from sensitive state projects: The Sun

New UK laws will block China’s Huawei from sensitive state projects: The Sun
FILE PHOTO – A woman sits next to a salesperson at a Huawei shop in Bangkok, Thailand, January 30, 2019. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha (Reuters) – New laws on foreign investment in the UK will block Chinese firm Huawei from sensitive UK tech projects, The Sun newspaper reported on Friday. Many are concerned that allowing Huawei an inside track on the rollout... Read More

U.S. fund managers brace for consumer slowdown

U.S. fund managers brace for consumer slowdown
(Reuters) – With expectations for slowing growth escalating, U.S. fund managers are selectively avoiding stocks in consumer companies as lofty valuations, concerns about declining earnings estimates, and consumer confidence keep them on guard. FILE PHOTO – Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S., February 1, 2019. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid Low U.S. unemployment... Read More