EU holds summit without UK to formalise Brexit strategy

European Union countries are meeting in Brussels to discuss a joint strategy for negotiations with the UK over Brexit. Twenty-seven countries will be present, but the UK will not take part. The EU will insist that progress must be made in talks on separating the UK from the EU, before any discussions can begin about future trade relations. Official talks between London and the EU will not begin until after the UK general election on 8 June. In a letter to leaders of the EU-27, European Council President Donald Tusk ...

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A first look at Elon Musk's next grand idea

Elon Musk’s Boring Company releases slick video Elon Musk revealed Friday a first glimpse at the network of traffic-beating underground tunnels he hopes to create. During a speech at a TED Talks conference, Musk — the Tesla(TSLA) and SpaceX CEO — unveiled what he hopes to accomplish with his latest venture, The Boring Company. A new video shows a computer-generated mockup of a sprawling network of underground tunnels that vehicles can access via elevators nested near roadsides. Once underground, the video shows futuristic silver platforms whisking the cars toward their ...

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What happens next is all on Joe Mixon

8:30 PM ET Like it or not, Joe Mixon is in the NFL. So now what? Rds. 4-7: Saturday, noon, ESPN/ESPN App Draftcast: Follow the picks live »NFL draft home page » • Pick-by-pick analysis | By team• NFL Nation:Pros, cons for 2nd-rd picks• Fantasy:Day 2 reaction | Round 1• Tracking every trade The talented Oklahoma running back, known for punching a female student in the face three years ago, was drafted Friday by the Cincinnati Bengals, and no 2017 draft pick enters the league under more intense scrutiny or ...

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Trump executive order aims to allow Arctic drilling

Donald Trump has signed an executive order aimed at reducing restrictions on oil drilling in the Arctic and Atlantic in order to “unleash American energy”. The US president said it would create “thousands and thousands” of jobs, despite a downturn in the oil market. It could undo a ban put in place by Barack Obama in order to protect swathes of the ocean from development. But Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said the decision was better than being held hostage by “foreign entities”. Getting rid of Mr Obama’s environmental protections was ...

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Chris Dodd to step down as Hollywood's chief lobbyist

Hollywood will be getting a new chief lobbyist in Washington. Former Democratic Senator Chris Dodd, who has been chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America for the past six years, will step down by the end of the year, the MPAA said Friday. The MPAA is the primary Washington organization representing major studios. It spent $ 2.6 million lobbying last year, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Dodd spent 30 years in the Senate and served as chairman of the powerful Senate Banking Committee. He announced ...

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Nintendo Announces New 2DS XL, Returns to Clamshell Design

A few years back, Nintendo launched a low-cost follow-up to its 3DS. The 2DS was a slate instead of a clamshell, and it dropped the 3D capabilities Nintendo built into the 3DS, all while selling for a lower price ($ 129 at launch compared with $ 170 for the 3DS at the time). Now, Nintendo has released a new budget-oriented version of its 3DS XL, the New 2DS XL. The New 2DS XL drops the slate form factor that the 2DS favored and returns to a clamshell design. As the ...

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Bengals brush off concerns, draft RB Mixon

8:48 PM ET ESPN.com news services The Cincinnati Bengals drafted controversial running back Joe Mixon on Friday with the 48th overall pick. Rds. 4-7: Saturday, noon, ESPN/ESPN App Draftcast: Follow the picks live »NFL draft home page » • Pick-by-pick analysis | By team• NFL Nation:Pros, cons for 2nd-rd picks• Fantasy:Day 2 reaction | Round 1• Tracking every trade The Bengals were among only four teams that said they would consider drafting Mixon in an anonymous survey by ESPN’s Adam Schefter of all 32 NFL teams. Mixon, taken with the ...

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North Korea crisis: North test-fires ballistic missile

North Korea has test-fired a ballistic missile, South Korean and US military officials say. It apparently exploded seconds after lift-off, the South Korean military was quoted as saying by Yonhap news agency. The US military said the missile did not leave North Korean territory. It was fired from a site in South Pyeongan province north of Pyongyang in the early hours of Saturday local time, South Korea said. The type of missile is not yet known. So far there has been no word from North Korea. Tensions in the region ...

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Google CEO made nearly $200 million last year

Sundar Pichai in 80 Seconds Apparently the C in Alphabet stands for crazy cash. Google CEO Sundar Pichai received nearly $ 199.7 million in compensation last year, double the amount he made in 2015, according to a filing Friday from Google’s parent company, Alphabet(GOOGL, Tech30). Pichai’s base pay was a mere $ 650,000. On top of that, he received a stock award for $ 198.7 million. The company’s compensation committee attributed the lavish pay to Pichai’s promotion to CEO and “numerous successful product launches.” Pichai, a longtime Google executive, took ...

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