NFL: San Francisco 49ers at Minnesota Vikings
FILE PHOTO: Aug 27, 2017; Minneapolis, MN, USA; San Francisco 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster (56) looks on following the game against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

April 12, 2019

Washington Redskins linebacker Reuben Foster will be fined but not suspended for his involvement in an incident that led to misdemeanor domestic violence battery charges that ultimately were dropped, the NFL announced Friday.

The league said Foster would be fined two game checks. He is scheduled to earn a base salary of $1.29 million in the 2019 season.

The charges stemmed from an incident in Tampa on Nov. 24 when Foster was a member of the San Francisco 49ers. His former girlfriend, Elissa Ennis, said Foster pushed her in the chest area and slapped her with an open hand on the left side of her face at a Tampa hotel on the eve of the 49ers’ game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The 49ers released Foster the next day and the Redskins claimed him two days later. The NFL placed Foster on the commissioner’s exempt list, and he did not play the rest of the season.

“Following a thorough investigation, the evidence did not support a finding that Foster violated the NFL’s Personal Conduct Policy in connection with the Tampa incident in November 2018. The NFL has returned Foster to the active roster from the Commissioner Exempt list. He may fully participate in all team activities,” the NFL said in a statement issued Friday.

Washington team president Bruce Allen said the team has told Foster it will not tolerate any further off-field incidents.

“The Redskins have put in place a comprehensive responsibility and accountability plan to help Reuben be successful on and off the field,” Allen said in a statement. “Elements of this plan include individual counseling, a structured living arrangement, weekly meetings with the club player engagement director, weekly meetings with our team chaplain, and targeted community service engagements.

“We have been very clear with Reuben that his past does not have to determine his future – but the responsibility is squarely on him to change. Reuben must fully adhere to the plan we have developed for him. Reuben knows that we simply will not tolerate any future conduct that is detrimental to the Washington Redskins organization or to the NFL.”

In a statement issued by the team, Foster said he understood the conditions.

“I accept the NFL’s decision and want to say that I am truly sorry for my past actions and the people who may have been hurt by them,” Foster said. “Going forward, I will follow the plan outlined for me and work hard to earn back the trust of my teammates, the NFL, NFL fans, and the community. I know that my success is all up to me, and I am committed to not letting you down.”

A first-round draft pick in 2017, the 31st player selected overall, Foster had 29 tackles but no sacks, forced fumbles, fumble recoveries or interceptions in the six games he played last season.

–Field Level Media

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Second round play of the Masters at Augusta National
Golf – Masters – Augusta National Golf Club – Augusta, Georgia, U.S. – April 12, 2019 – During second round play. Francesco Molinari of Italy hits on the 12th tee. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

April 12, 2019

By Frank Pingue

AUGUSTA Ga. (Reuters) – The first time Francesco Molinari walked the Augusta National course he wore a caddie’s white boiler suit but on Friday the Italian put himself in prime position to leave the Masters wearing a Green Jacket.

The British Open champion, who served as caddie for his brother at the 2006 Masters, fired a five-under-par 67 that was his best-ever round at Augusta National and gave him a share of the second-round clubhouse lead.

After getting himself in a solid position heading into the weekend of the year’s first major, world number seven Molinari could not help but reflect on his remarkable journey from caddie to Masters contender.

“It was a great motivation to see how good the guys were and, at the same time, how much I needed to improve to hopefully one day get here,” said Molinari, who in 2006 was in his second year on the European Tour.

“But I mean at the time, to be honest, the goal was to maybe only be once in my career at Augusta, (that) already would have been an achievement for me.”

The Italian came into the Masters with three victories in a span of 12 PGA Tour starts yet was mostly overlooked as a contender since he has missed the cut here twice and also never finished better than his share of 19th in 2012.

But Molinari, 36, was full of confidence given his victory at Carnoustie last year where he became the first Italian to win a major. Last September he became the first European player to win all five of his matches at a Ryder Cup.

That sense of belief helped Molinari, who began the day four strokes behind overnight co-leaders Brooks Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau, follow his opening two-under-par 70 with a bogey-free trip around Augusta National.

Molinari, who last month shot a final-round 64 to win the Arnold Palmer Invitational, showcased a solid day off the tee, hit some quality irons and holed some nice putts.

While the Italian said his chance to caddie at Augusta National gave him motivation to improve his game he added it was also hard not getting a chance to swing a club that week.

“I have lots of memories,” Molinari said about tending to the bag as his brother missed the Masters cut in 2006. “Mostly the fact that I didn’t really enjoy caddying.

“I love being here and I love caddying for my brother, but it was just so hard to give him clubs, and it seemed a bit of a nightmare, you know, standing with the bag, waiting for him to hit the shots.”

(Reporting by Frank Pingue; editing by Ken Ferris)

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NBA: Los Angeles Lakers at New Orleans Pelicans
FILE PHOTO: Mar 31, 2019; New Orleans, LA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton reacts during the second half against the New Orleans Pelicans at the Smoothie King Center. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

April 12, 2019

By Rory Carroll

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The Los Angeles Lakers and head coach Luke Walton have agreed to part ways after the team posted a disappointing 37-45 record and failed to end a playoff drought stretching back to 2013.

Walton spent two seasons at the helm of a team that struggled to find the right pieces to complement 15-time All-Star LeBron James in his first season in Los Angeles.

“We would like to thank Luke for his dedicated service over the last three years,” Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka said in a press release issued on Friday.

“We wish Luke and his family the best of luck moving forward.”

Walton said he was grateful to team owner Jeanie Buss for the chance to coach the team, where he won two championships as a player.

“I want to thank Jeanie Buss and the Buss family for giving me the opportunity to coach the Lakers,” he said.

“This franchise and the city will always be special to me and my family.”

Former Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue is seen as an early frontrunner for the job, according to ESPN.

Lue, who won two championships with the Lakers as a player, coached James to a championship with the Cavaliers in 2016.

(Reporting by Rory Carroll; Editing by Ken Ferris)

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FILE PHOTO: Facebook's founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks at the Viva Tech start-up and technology summit in Paris
FILE PHOTO: Facebook’s founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks at the Viva Tech start-up and technology summit in Paris, France, May 24, 2018. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

April 12, 2019

(Reuters) – Facebook Inc Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg’s compensation for 2018 more than doubled to $22.6 million, a regulatory filing showed on Friday.

The company has been marred by security issues in the past year that have dented the social media company’s stock.

(Reporting by Sayanti Chakraborty in Bengaluru; Editing by Shounak Dasgupta)

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U.S. President Trump welcomes South Korea’s President Moon to the White House in Washington
U.S. President Donald Trump listens to questions as he and first lady Melania Trump meet with South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in and his wife Kim Jung-sook in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, U.S., April 11, 2019. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

April 12, 2019

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday he was considering sending immigrants in the country illegally to so-called sanctuary cities.

“Due to the fact that Democrats are unwilling to change our very dangerous immigration laws, we are indeed, as reported, giving strong considerations to placing Illegal Immigrants in Sanctuary Cities only,” Trump wrote on Twitter.

(Reporting by Mohammad Zargham)

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FILE PHOTO: The logo of US conglomerate General Electric is pictured at the company's site of its energy branch in Belfort
FILE PHOTO: The logo of U.S. conglomerate General Electric is pictured at the company’s site of its energy branch in Belfort, France, February 5, 2019. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler/File Photo

April 12, 2019

(Reuters) – General Electric Co will pay a $1.5 billion civil penalty to resolve claims related to subprime residential mortgage loans offered by its WMC Mortgage unit, the U.S. Department of Justice said on Friday.

The settlement resolves claims that GE and WMC misrepresented the quality of the loans, as well as WMC’s internal quality and fraud controls, in connection with the marketing and sale of residential mortgage-backed securities.

(Reporting by Jonathan Stempel in New York, Editing by Franklin Paul)

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People partricipate in a candle light vigil to pay homage outside Jallianwala Bagh memorial to mark 100th anniversary of Jallianwala Bagh massacre in Amritsar
People partricipate in a candle light vigil to pay homage outside Jallianwala Bagh memorial to mark 100th anniversary of Jallianwala Bagh massacre in Amritsar, India, April 12, 2018. REUTERS/Munish Sharma

April 12, 2019

By Devjyot Ghoshal

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Hundreds of people holding candles and the national flag marched through the northern Indian city of Amritsar on Friday, on the eve of the centenary of the colonial-era Jallianwala Bagh massacre that British Prime Minister Theresa May has called a “shameful scar.”

On April 13, 1919, some 50 British Indian army soldiers began shooting at unarmed civilians who were taking part in a peaceful protest against oppressive laws enforced in the Punjab region.

At least 379 Sikhs were killed, according to the official record, although local residents said in the past the toll was far higher. The massacre took place in the walled enclosure of Jallianwala Bagh, which is still pocked with bullet marks.

The massacre became a symbol of colonial cruelty and for decades Indians have demanded an apology from Britain, including during Queen Elizabeth’s visit to Amritsar in 1997.

On Wednesday, May told the British parliament that “the tragedy of Jallianwala Bagh in 1919 is a shameful scar on British Indian history”, but she did not issue a formal apology.

In 2013, then British Prime Minister David Cameron described the killings as a “deeply shameful event” in a visitor book at the site, now marked by a 46-foot (14-metre) high flame-shaped memorial.

“There are events in the histories of nations which are difficult to forget and they hold a very emotionally charged space in a nation’s memory,” Navtej Sarna, a Sikh who has served as India’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, told Reuters.

“We have an excellent relationship with the United Kingdom today but it’s a question of assuaging sentiments and healing a wound which has been festering as part of our shared history.” India gained independence from Britain in 1947.

Security in the city – also home to Sikhism’s holiest shrine the Golden Temple – has been stepped up as hundreds of visitors and groups are likely to arrive at the site, Amritsar Police Commissioner S.S. Srivastava said.

Residents of the city, tourists, visitors, top government officials and students took part in the candle lit evening march from a building called Townhall to the massacre site.

The march of about one kilometer was accompanied by loudspeakers playing patriotic songs and onlookers thronged the roadsides. At the end of the march, people observed a two-minute silence.

Punjab state’s Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and Governor V P Badnore took part in the march while Rahul Gandhi, president of the opposition Congress party, was expected to visit the city later in the evening.

(Reporting by Devjyot Ghoshal and Promit Mukherjee; Editing by Frances Kerry)

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FILE PHOTO: Formula One F1 - Bahrain Testing
FILE PHOTO: Formula One F1 – Bahrain Testing – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – April 3, 2019 Mick Schumacher during testing for Alfa Romeo REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

April 12, 2019

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto says be can see similarities between Mick Schumacher’s approach to his recent Formula One test and how seven times champion father Michael used to go about racing.

Schumacher, 20 and a member of Ferrari’s driver academy after winning the European F3 title last year, made his test debut with the Italian team in Bahrain this month.

The outing came 15 years after Michael won the first grand prix in the Middle East at the same circuit for then-dominant Ferrari.

“I don’t think he’s looking very similar to Michael but the way he’s behaving is very similar,” Binotto, who worked closely with the champion during a golden era at Ferrari that ended in 2006, told reporters at the Chinese Grand Prix on Friday.

“The way he approaches the exercise and the way he’s interested in the car, discussing it with the technicians,” he added.

“So even in Maranello, you are looking after him but he’s always in the workshop looking at the car, speaking with the mechanics, and I think that’s very similar to his father.”

Schumacher senior, now 50, has not been seen in public since he suffered severe head injuries in a 2013 skiing accident in the French Alps.

Mick was second fastest in the test, albeit on softer and quicker tires than anyone else, and said he felt at home in the garage.

Binotto said it was hard to assess the test because of the poor weather conditions that day and because performance had never been the aim.

“It was his very first day on an F1 car; more important for him still in the learning phase, day-by-day, is facing a completely new challenge in his F2 season,” he said.

“I think what was certainly positive was the way he approached the exercise, the approach to the day of testing, never pushing to the limit, trying to improve run-by-run, learning the car, learning the team.

“I think in that respect he did a very good job: very well focused, concentrated and tried to do the proper job and learn. I think that’s the most you may expect on such a day.”

(Writing by Alan Baldwin in London, editing by Christian Radnedge)

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FILE PHOTO: An Airbus A318 of Avianca Brazil prepares to land at Santos Dumont airport in Rio de Janeiro
FILE PHOTO: An Airbus A318-100 airplane of Avianca Brazil prepares to land at Santos Dumont airport in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, April 3, 2019. REUTERS/Sergio Moraes/File Photo

April 12, 2019

SAO PAULO (Reuters) – Struggling carrier Avianca Brasil will be able to fly on Friday from Brazil’s largest airport, located in Guarulhos, a day after the airport operator said it would only allow their flights there if it received upfront payment daily.

A source with knowledge of the matter said Avianca Brasil paid airport operation fees upfront at the Guarulhos airport on Friday and that it had committed to paying necessary fees for weekend operations as well.

Avianca Brasil filed for bankruptcy protection in December and has been running up debts with lessors and airport operators as it continues to carry out most of its scheduled flights. The airline is very low on cash and fell behind on its payroll in March, the company has said.

(Reporting by Marcelo Rochabrun; Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe)

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FILE PHOTO: Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond leaves Downing Street in London
FILE PHOTO: Britain’s Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond leaves Downing Street in London, Britain April 10, 2019. REUTERS/Hannah Mckay/File Photo

April 12, 2019

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – British finance minister Philip Hammond said on Friday it was very likely that the idea of a second Brexit referendum would be put to parliament at some point, but time was tight before October when Britain is due to leave the European Union.

Hammond, speaking to reporters in Washington where he is attending meetings at the International Monetary Fund, also said he expected the government and the opposition Labour Party would strike a deal on how to break the Brexit impasse in parliament in the next couple of months.

(Reporting by David Milliken; Writing by William Schomberg; Editing by Alistair Smout)

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