Florida mulls U-turn on move to strip Disney theme-parks of self-governing status – FT

Dec 2 (Reuters) – Florida lawyers are mulling plans to reverse a move that would strip Walt Disney Co (DIS.N) of its right to operate a private government around its famous theme-parks, the Financial Times reported on Friday, citing people briefed on the plan. In April, lawyers had given their final approval to a bill … Read more

Twitter suspends Kanye’s account again

Dec 2 (Reuters) – Twitter Inc on Friday suspended Kanye West’s account again, just two months after it was reinstated, after its owner Elon Musk said he had violated the platform’s rules prohibiting incitement to violence. Musk, who calls himself a free speech absolutist, had welcomed the return of the rapper, now known as Ye, … Read more

Musk delivers first Tesla truck, but no update on output, pricing

Tesla ships first Semi to PepsiCo five years after unveiling it No details on orders or capacity for electric truck Semi uses existing Tesla motors, to feature new Supercharger Dec 1 (Reuters) – Tesla Inc (TSLA.O) Chief Executive Elon Musk delivered the company’s first heavy-duty Semi on Thursday to PepsiCo (PEP.O) without offering updated forecasts … Read more

U.S. embassy latest target in spate of letter bombs in Spain

First device sent to prime minister’s office on Nov. 24 Five similar letter bombs received Wednesday and Thursday Ukraine embassy official slightly hurt by one device Another device found at US Embassy in Madrid Defense ministry, arms manufacturer, air base also targeted MADRID, Dec 1 (Reuters) – Bomb disposal experts defused a letter bomb at … Read more

Sam Bankman-Fried says he ‘didn’t ever try to commit fraud’

NEW YORK, Nov 30 (Reuters) – Sam Bankman-Fried, the founder and former CEO of now-bankrupt crypto exchange FTX, attempted to distance himself from suggestions of fraud in his first public appearance since his company’s collapse stunned investors and left creditors facing losses totaling billions of dollars. Speaking via video link at the New York Times’ … Read more

U.S. appeals court rejects Biden’s bid to revive student debt plan

Nov 30 (Reuters) – A federal appeals court on Wednesday declined to put on hold a Texas judge’s ruling that said President Joe Biden’s plan to cancel hundreds of billions of dollars in student loan debt was unlawful. The New Orleans-based 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the Biden administration’s request to pause a … Read more

Letter bomb injures one at Ukraine’s Madrid embassy, Kyiv ramps up security

MADRID/KYIV, Nov 30 (Reuters) – A security officer at Ukraine’s embassy in Madrid was injured when he opened a letter bomb addressed to the ambassador on Wednesday, prompting Kyiv to order greater security at all its representative offices abroad. The letter, which arrived by regular mail and was not scanned, caused “a very small wound” … Read more

Oath Keepers founder guilty of sedition in U.S. Capitol attack plot

WASHINGTON, Nov 29 (Reuters) – Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes, and another leader of the right-wing group, were found guilty on Tuesday of seditious conspiracy for the attack on the US Capitol by Donald Trump supporters, an important win for Justice Department. The verdicts against Rhodes and four co-defendants, after three days of deliberations by … Read more

Elon Musk: Apple threatened to yank Twitter from App Store

Nov 28 (Reuters) – Elon Musk accused Apple Inc (AAPL.O) of threatening to block Twitter Inc from its app store without saying why in a series of tweets on Monday that also said the iPhone maker had stopped advertising on the social media platform . The billionaire CEO of Twitter and Tesla said Apple was … Read more

Chinese authorities seek out COVID protesters

BEIJING, Nov 29 (Reuters) – Chinese authorities have begun inquiries into some of the people who gathered at weekend protests against COVID-19 curbs, three people who were at the Beijing demonstrations told Reuters, as police remained out in numbers on the city’s streets . In one case, a caller identifying as a police officer in … Read more