Boy Scouts file for bankruptcy due to sex-abuse lawsuits

Boy Scouts file for bankruptcy due to sex-abuse lawsuits

Barraged by hundreds of sex-abuse lawsuits, the Boy Scouts of America filed for bankruptcy protection Tuesday in hopes of working out a potentially mammoth victim compensation plan that will allow the 110-year-old organization to carry on.

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Indian police open case against hundreds in Kashmir for using VPN

Indian police open case against hundreds in Kashmir for using VPN

Local authorities in India-controlled Kashmir have opened a case against hundreds of people who used virtual private networks (VPNs) to circumvent a social media ban in the disputed Himalayan region in a move that has been denounced by human rights and privacy activists. Tahir Ashraf, who heads the…

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HSBC signals mass job cuts as profits plunge

HSBC signals mass job cuts as profits plunge

HSBC has said it will axe around 35,000 jobs as it announced profits for 2019 fell by about a third. That has spurred the bank to target $4.5bn (£3.5bn) of cost cuts by 2022 as part of a major restructuring. The bank's interim chief executive, Noel Quinn, said HSBC would scale back its headcount from 235,000 to about 200,000 over the next three years.

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Mandatory reporting laws for religious institutions come into effect

Mandatory reporting laws for religious institutions come into effect

Laws requiring clergy to report child abuse to authorities — even if it's heard in the confession box — will come into effect on Monday, ending the "special treatment" for Victoria's religious institutions. The seal has now been lifted for the suspected sexual abuse of children, with spiritual and religious leaders required to report the abuse or face up to three years in prison.

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A lost purse from 1957 was discovered inside a wall of an Ohio school

A lost purse from 1957 was discovered inside a wall of an Ohio school

The mystery of the contents of a purse found in the space between a locker and a wall in an Ohio middle school have been revealed. The red purse covered in dust was discovered last year by Chas Pyle, a custodian at North Canton Middle School, when he was reattaching the trim between the lockers and the wall. The school district in North Canton, Ohio, posted images of the long-lost purse, trying to find its owner.

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211m gallons of sewage spilled into Fort Lauderdale waterways, officials say

211m gallons of sewage spilled into Fort Lauderdale waterways, officials say

Fort Lauderdale officials say 211.6m gallons of sewage has spilled into Fort Lauderdale waterways in the past few months. The Sun-Sentinel reports that’s enough to fill 320 Olympic-sized pools. The city’s aging sewer pipes broke six times in December and spewed 126.9m gallons of sewage – ranking as one of South Florida’s biggest spills ever. The spills fouled the Tarpon River, the Himmarshee Canal and streets in three neighborhoods.

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New York drops out of suit to block T-Mobile, Sprint merger

New York drops out of suit to block T-Mobile, Sprint merger

New York Attorney General Letitia James on Sunday dropped a court challenge to the $26 billion Sprint and T-Mobile merger. James was among 13 attorneys general who had opposed the mega-marriage between the third- and fourth-largest US wireless carriers, claiming that it would drive up consumer prices.

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