Daniel Day-Lewis announces retirement from acting

Oscar-winning actor Daniel Day-Lewis, one of the most acclaimed performers of his generation, has announced he is retiring.Citing the 60-year-old star’s spokeswoman Leslee Dart, trade magazine Variety said he “will no longer be working as an actor.””He…

June 20, 2017

Team USA back on water in search of answer to New Zealand

Oracle Team USA were back on the water Tuesday as they scramble to find answers to Emirates Team New Zealand before America’s Cup racing resumes on Saturday.A sweep of all four races on the opening weekend gave Team New Zealand a 3-0 lead in the first-…

June 20, 2017

Venezuela dares US to ‘send in the Marines’

Venezuela scoffed at the US Tuesday for trying to forge a regional plan to address its raging crisis, saying the only way to make it comply was to “send in the Marines.””The ‘contact group’ you’re proposing is completely useless and unnecessary,” Venez…

June 20, 2017

Mickelson splits with long-time caddie

Phil Mickelson, a five-time major winner and three-time Masters champion, announced Tuesday he has split with caddie Jim “Bones” Mackay after working together for 25 years and 41 professional triumphs.The 47-year-old lefthander and the bagman he met at…

June 20, 2017

Argentina’s Kirchner launches party for Senate bid

Argentina’s leftist ex-president Cristina Kirchner launched a new party Tuesday to fight in legislative elections, raising speculation she might make a dramatic return to politics despite facing corruption charges.A crowd of some 40,000 supporters yell…

June 20, 2017

Venezuela attorney faces charges after defying govt

Venezuela’s high court ruled Tuesday that the country’s attorney general could face charges after she challenged the government’s handling of a deadly political crisis.Attorney General Luisa Ortega’s stand against President Nicolas Maduro has prompted …

June 20, 2017

Sixers like Fultz first, Lakers eye Ball as NBA draft looms

Markelle Fultz is expected to become the number one pick in Thursday’s NBA Draft after the Philadelphia 76ers swung a deal for the top choice after watching his private workout.The 19-year-old point guard, who played at the University of Washington las…

June 20, 2017

NFL Hall of Fame defender Sapp suffering memory loss

Warren Sapp, an American Football Hall of Fame defender, said Tuesday he is experiencing memory loss and will donate his brain to a concussion study after his death.The 44-year-old American revealed his status in a posting on the Players Tribune websit…

June 20, 2017

Muguruza survives scare in taking first step on grass

Former Wimbledon finalist Garbine Muguruza suffered a scare before taking the first early steps that may help her forget her ordeal in losing her French Open title 10 days ago.The sixth seeded Spaniard was at times in serious difficulties during her su…

June 20, 2017

Canada airports ban ads helping bumped passengers: ad company

Canada’s two largest airports in Montreal and Toronto have banned ads from a company that helps passengers bumped from overbooked flights to get compensation from airlines, the company’s president said Tuesday.Flight Claim posted billboards inside the …

June 20, 2017

Croatian party seeks to scrub Tito’s name from square

A right-wing party in Croatia wants to strip the name of Josip Broz Tito from a prominent square in the capital Zagreb, calling the communist Yugoslav leader a dictator.”How is it possible in a democratic, independent Croatia that any public space is n…

June 20, 2017

US downs Iranian-made drone in Syria

A US warplane shot down an Iranian-made drone operated by pro-regime forces in southern Syria early Tuesday, officials said, in the latest incident in rising tensions between the two sides.

June 20, 2017

The Syria hotline for US and Russian militaries

Russia has said it is suspending a special hotline to communicate with the US-led coalition about operations in Syria, raising the risk of a military mishap. Here is a quick look at the so-called “deconfliction line” and why it has become so important …

June 20, 2017

US Women’s World Cup champion coach DiCicco dies

Tony DiCicco, who coached the US women’s football squad to the 1996 Olympic and 1999 Women’s World Cup crowns, has died, the US Soccer Federation announced Tuesday. He was 68.DiCicco, who died Monday night of undisclosed reasons, was the most successfu…

June 20, 2017

Oil giants endorse carbon tax after Trump’s Paris exit

Major oil producers, including for the first time ExxonMobil, expressed support on Tuesday for a new US carbon tax, which could help cut emissions despite President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement.

In addition to Exxon, BP, Total and Royal Dutch Shell all supported advertisements in US media outlets in favor of the tax, which had been promoted in February by prominent Republican figures, including former Secretaries of State James Baker and George Shultz and former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson.

Under the plan, produced by the Climate Leadership Council which includes the oil giants, taxes would start at $40 per ton of CO2 and rise from there, theoretically increasing the price per gallon (3.8 liters) of gasoline by 36 cents but initially generating $200 billion to be paid as “dividends” to households.

The plan’s authors say the tax could replace measures adopted by the previous Obama administration, such as a cap on emissions for coal-fired power plants, and would involve a “border adjustment tax” on goods imported from countries that do not similarly tax carbon emissions.

The policy would also protect polluters from legal liability.

Trump this month announced the US would exit the 2015 climate pact, provoking outrage around the world.

The proposal marks the first time Exxon has actively supported an initiative to reduce climate change. Although former CEO Rex Tillerson, now US Secretary of State, said he favored the idea in 2009, the company had yet to endorse it publicly.

“ExxonMobil believes the goal of carbon policy should be to reduce emissions at the most economic cost to society,” Daren Woods, Exxon’s newly installed CEO, said in a statement.

Other corporate members of the council include Pepsico, General Motors and drugmaker Johnson & Johnson.

June 20, 2017