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BBC Licence Fee Will End in Our Lifetimes, Former UK Culture Secretary Claims

Former culture secretary John Whittingdale has said he expects to see the end of the BBC licence fee “in our lifetimes”. However, the Conservative MP added he does not think it will be possible to axe the charge in time for the next licence fee settlement in 2027. Current Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries previously announced…


Prosecutor Seeks End to Khashoggi Murder Trial in Turkey

ANKARA, Turkey—The Turkish prosecutor in the case against 26 Saudi nationals charged in the slaying of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi made a request Thursday that their trial in absentia be suspended and the case transferred to Saudi Arabia. The panel of judges made no ruling on the prosecutor’s request but said a letter would…


Walmart to End Cigarette Sales in Some Stores

NEW YORK—Walmart will no longer sell cigarettes in some of its stores though tobacco sales can be a significant revenue generator. Wall Street Journal was the first to report the development Monday. It noted some stores in California, Florida, Arkansas, and New Mexico were on the list, citing anonymous sources and store visits. Walmart is…


Illinois Governor to End Mask Mandate for Schools Next Week

SPRINGFIELD, Ill.—Illinois will end its mask mandate for schools starting next week, Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced Friday night. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is no longer urging people to wear masks in most indoor settings, including schools, where COVID-19 poses a “low” or “medium” risk to the general public and the local health…


S&P 500 Ends Choppy Session Nearly Flat, a Day After Sell-Off

NEW YORK—The S&P 500 ended a volatile session close to unchanged on Thursday, as technology shares fell but financials lent support a day after the market sold off on a hawkish slant in Federal Reserve minutes. The S&P 500 financials index rose 1.6 percent, extending this week’s strong gains. Other economically sensitive sectors also advanced….