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San Francisco – Siri Vs. Cortana Vs. ‘OK Google’: Who’s Better, Who’s Best

December 15, 2015 at 11:30 PM
San Francisco - Cortana's learning the neighborhood. Google's digital assistant can't tell a joke. And Siri apparently has a thing for the metric system. Those are just a few of the things I learned after staging a face-off between the three leading digital assistants. Apple's Siri and "OK Google" — they're not big on personification at Google — are now standard on smartphones; Microsoft...

Washington – Federal Reserved Expected To Hike Rates

December 15, 2015 at 11:30 PM
Washington - The Fed is poised to raise short-term interest rates for the first time in nearly a decade. A rate hike will be a sign that top Fed officials think the U.S. economy is now strong enough to be weaned from the extraordinary level of support provided by the central bank. Fed officials wrap up their December meeting on Wednesday. Markets expect them to hike the Federal Funds Rate...

Detroit – Gorilla Glass, Used For Cell Phones, Is Coming To Cars

December 15, 2015 at 11:00 PM
Detroit - The thin, lightweight glass on your smartphone could soon be found on your car. Corning Inc.'s Gorilla Glass is used for the screens on billions of mobile phones. Now, car makers are using an automotive version to help shave weight off their vehicles and improve fuel economy. BMW AG was the first to use Gorilla Glass last year. The material formed an interior panel in the i8...

Washington – AP FACT CHECK: Republican Debaters Go Astray

December 15, 2015 at 10:38 PM
Washington - A look at some of the claims in the latest Republican presidential debate and how they compare with the facts: JEB BUSH: "We need to embed our troops in the Iraqi military." THE FACTS: The U.S. is already doing that. U.S. special forces are working side by side with Iraqi forces in the fight against Islamic State militants and American military advisers and trainers are...

Longmont, CO – Storm Drops Up To 2 Feet On Colorado; 425 Flights Canceled

December 15, 2015 at 10:36 PM
Longmont, CO - A powerful late-autumn storm dumped up to 24 inches of snow in the Colorado mountains on Tuesday before barreling onto the plains, prompting airlines to cancel 425 flights at the Denver airport and leaving hundreds of miles of highways slippery with snow and ice. The snow tapered off Tuesday afternoon as the storm moved northeast, leaving behind drifts up to four feet...

St. Petersburg, FL – 12-year-old Boy Accused Of Stealing Car From 89-year-old Florida Man

December 15, 2015 at 10:01 PM
St. Petersburg, FL - A 12-year-old boy is accused of stealing a car from an 89-year-old man in St. Petersburg, Florida, after telling the man his tire was low. Police spokeswoman Mike Puetz says the boy was riding a bicycle Friday morning when he told the man a tire on his Toyota was low. When the man stopped to check his tire, the boy jumped into the car and drove away. The man was not...

Rochester, MN – TV Station Reporting Live When Minnesota Bank Robbed Again

December 15, 2015 at 09:52 PM
Rochester, MN - An Iowa television station was doing a live update on a Minnesota bank robbery when police say the suspect returned to rob it a second time. KIMT-TV of Mason City, Iowa, was outside Sterling State Bank in Rochester on Tuesday when a bank employee ran out and pointed out the robbery suspect. Reporter Adam Sallet broke away from the report, saying, "I have to go. I have to...

Las Vegas – Trump Defends Call For Banning Muslims From United States

December 15, 2015 at 09:41 PM
Las Vegas - Republican front-runner Donald Trump defended his provocative call for banning Muslims from the United States in Tuesday night's presidential debate as the candidates pushed their own plans for fighting Islamic State militants. Sens. Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz clashed over government access to Americans' communications. The debate was dominated by national security, reflecting the...

Nashville, TN – Plane Landing In Nashville Rolls Off Runway, Injuring 8

December 15, 2015 at 09:16 PM
Nashville, TN - Officials say a plane has rolled off a runway at Nashville International Airport, injuring eight people. Southwest Airlines spokeswoman Emily Samuels said in an email Tuesday night that Flight 31 from Houston Hobby Airport to Nashville went off the taxiway around 5:20 p.m. as it approached the arrival gate. She said the 133 passengers and five crew members evacuated the...

New York – Brooklyn State Senator Asks That Trump’s Name Be Removed From State Park

December 15, 2015 at 08:46 PM
New York - A Brooklyn State Senator has fired off a letter on Monday asking that Gov. Cuomo take the necessary steps to remove Donald Trump's name from a yet-to-be-developed state park located in the northern suburbs. In his letter to Cuomo, Sen. Daniel L. Squadron---who represents the 26th district---called Trump "unworthy" of having a state park named after him due to his "discriminatory"...

Washington – U.S. Official: Islamic State Eyeing Oil Targets Beyond Syria Stronghold

December 15, 2015 at 08:08 PM
Washington - Islamic State is looking at potentially vulnerable oil assets in Libya and elsewhere outside its Syria stronghold, where the militant group controls about roughly 80 percent of the oil and gas fields, a senior U.S. official said on Tuesday. The official, who briefed reporters in Washington on condition of anonymity, said the United States was carefully examining who controlled...

New York – After Calif. Shootings, Workplaces Examine Emergency Plans

December 15, 2015 at 08:00 PM
New York - The terror attack at a social services facility in California has become a sobering reminder to companies of how vulnerable workplaces can be when employees are confronted with active shooters. Since a gun-wielding husband-and-wife team killed 14 and wounded 21 others this month in San Bernardino, California, employers across the country have been reassessing their emergency plans...

Washington – California Shooter Was Not Fully Investigated Before U.S. Visa Was Issued

December 15, 2015 at 07:29 PM
Washington - U.S. authorities in Pakistan could have sought - but did not - a full background security investigation of San Bernardino shooter Tashfeen Malik before granting her a visa to enter the United States in 2014, according to a U.S. official familiar with the matter. Under the U.S. "Visa Security Program," consular officials in American embassies overseas can ask U.S. Immigration and...

New York – Plunging Into Hell Of Auschwitz, ‘Son Of Saul’ Confounds

December 15, 2015 at 07:01 PM
New York - The power and horror of "Son of Saul," a visceral plunge into the life of a Sonderkommando at Auschwitz-Birkenau, has left audiences staggering since it first debuted at the Cannes Film Festival in May. It won the Grand Prix there, earned the praise of "Shoah" director Claude Landzmann and announced its maker and co-writer, the 38-year-old Hungarian-born Laszlo Nemes, as an...

Washington – Obama: In Syrian Refugees ‘We Should See Jewish Refugees Of WWII’

December 15, 2015 at 06:48 PM
Washington - President Barack Obama described immigration on Tuesday as the nation's oldest tradition and part of what makes the country exceptional, as he sought to draw a contrast with those who would seal the borders to people seeking to escape hardships or persecution. "We can never say it often or loudly enough: Immigrants and refugees revitalize and renew America," Obama said. Obama...

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