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Las Vegas, NV – The Latest In Gadgets At The CES Show: Remember To Charge Your Coffee Mug

January 6, 2016 at 11:59 PM
Las Vegas - Don't forget to recharge your coffee mug. Some people slurp their coffee while it's piping hot, others warm their hands with it till it cools to a drinkable temperature. A smart mug called Ember aims to keep it at the perfect temperature for two hours using a rechargeable battery. A touch sensitive logo indicates the temperature at which your java is resting, while turning the...

Germany – 2016 BMW 7-Series Takes Large, Luxury Sedan To New Level

January 6, 2016 at 11:33 PM
Germany - The 2016 BMW 7-Series takes driving a large, luxury sedan to a new level of sporty performance, connectivity and pampering. The revamped vehicle offers lots of new technology such as Gesture Control, where a driver merely waves his or her hand to send an incoming phone call to voicemail. There's a key fob with a small computer display that tells with a swipe whether the sunroof was...

New York – Time Warner Cable Says Up To 320,000 Customers’ Data May Have Been Stolen

January 6, 2016 at 11:30 PM
New York - Time Warner Cable Inc said on Wednesday up to 320,000 customers may have had their email passwords stolen. The company said email and password details were likely gathered either through malware downloaded during phishing attacks or indirectly through data breaches of other companies that stored Time Warner Cable's customer information, including email addresses. The company said...

New York – $500M Powerball Jackpot Numbers Drawn

January 6, 2016 at 11:27 PM
New York - The Powerball jackpot for Wednesday night’s drawing topped $500 million, hours before the winning numbers were drawn. The winning numbers for January 6, 2016 are: 47, 2, 63, 62, 11, and a Powerball 17. The multiplier is 3x. If one person has the winning ticket, they will take home $310 million. It’s the sixth largest jackpot in the history of America’s two highest-paying...

Las Vegas – Chinese Drone Maker Unveils Human-carrying Drone

January 6, 2016 at 11:03 PM
Las Vegas - Chinese drone maker Ehang (EE'-hang) has unveiled what it calls the world's first drone capable of carrying a human passenger. The company pulled the cloth off the Ehang 184 at the Las Vegas Convention Center during the CES gadget show Wednesday. In a company video showing it flying, it looks like a small helicopter but with four doubled propellers spinning parallel to the ground...

Shanghai – China Stocks Trading Halted After Rout

January 6, 2016 at 10:58 PM
Shanghai - China accelerated the devaluation of the yuan on Thursday, sending currencies across the region reeling and domestic stock markets tumbling, as investors feared the Asian giant was kicking off a virtual trade war against its competitors. Trading on China's stock markets were suspended for the rest of the day, for the second time this week, as a new circuit-breaking mechanism was...

Kiev – Jewish Politician On Trial In Ukraine Invokes Blood Libel

January 6, 2016 at 10:27 PM
Kiev - In 1913, the Russian empire and the world stood rapt as Mendel Beilis, a Jewish factory worker, fought for his life in a Kiev courtroom. Accused of murdering a Christian child in order to use his blood for Passover matzot, Beilis was eventually exonerated, despite the Czarist government’s efforts to ensure a conviction. The affair, which became synonymous with politicized justice and...

Washington – Long Before Learning ABCs, Tots Recognize Words Are Symbols

January 6, 2016 at 10:02 PM
Washington - Celebrate your child's scribbles. A novel experiment shows that even before learning their ABCs, youngsters start to recognize that a written word symbolizes language in a way a drawing doesn't — a developmental step on the path to reading. Researchers used a puppet, line drawings and simple vocabulary to find that children as young as 3 are beginning to grasp that nuanced...

Washington – Obama Expected To Name New Commander For Mideast

January 6, 2016 at 09:45 PM
Washington - A senior U.S. defense official says President Barack Obama is expected to put a special operations officer in charge of U.S. Central Command. The president's choice is Army Gen. Joseph Votel, commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, to succeed Army Gen. Lloyd Austin. The unusual choice aligns with Obama's heavy reliance on special operations forces in the intensifying war...

New York – U.S. Judge Blocks Trump Testimony In Trademark Spat

January 6, 2016 at 09:15 PM
New York - Donald Trump can stay on the campaign trail and will not have to testify in a trademark dispute with an Internet marketing company, which a U.S. judge on Wednesday said was trying to "harass" the Republican presidential candidate. The marketing firm, Trump Your Competition Inc, had sought to enforce a subpoena for Trump's testimony after he challenged its trademark application in...

Albany, NY – Gov. Cuomo: No Thruway Toll Hikes Until 2020

January 6, 2016 at 08:30 PM
Albany, NY - Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to keep tolls flat on the New York Thruway until at least 2020. The Democratic governor announced the idea Wednesday as he continues to unveil his 2016 agenda ahead of his state-of-the-state address next week in Albany. Cuomo is also proposing to eliminate Thruway tolls altogether for vehicles involved in agriculture, a move that he said would help...

Washington – Trump Says South Korea Pays ‘Peanuts’ For U.S. Troop Presence

January 6, 2016 at 08:00 PM
Washington - South Korea should pay the United States "very substantially" for maintaining 28,000 troops there to help defend it from the North, Republican presidential contender Donald Trump told CNN on Wednesday, a day after Pyongyang detonated a nuclear device. Trump told the cable television network: "We get paid nothing, we get paid peanuts" for deploying the troops to South Korea. But...

West Bank – Palestinians Ponder Succession After 11 Years Of Abbas

January 6, 2016 at 08:00 PM
West Bank - Unpopular after 11 years in power, Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas is starting to face some open machinations from would-be successors, as his dream of negotiating Palestinian statehood lies in tatters. One likely contender is believed to be behind recent claims — swiftly denied by Abbas' camp — that the 80-year-old's health is failing, while another has complained of a "real...

New York – Judge: NYC Police Negligent In Handling Of Emails, Records

January 6, 2016 at 07:41 PM
New York - A judge has determined New York City police were grossly negligent by destroying internal emails and other records now being sought in a high-profile lawsuit. But U.S. District Judge Robert W. Sweet also found that while New York Police Department officials didn't take document retention seriously, they didn't lie. Among the emails missing are those belonging to former police...

New Hampshire – Christie Under Attack As Rivals Sense Him Rising

January 6, 2016 at 07:04 PM
New Hampshire - Chris Christie is the Republican presidential candidate to beat in second-to-vote New Hampshire — so say the super PACs helping the New Jersey governor's rivals. Marco Rubio's backers recently put $1 million into anti-Christie advertising, according to filings with federal election regulators. That follows a Christie-themed mailing earlier this week to New Hampshire...

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