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Los Angeles, CA – Facebook Admits ‘Problem’ Reaching Conservatives: Attendee

May 18, 2016 at 11:30 PM
Los Angeles, CA - Facebook acknowledged it has a "problem" reaching conservatives in a wide-ranging discussion between CEO Mark Zuckerberg and a group of conservative commentators following a report that accused the social network of bias, according to one of the conservative members in attendance. Rob Bluey, editor in chief of the website The Daily Signal, made the comment to Fox News' Greta...

France – Egypt Air Flight From Paris To Cairo Disappears From Radar

May 18, 2016 at 11:12 PM
Paris, France - An EgyptAir flight from Paris to Cairo with 66 passengers and crew on board crashed in the Mediterranean Sea off the Greek island of Crete early Thursday morning, Egyptian and Greek officials said. Egyptian Prime Minister Sherif Ismail said it was too early to say whether a technical problem or a terror attack caused the plane to crash. "We cannot rule anything out," he told...

Detroit – Luxury Name Of Game In Ford Explorer Platinum Model

May 18, 2016 at 11:05 PM
Detroit - Ford's long-running Explorer SUV goes upscale in a big way with the new-for-2016 Platinum model that rivals traditional luxury SUVs with its numerous high-tech features, quilted-stitched leather seats and exclusive sound system. The Platinum model, which comes with standard front and rear cameras, automatic parking system for parallel and perpendicular parking maneuvers, 20-inch...

Toronto – Opposition Accuses Canada PM Trudeau Of Manhandling Lawmaker

May 18, 2016 at 10:39 PM
Toronto - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau apologized "unreservedly" for making physical contact with a female opposition member of Parliament who said Trudeau elbowed her in the chest as he waded through a group of mostly opposition lawmakers. Opposition lawmaker Ruth Ellen Brosseau said she was elbowed in the chest and had to leave the House of Commons chamber Wednesday. "I was...

New York – Risky? Yes, But Regular Folks Are Putting Cash Into Startups

May 18, 2016 at 10:33 PM
New York - Last year, Randy Murphy went to DietBet.com and bet $25 that he could drop 4 percent of his weight in four weeks. After shedding about 20 pounds, he won back $50. Now he's making an even bigger bet: Murphy invested $1,000 in the company that owns DietBet, New York-based WayBetter Inc. Making the purchase -- which was the first time he's bought a company's stock -- was easy...

Lagos, Nigeria – Nigerian Girl Kidnapped 2 Years Ago Is Found Alive

May 18, 2016 at 10:00 PM
Lagos, Nigeria - One of the teenagers kidnapped by Boko Haram extremists over two years ago from a boarding school in northeastern Nigeria has been found with a baby and reunited with her mother, a doctor said Wednesday — the first of the Chibok girls to be recovered since the mass abduction. The 19-year-old woman, described by an uncle as traumatized, was found wandering with her baby on...

New York – Post-it Note Art War Engulfs Ad Agencies On New York City Street

May 18, 2016 at 09:36 PM
New York - A conversation conducted using sticky Post-it notes on the windows of two offices in Lower Manhattan has delighted passersby and drawn a number of neighboring advertising agencies to join what is now a highly contested art battle. It all began when employees at one firm, Havas Media, replied to an anonymous "HI" message that was left across from its office building on Canal Street...

Helsinki – Nokia Mobile Phones Are Coming Back

May 18, 2016 at 09:34 PM
Helsinki - The Nokia mobile phone is coming back. The Finnish telecoms company, which has focused on networks since it sold its troubled devices unit to Microsoft in 2014, said Wednesday it is bringing out "a new generation" of cellphones and tablets together with a new company called HMD. Nokia will not make the phones or tablets itself. Rather, HMD, which is led by a group of former Nokia...

Mountain View, CA – New Google Products, Services Take Aim At Its Biggest Rivals

May 18, 2016 at 09:03 PM
Mountain View, CA - From virtual reality to a new smart-home speaker, Google is showing off just how pervasive it has become even as it's squeezed by its biggest competitors — Facebook, Apple and Amazon. Google showed off a VR system called Daydream, along with plans for headsets that will compete with Facebook's Oculus Rift. In a jab at Amazon, the company announced Google Home, an...

Geneva – Record Crushed, Diamond Intact: Oppenheimer Blue Draws $58M

May 18, 2016 at 08:30 PM
Geneva - The "Oppenheimer Blue" diamond sold Wednesday for more than 56.8 million Swiss francs ($57.6 million) including fees, crushing the previous record for the most expensive diamond ever sold at auction. Capping a lively and even laughter-filled auction at Christie's, the hammer came down to applause as the 14.62-carat stone, billed as the largest Vivid Blue diamond ever put up for...

Brooklyn, NY – Bratton Orders Firing Of 66th Precinct Detective Michael Milici As NYPD Corruption Probe Proceeds

May 18, 2016 at 08:29 PM
Brooklyn, NY - The heads have begun to roll in the continuing NYPD investigation, with longtime community affairs officer, Detective Michael Milici of the 66th Precinct, the first to be officially fired. NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton ordered Milici’s dismissal today. Milici had originally been placed on modified duty when news of the corruption probe first broke and he refused to testify...

Washington – Stuck On Hot: Earth Breaks 12th Straight Monthly Heat Record

May 18, 2016 at 08:00 PM
Washington - Earth's heat is stuck on high. Thanks to a combination of global warming and an El Nino, the planet shattered monthly heat records for an unprecedented 12th straight month, as April smashed the old record by half a degree, according to federal scientists. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's monthly climate calculation said Earth's average temperature in April...

Philadelphia – Trump’s Sister Won’t Hear New Jersey Bridge Scandal Argument

May 18, 2016 at 07:38 PM
Philadelphia - Donald Trump's sister will not be a part of a federal appeals court panel hearing arguments regarding the release of a list of unindicted co-conspirators in the 2013 George Washington Bridge lane-closing scandal. The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia delayed the release of the list on Tuesday and set a June 6 hearing. The court announced Wednesday that judges...

Jerusalem – Liberman Accepts Netanyahu Offer To Replace Ya’alon As Defense Minister

May 18, 2016 at 07:02 PM
Jerusalem - Israel's prime minister on Wednesday invited a hard-line rival to join his government, an official said, taking a bold but risky move that could shore up his shaky parliamentary coalition but deepen his international isolation. An Israeli official said that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Avigdor Lieberman, leader of the ultranationalist Yisrael Beitenu party, had agreed to...

New York – Say Goodbye To Time Warner Cable: Sale Leads To Name Change

May 18, 2016 at 06:28 PM
New York - Soon you'll have a new cable company to hate. It'll take some practice, but in time you'll get used to swearing at Spectrum. Time Warner Cable, the largest cable provider in New York and Los Angeles, among other markets, was just bought by Charter Communications Inc., which has mostly operated in the Midwest. The Stamford, Connecticut-based company also bought Bright House Networks...

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