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San Francisco – Uber Riders Can Choose The Tunes When They Take A Ride

September 8, 2016 at 11:28 PM
San Francisco - Uber riders can now choose the tunes whenever they hitch a ride. Uber Technologies Inc. said Thursday that riders can now choose the music in the car by streaming Pandora or Spotify Premium through their Uber app. Riders who want the service must be matched with a driver who has a "connected music" icon. Once they tap a bar in their Uber app, they can log into Pandora or...

Boston – Pfizer CEO Says Clinton Plan To Curb Drug Prices Would Hurt Consumers

September 8, 2016 at 11:00 PM
Boston - Pfizer Inc's chief executive on Thursday said recent proposals by Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton to curb "unjustified" U.S. drug prices would dampen investment in innovative new drugs and ultimately hurt consumers. "(They) would be very negative for innovation," Ian Read said in webcast from the annual Wells Fargo healthcare conference in Boston. He said Clinton's...

Washington – Barack Obama Is Officially Now A Parasite (it’s An Honor)

September 8, 2016 at 10:30 PM
Washington - It's no Nobel Peace Prize, but Barack Obama has a new honor to brag about. Scientists have named a parasite after him — and there's no worming out of it. Meet Baracktrema obamai, a tiny parasitic flatworm that lives in turtles' blood. A new study officially names the 2-inch, hair-thin creature after Obama. Thomas Platt, the newly retired biology professor at Saint Mary's...

New York – WTC Arts Center Design: Translucent Marble And Glass Cube

September 8, 2016 at 10:02 PM
New York - A design of translucent marble and glass was unveiled Thursday for a long-stalled performing arts center at the World Trade Center complex. Officials also announced that Barbra Streisand will serve as board chair of the Ronald O. Perelman Performing Arts Center that will be dedicated to producing new works and serving as a public space. Located between One World Trade Center and...

Atlanta – Election Officials Push Back On Trump’s “Rigged” Allegations

September 8, 2016 at 09:30 PM
Atlanta - Election officials across the country are pushing back against Donald Trump's assertions that the presidential election may be rigged, arguing that too many safeguards exist against engineered results nationally or in individual states. Claims of "rigged" contests are "part of free speech," Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate, a Republican, said in an interview. "But I would tell...

White Plains, NY – Forum Puts Focus On How Clinton Is Judged Compared To Trump

September 8, 2016 at 09:02 PM
White Plains, NY - For months, Hillary Clinton's supporters have griped that she's held to a higher, harder standard than Donald Trump. After Wednesday night's forum on national security, those complaints became a rallying cry. In the opening segment of the made-for-TV event, moderator Matt Lauer interrupted Clinton's answer to his first question, about what it takes to be commander in chief...

New York – Lawmakers To Press AOL For Powell’s State Department Emails

September 8, 2016 at 08:31 PM
New York - U.S. lawmakers said Thursday they will seek to recover the missing emails of Colin Powell from his time as U.S. secretary of state by going directly to AOL Inc, whose email service he used for his work. The decision came a few minutes after U.S. State Department officials testified in a hearing that the department never contacted AOL to recover the missing records, despite repeated...

Los Angeles, CA – From Steaks To Furniture, Hanjin Shipping Collapse To Raise Freight Costs

September 8, 2016 at 08:21 PM
Los Angeles, CA - The collapse of Hanjin Shipping will boost the cost to U.S. businesses and consumers of a wide range of imported goods, from furniture and clothing to fresh fruit and frozen meat, according to federal agencies, shippers and retailers. With Hanjin's future in doubt, carriers have announced they will hike container freight rates by as much as 50 percent beginning next month as...

Paris – 45 People Stuck Overnight In Cable Cars At Mont Blanc

September 8, 2016 at 08:03 PM
Paris - A series of cable cars stopped working at high altitude over the Mont Blanc massif in the Alps on Thursday, prompting a major rescue operation and leaving 45 people trapped in mid-air overnight, France's interior minister said. Four helicopters were deployed after 110 people became stuck when the cable cars stalled because of a "technical incident," Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve...

New York – Wal-Mart: Coke Display Stacked Like Twin Towers Removed

September 8, 2016 at 07:28 PM
New York - Wal-Mart says a display of Coke cans stacked to look like the World Trade Center at a Florida store has been removed and wasn't meant to be disrespectful near the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attack. The display was mocked online after a photo was posted on Twitter, and Buzzfeed wrote about it. The photo showed the World Trade Center towers built with Coke Zero packages. A...

Ecuador – Nazi Hand Stamps Used To Mark Visitors To Ecuadorean Jail

September 8, 2016 at 07:03 PM
Ecuador - A prison warden in Ecuador is in hot water after it was discovered that security guards were marking visitors to the penitentiary with hand stamps featuring the Nazi swastika. Ecuador's government on Thursday immediately condemned the practice after photos of the hand stamps appeared on social media and caused an immediate uproar. The Justice Ministry in a statement said the...

Moscow – Putin’s Popularity: The Envy Of Other Politicians

September 8, 2016 at 06:30 PM
Moscow - Donald Trump's statement that Russian President Vladimir Putin enjoys an 82 percent approval rating among his people wasn't hyperbole. Russia's two main polling agencies consistently give the man in the Kremlin ratings that would be the envy of Trump or his rival in the U.S. presidential election, Hillary Clinton. The comments came during a televised forum in which NBC host Matt Lauer...

Washington – Senators Seek To Block $1.15 Billion U.S. Arms Sale To Saudi Arabia

September 8, 2016 at 06:00 PM
Washington - Four U.S. senators introduced a joint resolution on Thursday seeking to block the U.S. sale of $1.15 billion of Abrams tanks and other military equipment to Saudi Arabia, citing issues including the conflict in Yemen. The measure was introduced by Republican Senators Rand Paul and Mike Lee and Democrats Chris Murphy and Al Franken, the latest indication of strong disapproval of...

New York – Lauer’s Rough Night Increases Pressure On Debate Moderators

September 8, 2016 at 05:30 PM
New York - Traffic cop or truth detector? The rough reception given Matt Lauer for his back-to-back interviews with Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump laid bare a disagreement over whether journalists who moderate presidential debates should call candidates out for telling lies. Online critics hit Lauer for spending too much time on Clinton's email server and trying to cut her answers short...

Richmond, VA – Feds Drop Corruption Charges Against Former Va. Gov. Bob McDonnell

September 8, 2016 at 05:15 PM
Richmond, VA - Federal prosecutors dropped their corruption case against former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife on Thursday, more than two months after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned his conviction. Prosecutors indicated in court filings they do not want to pursue a second trial against the couple. "After carefully considering the Supreme Court's recent decision and the...

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