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New York – Trump Organization Cancels Business Talks In 3 Countries

January 4, 2017 at 11:56 PM
New York - The Trump Organization has canceled talks over possible projects in Brazil, Argentina and India as the president-elect pulls back from deal-making less than three weeks before taking office. Trump lawyer Alan Garten said Wednesday that the company has canceled a "memorandum of understanding" to continue discussions with local partners over possible office towers in Rio de Janeiro...

Washington – Lawsuit Says Coca-Cola Downplays Risks Of Sugary Drinks

January 4, 2017 at 11:27 PM
Washington - Coca-Cola Co and the American Beverage Association trade group were sued on Wednesday for allegedly misleading consumers about the health risks from consuming sugary beverages. The nonprofit Praxis Project accused the defendants of downplaying the risks to boost sales, despite scientific evidence linking sugary beverages to obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Praxis...

New York – Macy’s To Close Stores, Cut Jobs Amid Weak Sales

January 4, 2017 at 11:17 PM
New York - Macy's says it is eliminating more than 10,000 jobs and plans to move forward with 68 store closures after a disappointing holiday shopping season. The department store chain also lowered its full-year earnings forecast. The retailer said Wednesday that sales at its established stores fell 2.1 percent in November and December compared to the same period last year. Macy's Inc...

Las Veges – Cruise Ship Operators Bringing High Tech To The High Seas

January 4, 2017 at 10:35 PM
Las Veges - High technology is taking to the high seas. Cruise ships are being outfitted with sensors and trackers, all to help crew members better anticipate passengers' needs and whims. Carnival Corp., the operator of cruise lines including its namesake, Princess, and Holland America, unveiled the new concierge technology at the CES gadget show in Las Vegas on Wednesday. It's scheduled to...

New York – NTSB: Cause Of Train Derailment In Brooklyn Not Expected For Days

January 4, 2017 at 10:15 PM
New York - The National Transportation Safety Board says it will take several days of investigation before it can determine what caused a commuter train derailment in New York City. More than 100 people suffered minor injuries when a Long Island Rail Road train hit a bumping block at the end of a track at a Brooklyn station Wednesday morning. An NTSB spokesman says the train's event...

Fall River, MA – Sheriff Offers To Send Inmates To Build Trump’s Border Wall

January 4, 2017 at 10:00 PM
Fall River, MA - A sheriff who runs a Massachusetts jail is offering to send inmates to the U.S.-Mexico border to help Republican President-elect Donald Trump build a wall there. Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson on Wednesday announced an initiative called Project N.I.C.E., which stands for National Inmates' Community Endeavors. He made the comments at Bristol Community College in Fall...

Washington – Fed Minutes: If Economy Heats Up, Rate Hikes May Accelerate

January 4, 2017 at 09:32 PM
Washington - Federal Reserve officials, who boosted a key interest rate last month, said they might need to accelerate future rate hikes if a faster-growing economy pushes down the unemployment rate farther than currently expected. Minutes of the Fed's December meeting released Wednesday showed that Fed officials discussed the impact of Donald Trump's proposed economic program of tax cuts...

Buffalo, NY – Carl Paladino: No Problems Over Insults Against Obamas

January 4, 2017 at 08:30 PM
Buffalo, NY - The wealthy businessman who co-chaired Donald Trump's campaign in New York says there are no lingering problems with the president-elect's transition team over his widely condemned comments insulting President Barack Obama and his wife. Carl Paladino refuted reports that he was on the outs with the transition team and not welcome at a fundraiser Thursday in his hometown of...

Las Vegas – Skip The Dressing Room To Try Gap Clothes

January 4, 2017 at 08:01 PM
Las Vegas - Gap is testing a smartphone app that will let customers try on clothes without stepping foot in a dressing room. Gap's DressingRoom app uses avatars to help people understand how products will fit. People can then buy what fits online. Gap calls this augmented reality, a technology that involves overlaying virtual images — such as clothing — on top of a real-life image. But...

Seattle – Amazon Doubles Deliveries In 2016 For Third-party Sellers

January 4, 2017 at 07:33 PM
Seattle - Amazon.com Inc shipped 50 percent more items during the past holiday season than the prior year for third-party vendors and doubled the amount for 2016 overall, the world's largest online retailer said on Wednesday. The data may offer hope to investors looking for Amazon to post a profit for the fourth quarter when it announces results in the coming weeks. Seattle-based Amazon...

Mexico City – Scuttled Ford Plant Has Mexico Fearing More Under Trump

January 4, 2017 at 07:00 PM
Mexico City - Ford Motor Company's cancellation of plans to build a $1.6 billion auto manufacturing plant in San Luis Potosi has sounded alarms throughout Mexico. Even as the country is being rocked by rowdy nationwide protests against a Jan. 1 gasoline price hike, the Ford news led the front pages of Mexico's most influential newspapers on Wednesday, and they tied the development directly to...

Chicago – Obama Racial Legacy: Pride, Promise, Regret _ And Deep Rift

January 4, 2017 at 06:30 PM
Chicago - He entered the White House a living symbol, breaking a color line that stood for 220 years. Barack Obama took office, and race immediately became a focal point in a way that was unprecedented in American history. No matter his accomplishments, he seemed destined to be remembered foremost as the first black man to lead the world's most powerful nation. But eight years later...

New York – Trump Hire Linked To NJ Bridge George Washington Bridge Scandal

January 4, 2017 at 05:58 PM
New York - Donald Trump has hired a political adviser whom New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie cut ties with two years ago in the fallout from the George Washington Bridge lane-closing scandal. Trump on Wednesday named Bill Stepien as deputy assistant to the president and political director. Stepien wasn't charged in the so-called "Bridgegate" case. But the government's star witness testified...

Orlando, FL – 2 Jewish Centers Evacuated In Florida After Bomb Threats

January 4, 2017 at 05:27 PM
Orlando, FL - Authorities say two Jewish centers in central Florida were evacuated following separate bomb threats, though no explosives were found at either location. The Orlando Sentinel (https://goo.gl/PSzrCc ) reports that Jewish Academy elementary school in Maitland and Chabad of South Orlando were both evacuated Wednesday morning. The first call came to the school, and then the second...

Jerusalem – Israel Sentences Palestinian UN Worker For Aiding Hamas In Plea Deal

January 4, 2017 at 04:53 PM
Jerusalem - An Israeli court sentenced a Palestinian U.N. worker to seven months in jail on Wednesday for aiding the militant group Hamas in the Gaza Strip, the United Nations agency that employed him said. Wahid Abdallah al Bursh was detained in July and said by Israel's Shin Bet security agency to have confessed to being recruited by the Islamist group in 2014. Under the terms of a plea...

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