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San Francisco – Google Home’s Assistant Can Now Recognize Different Voices

April 20, 2017 at 11:30 PM
San Francisco - Google's voice-activated assistant can now recognize who's talking to it on Google's Home speaker. An update coming out Thursday will enable Home's built-in assistant to learn the different voices of up to six people, although they can't all be talking to the internet-connected speaker at the same time. Distinguishing voices will allow Home to be more personal in some of its...

New York – How Your Selfie Could Affect Your Life Insurance

April 20, 2017 at 11:00 PM
New York - A selfie reveals more than whether it's a good hair day. Facial lines and contours, droops and dark spots could indicate how well you're aging, and, when paired with other data, could someday help determine whether you qualify for life insurance. "Your face is something you wear all your life, and it tells a very unique story about you," says Karl Ricanek Jr., co-founder and chief...

Trenton, NJ – FDA Further Restricts Pain Medication Use In Kids

April 20, 2017 at 10:30 PM
Trenton, NJ - U.S. regulators are strengthening warnings about the dangers of two types of powerful painkillers due to risks of slowed breathing and death. The Food and Drug Administration said Thursday it is requiring makers of prescription versions of the medicines, codeine and tramadol, to change the products' labels to warn against giving them to children under age 12, and to limit use in...

Washington – U.S., Iran Trade Barbs Over Landmark 2015 Nuclear Deal

April 20, 2017 at 10:00 PM
Washington - Iran and the United States traded barbs over the landmark 2015 nuclear deal on Thursday, with the U.S. leader accusing Tehran of not living up to the spirit of the accord and Iran's top diplomat urging Washington to fulfill its own commitments. The exchange came a day after U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson sent a letter to Congress saying Iran was in compliance with the...

United Nations – At UN Debate, Arab States Heed Haley’s Plea To Focus More On Iran

April 20, 2017 at 09:45 PM
United Nations - A number of Arab states heeded the plea by Nikki Haley, the U.N. ambassador to the United Nations, to focus more in a Middle East debate on the threat posed by Iran than on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Haley, this month the president by rotation of the U.N. Security Council, convened a council session on the Middle East. “How one chooses to spend one’s time is an...

Washington – Trump Budget Chief: Spending Bill Must Have Money For Wall

April 20, 2017 at 09:28 PM
Washington - White House budget director Mick Mulvaney says that Democratic negotiators on a massive spending bill need to agree to fund top priorities of President Donald Trump such as a down payment on a border wall and hiring of additional immigration agents. Mulvaney told The Associated Press in an interview that "elections have consequences" and that "we want wall funding" as part of the...

Labbouneh, Lebanon – Hezbollah Border Tour Offers A Glimpse Of Possible War Ahead

April 20, 2017 at 09:00 PM
Labbouneh, Lebanon - With their Kalashnikovs and Iranian-made anti-aircraft missiles pointing outward, the uniformed Hezbollah militants peered at a group of journalists from an orange grove in a village on the border with Israel, unflinching as they were photographed with their bare faces. "No photos!" a Hezbollah official ordered after almost all had taken pictures of the unusual peacetime...

Washington – Trump’s Cybersecurity Review Misses Deadline

April 20, 2017 at 08:33 PM
Washington - After a receiving a U.S. intelligence assessment on Russian's interference in last year's elections, President Donald Trump vowed that he would have a team present him with a review of America's cybersecurity efforts within 90 days of taking office. But Thursday was the 90-day mark and no plan has been presented. The missed target date, one of several blown deadlines in the...

Monaco – Is It A Bird? Is It A Plane? Flying Car To Go On Sale

April 20, 2017 at 08:02 PM
Monaco - It may not be quite like the Jetsons, but for a few hundred thousand dollars you too can soon fly around in a car. A Slovakian company called AeroMobil unveiled on Thursday its version of a flying car, a light frame plane whose wings can fold back, like an insect, and is boosted by a hybrid engine and rear propeller. It will be available to preorder as soon as this year but is not...

Washington – Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump Named To Time’s 100 Most Influential People List

April 20, 2017 at 07:33 PM
Washington - Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner were named to Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People list for 2017 The Jewish daughter and son-in-law of President Donald Trump were chosen in the Pioneers section, while the president also made the list under the Leaders section. Members of his administration selected include Stephen Bannon and Reince Preibus. Russian President Vladimir Putin...

Atlantic City, NJ – Christie Defends Killing Tunnel Project, Says It ‘Stunk’

April 20, 2017 at 07:02 PM
Atlantic City, NJ - Gov. Chris Christie said a Hudson River rail tunnel project he discontinued in 2010 over cost overrun concerns "stunk" and wouldn't have been finished in time to alleviate recent problems at New York's Penn Station anyway. The Republican's comments came a day after he stood silently at a news conference at Newark's train station while Democratic U.S. Sen. Cory Booker...

New York – Amid Competition, Verizon Loses Key Customers For First Time

April 20, 2017 at 06:32 PM
New York - Verizon, the once-unstoppable cellphone leader in the U.S., lost key wireless customers for the first time, even as it brought back unlimited data plans to counter smaller rivals. In the first three months of the year, Verizon lost 307,000 wireless subscribers who are billed each month, the more lucrative kind of wireless customer. MoffettNathanson Research says it's the first-ever...

Paris – Islamic State Group Claims Paris Attack On Police Officers

April 20, 2017 at 06:06 PM
Paris - An attacker with an automatic weapon opened fire on police on Paris' iconic Champs-Elysees Thursday night, killing one officer and seriously wounding two others before police shot and killed him. The Islamic State group quickly claimed responsibility for the attack. Paris police spokeswoman Johanna Primevert told The Associated Press that the attacker targeted officers guarding the...

Washington – Top National Security Official To Leave Justice Department

April 20, 2017 at 06:00 PM
Washington - The official leading the Justice Department's investigation into whether President Donald Trump's campaign had ties to Russia's meddling in the 2016 election is leaving her position next month. Acting Assistant Attorney General Mary B. McCord told the staff of the department's national security division this week she is leaving to pursue other opportunities. Her departure...

Queens, NY – New York City Firefighter Falls Several Stories, Dies

April 20, 2017 at 05:42 PM
Queens, NY - A New York City firefighter has died after falling five stories while battling a fire in Queens. It happened at an apartment building around 2:30 p.m. Thursday. Officials say 42-year-old William Tolley was on the roof during routine operations when he fell. He was pronounced dead at a hospital. Three other people suffered minor injuries. The fire was brought under control...

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