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Spartanburg, SC – South Carolina: 56 Students Escape School Bus Fire Unhurt

May 9, 2017 at 11:58 PM
Spartanburg, SC - Authorities in South Carolina say more than 50 students escaped without injury after the school bus they were riding caught fire. Local media reports say the bus was carrying students to three different Spartanburg schools on Tuesday morning when two pupils in the rear noticed smoke rising outside the bus. Melissa Robinette, a spokeswoman for a Spartanburg school district...

New York – Amazon Cuts Free Shipping Minimum To $25

May 9, 2017 at 11:33 PM
New York - Amazon.com Inc said on Tuesday it cut the threshold for free shipping to $25 from $35, upping the ante against Wal-Mart Stores Inc in a hotly contested battle for ecommerce supremacy. Amazon already offers free two-day shipping under its $99 Prime membership program but the new offer is aimed at encouraging more customers to shop on its platform. Amazon also hopes to convert...

Chicago – Study: Side Effects Emerge After Approval For Many US Drugs

May 9, 2017 at 11:00 PM
Chicago - Almost one-third of new drugs approved by U.S. regulators over a decade ended up years later with warnings about unexpected, sometimes life-threatening side effects or complications, a new analysis found. The results covered all 222 prescription drugs approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration from 2001 through 2010. The researchers looked at potential problems that cropped up...

New York – This Jewish Attorney General Is Leading The Trump Resistance

May 9, 2017 at 10:29 PM
New York - It was nearly Passover and Eric Schneiderman, the New York state attorney general, paused to wish his fellow Jews the best for the holiday. “We are commanded not only to remember our story, but to imagine that we ourselves were enslaved in Egypt, and then freed – so that we may empathize with the plight of those who are fleeing oppression and danger today,” Schneiderman said...

New York – Retail Funk: Stores Face Biggest Challenges Since Recession

May 9, 2017 at 10:00 PM
New York - It's starting to look a lot like the Great Recession redux for retailers. More than twice as many stores have closed this year than at the same point last year. Bankruptcies are far outpacing last year's rate. Retailers slashed jobs at the sharpest pace in seven years this spring. And retailers collectively could report the biggest drop in first-quarter profits since 2009. This...

Washington – Trump Firing Of FBI Director Comey Evokes Criticism, Praise

May 9, 2017 at 09:43 PM
Washington - After U.S. President Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey on Tuesday, Democratic members of Congress denounced the move and renewed calls for an independent investigation of alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign. Democrats likened the dismissal to President Richard Nixon's firing of an independent special prosecutor during the Watergate...

Washington – Sale Of Trump Caribbean Property Revives Ethics Concerns

May 9, 2017 at 09:28 PM
Washington -For sale: Luxury waterfront escape. Comes with two villas and five acres of paradise. And perhaps a bit of goodwill from the president of the United States? President Donald Trump's corporate trust is selling a multimillion-dollar Caribbean resort, presenting an enticing new way for a wealthy interest to get the president's attention and creating a fresh ethical dilemma for a first...

Washington – Federal Reserve Expert Allan Meltzer Dies

May 9, 2017 at 09:06 PM
Washington - Allan H. Meltzer, a distinguished economist and one of the country's leading experts on the Federal Reserve, has died. He was 89. Meltzer, a longtime professor at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, died on Monday. The university announced is death Tuesday. He was the author of more than 10 books and 400 academic papers but was best known for a two-volume history of the...

Plano, TX – Pizza Hut Apologizes For Post Making Fun Of Palestinian Hunger Strike

May 9, 2017 at 08:30 PM
Plano, TX - Pizza Hut International issued an apology on their official Facebook page after a local Israeli page posted a photo of hunger striking Palestinian leader Marwan Barghouti allegedly eating chocolate, questioning why he hadn't chosen pizza. The post, which Pizza Hut stated came from an agency, has since been removed. “Pizza Hut International apologises for any offence caused by...

Montreal – UN Aviation Agency Looks At Global Approach To Laptop Ban

May 9, 2017 at 08:00 PM
Montreal - A United Nations agency has launched efforts to craft global guidance for the use of laptops and other portable electronics in aircraft passenger cabins after selective bans by the United States and Britain, made in response to security threats, angered some passengers and Middle East airlines. The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has pushed forward with the plan...

New York – Bitcoin Surges To All-time High Above $1,700

May 9, 2017 at 07:43 PM
New York - Digital currency bitcoin hit a record high on Tuesday as demand for crypto-assets soared with the creation of new tokens to raise funding for start-ups using blockchain technology. Blockchain, the underlying technology behind bitcoin, is a financial ledger maintained by a network of computers that can track the movement of any asset wthout the need for a central...

New York – Amazon Gives Voice-enabled Speaker A Screen, Video Calling

May 9, 2017 at 07:05 PM
New York - Amazon is giving its voice-enabled Echo speaker a touch screen and video-calling capabilities as it competes with Google's efforts at bringing "smarts" to the home. The 7-inch screen on the new Echo Show enables the speaker to supplement voice responses with visuals and other information displays , similar to the Echo-like features offered on the Fire tablets and Fire TV streaming...

Atlantic City – Trump’s ’8th Wonder Of The World’ Sold For Fraction Of Cost

May 9, 2017 at 06:41 PM
Atlantic City - Donald Trump wrote "The Art Of The Deal," but it was Florida's Seminole Indians who made a truly amazing deal to buy the opulent casino built by the man who is now president of the United States. The Trump Taj Mahal, the Atlantic City casino that the real estate mogul built for $1.2 billion in 1990, went for 4 cents on the dollar when it was sold in March. Documents filed with...

Washington – White House Says Longtime Curator Set To Retire Next Month

May 9, 2017 at 06:18 PM
Washington - The White House announced Tuesday that its longtime curator plans to retire next month after more than 40 years with the federal government. Stephanie Grisham, a spokeswoman for first lady Melania Trump, said William Allman will retire effective June 1. Allman had been considering retiring since June 2016 but agreed to stay through the transition to the Trump administration, she...

Washington – FBI Director James Comey Has Been Fired, White House Says

May 9, 2017 at 05:45 PM
Washington - President Donald Trump abruptly fired FBI Director James Comey Tuesday, saying it was necessary to restore "public trust and confidence" in the nation's top law enforcement agency following several tumultuous months. "The FBI is one of our nation's most cherished and respected institutions, and today will mark a new beginning for our crown jewel of law enforcement," Trump said in...

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