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New York – Wall St. Scales Record Highs On Earnings Optimism, Data

January 12, 2018 at 04:05 PM
New York - Wall Street continued its rally on Friday as fourth-quarter earnings season kicked off with solid results from banks and robust retail sales drove gains for consumer stocks. All three major indexes were on track for record closing highs for the second day in a row. JPMorgan <JPM.N>, the biggest U.S. lender by assets, said a U.S. tax overhaul would help future profits by...

Panama City – U.S. Ambassador To Panama Resigns, Says Cannot Serve Trump

January 12, 2018 at 04:00 PM
Panama City - U.S. Ambassador to Panama John Feeley, a career diplomat and former Marine Corps helicopter pilot, has resigned, saying he no longer felt able to serve President Donald Trump. Feeley's departure had been communicated to State Department officials on Dec. 27 and was not a response to Trump's alleged use of the word "shithole" to describe Haiti and African countries at a meeting on...

Port Richey, FL – 20-year-old Florida Man Claims $451 Million Mega Millions Jackpot

January 12, 2018 at 03:00 PM
Port Richey, FL - A 20-year-old Florida man claimed the $451 million Mega Millions jackpot on Friday, choosing to get $282 million at once instead of more in annual installments. A Florida Lottery news release said Friday that 20-year-old Shane Missler, of Port Richey, had claimed the jackpot from the multistate game's Jan. 5 drawing. They say he chose to receive his winnings in a one-time...

The Villages, FL – Florida Seniors Are Getting Self-driving Cars? Gevalt!

January 12, 2018 at 03:00 PM
The Villages, FL - "One of America's largest retirement villages will have a fleet of self-driving taxis introduced next year. US firm Voyage said it will start rolling out the service at The Villages, Florida which is home to 125,000 senior residents. It said the scheme, spanning 750 miles of road, would be the "largest by area size" in the world." -- BBC "Good morning, Passenger...

Burbank, CA – Driver Recounts Harrowing Ride After His Car Swept Down Flooded California Road

January 12, 2018 at 02:28 PM
Burbank, CA - A driver who rode a wave of muddy water down a twisting street in his car during a Southern California flood said Thursday he is lucky to be alive. "I just got pushed down the side of a hill by a wall of water and mud," Desionne Franklin said in an Instagram video after Tuesday's terrifying ride. "Rocks flowing, mud flowing everywhere. Barely made it out." Franklin, 44, and...

Baltimore – Nearly 50 People Fall Sick On Royal Caribbean Cruise Ship

January 12, 2018 at 02:01 PM
Baltimore - Nearly 50 people have fallen sick on a cruise ship that departed from Baltimore last week. Royal Caribbean Cruises spokesman Owen Torres told The Baltimore Sun 46 cases of gastrointestinal illness were reported aboard the Grandeur of the Seas ship. The 2,900-passenger cruise left Baltimore on Jan. 2 for a nine-day trip with stops in South Carolina, Florida and the Bahamas. It...

Washington – Republicans Say They Do Not Recall Trump’s Africa Slur

January 12, 2018 at 01:43 PM
Washington - Two Republicans who were in the Oval Office with President Donald Trump say they "do not recall" him talking about "shithole" countries in Africa. Georgia Sen. David Purdue and Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton issued a joint statement Friday. They say, "We do not recall the president saying these comments specifically." They say, "But what he did call out was the imbalance in our current...

Detroit – GM Says It’s Mass-producing Cars Without Steering Wheels

January 12, 2018 at 01:29 PM
Detroit - General Motors says it is making the first mass-production autonomous car without a steering wheel or pedals. The company says it has filed a petition with the federal government seeking permission to put the vehicles on the road sometime next year with no human backup drivers. GM's Cruise Automation unit has announced plans to carry passengers in self-driving cars that won't have...

Washington – Ryan Calls Trump’s Use Of Slur ‘Unfortunate’

January 12, 2018 at 01:24 PM
Washington - House Speaker Paul Ryan says that President Donald Trump's vulgar slur about Africa was "very unfortunate, unhelpful." The Wisconsin Republican was referring to Trump's asking during an Oval Office meeting with lawmakers why the U.S. should admit more immigrants from "shithole countries" like Africa. Trump on Friday denied using certain "language," but didn't offer more...

Richmond, VA – Outgoing Virginia Governor Says He’d Deck Trump If Provoked

January 12, 2018 at 01:01 PM
Richmond, VA - Outgoing Democratic Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe told a national television audience he'd knock President Donald Trump to the floor if the president ever tried to intimidate him. During an interview Thursday on MSNBC's "Hardball," Chris Matthews asked McAuliffe how he would respond if Trump tried to intimidate him during a debate by hovering over him, as he did during the 2016...

New York – NYC To Review Police Response At Immigration Protest

January 12, 2018 at 12:24 PM
New York - The mayor says New York City will investigate whether police responded correctly at a protest over the detention of a prominent immigration activist. Bill de Blasio said Friday on WNYC that the federal government's "abrupt and provocative" decision to detain a "highly respected individual" caused the man's supporters to react with "real passion." The Democratic mayor says the...

Jerusalem – Israel’s Netanyahu Eyes Trade, Defense Ties On India Trip

January 12, 2018 at 12:00 PM
Jerusalem - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu begins a six-day visit to India on Sunday hoping to boost trade ties and iron out differences arising from New Delhi's decision to scrap a defense deal, officials from both countries said. Israel's state-owned defense contractor Rafael announced on Jan. 3 that India had canceled a $500 million order to buy its Spike anti-tank guided...

Washington – Sen. Durbin Says Trump Said ‘Hate-filled Things’

January 12, 2018 at 11:54 AM
Washington - A senator present at a White House immigration meeting says President Donald Trump used vulgar language to describe African countries, saying he "said these hate filled things and he said them repeatedly." Sen. Dick Durbin, an Illinois Democrat, on Friday told reporters that Trump questioned why the U.S. would accept more immigrants from Haiti and that he referenced "shithole...

Paris – Cybersecurity Firm: US Senate In Russian Hackers’ Crosshairs

January 12, 2018 at 11:25 AM
Paris - The same Russian government-aligned hackers who penetrated the Democratic Party have spent the past few months laying the groundwork for an espionage campaign against the U.S. Senate, a cybersecurity firm said Friday. The revelation suggests the group often nicknamed Fancy Bear, whose hacking campaign scrambled the 2016 U.S. electoral contest, is still busy trying to gather the emails...

San Francisco – Facebook Edits Feeds To Bring Less News, More Sharing

January 12, 2018 at 11:00 AM
San Francisco - Facebook is changing what its users will see to highlight posts they are most likely to engage with and make time spent on social media more "meaningful." By cutting back on items that Facebook users tend to passively consume, the change could hurt news organizations and other businesses that rely on Facebook to share their content. The idea is to help users to connect with...

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