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Detroit – Concept Cars From Japan Automakers Offer Glimpse Into Future

January 16, 2018 at 11:59 PM
Detroit - Japanese vehicle brands are exploring new design ideas — and figuring out what sets them apart from their U.S. and European rivals — with new prototype vehicles. Nissan, Infiniti and Lexus are all unveiling new concept cars at the Detroit auto show, which opens to the public Saturday. Concepts are used to test ideas and see how show visitors react. Some elements are glamorous...

New York – Click, Tap, Buy: Holiday Shoppers Spent Record Amount Online

January 16, 2018 at 11:24 PM
New York - Shoppers spent a record amount online during the holiday season. That's according to Adobe Analytics, which reports online shopping during the holiday season reached $108.2 billion, up almost 15 percent from $94.4 billion the year before. The research arm of software maker Adobe says more than a third of online holiday revenue came from purchases made on smartphones or...

New York – Tax Law Brings Big Paper Losses, Long-term Gains To US Banks

January 16, 2018 at 11:04 PM
New York - Big U.S. banks have been reporting billions of dollars in paper losses this month as they are forced to come into compliance with the new tax law. And while the losses are massive, they were largely expected, and bank executives say the new tax law will be good for banks as well as the economy in the long run. The biggest loser so far has been Citigroup, which reported Tuesday an...

Honolulu – Official: Hawaii Is Only State With Missile Mobile Alerts

January 16, 2018 at 10:39 PM
Honolulu - Hawaii is the only state set up to send cellphone alerts about the threat of an incoming ballistic missile. Hawaii Emergency Management Agency spokesman Richard Rapoza says the state has had the capability to send the alerts since November. On Saturday, the agency mistakenly sent an alert to cellphones with a warning to seek immediate shelter because a ballistic missile was...

Moscow – Even The Eyelashes Freeze: Russia Sees Minus 88.6 Degrees F

January 16, 2018 at 10:05 PM
Moscow - Even thermometers can't keep up with the plunging temperatures in Russia's remote Yakutia region, which hit minus 67 degrees Celsius (minus 88.6 degrees Fahrenheit) in some areas Tuesday. In Yakutia — a region of 1 million people about 3,300 miles (5,300 kilometers) east of Moscow — students routinely go to school even in minus 40 degrees. But school was canceled Tuesday...

Tirana, Albania – What Made Muslim Albanians Risk Their Lives To Save Jews From The Holocaust?

January 16, 2018 at 09:00 PM
Tirana, Albania - Most anywhere else in Nazi-occupied Europe, an encounter with police would have likely sealed the fate of Jewish refugees like Nissim and Sarah Aladjem and their 10-year-old son, Aron. Instead, when the family was detained by police in the Muslim nation of Albania 75 years ago, it was the key to their survival. The family was fleeing Bulgaria when they were detained by...

Sydney – Bitcoin Falls 25 Percent To $10,200 On Bitstamp Exchange

January 16, 2018 at 09:00 PM
Sydney - Bitcoin had lost a quarter of its value in early Asian trading on Wednesday as fears grew of a regulatory crackdown after reports that South Korea's finance minister said banning trading in cryptocurrencies was still an option. Bitcoin was last down 25 percent at $10,182.00 on the Luxembourg-based Bitstamp exchange...

Detroit – New Small Cars Unveiled At Auto Show But Will Anyone Buy?

January 16, 2018 at 08:34 PM
Detroit - Among the many shiny models vying for attention at Detroit's North American International Auto Show are the revamped Volkswagen Jetta, Hyundai Veloster and Kia Forte. But cars — particularly small ones — are having a tough time getting buyers to look their way as SUVs grow in popularity. Car sales are expected to hit a record low this year after steadily declining for several...

Berlin – Report: German Police Searching For Spy Ring Targeting Israelis, Jews

January 16, 2018 at 08:00 PM
Berlin - German law enforcement agencies in four states are searching for suspects who are believed to have spied on Israeli and Jewish targets for Iran. Federal prosecutors have identified 10 suspects, according to a report Tuesday by FOCUS magazine. They are believed to have worked for the Quds Force, which is a special operations branch of the Islamic Republic’s Revolutionary...

Washington – Report: Jared Kushner Warned About Friendship With Alleged Chinese Spy

January 16, 2018 at 07:31 PM
Washington - Senior White House adviser and son-in-law to US President Donald Trump, Jared Kushner, was reportedly warned by security officials that a close family friend may try to him influence on behalf of the Chinese government, according to the Wall Street Journal on Tuesday. Shortly after stepping into his administration position, US officials approached Kushner about Wendi Deng...

New York – Wage Dispute At NYC’s Main Produce Market Could Lead To Strike

January 16, 2018 at 07:02 PM
New York - The market that supplies New York City with most of its fresh fruits and vegetables faces the prospect of its first work stoppage since 1986 if last-ditch bargaining on Tuesday fails to bridge pay differences in a contract covering 1,100 warehouse workers. Employers at the sprawling Hunts Point Terminal Produce Market said they were confident an agreement could be reached, but the...

Vancouver – US Meets Korean War Allies, Wants More Pressure On NKorea

January 16, 2018 at 06:33 PM
Vancouver - Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called Tuesday for nations to step up the U.S.-led "maximum pressure" campaign against North Korea by thwarting sanctions evasion and interdicting ships conducting illicit trade with the pariah nation. The uncompromising message delivered to a gathering of 20 nations that were on America's side during the Korean War came despite the recent...

West Bank – Analysis: With A Vent At Trump, Abbas Exits ‘Peace Process’

January 16, 2018 at 06:05 PM
West Bank - There seems to be no going back for Mahmoud Abbas after the Palestinian leader cursed and ridiculed President Donald Trump and his aides in a pugnacious speech — a very public break with the 82-year-old's long-standing efforts to cultivate Washington's goodwill as the sole pathway to Palestinian statehood. Abbas' pivot from quiet diplomacy to loudly challenging the U.S. and...

Washington – Doc: Trump Healthy, Did ‘Exceedingly Well’ On Cognitive Test

January 16, 2018 at 05:26 PM
Washington - President Donald Trump's overall health "is excellent" and he did "exceedingly well" on cognitive screening, the Navy doctor who performed Trump's first medical checkup said Tuesday. Ronny Jackson had issued a blanket declaration that Trump was in "excellent health" after last Friday's exam, and promised to provide a fuller readout on Tuesday. He reported that the 6-foot-3...

Washington – Trump Ends 1st Year With Lowest Average Approval Rating

January 16, 2018 at 05:02 PM
Washington - This is a record not to be coveted: Donald Trump is wrapping up a year in office with the lowest average approval rating of any elected president in his first term. That's according to polling by Gallup, which shows that Trump has averaged just a 39 percent approval rating since his inauguration. The previous low was held by Bill Clinton, whose first-year average stood 10 points...

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