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Dallas – As US Birthrates Drop, Huggies Maker Kimberly-Clark Feels The Pinch

January 23, 2018 at 11:26 PM
Dallas - Americans are having fewer babies, and diaper makers are feeling the pinch. Kimberly-Clark said Tuesday it will cut as many as 5,500 jobs, or 13 percent of its workforce, in an attempt to lower costs. The job cuts come as the maker of Huggies and Kleenex — like other consumer-products companies — is seeing a decline in demand for some core products as U.S. birthrates...

San Francisco – Apple Poised To Expand Into Speaker Market With HomePod

January 23, 2018 at 11:03 PM
San Francisco - Apple is finally ready to launch its attempt to compete with the internet-connected speakers made by Amazon and Google with the release of its long-awaited HomePod. Pre-orders for the HomePod will begin Friday in the U.S, U.K. and Australia, two weeks before the speaker goes on sale in stores for $349. Apple had intended to release the HomePod last month during the holiday...

Washington – Do E-cigarettes Help Or Harm? Report Says Not Clear Yet

January 23, 2018 at 10:04 PM
Washington - Electronic cigarettes could be a boon to public health or a major liability, depending on whether they help Americans quit smoking or encourage more young people to try traditional cigarettes, a new report concludes. The report issued Tuesday wrestles with the potential benefits and harms of the vapor-emitting devices which have been sold in the U.S. for more than a decade. But...

Washington – Al-Qaida Commander Who Called On Muslims To Attack Jews And Americans Put On US Terror List

January 23, 2018 at 09:00 PM
Washington - A senior al-Qaida leader was placed on the U.S. State Department’s list of global terrorists a day after he called on Muslims to “attack the Jews and the Americans everywhere” in response to the Trump administration’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. According to the State Department announcement Tuesday regarding Khalid Batarfi, “This designation...

Providence, RI – AI Can Read! Tech Firms Race To Smarten Up Thinking Machines

January 23, 2018 at 08:32 PM
Providence, RI - Seven years ago, a computer beat two human quizmasters on a "Jeopardy" challenge. Ever since, the tech industry has been training its machines even harder to make them better at amassing knowledge and answering questions. And it's worked, at least up to a point. Just don't expect artificial intelligence to spit out a literary analysis of Leo Tolstoy's "War and Peace" any time...

Washington – Democrats Withdraw Offer To Fund Trump’s Border Wall

January 23, 2018 at 08:03 PM
Washington - Democrats on Tuesday withdrew an offer to fund U.S. President Donald Trump's border wall, as tough negotiations over the future of young illegal immigrants resumed in the Senate. A day after the end of a government shutdown linked to wrangling over immigration, Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said he pulled the offer because of what he said was Trump's failure to follow...

Washington – Utah Lawmaker Compares Trump To Dangerfield In ‘Caddyshack’

January 23, 2018 at 07:30 PM
Washington - Republican U.S. Rep. Chris Stewart of Utah has compared President Donald Trump's governing style to Rodney Dangerfield's character in "Caddyshack." Stewart says that while the president's style is "very, very loud" and distracting, he's able to do what he's trying to achieve. The congressman made the comment Tuesday while speaking to the Utah Senate. He joked that Trump has a...

Geneva – North Korea, U.S. Clash At Disarmament Forum Over Nuclear Arms

January 23, 2018 at 07:02 PM
Geneva - North Korea said on Tuesday it had a "powerful and reliable" nuclear deterrent to thwart any attack and accused the United States of deploying military assets nearby under the pretext of ensuring security at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. Han Tae Song, North Korea's Ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva, called on the United States to permanently halt its joint military drills...

Washington – US, PA Have Had No Contact Since Trump’s Jerusalem Announcement

January 23, 2018 at 06:33 PM
Washington - Egypt and Jordan both disagreed with the US decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, but have moved on, and now it is time for the Palestinian Authority to do the same and return to negotiations, US Vice President Mike Pence Tuesday at the end of his two-day visit to the country. Trump, in an interview with MSNBC, said his hope was that all of America's “friends in...

Lincoln, NE – Nebraska Plant To Get $3.6B Contract For NYC Subway Cars

January 23, 2018 at 06:04 PM
Lincoln, NE - A railway car plant in Lincoln, Nebraska, is poised to secure a large portion of a $3.6 billion contract to produce New York City subway cars. New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority is expected to vote Wednesday on Kawasaki Motors Manufacturing's contract to build more than 1,600 new subway cars. Kawasaki was the only company being considered for the contract after the...

Washington – FBI Director’s Chief Of Staff Takes Private Sector Job

January 23, 2018 at 05:32 PM
Washington - FBI Director Christopher Wray says his chief of staff is leaving for a private sector job. Wray said Tuesday that Jim Rybicki notified him last month of his decision. A change in the position is not unusual when a new director takes charge, but it comes after President Donald Trump repeatedly criticized the FBI and called for a shakeup. Rybicki also served as chief of staff to...

New York – New York City Sues Drug Companies Over Opioid Epidemic

January 23, 2018 at 05:01 PM
New York - New York City on Tuesday sued eight companies that make or distribute prescription opioids, blaming them for a deadly epidemic afflicting the most populous U.S. city. Mayor Bill de Blasio said the lawsuit seeks $500 million of damages to help fight the epidemic in the city, which kills more people annually than homicides and car accidents combined, including more than 1,100 from...

New York – Manhattan Worker Dies In Elevator Shaft Fall

January 23, 2018 at 04:58 PM
New York - An elevator repairman has died after falling down an elevator shaft in Manhattan. It happened just before 9 a.m. Tuesday at a construction site on East 24th Street in Kips Bay. Police say the 33-year-old worker was found unconscious and unresponsive. He was pronounced dead at the scene...

New York – Defense Belittles Bribe Claim In Trial Of Cuomo’s Ex-aide

January 23, 2018 at 04:33 PM
New York - A federal prosecutor told a jury Tuesday that a former top aide to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo accepted more than $300,000 in bribes, but defense attorneys belittled the claim, saying the bulk of the money was his wife's salary at a legitimate job. Longtime Cuomo confidante Joseph Percoco is the main focus of a prosecution at a Manhattan federal court trial where three businessmen...

Washington – Trump’s Move May Nudge Holdout GOP States To Expand Medicaid

January 23, 2018 at 04:05 PM
Washington - In an ironic twist, the Trump administration's embrace of work requirements for low-income people on Medicaid is prompting lawmakers in some conservative states to resurrect plans to expand health care for the poor. Trump's move has been widely criticized as threatening the Affordable Care Act's Medicaid expansion. But if states follow through, more Americans could get...

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