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Seattle, WA – Washington Sues Motel 6 For Giving Guest Information To US

January 3, 2018 at 11:59 PM
Seattle, WA - Washington's attorney general sued Motel 6 on Wednesday, alleging the national budget chain disclosed the private information of thousands of its guests to U.S. immigration authorities in violation of the state consumer protection law. Attorney General Bob Ferguson said motel employees divulged the names, birthdates, driver's license numbers, license plate numbers and room...

Washington – Price Tag On Gene Therapy For Rare Form Of Blindness: $850K

January 3, 2018 at 11:30 PM
Washington - A first-of-its kind genetic treatment for blindness will cost $850,000, less than the $1 million price tag that had been expected, but it's still among the most expensive genetic therapies in the world. Spark Therapeutics says it decided on the lower price tag for Luxturna (Lux-turn-a) after hearing concerns from health insurers about their ability to cover the injectable...

New York – 5 Things Small Business Owners Should Know Or Do In 2018

January 3, 2018 at 11:02 PM
New York - Small business owners have entered 2018 with many questions about how big their tax bills will be, but they're also optimistic about profiting from a strong economy. And aside from financial matters, owners with employees must stay mindful about one of the troubling issues of 2017, sexual harassment. Here are five things small business owners need to know about or do in...

Washington – Trump Barrels Into 2018 With Fresh Foreign Fights On Twitter

January 3, 2018 at 10:30 PM
Washington - You thought President Donald Trump might mellow out in 2018? Refrain from taunting world leaders tweet by tweet? Think again. Trump is storming into the new year in exceptionally aggressive fashion, picking fresh fights on Twitter with such speed that his aides, international partners and the public are struggling to catch up. If he was brash on the global stage in Year 1, the...

New York – Bitcoin May Be King, But Ripple Dark Horse In Crypto Race

January 3, 2018 at 10:01 PM
New York - Bitcoin was the star of the white-knuckle ride that cryptocurrencies offered in 2017 but lesser-known names, such as Ripple and Ethereum, are seen gaining prominence in 2018. While bitcoin jumped more than 1,200 percent last year, Ripple, created by the founder of bitcoin exchange Mt Gox, surged 35,000 percent in the same period. That means $100 invested in Ripple in January 2017...

New York – Social Media Explodes Over The Real Weather Term “Bomb”

January 3, 2018 at 09:30 PM
New York - When it comes to weather, it's hard to sound scarier than "bomb cyclone." It's a version of a real weather term that applies to a massive winter storm that pulled together Wednesday off the U.S. Southeast coast. But as fearsome as the storm is with high winds and some snow, it may not be quite as explosive as the term sounds. Meteorologists have used the term "bomb " for storms...

Salt Lake City – Man Charged With Threatening To Kill Trump During Visit To Utah

January 3, 2018 at 09:15 PM
Salt Lake City - A Utah man was charged on Wednesday with using a police tip line to threaten to kill President Donald Trump last month when Trump was visiting the western state. A federal grand jury in Salt Lake City indicted Travis Luke Dominguez, 33, on two counts of threatening the president and other charges, the U.S. Department of Justice said in a written statement. Dominguez, a...

Ramat Gan, Israel – Prickles And A Paunch: Israel’s Overweight Hedgehogs Go On Diet

January 3, 2018 at 09:00 PM
Ramat Gan, Israel - Ten overweight hedgehogs have had to go on strict diets and exercise regimes after they ate so much on the streets of Israel they struggled to curl up into a ball to fend off predators. Animal lovers found them waddling around and brought them into the hospital Ramat Gan zoo. Staff there said the hedgehogs had probably been snacking on food left out for pets. "A lot...

Newark, NJ – 2 Former Christie Bridge Lawyers Get Key Trump Positions

January 3, 2018 at 08:28 PM
Newark, NJ - Both of New Jersey Gov. Christie's lawyers during the George Washington Bridge lane-closing scandal have now been given key positions under President Donald Trump. The Department of Justice announced Craig Carpenito's appointment on Wednesday as New Jersey's interim U.S. attorney. Carpenito represented Christie when the Republican governor was the object of a criminal...

San Francisco – Security Flaws Put Virtually All Phones, Computers At Risk

January 3, 2018 at 08:05 PM
San Francisco - Security researchers on Wednesday disclosed a set of security flaws that they said could let hackers steal sensitive information from nearly every modern computing device containing chips from Intel Corp , Advanced Micro Devices Inc and ARM Holdings. One of the bugs is specific to Intel but the other affects laptops, desktop computers, smartphones, tablets and internet servers...

Tel Aviv – Mobileye Deal Boosts Israeli High-tech Exits To $23 Billion In 2017

January 3, 2018 at 07:32 PM
Tel Aviv - Israeli high-tech acquisitions and initial public offering activity soared to $23 billion in 2017 from $10 billion in 2016 due to the $15.3 billion purchase of Mobileye by Intel Corp, data published on Wednesday showed. The acquisition of Neuroderm by Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma for $1.1 billion also boosted the volume of exits - including M&A, IPOs and buyouts - last year, according...

Rome – Italy’s Jewish Community Complains Of Rehabilitation Of King

January 3, 2018 at 07:00 PM
Rome - Italy's Jewish community is asking that the government remove from schools, libraries and other public buildings the name of King Victor Emanuel III, who approved Italy's racial laws and reigned during Italy's fascist regime. The request follows dismay by some in Italy's Jewish community over the return to Italy of the king's remains last month, 71 years after Italians rejected the...

Albany, NY – Gov. Cuomo: State Will Sue To Block Federal Tax Overhaul

January 3, 2018 at 06:33 PM
Albany, NY - New York state will take Washington to court to challenge the new Republican tax overhaul, Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday, calling the new law an unconstitutional assault on states' rights and New York in particular. The lawsuit is one of several ways Cuomo, a potential 2020 presidential contender, is positioning New York to lead the opposition to President Donald...

Washington – White House: Americans Should Worry About Kim’s Mental Fitness, Not Trump’s

January 3, 2018 at 06:15 PM
Washington - The White House on Wednesday defended Donald Trump's tweet about the size of his nuclear button, saying Americans should be concerned about the North Korean leader's mental fitness, not their president's. On Tuesday, Trump responded to a New Year's Day speech in which North Korean leader Kim Jong Un warned he had a nuclear button on his desk by saying that his nuclear button "is a...

Brooklyn, NY – Police: Man Dies From Subway Track Push; Suspect In Custody

January 3, 2018 at 05:55 PM
Brooklyn, NY - Police say a 52-year-old man had died after being pushed onto the subway tracks in Brooklyn. It happened at the Jay St.-MetroTech station Wednesday afternoon. Police say the victim was involved in a dispute with an 18-year-old man, who pushes him. The victim fell back onto the train tracks and was knocked unconscious. Police say he was taken to a hospital where he...

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