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New iOS Has Enhanced Emergency Features

Apple has announced that the newest version of its operating system for the iPhone and iPad will contain enhanced emergency features to make it easier for users to get help in a crisis. The new features will be part of iOS 12, the upcoming software update for Apple devices. Apple unveiled iOS 12 and detailed […]

Rare Case Of Plague Diagnosed In Idaho

Idaho state health officials have announced that a child in the state has a confirmed diagnosis of bubonic plague. The child became ill late last month and has now received antibiotic treatment and is recovering. The Central District Health Department did not reveal the child’s name, age or gender. Health officials say that this was […]

Ohio’s Voter Purges Found To Be Legal

A deeply divided Supreme Court has ruled 5-4 that Ohio’s plan to purge voters from the state’s election rolls does not violate established laws. Under the plan in Ohio, the state would be purging voters who failed to vote for six years and did not confirm their residency. Ohio currently has the strictest such law […]

DNC Rule Change Angers Bernie Sanders Supporters

The Democratic National Committee’s Rules and Bylaws Committee has approved a prospective rule change aimed at preventing non-Democrats from seeking the party’s 2020 presidential nomination. At a DNC meeting in Providence, R.I., the committee embraced a rule change that requires all candidates for the party’s nomination to “run and serve” as Democrats. DNC member Randi […]

Starbucks Coffee Just Increased In Price

The price of buying brewed coffee at Starbucks (NASDAQ: SBUX) has just increased without much fanfare. The coffee chain has raised its prices by anywhere from 10 cents to 20 cents at nearly 8,000 U.S. locations. A 12-ounce “tall” brewed coffee will now cost between $1.95 and $2.15, depending on location. The prices for other […]

Billionaire David Koch Retiring From Business And Political Empires

Reports have emerged that billionaire David Koch has decided to retire from his family’s conglomerate, Koch Industries. He has served as executive vice president of the company and a member of its board. He also held the titles of chairman and CEO of one its subsidiaries, Koch Chemical Technology Group. He also is stepping aside […]

Canada Pays Half As Much For Drugs As U.S., Get Similar Results

A new study is showing what many people in the United States already believed. Americans routinely pay more for health care than people in other countries, but the added costs don’t equal better outcomes. In fact, the new study shows that Americans paid twice as much as Canadians for cancer treatments, but lived for about […]

New Pandora Offering Is Geared Towards Families

Music-streaming pioneer Pandora (NYSE:P) has quietly rolled out a new subscription tier for families on its on-demand Premium music streaming service. These Premium Family plans are now available for $15 per month. The new plan was first reported by Android Police. Pandora’s Premium Family plan can include up to six users, allowing more users to […]

New Executive Orders Change Protections For Federal Employees

President Trump has signed three executive orders aimed at civil-service protections that federal employees have enjoyed for nearly a generation. Trump made a campaign promise to overhaul the federal bureaucracy of more than 2 million employees to remove “waste, fraud and abuse.” These executive orders are widely seen as an initial step in that direction. […]

Summit Meeting Between U.S. And North Korea Cancelled

The White House has announced that the United States will not participate in a planned meeting with North Korea’s leader. The meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un had been scheduled for June 12 in Singapore. President Donald Trump said, “I believe this is a tremendous setback for North Korea and, indeed for the world.” […]

Fifth Third Bancorp Buying MB Financial For $4.7 Billion

Fifth Third Bancorp (NASDAQ: FITB) has announced its latest acquisition. The regional bank has reached an agreement to buy rival MB Financial Inc. (NASDAQ: MBFI). The agreement will see Fifth Third paying about $4.7 billion for the company in a stock-and-cash deal. The closing of the deal is expected by the end of the year. […]

Tesla CEO Reveals New Model 3 Options

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has announced new options for the Tesla Model 3 via Twitter. His tweets revealed preliminary specs and pricing for dual-motor all-wheel-drive and performance versions of the vehicle. The new options should be available by July. Tesla’s dual-motor vehicles will have a motor in the front & a motor in the rear. […]

Apple Music Reports It Now Has 50 Million Users

Apple Music has announced that it has reached 50 million users, a significant milestone. Apple Music touted having 38 million subscribers in March, but that didn’t include the people listening with three-month free trials. Last month, the company reportedly passed 40 million subscribers, with 8 million free trials. Apple launched its Apple Music streaming service […]

Salmonella Outbreak Tied To Eggs Sickens Dozens In 9 States

A salmonella outbreak tied to Rose Acre Farms has now sickened nearly three dozen people. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed 35 people have been sickened by Salmonella braenderup, resulting in 11 hospitalizations. No deaths have been reported. The outbreak has mainly affected people in states along the East Coast. Salmonella is […]

Drug Distributors Grilled About Opioids On Capitol Hill

The heads of major pharmaceutical distributors testified during a hearing on Capitol Hill about their companies’ roles in the opioid epidemic currently sweeping the nation. The pharmaceutical distributors are accused of flooding small U.S. towns with prescription painkillers. “We want to know what these companies knew about the rise of the opioid epidemic, when they […]

Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano Eruption Displaces Hundreds

The Kilauea volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island has erupted, displacing hundreds from their neighborhoods and putting their homes in danger. The eruption sent a massive spiral of ash wafting into the air and at one point, lava fountains were shooting 150 feet high. The lava continues to bubble from a 500-foot crack, flowing through a […]

Spotify’s First Earnings Report Disappoints Investors

Spotify (NYSE: SPOT) reported its first quarterly earnings as a public company this week. Disappointing investors, the company is still losing money. Spotify reported a net loss of 169 million euros for the quarter, lower than the 173 million loss reported a year ago. The Stockholm-based streaming-music service reported sales of 1.14 billion euros, compared […]

T-Mobile To Acquire Sprint For $26 Billion

T-Mobile (NASDAQ: TMUS) has announced plans to acquire rival Sprint (NYSE: S) in a $26 billion all-stock deal. T-Mobile and Sprint are the two smallest of the four major wireless companies in the U.S. The deal would reduce the number of major wireless carriers to three. T-Mobile says the combined companies would have the resources […]

Amazon Prime Membership Price Increasing For Everyone

Amazon.com Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) is increasing the price of its annual Prime membership program by $20, from $99 to $119. The price increase will take effect on May 11 for new subscribers and on June 16 for renewals of existing accounts. Amazon has charged $99 annually for Prime since 2014. Before that, the cost of […]

Ford Ramps Up Cost-cutting, Ends Models

Ford Motor Co. (NYSE: F) has outlined a plan to cut costs and drop traditional sedan models in North America in a bid to boost profit margins at a faster pace than previously announced. The company now says that it will not invest in next-generation models of its traditional sedans for North America. CEO Jim […]

Scientists Develop ‘Am I Stoned’ App

A prototype app called “Am I Stoned?” aims to answer that very question. This could be helpful as legal marijuana becomes more accepted and widespread in the U.S. Knowing how impaired they really are may help marijuana users make safer choices about activities that may be difficult or dangerous while high. The researchers involved were […]

Comey Memos Released By Justice Department

The Justice Department has released redacted copies of a set of memos written by James B. Comey, the former F.B.I. director. Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd notified the chairs of at least six congressional committees that it was providing both redacted and un-redacted versions of the documents. Unredacted versions of the memos will be delivered […]

Diamonds Found In Meteorite Further Knowledge Of Solar System

Fragments of the Almahata Sitta meteorite has been found to contain tiny diamonds that indicate that it was once part of a large planet. Researchers suspect that these diamonds may have formed the same way diamonds do on Earth, in the unbelievably high temperatures and pressures of the interior of a planet. To create the […]

Samsung To Use Blockchain Technology In Its Logistics Operations

Samsung, the world’s largest maker of semiconductors and smartphones, has indicated that it may turn to blockchain technology to manage the company’s huge global supply network. The South Korean electronics giant is considering the use of a distributed ledger system in keeping track of worldwide shipments that are worth billions yearly. This was disclosed by […]

New Home-Flipping Program From Zillow Launches

Zillow Group Inc. (NASDAQ: ZG) has announced that it will start buying houses directly from sellers. Zillow will start investing in the properties itself, beginning with bidding on homes in Las Vegas and Phoenix. The company will use cash from its balance sheet to finance acquisitions. The first purchases will be made later this month. […]

Over 20 Million U.S. Users Affected By Uber Breach

Uber Technologies Inc. has recently revealed that a data breach targeting its systems affected more people than previously believed. The data breach exposed the names, phone numbers and email addresses of more than 20 million Uber users in the U.S. Officials said the stolen information included 25.6 million names and email addresses, 22.1 million names […]

Instagram Unveils New Focus Portrait Mode

Facebook-owned Instagram (NASDAQ: FB) has released its new portrait mode feature that now runs on a wider variety of phones and works with video too. The feature has now been rolled out globally on iPhone 6s, 6s+, 7, 7+, 8, 8+ and X, as well as select Android devices. It does not mention which Android […]

Tainted Synthetic Pot Blamed For Illinois Deaths

Severe side effects that caused two deaths and dozens of illnesses in Illinois have been tentatively linked to tainted synthetic pot. The horrific side effects included internal bleeding, severe bloody noses, and bleeding gums. The incidents occurred in the Chicago area and central Illinois in the past month. Investigators believe that the synthetic pot was […]

Nine West Seeks Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection

Nine West Holdings, owned by private-equity firm Sycamore Capital, is the latest retailer to file for bankruptcy. The company currently has more than $1 billion in debt owed to as many as 50,000 creditors, according to court documents filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in New York. Nine West Holdings CEO Ralph Schipani called the bankruptcy […]

Sinclair Broadcast Group Criticized For Fake News Promos

Sinclair Broadcast Group (NASDAQ: SBGI) is receiving considerable criticism over its decision to air a series of promos about the prevalence of fake news. Sinclair issued a company-wide directive for its stations’ news anchors to warn viewers about unsubstantiated news reports spreading via social media. The company said that the promos were part of a […]

Users Flocking To Mobile Trivia Apps

There is a popular new trend hitting smartphones nationwide: mobile trivia apps. Over the past year, developers have created a wave of mobile trivia games where users compete for real money by answering questions on their smartphones. Millions of people are playing against each other on these apps every week. One of the most popular […]

Remington Gun Manufacturer Files For Bankruptcy

Remington Outdoor Company has declared bankruptcy. The bankruptcy filing comes a day after hundreds of thousands of Americans took to the streets to demand tougher gun laws to prevent school shootings. The protests were sparked by the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida in February that left 17 dead. Remington has been one of America’s leading […]

Facebook Apologizes For Data Crisis With Ads

Facebook (NASDAQ: FB) apologized for a “breach of trust” in full page ads in U.S. and British newspapers Sunday. The breach involves misused data from millions of Facebook users. The ads appeared in The New York Times, Washington Post, and Wall Street Journal, as well as several other well-known publications. The ads featured black text […]

Uncertainty Swirls Around $1.3 Trillion Spending Bill

Congressional leaders have agreed on a $1.3 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September 30. The House and Senate had until midnight Friday to pass the spending bill to avoid another government shutdown. The 2,232-page spending bill was unveiled two days before the deadline. The spending bill is long overdue, coming almost halfway […]

Claire’s Latest Retailer To File For Bankruptcy

Claire’s jewelry chain is looking for help in bankruptcy court. The company has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in Wilmington, Delaware. Claire’s chief executive Ron Marshall said in a statement, “We will complete this process as a healthier, more profitable company, which will position us to be an even stronger business partner for our […]

Match Group Launches Lawsuit Against Bumble

A war has begun between two popular dating app companies. Tinder’s parent company Match Group (NASDAQ: MTCH) has launched a lawsuit against Bumble for patent infringement and stealing trade secrets. The lawsuit claims that Bumble is virtually identical to Tinder and its only differentiating factor is that women make the first move. The lawsuit cites […]

Lead Exposure Linked To Cardiovascular Disease Deaths

A new study suggests that lead exposure may be a significant, overlooked risk factor for cardiovascular disease. It has been estimated that lead exposure may contribute to more than 400,000 deaths of adults each year in the United States. This would mean that lead exposure could be responsible for nearly 10 times more deaths nationwide […]

France’s National Front Tries Rebranding

France’s far-right National Front has rebranded with a new party name in a fresh start for the organization. National Front leader Marine Le Pen proposed the party should rename itself “Rassemblement National,” which translates to “National Rally.” Members now will vote on whether to confirm Rassemblement National as the party name. Marine Le Pen took […]

Reddit And Tumblr Caught Up In Russian Disinformation Campaign

The number of American tech companies involved in the Russian disinformation campaign prior to the 2016 U.S. presidential election keeps growing. Congressional investigators now plan to question Reddit and Tumblr over new reports that their sites may have helped spread disinformation from Russia. Last year, House and Senate lawmakers grilled the executives of Facebook, Google […]

Russian President Putin Reveals Development Of New Nuclear Weapons

Russian President Vladimir Putin has proudly declared that his country’s scientists have developed a new generation of nuclear weapons capable of bypassing any missile defense system. The new weapons detailed included a nuclear-powered, nuclear-armed cruise missile, an underwater drone, and a hypersonic missile. The news was delivered during Putin’s annual state of the nation speech […]

Dick’s Sporting Goods Changes Gun Policies

Dick’s Sporting Goods (NYSE: DKS), one of the nation’s largest sports retailers, has announced that it is immediately changing some of its policies related to gun sales. The company will no longer sell any gun to anyone under 21 years of age, regardless of local laws. The retailer also said that it would no longer […]

Toys R Us Announces More Store Closures

Toys R Us Inc. has announced plans to close more stores and lay off a significant portion of its corporate staff. The company recently announced plans to close about 180 stores, which would affect approximately 4,500 workers. The number represents about 20 percent of its U.S. store fleet. People familiar with the matter say that […]

Swype Keyboard App Development Ends

Nuance Communications Inc. (NASDAQ: NUAN) has announced that it is ending the development of its Swype+Dragon dictation Android and iOS apps. Swype support is being discontinued immediately. The company’s announcement of the apps’ discontinuation came earlier this month, but the actual removal of the apps just recently occurred. On iOS, one version of Dragon appears […]

Autism Blood Test Is 90% Accurate

A team from the University of Warwick and the University of Bologna have created an experimental blood test that could help detect autism in children. The tests look for damage to certain proteins that have been shown to be higher in children with autism spectrum disorders. The new research was recently published in the journal […]

Bipartisan Group Advocates For Changes In Federal Sentencing Laws

A bipartisan group of senators is pushing to revive legislation that would bring big changes to federal sentencing laws. The proposal would significantly reduce mandatory minimum sentences for nonviolent drug offenses. The bill will also create a new system for determining which offenders would be eligible for early release and new programs to better prepare […]

American Security Agencies Warn Against Using Huawei Phones

U.S. intelligence agencies have issued a warning to consumers that Chinese smartphone makers pose a security threat to American customers. They say that the Chinese government can use its smartphones and other products for intelligence gathering. The intelligence chiefs made the comments during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing earlier this week. Top officials from the […]

4/20 Marijuana Holiday Puts Drivers At Increased Risk

A recently conducted study has found that U.S. drivers are 12 percent more likely to get into a fatal crash on April 20, even if they aren’t cannabis consumers. That date is the unofficial holiday devoted to celebrating marijuana. The researchers looked at data from the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, specifically at 25 […]

Six Teens Running For Kansas Governor

Six Kansas teens are taking advantage of a loophole in state law to run for governor of the state. The teenagers have all submitted paperwork with the Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission to run in the November election for governor of Kansas. To stay in the race, they have to pay a filing fee by June […]

Twitter Announces First Quarterly Profit

Twitter Inc. (NYSE: TWTR) reported its first quarterly profit and better-than-expected revenue for the fourth quarter of its fiscal year. Revenue and adjusted profit both topped analysts’ targets. Twitter reported a net profit of $91.1 million, or 12 cents per share, compared to a loss of $167.1 million, or 23 cents per share, a year […]