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  • McCain, Graham to support Tillerson for secretary of state

    Jan. 22 (UPI) — Republican senators John McCain of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, who had expressed concerns about Rex Tillerson‘s nomination as secretary of state, announced Sunday they will vote to confirm him. McCain and Graham released a joint statement saying they will back the former ExxonMobil chief executive. “After careful consideration, and much discussion with Mr. Tillerson, we have decided to support his nomination to be Secretary of State,” the statement reads. “Though we still have concerns about his past dealings with the Russian government and President Vladimir Putin, we believe that Mr. Tillerson can be an effective advocate for U.S. interests.” They explained “now more than ever, with America’s friends growing more discouraged and our enemies growing more emboldened, we need a secretary of sate who recognizes that our nation cannot succeed in the world by itself. We must strengthen our alliances and partnerships across the globe, and marshal them …

    January 22, 2017 2:02 pm


  • U.S. in ‘beginning stages’ of talks on Jerusalem embassy move: spokesman

    WASHINGTON The White House said on Sunday that it is only in the early stages of talks to fulfill President Donald Trump’s pledge to move the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, an action that would likely spark anger in the Arab world. “We are at the very beginning stages of even discussing this subject,” White House spokesman Sean Spicer said in a statement. Aides said no announcement of an embassy move was imminent. Washington’s embassy is in Tel Aviv, as are most foreign diplomatic posts. Israel calls Jerusalem its eternal capital, but Palestinians also lay claim to the city as part of an eventual Palestinian state. Both sides cite biblical, historical and political claims. Trump, who vowed during the 2016 presidential campaign to move the embassy, was due to speak by phone on Sunday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, their first call since the U.S. businessman-turned-politician took office on Friday. …

    January 22, 2017 1:01 pm


  • Why Applied Materials (AMAT) Isn't Done Growing Earnings Yet

    Growth stocks can be some of the most exciting picks in the market, as these high-flyers can captivate investors’ attention, and produce big gains as well. However, these can also lead on the downside when the growth story is over, so it is important to find companies which are still seeing strong growth prospects in their businesses. One such company that might be well-positioned for future earnings growth is Applied Materials, Inc. AMAT . This firm, which is in the Semiconductor Equipment Manufacturing – Wafer Fabrication industry, saw EPS growth of 47.1% last year, and is looking great for this year too. In fact, the current growth estimate for this year calls for earnings-per-share growth of 38.8%. Furthermore, the long-term growth rate is currently an impressive 13.7%, suggesting pretty good prospects for the long haul. Applied Materials Inc. Price and Consensus Applied Materials Inc. Price and Consensus | Applied Materials Inc. Quote And if this …

    January 22, 2017 11:21 am


  • Full-strength Arizona has arrived

    9:30 AM ET Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print comment For 11 weeks and 19 games you didn’t hear much talk about Arizona. Allonzo Trier was absent without a reason being stated and, while the remaining Wildcats were pretty good — even excellent, at times — they dropped neutral-site games to Butler and Gonzaga. As a result, there were always three or four other elite teams, ones with even fewer losses, to focus on before the conversation got around to Sean Miller’s group. Then came the 20th game. Trier is back, and he and his teammates went into Pauley Pavilion on Saturday and beat No. 3-ranked UCLA 96-85. It’s time to talk about Arizona. The Wildcats were already really, really good without Trier Now the truth can be told. The whole air of uncertainty surrounding Trier’s absence obscured the fact that Arizona had opened Pac-12 play by putting up numbers that wouldn’t be at …

    January 22, 2017 9:01 am

World News

  • Trump on protesters: ‘Why didn’t these people vote’

    Jan. 22 (UPI) — President Donald Trump reacted Sunday to the protests nationwide one day earlier that drew millions of people, wondering “Why didn’t these people vote? Celebs hurt cause badly.” Trump posted the comments on his personal Twitter account. “Watched protests yesterday but was under the impression that we just had an election!” the president tweeted. In a later Tweet he commented on the efforts. “Peaceful protests are a hallmark of our democracy,” he wrote. “Even if I don’t always agree, I recognize the rights of people to express their views.” The protests nationwide highlighted women’s causes and protested Trump’s presidency. At least 3 million participated in the marches, according to city officials and unofficial estimates reported by The Hill. According to a Sisters March website, more than 5 million people around the world took to the street on all seven continents in 637 cities around the world. The idea for the protests began …

    January 22, 2017 1:01 pm


  • Amazon and Google fight crucial battle over voice recognition

    Amazon and Google always thrive in the fourth quarter as people get out their wallets for Christmas. Both companies – or in Google’s case, its parent group, Alphabet – are therefore expected to announce booming revenues in their fourth-quarter results over the next fortnight, with Alphabet going first on Thursday and Amazon the following week. But analysts are already looking beyond the simple question of how many cardboard boxes Amazon filled and how many searches Google answered. They’re wondering which company will win the battle to control your home. That battle is being fought by two carafe-sized cylinders from the respective companies. One is Amazon’s Echo, with its voice-operated “personal assistant”, Alexa; the other is Google Home, which responds to the phrase “OK Google”. Both are internet-connected, home-based devices which can be command to do things: give the weather forecast; play music; read out news headlines; update shopping lists; and control “smart” devices in the …

    January 22, 2017 8:41 am


  • Former Lawrence Livermore physicist begins jail term

    Behind bars: fraudulent physicist begins 18 month jail sentence A former Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory physicist has been sentenced by a court in California to 18 months in prison for submitting false data and reports with the “purpose of defrauding a government agency”. Sean Darin Kinion, 44, who earned his physics PhD from the University of California, Davis, pleaded guilty in June to mail fraud and acknowledged that he was involved in “a scheme to defraud the government out of money intended to fund research”. In addition to his prison term, which will begin on 26 January, Kinion will have to pay $3,317,893 in compensation to the US government. He will also undergo supervision for three years following his release from prison. According to Lawrence Livermore spokesperson Lynda Seaver, the lab began to see “red flags” in Kinion’s work in late summer 2012 and, after initially putting him on leave, lab administrators sacked the physicist in …

    January 21, 2017 12:12 am


  • Egypt’s military to enter pharmaceutical industry

    CAIRO Egypt’s military has received the license required to form a pharmaceutical company, a decree by Prime Minister Sherif Ismail published on Sunday showed. President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has often called in the military to assist in major infrastructure projects and with distribution of subsidized commodities to keep a lid on rising prices amid an acute shortage of dollars. Egypt has faced a drug shortage for months and the government raised prices on a number of medicines in January after months of negotiations with pharmaceutical companies hurt by dollar shortages and a weakening currency. The Egyptian pound’s slump and the foreign currency crunch have made it harder for Egyptian pharmaceutical companies to import active ingredients they need to make generic medicines that millions of poor Egyptians rely on. Egypt abandoned its peg of 8.8 pounds per dollar on Nov. 3 and the pound has since halved in value. Pharmaceutical companies have been negotiating for months …

    January 22, 2017 12:01 pm


  • Tim Daly, Christina Hendricks, Jackie Cruz attend Creative Coalition’s Inaugural Gala for the Arts

    Tim Daly, Christina Hendricks, Jackie Cruz, Mae Whitman and Tim Allen were among the guests at the Creative Coalition’s Inaugural Gala for the Arts in Washington, D.C. Friday’s party honoring and supporting arts in America was held at the Harman Center for the Arts on the evening Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States. Other attendees of the inuagural ball included Carol Alt, Charisma Carpenter, Alia Shawkat, Alysia Reiner, Cheryl Hines and Dean Norris. The elegant dinner also featured a special performance by the Grammy-winner Blues Traveler. Trump was not at the affair, but he attended the Liberty Ball, the Freedom Ball and the Salute to Our Armed Services ball. “For the last two decades, this event stands out as the most defining bi-partisan gathering in the nation’s capital,” said a press release from the Creative Coalition. “The benefit gala is hosted by luminaries from the entertainment industry; as …

    January 22, 2017 11:21 am


  • Floyd Mayweather, Darren Blanton: It’s time to really help America’s inner cities

    Editor’s note: The following column is co-authored venture capitalist Darren Blanton with an introduction by boxing world champion, Floyd Mayweather, to commemorate the founding of the Moblze Foundation. Moblze is dedicated to addressing problems associated with blight in America’s inner cities. Both Mayweather and Blanton will speak at an inaugural kick off event for the Foundation Friday in Washington. The Moblze Foundation’s mission dovetails with the Trump administration’s priority of emphasizing opportunities of entrepreneurship and mentorship in the inner cities. Introduction: My boxing career has afforded me the opportunity to see life’s bigger picture. Twenty years ago, I was a young man from Grand Rapids, Michigan who worked day in and day out to become the best ever at my craft. I could have easily given up when the road became tough, but I never did. I wanted to set an example for my children that with hard work and determination, anything is possible. Today, …

    January 22, 2017 4:40 am

Odd News

  • Customs officers find 3,000 pounds of marijuana disguised as watermelons

    Jan. 22 (UPI) — U.S. Customs and Border Protection said agents in Texas intercepted 3,000 pounds of suspected marijuana disguised as watermelons. The agency said its Office of Field Operations at the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility searched a shipment of fresh watermelons in a white 1993 Thermo King tractor trailer Jan. 17. The officers discovered 390 of the supposed watermelons were actually packages of suspected marijuana formed into the shapes of melons and wrapped in green material. The packages contained a total 3,000 pounds of what is believed to be cannabis — an estimated $600,092 worth of the drug. “Smugglers continue to be creative as they attempt to introduce illegal narcotics into our country,” said Port Director Efrain Solis Jr., Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry. “Our frontline CBP officers’ experience, vigilance and attention to detail prevents the introduction of these dangerous drugs into our country.” The case was handed over to Homeland Security Investigations for …

    January 22, 2017 12:41 pm