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  • Trump to meet with leaders of Mexico, Canada to start NAFTA renegotiation

    Jan. 22 (UPI) — President Donald Trump said Sunday he has scheduled meetings with the leaders of Canada and Mexico to start renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement. Trump said during a White House ceremony he will meet with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto on Jan. 31 and expects to meet with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau soon after speaking with him Saturday to begin talks on reworking NAFTA, which he made one of the centerpieces of his campaign for president. “We’re going to start some negotiations having to do with NAFTA,” Trump said. “I ran a campaign somewhat based on NAFTA. But we’re going to start renegotiating on NAFTA, on immigration, on security at the border.” Trump was harshly critical during the campaign of companies that have moved factories from the United States to Mexico. Among the industries he repeatedly talked about was the auto industry, including the threat of a 35 percent …

    January 23, 2017 2:25 am


  • Trump invites Netanyahu to Washington for visit: White House

    WASHINGTON President Donald Trump invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to visit Washington in early February during a phone call in which they discussed the importance of strengthening the U.S.-Israeli relationship, the White House said on Sunday. In his first call with Netanyahu since taking office on Friday, Trump stressed his “unprecedented commitment to Israel’s security.” “The president and the prime minister agreed to continue to closely consult on a range of regional issues, including addressing the threats posed by Iran,” the White House said in a statement. Trump also said peace between Israel and the Palestinians could only be negotiated between the two parties, but that the United States would work with Israel to achieve that goal. Relations between Israel and the Obama administration ended on a contentious note, when the United States declined to veto a U.N. Security Council resolution calling for a halt to Israeli settlement-building. The readout from the White House …

    January 23, 2017 1:04 am


  • Corning Pre Earnings: Growth Momentum Built In Last Quarter To Continue In Q4’16

    Corning ( GLW ) will report its Q4’16 earnings on Tuesday, January 24th. We expect its revenues to increase on the back on strong demand for display technology products, which typically display seasonal strength in the fourth quarter. Corning’s optical communication business has also picked up growth momentum after slight decline in revenues due to software implementation issue in Q1’16, and this is expected to continue in Q4 as well. We may also start seeing growth in Corning’s specialty materials and environmental technology sales from this quarter, due to new contract wins in both segments. Declining operating income has been a concern for Corning in the first half of 2016, but its margins improved in Q3’16 and we expect this momentum to be carried in this quarter as well. Strong Performance Of Optical And Display Segments To Continue Corning’s overall revenues grew in second and third quarter of 2016, driven by strong performance in optical communications and …

    January 22, 2017 11:24 pm


  • NFL Conference Championship Blanket: First look at Super Bowl LI between Pats, Falcons

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. –  Super Bowl LI, please save us. With the Falcons’ 44–21 beating of the Packers, and the Patriots’ 36–17 destruction of the Steelers in Sunday’s conference championship games, the country has seen just two competitive playoff games out of the 10 played to this point. Will the Houston Super Bowl on Feb. 5 be any different? For that answer, let’s get an early look at the factors that will determine the winner of Super Bowl LI. Go crazy, folks It’s all about the quarterbacks: Just about any way you slice it, this is a matchup between the top two passers in the league. Whether you look at passer rating, QBR, yards per attempt or FootballOutsiders.com’s DVOA efficiency ratings, Atlanta’s Matt Ryan and New England’s Tom Brady ended up No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, in the stats department. They are masters of their craft, have plenty of weapons around them, and have two …

    January 23, 2017 1:06 am

World News

  • Britain’s May refuses to talk about reported test missile failure

    Jan. 22 (UPI) — Prime Minister Theresa May refused Sunday to offered details on the reported failure of an unarmed British Trident missile from a submarine off the coast of Florida last June. But several members of parliament called for a full investigation of the reported failure and possible coverup weeks before a House of Commons vote on the future of the nuclear missiles. During an interview with the BBC, May wouldn’t say if she knew about the failure, let alone the test ahead of time. She was asked four times by Andrew Marr whether she knew about the failure before the Commons voted 472-117 in July to spend $53 billion renewing Trident. At the time, she said it would be “an act of gross irresponsibility” for the Britain to abandon its nuclear weapons. On Sunday, she said “I have absolute faith in our Trident missiles.” “There are tests that take place all the time, …

    January 22, 2017 4:02 pm


  • Samsung blames two separate battery faults for Galaxy Note 7 fires

    Samsung has blamed lithium-ion batteries for causing its Galaxy Note 7 mobile phones to overheat and catch fire, a fault that led to the global recall of millions of devices and damaged consumer confidence in the world’s biggest maker of smartphones. At a press conference on Monday, Samsung officials said exhaustive tests on tens of thousands of devices and batteries had ruled out any problems with the device’s hardware or software. But, it added, internal and independent investigations had “concluded that batteries were found to be the cause of the Note 7 incidents”. In the case of the original battery, the casing was too small, causing it to short-circuit and ignite. It was replaced with a battery that had a different manufacturing defect but led to the same result. Samsung infographic showing the problems with the first type of battery in Galaxy Note 7 phone. Photograph: Samsung Koh Dong-jin, the head of Samsung’s mobile business, …

    January 23, 2017 12:44 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


  • Best Ways to Steer Clear of the Flu

    SATURDAY, Jan. 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) — The best way for people to protect themselves from the flu is to get vaccinated — and it’s not too late to get a shot, an infectious diseases expert says. The flu vaccine also protects those who aren’t able to get it, including infants younger than 6 months and people with certain allergies and medical conditions, said Dr. Jeffrey Kahn. He is chief of pediatric infectious diseases at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. Those who think it’s too late to get vaccinated should reconsider since flu season lasts until spring, Kahn said in a medical center news release. UT Southwestern outlines other ways people can reduce their risk of getting the flu: Keep your hands clean. Be sure to wash your hands well and often. If soap and water aren’t readily available, opt for an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. It’s also important to be aware of what you …

    January 23, 2017 12:05 am


  • Justin Bieber Calls The Weeknd’s Music “Wack”

    Posted on Sun Jan 22nd, 2017 8:13am PDT       By X17 Staff Whoa — talk about bad blood! Justin Bieber has NO love for fellow chart-topper The Weeknd, and we’re pretty sure it has something to do with the fact that the hitmaker is dating BIebs’ ex Selena Gomez. Cameras caught Bieber out on the town Friday night at Delilah and a paparazzo asked him if listens to the fellow Canadian’s music. Bieber responded, curtly, with: “Hell no, I can’t listen to a Weeknd song!” Bieber replied. “That s–t’s wack.” DAYUM! After Selena was photographed with The Weeknd and Santa Monica hotspot Giorgio Baldi just over a week ago, fans have been wild with speculation that Bieber’s jealous and upset. Well, it seems they’re right! Gomez and The Weeknd were spotted out again, recently, at Silver Lake nightclub Tenant of the Trees where John Meyer and Dave Chappelle did and impromptu performance. Meanwhile, it’s not just Justin …

    January 23, 2017 1:45 am


  • Why Jeff Sessions as our next attorney general should reassure, not alarm, all Americans

    “There was one moment in Jeff Sessions’ confirmation hearing,” writes Slate’s Dahlia Lithwick, “that revealed why so many are so terrified of him.”  Lithwick deemed this moment so inflammatory that she called it “reprehensible” and “gobsmacking.”  Somewhat more restrained, Politico’s Seung Min Kim and Josh Gerstein said it was “head-scratching.” What was this extraordinary occurrence?  Had Donald Trump’s nominee for attorney general of the United States embraced the notion of a terrorist state like, say, Iran having nukes? Was he in favor of packing the electorate with illegal immigrants and thus changing the electoral landscape forever? Had he admitted to using a private server for thousands of classified documents? Perhaps he voiced his support for abortion-on-demand, thereby adding to the more than 50 million children that have been terminated since Roe v. Wade? Of course, not. Senate Democrats and their media allies see none of these things as “reprehensible” (as they certainly are).  No, the …

    January 22, 2017 4:43 pm

Odd News

  • New Jersey man accused of dodging $56,000 worth of tolls

    Jan. 22 (UPI) — A New Jersey man caught trying to skip a toll on the George Washington Bridge is accused of 888 toll violations totaling more than $56,000. Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police spokesman Joseph Pentangelo said officers spotted a 2014 Toyota Camry without front or rear license plates going through an EZPass toll lane without paying about 10:30 a.m. Saturday. Pentangelo said the driver, Alesandel Rodriguez, 31, had a New York license tag in the back windshield of the car tat expired Dec. 15. Police discovered Rodriguez’s EZPass accounts had been revoked and was accused of 888 EXPass toll violations during the past five years — totaling $56,240 in owed tolls and ensuing fees. Rodriguez was arrested and charged with theft of services. He was issued several traffic summonses and his car was impounded. The suspect was turned over to police in Teaneck, N.J., after he was found to …

    January 23, 2017 12:45 am