Headline News

  • New York City to unveil preliminary FY 2018 budget of $84.67 billion


    NEW YORK New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is preparing to unveil a preliminary $84.67 billion budget for fiscal 2018, approximately more than $1 billion over the current fiscal year, his office said late on Monday. “This is a responsible budget that focuses on improvements to public safety, education, infrastructure and affordability,” a spokesman in the mayor’s office said. De Blasio is scheduled to unveil the budget on Tuesday afternoon. New York’s City Council will hold budget hearings over the coming months. It must approve de Blasio’s executive budget proposal by June 30. Last year de Blasio reached a budget deal with the City Council nearly a month ahead of the deadline. Earlier on Monday, Moody’s Investors Service highlighted in a report that New York City’s economic output exceeds all but four U.S. states. Its status as a global financial hub, means jobs in finance, insurance, and real estate account for 10.9 percent of …

    January 23, 2017 10:25 pm
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Politics

  • Trump’s new EPA transition team draws from oil industry groups


    WASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration has drawn heavily from the energy industry lobby and pro-drilling think tanks to build its landing team for the Environmental Protection Agency, according to a list of the newly introduced 10-member team seen by Reuters on Monday. The email lists at least three former researchers from think-tanks funded by the billionaire industrialist brothers Charles and David Koch and at least one former lobbyist for the mining industry. Several members of the team have also publicly argued against U.S. efforts to combat climate change, a key function of the EPA under former President Barack Obama. The team’s make-up has reinforced expectations that Trump will follow through on his promise to slash U.S. environmental regulation as a way to promote drilling and mining. The team, charged with preparing the agency for new leadership, replaces the initial EPA transition group picked by Trump after the November election but before his swearing-in. Trump’s …

    January 23, 2017 9:24 pm
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Stocks

  • Can Costco Be Threatened By Amazon’s New Prime Visa Card?


    Costco’s ( COST ) membership based warehouse model has been going strong despite e-commerce companies offering several conveniences for grocery shopping. Its loyal customers still prefer to visit its warehouse-like stores with their shopping lists and buy groceries and other home supplies in bulk. Costco has been slow in its e-commerce initiatives but the company does not seem to be overly concerned about this. Costco prefers its customers to visit its warehouses, since they are likely to spend more in a physical visit than online. However, Amazon now appears to be taking Costco head on by launching a new credit card which gives its Prime customers an additional 5% discount on all purchases on its platform. This is a Visa card that can be used by customers everywhere and earn discounts in both restaurants and gas stations as well. Amazon has more than 60 million Prime members and it is luring them through these discounts to shop more …

    January 23, 2017 11:28 am
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Sports

  • Kerr calls out players for ‘mockery’ of ASG voting


    10:10 PM ET Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print comment MIAMI — Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr called out players who submitted non-serious All-Star selections on their ballots in their first season of claiming voting influence over the process, saying they “made a mockery” of the system. The coach was asked whether he altered his own reserve selections based on which All-Star starters made the cut. Warriors teammates Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry both received starting selections, the latter over the protestations of Oklahoma City fans who wanted Russell Westbrook to make it on account of averaging a triple-double. Kerr said, “Sent my vote in yesterday, didn’t alter anything” — before pivoting. How NBA’s new voting format determined All-Star starters, snubs Did the NBA get things right with its new format? And what happened with Russell Westbrook and Isaiah Thomas? We answer the most pressing questions surrounding the 2017 All-Star vote. “I am …

    January 23, 2017 9:24 pm
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World News

  • The 2018 Winter Olympics could bring North Korea, South Korea together


    As South Korea prepares to host the 2018 Winter Olympics, some organizers in the country are hoping North Korea will send its national team to the sporting event. The 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, to be held from Feb. 9-25 next year, could build up to a theme of Korean unification with North Korea’s participation, Yonhap reported on Tuesday, local time. The city of Pyeongchang is located near the site of one of the fiercest battles that took place during the 1950-53 Korean War. The remains of veterans who lost their lives in the area are still being excavated, according to the report. But the facilities that have been built for the Winter Olympics have transformed the area, and if Pyongyang chooses to send its athletes, a battlefield where North and South exchanged fire could become a stage of friendly competition and amicable exchange. Lee Hee-beom, the South Korean president of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics …

    January 23, 2017 10:25 pm
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Technology

  • Biometric recognition at airport border ​​raises privacy concerns, says expert


    A plan to rely on biometric recognition to further automate airport border processing raises privacy and ethical concerns about data security, according to an expert. But another information security analyst says the plan – which would involve 90% of passengers being processed through Australian airport immigration without human involvement – would not present any more privacy concerns than current border control regimes. The Department of Immigration and Border Protection is tendering for a company to provide it with an “automated processing solution” to support its “seamless traveller” plan, which would allow for the automated processing of passengers using biometric identification. Tender documents say 90% of passengers would go through through automated processing points, which would rely on biometric capturing “including but not limited to facial, iris and fingerprints”. The department said it was expecting incoming air passengers to Australia to increase dramatically in coming years, and wanted to ensure they could move seamlessly through airports …

    January 23, 2017 9:04 pm
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Science

  • Signs of Alien Air Herald a New Era of Exoplanet Discoveries


    For astronomers seeking Earth twins around other stars, the exoplanet GJ 1132 b probably isn’t an identical sibling—but it may be the closest cousin yet found. It weighs in at just over one Earth mass, but circles its star in a warm orbit that could make it more like Venus than our own world. Moreover, its diameter is nearly 50 percent larger than that of Earth, suggesting it possesses a thick atmosphere. Now, after taking the closest-ever look at GJ 1132 b, a European collaboration has confirmed the presence of its atmosphere and found hints it might contain water and methane. The results are currently under review for publication in The Astrophysical Journal. As mere discoveries of exoplanets become routine, efforts to learn more about them—their compositions, climates and histories—are moving to the fore, with studies of their atmospheres occupying center stage. Although astronomers detected the first exoplanet atmosphere more than 15 years ago, they …

    January 23, 2017 12:28 pm
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Health

  • Language may impact diabetes care for Latinos with limited English


    (Reuters Health) – Latino patients with limited English skills may be less likely to take prescribed diabetes medications than other diabetics in the U.S. even when they see Spanish-speaking doctors, a recent study suggests. When researchers studied 31,000 patients with diabetes who received insurance and healthcare through Kaiser Permanente in Northern California, they found that about 60 percent of Spanish-speaking Latino patients skipped filling prescriptions at least 20 percent of the time in the two years after they were told they needed the drugs to help control the disease. That rate was only about 52 percent among English-speaking Latino patients and 38 percent among white patients. “Latino patients with diabetes, even when insured and facing relatively low barriers to healthcare, are much more likely to have poor medication adherence than their white counterparts,” said lead study author Dr. Alicia Fernandez, a researcher at San Francisco General Hospital and the University of California, San Francisco. The …

    January 23, 2017 8:24 pm
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Entertainment

  • Kendall Jenner reunites with A$AP Rocky in Paris


    Jan. 23 (UPI) — Kendall Jenner reunited with rumored beau A$AP Rocky in Paris over the weekend. The 21-year-old model was spotted shopping with the 28-year-old rapper at a flea market Sunday after walking in Givenchy’s Paris Fashion Week show with Bella Hadid on Friday, according to E! News. Jenner was all smiles in a black top, jeans and fur coat as she and A$AP Rocky strolled the streets. Vogue reported the pair both attended the Balmain after-show party at El Pompon Magnifico later in the evening. The Chanel favorite and “L$D” rapper had been spotted at a memorial concert for A$AP Yams in New York last week. Sources told Us Weekly the pair have yet to make their relationship official. “Kendall isn’t in a serious relationship with anyone right now,” an insider said. “She’s just casually dating.” Jenner and A$AP Rocky have been linked for months, and fueled romance rumors during a trip to …

    January 23, 2017 10:05 pm
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Editorial

  • Steve Moore: What I learned at the Women’s March


    By sheer coincidence I found myself on the Washington Mall on Saturday morning and came face to face with the tens of thousands of marchers protesting Trump’s inauguration. As far as I could see, these were solemn and peaceful rallies. The women expressed heartfelt fear and opposition to the new president’s policies. Just 24 hours earlier, I had stood on the same mall grounds with tens of thousands expressing sheer joy and hope.   How sad that after eight years of Barack Obama, the unifier in chief, the nation is as culturally and politically divided as it has been since maybe the Civil War. Let’s hope Trump can bring the nation together.   But standing near the Lincoln Memorial, I also couldn’t help think pridefully: What a fabulous country.     Is the First Amendment a great thing or what?  Freedom of speech. Freedom of assembly. Freedom of religion. Americans of all stripes exercising their constitutional rights. …

    January 23, 2017 9:04 pm
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Odd News

  • ‘Edge of the World Swing’ suspended 300 feet over Amsterdam


    Jan. 23 (UPI) — A swing attached to a building in Amsterdam is being touted as Europe’s highest, with a distance of more than 300 feet between it and the ground below. A video filmed Jan. 13 shows the “Edge of the World” swing attached to the new A’DAM Lookout in action as terrified tourists take a ride. “After a very fast lift ride you are strapped into the swing before being hoisted up a few more meters,” the filmer wrote online. “Then it begins to sway and you are swung out over the edge with nothing but air between you and the pavement 100m [328 feet] below.” Related Stories: Daily game Aug 23 : Pogo Swing! ‘Pharma bro’ Shkreli suspended from Twitter for harassment Idaho man uses warm breath to free sparrow with feet frozen to metal pipe Louisville’s experience edge adds to Duke’s miserable stretch

    January 23, 2017 9:04 pm
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