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  • Hyundai, General Motors latest automakers to announce billion-dollar U.S. investments

    WASHINGTON, Jan. 17 (UPI) — In the wake of President-elect Donald Trump‘s threats to levy high taxes on auto companies seeking to import cars and trucks into the United States from elsewhere, two more automakers have announced plans to invest money and hire workers at new and expanded facilities in the U.S. Hyundai Motor Company and General Motors each announced Tuesday they would invest several billion dollars in the construction or expansion of manufacturing facilities in the United States, with GM saying it also expects to add 1,000 jobs, during the next few years. Executives at Hyundai, and it’s affiliate Kia, said they plan to pump $3.1 billion into the United States during the next five years, which includes building a new factory, production of the high-end Genesis line of cars and an SUV specific to the U.S. Hyundai president Chung Jin-haeng said the company expects the U.S. economy to improve and demand for the …

    January 17, 2017 4:09 am


  • Trump tries to calm latest flap

    President-elect Donald Trump shakes hands with Martin Luther King III, son of Martin Luther King Jr. at Trump Tower in New York, Monday, Jan. 16, 2017. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) Donald Trump spoke of national unity to a son of Martin Luther King Jr., seeking to ease friction over the president-elect’s squabble with Rep. John Lewis, a protege of the slain civil rights leader. “He said that he is going to represent all Americans. He said that over and over again,” Martin Luther King III told reporters in the lobby of Trump Tower Monday after a nearly hour-long meeting. “I believe that’s his intent.” Trump met with King’s son on the holiday marking the life of the assassinated civil rights icon, just days after the president-elect had gone on Twitter to strike back fiercely at Lewis for questioning the legitimacy of the billionaire businessman’s election as president. Lewis and the elder King were among the Big …

    January 17, 2017 4:28 am


  • Toyota, GM and BMW warn against Brexit

    Some of the world’s leading car makers have come out in support of Britain remaining in the European Union. Jaguar Land Rover, Toyota (TM), BMW (BAMXY) and Vauxhall — owned by GM (GM) — said a vote to leave the EU (the so-called Brexit) could damage the U.K.’s booming car industry. The industry depends on exports. The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders said 80% of vehicles made in the U.K. are exported, with more than half of those sold to the rest of the EU. Dropping out of the EU single market — the biggest in the world — could damage those exports, the society said. The automotive industry supports 800,000 jobs across the U.K. and car manufacturing contributes £15.5 billion ($22.6 billion) annually to the U.K. economy, according to the SMMT. And the industry has just had a bumper year in 2015, producing the highest number of cars since 2005. Demand from China …

    June 20, 2016 5:40 am


  • Demolition by Warriors leaves Cavs piecing it back together

    3:39 AM ET Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print comment OAKLAND, Calif. — If the NBA has taught us anything in the past year, it is that nothing is a sure bet in the association. It was 364 days ago that the Golden State Warriors took it to the Cleveland Cavaliers, blowing them out by 34 points on Jan. 18, 2016, on their home court to drop the Cavs’ record to 28-11 and push their mark to 38-4. On Monday, Jan. 16, 2017, the Dubs blasted the Cavs by 35 at Oracle Arena, with the 126-91 win putting Cleveland at 29-11 and boosting the Warriors’ record to 35-6. Of course, between those two games, the Cavs fired their coach, David Blatt, and hired Tyronn Lue. They traded for Channing Frye and started the playoffs 10-0, yet fell down 3-1 in the NBA Finals against a Warriors team led by Stephen Curry, who was anointed …

    January 17, 2017 4:28 am

World News

  • Search for MH370 ends with no plane, few answers of what happened

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Jan. 17 (UPI) — The search for Malaysia Airlines flight 370 was officially suspended Monday morning after three years of searching for the airplane thought to have gone down somewhere over the Indian Ocean. Officials in Australia, China and Malaysia announced in a joint statement Monday that the last search vessel has left the Southern Indian Ocean and the underwater search there for the plane was being suspended because nothing has been found and there are no new leads. The three countries decided to suspend the search after it covered a roughly 46,000-square-mile area in the Indian Ocean where the plane is believed to have gone down, though no explanation for why it crashed there — nor evidence the area is where it actually crashed — has presented itself. “Despite every effort using the best science available, cutting edge technology, as well as modelling and advice from highly skilled professionals who are …

    January 17, 2017 3:08 am


  • Google Play and iOS apps demand surges in India and China

    Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Growing demand for apps means Apple and Google continue to profit from smartphones long after they are sold The two leading app stores both experienced a tilt towards Asia in 2016, according to an annual study. India leapfrogged both the US and Brazil to become the nation that downloaded the most apps from Google’s Play Store, according to analytics firm App Annie. It also claimed that China became the biggest source of revenue for Apple’s iOS App Store for the first time. However, the BBC understands that Apple’s own figures contradict this. They suggest China still lagged behind the US and Japan last year. The tech firm has, however, not commented on the 2016 Retrospective report. A spokeswoman for Google also declined to comment. Google and Apple both take a cut of software sales and in-app fees from third-parties that publish on their respective platforms. Their differing successes are …

    January 17, 2017 4:08 am


  • Stretchable transistor could be a second skin

    Skin tight: a stretchable transistor on the skin of a hand A polymer transistor that retains its electrical properties when stretched repeatedly has been developed by US researchers, who demonstrate its potential with a basic finger-mounted device. The device could have a number of different applications including systems that monitor a patient’s blood glucose levels and other physiological quantities. The “internet of things”, in which numerous everyday objects in the world around us collect and exchange data, is a developing paradigm in electronics. This could include sensors mounted on the skin, which could continuously monitor the blood glucose levels of diabetics. Attaching computer chips to flexible, stretchable surfaces such as skin is a challenge because silicon is rigid and brittle. The quest for stretchable electronic devices has led researchers to use tiny silicon “chiplets” encased within stretchable matrices, producing electronic materials that can change shape even if the silicon itself does not. “During the stretching, …

    January 16, 2017 7:44 pm


  • Almost 2 Million U.S. Kids Get Concussions a Year: Study

    MONDAY, June 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Close to 2 million U.S. children and teens may suffer concussions annually, say researchers who add that the prevalence of head injuries among American youth has been underestimated for years. Using data from hospitals, doctor visits and athletic trainers, the investigators estimated between 1 million and 1.9 million concussions occur annually among kids aged 18 and younger due to sports and recreation injuries. But more than half a million of these head injuries aren’t seen in emergency rooms or by physicians, which is why official tallies are usually too low, they noted. “There is a lot of uncertainty in how many concussions from sports and recreation occur each year because many concussions are not reported,” explained lead researcher Dr. Mersine Bryan, a pediatrician at the University of Washington and Seattle Children’s Hospital. “Better surveillance for concussions due to sports and recreational activities is needed, so we can understand …

    June 20, 2016 10:01 am


  • Alec Baldwin, Mark Ruffalo, Michael Moore And More To Protest Outside Trump Tower Before Inauguration Day

    Posted on Mon Jan 16th, 2017 8:50am PDT       By X17 Staff Not their President! Alec Baldwin, Mark Ruffalo, and Michael Moore are just some of the famous faces that will be protesting outside Trump Tower on the night before Inauguration Day, the famous filmmaker tweeted. “Mark Ruffalo, Alec Baldwin myself will be holding a massive rally in NYC in front of Trump International Hotel this Thursday, 6 pm! Come!” Moore wrote to his social media followers. The 30 Rock actor has been skewering the incoming POTUS on Saturday Night Live! lately, but he has no plans on stopping or making Trump’s life any easier. “If Trump believes that criticism of, opposition to, distaste for his election will eventually subside, he is mistaken. It’s just starting,” he wrote on Twitter earlier this week. Ruffalo couldn’t agree more! “We are sending a message to Washington that we will fight, at every step, discrimination and harmful policies, today, tomorrow …

    January 17, 2017 4:29 am


  • Todd Starnes: Church says praying for ‘Donald Trump’ could trigger haters

    Parishioners at a California Episcopal church will no longer pray by name for the president of the United States over fears the name “Donald Trump” might trigger microaggressions among sanctified snowflakes. Click here to get a copy of Todd’s new book – “The Deplorables’ Guide to Making America Great Again!” Mike Kinman, the rector of All Saints Church in Pasadena, broke the news to the congregation in a blog posting that was filled with all sorts of liturgical lunacy.  “If you come to All Saints this Sunday, you’ll notice that we have removed the proper names from our prayers for those in authority. Whereas before we prayed for ‘Barack, our president,’ we are now praying for “our president, our president-elect, and all others in authority.” This practice will continue for at least the near future,” he wrote.  Kinman went on to say the safety of the congregation could be jeopardized by the mere nation of the president-elect’s name. …

    January 17, 2017 4:08 am

Odd News

  • Junk food addicted raccoon colony relocated by animal control officers

    DESTREHAN, La., Jan. 12 (UPI) — A colony of raccoons known for devouring junk food behind a Louisiana grocery store were relocated by animal control officers. The 16 raccoons were known as the “Winn Dixie colony” after the grocery store where they regularly devoured sweet snacks and food left out for feral cats, WWL reported. Jena Troxler of St. Charles Animal Control said residents had begun feeding the raccoons sweet treats to prevent them from eating the food intended for the feral cats. “When caretakers feed them that junk food, it keeps them in a separate area, so the cats can feed at the same time,” she said. Troxler said animal control had been monitoring the situation and determined it had gotten out of control. “We were monitoring the area for four months, three times a week and I personally saw over 31 raccoons that were at least 30-to-40 pounds each,” she said. “We were …

    January 16, 2017 8:05 pm