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GM Ride-Sharing Cars Would Have No Steering Wheel Or Pedals

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The automaker also announced that it filed a Safety Petition to be able to deploy its completely driverless version of Chevy Bolt called Cruise AV in 2019 . GM, which is the first company to mass produce autonomous vehicles , presumably in preparation for a 2019 test of their driverless fleet, has also been testing a ride-sharing app for their driverless cars . Read More »

Operations at JFK Airport slowly return to normal

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They were transferred to a hotel while alternative flights were being arranged. Meanwhile, Valentina Kukwa continued trying to get home to Salt Lake City from her trip to Cameroon. It was just one of a series of issues facing New York's principal worldwide airport over the weekend as bitter cold gripped the North East of the United States. Read More »

Reporter Courtney Roland Found Under Freeway Overpass ... 'Appears Unharmed'

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A Houston sports journalist who went missing this weekend after expressing concerns that she was being followed by a suspicious man has been found and taken to a hospital for evaluation, police said Monday . Roland's mom likewise told the news channel she got a baffling instant message on Sunday. She was driving a 2015, white Jeep Cherokee, license plate HZC7778. Read More »

Latte levy: Coffee cups could be banned by 2023

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The 25 pence charge would go towards improving Britain's recycling and reprocessing facilities, the report said. "Just five retailers have taken up [one company's] cup recycling initiative and the firm has recycled just 10m cups following a target of 500 million a year." The environmental audit committee's report said: "Coffee shops with recycling schemes should place a "recyclable in stores only" label on cups". Read More »

Fodder Scam verdict: JDU calls it a 'historic decision in Bihar politics'

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Lalu heard the sentencing from jail via video conferencing. A special CBI court in Ranchi pronounced the quantum of punishment for Lalu a few minutes ago. The trial in the case was completed on December 13 in the special CBI court and 10 days later, he was convicted on December 23. "But they should remember that we still have High Court and Supreme Court to appeal against the judgement by CBI court", said Tejashwi. Read More »

Atlantic Trust Group LLC Buys 1335522 Shares of Charles Schwab Corp (SCHW)

Its opening price on the last trading day was $51.52. The Charles Schwab Corporation (NYSE: SCHW ) is an interesting stock at present. It has outperformed by 27.93% the S&P500. Chesley Taft & Assoc Limited Liability Corporation invested in 37,635 shares. Investors of record on Friday, February 10th were issued a dividend of $0.08 per share. Read More »

Lottery fever hits Wisconsin as Mega Millions, Powerball jackpots soar

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Louisiana businesses that bank off the extra buyers say they know they'll take a hit but aren't anxious about it. If there's no victor for Saturday's drawing, the next estimated jackpot for Powerball will be $725 million. "'I won?! No! I didn't!' Of course there would be a jubilation". Americans spend more than $70 billion a year on lotteries. We don't always hit the jackpot, but we did once in Arkansas. Read More »

FCC's Ajit Pai cancels CES appearance following 'death threats' over net neutrality

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Two unnamed agency sources told Recode why Pai pulled the appearance at the annual Consumer Electronics Show Las Vegas on January 9 one day after it was reported he had canceled. Since the commission voted to repeal so-called net neutrality rules, resistance has solidified, with the FCC expected to find itself involved in a number of legal battles in 2018. Read More »

Supply discipline and demand to prop up oil prices in 2018

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Brent crude futures-the worldwide benchmark-were also up, rising 45 cents or 0.7% to $66.61 a barrel, CNBC reported. Brent broke through $67 earlier this week for the first time since May 2015.The price rises were driven by a surprise drop in USA oil production, which last week dipped to 9.754 million barrels per day (bpd), down from 9.789 million bpd the previous week, according to data from the Energy Information Administration (EIA) released late on Thursday. Read More »

Instagram Recommends Photos in Your Feed Now, Users Aren't Happy

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On a related note, Instagram few days ago rolled out a new feature to boost its Live Video engagement. Referred to as " recommended posts ", this feature has not been well received by the users. It can deter users who prefer separate feeds . Earlier this month, the platform launched an update that allows users to follow hashtags . Named hashtags, Instagram said it is similar to following a friend and can be invoked once the user taps on a hashtag on another post. Read More »

SoftBank's Tender Bid For Uber Massively Successful

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SoftBank and the rest of consortium, which includes Dragoneer Investment Group, will own about 17.5%, including a secondary share purchase from earlier investors and employees, as well as $1.25bn of fresh funding. Kalanick, who had been trying to retain some control over the company he helped found. A spokesperson for Kalanick did not return a request for comment. Read More »

The statistics behind another big shopping day, the day after Christmas

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As expected, the day after Christmas brings quite the crowd to the West Town Mall in Knoxville. The top returned items are clothes and accessories. Many people were at Getz's in Marquette today. "We start to see larger crowds the weekend before Thanksgiving and Black Friday during our Greene Saturday and Tree Lighting events", Willshaw said. Read More »

California's Thomas fire becomes largest in state history

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Fire officials in Southern California now consider the deadly Thomas Fire to be the second largest in the state's history. Credit: Incident Management Team. This story was last updated at 9:22 a.m. Saturday . More than half of the burned acreage took place on U.S. National Forest land, according to the federal and state agencies overseeing the fire. Read More »

Expect snow Christmas Eve, into Christmas Day

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Areas north and west of the city will have higher accumulations, with 1 to 3 inches expected. One was on I-70 eastbound near 78th Street, and the other was on northbound I-635 near I-70. "In areas where the precipitation has ended, any wet or untreated roads may re-freeze before temperatures climb above freezing later this morning", according to the weather service. Read More »

Interim fighter aftermath - US Commerce Dept. upholds duties against Bombardier

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Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said the decision was based on a "full and unbiased review of the facts in an open and transparent process". Ross ruled Canada-based Bombardier received government subsidies and sold its C-Series jets below cost price in the United States, a step likely to lead to tariffs of more than 200 per cent on the plane. Read More »

Companies Turn Tax Breaks Into Bonuses And Wage Hikes

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Comcast: $1,000 bonus to each of about 100,000 workers and more than $50 billion in "infrastructure investments" in the next five years. Congressional Republicans slashed company taxes from 35 percent to 21 percent on December 20, freeing up millions or even billions of dollars of profit. Read More »

Pennsylvania Moves Past Illinois To No. 5 In Census Estimate

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In percentage terms, IL saw the third-worst population decline in the nation. "Rural counties and downstate IL have taken the brunt of population declines in the past, but the number of people in Chicago, which has propped up the state, has leveled off", Harger said. Read More »

MLS expected to announce Nashville expansion team

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The group has identified Ford Field as an " ideal home " for a soccer team. FC Cincinnati is still not out of the race to become the next Major League Soccer team. Dan Gilbert and Tom Gores, both owners of National Basketball Association teams, this afternoon make their pitch in NY to bring Major League Soccer to Detroit . Read More »

CME Futures Rolled Out Smoothly; Bitcoin Remains Bullish

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The top derivatives regulator in the US has created a new information portal for cryptocurrencies, a move that came just days ahead of a major bitcoin futures launch . Disclosure: CME Group is an investor in Digital Currency Group, CoinDesk's parent company. The contracts, which settle in dollars and trade on regulated exchanges, can be bought by institutional investors that are prohibited from buying bitcoin directly on largely unregulated exchanges. Read More »

Ryanair in union supply to keep away from Christmas strikes

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Speaking to the Sunday Independent, a senior union source insisted the get-together between both sides would have to be before the Wednesday deadline. Ryanair has also claimed that they have offered to meet IALPA and their Ryanair pilot committee on Tuesday, December 19, "if that would suit them better". Read More »

Cyber experts identify new malware targeting critical infrastructure

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FireEye was able to "assess with moderate confidence that the attacker was developing the capability to cause physical damage and inadvertently shutdown operations". According to FireEye, the hackers behind the malware are likely state-sponsored. That would require access to hardware and software that's not widely available to the average cybercrime group. Read More »