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Amazon raises monthly fee for Prime by almost 20 percent

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That's over a 50 percent increase compared to the $99 annual rate for Amazon Prime . Prime Student members will also pay slightly more under the new changes. Amazon's monthly Prime price increase comes one day after the company announced the 20 finalists for its second corporate headquarters. Prime subscribers can also store unlimited photos online while they also get a 30-minute head start on some Lightning Deals thanks to Early Access. Read More »

GST On 29 Items, 54 Services Cut

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The GST Council is set to meet after another 10 days ahead of the Union Budget 2018. After correction in GST rates, the key focus of the GST Council will now shift to strengthening the enforcement and compliance rules, as it suspects that most of the business-to-business transactions are being kept off the book to avoid tax. Read More »

Here are the 20 cities still fighting to win Amazon's headquarters contest

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The list , released Thursday, includes major metropolitan areas such as Los Angeles, Dallas and Atlanta , as well as smaller communities including Pittsburgh, Raleigh and Nashville. But Amazon must have had a reason to include 20 finalists , instead of 10, or 15; it's fair to assume any of the cities remaining has a nonzero chance to become home to HQ2. Read More »

Dow surges 300 points, closes above 26000 for first time

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The S&P 500 has been rising so quickly, it has already topped or matched some of the Wall Street analyst's year-end 2018 targets, The median target is now 2,975 for year-end, about a 6 percent gain from current levels. The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks picked up 0.9 percent, to 1,586.66. As for the Wall Street impact, a shutdown could sap some of the momentum that helped drive the stock market to new highs this week, said J.J. Read More »

Crude Oil Steady Ahead Of Inventories

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OPEC's output cuts - now entering a second year - have been successful in eroding bloated stockpiles and lifting prices to a three-year high. WTI Crude oil futures are quoting at $64.23 per barrel, up 0.45% on the day. OPEC and Non-OPEC members agreed during a meeting in Vienna in Dec 10, 2016 to limit oil output in reaction to a drop in oil prices at the time. Supply data from the Energy Information Administration will be released Thursday morning. Read More »

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 »