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Early Filers Seeing Smaller Tax Refunds

Early Filers Seeing Smaller Tax Refunds

Millions of Americans filling out their 2018 taxes are now finding that their refunds will be less than expected or that they owe money to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) instead of receiving an expected refund. Others are... 
Toys R Us Store Closures Negatively Impact Hasbro’s Profit

Toys R Us Store Closures Negatively Impact Hasbro’s Profit

The closure of Toys R Us stores across the U.S. hurt Hasbro Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) more than expected in the fourth quarter of its fiscal year. In a statement, Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner said that “the effect of its liquidated inventory... 
Earth’s Magnetic North Pole Moving Faster Than Before

Earth’s Magnetic North Pole Moving Faster Than Before

The movement of the magnetic north pole has forced scientists to update the World Magnetic Model a year before they thought they would have to. Last summer, the discrepancy between the real-time location of the north magnetic... 
Gigantic Void Discovered In Antarctic Glacier

Gigantic Void Discovered In Antarctic Glacier

NASA has discovered a gigantic void in the Thwaites Glacier in Antarctica while surveying the area. The void has created a 1,000-foot (300-meter) tall cavern that could have held nearly 14 billion tons of ice, according to estimates.... 
Google’s Data-gathering App For iPhones Shut Down

Google’s Data-gathering App For iPhones Shut Down

Google’s audience-research app Screenwise Meter has been shut down and can longer be used on Apple devices. The app was part of Apple’s program for enterprise customers to test iOS apps internally with employees. The app... 
Resignation Of Palestinian Government Surprises World

Resignation Of Palestinian Government Surprises World

Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Al-Hamdallah has tendered his resignation and that of the government of the Palestinian Authority to the authority’s president, Mahmoud Abbas. President Abbas said in a statement that he accepted... 
NASA’s Mars Opportunity Rover May Be Lost For Good

NASA’s Mars Opportunity Rover May Be Lost For Good

NASA’s scientists are beginning to think that the agency’s Mars Opportunity rover may be dead. NASA lost contact with the rover last June after it was engulfed by one of the most ferocious storms on Mars in decades. Since then,... 
Netflix And Hulu Raising Prices For U.S. Subscribers

Netflix And Hulu Raising Prices For U.S. Subscribers

Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX) and Hulu have both recently announced they would be increasing rates on its streaming plans in the near future. They are saying that the increases are needed to reflect the value of the new additions to... 
New Brain Training App Aims To Increase Concentration

New Brain Training App Aims To Increase Concentration

A new brain training app has been developed by Cambridge University researchers with the aim of improving people’s concentration. The app, named Decoder, is a game that focuses on activating and strengthening the frontal parietal... 
Microsoft Spending $500M On Housing Initiatives

Microsoft Spending $500M On Housing Initiatives

Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ: MSFT) has announced plans to spend $500 million on affordable housing and homelessness initiatives over the next three years. According to Brad Smith, president of Microsoft Corp., the goal is to ensure... 
Wells Fargo Making Slow Progress Towards Asset Cap Removal

Wells Fargo Making Slow Progress Towards Asset Cap Removal

Wells Fargo & Co. (NYSE: WFC) will be operating under a Federal Reserve asset cap through the end of 2019, according to an announcement by the company. Chief Executive Officer Tim Sloan said on an earnings call, “To have... 
Macedonia Approves Name Change

Macedonia Approves Name Change

The small Balkan nation of Macedonia has voted to officially change the country’s name to the Republic of North Macedonia. The measure passed by barely meeting the two-thirds majority needed, with a total of 81 members of the... 
Louisiana Testing New Payment Model For Hepatitis C Drugs

Louisiana Testing New Payment Model For Hepatitis C Drugs

Louisiana is set to become the first state to adopt a new way to pay for expensive hepatitis C treatments. According to an announcement from Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards (D), the state is going to move a payment model that... 
New Nissan Leaf Can Travel 200+ Miles Per Charge

New Nissan Leaf Can Travel 200+ Miles Per Charge

Nissan promised a long-range version of the of its wildly popular Leaf vehicle back in 2017. Now, the company is finally making good on its promise. The new version of the electric car has a nearly 40 percent improvement in range,... 
China Achieves Landing On Far Side Of Moon

China Achieves Landing On Far Side Of Moon

China’s Chang’e 4 spacecraft has successfully landed on the far side of the moon in a stunning technical achievement. The China National Space Administration (CNSA), founded in 1993, have released the first photos from the... 
China Turns Attention To Reclaiming Taiwan

China Turns Attention To Reclaiming Taiwan

Chinese President Xi Jinping has formally turned his attention to China’s decades-long quest to win control of Taiwan. In his first major speech about the disputed island, he said, “That the two sides of the strait are still... 
Michael Kors Holdings Finalizes Acquisition And Name Change

Michael Kors Holdings Finalizes Acquisition And Name Change

Luxury group Michal Kors Holdings (NYSE: KORS) has finalized its acquisition of the Versace fashion house and changed the group’s name to Capri Holdings Limited. The company is publicly listed on the New York Stock Exchange under... 
Malware Disrupts Newspaper Publishing Nationwide

Malware Disrupts Newspaper Publishing Nationwide

A malware attack has hobbled computer systems and delayed weekend deliveries for newspapers across the country. The malware spread through Tribune Publishing’s (NASDAQ: TPCO) network, attacking systems crucial to the news production... 
First Solo Trek Across Antarctica Completed

First Solo Trek Across Antarctica Completed

In a historical first, an Oregon man has become the first person to traverse Antarctica alone without any assistance. Colin O’Brady, of Portland, finished the bone-chilling, 930-mile journey across the polar continent in 54 days,... 
Canada Demands China Release Detainees

Canada Demands China Release Detainees

Canada has demanded that China immediately release two Canadians detained in what is said to be an arbitrary detention. The detentions of Michael Kovrig, a former diplomat and an advisor with the International Crisis Group (ICG), and... 
Altria Invests Nearly $13 Billion In Juul

Altria Invests Nearly $13 Billion In Juul

Altria Group Inc. (NYSE: MO) has bought a 35 percent stake in Juul Labs Inc. for $12.8 billion. The deal values Juul at $38 billion, more than double its value since a previous investment in July. According to the terms of the deal,... 
Major Companies Granted Access To Facebook Users’ Personal Data

Major Companies Granted Access To Facebook Users’ Personal Data

Reports have emerged that a number of major companies were granted unprecedented access to Facebook (NASDAQ: FB) users’ personal data through questionable partnership agreements. More than 150 companies, most of them technology and... 
Sears Holdings To Pay Bonuses In Bankruptcy

Sears Holdings To Pay Bonuses In Bankruptcy

Sears Holdings Corp. has reportedly received approval to pay as much as $25.3 million in bonuses to the company’s top executives and high-ranking employees. According to published reports, Sears’s request has been approved a U.S.... 
Instacart Ending Partnership With Whole Foods

Instacart Ending Partnership With Whole Foods

Instacart has ended its delivery partnership with Amazon-owned grocery chain Whole Foods. Instacart CEO Apoorva Mehta announced the decision in a blog post. He wrote: “We expect to ramp down all remaining Whole Foods in-store... 
Earth’s Crust Holds Massive Microbe Ecosystem

Earth’s Crust Holds Massive Microbe Ecosystem

A new study has found that life deep within the Earth appears to have a comparable genetic diversity to all of the life found above the surface. The scientists presented their findings before the annual meeting of the American Geophysical... 
China Sets Sights On Far Side Of The Moon

China Sets Sights On Far Side Of The Moon

China’s new ground-breaking mission is aiming to land an unmanned spacecraft on the far side of the Moon. If successful, China would be the first country to land on the far side, also known as the dark side because it faces away... 
Qatar Announces End To Membership In OPEC

Qatar Announces End To Membership In OPEC

Qatar has announced that it will be withdrawing from the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) in January. Saad Sherida al-Kaabi, Qatar’s minister of state for energy affairs, made the announcement. If it goes... 
Death Of Missionary Sparks Ethics Debate

Death Of Missionary Sparks Ethics Debate

An American missionary has been killed after attempting to contact an isolated tribe on a remote Indian Ocean island. John Allen Chau traveled to the island to try to convert the tribe to Christianity. He was reportedly killed on Nov.... 
New Trade Deal Has Emerged To Replace NAFTA

New Trade Deal Has Emerged To Replace NAFTA

A new U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement, or USMCA, has been signed to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). President Trump signed the trade deal alongside Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexico’s... 
AT&T To Launch Three-tiered Streaming Service

AT&T To Launch Three-tiered Streaming Service

AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) has announced that it will be rolling out three streaming video services by late 2019. The company unveiled plans for the unnamed service during a presentation to investors in New York. This will make AT&T... 
General Motors Announces End Of 6 Models

General Motors Announces End Of 6 Models

General Motors Co. (NYSE: GM) has announced that it will be ending the production of six of its models amid planned factory closures. The company is shifting away from sedans in favor of pickup trucks, cross-overs, and SUVs. GM said... 
NASA’s Latest Mars Mission About To Land

NASA’s Latest Mars Mission About To Land

NASA’s latest mission to Mars is about to enter an exciting new phase. It’s InSight lander is scheduled to land on the red planet Monday, November 26. The InSight mission is led by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena,... 
Fake Doctor Discovery Sparks Widespread Investigation

Fake Doctor Discovery Sparks Widespread Investigation

The General Medical Council (GMC) of Britain has launched an investigation into thousands of UK-based doctors from some former British colonies after a fake psychiatrist with no qualifications was found to have been practicing in the... 
Juul E-Cigarette Flavors To Be Removed From Stores

Juul E-Cigarette Flavors To Be Removed From Stores

Juul Labs has announced that retail sales of most of its flavored e-cigarette pods will be suspended for the foreseeable future. The mango, fruit, crème and cucumber Juul pods will be pulled from the shelves of retail stores contracted... 
Ebola Outbreak In Congo Now Worst In Country’s History

Ebola Outbreak In Congo Now Worst In Country’s History

Officials in the Democratic Republic of the Congo are calling this latest Ebola outbreak the worst in the country’s recorded history. There are now 319 confirmed and probable cases, the health ministry said. The deadly virus has... 
Florida Bans Greyhound Racing With Vote

Florida Bans Greyhound Racing With Vote

Florida will no longer have greyhound racing within its borders after voters approved a ban on the sport. Amendment 13 ends live greyhound racing in the state by 2021. According to the election results, 69 percent of voters were for... 
Swimmer Completes Circumnavigation Of Great Britain

Swimmer Completes Circumnavigation Of Great Britain

It took him 157 days, but Ross Edgley has completed his circumnavigation swim around Great Britain. Edgley began his attempt to swim around the entirety of Great Britain on June 1, leaving from Margate in southeast England. The swimmer... 
US Re-imposes 2nd Batch Of Iran Sanctions

US Re-imposes 2nd Batch Of Iran Sanctions

The government of the United States has re-imposed tough sanctions against Iran. The sanctions target financial deals with Iran, as well as purchases of Iranian oil, petrochemicals and petroleum products. Iranian oil provides 80 percent... 
Palau Issues Ban On Certain Sunscreens

Palau Issues Ban On Certain Sunscreens

Palau has taken the extraordinary step of banning certain types of sunscreen from its shores. Some of the chemicals found in sunscreens are toxic to corals. Authorities are concerned that a build-up of these chemicals could cause the... 
NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope Going Offline

NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope Going Offline

NASA’s Kepler space telescope is going offline after finally running out of fuel. Sometime within the next two weeks, a command will be issued that will deactivate its transmitter and other instruments. The telescope is expected... 
New $150 Million Robot-building Factory To Open In China

New $150 Million Robot-building Factory To Open In China

Swiss engineering group ABB (ABBN.S) plans to spend $150 million to build a new factory in China to make industrial robots. The factory will be located near ABB’s China robotics campus and is due to be operating by the end of 2020.... 
Snap Inc. Beats Estimates For Revenue, Earnings

Snap Inc. Beats Estimates For Revenue, Earnings

Snap Inc. managed to beat Wall Street’s expectations for revenue and earnings despite its user count continuing to drop. Snap lost $325 million this quarter compared to $353 million in the last quarter. The company reported a loss... 
Study: Organic Food May Reduce Cancer Risk

Study: Organic Food May Reduce Cancer Risk

There are many recommendations for ways to reduce your risk of cancer. Health professionals promote exercising, wearing sunscreen, and getting screened regularly as the best ways to limit the chances of developing cancer. Now, they... 
Affirmative Action Trial Exposes Harvard’s Secrets

Affirmative Action Trial Exposes Harvard’s Secrets

Harvard University’s trial regarding affirmative action in its admissions practices has exposed some of the school’s most closely held secrets. The case is currently being heard in federal court in Boston. US District Judge... 
US Merging Jerusalem Consulate With New Embassy

US Merging Jerusalem Consulate With New Embassy

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has announced that the two major diplomatic facilities in Jerusalem will be merged under the auspices of the newly relocated US embassy. The merger combines the embassy and the US consulate in Jerusalem.... 
Death Toll Soars In Congo’s Ebola Outbreak

Death Toll Soars In Congo’s Ebola Outbreak

An outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo is spreading, with nearly three dozen additional cases reported in the past weeks. In the past week, 33 people were confirmed with Ebola virus and 24 of them died. There now... 
Washington Supreme Court Ends State Death Penalty

Washington Supreme Court Ends State Death Penalty

Washington state’s Supreme Court has found that the death penalty, as applied, violates its Constitution. The five justices made a unanimous decision that the “death penalty is invalid because it is imposed in an arbitrary and... 
Former Vice President Of Guatemala Receives 15-year Sentence

Former Vice President Of Guatemala Receives 15-year Sentence

Former Guatemalan Vice President Roxana Baldetti has received a 15-year prison sentence for her involvement in a fraudulent state contract to decontaminate a major lake. She was also accused of embezzling millions from the state fund... 
New Zealand Issues New Rules For Digital Devices From Abroad

New Zealand Issues New Rules For Digital Devices From Abroad

New Zealand has issued new rules that require travelers to hand over passwords for their digital devices at security. The New Zealand Customs Service said in a released statement that the new Customs and Excise Act of 2018 would boost... 
Government Agency Accused Of Creating Insect Bioweapons

Government Agency Accused Of Creating Insect Bioweapons

The Insect Allies program administered by the US government’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has been accused of attempting to develop bioweapon-bearing insects. A group of researchers led by Richard Guy Reeves,...