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Devastating Fire Destroys Part Of Notre Dame Cathedral

Devastating Fire Destroys Part Of Notre Dame Cathedral

A massive fire has destroyed part of the historic Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. The tragedy comes during Holy Week, an important event for the Catholic Church that contains both the Good Friday and Easter holidays.... 
Delta Reducing The Amount Its Seats Can Recline

Delta Reducing The Amount Its Seats Can Recline

Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) has announced that it will be reducing the amount that some of their seats recline on some their planes. The move appears to be part of a plan to improve the comfort of the airline’s passengers. The... 
Anti-stall System Examined As Factor In Boeing 737 Max Crashes

Anti-stall System Examined As Factor In Boeing 737 Max Crashes

Investigations have pinpointed an anti-stall system installed in Boeing 737 Max aircraft as a potential factor in the crashes of two of the jets in the past five months. In both the March crash in Ethiopia and an earlier one in... 
Twitter Announces New Plan To Tackle Spam

Twitter Announces New Plan To Tackle Spam

Twitter has announced a new move in its battle to tackle spammers on its social media platform. The social network is dramatically reducing the number of accounts users can follow each day, reducing the limit to 400 accounts per... 
Link Between Vaping And Seizures Being Studied By FDA

Link Between Vaping And Seizures Being Studied By FDA

The Food and Drug Administration is investigating nearly three dozen cases of people who had seizures after vaping. FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb said in a statement, “We have reports indicating that some people who use... 
Some Diabetics To Get Break On Cost Of Insulin

Some Diabetics To Get Break On Cost Of Insulin

Health insurer Cigna Corp. (NYSE: CI) and its pharmacy benefits subsidiary Express Scripts will be lowering the out-of-pocket cost of insulin for some of their members with diabetes. The Patient Assurance Program caps copays for... 
Brunei: Gay Sex And Adultery Punishable By Death

Brunei: Gay Sex And Adultery Punishable By Death

New laws being implemented in Brunei are making gay sex and adultery offences punishable by death. The new laws come into effect April 3, according to a notice posted to the Brunei attorney general’s website on Dec. 29. News... 
Easter Island Artifacts To Be Returned By Norway

Easter Island Artifacts To Be Returned By Norway

A Norwegian museum has agreed to return thousands of artifacts and human remains to Easter Island, known in the local language as Rapa Nui. The items were taken by explorer Thor Heyerdahl during two expeditions in the 20th century.... 
Facebook Sued Over Fair Housing Act Violations

Facebook Sued Over Fair Housing Act Violations

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is suing social media giant Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ: FB) over selling targeted advertising that violated the U.S. Fair Housing Act. Under the 1968 Fair Housing Act, it is illegal... 
Hacking Flaw Found In Medtronic Defibrillators

Hacking Flaw Found In Medtronic Defibrillators

The U.S. Department Homeland Security has issued an alert warning of two types of computer-hacking vulnerabilities in 16 different models of implantable defibrillators made by Medtronic PLC (NYSE: MDT). According to reports, two... 
Chick-fil-A Taking Flak For Charitable Donations

Chick-fil-A Taking Flak For Charitable Donations

Chick-fil-A has come under fire for a series of charitable donations made recently. Newly released tax filings show the Chick-fil-A Foundation gave $1.8 million to three groups with a history of anti-LGBTQ discrimination. Critics... 
Ichiro Suzuki Retires From Baseball

Ichiro Suzuki Retires From Baseball

Seattle Mariners star Ichiro Suzuki has announced his retirement, one day after becoming the oldest position player to start a season-opening game in the American League. Suzuki made the announcement at the Tokyo Dome in Japan... 
First Drug For Postpartum Depression Approved

First Drug For Postpartum Depression Approved

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued the first approval for a drug specifically indicated for women suffering postpartum depression. An intravenous infusion of the drug brexanolone, which will be sold as Zulresso,... 
Apple Watch Found To Help Detect Heart Issues

Apple Watch Found To Help Detect Heart Issues

A giant study sponsored by Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) has found that the Apple Watch can sometimes spot patients with irregular heart pulse rates. These irregular pulse rates could signal the need for further monitoring for a serious... 
Genetically Engineered Salmon Gets Green Light From FDA

Genetically Engineered Salmon Gets Green Light From FDA

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is now allowing genetically engineered salmon and salmon eggs into the U.S. deactivating a 2016 import alert on such salmon. The import alert restricted the sale of genetically engineered... 
Uber Settles Independent Contractor Lawsuit

Uber Settles Independent Contractor Lawsuit

A long-running legal battle between Uber Technologies Inc. and some of its drivers has been settled. Under the terms of the settlement, Uber has agreed to pay the drivers $20 million. The settlement covers drivers in California... 
Argosy University Facing Shutdown

Argosy University Facing Shutdown

This past week may have been the last week of operation for Argosy University in Chicago. The university has been cut off from federal financial aid over its mishandling of the money. The U.S. Department of Education called the... 
Seniors Increasingly Heading To ER With Dog-walking Injuries

Seniors Increasingly Heading To ER With Dog-walking Injuries

Having a dog can be great motivation for daily exercise. Dogs need to go on walks, and walking is good exercise for older adults. Unfortunately, walking their dog can also be hazardous to their health. A new study has found that... 
Research Probe Stuck In Surface Of Mars

Research Probe Stuck In Surface Of Mars

NASA’s InSight lander mission has hit a snag as a probe designed to measure the heat of Mars has gotten stuck in the surface of the planet. The probe began its efforts to dig into the surface late last week, but only made it... 
Ford Taurus Sedan Reaches End Of Era

Ford Taurus Sedan Reaches End Of Era

After a nearly-constant 34-year production run, the era of the Ford Taurus sedan has come to an end. Ford Motor Company’s (NYSE: F) final Taurus full-size sedan has rolled off the line at its assembly plant in Chicago. Over... 
New Research Studies Effects Of Weekend Catch-up Sleep

New Research Studies Effects Of Weekend Catch-up Sleep

A new study published in the journal Current Biology raises intriguing questions about whether it is a good idea for people who miss out on sleep during the week to try to catch up on that sleep during the weekend. In a small... 
Weight Watchers Disappoints Investors With Results, Guidance

Weight Watchers Disappoints Investors With Results, Guidance

Investors are not happy with Weight Watchers International Inc. (NASDAQ: WTW) after the company posted disappointing results for the fourth quarter. The company reported adjusted fourth-quarter earnings of 46 cents per share.... 
Kraft Heinz Reports Disappointing Quarterly Results

Kraft Heinz Reports Disappointing Quarterly Results

Kraft Heinz Co. (NASDAQ: KHC) released a fourth-quarter earnings report that deeply disappointed investors. The food giant, known for its boxed macaroni and cheese and its ketchup, reported a net loss of $12.61 billion for the... 
Vaccine Exemptions May Become Subject To Federal Intervention

Vaccine Exemptions May Become Subject To Federal Intervention

The commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning that the federal government might have to take action if states continue to allow their current rates of mandatory vaccine exemptions. FDA Commissioner... 
Manny Machado To Sign 10-Year, $300M Contract With Padres

Manny Machado To Sign 10-Year, $300M Contract With Padres

Manny Machado and the San Diego Padres have reportedly agreed to terms on a contract. News of the deal comes more than three months after Machado declared for free agency. According to MLB.com, the 10-year deal is worth $300 million,... 
Apple Buying Voice App Builder Pullstring

Apple Buying Voice App Builder Pullstring

Published reports are indicating that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) has agreed to buy Pullstring, a startup that helps customers publish voice apps, for an undisclosed amount. The startup, founded in 2011 by former Pixar executives,... 
Amazon To Pay No Federal Income Tax For 2018

Amazon To Pay No Federal Income Tax For 2018

According to a report from the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, Amazon.com Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) will pay $0 in federal income taxes for the 2018 tax year. Amazon is valued at nearly $800 billion and is considered the... 
Apple And Google Slammed Over Tracking App

Apple And Google Slammed Over Tracking App

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) and Alphabet’s Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOGL) are being harshly criticized for hosting an app that allows men in Saudi Arabia to track and control the movement of women. The app is called Absher and was... 
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...