US President Donald Trump on Monday barred US firms and citizens from dealing in Venezuela’s new cryptocurrency. Trump issued an executive order proscribing “all transactions related to” the new currency, which is designed to make up for a massive government cash crisis. The Latin American country — which has the world’s largest proven oil reserves –… (more…)

Trump slaps sanctions on Venezuela’s ‘bitcoin’

US President Donald Trump on Monday barred US firms and citizens from dealing in Venezuela’s new cryptocurrency. Trump issued an executive order proscribing “all transactions related to” the new currency, which is designed to make up for a massive government cash crisis. The Latin American country — which has the world’s largest proven oil reserves –… Read more

Trump to seek death penalty for drug dealers: WH official

US President Donald Trump will present on Monday his plan to combat an opioid abuse epidemic which will include seeking the death penalty for drug traffickers. The Department of Justice “will seek the death penalty against drug traffickers, where appropriate under current law,” a White House official indicated Sunday whilst outlining the plan’s main points. The… Read more

US crude exports becoming bigger presence in global oil

Boosted by surging output, the United States is becoming a significant exporter of crude oil, a shift that is remaking American infrastructure and altering the global petroleum market. Now pumping more than 10 million barrels per day, the US has become the second biggest oil producer in the world behind Russia and ahead of Saudi Arabia.… Read more

How pot-smoking became illegal in Canada

By Catherine Carstairs, Professor and Chair, University of Guelph. Canada is on track to legalize marijuana on July 1. But why was it criminalized in the first place? THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld In 1923, when it became illegal to possess cannabis in Canada, very few Canadians would have heard of the drug, let alone tried it.… Read more

North America 2026 World Cup bid names 23 candidate cities

The joint North American bid for the 2026 World Cup on Thursday unveiled 23 cities that have been chosen as potential venues for the tournament as officials prepared to submit their bid book to FIFA. A statement from the United States-Canada-Mexico bid, which is seen as the front-runner for the expanded 48-team tournament, said FIFA will… Read more

Spotify to go public on April 3

Spotify will go public on April 3 as the world’s largest streaming company lists on the New York Stock Exchange. Paul Vogel, the Swedish company’s head of investor relations, made the announcement at the start of a day of briefings to potential funders in New York. Spotify had announced the long-awaited public listing on February 28… Read more

Cambridge pays tribute to Hawking

Students were inspired by physicist’s tenacity, spirit The death of Stephen Hawking reverberated around the world but it was particularly resonant at a small college in Cambridge that the physicist described as a “constant thread running through my life”. The flag at Gonville and Caius College was lowered to half-staff in honor of the man who… Read more

Russia Says 500 Years of Western Rule Coming to an End

Russia has refused to answer any ultimatums from the U.S. or any of its allies, saying the West-led world order was no more and Moscow would pursue its own foreign policy path, despite new challenges across the globe and beyond. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told a forum promoting investment in his country that many other… Read more

Disney’s latest fee: Paying to park overnight at resorts

The House of Mouse still wants more of your money. Obviously, last month’s price hike at its theme parks wasn’t enough for Mickey Mouse & Co. Now Disney wants to charge guests to park at its Orlando hotels! RELATED: Not so magical: Disney raises the cost of park admission again Disney’s new parking fees Beginning March… Read more

Luke Bryan’s new video offers a much-needed shot of hope

Luke Bryan If you spend much time on social media or invest too much in network news, you really can lose faith in humanity. Between random acts of violence, social injustice and political dissent, it seems there is more bad news than good. And some keyboard warriors and trolls do their dead level best to make… Read more

Broadcom withdraws Qualcomm offer after Trump blocks bid

Singapore-based Broadcom said Wednesday it was abandoning efforts to take over US smartphone chipmaker Qualcomm, two days after its bid was blocked by President Donald Trump over national security concerns. “Although we are disappointed with this outcome, Broadcom will comply” with the order blocking its effort to buy Qualcomm, it said in a statement. Broadcom said… Read more

How Stephen Hawking supported the Palestinian cause

Stephen Hawking, the world-renowned scientist who passed away on Wednesday at the age of 76, was known not only for his groundbreaking work, but for his support for Palestine. Hawking, who had motor neurone disease, made headlines in May 2013 when he decided to boycott a high-profile conference in Israel where he was scheduled to speak.… Read more

2018 Best Cars for the Money

Buying a new car can be a daunting process. When every car manufacturer’s line-up looks almost identical, how do you know which model will give you the most for your money? U.S. News & World Report has just published their 2018 Best Car for the Money awards, an attempt to find the car that offers the… Read more

2018 Best Cars for the Money

Buying a new car can be a daunting process. When every car manufacturer’s line-up looks almost identical, how do you know which model will give you the most for your money? U.S. News & World Report has just published their 2018 Best Car for the Money awards, an attempt to find the car that offers the… Read more

Tillerson’s Firing Worries Some Africa Experts

The State Department had billed Secretary Rex Tillerson’s first diplomatic trip to Africa as a mission to reaffirm U.S. collaboration with the continent on counterterrorism, development and good governance. Tillerson’s abrupt dismissal Tuesday, just hours after returning from his weeklong tour of five countries, raises questions about the strength of any commitments he made there, several… Read more

Eminem redirects rage from Donald Trump to NRA: ‘They love their guns more than our children’

Aging rapper Eminem, aka Marshall Mathers, has a new target of disdain: the National Rifle Association. The entertainer who served two years probation for carrying a concealed weapon – and who settled a civil lawsuit out of court after he was accused of pistol-whipping a man in June 2000 – says the NRA is responsible for… Read more

Apple Maps Updated With More Bike-Sharing Data

Apple’s web mapping service app called Apple Maps now displays information on bike-sharing services across the United States and many other countries. The update comes after the Cupertino giant struck a deal with Ito World, a transport information company. TechCrunch reported Monday that Apple’s partnership with Ito World has enabled the tech giant to equip its… Read more

Trump notches worst deficit since Great Recession

The federal fiscal picture took a giant step backward in February, notching a one-month deficit of more than $200 billion – the sort of numbers posted during the worst days of the Obama administration. Treasury Department numbers released Monday showed the government spent $370.9 billion last month, but collected just $155.6 billion in revenue, leaving a… Read more

Canada Is Headed Toward An Epic Glut Of Marijuana

This article originally appeared in the Motley Fool. In recent years, no industry has grown more impressively than that of legal cannabis. Depending on your preferred source, the legal weed industry is probably growing by 25% to 35% on an annualized basis over the intermediate term, with sales estimates varying from almost $25 billion in North… Read more

Our stupid brains love spreading lies all over the internet

A new study from MIT suggests “fake news” often trumps the truth. Think before you RT, my dude. DepositPhotos Social media allows us to catch news in real time, but it also makes it incredibly easy for false information to spread. A new study published this week in Science suggests that hoaxes, whether they be unintentional… Read more

Fuxing trains eyeing global markets

The nation will take steps to globalize its high-speed railway technology standards this year to further boost the market potential of its Fuxing bullet trains in the international market, said a top company official of the country’s railway network operator. “The next step is to accomplish the railway technology standards and further their internationalization. In addition,… Read more

500 Canadian Doctors Protest Pay Raises

Hundreds of Canadian doctors, medical specialists and residents, as well as medical students, have signed a petition protesting their own pay raises, instead asking that the money be reallocated to help nurses and patients in need. “We, Quebec doctors who believe in a strong public system, oppose the recent salary increases negotiated by our medical federations,”… Read more

WeChat accounts cross one billion mark: CEO

WeChat’s worldwide accounts have crossed the one billion mark, according to the chief executive of its parent company Tencent. The all-in-one app is a daily necessity for most Chinese, bringing together messaging, social media, mobile payment, games, news and other services. “WeChat’s worldwide monthly active users have surpassed the critical one billion mark,” CEO Pony Ma… Read more

Economists warn Trump’s policies will start a 1930s-era trade war

Many economists are sounding alarm bells over President Donald Trump’s apparent push toward protectionism and an all-out retaliatory trade war. They say history is clear: It’s a bad idea. The Great Depression pushed millions of Americans into catastrophic poverty — which lasted for years. Savings were wiped out. Unemployment reached 25 percent, and in an age… Read more

Coca-Cola to launch its first alcoholic drink in Japan

Coca-Cola plans to launch its first ever alcoholic drink in Japan, in a suprising departure for a US company identified with cola and other non-alcoholic beverages. While Coca-Cola dabbled in the wine business in the 1970s, the Japanese experiment is “unique” in the company’s 125-year history, said Coca-Cola Japan president Jorge Garduno. The new offering will… Read more

Your Smile Changes Stress Levels Of Those Who See it

There are many ways to read a smile, and they’re not always positive. A new study suggests that our brains may be able to read the subtle differences between different types of smiles, which apparently affect our stress levels. The newly published study on male college students revealed how friendly-looking smiles can be a buffer against… Read more

‘No winner’ in US-driven trade war

China does not intend to become embroiled in a trade war with United States, and the two sides have agreed to continue communicating on trade issues in the near future, which in turn will create conditions for further cooperation, senior Chinese officials said on Sunday. The comments were made as the recently announced intention of the… Read more

Oscars’ TV audience dropped � maybe to an all-time low, early ratings show

LOS ANGELES — The early ratings for ABC’s telecast of the 90th Oscars are down from last year and may be an all-time audience low. The broadcast, which lasted nearly four hours, averaged a 18.9 rating in the 56 overnight markets measured by Nielsen. That was down 16 percent from last year’s comparable figure, a 22.4… Read more

Canadian pharmacare is closer to becoming a reality

By Katherine Boothe, Associate Professor, Political Science, McMaster University. The fact that Ontario’s health minister, Eric Hoskins, is resigning from his post to head up a newly announced advisory council on a Canadian pharmacare system bodes well, meaning Ottawa’s new initiative may go beyond being “just another study.” Hoskins is a longtime advocate for pharmacare. THE… Read more

#MeToo on the 1930s silver screen

By Marsha Gordon, Professor of Film Studies, North Carolina State University. In ‘Three Wise Girls’ (1932), Cassie (Jean Harlow) has to fend off her handsy boss. Columbia Pictures Corporation, Author provided Time’s 2017 Person of the Year was “The Silence Breakers,” a growing contingent of women who have been speaking out about sexual harassment by men… Read more

Stephen Hawking thinks he knows what happened before the beginning of time

Neil deGrasse Tyson asks him to weigh in. Neil deGrasse Tyson’s show Star Talk is ending its fourth season with a bang—a big one. The big one, to be precise. The show, filmed at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, features famous astrophysicist Tyson interviewing famous-for-things-other-than-physics folks through the lens of science.… Read more

Geely reaches for the skies

For Zhejiang Geely Holding Group, even the sky is no limit to its ambition, literally. The Chinese carmaker, which made headlines last week by becoming the largest shareholder in Mercedes-Benz owner Daimler, is to produce flying cars in China. A Geely representative confirmed on Wednesday to China Daily that it is hiring engineers, who must be… Read more

5G: First U.S. Cities to Access New Network Revealed

The next generation of wireless communication, known as 5G, is on the horizon, with telecom providers Sprint, AT&T and T-Mobile revealing fresh plans to roll out the much-anticipated technology in various U.S. cities within the next 12 months. Following the Mobile World Congress (MWC) trade show in Spain this week, T-Mobile and Sprint revealed which areas… Read more

Free news gets scarcer as paywalls tighten

For those looking for free news online, the search is becoming harder. Tougher restrictions on online content have boosted digital paid subscriptions at many news organizations, amid a growing trend keeping content behind a “paywall.” Free news has by no means disappeared, but recent moves by media groups and Facebook and Google supporting paid subscriptions is… Read more

Stolen Degas painting found on a bus near Paris

A Degas painting stolen from a museum in Marseille nine years ago has been found on a bus near Paris, the French culture minister said Friday. Francoise Nyssen said customs officials found the pastel — thought to be worth around 800,000 euros ($893,000) — hidden in the luggage compartment of a bus stopped in a motorway… Read more

Chinese billionaire Li Shufu buys biggest single stake in Daimler

Chinese billionaire Li Shufu has bought a near 10-percent stake in Mercedes-Benz maker Daimler, making him the German group’s largest single shareholder, a stock market filing showed Friday. Li, who chairs auto giant Geely Automobile Holdings, bought a 9.69-percent stake in the carmaker, worth around 7.2 billion euros ($8.9 billion), according to the filing. The size… Read more

Snapchat parent’s stock plummets after Kylie Jenner tweet

Snapchat’s parent company lost some $1.3 billion in market value on Thursday after reality star Kylie Jenner’s tweeted that she was no longer using the messaging service. “sooo does anyone else not open Snapchat anymore? Or is it just me… ugh this is so sad,” Jenner tweeted. She later followed up with “still love you tho… Read more

Indian police arrest six as inquiry widens into bank fraud

India’s federal police have arrested six people, including employees of a billionaire jeweller, as an inquiry into one of the country’s biggest bank scams widens, investigators said Wednesday. The Central Bureau of Investigation is looking into allegations that Nirav Modi, a jeweller to Hollywood stars including Kate Winslet and Naomi Watts, was involved in scamming India’s… Read more

‘America’s Pastor’: Evangelist Billy Graham dead at 99

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Billy Graham, the dynamic Charlotte-born evangelist whose pioneering talent for combining old-time religion and modern media brought him a worldwide flock and greater fame than any other religious figure in American history, died Wednesday. Growing up on a dairy farm near what is now Park Road Shopping Center, Graham’s first idea of heaven… Read more

Mythical guitar-maker Gibson fighting for survival

World-famous guitar maker Gibson, whose instruments have been played by the likes of John Lennon and Elvis Presley, is facing serious financial problems that threaten its very existence. The mythical company — in Nashville, Tennessee since 1894 — on Monday brought in a new financial director, Benson Woo, to try to rescue the ailing group. Gibson… Read more

How Political Pessimism Helps Doom Tougher Gun Laws

It’s predictable after every new mass-shooting horror: The political right’s reflexive call for “thoughts and prayers,” which is then mocked by people who favor more gun restrictions for lacking any accompanying ideas for preventing future killings. But there’s an equally predictable refrain on the center-left and in the media, too: “Once again, nothing will be done.”… Read more

Florida teacher’s sincere response to the murders of 17 shared 600,000 times — and counting

An educator at Eustis聽Middle School in Florida who was just named “Teacher of the Year” last month posted her reaction on social media to the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that left 17 dead. RELATED: Trump flashes smiles, thumbs up as he visits Florida shooting victims Kelly Guthrie Raley’s response has been shared… Read more

Florida teacher’s sincere response to the murders of 17 shared 600,000 times — and counting

An educator at Eustis聽Middle School in Florida who was just named “Teacher of the Year” last month posted her reaction on social media to the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that left 17 dead. RELATED: Trump flashes smiles, thumbs up as he visits Florida shooting victims Kelly Guthrie Raley’s response has been shared… Read more

Canada to seek to join South America trade pact

Canada will open trade talks next month with the four-nation Mercosur trading bloc in South America as part of an ongoing push to diversify its trade partnerships, a senior official said Friday. It comes as its main trading relationship with the United States — the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) — falters, and after Ottawa… Read more

Students to Boycott Schools Until Congress Acts on Guns

In response to Wednesday’s school shooting in Florida, high school students and teachers across the country are planning walkouts this spring to push Congress to act on guns. On Twitter, students used the hashtags #NationalSchoolWalkout, #April20 and #April20Walkout to plan mass boycotts on the anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting on April 20, 1999, as… Read more

Bank will pay billions for dealings with crooked former racecar driver who ripped off poor

U.S. Bancorp — the parent company of U.S. Bank — will pay a whopping $528 billion fine imposed by the U.S. attorney’s office for failing to report the suspicious business dealings of former racecar driver turned felon Scott Tucker. The bank was also hit with two felony violations of the Bank Secrecy Act for willfully failing… Read more

Jared Kushner Company Investors Subpoenaed, Report Says

U.S. tax authorities have reportedly subpoenaed investors and lenders in real estate projects managed by the family of senior White House adviser Jared Kushner. Related: Jared Kushner’s Debt Soared By Millions Since Entering White House, Ivanka Trump Financial Disclosure Reveals The Internal Revenue Service and Department of Justice issued the subpoenas in the last year and… Read more

Dog food recall: Euthanasia drug found in cans of Gravy Train, Kibbles ‘N Bits and more

It’s the latest in what has become a disturbingly common occurrence — another pet food maker has recalled a variety of canned dog food after a dangerous chemical was found in its food during a TV station’s investigation. RELATED: When is a service animal not a service animal? Delta introduces new rules March 1 Low levels… Read more

Germany eyes free transport to banish air pollution

“Car nation” Germany has surprised neighbours with a radical proposal to reduce road traffic by making public transport free, as Berlin scrambles to meet EU air pollution targets and avoid big fines. The move comes just over two years after Volkswagen’s devastating “dieselgate” emissions cheating scandal unleashed a wave of anger at the auto industry, a… Read more

Che Guevara Artist Turns Brush to Ahed Tamimi

Fifty years ago, Irish artist Jim Fitzpatrick first shared his now-famous black-and-red poster print of Marxist revolutionary Che Guevara with the world. The image quickly became a universal symbol of resistance and anti-oppression following Guevara’s death in 1967 and is recognized across the globe. Now, Fitzpatrick is poised to do it again. This time, the subject… Read more

Che Guevara Artist Turns Brush to Ahed Tamimi

Fifty years ago, Irish artist Jim Fitzpatrick first shared his now-famous black-and-red poster print of Marxist revolutionary Che Guevara with the world. The image quickly became a universal symbol of resistance and anti-oppression following Guevara’s death in 1967 and is recognized across the globe. Now, Fitzpatrick is poised to do it again. This time, the subject… Read more

Most Charges In ICE Criminal Crackdown Traffic-Related

The Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) arrested more than 140,000 people in 2017 following the Trump administration’s new push to target immigrants with known criminal charges and convictions. But more than a quarter of the undocumented immigrants’ previous charges were related to traffic offenses, according to data released by the agency. Data in the Fiscal… Read more

Facebook Is Officially for Old People

For the first time in nearly a decade, less than half of all teenagers in the United States will visit Facebook at least once this month, according to new research. The social network has more than 2 billion monthly active users around the world and the company’s founder Mark Zuckerberg has been busy in his attempts… Read more

Why the stock market abruptly turned into a roller-coaster ride

Financial adviser Todd Morgan has plenty of rich clients in Southern California who needed to hear a soothing word about the stock market’s wild gyrations this past week. “This calls to mind my favorite saying, ‘The market will do whatever it has to do to prove the most people wrong,'” said Morgan, chairman of Bel Air… Read more

We suck at recycling straws—so maybe we should ban them

Reduce, reuse. Thousands of plastic straws never make it through the recycling stream. Deposit Photos Walk into any casual restaurant and before you’ve finished looking at the menu, your waiter will probably give you a glass of cold water. There might be a lemon in it. There might be ice. There’s probably a plastic straw sticking… Read more

Introducing ‘Trump, Inc.,’ a Podcast on the Many Mysteries of Our President’s Businesses

A couple of months ago, a few of us from ProPublica and WNYC sat together in a conference room and started scribbling on a whiteboard. We were brainstorming all the possible paths to investigate around President Donald Trump and his family businesses. It looked like Carrie Mathison’s wall. There’s so much that’s still unknown. We don’t… Read more

UK bank bans bitcoin purchases via credit card

Lloyds Banking Group on Monday joined major US banks in banning purchases of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies via credit card amid debt and security concerns. An LBG spokesman said the ban was across its Lloyd Bank, Bank of Scotland, Halifax and MBNA branded credit cards. In a brief statement, he said LBG does “not accept credit… Read more

China looks to stamp out cryptocurrency trading

China plans to stamp out all remaining cryptocurrency trading in the country by blocking access to overseas-based websites and removing related applications from app stores. The moves were outlined in a report Sunday by Financial News, a publication under the People’s Bank of China, which said the aim was to snuff out the “dying cinders” of… Read more

Paul Ryan Deletes Tweet After Backlash

Social media users are blasting Speaker of the House Paul Ryan on Twitter after he boasted about the GOP tax bill by sharing a story of a Pennsylvania teacher seeing a pay increase of a little over a dollar a week. “A secretary at a public high school in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, said she was pleasantly surprised… Read more

Is Wine Good For The Brain?

Consuming wine in low doses may prove to be beneficial to cleaning one’s mind, new research suggests. In a study published Friday to Scientific Reports, researchers from the University of Rochester Medical Center aimed to discover the overall benefits of alcohol consumption. For the first time ever, this study proved that alcohol at low levels does… Read more

Mount Sharp ‘Photobombs’ Mars Curiosity Rover

This self-portrait of NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover shows the vehicle on Vera Rubin Ridge, which it’s been investigating for the past several months. Poking up just behind Curiosity’s mast is Mount Sharp, photobombing the robot’s selfie. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS › Full image and caption › Full image and caption”/> A new self-portrait of NASA’s Curiosity Mars… Read more

Pizza Considered Healthier Than Most Cereals

Grabbing a cheesy slice of pizza in the morning may be a healthier option than pouring a bowl of cereal with milk, one nutritionist said. Nutrition blogger Chelsey Amer, MS, RDN, CDN, has confirmed that pizza can be a more nutritional option than most cereals on the market. Amer is a Nutrition Consultant, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist,… Read more

Cartels control 45 percent of Mexico: Senator

Drug cartels control almost as much territory in Mexico as the Islamic State controlled in Syria at the height of its power, a key Republican senator said this week after returning from a trip through the region. Sen. James Lankford, one of the Republicans looking to lead on an immigration bill this year, said the cartels’… Read more

Video: ‘Shower Rat’ Isn’t Showering And Isn’t a Rat

The latest viral sensation is a double-misnomer: “Shower Rat” is not taking a shower, and it’s not a rat. The video, which comes from Peru, features some sort of rodent covered in suds, rubbing its body like one would to lather soap in the shower. As much as it is interesting to watch a “rat” act… Read more

Harley-Davidson to close its Kansas City motorcycle assembly plant

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Harley-Davidson Inc. announced early Tuesday that it will close its Kansas City motorcycle assembly plant by the summer of 2019. The plant near Kansas City International Airport in Kansas City, North employs about 750 workers. The announcement came as Harley-Davidson reported its fourth quarter and 2017 financial results. The motorcycle manufacturer said… Read more

Let’s Talk about culturally sensitive treatments for depression

By Mojola Omole, Surgical Oncologist and Munk Global Journalism Fellow, University of Toronto. Each week Dr. Yusra Ahmad, a psychiatrist and clinical lecturer at University of Toronto, meets six to eight women with a range of mental health disorders at a mosque in the city’s west end. She leads them through a program that combines mindful… Read more

Violent past, digital future: Angela Merkel’s remarks at Davos

By Elizabeth Heineman, Professor of History and Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies, University of Iowa. Merkel after her address in Davos AP Photo/Markus Schreiber Two world wars and a genocide have a way of focusing the mind. Maybe that’s why references to “lessons of the past” are almost ritualistic in addresses such as German Chancellor Angela… Read more

Murphy reverses Christie’s move to let more people carry guns in N.J.

Gov. Phil Murphy on Friday announced his administration is reversing a move made by his predecessor, Chris Christie, that made it easier for New Jerseyans to obtain a permit to carry a gun. “New Jersey cannot and must not become part of the race to the bottom that we’re seeing across the country,” Murphy, a Democrat,… Read more

Soros to Google and Facebook: ‘Your days are numbered’

Billionaire investor George Soros launched a scathing attack on tech giants at the Davos summit on Thursday, calling them monopolies that could be manipulated by authoritarians to subvert democracy. During an annual dinner he hosts at the World Economic Forum, held this week in the Swiss alpine resort, Soros turned his sights on a host of… Read more

Justin Trudeau shot down a heckler in a town hall, and Jerry Seinfeld actually responded

What do dashing Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and comedian Jerry Seinfeld have in common? Well, for one thing, they both have the same method for responding to hecklers. It all began when a town hall being hosted by Trudeau was interrupted by determined hecklers. So what did Trudeau do? He used what some have called… Read more

Richest one percent made 82% of wealth created last year: Oxfam

The world’s richest one percent raked in 82 percent of the wealth created last year while the poorest half of the population received none, Oxfam said Monday, as the world’s elite prepared to mingle at the World Economic Forum in Davos. A new report from the charity also found that the wealth of billionaires has grown… Read more

The Only Word This Dog Knew Was ‘No’ – Now, He’s Transformed Into the Happiest Pup

Marley the dog has spent the last five years chained up to a dog house in the backyard of a rural Virginia home – but now, after being given a loving forever home, he has made an awe-inspiring transformation. Members of the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) have been keeping their eyes on… Read more

Report: Wealthy Earned Enough to End Poverty in 2017

Last year, the world’s billionaires made over $462 billion combined, enough money to end extreme poverty around the globe seven times over. With a new billionaire added to the list nearly every two days, wealth inequality widened, according to a new report from Oxfam. Forty-two of the richest people in the world now hold as much… Read more

12-Year-Old With Epilepsy Sues Jeff Sessions Over Pot

A 12-year-old suing the federal government may have a whiff of adorableness. But for Alexis Bortell, who filed a lawsuit against Attorney General Jeff Sessions last fall, it’s a choice she had to make to save her life. Bortell has epilepsy and Sessions has made it his mission to make it impossible for her to access… Read more

Christie, now an ex-governor, sent to the back of the line at Newark airport

The late Gov. Brendan Byrne used to joke that he knew he was no longer governor when he “would jump in the back seat of a car and it wouldn’t move.” On Thursday, it was former Gov. Chris Christie’s chance to learn that similar rules apply for air travel. Two days after leaving office, the now-former… Read more

Norway aims for all short-haul flights 100% electric by 2040

All of Norway’s short-haul airliners should be entirely electric by 2040, the country’s airport operator said on Wednesday, cementing the Nordic nation’s role as a pioneer in the field of electric transport. Avinor, the public operator of Norwegian airports, “aims to be the first in the world” to make the switch to electric air transport, chief… Read more

Bitcoin Bubble 2018: Investment Warnings From The Experts

This article was originally published in the Motley Fool. This is all the more impressive given how difficult it is to purchase and store Bitcoin — at least, relative to buying stocks or bonds or CDs or most traditional financial products. While it’s tough to look at that chart and not think this is a speculative… Read more

Bitcoin slides to below $10,000

Bitcoin, the dominant digital currency, extended a slump Wednesday following a recent surge to trade below $10,000 for the first time since the start of December. Around 1410 GMT, bitcoin stood at $9,807.56 to record its lowest value since December 1 and a plunge of almost 50 percent since reaching a record high on December 18,… Read more

Panama Votes to Boot Trump Hotels Out Of Country

An attempt to try to strip President Donald Trump’s name from a hotel building in Panama has turned bitter, with the U.S. leader’s hotel company refusing to leave the Central American country without a fight. Owners of the Trump International Hotel in Panama City, the country’s capital, are reportedly fighting to have the name of the… Read more

Bitcoin bombs, cryptocoins crash on regulation fears

Bitcoin, the best known of hundreds of ‘virtual’ coins, slumped Tuesday to a six-week low below $12,000 as analysts blamed a rush by various jurisdictions to regulate the sector. The final weeks of last year were marked by bitcoin mania as the unit topped $20,000, but it lost some 20 percent in Tuesday trading which saw… Read more

Cryptocurrency rivals snap at Bitcoin’s heels

Bitcoin may be the most famous cryptocurrency but, despite a dizzying rise, it’s not the most lucrative one and far from alone in a universe that counts 1,400 rivals, and counting. Dozens of crypto units see the light of day every week, as baffled financial experts look on, and while none can match Bitcoin’s $200-billion euro… Read more

Norwegians say: ‘No thanks, Mr President!’ to immigration welcome

Donald Trump may prefer immigrants from Norway rather than from what he reportedly called ‘shithole’ countries such as Haiti or those in Africa. But people in the Nordic nation – last year named the happiest place on earth – have no desire to move to the US, according to a report on Norwegian national TV. “Absolutely… Read more

Trump Has Sold Millions In Real Estate To Secret Buyers

Even after taking office, President Donald Trump sold more than $35 million worth of real estate last year to secretive buyers. Trump sold 41 luxury condo units in Las Vegas last year to people who used limited liability companies (LLCs), which allow them to hide their identities, a USA Today review found. The president can withdraw… Read more

Retail alert: Sam’s Club is abruptly closing locations nationwide

Bad news for Sam’s Club members! The Walmart-owned warehouse club has abruptly shut down multiple locations across the country, according to local media reports. Closures have reportedly taken place in Tennessee, Georgia, New York, Ohio, Indiana, Maryland, Texas and elsewhere — without warning. RELATED: Macy’s, Sears and Kmart closing sales: 3 things you need to know… Read more

EDITORIAL: Women stronger than men, live longer

Researchers at the Max Planck Odense Center at the University of Southern Denmark have just discovered what everybody already knew (which is the most persuasive kind of research): Women are stronger than men, and they live longer, too. Women not only live longer than men in ordinary times, but the new research shows that women lived… Read more

Largest known prime number discovered: Why it matters

By Anthony Bonato, Professor of Mathematics, Ryerson University. jodi foster (Warner Bros. 1997) In the movie Contact, based on the novel of the same name by Carl Sagan, Dr. Ellie Arroway searches for intelligent extraterrestrial life by scanning the sky with radio telescopes. When Arroway, played by Jodie Foster, recognizes prime numbers in an interplanetary signal,… Read more

Six banks face probe over bitcoin trading

The governmnt will inspect six major local banks over virtual accounts offered to cryptocurrency exchanges. The move is another in a series to prevent speculation and money laundering, while putting a damper on the hot new money market. According to Yonhap news agency, the Financial Supervisory Service (FSS) will carry out inspections — Woori Bank, Kookmin… Read more

South Korea Mulling Tougher Cryptocurrency Regulation

South Korea may be a global hub for cryptocurrency trading, but that doesn’t mean the government is happy about the fact. If anything, the country’s financial regulator is in talks with counterparts in neighboring China and Japan to cooperate on regulating the industry. According to a report Monday by South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency, the Financial… Read more

2 dogs die, 1 injured after PetSmart groomings, owners say

Danielle DiNapoli was shocked to be told her beloved bulldog, Scruffles, was dead just one hour after being dropped off on Dec. 29 for a grooming at a Hunterdon County PetSmart. DiNapoli said she wasn’t told how Scruffles died, and it will take weeks before a necropsy, the canine equivalent to an autopsy, will be complete.… Read more

The Bank Of England Is Planning A Bitcoin-Style Virtual Currency – But Could It Really Replace Cash?

Governments are extremely worried about cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin. These virtual currencies mean you can make payments without involving the banks that most economies and government financial models are built on. People can transfer large amounts of money without the authorities knowing, potentially making it easier to evade tax or launder money. So several countries’ central… Read more

Startup unveils ‘car of future’ for $45,000

A Chinese startup unveiled its vision for the automobile of the future Sunday, promising to deliver an “intuitive and intelligent” car to global markets starting next year from around $45,000. The electric-powered concept car shown by Byton at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas is touted as a computing device on wheels, equipped with a… Read more

Michael Wolff, ‘Fire and Fury’ author, admits: Not all in Trump book true

Well, well, well, turns out even Michael Wolff, author of the “Fire and Fury” book that has sparked such national discussion about the Donald Trump White House, admits that not everything he wrote is true. In his prologue, Wolff writes, as Business Insider noted: “Many of the accounts of what has happened in the Trump White… Read more

Google moved 16 bn euros to Bermuda to avoid tax: Bloomberg

Google moved 15.9 billion euros ($19.2 billion) to a Bermuda shell company in 2016, saving it billions of dollars in taxes that year, Bloomberg reported on Wednesday, quoting regulatory filings in the Netherlands. Google uses two structures, known as a “Double Irish” and a “Dutch Sandwich”, to shield the majority of its international profits from taxation,… Read more

Capital One Accounts Double Charged For Recent Transactions, Users Missing Thousands Of Dollars

Many Capital One Bank account holders learned today that the bank has been double charging many recent transactions resulting in hundreds if not thousands of dollars missing from banks accounts across the country. Debit card bank transactions have us seeing double today. Rest assured our support teams are engaged & working towards a fix. Hanging on… Read more

Why are huge numbers of Americans preparing for doomsday?

FORT WORTH, Texas — It’s always good advice to hope for the best but prepare for the worst. And Americans apparently are embracing the sentiment behind that old saying — big time. Two-thirds of Americans (65.5 percent) have stockpiled materials to survive a natural or political disaster. That’s among the findings of a survey released last… Read more

Meryl Streep says scrutiny over her Weinstein silence should be turned on Melania Trump

Actress Meryl Streep says curiosity over her silence regarding disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein should be directed at other women: First Lady Melania Trump and Ivanka Trump. The New York Times interviewed actor Tom Hanks and Ms. Streep for their upcoming movie “The Post,” but the conversation soon turned to Hollywood’s sexual misconduct scandals and the… Read more

Canada’s bitter weather has even penguins coming out of the cold

Just how cold is it in Canada? Ask the penguins at the Calgary zoo: Even they have had to take shelter. King penguins — one of five species at the zoo in western Alberta province — are certainly accustomed to chilly weather, more so than species like the Humboldt that prefer somewhat warmer climes, said zoo… Read more

Chocolate May Go Extinct In Next 40 Years

Chocolate could reportedly vanish as early as 2050. This revelation has led scientists from the University of California at Berkeley to work with Virginia-based manufacturer Mars, Incorporated to save the cacao plant from disappearing. Warmer temperatures and drier weather conditions are expected to be the root of the cacao plants’ potential disappearance, according to Business Insider.… Read more

Trump economy: False predictions from the left

ANALYSIS/OPINION: Since the day Donald Trump was elected president in November 2016, the Dow Jones industrial average has risen by some 35 percent, making the last 14 months one of the greatest bull market runs in history. Some $6 trillion of wealth has been created for Americans – which is very good news for the 55… Read more

Pope Francis Calls 2017 A ‘Wasted’ Year Of Death, Lies

Pope Francis thought 2017 was a terrible year, too. I n his last public address of this tumultuous year, the pontiff called 2017 a “wasted” year that was filled with death and lies, harming the environment and humanity as a whole. Speaking at an evening vespers service in St. Peter’s Basilica, the Pope said humanity had… Read more