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Nike Faces Demand to Recall Sneakers as Muslims Object to Design

Thu, 01/31/2019 - 00:30

(Bloomberg) -- Nike Inc. is facing pressure to recall one of its leading brands of sneakers after a customer launched an online petition alleging the design on its sole resembles the Arabic word for “Allah.”

'Absolute coldest' deadly deep freeze grips Midwestern U.S., blamed for 12 deaths

Wed, 01/30/2019 - 22:23

Record-low temperatures caused by a blast of Arctic air moved across the Midwest, resulting in several deaths and prompting residents to stay indoors.

Polar vortex causes another lousy travel day for fliers, over 3,500 flights canceled

Wed, 01/30/2019 - 21:33

Brrr! The polar vortex caused hordes of flights to be canceled across the country on Wednesday.

Don't deal in Venezuelan gold, White House says, in anti-Maduro push

Wed, 01/30/2019 - 21:20

National security adviser John Bolton tweeted that traders should not deal in gold, oil or other commodities "being stolen" from the Venezuelan people, as opponents of Maduro's government worried the government was surreptitiously moving to ship gold reserves abroad. The White House said President Donald Trump spoke to Venezuela's self-proclaimed interim president, Juan Guaido, by phone on Wednesday, reiterating support for his "fight to regain democracy." On one side of the tussle for control of Venezuela - an OPEC member with the world's largest oil reserves but in dire financial straits - Guaido and Western backers led by the United States are insisting on an immediate transition and fresh elections.

Maduro diehards vow to defend Venezuela leader 'tooth and nail'

Wed, 01/30/2019 - 21:02

President Nicolas Maduro's grip on power in Venezuela may have been loosened over the past week, but diehard supporters say they are willing to fight "tooth and nail" for him. There is a mood of simmering defiance in some quarters of Caracas, where supporters of the socialist leader are angered by international backing for Juan Guaido, the head of the opposition-controlled National Assembly legislature who declared himself interim president last week. Marlene Vargas, a 52-year-old teacher, is a dedicated "Chavista" who believe US President Donald Trump is trying to "strangle" the socialist regime with sanctions and threats.

Graham asks FBI director for briefing on Roger Stone raid

Wed, 01/30/2019 - 20:08

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham said Wednesday that he wants a briefing from the FBI on the tactics it used last week when agents arrested President Donald Trump's confidant Roger Stone as part of special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation.

Tesla Model X owner caught sleeping on the highway with Autopilot turned on

Wed, 01/30/2019 - 19:06

A wild, if not disturbing, video that originally surfaced on Jalopnik shows a Tesla Model X owner taking a full-on snooze while his car drives down the highway. Tesla's Autopilot feature is of course activated but it's clearly not designed to let people fall asleep at the wheel. If anything, the Tesla driver in the video is so relaxed that he's not even at the wheel; he's full-on reclining. The Model X in question was reportedly on a highway headed to Las Vegas and thankfully didn't get into any type of serious crash. Indeed, there have been cases where Tesla vehicles on Autopilot get into serious crashes even with a fully alert and attentive driver. Tesla, to its credit, began implementing safety measures around its Autopilot feature in response to Tesla owners abusing the feature in downright dangerous ways. In one widely circulated video that has since been removed from YouTube, a Model S owner a few years ago turned on Autopilot and actually went into the backseat while the Tesla handled all the driving. The slo-mo video of the sleeping Tesla driver can be seen below. While there's no denying that Tesla's Autopilot feature works well when used correctly -- and has even been known to help save lives -- some folks believe that the Autopilot name itself is misleading and can cause drivers to rely on the feature too heavily. A few months ago, for example, a consumer watchdog group penned a letter to the FTC arguing that the Autopilot name should be changed. The letter reads in part: > The marketing and advertising practices of Tesla, combined with Elon Musk's public statements, have made it reasonable for Tesla owners to believe, and act on that belief, that a Tesla with Autopilot is an autonomous vehicle capable of "self-driving > > ... > > Tesla is the only automaker to market its Level 2 vehicles as "self-driving", and the name of its driver assistance suite of features, Autopilot, connotes full autonomy. In addition to these formal marketing and advertising ploys, Elon Musk, Tesla's CEO, frequently misleads and deceives consumers about Autopilot's safety and capabilities. There's no indication, however, that Tesla will tweak the Autopilot name in the slightest. At the time of the aforementioned letter, a Tesla spokesperson said that Tesla owners have a "very clear understanding of what Autopilot is, how to properly use it, and what features it consists of."

Correction: Brazil Dam Collapse-Glance story

Wed, 01/30/2019 - 19:02

In a story Jan. 29 about mining waste accidents, The Associated Press reported erroneously the location of a 1966 mining accident. It was in Aberfan, Wales, not South Wales, Australia.

'El Chapo' must not 'escape' again, U.S. prosecutor tells jury

Wed, 01/30/2019 - 18:59

Accused Mexican drug boss Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman's repeated escapes from the law prove that he "knows he's guilty," a U.S. prosecutor told jurors in closing arguments at his trial on Wednesday, urging them not to let him escape again. Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrea Goldbarg's description of Guzman's history of dramatic prison escapes capped off a day-long summation in federal court in Brooklyn in which she also attacked the defense argument that Guzman was a scapegoat.

Mueller says Russians are altering evidence from special counsel’s investigation to discredit the probe

Wed, 01/30/2019 - 18:32

Russians have obtained evidence from special counsel Robert Mueller’s inquiry into Moscow’s interference in US politics and altered it in a bid to discredit the probe, federal prosecutors have claimed. The files were shared with attorneys working for Concord Management and Consulting, a Russian company that allegedly funded hacking operations by Russia’s Internet Research Agency (IRA), they said in a court filing. The sharing evidence and documents between prosecutors and defence lawyer as part of routine discovery is common legal practice.

Should NYC Ride-Share Drivers Get a $17 Hourly Minimum? Lyft and Juno Say No  

Wed, 01/30/2019 - 17:45

The rule, passed by New York’s Taxi and Limousine Commission in December, requires that drivers for market leader Uber Technologies Inc., Lyft, Juno and Via earn at least $17.22 an hour. It’s part of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s effort to cap the growth of app-based, ride-for-hire platforms and reduce traffic congestion.

Arctic air sends temperatures well below zero in midwest US

Wed, 01/30/2019 - 17:10

A brutal cold wave brought temperatures lower than Antarctica to the American Midwest on Wednesday, grounding flights, closing schools and businesses and raising hypothermia fears for homeless residents. Mail deliveries were suspended and people encouraged to stay home in nearly a dozen US states where the mercury plunged into the negative double digits, the worst freeze to grip the region in a generation. US media attributed at least five deaths since the weekend to the freezing conditions and a major snowstorm that preceded the blast of Arctic air currently gripping the region.

Israel leader scorned for wooing Holocaust-distorting allies

Wed, 01/30/2019 - 16:35

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's warm welcome to Lithuania's prime minister marks his latest embrace of an eastern European leader who has offered strong political support while promoting a distorted image of the Holocaust.

Elizabeth Warren’s Wealth Tax on the Super-Rich Is the Wrong Solution to the Right Problem

Wed, 01/30/2019 - 16:16

There is a simpler solution, and the Senator surely knows it

U.S. Debt Sales Hit Records Again, Feeding Deficit Criticism

Wed, 01/30/2019 - 15:31

The federal budget shortfall is set to swell, driven by tax cuts, spending increases and an aging American population. As a result, the Treasury is raising its long-term debt issuance at its quarterly refunding auctions to $84 billion, the department said Wednesday, $1 billion more than three months ago. Such elevated levels of borrowing will finance the widening deficit, with Wall Street strategists projecting new debt issuance will top $1 trillion for a second straight year.

Pressure on Maduro intensifies amid new protests

Wed, 01/30/2019 - 15:27

Venezuela's political crisis intensifies, as opposition leader Juan Guaido and his supporters rally against President Nicolas Maduro amid growing international pressure on the socialist leader to call snap elections. Jillian Kitchener reports.

Trump: Intel Chiefs ‘Passive and Naive When It Comes to the Dangers of Iran’

Wed, 01/30/2019 - 13:50

President Trump lashed out at top U.S. intelligence officials on Wednesday, a day after they contradicted his assessment of the Iranian nuclear threat in a joint appearance before Congress. The Intelligence people seem to be extremely passive and naive when it comes to the dangers of Iran. Since ending the terrible Iran Nuclear Deal, they are MUCH different, but….

Boeing bullish on 2019 despite US-China tensions

Wed, 01/30/2019 - 13:28

Boeing reported a strong fourth quarter on Wednesday and offered a bullish 2019 outlook as executives expressed measured confidence in the prospects for a US-China trade agreement. Shares rallied on the report and 2019 forecast, which anticipates much higher than expected 2019 profits as the company ramps up commercial aircraft deliveries. "Across the enterprise, our team delivered strong core operating performance and customer focus, driving record revenues, earnings and cash flow and further extending our global aerospace industry leadership in 2018," said Boeing Chief Executive Dennis Muilenburg.

Retired colonel accused in Maduro drone 'attack' held in Venezuela: wife

Wed, 01/30/2019 - 12:12

A retired Venezuelan colonel accused of being a leader of the explosives-laden drone "attack" on President Nicolas Maduro in August has been arrested, his wife said on Wednesday. "He was kidnapped," Sorbay Padilla said in a video sent to journalists and human rights activists. Garcia Palomo, 54, had been in exile in neighboring Colombia but was captured at the end of last week in western Venezuela after secretly returning to the country, local press reported.

Teased 2020 Toyota Tacoma debuting at Chicago Auto Show

Wed, 01/30/2019 - 11:53

Toyota revealed that the 2020 Tacoma is "tacom-ing" to Chicago next week but gave out little more information about the upcoming truck apart for a picture of a shadowy top half. On Tuesday, Toyota shared a teaser image of the 2020 Tacoma showing only the top part of the truck as seen from the front at dusk. From what is barely pictured in the image, we can see that not much has changed in terms of exterior design -- at least, for the top half -- which makes sense considering that this 2020 update will likely just be a midcycle refresh.