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Music Modernization Act Signed Into Law

Music Modernization Act Signed Into Law

The Music Modernization Act has been signed into law in a high-profile event at the White House. H.R. 1551, known formally as the “Orrin G. Hatch-Bob Goodlatte Music Modernization Act”, was written to update music copyright law... 
Anthony Weiner To Be Released From Jail Early

Anthony Weiner To Be Released From Jail Early

Anthony Weiner, the disgraced former US representative from New York, will be released three months early next year, according to prison records. His inmate record on the Bureau of Prisons website shows that his release date has been... 
Installment Financing Now Available From Square

Installment Financing Now Available From Square

A new service from Square allows its small business sellers to offer financing to their customers. The service is called Square Installments and it is being run out of Square Capital, a subsidiary of Square that also offers cash advances... 
Walmart Buys Online Retailer Eloquii For Undisclosed Amount

Walmart Buys Online Retailer Eloquii For Undisclosed Amount

Plus-sized online retailer Eloquii has reached a deal to be acquired by Walmart (NYSE: WMT). The terms of the all-cash deal were not disclosed to the public. The deal is expected to close later this quarter. Eloquii is considered to... 
Syrian Man To Be Deported After Seven-month Airport Stay

Syrian Man To Be Deported After Seven-month Airport Stay

A Syrian man who has been living in a Malaysian airport for the last seven months has been arrested and will be deported back to Syria. Hassan al-Kontar, 36, had been stranded in the budget terminal of the Kuala Lumpur International... 
First Human Case Of Rat Disease Hepatitis E Found

First Human Case Of Rat Disease Hepatitis E Found

The world’s first human case of rat hepatitis E has been diagnosed in a 56-year-old man from Hong Kong. Chinese scientists discovered the strain of hepatitis was “highly divergent” from other strains found in humans.... 
Montana Judge Blocks Grizzly Bear Hunts In Wyoming, Idaho

Montana Judge Blocks Grizzly Bear Hunts In Wyoming, Idaho

A federal judge in Montana has reinstated legal protections for grizzly bears living in and around Yellowstone National Park. The move reverses a 2017 decision by US Fish and Wildlife Service officials to remove the bears’ protections... 
Study Links Popular Herbicide To Honey Bee Deaths

Study Links Popular Herbicide To Honey Bee Deaths

A study conducted by researchers at the University of Texas at Austin appears to link the popular herbicide glyphosate to the widespread destruction of honey bee colonies. According to the University of Maryland and Bee Informed, beekeepers... 
US Sanctions Chinese Agency Over Russian Arms Purchase

US Sanctions Chinese Agency Over Russian Arms Purchase

The United States government has levied economic sanctions against a Chinese military agency and its director over the purchase of Russian fighter jets and surface-to-air missile equipment. According to a statement from US State Department... 
EU Court: British Surveillance Violated Human Rights

EU Court: British Surveillance Violated Human Rights

The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that British surveillance programs are in violation of provisions in the European Convention on Human Rights. The court found the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) had failed... 
Pluto May Regain Planet Status

Pluto May Regain Planet Status

A new research study has concluded that Pluto should be reclassified as a planet. According to the study, the reason Pluto lost its planet status is not valid. Philip Metzger, a planetary scientist at the University of Central Florida,... 
US Accused Of Plotting Coup Of Venezuelan President

US Accused Of Plotting Coup Of Venezuelan President

Venezuela has accused the United States of plotting a coup of its president, Nicolás Maduro. Officials from President Donald Trump’s administration reportedly met secretly with Venezuelan military officials to discuss plans... 
Measles Becoming A Growing Concern Around The World

Measles Becoming A Growing Concern Around The World

More people in Europe contracted measles in the first six months of 2018 than in all of last year. The World Health Organization says more than 41,000 measles cases were reported in the region during the first half of the year. The... 
Argentina Announces New Measures To Slow Currency Collapse

Argentina Announces New Measures To Slow Currency Collapse

Argentina has announced a series of new austerity measures to grapple with the collapse of its currency. Those measures include getting rid of half of its government ministries and hiking taxes on exports. The ministries that would... 
China Accused Of Recruiting Spies On LinkedIn

China Accused Of Recruiting Spies On LinkedIn

China has been accused of using fake LinkedIn accounts to recruit spies in the United States that have government intel. The suspected targets include experts in the fields of supercomputing, semi-conductors, green energy, health care,... 
Arbitrator Rules NFL Collusion Case Can Proceed

Arbitrator Rules NFL Collusion Case Can Proceed

The arbitrator overseeing the case brought by Colin Kaepernick accusing the NFL of colluding to keep him off the field has ruled that the case can proceed. Arbitrator Stephen B. Burbank, who was appointed by the league and the NFL... 
Missouri Regulates What Can Be Called Meat

Missouri Regulates What Can Be Called Meat

This week, Missouri becomes the first state in the country to have a law on the books that prohibits food makers from calling plant-based meat alternatives “meat.” The state law says that if a product doesn’t come from... 
Walt Disney World Employees To Receive Wage Increases And $1,000 Bonuses

Walt Disney World Employees To Receive Wage Increases And $1,000 Bonuses

A settlement reached between Walt Disney World (NYSE: DIS) and a group of unions will give thousands of employees raises under a new contract. The unions represent 38,000 service employees at Walt Disney World, roughly 50 percent of... 
Tax Deduction Limits To Be Reinforced With New Rules

Tax Deduction Limits To Be Reinforced With New Rules

The Internal Revenue Service and Treasury Department have proposed new rules meant to block schemes by high-tax states to help their residents avoid new limits on state and local tax (SALT) deductions. The tax overhaul passed by President... 
Simone Biles Sets Impressive New Record

Simone Biles Sets Impressive New Record

Simone Biles won a record-breaking fifth US all-around title at the US Gymnastics Championships. Biles also won gold in all four events: floor exercise, balance beam, vault, and uneven bars. According to Team USA, Biles is the first... 
Muslim Faithful Prepare For Hajj Holy Pilgrimage

Muslim Faithful Prepare For Hajj Holy Pilgrimage

Over 2 million Muslim faithful, including 1.68 million from abroad, are ready to take part in the annual hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia. The holy pilgrimage is once-in-a-lifetime experience for many Muslims. During the hajj, the pilgrims... 
NYU Offering Free Tuition To Medical Students

NYU Offering Free Tuition To Medical Students

The New York University School of Medicine has announced plans to give every student a full ride. The university will now cover the annual tuition costs of $55,018 for current and future students, regardless of need or merit. About... 
Home Depot 2nd Quarter Results Beat Expectations

Home Depot 2nd Quarter Results Beat Expectations

Home Depot Inc. (NYSE: HD) beat Wall Street forecasts for earnings and revenue for the second quarter of its fiscal year. The company reported that net earnings rose to $3.5 billion or $3.05 per share in the three months ended July... 
Hurricane Maria Donations Found Rotten And Infested

Hurricane Maria Donations Found Rotten And Infested

Trailers of donations meant for distribution to victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico have been found rotten and infested in the parking lot of at a state elections office in San Juan. Radio Isla, a local radio station, posted... 
CVS MinuteClinic Telemedicine Service To Roll Out Nationwide

CVS MinuteClinic Telemedicine Service To Roll Out Nationwide

Drug store giant CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) will be rolling out a new telemedicine service in partnership with virtual care company Teladoc in the coming months. The telemedicine service will be available at all hours every day and will... 
Jason Alexander Is KFC’s New ‘Colonel Sanders

Jason Alexander Is KFC’s New ‘Colonel Sanders

Former “Seinfeld” star Jason Alexander has taken a gig with KFC to be the company’s newest Colonel Harland Sanders. Alexander is the latest in a long line of actors and entertainers to don the iconic white suit. Darrel Hammond,... 
Unusually Severe Red Tide Kills Thousands Of Animals

Unusually Severe Red Tide Kills Thousands Of Animals

Coastal regions in Southwest Florida are seeing thousands of animals die due to an unusually severe “red tide”. A red tide is a rapid bloom of a toxic algae called Karenia brevis, or K. brevis, in the ocean that is large enough... 
Rogue Waves Believed Responsible For Bermuda Triangle Disappearances

Rogue Waves Believed Responsible For Bermuda Triangle Disappearances

The mysterious disappearances of ships and planes in the Bermuda Triangle over the years have stumped many of the experts searching for an explanation. Now, a team from the University of Southampton believes that they have found the... 
Justice Department Launches Religious Liberty Task Force

Justice Department Launches Religious Liberty Task Force

The Department of Justice has announced a new religious liberty task force aimed at protecting the rights of the religious across the nation. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the task force at the Religious Liberty Summit held... 
Facebook Loses Nearly $120 Billion In Single Day

Facebook Loses Nearly $120 Billion In Single Day

In its biggest loss of its history, Facebook shares have tumbled nearly 20 percent, wiping out about $120 billion in market value. The company’s previous worst single-day performance was on July 27, 2012, when the stock fell... 
Qualcomm Ends Quest To Acquire NXP

Qualcomm Ends Quest To Acquire NXP

Qualcomm has announced that it will end its pursuit of NXP Semiconductors, a Dutch company known for automotive and IoT chips. Qualcomm bid $44 billion for the company in February, but the deal failed to win the necessary approvals... 
Company To Launch Artificial Meteor Showers In 2020

Company To Launch Artificial Meteor Showers In 2020

Japanese startup Astro Live Experiences (ALE) is working on a project that could launch the world’s first artificial meteor shower. The Tokyo-based business is building two micro-satellites which will launch hundreds of tiny pellets... 
Former South Korea President Receives Additional 8 Year Sentence

Former South Korea President Receives Additional 8 Year Sentence

Former South Korean President Park Geun-hye has been sentenced to an additional eight years in prison for abusing state funds and violating election laws. She now faces more than three decades behind bars. Park, 66, has denied wrongdoing.... 
Alphabet Subsidiary Loon Spreading Internet Access By Balloon

Alphabet Subsidiary Loon Spreading Internet Access By Balloon

Alphabet subsidiary Loon has announced it’s partnering with Telkom Kenya to bring internet access to remote regions of rural Kenya. With the new partnership, Telkom Kenya will provide the internet signals, and Loon will help those... 
Stolen Plutonium Still Missing After More Than A Year

Stolen Plutonium Still Missing After More Than A Year

On March 21, 2017, a theft from a van in a Marriott hotel parking lot just off Highway 410 resulted in the loss of dangerous nuclear materials. A plastic-covered disk of plutonium and another of cesium, a highly radioactive isotope,... 
FDA Approves First Smallpox Drug Treatment

FDA Approves First Smallpox Drug Treatment

The US Food and Drug Administration has approved the first drug specifically designed to treat smallpox. The drug, TPOXX, is a small-molecule antiviral treatment made by SIGA Technologies Inc. SIGA develops vaccines and medicines for... 
McDonald’s Salads Linked To Illness Outbreak

McDonald’s Salads Linked To Illness Outbreak

McDonald’s salads have been linked to an outbreak of foodborne illness that has sickened dozens in recent weeks. Public health officials in Illinois and Iowa are investigating more than 20 cases in Illinois and another 15 cases in... 
Travis Pastrana Honors Evel Knievel With Amazing Jumps

Travis Pastrana Honors Evel Knievel With Amazing Jumps

Travis Pastrana paid tribute to America’s most legendary stuntman by successfully landing three of Evel Knievel’s iconic motorcycle jumps in an event called “Evel Live” on the History channel. Knievel was among... 
Kevin Spacey Under British Investigation For 6 Assault Claims

Kevin Spacey Under British Investigation For 6 Assault Claims

According to reports, the British police are now investigating six claims of sexual assault or assault by Academy Award-winning actor Kevin Spacey. While the police in Britain did not identify Spacey by name, they said that they had... 
Scientists Make Breakthrough With Artificial Ovary

Scientists Make Breakthrough With Artificial Ovary

Danish scientists have made a potentially momentous breakthrough with their development of an artificial ovary created from human cells. It is hoped that this artificial ovary could be implanted back into women and restore their fertility... 
New Canadian Tariffs On US Goods Begin July 1

New Canadian Tariffs On US Goods Begin July 1

Canada will impose about $12.6 billion worth of retaliatory tariffs on United States goods on July 1. The announcement by Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland was accompanied by a list of affected products by the Department of Finance.... 
California Passes Sweeping Consumer Privacy Bill

California Passes Sweeping Consumer Privacy Bill

California Gov. Jerry Brown has approved a sweeping consumer privacy bill that is considered to be the toughest in the nation. California lawmakers unanimously passed the measure before sending it to the governor’s desk. State Sen.... 
The Royal Observatory Greenwich Goes Back To Studying Sky

The Royal Observatory Greenwich Goes Back To Studying Sky

The Royal Observatory at Greenwich in London has become a working astronomy center again with the installation of a new suite of telescopes. The Royal Observatory was founded in 1675 by King Charles II and was a working observatory... 
Universal Scores A Win With Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

Universal Scores A Win With Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

Universal Pictures, which is owned by Comcast (CMCSA), has scored another hit with “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom”. The fifth installment in the “Jurassic” franchise, co-produced by Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment,... 
Supreme Court Sides With States On Online Sales Taxes

Supreme Court Sides With States On Online Sales Taxes

Consumers can expect to see sales tax charged on more online purchases after a recent Supreme Court decision. States will now be able to force more people to pay sales tax when they make purchases online. The decision is a big financial... 
Dangerous Invasive Plant Causes Burns, Blindness

Dangerous Invasive Plant Causes Burns, Blindness

An invasive plant that can cause third-degree burns and blindness has been found in Virginia. The Virginia Department of Transportation reported sightings of the Giant Hogweed in Middlesex County and in Frederick County. More of the... 
Private Investigators Make Public Plea For DNA Data

Private Investigators Make Public Plea For DNA Data

A number of private investigators are spearheading a call for people to contribute their genetic information to a public genealogy database to help solve cold cases. The idea is to get people to transfer profiles compiled by commercial... 
Study Says Bitcoin’s Record Price Manipulated

Study Says Bitcoin’s Record Price Manipulated

A new study is claiming that the sky-high prices hit by Bitcoin last year were the result of market manipulation. Bitcoin hit a near-$20,000 high in December last year, but has dropped to nearly $6,100 this week – the lowest... 
George H.W. Bush Is 94 Today

George H.W. Bush Is 94 Today

Former president George H.W. Bush made history today by becoming the first former president to celebrate a 94th birthday. Bush will mark his birthday with his family in Kennebunkport, Maine. Chief of Staff Jean Becker says the nation’s... 
Life-forming Compounds Found On Mars

Life-forming Compounds Found On Mars

Scientists have reported that NASA’s Curiosity rover has found methane and other organic compounds that serve as the foundations of life on Mars. Scientists from NASA and other research agencies from around the world published their...