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Singapore business exec to travel to North Korea

A Singaporean business executive says he hopes to "spread goodwill, love and hope" to North Korea after receiving an invitation from Pyongyang to visit and explore investment opportunities. Michael Heng, a former professor at Singapore's Nanyang Technological University and head of People Worldwide Consulting, told local publication TODAY the invitation came from the Kim Jong [...]

2018-06-20T15:16:47+00:00 June 20th, 2018|

Thousands flee homes in Philippines as troops fight militants

More than 11,000 people in the Philippines were forced from their homes because of fighting between the military and terror-groups linked to Islamic State, authorities said Wednesday. The fighting began after military airstrikes over the weekend that pummeled the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters in two towns, and targeted a bomb-making factory south of the marshland. [...]

2018-06-20T15:13:16+00:00 June 20th, 2018|

Seattle bans plastic straws, eating utensils

A Seattle law banning plastic straws and eating utensils is set to take effect on July 1. The law is designed to reduce the amount of plastic waste that has been contaminating and polluting the city's waterways. Fines won't be issued against establishments that don't adhere to the ban, but city officials will encourage them [...]

2018-06-20T15:08:22+00:00 June 20th, 2018|

Sharp increase of sexual assault incidents on airplanes, FBI says

Reports of sexual assaults aboard airplanes has nearly doubled since 2014, according to FBI statistics released this week. The FBI said 63 sexual assault cases aboard airplanes were reported during fiscal year 2017. That's up from 38 in 2014. Gary Loeffer, the Acting Agent in Charge at the FBI's Buffalo Field Office, told WIVB-TV that [...]

2018-06-20T15:00:14+00:00 June 20th, 2018|

TSA to expand security for powder canisters in carry-on bags

- The U.S. Transportation Security Administration will soon expand a policy that gives extra screening to canisters containing powders to foreign airports that send flights to the United States. The security agency began having its screeners watch for powder containers last summer, mindful that potentially hazardous materials could be smuggled onto jetliners in that fashion. [...]

2018-06-20T14:56:14+00:00 June 20th, 2018|

General Electric booted from Dow after 110 years

- For the first time in more than a century, General Electric was dropped from the Dow Jones Industrial Average, and will be replaced by Walgreens Boots Alliance. GE was an original member of the Dow in 1896 and served as a continuous member of the elite 30-stock index since November 7, 1907. The Dow [...]

2018-06-20T14:50:36+00:00 June 20th, 2018|

Starbucks to close 150 locations in 2019

Starbucks announced Tuesday it plans to close 150 underperforming stores in the 2019 fiscal year. The company will triple its traditional annual average of closing about 50 stores as part of a streamlining effort including rapidly optimizing its U.S. store portfolio. "While certain demand headwinds are transitory, and some of our cost increases are appropriate [...]

2018-06-19T22:19:38+00:00 June 19th, 2018|

Pastor confronts, kills carjacker in Walmart parking lot

- A pastor in Washington state is being hailed a hero for confronting an armed carjacker in the parking lot of a Walmart store. Authorities said the wild ending followed a number of carjackings by suspect Tim Day on Sunday in the Olympia area. Several people were injured in the process. Police say Day, 44, [...]

2018-06-19T22:15:46+00:00 June 19th, 2018|

Banking experts: Cryptocurrencies can’t work as real money

- A panel of banking experts have rejected cryptocurrencies as too flawed, too short-sighted and too unstable to become workable fixtures in world monetary matters. The assessment was made in a 24-page report Sunday by Switzerland's Bank for International Settlements, an agency considered a central bank for central banks. The BIS said bitcoin and similar [...]

2018-06-19T13:09:32+00:00 June 19th, 2018|

Justice Dept. asks high court to allow punishment for ‘sanctuary cities’

The Justice Department asked the Supreme Court Monday to stay a federal judge's ruling that blocks the Trump administration from denying grants to cities based on immigration policy. The emergency application, filed by Solicitor General Noel Francisco, seeks to block the Chicago judge's decision that prohibits the Justice Department from denying federal funds to "sanctuary [...]

2018-06-19T12:40:05+00:00 June 19th, 2018|