Three years ago, Starbucks was widely ridiculed for trying to start a national conversation on race relations by asking its employees to write the words "Race Together" on coffee cups. The initiative, though it backfired, was in line with the company's longstanding effort to project a progressive and inclusive image. The company is now through the looking glass, trying to tamp down a racially charged uproar over the arrest of two black men at one of its stores in Philadelphia.
The New York Times and The New Yorker won the Pulitzer Prize for public service Monday for breaking the Harvey Weinstein scandal with reporting that galvanized the #MeToo movement and set off a worldwide reckoning over sexual misconduct in the workplace. The Times and The Washington Post took the award in the national reporting category for their coverage of Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and contacts between President Donald Trump's campaign and Russian officials.
Some five years after a gang rape incident roiled India, the country is in the throes of another bout of outrage—this time over the violation and murder of a young girl in the Kathua region of the restive Jammu & Kashmir (J&K) state.
A couple years back, scientists discovered bacteria at a Japanese recycling plant that were breaking down a common type of plastic known as polyethylene terephthalate, or PET. With the hope of developing a solution to the world’s chronic plastic pollution problem, British and American researchers decided to study the enzyme that the bacteria were using to digest this ubiquitous substance--and now they’ve made a stunning discovery. The researchers were only trying to model the enzyme, known as PETase, in order to understand how it works.
When it was revealed Monday that Fox News host Sean Hannity was the so-called “third client” of President Trump’s attorney Michael Cohen, Hannity’s network was quick to move on from the topic. Cohen, who is under criminal investigation for his business dealings, had said in a court filing that he did legal work in the past year for Trump, GOP fundraiser Elliott Broidy and a “third client” who remained unnamed until Monday afternoon, when he was identified in court as Hannity. Fox News quickly pivoted away from coverage of the Cohen hearing and aired stories about Syria and Barbara Bush’s illness.
An asteroid estimated to be at least 150 feet in diameter made an alarmingly close pass to Earth on Sunday morning just hours after it was first observed by astronomers. The asteroid, named Asteroid 2018 GE3, was closest to Earth at around 2.41 a.m. ET on April 15 when it was spotted about 119,500 miles away, EarthSky.org reports. GE3 also passed close to the moon later that morning on its journey around the sun.
Carrie Underwood has returned to the stage for the first time since suffering an injury to her face. “You just knocked it out of the park,” Urban told his collaborator. “Thank you for having me,” Underwood told Urban through tears.
VMware shares soared on Monday on word that Michael Dell is ready to abandon his reverse merger plan between VMware and Dell Technologies. Shareholders were in open revolt, and Wall Street analysts were openly negative about the prospect of the deal. Employees weren't thrilled either, and neither were VMware's hardware partners that compete with Dell, according to reports.
Tax Day is here — the deadline to file your tax return is April 17 this year. Both H&R Block and TurboTax provide free tax preparation services. The good news is that some of us have the option of using free online tax services to file our 2017 taxes.
Facebook faces a class-action lawsuit over its use of facial recognition technology to tag people in photos. According to the judge's order, damages could rack up to billions of dollars if Facebook loses. Facebook said the case has no merit.
Before dawn on Saturday, a coalition of U.S., U.K. and French forces launched more than 100 missiles targeting three chemical facilities in Syria in retaliation for an apparent chemical attack that killed dozens of civilians on April 7. New satellite images show a glimpse of the damage done by the strike. A photograph released Sunday by DigitalGlobe, an American company that specializes in space imaging, appears to show what remains of the Barzah Research and Development Center in Damascus after being struck.
Korean Air Lines said Monday it has suspended one of its chairman's daughters from her marketing work after she threw a tantrum at a business meeting, triggering public outrage and a police investigation. The daughter, Cho Hyun-min, also known as Emily Cho, is the younger sister of another Korean Air executive whose onboard "nut rage" outburst delayed a flight in 2014. It said it will take further action following the police investigation.
Give Sprint (NYSE: S) CEO Marcelo Claure credit for stopping the bleeding. The problem is that despite Claure's strong efforts, Sprint remains the number four wireless carrier. It's also a company without a clear identity, as T-Mobile, under charismatic CEO John Legere, has already staked out the pro-customer space.
Former First Lady Barbara Bush gave a light-hearted medical update to her college alumnae magazine just weeks before it was revealed that she is in failing health and is declining to seek additional treatment. The former First Lady received an honorary degree from Smith in 1989. The Bush family announced Sunday that the former First Lady’s health is failing after several hospital visits and she has decided to discontinue medical treatment.
Shares of Santa Clara, Calif.-based computer networking company Arista Networks Inc. (ANET) tanked over 9% on Friday following a bearish note from a team of analysts on the Street who expect Cisco Systems Inc.'s (CSCO) cloud-based rival to see its?market share slip on the rising popularity of?smaller, lesser-known providers.? Microsoft Seen Joining Shift to White-Box Switches Industry research firm Cleveland Research downgraded ANET?stock from buy to neutral? on new competition to serve?"hyper-scale" customers, such as Facebook Inc. (FB) and Microsoft Corp. (MSFT). Cleveland's Ben Bollin?wrote a note arguing?that big cloud and media companies are opting for off-brand, "white box equipment" from
China has said it will "protect the interests of Chinese firms" after the U.S. banned American firms from selling parts to China's ZTE Corp for seven years. As Laura Frykberg reports, it's a potentially devastating move for the telecoms equipment maker and exacerbates tensions between the world's two largest economies.
Doctors in Australia have called for urgent research into why a flesh-eating ulcer has become a "worsening epidemic" in the state of Victoria. Local cases of Buruli ulcer, a skin disease most commonly found in Africa, have surged by 400% in the last four years, experts say. Infections have also become more severe and spread to new areas. Doctors do not know how to prevent the disease, which is caused by bacteria that breaks down tissue. WARNING: Graphic image below A record 275 new infections were recorded the state last year, marking a 51% increase on 2016. Infectious diseases expert Dr Daniel O'Brien said cases of the Buruli ulcer, or Mycobacterium ulcerans disease, had become "frighteningly
Much-higher spending and one-time charges offset a12.6 percent jump in health care giant Johnson & Johnson's first-quarter revenue, trimming its profit by 1.2 percent, but the results still beat Wall Street expectations. The maker of baby products, medical devices and blockbuster immune disorder drug Remicade on Tuesday reported revenue of $20.01 billion, topping analyst projections for $19.48 billion. Sales across J&J's three business segments all posted healthy gains.
Gold stocks are percolating. And while much work remains before their long-term technicals turn bullish, the whole sector could be worth a trade here. I suggest letting the Vaneck Vectors Gold Miners ETF (NYSEARCA:GDX) be your guide. No matter how you