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It's the final countdown for Christmas shipping: What you need to know

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UPS: Dec. 18 is the last day to ship UPS 3-Day Selection for delivery on Dec. 22 . Price match: Some stores will match competitors' advertised prices if they sell the identical item and some allow you to match online competitors and Amazon .com's prices.Stores that match Amazon prices on the exact item are Walmart; Office Depot; Best Buy; Staples; Target; and Toys R Us . Read More »

Alibaba wants to sell you a vehicle from a vending machine

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The way the company imagines it, is when a customer sees a vehicle they like rolling down the street, they can scan it using a dedicated smartphone app. Users only qualify for a free test drive if they have reached a certain level on its Zhima credit-scoring service, while they must also be Alibaba Super Members. Read More »

Economy Watch: Retail Sales Surge in November

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Online shopping dominated, raising 2.5 percent in Thursday report, the biggest fain since October 2016. Auto sales remain strong year-over-year, however, they were up 5.7 percent compared with November 2016. In a sign of confidence in the economy, the Federal Reserve raised interest rates this week for the third time this year and the fifth time since the economic crisis. Read More »

Ryanair seeks to avert Christmas strikes by offering to recognise unions

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Ryanair may hire planes and draft in European crews to staff flights impacted by next week's strike . "This may lead to some flight disruptions", a spokesman for the airline said in a statement on Thursday. Ryanair has said it is prepared to recognise pilot unions as it seeks to avoid strike disruption over the Christmas period. The carrier said it would recognise these unions "as the representative body for pilots in Ryanair in each of these countries, as long as they establish committees ... Read More »

NY woman attempted to send bitcoin to Islamic State, feds say

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Arraignment and detention documents released on Thursday showed that Shahnaz, a USA citizen born in Pakistan, was arrested on Wednesday. According to the indictment , Shahnaz defrauded numerous financial institutions to obtain the $85,000, then converted the money to bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Read More »

Bank of England keeps interests rates on hold

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Although it is too early to arrive at a comprehensive view of the effect of November's rise in Bank Rate on the economy, the impact on interest rates faced by households and firms has been consistent with previous experience. "This will be a particularly important meeting, as not only does it come alongside the next inflation report, but it is also when the MPC carries out its annual supply-side stock take". Read More »

Analysts seem more constructive for the Wal-Mart Stores, Inc

AbbVie Inc. (NYSE:ABBV) closed at $97.35 a share in the latest session and the stock value rose nearly 55.46% since the beginning of this year. Its up 5.45% from 3.37 million shares previously. Several hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently made changes to their positions in WMT . 877.29 million shares or 0.13% more from 876.16 million shares in 2017Q1 were reported. Read More »

Oil Prices Higher Supported by US Oil Inventory Data

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The agency has raised its forecast for USA crude oil production by 390,000 barrels a day for 2017 and by 870,000 for 2018. It has particular significance to global markets because Forties is the largest out of the five crude oil streams that underpin the dated Brent benchmark. Read More »

Wine glasses have been getting bigger over the last two decades

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Researchers say this is the time wine glasses were starting to be tailored in both shape and size for different wines, as well as bars and restaurants which expected it would increase wine sales. 'For the most part, this was gradual, but since the 1990s, the size has increased rapidly. The researchers say many factors might have driven the increase in wine glass capacity including price, a shift from traditional glass blowing techniques to automated processes, affluence, and a wider ... Read More »

Facebook Says Russia Spent Less Than $1 Trying To Interfere In Brexit

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Damian Collins , chairman of the British Parliament's culture and media committee, said on December 13 that Facebook limited its investigation to only one source of advertisements: the Internet Research Agency, a St. "@RT_com spent a total $469,900 in advertising on our platform in 2016, with $44,615.87 of that amount devoted to ads that were served [to] users in the UK". Read More »

Apple launches new iMac Pro, the 'most powerful' Mac ever

The iMac Pro also comes with a new dual centrifugal fan system that generates more airflow, the company said. "[The] iMac is the most popular desktop for our pro users due to its unbelievable display and elegant design, so we completely re-engineered it to deliver performance far beyond what anyone thought possible in an all-in-one". Read More »

21st Century Fox set to announce $60bn sale to Disney

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Those assets include the Twentieth Century Fox movie and TV studio, cable channels including regional sports networks and key global properties. For Disney , this deal is about competing with Netflix . The Murdoch family trust holds an economic interest of about 16 percent in New York-based Fox, which would translate to a stake of roughly 5 percent in Disney, according to data compiled by Bloomberg . Read More »

India's Tax Department Collects User Data at Multiple Bitcoin Exchanges

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On Wednesday, taxmen of the I-T department under the command of the Bengaluru investigation wing, visited the premises of exchanges in various cities including Delhi, Bengaluru , Hyderabad, Kochi and Gurugram. Reports say about 40 Bitcoin and crypto-currency exchanges are trading BTC and other currencies such as Ethereum at up to Rs100 crore a day. This scan by the IT department is expected to cause the other financial government bodies like the RBI and SEBI to prepare a ... Read More »

Rising US output threatens global oil market balance

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Media reports stated that Ineos , which recently became the owner of the pipeline, said a shutdown was the safest way forward after a small hairline crack was found in the pipeline, which carries about 450,000 barrels per day, or 40% of United Kingdom production. Read More »

Disney finalizing pact to acquire assets from 21st Century Fox

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Fox News and Fox Sports will still be controlled by the Murdochs. Disney chairman and CEO Robert Iger, 66, has been set to exit his post in 2019, but amid the deal, he has agreed to extend his contract through the end of 2021. Iger said . Also included in the deal are Fox's United States cable networks including FX and the National Geographic Channel as well as India's Star TV. Read More »

United Kingdom jobless rate holds at lowest since 1975

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The unadjusted figure nationally also edged higher but claimant counts in most parts of Suffolk and north Essex fell, with the exception of coastal districts were the end of the tourism season saw numbers grow. Despite rising inflation and slow wage growth, retail sales volumes were 1.6 percent higher than a year earlier, up from a flat performance in October and beating all forecasts in a Reuters poll that had pointed to annual growth of just 0.3 percent. Read More »

Two journalists arrested in Myanmar

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Reuters said the journalists, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, had been missing since late Tuesday night. "We call for authorities to release them immediately", Reuters Editor-in-Chief Stephen Adler said in a statement . Government spokesman Zaw Htay said police officers "involved in that case" were also arrested and the government "will take action against those policemen and also the reporters". Read More »

HSBC Says US Preparing to Dismiss Criminal Charges Against It

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HSBC has avoided the threat prosecution in the USA over allegations that its lax controls allowed Mexican drug traffickers to launder cash through the bank. As part of the agreements with the DoJ and the UK's Financial Conduct Authority, it also installed an independent monitor to produce annual reports in the progress of its reforms on fighting financial crime. Read More »

Tyson Fury boxing licence could be reinstated in January

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The unbeaten 29-year-old has not fought since ending Wladimir Klitschko's reign as world heavyweight champion two years ago. A renewed licence is now in the hands of the BBBofC, whose general secretary Robert Smith told Sky Sports last month: "It is publicly known that Mr Fury has a number of health issues and we would have to look at that". Read More »

Season-ticket holder sues Saints for refund because of player protests

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He alleges numerous fans "booed and cursed at the Saints players" when they finally emerged from the tunnel, passing in front of his seats on the 20-yard line about 25 yards from the field. "The Saints created that behavior by condoning it", he said. "After a team meeting we made a decision to kneel as one BEFORE the anthem was played and STAND united as one DURING the anthem!" New Orleans running back Mark Ingram pointed out on Twitter that the Saints have protested only during the ... Read More »

Toshiba, Western Digital Corp reach settlement

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The two companies said the deal settles all disputes in litigation and arbitration over Western Digital's objections to the planned sale of the companies' NAND flash memory SanDisk Corp joint venture. The ownership ratio for the joint ventures remains 50.1 percent for Toshiba and 49.9 percent for Western Digital. Regardless of whether speculators are targeting puts or calls, though, low volatility expectations are being priced into short-term Western Digital options - a potential boon to ... Read More »

Trooper recovering after shot grazed his head

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Kays was also transported to the University of Louisville Hospital with unknown injuries, and was charged with attempted murder of police officer. "He's very, very fortunate". State police said Kays returned to his home on Huston Drive; Jeffersonville City Police Department and the Clark County Sheriff's Department took him into custody. Read More »

Target to Buy Grocery Delivery Startup Shipt for $550 Million

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Eventually, Target will offer the Shipt same-day delivery service on Target.com and the Target app. Holiday shoppers can order something as late as 9:30 a.m. Shipt will add a network of local shoppers to aid delivery. Shipt, based in Birmingham, Ala., was founded in 2014 as a membership-based grocery marketplace and same-day delivery platform. Read More »

Mobile gets into paid TV market

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Layer3 offers cable TV, premium channels, streaming online video and other offerings in Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Washington, D.C., and Denver, where the company is headquartered. Thanks to T-Mobile's "Un-carrier" plan of action, they've been changing ... The Layer3 acquisition is expected to close in a few weeks, at which point T-Mobile will actually start working on incorporating its technology in a new package. Read More »

Manpower hiring survey is another reason to be optimistic about 2018

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Australia in general also recorded the third-strongest year-on-year gain of over 43 surveyed countries. The largest quarter on quarter improvement, of 14 percentage points, is reported in the wholesale and retail trade sector, but the +16% NEO for the first three months of 2018 is weaker by 11 percentage points on the year. Read More »

York becomes third United Kingdom city not to renew Uber's license

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Now York has become the third United Kingdom city to do the same, and it's got a totally new reason for it. The city of York in northern England has refused to grant U.S. "I think we expect a high standard from all taxi drivers and it's hard if these standards can be undermined and under cut by out of town drivers", Taylor added. Read More »

Litecoin doubles in price to $317, isn't slowing down at all

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What's surprising is that the price of one Litecoin was $4.33 at the start of 2017. Its market cap reached $1 billion in November 2013. January futures, meanwhile, were priced at $17,730 at the time of writing. Bitcoin's bounce off the back of forward contracts through Monday would have certainly provided additional support to Litecoin. Bitcoin Alternative Other market observers took a different tack, describing Litecoin as an investment that has been receiving tailwinds as market participants ... Read More »

Supreme Court puts NCLT's Unitech takeover order on hold

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The Supreme Court had on October 30 asked Sanjay Chandra , head of the beleaguered real estate firm, to deposit Rs 750 crore with its registry before the end of December. In view of Venugopal's statement, the Chief Justice in a brief order said: "We direct the stay of the December 8 order of NCLT". It observed that it had taken money from 19,000 home buyers, while the construction on those projects had not even started. Read More »

Dublin Ryanair flights could face disruption after pilots vote to strike

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While the strike will not ground all Ryanair flights in and out of Ireland , it could hit the airline's schedules across its European network. The German trade union promised to avoid striking over Christmas , from 23-26 December. Nearly 80 staff pilots at the airline are set to engage in a 24-hour stoppage on December 20 - just as the festive travel rush gets into full swing. Read More »

Facebook to reduce level of advert sales it books in Ireland

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Wehner said Facebook plans to implement the change through 2018 with a goal of switching all its offices to the new structure by the first half of 2019. Google , for example, booked €26.3 billion of global revenues here a year ago, paying tax of €163 million tax in Ireland. Facebook's revamp of its global tax practices comes roughly a week before USA lawmakers hope to complete a significant overhaul of the country's tax system, which may impose a low, one-time tax on profits that US ... Read More »

Comcast Drops Quest for Fox Assets

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When a set of assets like 21st Century Fox's becomes available, it's our responsibility to evaluate if there's a strategic fit that could benefit our company and our shareholders. CNBC reportedly has a source very close to the merger deal and they claim that the deal is on the "glide path", and that if everything goes according to plan, the deal will be finalized this Thursday with a press announcement, which would put it right in place with the reports from last week that revealed ... Read More »

After Trump Twitter attack, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand says: 'You can not silence me'

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The New York senator hit back at Trump Tuesday morning, saying that he "cannot silence" her and she will continue to speak out about the shame Trump "has brought on the Oval Office". President Donald Trump appeared to sexually harass a Democratic senator on Twitter, less than an hour after denying sexual misconduct allegations by almost two dozen women. Read More »

The SEC chief has a new warning for ICO investors: Buyer beware

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The SEC's Office of Investor Education and Advocacy issued an Investor Bulletin in July 2017 to make investors aware of the potential risks of participating in initial coin offerings. Clayton also called on professionals to do no harm to retail investors. "In the course of the offering, the company and other promoters emphasised that investors could expect that efforts by the company and others would lead to an increase in value of the tokens". Read More »

Poland Core Inflation Accelerates In November

Mark Carney, the governor of the Bank of England, will now have to write a letter to Chancellor Philip Hammond explaining how the Bank intends to bring inflation back to its 2 per cent target. The jump in retail inflation comes within days of the Reserve Bank warning that there may be a spike in prices in the coming months. He points out that school fees have risen 553 per cent over the last 25 years compared to 201 per cent for consumer prices and 217 per cent for wages. Read More »

The FCC and FTC announce partnership to watch the internet burn

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Online, millions of internet users have amassed in efforts opposing the abolition plans for net neutrality. Tech and Internet pioneers including father of the world wide web Sir Tim Berner-Lee, early internet leader Vint Cerf , and Apple co-founder and opinion spouter Steve Wozniak , along with others put their signatures on the letter which argues that the Commission basically hasn't got a clue what it's talking about. Read More »

Woman threatens to 'kill everybody on this plane'

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The incident began after airline officials say a woman attempted to smoke in the airplane bathroom and alter the smoke detector. Southwest Airlines did not confirm those details. 'The pilots declared an emergency to receive priority handling from air traffic controllers, and our crew handled the situation on board until the plane landed and local authorities stepped in. Read More »

Day for site C dam

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He stood next to Energy Minister Michelle Mungall, who appeared to hold back tears through the announcement, and Environment Minister George Heyman. Horgan says it wasn't an easy decision. However, that review also determined that pulling the plug on the hydro project would cost about $4 billion, including money already spent. Others have highlighted the report's findings that alternative energies, such as wind and geothermal, could provide equally priced or cheaper power. Read More »

Envestnet Asset Management Inc. Acquires 7244 Shares of Anadarko Petroleum Corporation (APC)

As per Wednesday, November 15, the company rating was maintained by KeyBanc Capital Markets. Anadarko Petroleum Corporation (NYSE: APC ) has risen 8.29% since December 10, 2016 and is uptrending. British Columbia Inv Mgmt Corporation holds 0.08% of its portfolio in Anadarko Petroleum Corporation (NYSE:APC) for 210,524 shares. Dimensional Fund LP reported 2.52 million shares or 0.05% of all its holdings. Read More »

As Holidays Draw Near, Gas Prices Continue to Drop in Florida

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One year ago , the price was $2.21. Last week's report from the Energy Information Administration highlighted a second straight week of gasoline demand under 9 million barrels per day, typical for this time of year, yet a large and sudden drop from motorists that had been continuing to pump gasoline at levels approaching traditional summer levels. Read More »

Watch a young runner help struggling woman finish - and win - Dallas Marathon

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Self was treated after finishing the race and completed post-race interviews with WFAA . For the last mile, Chandler Self struggled to stay on her feet as her body began to succumb to exhaustion. 'Right when I caught up with her at the [relay team's] 2.5-mile mark, I told her: '"ust so you know, the high school relay is out here to compete with you guys". Read More »

EPS for Delta Air Lines, Inc. (DAL) Expected At $1.03

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Northwest Nat Gas Co now has $1.93 billion valuation. The stock increased 0.44% or $0.14 during the last trading session, reaching $31.84. (NYSE: DAL ) for 6,110 shares. Twin Management owns 66,921 shares. Madison Investment Holdings Inc. owned about 0.05% of Delta Air Lines worth $17,569,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period. Read More »

Santa visits the Salvation Army

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That event brought in more than $5,000 a year ago. "We have over 500 families signed up that are going to receive toys this year and so we need more and more toys so that we can serve everyone in the community to make sure that nobody goes without this Christmas", said Lt Kelly Summit. Read More »