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Train crash in Germany kills at least 9, injures 150

Aerial view of rescue forces working at the site of a train accident near Bad Aibling, Germany, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016. Several people were killed when two trains collided head-on. (Peter Kneffel/dpa via AP)BAD AIBLING, Germany (AP) — Two commuter trains crashed head-on Tuesday morning in southern Germany, killing at least nine people and injuring around 150, slamming into each other on a curve without braking after an automatic safety system apparently failed to stop them, the transport minister said.




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Iraqi woman charged with role in Kayla Mueller's death

Family Mourns Death of ISIS Hostage Kayla Mueller, 1 Year LaterThe wife of a senior Islamic State leader who was killed in a U.S. raid last year has been charged in federal court with holding American Kayla Mueller hostage and with contributing to the aid worker's ...




FBI agent says evidence manipulated in Baltimore 'Serial' hearing

Convicted murderer Adnan Syed leaves the Baltimore City Circuit Courthouse in Baltimore, MarylandAdnan Syed, 35, is serving a life sentence for the 1999 strangulation of his 18-year-old ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee. Syed's lawyers are seeking a new trial based on new evidence amid questions about the fairness of the case that were raised by the podcast in late 2014. During the fourth day of a hearing in Baltimore City Circuit Court, Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent Chad Fitzgerald said defense lawyers had shown him "manipulated evidence" of cell phone records when he was on the stand last week.




State seeks delay in 3 Freddie Gray trials, pending appeals

Baltimore Police Officer William Porter and his attorneys arrive at the courthouse for pretrial hearings in the case of Caeser Goodson in BaltimoreBALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore prosecutors have asked a judge to delay the trials of three police officers charged in the Freddie Gray case until appellate courts decide if another officer awaiting retrial on related charges can be compelled to testify against them.




More than 30 injured in Connecticut casino bus crash

More than 30 injured in Connecticut casino bus crashA charter bus driving through a snowstorm to a casino flipped onto its side Monday, injuring more than 30 people and closing the northbound side of Interstate 95 in Connecticut. The bus, which was on its ...




Report: Clinton considering staff, strategy changes to campaign

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during a campaign stop, Monday, Feb. 8, 2016, at Manchester Community College in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)




Winter storm pounds southern New England, snarling travel

A horse carriage crosses a bridge in Manhattan's Central Park during a snowfallBy Scott Malone and Valerie Vande Panne BOSTON (Reuters) - A winter storm was expected to bring more than a foot (30 cm) of snow and howling winds to parts of southern New England on Monday, closing schools and government offices, snarling travel and flooding low-lying coastal areas. Snow was falling in Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire on Monday, with police and elected officials urging residents to avoid unnecessary travel. Wind gusts of up to 60 miles per hour (100 kph) were expected in parts of coastal southeastern Massachusetts, raising the risk of downed trees and power outages, officials said.





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Train crash in Germany kills at least 9, injures 150

Aerial view of rescue forces working at the site of a train accident near Bad Aibling, Germany, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016. Several people were killed when two trains collided head-on. (Peter Kneffel/dpa via AP)BAD AIBLING, Germany (AP) — Two commuter trains crashed head-on Tuesday morning in southern Germany, killing at least nine people and injuring around 150, slamming into each other on a curve without braking after an automatic safety system apparently failed to stop them, the transport minister said.




Rubio searches for answers while his opponents circle




5 things to watch in New Hampshire primary




Iraqi woman charged with role in Kayla Mueller's death

Family Mourns Death of ISIS Hostage Kayla Mueller, 1 Year LaterThe wife of a senior Islamic State leader who was killed in a U.S. raid last year has been charged in federal court with holding American Kayla Mueller hostage and with contributing to the aid worker's ...




FBI agent says evidence manipulated in Baltimore 'Serial' hearing

Convicted murderer Adnan Syed leaves the Baltimore City Circuit Courthouse in Baltimore, MarylandAdnan Syed, 35, is serving a life sentence for the 1999 strangulation of his 18-year-old ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee. Syed's lawyers are seeking a new trial based on new evidence amid questions about the fairness of the case that were raised by the podcast in late 2014. During the fourth day of a hearing in Baltimore City Circuit Court, Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent Chad Fitzgerald said defense lawyers had shown him "manipulated evidence" of cell phone records when he was on the stand last week.




State seeks delay in 3 Freddie Gray trials, pending appeals

Baltimore Police Officer William Porter and his attorneys arrive at the courthouse for pretrial hearings in the case of Caeser Goodson in BaltimoreBALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore prosecutors have asked a judge to delay the trials of three police officers charged in the Freddie Gray case until appellate courts decide if another officer awaiting retrial on related charges can be compelled to testify against them.




More than 30 injured in Connecticut casino bus crash

More than 30 injured in Connecticut casino bus crashA charter bus driving through a snowstorm to a casino flipped onto its side Monday, injuring more than 30 people and closing the northbound side of Interstate 95 in Connecticut. The bus, which was on its ...




Report: Clinton considering staff, strategy changes to campaign

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during a campaign stop, Monday, Feb. 8, 2016, at Manchester Community College in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)




Winter storm pounds southern New England, snarling travel

A horse carriage crosses a bridge in Manhattan's Central Park during a snowfallBy Scott Malone and Valerie Vande Panne BOSTON (Reuters) - A winter storm was expected to bring more than a foot (30 cm) of snow and howling winds to parts of southern New England on Monday, closing schools and government offices, snarling travel and flooding low-lying coastal areas. Snow was falling in Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire on Monday, with police and elected officials urging residents to avoid unnecessary travel. Wind gusts of up to 60 miles per hour (100 kph) were expected in parts of coastal southeastern Massachusetts, raising the risk of downed trees and power outages, officials said.





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Global central banks are running 'out of ammo'
Central banks across the world are doing everything they can to prop up economies and currencies. Yet experts are worried all these actions will have a negative impact.











Don't expect oil prices to rise soon, IEA warns
Oil prices are unlikely to rise any time soon, the International Energy Agency has warned. Here is why.











Under Sanders, income and jobs would soar, economist says
Bernie Sanders' economic plan would create nearly 26 million jobs and increase median income by more than $22,000, according to University of Massachusetts Amherst economics professor Gerald Friedman.











Yelp is really struggling
Yelp announced another loss Monday afternoon as its sales growth slows. The company also said its CFO is stepping down.











Hillary Clinton won't rule out Wall St. Treasury Secretary
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Gas is near $1 a gallon in some places
Gas for less than $1.50 a gallon is now common and some markets even have gas near a buck.











Europe wants big companies to come clean about their taxes
European regulators could soon start forcing big international companies to reveal their earnings and tax bills in each of the 28 European Union countries.











Stunning lack of women in corporate leadership roles worldwide
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Record number of Americans dump U.S. passports
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Global currency collapse: Winners and losers
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Inadequate testing thwarts efforts to measure Zika's impact

Municipal health worker shows off a test tube with larvae of Zika virus vector, the Aedes aegypti mosquito, as part of the city's efforts to prevent the spread of the Zika, in Guatemala CityBy Paulo Prada RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - One major hurdle is thwarting efforts to measure the extent of the Zika epidemic and its suspected links to thousands of birth defects in Brazil: accurate diagnosis of a virus that still confounds blood tests. Genetic tests and clinical symptoms have enabled scientists to partially track Zika, and Brazil guesses up to 1.5 million people have been infected in the country. The World Health Organization says as many as 4 million people could become infected across the Americas and that Zika has already been locally transmitted in at least 30 countries.




Scientists investigate suspected meteorite death in southern India
By Sandhya Ravishankar CHENNAI (Reuters) - Indian scientists are investigating whether a man was killed by a meteorite, which if confirmed would be the first recorded death from falling fragments of space rock in almost 200 years. Jayalalithaa Jayaram, the chief minister of Tamil Nadu, has said a bus driver at a college in her state was killed by the meteorite and awarded 100,000 rupees ($1,470) in compensation to his family. "A meteorite fell within the college premises," Jayalalithaa said.

New dinosaur species offers evolutionary clues
By Jim Drury Paleontologists say a 201-million-year-old dinosaur fossil found two years ago on a Welsh beach could offer vital clues to understanding the evolution from the late Triassic to the early Jurassic Period.     Dracoraptor hanigani has been classified as a new species. It's one of the oldest Jurassic dinosaurs ever found, and among the most complete specimens from the time period.     The early Jurassic period is crucial in the evolutionary history of dinosaurs. It followed an extinction event in the late Triassic era that wiped out more than half the species on Earth and may have created the subsequent global dominance of the dinosaurs, led by the likes of Tyrannosaurus rex and Velociraptor.     According to Cindy Howells, palaeontology curator at the National Museum of Wales where the fossil is on display, "it's an important find in the early Jurassic because at that time dinosaurs were just starting to diversify.

Italian consortium set to win giant Chile telescope contract
An Italian consortium, including construction company Astaldi Spa, is close to securing a contract to build the world's largest telescope in the Chilean desert, project owner the European Southern Observatory (ESO) said on Thursday. The ESO said its finance committee had agreed to enter into final discussions with the consortium, which was the winning bidder to design, manufacture, transport and build the main dome and structure for the European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT). The consortium includes major Italian builder Cimolai and subcontractor the EIE Group, as well as Astaldi.

Ancient wildebeest cousin boasted bizarre dinosaur-like trait

An artist's interpretation of Rusingoryx atopocranion on the Late Pleistocene plains of what is now Rusinga Island, Lake VictoriaBy Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In an ancient streambed on Kenya's Rusinga Island, scientists have unearthed fossils of a wildebeest-like creature named Rusingoryx that boasted a weird nasal structure more befitting of a dinosaur than a mammal. The hollow structure may have enabled the horned, hoofed grass-eater to produce a low trumpeting sound to communicate over long distances with others in its herd, Ohio University paleontologist Haley O'Brien said. "This structure was incredibly surprising," O'Brien said.




Death by Meteorite? India Tragedy May Be 1st in Recorded History

Death by Meteorite? India Tragedy May Be 1st in Recorded HistoryThe incident happened Saturday (Feb. 6) when an object, thought to be a meteorite, hit a college campus in Tamil Nadu, a state in southern India, the Wall Street Journal reported. The impact killed a man and injured three others, the WSJ said. Officials found a 4-feet-deep (1.2 meters) crater in the ground that contained "bluish black" rock fragments, G. Baskar, the college's principal in Tamil Nadu's Vellore district, told the WSJ.




Antiperspirant May Boost Variety of 'Bugs' Living on Your Armpits
If you're an antiperspirant user, you probably slather on the stuff in order to wipe out odor-causing bacteria. The use of antiperspirants and deodorant alter the skin microbiome, according to a new open-access study published in the journal PeerJ on Tuesday (Feb. 2). Antiperspirants reduce the total number of bacteria dramatically, but seem to leave a more diverse group of survivors than what is seen on the underarms of people who use just deodorant or nothing at all.

Treasures Dug Up by Tomb Robbers Returned to Italy

Treasures Dug Up by Tomb Robbers Returned to ItalyAt least 45 boxes filled with archaeological treasures have been returned to Italy after they were hidden in a Geneva warehouse by a disgraced British art dealer, Swiss authorities said. Swiss investigators suspect that tomb robbers illegally dug up most of these antiquities at ancient cemeteries in central Italy's Umbria and Lazio regions, where the Etruscan civilization thrived 2,500 years ago before the rise of Rome. The Etruscans are particularly famous for producing beautiful sarcophagi, or coffins, carved with reclining life-size human figures.




Spaceflight Is Entering a New Golden Age, Says Blue Origin Founder Jeff Bezos

Spaceflight Is Entering a New Golden Age, Says Blue Origin Founder Jeff BezosEarly Monday (Nov. 23), the private spaceflight company Blue Origin made a major stride in the pursuit of fully reusable rockets, when it launched an uncrewed vehicle into space and then soft-landed the rocket booster on the ground. "It was one of the greatest moments of my life," said Jeff Bezos, Blue Origin's founder, speaking about the landing in a press briefing yesterday (Nov. 24). "And my teammates here at Blue Origin, I could see felt the same way.




Turkey and Football: How Astronauts Celebrate Thanksgiving in Space

Turkey and Football: How Astronauts Celebrate Thanksgiving in SpaceThanksgiving in space will be a lot like the holiday down here on the ground — minus the gravity, of course. Like most Americans, NASA astronauts Scott Kelly and Kjell Lindgren have Thanksgiving (Nov. 26) off, and they'll spend the day aboard the International Space Station (ISS) watching football and enjoying a turkey-centric feast, agency officials said. Kelly and Lindgren gave viewers a look at that feast in a special Thanksgiving video this week, breaking out bags of smoked turkey, rehydratable corn, candied yams and potatoes au gratin.





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Rubio needs strong New Hampshire showing to rebut debate critics

Republican U.S. presidential candidate Marco Rubio speaks to supporters at a rally in NashuaBy James Oliphant MANCHESTER, N.H. (Reuters) - A week ago, it looked like the stars were aligning for Marco Rubio. Now, as New Hampshire holds its pivotal primary on Tuesday, the Republican presidential contender has to hope the sky does not come crashing down on him. After a surprisingly strong third-place showing in last week’s Iowa caucuses, Rubio came into New Hampshire hoping for a top-tier finish in the state to buttress his argument he is the candidate around whom the party establishment should rally.




Obama to lay out 2017 spending priorities in final White House budget

U.S. President Obama answers a reporter's question after delivering a statement on the economy in the press briefing room at the White House in WashingtonU.S. President Barack Obama unveils his final White House budget on Tuesday with a blueprint for fiscal year 2017 that will lay out his spending proposals for priorities from fighting Islamic State to providing for the poor. "That document ... will be President Obama's final vision of how he lays out the fiscal future for the country," said Joel Friedman, vice president for federal fiscal policy at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. Congress can advance elements of the budget without endorsing the entire proposal, which is likely to call for roughly $4 trillion in total spending, in line with Obama's $3.99 trillion proposal for fiscal year 2016.




Trump versus Jeb in New Hampshire on day before crucial primary

Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump enters the Verizon Wireless Arena for a campaign event in ManchesterBy Steve Holland and Amanda Becker MANCHESTER, N.H. (Reuters) - White House hopefuls Donald Trump and Jeb Bush opened political hostilities on Monday as Republican and Democratic candidates stormed across New Hampshire in a final flurry of events before the state's crucial first-in-the-nation primary. The stage was set for the vote on Tuesday, with New York billionaire Trump enjoying a big lead in opinion polls of the state's Republican voters and a host of rivals jockeying to emerge as his chief challenger for the Republican presidential nomination in the Nov. 8 election. In the race for the Democratic nomination, Senator Bernie Sanders from neighboring Vermont sought to hang on for a much-needed victory over former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton a week after a razor-thin loss to her in the Iowa caucuses.




Former NYC Mayor Bloomberg says eyeing 2016 run for president: FT

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg attends a meeting during the World Climate Change Conference 2015 (COP21) at Le Bourget, near Paris, France(Reuters) - Michael Bloomberg, the billionaire former mayor of New York City, said he is considering running for U.S. president in 2016, the Financial Times reported on Monday. The 73-year-old founder of the eponymous financial information group was critical of the quality of debate in the presidential contest and said he was "looking at all the options" when asked whether he was considering a run, the newspaper said. "I find the level of discourse and discussion distressingly banal and an outrage and an insult to the voters," Bloomberg told the Financial Times in an interview, adding that the U.S. public deserved "a lot better." Bloomberg has told aides to draw up plans for an independent campaign for the U.S. presidency, a source familiar with the situation told Reuters on Jan. 23, confirming a report in the New York Times.




Family of murdered ISIS hostage Kayla Mueller speaks out

Family Mourns Death of ISIS Hostage Kayla Mueller, 1 Year LaterThe family of American hostage Kayla Mueller, murdered by ISIS a year ago, suggests they are preparing to go public with “the heartbreaking story” of their attempts to ransom her from the Islamic State.




‘Pharma Bro’ Martin Shkreli pleads the Fifth at hearing, dodges questions
Former pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli ("Pharma Bro") invoked his Fifth Amendment right not to testify during a congressional hearing Thursday morning.

Georgia mayor pulled over driving a police cruiser, charged with impersonating officer
The mayor of a small town in Georgia has been charged with impersonating an officer after he was pulled over while driving a marked police cruiser, officials said Tuesday.

Conspiracy theories flourish in Flint’s toxic water
When Jenay Young received a free Brita water filter earlier this month from the state government she immediately called the company’s customer service line to ask if it filtered out lead. (It does, but Young still has her doubts.)

Meet Wantwaz Davis, the ex-con who tried to save Flint
After spending nearly 20 years in prison, Flint, Mich., resident Wantwaz Davis emerged to become a member of the City Council — and one of the earliest and most vocal critics of the city’s use of contaminated water from the Flint River.

Suspected Bomb Hand-Off Caught on Camera Before Ill-Fated Flight

Suspected Bomb Hand-Off Caught on Camera Before Ill-Fated FlightAuthorities in Somalia have released video footage from inside Mogadishu’s airport that they say shows a laptop packed with explosives being handed to a passenger before the mid-air explosion that forced a Daallo Airlines flight to make an emergency landing last week. In the video, reportedly taken by surveillance cameras after security checks, two men can be seen walking together when one of the men hands a laptop case to a third man -- the suspected plane bomber, according to The Associated Press. The suspected bomber was sucked out of the airplane after the mid-air explosion left a relatively small hole in the plane, authorities said.





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Viacom extends ad deal with Snapchat

A billboard displays the logo of Snapchat above Times Square in New YorkUnder the deal, Viacom will have the right to sell against its own content on Snapchat as well as Snapchat's U.S. owned and operated advertising inventory, a Snapchat spokesman told Reuters. Viacom is the only television company to have this arrangement with Snapchat, he said. Viacom already had a deal with Snapchat that carries content for Viacom-owned networks Comedy Central and MTV.




Obama seeks over one-third rise in U.S. cyber security funding

U.S. President Obama answers a reporter's question after delivering a statement on the economy in the press briefing room at the White House in WashingtonPresident Barack Obama's budget proposal for the 2017 fiscal year seeks $19 billion for cyber security across the U.S. government, a surge of $5 billion over this year, according to senior administration officials. The request comes as the Obama administration has struggled to address the growing risk posed by criminals and nation states in the digital world. Cyber threats are "among the most urgent dangers to America’s economic and national security," Obama said in a Wall Street Journal op-ed published on Tuesday.




Facebook's India stumble could embolden other regulators

A motorist rides past a billboard displaying Facebook's Free Basics initiative in Mumbai, IndiaBy Jeremy Wagstaff and Himank Sharma SINGAPORE/MUMBAI (Reuters) - India's decision to effectively ban Facebook's pared-back free Internet service is a major blow to the social network's plans, and may prompt other regulators to demand equal online access for their users. Facebook will have to reconsider its approach in the light of India's new rules preventing Internet service providers from having different pricing policies for accessing different parts of the Web, analysts said. "This is a major setback for Facebook," said Naveen Menon, lead analyst at A.T. Kearney in Singapore.




Cyber a top national security threat to U.S.: intelligence director

Director of U.S. National Intelligence James Clapper speaks at the Council on Foreign Relations in New YorkBy Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Disruptions in cyberspace and attacks by "homegrown" terrorists are the most imminent security threats facing the United States in 2016, James Clapper, the top U.S. intelligence official, told two Senate committees on Tuesday. In his annual assessment of threats to the United States, Clapper warned that the proliferation of devices, many of which are designed and marketed with minimal security requirements and testing, and the "ever increasing complexity" of data networks "could lead to widespread vulnerabilities in civilian infrastructures and U.S. government systems." Clapper's warning was the latest signal that the White House intends to make cyber security a top priority in President Barack Obama’s last year in office.




Verizon enlists AOL CEO to explore Yahoo deal: Bloomberg

Advertisement for Verizon is seen at Times Square in New York(Reuters) - Verizon Communications Inc has given Tim Armstrong, chief executive officer of its AOL unit, a leading role in exploring a possible bid for Yahoo Inc's assets, Bloomberg reported, citing a person with knowledge of the situation. Verizon, the largest U.S. wireless carrier, hasn't hired bankers to conduct an offer and there have been no formal talks, according to the report. Yahoo said last week that it would consider "strategic alternatives" for its core Internet business, even as it continues with its plan to revamp the business and spin it off.




Justice, Homeland Security probe hack of U.S. agency employee data
By Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Justice Department are investigating a claim that personal data related to thousands of DHS and FBI employees was hacked and has been posted online, an agency spokesman said on Monday. The tech website Motherboard reported on Sunday that a hacker, who Motherboard said wished to remain anonymous, intended to dump onto the Internet names, job titles, email addresses and official phone numbers of over 9,000 DHS employees and another 20,000 Federal Bureau of Investigation workers.

11 paid iPhone apps on sale for free today
BGR readers, you know what time it is... it's time for a nice big helping of paid  iPhone  and  iPad apps on sale for free. Today's list doesn't have as many apps as yesterday's did — some of the ones on yesterday's list are still free, by the way — but it's got 11 solid premium iOS apps that can all be downloaded right now without paying a cent. MUST SEE: 5 secret features hiding inside your iPhone These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers. There is no way to tell how long they will be free. These sales could end an hour from now or

Grimes, Miike Snow, and IBM's DJ Watson will perform at Moogfest this year

Grimes, Miike Snow, and IBM's DJ Watson will perform at Moogfest this yearMoogfest, the annual festival inspired by synth inventor Robert Moog, has just added two new headliners to its 2016 lineup: Grimes and Miike Snow. The festival announced its first round of artists, which included GZA, Blood Orange, and Reggie Watts, at the end of last year. Today's announcement also brought new details about what the non-music portion of Moogfest will entail.




Bitcoin is on the verge of splitting in two

Bitcoin is on the verge of splitting in twoBitcoin is in the midst of a civil war. The developer, a former Google engineer named Mike Hearn, believed that bitter infighting and intransigence among the core development team had paralyzed the system, which was facing growing pains that, unaddressed, would cripple the currency so badly it was unlikely to recover. In the three weeks since, a fascinating debate has played out across the globe, as the Bitcoin community struggled to find a way forward.




On Safer Internet Day, adults ask teens for help

On Safer Internet Day, adults ask teens for helpThe annual event tries to quash bullying and cruelty among kids on the Internet by enlisting their peers.





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Cost cuts help Coca-Cola beat profit expectations

Workers stand near bottles of Coca-Cola on a newly inaugurated production line at the Cikedokan Plant in Bekasi, West Java near Jakarta(Reuters) - Coca-Cola Co reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit, helped mainly by aggressive cost-cutting. Coca-Cola is also trying to boost sales by raising prices and diversifying into beverages such as cold-pressed juices and energy drinks. Net operating revenue fell 8 percent, the third straight quarterly drop. Excluding the impact of acquisitions, divestitures and foreign currency, sales declined 1 percent. However, net income attributable to shareholders jumped 60.6 percent to $1.24 billion, or 28 cents per share, in the fourth quarter ended Dec. 31. ...




Viacom sales miss estimates, shares drop; CEO hits out at critics

A woman exits the Viacom Inc. headquarters in New YorkChief Executive Philippe Dauman, who replaced 92-year-old majority-owner Sumner Redstone as executive chairman last week, hit back at critics suggesting he may not be able to turn around the media company's fortunes. Redstone, who is now chairman emeritus, was on the call, according to Viacom, but did not speak. Redstone stepped aside as executive chairman at Viacom and his other large majority holding CBS Corp last week, amid doubts about his mental fitness.




Wall St. turns positive after weak start as tech rebounds

Traders work on the floor of the NYSESix of the 10 major S&P sectors were lower, led by a 0.9 percent rise in the technology sector . "The general thematic continues to be the European banking situation that has unhinged the risk market and slowly crept into the credit markets," said Chad Morganlander, portfolio manager at Stifel, Nicolaus & Co in Florham Park, New Jersey.




U.S. wholesale inventories, sales fall in December

A Wal-Mart Stores Inc company distribution center in BentonvilleU.S. wholesale inventories slipped in December for a third straight month as businesses continued to reduce unsold merchandise, suggesting the advance fourth-quarter economic growth estimate could be revised slightly lower. The Commerce Department said on Tuesday wholesale inventories dipped 0.1 percent. November inventories were revised down to show a 0.4 percent drop instead of the previously reported 0.3 percent decline.




Google CEO Pichai receives stock grant worth about $199 million

Letters spell the word "Alphabet" as they are seen on a computer screen with a Google search page in this photo illustration taken in Paris(Reuters) - Google Chief Executive Sundar Pichai received restricted stock worth about $199 million, according to a regulatory filing by Google parent company Alphabet Inc . Pichai, who took over in August, received a grant for 273,328 Class C Google stock units on Feb. 3. The valuation is based on the stock's closing price on that date. On the same day, Pichai sold 375 Class A common shares at a price of $786.28 each, and 3,625 Class C capital stock at a price of $768.84 each, the filing said. (http://1.usa.gov/1PhAHCI). ...




Goldman CEO eyes more cost cuts amid global growth concerns

Goldman Sachs Chairman and CEO, Lloyd Blankfein, waits to speak at the 10,000 Women/State Department Entrepreneurship Program at the State Department in WashingtonGoldman Sachs Group Inc's chief executive officer signaled the U.S. bank could cut costs yet again as market turmoil, declining oil prices and concerns about Germany’s Deutsche Bank AG have cratered the sector's shares this year. "We can absolutely do a lot more on the cost side if we have to, especially now, when you have to deliver a return," CEO Lloyd Blankfein said on Tuesday while speaking at the Credit Suisse financial services forum in Miami. "We take a particular and energetic look at continued cost cuts when revenues are stalled ... Necessity is the mother of invention." Goldman, like its Wall Street peers, is grappling with low interest rates and strict regulations that have curbed profits in areas like fixed income trading.




IEA sees global oil glut worsening, OPEC deal unlikely

A service truck drives past an oil well on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in North DakotaBy Dmitry Zhdannikov LONDON (Reuters) - The world will store unwanted oil for most of 2016 as declines in U.S. output take time and OPEC is unlikely to cut a deal with other producers to reduce ballooning output, the International Energy Agency said. The agency, which coordinates energy policies of industrialised countries, said that while it did not believe oil prices could follow some of the most extreme forecasts and fall to as low as $10 per barrel, it was equally hard to see how they could rise significantly from current levels. The Paris-based IEA trimmed its forecast for 2016 oil demand growth, which now stands at 1.17 million barrels per day (bpd) following a five-year high of 1.6 million in 2015.




Facebook's India stumble could embolden other regulators

A motorist rides past a billboard displaying Facebook's Free Basics initiative in Mumbai, IndiaBy Jeremy Wagstaff and Himank Sharma SINGAPORE/MUMBAI (Reuters) - India's decision to effectively ban Facebook's pared-back free Internet service is a major blow to the social network's plans, and may prompt other regulators to demand equal online access for their users. Facebook will have to reconsider its approach in the light of India's new rules preventing Internet service providers from having different pricing policies for accessing different parts of the Web, analysts said. "This is a major setback for Facebook," said Naveen Menon, lead analyst at A.T. Kearney in Singapore.




Obama to lay out 2017 spending priorities in final White House budget

U.S. President Obama answers a reporter's question after delivering a statement on the economy in the press briefing room at the White House in WashingtonU.S. President Barack Obama unveils his final White House budget on Tuesday with a blueprint for fiscal year 2017 that will lay out his spending proposals for priorities from fighting Islamic State to providing for the poor. "That document ... will be President Obama's final vision of how he lays out the fiscal future for the country," said Joel Friedman, vice president for federal fiscal policy at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. Congress can advance elements of the budget without endorsing the entire proposal, which is likely to call for roughly $4 trillion in total spending, in line with Obama's $3.99 trillion proposal for fiscal year 2016.




Corporate winners of Obama budget still face long odds

Copies of President Barack Obama's proposed 2016 budget are displayed for sale at the Government Printing Office in WashingtonBy Lewis Krauskopf NEW YORK (Reuters) - Facing a hostile Congress in an election year, President Barack Obama will be hard-pressed to push through many of the proposals in his final budget as U.S. leader. Added funding could benefit suppliers such as Delphi Automotive, Autoliv and Mobileye, which are developing safety features for autonomously driven cars, and Lear, which makes electrical power systems, according to Brian Sponheimer, analyst at Gabelli & Co. "The market discounts that any proposals by this administration will be if not ignored, then outright put down," Sponheimer said. "There clearly is upside if it passes, but there is a very healthy skepticism that that is likely to take place." Obama's plan to fund an overhaul of the nation's infrastructure through a $10-a-barrel tax on crude oil could also boost engineering and construction firms such as Granite Construction said Morris Ajzenman, an analyst at Griffin Securities.





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Taylor Swift leads iHeartRadio Award nominations

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