Toys R Us Plans Bankruptcy Filing Amid Debt Struggle

October 9, 2017

Amazon.com Inc. Filing for bankruptcy would allow Toys “R” Us to restructure $400 million in debt that comes due next year, potentially letting the chain rebuild as a leaner organization. The retailer has hired a claims agent, which typically helps with administering such a process, people with knowledge of the situation said last week. And its vendors have been curtailing shipments amid concern that Toys “R” Us might not be able…

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Cruise Lines Send Ships to Caribbean on Hurricane Rescue Mission

October 3, 2017

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. are sending some of their empty ships to the Caribbean to help evacuate stranded tourists and bring much-needed supplies to islands severely damaged by Hurricane Irma. Norwegian expects to pick up 2,000 travelers unable to leave the island of St. Thomas prior to the storm. Its ship, Norwegian Sky, which normally cruises between Miami and the Bahamas, is sailing from its present location off the…

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Clean Energy Is Approaching a Tipping Point

October 2, 2017

The cost of renewables is plunging faster than forecasters anticipated just a few years ago as as technologies like gigantic wind turbines arrive on the market. That’s the conclusion of Bloomberg New Energy Finance, whose founder Michael Liebreich estimated that clean energy will reap 86 percent of the $10.2 trillion likely to be invested in power generation by 2040. In a presentation to the research group’s conference in London on…

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China’s Fossil Fuel Deadline Shifts Focus to Electric Car Race

October 2, 2017

China will set a deadline for automakers to end sales of fossil-fuel-powered vehicles, becoming the biggest market to do so in a move that will accelerate the push into the electric car market led by companies including BYD Co. and BAIC Motor Corp. Xin Guobin, the vice minister of industry and information technology, said the government is working with other regulators on a timetable to end production and sales. The…

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Toys R Us Collapses Into Bankruptcy Thanks to Crushing Debt

September 29, 2017

The filing is the latest blow to a brick-and-mortar retail industry, which has seen a string of bankruptcies from Payless Inc. and Gymboree Corp. to Perfumania Holdings Inc. Chains are reeling from store closures, sluggish mall traffic and the gravitational pull of Amazon.com Inc.’s lower costs and global home delivery. More than 10 percent of U.S. retail space, or nearly 1 billion square feet, may need to close, convert to…

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Bitcoin Tumbles as PBOC Declares Initial Coin Offerings Illegal

September 28, 2017

Bitcoin tumbled the most since July after China’s central bank said initial coin offerings are illegal and asked all related fundraising activity to be halted immediately, issuing the strongest regulatory challenge so far to the burgeoning market for digital token sales. The Read more: The Chinese ICO crackdown — a Gadfly column ICOs are digital token sales that have seen unchecked growth over the past year, raising threat to their reign….

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Equifaxs Hacking Nightmare Gets Even Worse For Victims

After Equifax Inc. revealed that sensitive data on two of every five Americans was exposed in a cyberattack, thousands logged onto a company website to see if they were at risk. For many, the site didn’t work at first. But for those who got through, a nasty surprise was waiting. If your data had been stolen, Equifax offered a free year of credit monitoring known as “TrustedID Premier.” But some fine…

September 13, 2017
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The New Mercedes-Maybach Concept Is a 20-Foot-Long Convertible

Tonight, at a private estate on Pebble Beach Golf Course in Carmel, Calif., Mercedes-Benz unveiled its latest concept car: the Mercedes-Maybach Vision 6 Cabriolet. Like the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 concept that the company unveiled prior to the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance last year, the Maybach 6 Cabriolet is an electric car that’s nearly 20 feet long, has a drive system that gets 750 horsepower, and has a range of more than 200…

September 1, 2017
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Guam residents stoic in the face of North Korean missile threat

Hagatna, Guam (CNN)It’s the tiny island in the eye of a geopolitical storm. The country’s military leaders are finalizing a plan to present to Kim Jong Un in mid-August to fire four intermediate-range Hwasong-12 missiles over Japan to land less than 25 miles (40 kilometers) from the Guam, stated media reported Thursday. The tiny Pacific island, the largest in the Marianas group, is home to two significant US military bases….

August 10, 2017
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Robocraft – Still Flying at 30% Health – Build and Gameplay

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July 3, 2017
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Boxing legend Manny Pacquiao loses title to Australian underdog Jeff Horn

(CNN)Manny Pacquiao has lost his WBO Welterweight title to a relative unknown in a shock defeat for the Philippines boxing hero. However, it wasn’t long before social media shot back with allegations the judges got it wrong. Three-time world heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis disputed the result on Twitter: “This is what’s wrong with boxing. Horn was very game but I’m hard pressed to see how he could have won that…

July 2, 2017
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Constance Zimmer loves when ‘UnREAL’ gets real

(CNN)There’s not much in the world of “UnREAL” that fazes the unflappable power producer Quinn, played by Constance Zimmer. “She’s almost too bright,” Zimmer teased to CNN in a recent sit-down. “She’s constantly keeping Quinn and Rachel on their toes, which gets them off-kilter in a way that is so surprising, especially playing a character like Quinn, who does not get knocked off her heels very often, and when she…

July 1, 2017
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Callan: The problem with Mika and Joe’s Trump allegation

(CNN)As most Americans begin a particularly lengthy Fourth of July holiday weekend, television screens, and virtually all the media are focused on the burning questions: “Did Mika really have a face-lift?” and “Did Trump really tweet that?” In Mika Brzezinski’s case, however,the answer is being seriously discussed as possibly having a bearing on whether the President of the United States has committed an act of possible criminal blackmail and/or extortion…

July 1, 2017
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Delegitimizing his presidency, one tweet at a time

Washington (CNN)It marked a rare presidential moment on a most un-presidential day — Donald Trump stood at a podium flanked by flags as “Stars and Stripes Forever” rang out, after delivering a speech on energy. The controversy was yet another reminder, a few days ahead of America’s birthday, that Trump is a leader like no other in the nation’s 241-year history, who plans to stay true to himself and is…

June 30, 2017
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Trump and Modi reaffirm Indian-US relations with a hug

(CNN)The first face-to-face meeting between US President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was sealed with a bear hug Monday, as the two leaders looked to publicly underscore their new found friendship. Declaring the meeting a success, Trump went on to describe the relationship between India and the United States as having “never been stronger, has never been better.” Trump: We are world leaders in social media

June 27, 2017
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Hong Kong handover: The protest symbols China’s scared of

Hong Kong (CNN)When Hong Kong was handed over to China in 1997 after more than 150 years of British rule, the Bauhinia flower was chosen as the symbol of the new Chinese special administrative region. How Hong Kong has changed What China’s scared of China’s Xi Jinping to make first visit Carrie Lam: Not appropriate to challenge China Secret negotiations sealed city’s fate The protesters were led by Joshua Wong,…

June 26, 2017
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‘Harry Potter’ turns 20

(CNN)Believe it or not, the world almost missed out on Harry Potter. Rowling once told fans that she couldn’t even get books published under the pseudonym of Robert Galbraith, which she used for some thrillers she wrote.

June 26, 2017
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Whaling’s ‘uncomfortable’ scientific legacy – BBC News

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionRichard Sabin: “We actively use this data for marine conservation purposes now” It’s a curious thing to see a group of early whale foetuses up close – to see beings so small that have the potential to become so big. But what really strikes you, especially in those initial developmental stages, is how familiar the forms look. How like an early human…

June 26, 2017
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Archbishop tells PM to ‘draw the poison from Brexit’ – BBC News

But he said that would be a “disaster”, as British negotiators would not have “confidence in their backing from the UK”. Brexit: All you need to know Free trade deals for ‘poorest countries’ May unveils Brexit offer for EU citizens He claimed a commission, with parties from the whole political spectrum, could “hold the ring for the differences [in opinion] to be fought out”. He said it should be under…

June 25, 2017
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Hill figures: The stories behind the scars on England’s skin – BBC News

Image copyright National Trust Image caption Is it a horse or a dragon? It is said that when King Arthur awakes the hill figure will rise up and dance The Uffington Horse, in the Berkshire Downs, is considered the oldest hill figure of them all. Carved in the Iron Age, there has been an unbroken chain of people caring for this prehistoric monument for the past 3,000 years. Image copyright…

June 24, 2017
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Saving the twins: Health scares and rehab for once-conjoined boys

Valhalla, New York (CNN)Nicole McDonald eases her silver minivan across Bear Mountain Bridge and hooks a right onto the steep two-lane highway. Nicole makes this trip every day from her home in upstate New York to see her twin sons, Jadon and Anias. The 21-month-old boys are at Blythedale Children’s Hospital 40 miles to the south, where they’ve been undergoing rehabilitation since mid-December. The twins, born joined at the head,…

June 23, 2017
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Record Numbers of Venezuelans Seek Asylum In the U.S. Amid Political Chaos

Some 8,300 Venezuelans applied for U.S. asylum in the first three months of 2017, which, as the Associated Press points out, puts the country on track to nearly double its record 18,155 requests last year. Around one in every five U.S. applicants this fiscal year is Venezuelan, making Venezuela Americas leading source of asylum claimants for the first time, surpassing countries likeChina and Mexico. Traditionally we have seen a direct…

June 23, 2017
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Advertisers Are Actually Teaming Up To Fight Sexism. For Real.

Yes, sex sells. But sexism, increasingly, seems less and less marketable. The latest sign: On Thursday, some of the worlds largest companies and advertising agencies will announce a new initiative to banish gender stereotypes from advertising. The Unstereotype Alliance, which will be launched at Cannes Lions, an industry conference in France, is a partnership between U.N. Women and several major global companies, including Johnson & Johnson, Procter & Gamble, Mattel…

June 20, 2017
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Jews, Christians and Muslims make holy ground in America’s heartland

Omaha, Nebraska (CNN)When most people think of Omaha, they imagine sizzling steaks, billionaire Warren Buffet or even former NFL quarterback Peyton Manning calling out before the snap. (Remember “Omaha-Omaha”?). A rabbi, a reverend and an imam (no, it’s not a setup joke) are partners in a decadelong quest to bring together the three Abrahamic faiths — Judaism, Christianity and Islam — to share and worship on the same property.

June 20, 2017
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