WASHINGTON—A strong economy and a polarizing president have left Americans with mixed feelings about the nation’s course. A majority say 2018 was a good, or at least average, year for the country, but also that the U.S. is on the wrong track. According to a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll, one-third of Americans say the economy will get worse in 2019, the highest level of wariness in five years, the poll found.
December 16, 2018 13:52 UTC
The friendly touches at a luxury hotel aren’t normally expected at a busy Bronx hospital. But that is exactly what Marcello Khattar of Montefiore Health System is trying to do—put a little of the hotel experience into the health-care setting. Mr. Khattar, 36 years old, is a director of patient experience and customer service at Montefiore, a new role. His charge is to make the hospital experience feel a little warmer, easier and more personal. It is not enough for a patient or family member just to have medical needs met,...
December 16, 2018 13:52 UTC
Assassin's Creed Odyssey is a very good game. It's a free game and all you have to do to get it is...play the game! All your progress and anything you purchase during the Project Stream test will transfer over to your copy of the game, so that's also pretty great. I'd like to see how Project Stream works in any case. And free, dear readers, is free.
December 16, 2018 12:56 UTC
U.S. government and industry efforts to prevent accidents between planes and drones are receiving heightened attention in the wake of a possible collision last week between an Aeromexico jetliner and an unmanned aircraft. Days after one of the carrier’s planes touched down in Tijuana with a large dent and an adjoining gash in its nose, investigators and airline officials on both sides of the border still haven’t definitively said whether the cause was hitting a drone, striking a bird or some unrelated structural problem.
The Persian Gulf was poised this year for a financial revolution that never arrived. After Saudi Arabia’s national oil company launched plans for the world’s biggest public offering in early 2016, a wave of energy-related IPOs was supposed to sweep across the region, transforming many traditionally statist oil companies. But the partial privatization of Saudi Arabian Oil Co., better known as Aramco, was put on hold, creating ripple effects across the Gulf.
Amazon.com Inc. has trained people to buy everything from major appliances to daily staples online. Now it is having second thoughts about some of those sales because they don’t make money—and is pushing big brands to change how they use its site. Inside Amazon, the items are known as CRaP, short for “Can’t Realize a Profit.” Think bottled beverages or snack foods. The products tend to be priced at $15 or less, are sold directly by Amazon, and are heavy or bulky and therefore costly to ship—characteristics that make for thin...
Marshals Service added Lester Eubanks to its “15 Most Wanted List” on Dec. 7 in hopes of ending his 45-year stint on the lam. In 1972, Eubanks’ death sentence was commuted to life in prison without the possibility of parole. But it was on Dec. 7, 1973, when Eubanks eventually made his escape, after prison officials took him to a shopping center in Columbus, Ohio. Marshals Service Deputy Director David Anderson said in a statement. Marshals Service Communications Center at 1-800-336-0102.
December 16, 2018 12:33 UTC
Some universities are installing vending machines where students can purchase emergency contraception, an effort to remove barriers to and anxiety surrounding products like Plan B.Barnard College in New York said it would soon install a vending machine, months after Columbia University did. Stanford University, Dartmouth College and a few University of California campuses have added vending machines with Plan B or its generic alternative in recent years. Yale University students have pushed for one, and the student council...
Dividends have been a silver lining for the stock market this year, but investors are grappling with whether they can keep up such a rapid pace of growth. Companies in the S&P 500 have spent nearly $421 billion on dividends through November, a record-setting sum that eclipsed last year’s mark of roughly $391 billion and the full-year tally of $420 billion, according to S&P Dow Jones Indices. More than two dozen companies announced additional dividend increases so far this month, which will push the year’s total even...
WASHINGTON—A partisan battle of wills over the border wall is set to come to a head this week, with Democrats and President Trump entrenched in an impasse and less than a week left to avoid a partial government shutdown. With time dwindling before seven spending bills expire at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, lawmakers had little sense of how they would resolve the long-brewing fight over the border wall, which has become a potent political symbol among both parties.
A woman arrested this week on suspicion of a racially motivated attack on a fellow New York City subway rider has a history of assaulting fellow passengers, reports said. Police said the alleged attack occurred after Lushchinskaya bumped into the victim. "As I was passing her she stuck her arm out and like, side-punched me with her keys in her knuckles," the victim told Gothamist. "Every time I have to get a train, I'm really careful where I'm watching." Lushchinskaya was charged with two counts of misdemeanor assault,” a New York Police Department spokesperson told Gothamist.
December 16, 2018 11:34 UTC
Rocket Lab has successfully launched its fourth rocket, and it was an important one – the company’s first ever mission for NASA. “There’s nothing more special than flying a mission for NASA,” Rocket Lab’s CEO Peter Beck told me ahead of the launch. But Rocket Lab’s Electron rocket, about four times smaller than SpaceX’s Falcon 9, offers an alternative for missions like this to reach orbit. ELaNa-19 isn’t just a milestone for Rocket Lab and NASA, though. For now, it’s another successful launch under the belt for Rocket Lab, who are very quickly making their rocket launches seem routine.
December 16, 2018 10:41 UTC
The Wall Street Journal reported recently that Chinese hackers have compromised sensitive data stored by U.S. Navy contractors a number of times over the past 18 months. As a result, a comprehensive review of the Navy’s cyber vulnerabilities has been ordered by Navy Secretary Richard Spencer. Smaller budget contractors, considered more vulnerable, were the primary target of the attacks, reports the WSJ. Alarmingly, some classified information involving supersonic anti-ship missile technology was also compromised during one of the data breaches targeting the U.S. The avy has not released details on the exact number or frequency of the cyber attacks, but there were reportedly "more than a handful"over the past year and a half.
December 16, 2018 10:30 UTC
At a news conference Friday to draw attention to Cyntoia Brown’s case, several Democrats asked for Gov. Bill Haslam to act before he leaves office next month, the Tennessean reported. CYNTOIA BROWN, SERVING LIFE FOR MURDER, ASKS TENNESSEE PAROLE BOARD FOR CLEMENCY: A LOOK AT HER CASE"Do not kick this decision down the road for Gov.-elect [Bill] Lee," said Sen. Brenda Gilmore. WILL CYNTOIA BROWN BE PAROLED? On Saturday, a few dozen activists marched at Georgia’s state Capitol in Atlanta to urge Haslam to grant Brown clemency, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
December 16, 2018 09:33 UTC
We first heard of some new Granblue Fantasy spin-off games a while back, with the announcement of Granblue Fantasy Project Re:LINK but now it seems we also have a fighting game to look forward to. If you are not familiar with the Granblue Fantasy series, it is a hugely popular gaming franchise in Japan and is one of the biggest mobile games in the region. Split between two games, that of Granblue Fantasy Relink and Granblue Fantasy Versus, developed by Platinum Games and Arc System Works respectively, fans of this series have a lot to look forward to. While Granblue Fantasy Versus is expected to be released sometime in 2019, it’s currently unclear when Granblue Fantasy Relink will be available. For now at least, the world of Granblue Fantasy looks to get a lot more varied and interesting.
December 16, 2018 09:33 UTC