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Justifying the Bears Trade for Mitchell Trubisky
- May 02, 2017

That couldn't have been more wrong. In March, the Bears signed Mike Glennon to be their starting quarterback for at least 2017. True, the Bears need help at QB. He insisted he couldn't afford to wait. Lynch confirmed the 49ers had other offers. The 6-foot-2, 222-pound Trubisky had little contact with the Bears leading up to the draft. (more...)
Valtteri Bottas wins his first Formula One Grand Prix
- May 02, 2017

Vettel piled on the pressure late, but Bottas kept his cool to become the third different victor from the opening four races of the 2017 campaign. I defended the inside, but at the time we approached braking, he was already in front and able to shut the door on me. (more...)
Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD), SYNCHRONY FINANCIAL (SYF)
- May 01, 2017

The biggest holder now is Dr. Lisa T. Su who owns 1,517,040 shares (0.16% of those outstanding), whilst Mr. Mark D. Papermaster holds 840,092 (0.09% of shares outstanding) and Mr. Advanced Micro Devices (NASDAQ: AMD ) last released its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, January 31st. Advanced Energy Industries reported adjusted earnings of $1.04 a share on revenue of $149.4 million for the first quarter, compared with 56 cents and $103.04 million in the year-ago period. (more...)
Why Neil Gaiman Fought Against a Blowjob in 'American Gods' Why Neil Gaiman Fought Against a Blowjob in 'American Gods'
- May 01, 2017

Leprechauns exist, for another. And though the coin tricks that helped Shadow pass the time in prison are an illusion, some tricks may be real after all . "The Bone Orchard" has laid a solid foundation and has a bitter mix of betrayal, war, action, sex, emotion, science fiction and self-reflection. "He knew it resisted adaptation in some ways, and he said something early on that stuck with me about how the punctuation in this novel can be a guideline because things can happen between it". (more...)
STA Wealth Management LLC Increases Position in Apple Inc. (AAPL)
- May 01, 2017

St. Johns Investment Management Company LLC raised its position in Apple by 2.9% in the third quarter. BTIM Corp. boosted its stake in Apple by 1.6% in the third quarter. Apple's dividend payout ratio (DPR) is now 27.31%. AAPL has been the topic of several recent analyst reports. Vetr raised Apple from a "buy" rating to a "strong-buy" rating and set a $133.51 target price for the company in a report on Tuesday, January 10th. (more...)
GDP growth decelerates in new Q1 estimate GDP growth decelerates in new Q1 estimate
- May 01, 2017

In recent years, the first quarter performed poorly, due to a variety of reasons, including the government having problems adjusting its figures for seasonal changes, according to AP. Consumer spending, which accounts for about 70 percent of the US economy, increased only 0.3 percent in the quarter, the smallest increase since the fourth quarter of 2009. (more...)
Alphabet reports $24.75 billion in Q1 revenues, beating expectations
- May 01, 2017

The company's headcount stood at 73,992 as of the end of March, up 15% from the year prior; the most sizable increase in employees was in the Google Cloud division, Porat said. "That is quite an impressive achievement". Elsewhere, first quarter results from Amazon also beat expectations, with sales up 23% to $35.7bn (£27.7bn) and profit climbing 41% to $724m (£561m). (more...)
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai announces blue print to reverse net neutrality rules FCC Chairman Ajit Pai announces blue print to reverse net neutrality rules
- May 01, 2017

The current rules, brought about by the FCC in February 2015, prevent service providers from blocking lawful content, slowing down the internet speed and favoring particular types of content by charging fee. But Pai's idea to rely on corporate promises is too weak to be effective by itself, according to Mignon Clyburn, the FCC's lone Democrat, and Terrell McSweeny, the top Democrat at the Federal Trade Commission. (more...)
Airbnb Goes to the Mattresses Against Governor Cuomo's Short-Term Rental Restrictions Airbnb Goes to the Mattresses Against Governor Cuomo's Short-Term Rental Restrictions
- May 01, 2017

Short-term rentals have generated controversy in San Francisco over worries that they give property owners an incentive to displace long-term tenants for higher profits. There will be a monthly list of San Francisco listings so the city can verify whether a host has registered. Registration numbers from that office - or at least proof of a pending application - will be required for all San Francisco listings. (more...)
May brushes off EU calls to settle Brexit divorce bill first May brushes off EU calls to settle Brexit divorce bill first
- May 01, 2017

Her comments were partly in response to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who said Britain has "illusions" about the talks. Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy insisted he has "no red lines" on Gibraltar, a rocky outcrop in southern Spain that has been a British territory for 300 years. (more...)
Marking Trump's 100th Day, Thousands In Boston Call For Climate Change Action Marking Trump's 100th Day, Thousands In Boston Call For Climate Change Action
- May 01, 2017

Research indicates that natural causes do not explain most observed warming, especially warming since the mid-20th century. So, if you want to visit the EPA's climate change website, you will now be redirected instead to a page that says, " this page is being updated ", and, more sinister yet, "we are currently updating our website to reflect EPA's priorities under the leadership of President Trump and Administrator Pruitt". (more...)
Predators take 2-1 series lead, beating St. Louis Blues 3-1
- May 01, 2017

Louis. Another defenseman, Ryan Ellis initiated scoring in Game 3 three seconds after a failed power play with a one-timer from 36 feet out at 10:34 of the first period. It snapped a streak of 63 consecutive scoreless power plays in the playoffs for Tarasenko, dating back to last season's first round series against the Blackhawks. (more...)
Congress OKs short-term bill to avert shutdown
- May 01, 2017

The idea of sticking in wall funding first and putting in restrictions on Planned Parenthood, and a variety of other provisions that have nothing to do with direct spending measures do tend to delay this. House Democrats on Thursday threatened a government shutdown if Republicans proceeded with a rushed vote on a revised Obamacare repeal and replacement bill but House GOP leaders backed off after failing to gain sufficient support for the legislation among more moderate members of their ... (more...)
Lessons We Learned From United Airlines Lessons We Learned From United Airlines
- May 01, 2017

Furfey said she was then on her way to Newark Airport to pickup her husband and daughter, who were returning from a family trip in Mexico, when the Port Authority called her, the People magazine wrote. Dao, a Kentucky physician, suffered a concussion, a broken nose, lost two front teeth and needs facial reconstruction, his attorney said. On April 9, Dao, 69, was one of four passengers asked to leave an oversold Louisville-bound flight from Chicago's O'Hare International Airport so airline ... (more...)
Trump signs executive actions to review tax regulations, roll back Dodd-Frank Trump signs executive actions to review tax regulations, roll back Dodd-Frank
- May 01, 2017

U.S. President Donald Trump ordered the Treasury Department on Friday to examine two powers given to regulators to police large financial companies following the 2008 financial crisis, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said. However, Mnuchin emphasized that he anticipates the tax system will be changed in 2017. Mnuchin said that the tax plan would pay for itself when viewed through a "dynamic scoring" analysis, which accounts for the increased tax revenues that would be produced by higher ... (more...)
United Airlines Provides 'Amicable Settlement' For Dao Incident
- May 01, 2017

One of the bill's sponsors, Senator Maggie Hassan, said: "The horrifying incident on United Flight 3411 made clear that we need stronger consumer protections for the flying public. After no one volunteered to leave the flight in order to make room for commuting employees, the company randomly selected passenger Dr. David Dao to be removed with compensation. (more...)
Spending deal gives millions to NYPD for protecting Trump and family Spending deal gives millions to NYPD for protecting Trump and family
- May 01, 2017

The city received $7 million for Trump security from the stop-gap spending plan passed previous year, despite having asked for $35 million.de Blasio and NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill continued to push for further funding, despite revising the figure for the interstice between November and January down to $25.7 million. (more...)
OPEC chief says producers seek market stability
- May 01, 2017

However, that level was still near a record high. Traders said that the rising US crude production posed a concern that the oil supply overhang would continue, while the jump in gasoline stocks implied a stutter in demand. US inventories of 532 million barrels remained near all-time records reached in March. "A build to gasoline inventories is tilted a little bearish, although a build of 2.5 million barrels on the Gulf Coast was in response to higher refining activity", said Matt Smith, ... (more...)
Trump Was 'Psyched' To Nix NAFTA But Was Persuaded To Reconsider Trump Was 'Psyched' To Nix NAFTA But Was Persuaded To Reconsider
- May 01, 2017

I like both of these gentlemen very much. He expressed that, yes, he was very much thinking about cancelling. "Relationships are good - deal very possible!" CBC said that as he sat in the Oval Office, he wanted to make sure it was a "fair deal" meaning that American workers would benefit from the renegotiations; otherwise, he would continue forward with a plan to terminate NAFTA . (more...)
Bill O'Reilly reacts to leaving Fox News; still denies harassment claims Bill O'Reilly reacts to leaving Fox News; still denies harassment claims
- May 01, 2017

Calling the situation "disheartening", O'Reilly barely acknowledged the severe accusations against him, dismissing them as "unfounded claims". Despite the scandal, O'Reilly continued to attract viewers. Powers said that after the incident she went to O'Reilly's executive producer and said, "He needs to apologize and he needs to never do that again, or I am not doing his show anymore". (more...)