Papa John’s Blames the NFL for Hurting Pizza Sales

November 6, 2017

Papa John’s International Inc. founder John Schnatter is going after NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, saying weak handling of the league’s national-anthem controversy has hammered sales of his pizza. “The NFL has hurt us by not resolving the current debacle to the players’ and owners’ satisfaction,” Schnatter, who serves as the pizza chain’s chairman and chief executive officer, said on a conference call. “NFL leadership has hurt Papa John’s shareholders.” The remarks…

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Americans Are Renouncing Citizenship at a Record Pace

November 6, 2017

In the third quarter of this year, 1,376 Americans renounced their U.S. citizenship, putting the annual tally on track to top 2016’s record, data from the Treasury Department show.  If this year’s fourth quarter mirrors that of 2016, when 2,365 people chose to expatriate, 2017’s annual tally would be 6,813. That’s a 26 percent rise from 2016’s total of 5,411—which was itself a 26 percent jump from 2015. The pace of Americans…

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Latina Equal Pay Day is hereseven months after the first Equal Pay Day

November 4, 2017

Eva Longoria is one of the leading voices on Latina Equal Pay Day.Image: MediaPunch/REX/Shutterstock Seven months ago, women marked Equal Pay Day—the day women had to work until in 2017 to earn what men did in 2016.  The April 4 date was based on an average statistic—80 cents to the dollar—that lumps all women’s earnings together. More than half a year later, Thursday marks Latina Equal Pay Day.  Latina women…

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France Is Running Out of Butter for Its Croissants

November 4, 2017

France’s much-loved croissant au beurre has run up against the forces of global markets. Finding butter for the breakfast staple has become a challenge across France. Soaring global demand and falling supplies have boosted butter prices, and with French supermarkets unwilling to pay more for the dairy product, producers are taking their wares across the border. That has left the French, the world’s biggest per-capita consumers of butter, short of…

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United Airlines passenger booted off plane after interaction with flight staff over Marvel baseball cap

October 31, 2017

The NAACP issued the advisory Tuesday.Image: REX/Shutterstock The NAACP has issued a national travel advisory warning people about flying with American Airlines. In a press release, the social justice organization said it was “alerting travelers — especially African-Americans — to exercise caution, in that booking and boarding flights on American Airlines could subject them to disrespectful, discriminatory or unsafe conditions.” The advisory was dated Oct. 24 and stands “until further…

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Singapore Will Stop Increasing Car Numbers From February 2018

October 30, 2017

Singapore, among the world’s most expensive places to own a vehicle, will stop increasing the total number of cars on its roads next year. The government will cut the annual growth rate for cars and motorcycles to zero from 0.25 percent starting in February, the transport regulator said on Monday. “In view of land constraints and competing needs, there is limited scope for further expansion of the road network," the…

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All measuring cups are wrong

October 30, 2017

Image: Getty Images Apple CEO Tim Cook is already thinking about who might run the company after he’s gone.  And it sounds like he wants options. “I see my role as CEO to prepare as many people as I can to be CEO, and that’s what I’m doing. And then the board makes a decision at that point in time,” Cook said in an interview with BuzzFeed News. Cook gave…

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Hungary Orders Spies to Target Soros Empire

October 30, 2017

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban renewed his assault on George Soros, instructing his intelligence services to map what he described as the networks run by the billionaire financier’s “empire” targeting his country. Intelligence agencies will help evaluate what he sees as efforts by Soros to get Hungary punished by EU institutions pursuing a “mixed-population” continent, Orban said in an interview with Kossuth Radio on Friday. Orban, who is the favorite…

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Saudi Arabia Just Announced Plans to Build a Mega City That Will Cost $500 Billion

October 26, 2017

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman announced plans to build a new city on the Red Sea coast, promising a lifestyle not available in today’s Saudi Arabia as he seeks to remake the kingdom in a time of dwindling resources. The prince said the city project, to be called “NEOM,” will operate independently from the “existing governmental framework” with investors consulted at every step during development. The project will be…

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These ‘Stranger Things’ waffles are super easy to make

October 26, 2017

Image:  sorbetto/Getty images It’s one of business’ most brutal truths. Not to mention one of its most paradoxical. And it happens — in the words of legendary founder Ben Horowitz — “all the time.”  “A founder develops a breakthrough idea and starts a company to build it. The product succeeds, and the company grows. Then … employees start complaining that the CEO is paying too much attention to what the…

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Smartphones Are Killing Americans, But Nobodys Counting

October 24, 2017

Jennifer Smith doesn’t like the term “accident.” It implies too much chance and too little culpability. A “crash” killed her mother in 2008, she insists, when her car was broadsided by another vehicle while on her way to pick up cat food. The other driver, a 20-year-old college student, ran a red light while talking on his mobile phone, a distraction that he immediately admitted Over the past two years,…

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Facebook’s new resume / CV feature could mean competition for LinkedIn

October 23, 2017

Remodel!Image: Shutterstock / g-stockstudio UPDATE: Oct. 17, 2017, 2:17 p.m. EDT Updated with comment from Facebook spokesperson. Facebook may be testing a new Resume / CV feature, according to The Next Web. The update could indicate a larger interest in the job searching and recruiting space, putting Facebook in direct competition with LinkedIn. SEE ALSO: Download this: Why Facebook’s app looks so different Of course, Facebook already lets people share…

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Universal Music Group wants to find the next Spotify before it’s too late

October 23, 2017

MusEDLab Studios, a startup team that completed the NYC Media Lab Combine program's first cohort in 2016.Image: Anne Ruthmann Tuhin Roy is hoping to find the next big thing in music—before it’s too late.  “Not only are we looking for the next Spotify or Pandora or consumer music service, but a lot of the startups we interact with are helping in less visible ways,” said Roy, vice president of new…

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Trump’s New Obamacare Killer to Cost Uncle Sam $194 Billion

October 19, 2017

President Donald Trump is halting some Obamacare subsidies. A big money saver for taxpayers, right? Wrong. The move could actually force the government to dole out almost $200 billion more on health insurance over the next decade. Here’s why: The insurer payouts Trump cut off aren’t the only government funds financing the program. Consumers also can get help with their insurance premiums. When the insurer subsidies are discontinued, those premiums…

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Why it always feels like Facebook is spying on you

October 16, 2017

How much is paranoia and how much is real?Image: christopher mineses/mashable Bipul Lama believes Facebook is spying on him.  And he’s got proof, sort of. Lama performed a test. For two days, all he talked about was Kit-Kats.  “The next day, all I saw on my Instagram and Facebook were Kit-Kat ads,” Lama said.  After his Kit-Kat experiment, he successfully repeated it with chatter about Lysol. The 23-year-old musician is…

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Steel Firm Faked Data for Metal Used in Planes and Cars

October 15, 2017

The industrial scandal engulfing For a Gadfly commentary on the fallout, click here To see the responses from some of Kobe Steel’s clients, click here Kobe Steel materials were used in Hitachi trains exported to the U.K.’s Agility Trains, according to Hitachi spokesman Masataka Morita. The trains haven’t started operation yet. Materials were also used in East Japan Railway Co., Central Japan Railway Co. bullet trains in Japan, he said,…

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Costco has 2-day delivery now, just like Amazon Prime

October 13, 2017

Available for delivery.Image: AP/REX/Shutterstock No longer will you need a pickup truck to successfully shop at Costco.  The big-box store just launched CostcoGrocery, which will provide two-day delivery on dry goods. The two-day window makes it kind of like Amazon Prime—except you can probably get a better deal on a year’s supply of toilet paper. Delivery is free for online orders over $75.  Along with its two-day delivery service, Costco…

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The NFL might ban players from kneeling during the national anthem

October 13, 2017

Image: Getty Images The NFL is totally happy about its players speaking their minds—as long as it doesn’t hurt the NFL.  That’s the gist of the letter sent by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Tuesday, in which he officially announced that the league will be considering a proposal that would prevent players from keeling during the national anthem. “Like many of our fans, we believe that everyone should stand for…

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Netflix subscribers, get ready for a rise in prices

October 12, 2017

Image: Netflix  / http://makeitstranger.com/netflix/ Get ready to pay just a bit more for your Netflix subscription. The streaming video service will be raising prices on its middle and top tier plans in the U.S. starting in November. Subscribers who currently pay for the standard $9.99 service will be charged $10.99. The price of the premium tier will rise from $11.99 to $13.99.  Good news for people on the basic $7.99 plan—that…

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The White House and Equifax Agree: Social Security Numbers Should Go

October 10, 2017

The Trump administration is exploring ways to replace the use of Social Security numbers as the main method of assuring people’s identities in the wake of consumer credit agency Joyce said officials are looking into “what would be a better system” that utilizes the latest technologies, including a “modern cryptographic identifier,” such as public and private keys. according to the Social Security Administration. Supplanting such an ingrained apparatus would not…

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Thaler, Famed for Nudge Theory, Wins Nobel Economics Prize

October 10, 2017

University of Chicago’s Richard H. Thaler, one of the founders of behavioral economics and finance, was awarded the 2017 Nobel Prize in Economics for shedding light on how human weaknesses such as a lack of rationality and self-control can ultimately affect markets. The 72-year-old, co-author of the 2008 best-seller “Nudge,” has “built a bridge between the economic and psychological analyses of individual decision-making,” the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said Monday.  “By exploring…

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Amazon Is Testing Its Own Delivery Service to Rival FedEx and UPS

October 9, 2017

Last year, Amazon introduced Seller Fulfilled Prime, which lets merchants who don’t stow items in Amazon warehouses still have their products listed with the Prime badge, meaning they’ll be delivered within two days. The merchants had to demonstrate they could meet Amazon’s delivery pledge, and many used UPS and FedEx for deliveries. The new service gives Amazon control over those deliveries instead, even if it continues to use third-party couriers….

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‘I’m Going to Die’: Fear Grips Vegas Strip; Gunman Kills 59

October 8, 2017

Las Vegas (AP) — The rapid-fire popping sounded like firecrackers at first, and many in the crowd of 22,000 country music fans didn't understand what was happening when the band stopped playing and singer Jason Aldean hustled off stage. "That's gunshots," a man could be heard saying emphatically on a cellphone video in the nearly half-minute of silence and confusion that followed. A woman pleaded with others: "Get down! Get…

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Inside the Saudi Kings 1,500-Person Entourage in Moscow

October 8, 2017

Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz brought 1,500 people, a golden escalator and his own carpets on his historic, four-day state visit to Russia, a person familiar with the matter said. The 81-year-old leader of the Gulf kingdom exited his plane late Wednesday and stepped out onto the special escalator he travels with. But something went wrong: It malfunctioned halfway down, and he had to walk the rest of the way. A cavalcade of…

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Yahoo now says all 3 billion of its accounts affected by massive hack

October 7, 2017

Image: justin sullivan/Getty Images Yahoo revealed Tuesday that a massive cyberattack it suffered in 2013 was much more widespread than it previously said, according to regulatory filings. The web portal now says all 3 billion Yahoo accounts were compromised in the breach. The company initially said only 1 billion had been hit when it first disclosed the hack last December. SEE ALSO: More than 1 billion Yahoo users hacked in…

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