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Fortnite for Android will ditch Google Play Store for Epic’s website

Epic Games CEO cites ‘economic efficiency’ of bypassing Play Store’s 30 percent cut<p>Epic Games announced today that it will not distribute its massively popular game <i>Fortnite</i> on Android through Google’s Play Store marketplace. Instead, the company plans to directly distribute the software to players …

Google Play

FDA joins 22 countries' recall of common heart drug

<b>(CNN) —</b> A common drug used to control blood pressure and help prevent heart failure was announced by the US Food and Drug Administration on Friday, a week after 22 other countries recalled it because the drug contains a chemical that poses a potential cancer risk.<p>Valsartan is off patent and is used …

Valsartan

Meet The “Kratom Warriors” Who Say This Plant Will End The Opioid Epidemic

Is kratom the answer to the opioid crisis — or the start of a new one?<p><b>By the time Courtney True</b> found the Reddit thread about kratom in December 2016, she hadn’t touched an opioid for 48 hours. She was in bad shape — stomach cramps, diarrhea, jitters, hot sweats, cold sweats, and body aches that …

California passes landmark data privacy bill

A data privacy bill in California is just a signature away from becoming law over the strenuous objections of many tech companies that rely on surreptitious data collection for their livelihood. The California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 has passed through the state legislative organs and will now …

China opens up more of its economy to foreign companies

China says it will open up more parts of its vast economy to foreign investment.<p>The Chinese government announced late Thursday that it will loosen or remove restrictions in various industries, including railways, shipping and power grids.<p>Some of the changes had been announced previously, such as in …

China

Ed Sheeran sued for allegedly copying Marvin Gaye hit 'Let's Get It On'

English singer and songwriter Ed Sheeran was sued on Thursday for at least $100 million for allegedly copying large parts of Marvin Gaye's classic "Let's Get It On" for his smash hit "Thinking Out Loud."<p>The lawsuit was filed by a company owned by David Pullman, an investment banker who in 1997 …

Music

Harley-Davidson to Move Some Production From U.S. Because of E.U. Tariffs

WASHINGTON — As President Trump pursues a protectionist trade policy, he has pointed repeatedly to Harley-Davidson, the iconic American motorcycle manufacturer, as a company that will ultimately benefit.<p>Instead, it is getting caught in the crossfire.<p>The Wisconsin company said on Monday it would …

Globalization

Arab states launch biggest assault of Yemen war with attack on main port

ADEN (Reuters) - A Saudi-led alliance of Arab states launched an attack on Yemen's main port city on Wednesday in the largest battle of the Yemen war, aiming to bring the ruling Houthi movement to its knees at the risk of worsening the world's biggest humanitarian crisis.<p>Arab warplanes and warships …

New York attorney general sues Trump Foundation

<b>(CNN) —</b> The New York attorney general on Thursday sued President Donald Trump's charitable foundation along with its directors -- the President, his sons Eric and Donald Jr. and daughter Ivanka -- alleging they violated state and federal charities law.<p>Attorney General Barbara Underwood alleges a …

Donald Trump

Sen. Charles Schumer introduces measure to decriminalize marijuana

The Senate's top Democrat announced Friday that he is introducing legislation to decriminalize marijuana, the first time that a leader of either party in Congress has endorsed a rollback of one of the country's oldest drug laws.<p>Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) in a statement …

Cannabis

California regulators target web ads for illegal pot shops

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Weedmaps is a go-to website for people looking to find a marijuana shop. With a few clicks on a cellphone, customers can find …

Cannabis

What to do if you think an online account has been hacked

Action stations.<p>Being hacked can feel like a personal attack: You go to log into Facebook, or Gmail, or iCloud—and your password doesn't work, leaving you unable to protect your most important online accounts. This worst-case scenario might bring on feelings of nausea and helplessness. Fortunately, …

Information Systems

Google bought Manhattan’s Chelsea Market building for $2.4 billion – TechCrunch

Google has just confirmed its long-rumored purchase of Manhattan’s Chelsea Market building for $2.4 billion — all in all not a bad price, given that a one-bedroom on the West Side is going for around $2.3 billon these days (granted, that’s a rough estimate from someone who lives in Queens).<p>It’s a …

Blake Shelton & Gwen Stefani: How They’ve Kept Their Love ‘Healthy & Happy’ For So Long

After two and a half years of dating, Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani are happier than ever. We’ve got EXCLUSIVE details how they’ve kept growing …

Blake Shelton Rumored To Have Dumped Gwen Stefani, According To ‘In Touch Weekly’

It’s apparently over between Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani, according to the latest round of rumors. Shelton supposedly broke up with Stefani last …

Gwen Stefani

Police release grim photo in hopes they can identify victim of suspected serial killer

Police in Toronto have released the photograph of a deceased man they believe to be the seventh victim of suspected serial killer Bruce McArthur, adding to the grim toll of the case that has set Canada’s biggest city on edge.<p>The city’s police said that they were releasing the photo of the deceased …

Arizona felon indicted for eight murders in Phoenix area

PHOENIX (Reuters) - A convicted Arizona felon has been formally charged with eight counts of first-degree murder over a series of fatal shootings on Phoenix-area streets late last year, court documents showed on Monday. Cleophus Cooksey Jr., 35, was also charged with armed robbery, kidnapping, …

Prisoners ordering 'Deliveroo-style' deliveries of illegal drugs direct to their cells, claims Justice Secretary

Drug smuggling and mobile phones are so prevalent in prison that criminals can order “Deliveroo-style” deliveries of illegal substances direct to their cells, the Justice Secretary has said.<p>David Gauke compared the ease with which people can obtain drugs in prison to the fast food delivery app as …

Emerging Technology

Black politics 2.0: The post-Obama generation is so done with the Democratic Party’s old ways

<b>On a Friday afternoon</b> in late September, dozens of young black political hopefuls gathered at a restaurant in Northwest Washington to talk strategy and shore one another up. Nearby at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's Annual Legislative …

Government

Campaign Legal Center Files Complaint Against Pro-Doug Jones Super PAC

Group says ‘secrecy scheme’ cooked up by Highway 31 threatens to create a new disclosure loophole<p>The watchdog group accused Highway 31 of engaging in …

Wreckage of aircraft carrier, USS Lexington, sunk in WWII found in Pacific

A team led by billionaire Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen says it found the wreck of the USS Lexington, an aircraft carrier that was sunk in 1942’s Battle of the Coral Sea with the loss of more than 200 sailors.<p>In a tweet and an announcement on his website, Allen said the ship had been found Sunday …

Military

The Cuttlefish, a Master of Camouflage, Reveals a New Trick

Consider the cocktail umbrella. Like their larger counterparts, these wee things can be furled and unfurled easily. Once you tire of playing with them, you can lock them into the open position with a little latch before continuing to enjoy your drink.<p>Now imagine you have hundreds of cocktail …

Borneo Lost More Than 100,000 Orangutans From 1999 to 2015

Around half of all orangutans living on the Southeast Asian island of Borneo — nearly 150,000 in all — vanished during a recent 16-year period. The causes included logging, land clearance for agriculture and mining that destroyed their habitats, according to a study in Current Biology released on …

New CRISPR tools can detect infections like HPV, dengue, and Zika

Meet SHERLOCK and DETECTR<p>Scientists are harnessing the same technology behind the powerful gene-editing tool CRISPR to develop cheap devices that can quickly diagnose infections. These systems, described in new research, have the potential to revolutionize how we detect and respond to viruses like …

Trump’s Lawyers Want Him to Refuse an Interview in Russia Inquiry

WASHINGTON — Lawyers for President Trump have advised him against sitting down for a wide-ranging interview with the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, according to four people briefed on the matter, raising the specter of a monthslong court battle over whether the president must answer …

Donald Trump

China's Xiaomi back to top five vendor as global smartphone market shrinks

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi has climbed back into the global top five vendors list as the global market shrunk annually, even if only by a fraction, for the first time in 2017, according to a leading industry tracker.<p>Worldwide smartphone shipment volume in 2017 dipped by …

Samsung

Cisco absorbs BroadSoft

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Stock Markets

Altria Group giving $3,000 bonuses with tax windfall

RICHMOND, Va. — Altria Group, one of the world's largest tobacco and cigarette makers, is giving its employees a $3,000 bonus with a fraction of its windfall from the federal corporate tax cut.<p>The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports the one-time payout to 7,900 non-executive employees totals about $24 …

Income Tax

Republicans, industry shun idea of nationalized 5G network

A Trump administration trial balloon on creating a nationalized 5G wireless network landed with a resounding thud in Washington on Monday as Republicans and Democrats as well as the country's telecom giants rushed to condemn it as unworkable.<p>Reports emerged Sunday night that the administration is …

Harry Styles, Haim and Bill Clinton Honor Fleetwood Mac’s Legacy at MusiCares Tribute

In Lindsey Buckingham’s own words as he and his Fleetwood Mac bandmates accepted MusiCares Person(s) of the Year Award, the band was “a group of …