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Fantastic photo of the B-2 stealth bomber flying over the Rose Bowl

As already reported, on Jan. 1, 2016, a B-2 Spirit belonging to the 509th Bomb Wing from Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, opened the 102nd Rose Bowl Game between the Big Ten Conference West Division champion Iowa Hawkeyes and the Pac-12 Conference champion Stanford Cardinal, at the Rose Bowl …

Stealth Aircraft

UK warns of 'dangerous cocktail' of economic threats

LONDON (AP) — Britain's Treasury chief warned Thursday of a "dangerous cocktail" of new threats to the economy, insisting that the country's robust growth is not immune to troubles from abroad.<p>A somber George Osborne used a speech in Wales to underscore his fears about what he described as …

Globalization

Audi is cranking up deliveries of electric cars

Audi is developing battery packs in-house while forging "tight relationships" with leading battery makers to underpin "a lasting and sustainable strategic shift," Audi's U.S. chief Scott Keogh said at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.<p>Audi, the flagship brand of German carmaker …

Electric Vehicles

Nikkei Tumbles to More Than 3-Month Low

Japanese stocks tumbled on Thursday for a fourth day after China's central bank weakened the yuan - sparking a sharp strengthening of the yen and rattling investors already on edge over geopolitical tensions.<p>The Nikkei share average tumbled 2.3 percent to 17,767.34, the lowest closing level since …

Gold futures score five session gains in a row

Gold futures rallied on Thursday for a fifth session in a row, as global-market and geopolitical turmoil triggered more safe-haven buying.<p>The …

Stock Markets

Naspers says can cope with Netflix challenge in South Africa | Reuters

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Naspers, the largest listed company in Africa, said it was not worried about Netflix’s arrival in South Africa, adding it believed the market for video on demand was large enough to accommodate more players.<p>An USB key with the logo of Netflix, the American provider of …

South Africa

Uber's First Casualty? San Francisco's Largest Taxi Company Filing For Bankruptcy

If San Francisco is any sign, taxi cabs around the world are in danger.<p>The city’s largest taxi company, Yellow Cab Co-Op, said that it will file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in a December letter to shareholders obtained by the San Francisco Examiner. While regular taxi operations will continue, the …

San Francisco

Mercedes Turns its New E-Class Into a Self-Driving Test Car

The self-driving cars being tested by Google and automakers like Ford and Nissan are easy to spot. Just look for a car—or in Google’s case a gumdrop …

Autonomous Cars

Report: Uber to Pay $20,000 Fine and Update Privacy Policies

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>After a 14-month long investigation, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is expected to announce on Thursday a settlement involving ride-hailing app Uber’s privacy practices, according to a report from <i>BuzzFeed</i>.<p>The inquiry began …

Privacy

Amazon has officially won the multibillion-dollar self-publishing market

Penguin Random House, the largest book publisher in the world, is chopping off its self-publishing arm. The company said Tuesday (Jan. 5) that it has sold Author Solutions—the self-publishing author-tools platform that it bought in 2012—to an unnamed affiliate of US private equity firm Najafi …

Self-Publishing

Volkswagen Will Likely Buy Back 115,000 Cars in U.S.

The U.S. Justice Department on Monday sued Volkswagen for violating U.S. environmental laws.<p>German automaker Volkswagen AG assumes it will have to …

EPA

Iran bans import of Saudi Arabia goods

Iranian state television made the announcement Thursday. It said the decision came during an emergency meeting of the Cabinet of President Hassan Rouhani.<p>Annual imports from Saudi Arabia total about $60 million a year and consisted mostly of packing materials and textiles.<p>Saudi Arabia severed ties …

Saudi Arabia

Yahoo could lay off 10% of its workforce, report says

Yahoo is planning to cut at least 10% of its workforce as part of a reorganization aimed at stemming the turmoil at the Internet company, a report says.<p>More than 1,000 employees could be let go as early as this month, unnamed sources told Business Insider.<p>The cuts would be companywide, but Yahoo …

Hammered: Wall Street Drops as China Fears Flare

U.S. equity markets closed a volatile session Thursday in sharply negative territory as fears were re-ignited about slower growth in China, and global currencies. Stocks tracked by the S&P Global Broad Market Index shed $2.3 trillion over the last four days, in what has amounted to the worst ever …

Oil prices hit 12-year low as fears about China grow

Oil prices slumped to a 12-year low on Thursday, as another dramatic fall on China's stock markets stoked fears of slowing demand in the world's second biggest economy.<p>U.S. crude futures dropped more than 5% in early trade to just above $32 per barrel -- the lowest since December 2003 -- before …

Oil

Man in fake explosives vest killed amid high Paris tension

PARIS (AP) — A man wearing a fake explosives vest and wielding a butcher knife was shot to death by police outside a Paris police station Thursday, jolting an already anxious French capital with a new dose of fear as the nation grimly marked a year of terror that started with the newsroom massacre …

Extremism

Pakistan expels Bangladeshi diplomat amid worsening 'spy' row | Reuters

DHAKA (Reuters) - A Bangladeshi diplomat will leave the Pakistani capital of Islamabad on Thursday, officials said, amid a deepening row between the two countries that has also seen a Pakistani diplomat in Dhaka expelled after being accused of spying.<p>Maushumi Rahman, the political counsellor at the …

North Africa

'Travel agency to blame' for Egyptian airstrikes that killed Mexican tourists

Official inquiry into death in September 2015 of eight Mexican tourists and four Egyptians is nearing completion, Mexico’s foreign minister says<p>An official Egyptian investigation into an airstrike on a group of Mexican tourists that killed 12 people has suggested a travel agency they hired was to …

Mexico
Europe
Hong Kong

Gunmen open fire on tourist bus outside Cairo hotel

Gunmen on a motorcycle have attacked a hotel in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, as tourists were boarding a bus parked outside the building, the Interior Ministry said on Thursday, adding that no one was hurt.<p>Thursday's attack took place outside the Three Pyramids Hotel which is situated on a road …

Extremism

Polish president signs bill putting state media under government control

Senior figures in public radio and TV will be appointed and sacked by treasury minister under new law, which has been condemned by rights groups<p>Poland’s president has signed into law a bill handing the conservative government control of state media, despite concern elsewhere in the EU and …

Europe

Air Force radiation 'sniffer' jet may be headed to Korea

<b>(CNN) —</b> A U.S. Air Force radiation "sniffer" jet may soon be flying off the Korean Peninsula to help determine if North Korea's claims of a hydrogen bomb test are true, a U.S. military official says.<p>The White House said Wednesday it was skeptical of North Korea's claim that it successfully …

North Korea

Biden Says He Regrets Not Running for President 'Every Day'

Vice President Joe Biden said he has daily regrets about not running for President, after announcing in October that he would not join the race.<p>“I …

Joe Biden

Clinton: Oregon militia 'should be charged' with trespassing

<b>Las Vegas, Nevada (CNN) —</b> Hillary Clinton said in an interview Wednesday that the militia members who have taken over a small federally owned wildlife refuge in Oregon should "should be charged."<p>Clinton waited day to comment on the issue days after the men, led in part by Ammon Bundy, the son of …

Forests

Merkel promises firm action after 'intolerable' Cologne assaults | Reuters

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel promised to respond decisively to assaults on women in Cologne on New Year’s Eve which have stoked a fierce debate about her refugee policies after police said the attackers appeared to be of foreign origin.<p>German Chancellor Angela Merkel addresses …

North Africa

Iran bans Saudi imports and pilgrimages to Mecca

The feud between Saudi Arabia and Iran is getting more painful.<p>Iran has banned all imports from Saudi Arabia and told Iranians they can't join pilgrimages to its holy cities of Mecca and Medina.<p>The announcement Thursday follows Saudi Arabia's decision to break off diplomatic and economic ties with …

Saudi Arabia