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The Remodeled Hotel Figueroa Wants to Change the Way You Think About Cocktails

The waves of summer are surely here already, with a week of 80 degree weather and more sunshine on the way. That’s what makes the poolside drinking options at the upcoming <b>Hotel Figueroa</b> in Downtown so tantalizing: You can almost feel the water and the cold cocktail in your hand already. The place …

Ex-acting CIA chief: Trump is making North Korea situation worse

President Donald Trump would be best served to simply ignore the provocations of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, a former acting director of the CIA said Friday, and is “making it worse” by replying with a show of force.<p>Kim has moved his repressive, communist state to the top of the president’s …

37 Ways To Game The Airlines: How To Get Free Flights, Travel Perks And More

This week, I made international news when I put my travel smarts to work and scored $11,000 in American Express gift cards for being bumped off several Delta Air Lines flights with my family. You can read the article about how I did it here. People were amazed, and the story got picked up by …

British Airways

Man dragged off United flight has concussion, will file suit, lawyer says

<b>(CNN) —</b> The passenger forcefully removed from a United Airlines flight this week has a concussion and broken nose, his attorney told reporters Thursday, adding that the 69-year-old physician will file a lawsuit.<p>Already, attorneys have filed a chancery motion asking that all evidence in the case be …

Flying

Trump's stunning u-turns on NATO, China, Russia and Syria

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Within a few hours of extraordinary political shape-shifting, President Donald Trump abandoned stances that were at the bedrock of his establishment-bashing campaign.<p>NATO, he said, is "no longer obsolete."<p>He backed down a threat to brand China a currency manipulator.<p>In another …

Geopolitics

Putin meets with Tillerson in Russia as Syria rift deepens

<b>(CNN) —</b> US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Wednesday that relations with Moscow are at a low point after meetings in Russia that seemed to do little to bridge a deepening diplomatic divide over a chemical attack in Syria.<p>Relations are "at a low point, there is a low level of trust between our …

Middle East

With Trump approval, Pentagon expands warfighting authority

WASHINGTON (AP) — Week by week, country by country, the Pentagon is quietly seizing more control over warfighting decisions, sending hundreds more …

More than 47 million watched Trump's address to Congress

President Donald Trump's first address to Congress brought in more than 47 million viewers, according to Nielsen data.<p>That was lower than the roughly 53 million viewers who tuned in for Obama's first joint address in 2009, but was higher than Obama's last State of the Union which drew 31 million …

Trump furious after court upholds block on travel ban

<b>(CNN) —</b> President Donald Trump's travel ban will remain blocked, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday.<p>The unanimous ruling from a three-judge panel means that citizens of seven majority-Muslim countries will continue to be able to travel to the US, despite Trump's executive order last month.<p>It is …

Donald Trump

Ryan insists Obamacare replacement will pass this year

<b>(CNN) —</b> House Speaker Paul Ryan insisted Tuesday he intends to pass legislation to dismantle Obamacare and replace it with a new system in 2017 despite suggestions by President Donald Trump that such a move might have to wait until next year.<p>"The legislating is going to be done this year," Ryan …

On call with Trump, Italy's leader discusses NATO, migrants

MILAN (AP) — Italy's prime minister emphasized the significance of NATO and outlined a new agreement between Italy and Libya to fight human …

Trump’s Immigration Ban Is Already Harming American Science

Iranian scientists have been a major boon to everything from Mars exploration to Ebola-fighting to advanced mathematics.<p>Samira Asgari had been preparing for the trip for months. She had just earned her Ph.D. from a Swiss university and was ready to start a postdoctoral fellowship at Brigham and …

Trump orders construction of border wall, boosts deportation force

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> President Donald Trump on Wednesday started to reshape US immigration enforcement policies via executive action, taking his first steps toward fulfilling some of the most contentious pledges that defined his campaign -- building a border wall and speeding the deportation of …

The great American McDonald's comeback may be over

McDonald's just reported supersized fourth quarter results and its strongest global growth in five years -- despite the fact that sales in the United States fell from a year ago.<p>The home of the Big Mac is doing extremely well in the U.K., Japan and Latin America. That helped McDonald's post overall …

Trump goes to work

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> "The time for empty talk is over. Now arrives the hour of action."<p>President Donald Trump's blunt declaration during his stark inaugural address now becomes a yardstick to judge his administration's ability to fundamentally reshape America's politics and global posture.<p>The first …

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Donald Trump is sworn in as president, vows to end ‘American carnage’

Donald John Trump was sworn in Friday as the 45th president of the United States, after which he delivered a dark but ambitious speech promising to throw out entrenched Washington elites, end “American carnage” in cities and restore jobs lost to shuttered factories.<p>“Today, we are not merely …

Donald Trump

The most moved-from state in the US is...

<b>(CNN) —</b> Sorry, New Jersey. While parts of you may be lovely, it looks like your residents are the ones most likely to pack up and get out.<p>An annual moving survey from United Van Lines reveals the states where the most people move to, and the states where the most people move from. For 2016, New …

New Jersey

Repealing Obamacare affects everyone

Obamacare touches just about everyone.<p>It's not just for the 20 million people who have health insurance through the individual Obamacare exchanges or Medicaid expansion.<p>Under Obamacare, senior citizens pay less for Medicare coverage and for their prescription drugs. Many Americans have received …

Health Care

The best places to eat at Disney

<b>The INSIDER Summary:</b><p><b>• Disney isn't just about the rides — there are plenty of great food options that shouldn't be missed.</b><b><br>• From Epcot's Biergarten to the Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant, here's how to eat your way through Disney.</b><p>More than 17 million people vacation at Disney World's Magic …

Tom Hardy, Brad Pitt, and Iron Man All Want to Kill Bruce Willis In This Mashup Action Film

It took 53 movies spliced together to make this.<p>Everybody wants to kill Bruce Willis. Brad Pitt wants to kill Bruce Willis. Iron Man wants to kill Bruce Willis. Tom Hardy wants to kill Bruce Willis. Thankfully, Bruce Willis—being Bruce Willis—escapes every single time. And while this might sound …

Amazon Echo murder case amplifies the question of what ‘always on’ really means

Some people have wondered if smart speakers like Amazon’s Echo devices, or its closest contender, the Google Home, are constantly capturing audio data, rather than just listening when the right wake word is uttered. Now a court case is bringing the issue to the fore, and it could potentially show …

Mall mayhem: Fights break out across the US

<b>(CNN) —</b> Massive brawls and food-court fights played out at more than a dozen malls across the country in what proved to be a chaotic day after Christmas.<p>Some of the mayhem was captured on social media. The chaos prevented some shoppers from grabbing clothes off clearance racks and returning …

Law Enforcement

Trump, Putin both seek to boost their nuclear capability

<b>(CNN) —</b> President-elect Donald Trump signaled Thursday that he will look to "strengthen and expand" the US's nuclear capability hours after Russian President Vladimir Putin pledged to enhance his country's nuclear forces.<p>The exchange appeared to raise the prospect of a new arms race between the two …

Russia

New York City has a secret subway line with antique cars — here's what it's like to ride it

The New York City subway system is one of the most fascinating curiosities in a city full of mysteries. Miles of underground track shrouded in darkness, littered with abandoned stations and secret passageways — it's a common object of desire for the urban explorers among us.<p>And, occasionally, New …

Trump nominates Carson to lead U.S. housing, urban policy

President-elect Donald Trump has nominated retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson to run the Department of Housing and Urban Development, an unconventional choice that underscores Trump’s willingness to forgo traditional policy expertise in some Cabinet positions to surround himself with allies.<p>Carson — …

8 times the 'Westworld' TV show referenced the 1973 'Westworld' movie

HBO's "Westworld" may be wrapping up its first season, but if you're still in the mood for humanoid robot mayhem you can check out the original 1973 film the series upon which the series was based. There are actually quite a few similarities between the two and some Easter eggs that were snuck into …

Big data company Palantir quietly raised another $20M in November

Palantir — that $20 billion secretive outfit that provides government, finance, healthcare and other organizations with analytics, security and other data management solutions — has raised another $20 million in funding, according to a new SEC filing.<p>It’s a relatively modest amount for the company. …

Venture Capital

In Trump’s Washington, rival powers and whispers in the president’s ear

The transformation of power in Washington begins at President-elect Donald Trump’s ear.<p>There are the intimates: Stephen K. Bannon, the controversial provocateur and keeper of Trump’s populist, nationalist flame; Jared Kushner, the unquestionably loyal son-in-law who whispers his machinations; and …

Donald Trump

Clinton in emotional post-election speech: 'Coming here tonight wasn't the easiest'

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Hillary Clinton, in her first public speech since last week's crushing presidential loss, admitted making the appearance "wasn't the easiest."<p>But speaking at the Children's Defense Fund's "Beat The Odds" Gala on Wednesday night, Clinton emotionally reflected about the 2016 loss …

Hillary Clinton

The cameras are coming

The danger with toys is that too often they’re not taken seriously.<p>This is the case with Snap’s new Spectacles. Buried deep in the excess of the plastic and PR lies a camera system that tells us a lot about the future of commerce, security and communication.<p>With rumors that Apple could design …