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Kellyanne Conway Defends Trump's Attack Against Nordstrom -- By Advertising Ivanka's Products

"I’m going to give a free commercial here. Go buy it today, everybody."<p>White House senior adviser Kellyanne Conway defended President Donald Trump attacking Nordstrom for dropping his daughter’s fashion line, telling Americans on Thursday to “go buy Ivanka’s stuff.”<p>Trump had gone after Nordstrom …

Jeff Sessions Confirmed As Attorney General

The vote broke down mostly along party lines.<p>WASHINGTON ― More than 30 years after concerns about his views on race derailed his judicial nomination, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) was confirmed as the 84th attorney general of the United States on Wednesday.<p>The vote broke down mostly on party lines, …

Anthem-Cigna health insurance merger is rejected by judge

Predicting diminished competition and likely higher costs, a federal judge has rejected Anthem Inc.'s bid to buy rival health insurer Cigna Corp.<p>U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson said Wednesday that the merger would significantly reduce competition in the already concentrated insurance market, …

Romanian justice minister resigns after angry anti-corruption protests

Plan to decriminalise offences and issue jail pardons prompted hundreds of thousands of Romanians to take to the streets<p>Romania’s justice minister has resigned following the largest street protests in the country since the fall of communism in 1989.<p>Florin Iordache was one of the architects of an …

Jeff Bezos says he dances into the office if he gets to work on the Echo, and has one in every room of his house — including bathrooms

In a new interview with Billboard, Bezos said that he will "dance into work if I have Echo and Alexa meetings on my schedule that day," and revealed that at his house, every single room has its own Echo.<p>Here's how Bezos described his Echo situation:<p>"I have slowly but relentlessly added an Echo or …

Jeff Bezos

Mike Tirico is taking over for Bob Costas as NBC's Olympics host

NBC's longtime Olympics host Bob Costas is handing the torch to Mike Tirico for the 2018 Winter Games, the network announced Thursday.<p>Tirico will debut as the prime-time host for the network with the 2018 Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, ending a run for Costas that began in 1992.<p>Costas, 64, said …

San Francisco is actually one of the worst-paying places in the US

Software engineers are among the highest-paid workers in the US: the average salary for a Silicon Valley developer is around $120,000, about three times the median wage in the rest of the country. (This is how good it is in this particular sector of the US economy: even summer interns in Silicon …

Silicon Valley

Miami Marlins Claim To Have $1.6 Billion Handshake Agreement For Team

Two sources who spoke on the condition of anonymity said that Miami Marlins president David Samson has said that there is a $1.6 billion “handshake agreement” for the MLB team. Jeffrey Loria paid $158 million for the baseball team in 2002.<p>In December, I wrote that Loria was looking for $1.7 billion …

Gaga for Gigi Hadid as Fashion Treks to L.A. for Tommy Hilfiger

“Does this mean they’re official?” asked a passerby as Anwar Hadid, the rising model and younger brother of Gigi and Bella, walked in hand-in-hand with Nicola Peltz.<p>“They were Instagram official, like, two weeks ago,” said another. “I guess they’re now officially official.” Well, there you go.<p>All …

Twitter only grew by two million users during Trump mania — Facebook grew by 72 million

The U.S. election spectacle didn’t drive an uptick in Twitter signups — growth actually slowed.<p>The spectacle of the U.S. presidential election — and Donald Trump mania, specifically — was Twitter’s best material in years, and made the service a crucial source for direct news.<p>But as Twitter reported …

Social Media

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley's Red Carpet Style

In Anthony Vaccarello, 2016<p>Huntington-Whiteley celebrated the boutique opening of Nirav Modi in a racy black lace corset, lace-up wide-leg pants, and …

Women's Fashion

The 4 Types Of Constitutional Crises

And which ones are most likely to come up during Trump’s presidency.<p>People have been talking about the possibility of a “constitutional crisis” since …

Great Depression

Microsoft’s Cortana can now create reminders from your emails

In the battle of the virtual assistants, Microsoft’s Cortana just scored. The company today is rolling out new functionality that will allow the assistant to remind you about things you haven’t explicitly told her to track. Specifically, Cortana will now be able to help you remember items you’ve …

Cortana

President Trump Is 'on Track' to Support Privatizing Air Traffic Control

President Donald Trump told airline and airport executives Thursday that he supports privatizing America’s air traffic control system, according to a …

2017 NFL Free Agents: Best Landing Spots for Top Available Players

Early assessments of the free-agent market come with equal doses of educated guessing and logical dot-connecting.<p>That's how it feels when you're the one trying to draw the lines between player and team, doing it while assessing needs and keeping the delicate salary-cap balance in mind.<p>The feeling …

Wells Fargo poised to wipe out CEO's bonus

The bonuses of Wells Fargo's topmost executives are on the chopping block as the bank continues to dig out from its fake account scandal.<p>Wells Fargo's board of directors is expected to soon decide to eliminate annual bonuses for CEO Tim Sloan, Chief Financial Officer John Shrewsberry and other …

Twitter falls as revenue growth slows to 1 percent

Twitter reported quarterly revenue that fell short of estimates after the struggling social-media company restructured its advertising sales force and pared staff. The shares tumbled.<p>Fourth-quarter revenue was $717 million, missing the $740 million average analyst estimate, according to data …