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Walmart phase-out of store greeters threatens disabled staff

Fri, 03/01/2019 - 12:42

Walmart is in damage-control mode over a plan to phase out store greeters, a shift that closes off an employment niche that had frequently been taken by disabled workers. Supporters of Jay Melton, a Walmart greeter in Marion, North Carolina, who has cerebral palsy, took to the Internet to protest the change. The new role requires "the ability to stand for long periods of time, lift 25-pound parcels, check receipts, write reports and help with product loss investigations," said an online petition.

9 Beverage Stocks to Buy, Sell and Hold

Fri, 03/01/2019 - 12:32

Beverage stocks have a mixed outlook.

March roars in like a lion: Millions to endure coast-to-coast snow, then 'punishing' blast of record cold

Fri, 03/01/2019 - 12:21

March is definitely coming in like a lion over the next few days. A winter storm will spread snow along a 2,500-mile path from California to Maine.

Want to know which cars are the hot sellers? It's getting trickier now

Fri, 03/01/2019 - 12:03

The auto industry reported February new car sales, but GM and Ford did not release results. They report quarterly, and analysts have mixed reactions.

The Best New Products from KBIS 2019

Fri, 03/01/2019 - 11:43

JetBlue asks flyers to wipe their Instagram accounts for chance to win unlimited flights

Fri, 03/01/2019 - 11:39

JetBlue is giving three flyers the chance to win unlimited flights for a whole year − if they delete or archive their Instagram posts.

Tesla debuts $35,000 Model 3, sees loss in first quarter

Fri, 03/01/2019 - 11:37

Tesla Inc said on Thursday it would not be profitable in the first quarter, as it offered for the first time a $35,000 version of its Model 3 sedan and said its global sales would now be online-only, steps designed to increase demand and cut overhead costs for the electric vehicle maker. Chief Executive Elon Musk's warning on profit during a conference call with members of the media, which did not include Reuters, contrasted with Tesla's statements last month that it was expecting a "very small" net profit in the first quarter. Shares of Tesla fell 3.4 percent after hours.

Kroger ban on Visa credit cards: What you need to know

Fri, 03/01/2019 - 11:23

Kroger's expansion of a ban on Visa credit cards could lead to lower prices but also cause shoppers in search of convenience to shop elsewhere.

Tennessee  school apologizes after assignment told students to pretend families own slaves

Fri, 03/01/2019 - 11:15

The assignment given to middle school Williamson County students said: 'Your family owns slaves. Create a list of expectations.'

Robert Kraft, charged with soliciting prostitution, has given away a fortune – including to groups fighting sex trafficking

Fri, 03/01/2019 - 11:04

He gave money to a nonprofit that helps survivors of sex trafficking. He funded a professor who studies the history of forced sex labor.

People are throwing cheese on their children now, and it's kinda great

Fri, 03/01/2019 - 11:01

Throwing cheese on your dog was good, but throwing cheese on a small child might be ... better?Yes, improving upon the dog cheese challenge -- the only good internet challenge I've ever seen -- seems impossible. But people have been throwing cheese on their toddlers and there's a Twitter thread and it's all so delightful. Have you ever seen a crying kid stop crying once there is cheese stuck to their face? It's a testament to the power of dairy products and also the power of surprise.SEE ALSO: 10 weird food combinations people swear byPlease enjoy this perfect series of videos, and may the small child in your life have some cheese on their face soon. Unless the small child in your life wouldn't like that. Then don't do it. These kids, however, seem to really enjoy it. > Thankfully he likes cheese> > -- shelbyjane (@shelbslord) February 28, 2019>> > -- Ruth Ortiz (@Ruthortiz_) February 28, 2019> Ham.> > -- Eddie Bowley (@Eddache_) March 1, 2019> :(> > -- ørlandø (@Orlandonava1204) February 28, 2019> Cheesed my cousin.> > -- Beef Gyro (@TEJAX001) February 28, 2019 WATCH: YouTube bans dangerous pranks

US sanctions six Venezuelan security officials over blocking aid

Fri, 03/01/2019 - 10:47

The United States imposed sanctions Friday on six Venezuelan security officials for obstructing aid that Washington had tried to force in as part of its effort to support the country's opposition leader against President Nicolas Maduro. "We are sanctioning members of Maduro's security forces in response to the reprehensible violence, tragic deaths, and unconscionable torching of food and medicine destined for sick and starving Venezuelans," Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement. The six include Major General Richard Jesus Lopez Vargas, the commander of the Venezuelan National Guard, and Jesus Maria Mantilla Oliveros, commander of a unit tasked by Maduro with reinforcing security on the Brazilian border, the Treasury Department said.

A glance at the scandals that have vexed Israel's Netanyahu

Fri, 03/01/2019 - 10:04

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli attorney general's decision to recommend criminal charges against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a series of graft cases is the latest, and most dramatic, twist in the spiraling saga of legal troubles and scandals that have plagued the leader's three-decade political career.

Citigroup Says ‘More Bad News’ in Mexico Warrants Trader Caution

Fri, 03/01/2019 - 09:48

The bank said it’s becoming increasingly cautious on Latin America’s second-largest economy as prospects for a further slowdown in activity hampers the outlook for corporate profits. Fourth-quarter earnings were 26 percent below estimates, implying that forecasts for 2019 might be too high, Citigroup Research strategist Julio Zamora wrote in a note to clients. It’s “more bad news,” New York-based Zamora said, reiterating a market-weight recommendation for the country’s equities.

Brand new iPads are back down to Black Friday prices, but they’re about to sell out

Fri, 03/01/2019 - 09:20

Look, we're not going to ask how it's even possible that Amazon is selling brand new iPads at discounts of up to $100 right now. We don't want to know. We just want to make sure that all the BGR Deals readers out there are aware that Apple's current-generation iPad tablets are available right now at the same crazy price they were during the Black Friday shopping blitz a few months ago. You can pick up an Apple iPad (Wi-Fi, 128GB) today for $329.99, which is a massive $100 discount compared to what you would pay if you buy one from Apple. If you don't need quite that much storage, pick up an Apple iPad (Wi-Fi, 32GB) with an $80 discount, which drops the price to just $249.99!Here are the key details from the product page: * 9.7-Inch Retina Display * A10 fusion chip * Touch ID Fingerprint Sensor * 8MP back camera and 1.2MP FaceTime HD Front camera * Two speaker Audio * 802.11AC Wi-Fi and LTE cellular data * Up to 10 hours of battery life * Lightning Connector for charging and accessories * iOS 12 with group FaceTime, shared augmented reality experiences, screen time, and more

Make all your dumb devices smart with $7.99 Alexa smart plugs on Amazon

Fri, 03/01/2019 - 08:46

If you're in search of Alexa and Google Assistant enabled smart plugs and you were thinking of spending $20 or $30 on models from a big-name brand, we've got a sale that you'll definitely want to check out before you pull the trigger. For around the same price you can get not one but four Teckin Mini Smart Outlets. A 4-pack is on sale right now on Amazon for just $31.99, which means you're paying just $7.99 per smart plug. That's an unbeatable deal and it might not last much longer.Here are the highlights from the product page: * 【Remote Control】 Control your electrical items via your phone whenever and wherever you are after downloading the FREE APP Smart Life as long as there is a network. Ideal for someone who can not move around very well and needs easy access to turn on/off a device. * 【Voice Control】Compatible with Amazon alexa, Google home assistant and IFTTT, control your home appliances with the smart plug by simply giving voice commands to Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant. No Hub Required, the smart plug SP10 works with any Wi-Fi router without the need for a separate hub or paid subscription service. * 【Schedule & Timer】 Get ready to have a smart home and create customized schedule to automatically turn on and off any home Electronics or appliances such as lamps, Christmas Lighting, coffee maker, etc * 【Set up easily】Simply plug TECKIN mini outlet into an electrical outlet, connect a device to the Smart Plug, and wirelessly control your device using a tablet or phone. A secured 2.4GHz WiFi network is required. * 【Quality Guaranteed】 The Mini Smart Plug features a sleek new design that is FCC approved product. If you encounter any problem or need support, please feel free to contact us through following E-mail or Amazon directly. We offer two years of warranty and replacement services and lifetime technical support services if the plug is defective.

Factbox: India and Pakistan - nuclear arsenals and strategies

Fri, 03/01/2019 - 08:42

Below is a look at their nuclear capabilities: COMPARABLE ARSENALS India has much stronger conventional armed forces than Pakistan, but both countries have comparable nuclear arsenals. Pakistan has 140-150 nuclear warheads compared to India's 130-140 warheads, according to a 2018 report by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). India's nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine "INS Arihant" became operational last year, giving the country a "nuclear triad" – the ability to launch nuclear strikes by land, air and sea.

AOC Threatens to Put Moderate Dems on a Primary ‘List’ If They Vote With GOP

Fri, 03/01/2019 - 08:36

Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D., N.Y.) threatened her moderate colleagues during a Thursday Democratic caucus meeting, telling the lawmakers she plans to provide progressive activists searching for primary targets with a list of Democrats who work across the aisle.Speaker Nancy Pelosi began the meeting by chastising the two dozen moderates who voted on Tuesday in favor of a Republican amendment to a gun control bill that requires gun retailers to report illegal immigrants who attempt to buy a gun.“We are either a team or we’re not, and we have to make that decision,” Pelosi said, two people who were present told the Washington Post.Ocasio-Cortez, who routinely wields her massive social media following to pressure her establishment colleagues into supporting her agenda, sought to add force to Pelosi's call for unity by threatening to expose to the ire of progressive activists any Democrats willing to compromise with Republicans.Corbin Trent, a spokesman for Ocasio-Cortez, told the Post that any Democrats who cooperate with Republicans “are putting themselves on a list.”“She said that when activists ask her why she had to vote for a gun safety bill that also further empowers an agency that forcibly injects kids with psychotropic drugs, they’re going to want a list of names and she’s going to give it to them,” Trent said, referring to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.The rift between the establishment and the younger, more progressive wing of the party was brought into sharp relief this week moments before the House passed legislation that would require a federal criminal background check for all gun purchases, including private transactions. While the bill's passage represented a significant victory for the Democratic majority, the inclusion of a provision that will facilitate deportations at the hands of ICE agents incensed progressives, many of whom have called for the agency to be abolished.

Tesla announces long-promised $35,000 Model 3

Fri, 03/01/2019 - 07:53

Tesla's long-awaited Model 3 with a $35,000 price has finally arrived.