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Amazon to build more Whole Foods stores to boost reach of Prime Now service

Top Stories - Sun, 12/30/2018 - 17:20

When Amazon acquired Whole Foods for $13.4 billion back in June of 2017, many people found the move a bit curious. Now, about 18 months later, Amazon's plans with the popular supermarket chain are finally starting to crystallize. A few months ago, for example, Amazon announced that Prime members would able to receive discounts on Whole Foods purchases, with some items available at a generous 50% discount. And now comes word via The Wall Street Journal that Amazon is planning to expand the cumulative number of Whole Foods stores across the country. The reason? It will significantly expand the pool of Prime subscribers who will be able to take advantage of Amazon Prime Now, the company's free two-hour delivery service. "The push would bring Whole Foods to more suburbs and other areas where the natural grocer is quickly adding customers since the merger," the Journal explains. "That is a shift from the layoffs and slowing store growth Whole Foods experienced for several years before Amazon bought it in 2017..." Notably, Amazon is reportedly contemplating adding stores to areas that currently lack a Whole Foods presence, with areas in Idaho and Utah being two such examples. Of course, as with all things Amazon, everything can seemingly be tied back to Amazon Prime, which currently boasts more than 100 million subscribers. Over the past few years, Amazon has significantly increased the number of benefits afforded to Prime subscribers. This, of course, should be expected given that the price of a Prime subscription this year jumped from $99 to $116. All that said, free two-hour delivery from Whole Foods is undoubtedly a nice perk that will certainly keep current Prime subscribers happy and potentially sway prospective Prime subscribers to pull the trigger. And in a rare instance where the word "synergy" might appropriately be used, Amazon anticipates that the move will "attract new customers to Whole Foods and draw them back more often."


California authorities seek motive in triple slaying

Top Stories - Sun, 12/30/2018 - 17:08

ORCUTT, Calif. (AP) — California authorities are trying to determine why a Central Coast man stabbed and beat his sister, mother and a third person to death in their home.


Why a Nissan Skyline GT-R R32 was worth waiting 22 years for

Top Stories - Sun, 12/30/2018 - 16:36

The long wait only made getting this 1992 Skyline GT-R that much sweeter for Mark Hutchinson, after he dreamed of owning one for decades


Why the Range Rover P38a deserves space in your garage

Top Stories - Sun, 12/30/2018 - 16:27

Forever lampooned as a liability by keyboard warriors and marque snobs alike, the second generation Range Rover (P38a) remains criminally underrated. Stylish and incredibly capable as a 4x4 , here's why you should ignore the horror stories and buy one...


8th Largest Mega Millions Jackpot in History Up for Grabs on New Year's Day

Top Stories - Sun, 12/30/2018 - 16:24

The jackpot climbed to $415 million in a drawing set to take place Tuesday


Washington Parses Trump’s Wall Semantics in Search for Compromise

Top Stories - Sun, 12/30/2018 - 16:21

Trump’s demand for a wall on the U.S. border with Mexico actually refers to “steel slats” as well as the technology that U.S. Customs and Border Patrol officers have said they need to intercept the illegal flow of goods and people, according to Kellyanne Conway, a senior White House adviser. “It is a silly semantic argument because people who just want to say ‘wall, wall, wall’ want that to be a four-letter word,” Conway said on “Fox News Sunday,” one of two appearances on a day parts of the federal government are shut for a ninth day.


PG&E could face murder charges in California wildfires, attorney general says

Top Stories - Sun, 12/30/2018 - 15:50

California's attorney general said it's possible the power utility could face charges up to murder if investigators find reckless operation of power equipment caused any deadly wildfires.


Border patrol chief defends agents in child deaths

Top Stories - Sun, 12/30/2018 - 14:28

The deaths have intensified the debate over U.S. immigration policy as President Donald Trump holds onto his demand that lawmakers give him $5 billion to fund a wall along the border with Mexico. The impasse over Trump's border wall resulted in a partial government shutdown that entered its ninth day on Sunday. CBP Commissioner Kevin McAleenan told ABC's "This Week" it had been a decade since a child had died in the agency's custody and that the loss of two Guatemalan children in three weeks was "just absolutely devastating for us on every level." Felipe Gomez Alonzo, 8, died on Christmas Day.


Will General Motors resurrect the GMC Envoy? Trademark filing raises speculation SUV may be brought back.

Top Stories - Sun, 12/30/2018 - 14:25

General Motors has filed for a trademark on the name Envoy, raising speculation that it will resurrect the once popular GMC SUV.


Israel protests after Jordan minister pictured stepping on flag

Top Stories - Sun, 12/30/2018 - 13:42

Israel's foreign ministry protested to Jordan on Sunday after a minister was pictured stepping on an image of the Israeli flag while entering a meeting. The image of the flag has been affixed to the floor just inside the entrance to the complex for several years to protest Israel's occupation of the Palestinian territories and Jordan's normalised ties with the Jewish state, union officials say. Israel called Jordan's ambassador in for clarifications on Sunday, the foreign ministry said.


Hardline cleric Larijani named to head powerful Iran body

Top Stories - Sun, 12/30/2018 - 13:22

Ayatollah Sadeq Amoli Larijani - the chief of Iran's hardline judiciary who has been blacklisted by Washington - was named on Sunday as the new head of the powerful Expediency Council, state television reported. The council is intended to resolve disputes between parliament and a watchdog body, the Guardian Council. Larijani, 57, was appointed by Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who also made him a member of the Guardian Council, which vets laws and elections for compliance with Iran’s Islamic constitution, state television reported.


Heads up: Israeli woman stumbles upon Roman busts

Top Stories - Sun, 12/30/2018 - 12:56

An Israeli woman walking near ancient ruins noticed a head sticking out of the ground, leading to the uncovering of two Roman-era busts, archaeologists said Sunday. The life-size sculptures, carved in limestone, were found in the northern city of Beit Shean earlier this month, with the Israel Antiquities Authority dating them to the late Roman period, some 1,700 years ago. The well-preserved busts are of men, one of them bearded, sculpted in the Oriental style that was becoming fashionable at the end of the Roman period, according to Eitan Klein, deputy head of the IAA's theft prevention unit.


Perris torture case: Home dubbed 'House of Horrors' up for auction

Top Stories - Sun, 12/30/2018 - 12:35

UP FOR AUCTION: The Riverside County home dubbed a house of horrors is on the auction block.


Syria's Assad authorizes Iraqi forces to strike IS in Syria

Top Stories - Sun, 12/30/2018 - 12:15

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian President Bashar Assad authorized Iraqi forces on Sunday to attack the Islamic State group inside Syria without waiting for permission from authorities in Damascus, the state news agency SANA said, as the two allies coordinate their fight against extremists ahead of a planned U.S. withdrawal from Syria.


Dow outlook: Why I'm optimistic about the stock market for 2019

Top Stories - Sun, 12/30/2018 - 12:04

I was too optimistic in 2018. That makes me even more optimistic for 2019. When most folks expect bad times, stocks usually shine the following year.


Stephen Miller steps into spotlight amid chaos in 'zombie' White House press shop

Top Stories - Sun, 12/30/2018 - 11:24

Former officials said White House adviser Stephen Miller's media appearances have been a "disaster" and are a sign of a communications operation in disarray.


Afghanistan to delay presidential election to July: election body

Top Stories - Sun, 12/30/2018 - 10:03

The announcement follows heavy criticism of October's chaotic parliamentary election, which saw problems ranging from roadside bomb attacks to malfunctioning biometric voter verification equipment, incomplete voter lists and huge delays at polling sites. The timing of the election has also been complicated by talks under way between U.S. special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad and representatives of the Taliban aimed at launching a full peace process to end the war in Afghanistan. The election was originally scheduled for April 20 but Gula Jan Abdul Bade Sayad, chairman of the Independent Election Commission (IEC) said mounting problems had forced a delay.


Bangladesh PM takes big lead as opposition rejects poll alleging vote rigging

Top Stories - Sun, 12/30/2018 - 10:00

A third straight term for Hasina's Awami League was widely expected, but the main opposition led by the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) rejected the election and called for a fresh vote in the country of 165 million people. The Election Commission said it was investigating complaints of rigging, even as at least three voters in southeast Bangladesh, including a journalist, said they were barred from entering polling booths or were told their ballot papers had already been filled in. "If we get any confirmation from our own channels then measures will be taken as per rules." But as results started coming in showing the Awami League winning 48 seats and one for the BNP, Asaduzzaman declined to comment if its investigation would have any bearing on the final outcome.


Vietnamese relatives of bus blast victims arrive in Egypt

Top Stories - Sun, 12/30/2018 - 09:33

Relatives of Vietnamese tourists hit by a roadside bomb near Egypt's famed pyramids arrived on Sunday in Cairo, an airport source said. A group of five, which included family members, arrived in the capital two days after a blast hit a tour bus killing three Vietnamese holidaymakers and an Egyptian guide. The attack, which took place in the Giza governorate, wounded 11 other Vietnamese tourists and an Egyptian bus driver, Egypt's public prosecutor said.


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