NEW YORK— Exxon has once again surpassed Apple as the world´s most valuable company after the iPhone and iPad maker saw its stock price falter. Apple Inc.´s stock has been on the decline since the company´s quarterly earnings report Wednesday suggested that its fast growth phase, rare for a company of its size, may be coming to an end. Apple´s stock fell 2.6 percent to $438.76 in afternoon trading Friday for a market capitalization of $412 billion. That followed a 12 percent drop on Thursday, the biggest one-day percentage drop for the company since 2008.
It was never supposed to last this long. When the Mars rover Opportunity settled on the Martian surface nine years ago today, mission managers at NASA said they would be pleased if it lasted for 90 days. Instead, it´s been 3,201 days, and still counting. The rover has driven 22.03 miles, mostly at a snail´s pace, from one crater to another, stopping for months at a time in the frigid Martian winters. The six motorized wheels, rated to turn 2.5 million times, have lasted 70 million, and are all still working. "Opportunity is still in very good health, especially considering
If I´m following this correctly, according to one spokesperson for the Marine Corps Band, at Monday´s Inauguration Beyoncé lip-synced to the national anthem but the band accompanied her live. However, according to a second spokesperson, it was the band who were pretending to play to a tape while Beyoncé sang along live. So one or the other of them was faking it. Or maybe both were. Or neither. I´d ask Chuck Schumer, the master of ceremonies, who was standing right behind her, but he spent the entire performance staring at her butt. If it was her butt, that is.
The city´s designated emergency ambulance company, American Medical Response, has significantly increased its rates, prompting fresh complaints about large bills for trips to the hospital. Starting on Jan. 1, the company hiked its rates about 50 percent, charging $2,445 for a standard trip to the hospital. (Snip) AMR officials have said that it is forced to raise the rates it charges insurance companies to defray the costs of providing emergency service to those only covered by Medicare or Medicaid, as well as those who do not have insurance and cannot afford to pay.
From France´s Joan of Arc to female resistance fighters in World War II and the black-clad women warriors of the Viet Cong, history is filled with stories of women fighting alongside men. In many modern armies, however, ground infantry combat is still largely a male preserve - either by regulation, practical issues such as physical requirements of living space or personal preference in volunteer forces. But change is afoot. Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, where supply troops, clerks and military police have ended up in battle regardless of gender, have blurred the distinction between combat and non-combat jobs.
The most effective email subject line of the 2012 US presidential campaign began with one word: Hey. That’s the finding of the massive Obama campaign operation known as “The Cave.” That and many other startling findings are detailed in a report on how the Obama campaign went about re-electing a president who boasted a record of failure and divisiveness. The Cave was to US politics what the Hubble Space Telescope would have been to Neanderthals: An advancement so profound that it verges on magic. It was also a very non-traditional approach to politics, in that it
Arab officials including Jordan´s King Abdullah II called on global leaders Friday to take urgent action over Syria´s civil war and provide "desperately needed" help to refugees. At the World Economic Forum in Davos, a senior member of Saudi Arabia´s royal family also called for Syria´s opposition to be provided with sophisticated weaponry to help "level the playing field" in the country´s conflict. (Snip) Later the premiers of Egypt, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Tunisia and the Palestinian Territories were to discuss the transformations wrought by the Arab Spring, as the second anniversary of Egypt's
What Gerard Depardieu is to France, Tina Turner may be to the United States. The Nutbush, Tenn. native is giving up her US passport, in favor of a Swiss one. "I´m very happy in Switzerland and I feel at home here. ... I cannot imagine a better place to live," Turner told the German newspaper Blick. Turner has lived in the Zurich suburb of Kuesnacht since the mid-1990s. The local Zuerichsee-Zeitung newspaper said on its website the local council announced its decision to grant the 73-year-old Turner citizenship in an official notice published in Friday's edition.The decision still requires formal approval from state and federal authorities.Turner's rep told Zuerichsee-Zeitung the singer wanted to "clarify her situation." Content added by staff.
Mail´s top Muslim leader rejected the actions of Islamist foreigners in the north of his country and expressed outrage that they were trying to impose an alien version of Islam on a country that had been Muslim for a millennium. In an interview published on Thursday, Imam Mahmoud Dicko, head of the High Islamic Council in Bamako, also defended France´s military intervention. "What right do they have to impose the sharia here?" Dicko asked (Snip) "They talk about a war against Islam and a new crusade by France," he said. "I´m against this talk from Egypt or Qatar. They are completely
European Union: U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron startled Europe by calling for a referendum on whether Britain should remain in the EU. It was a bid to sweeten Britain´s EU terms, but may open a genie bottle. Promising that if he is re-elected in 2015, a referendum on Britain´s membership with the EU will follow, Cameron´s gambit is in part a bid to pull the fast-growing United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) back into the conservative fold. But it´s also seen as leverage against Brussels to lighten Britain´s membership terms so that Cameron can get elected on a better economy for Britain.
The US defence department says it has begun laying off most of its 46,000 temporary employees, as automatic defence budget cuts loom in March. Deputy Defence Secretary Ashton Carter said the Pentagon was acting "because we´re running out of time" to absorb potential changes to their budget. $50bn (£32bn) in cuts are due this year under the so-called fiscal cliff. Lawmakers made a last-minute deal on 1 January to put them off for two months, but the ultimate outcome is undecided. Mr Carter said he was directing each military service to produce detailed plans by 1 February on reducing short-term
A 17-year-old boy who shot his sister and mother said that watching horror movie Halloween gave him the idea because he was ´amazed at how at ease the boy was during the murders and how little remorse he had´. Jake Evans´ disturbing four-page confession was released yesterday during his trial for the October 3 shooting deaths of his sister Mallory and mother Jami in their upscale home in a gated community of Aledo, Texas. The chilling confession spells out in intricate, matter-of-fact detail the thoughts and actions of the 17-year-old in the hours leading up to and during the inexplicable
Hillary Clinton’s testy “What difference at this point does it make?” response to Ron Johnson certainly had the media in awe, which as Allahpundit noted yesterday is both unsurprising and a little discouraging. These are supposed to be the people eager to “hold the powerful to account” and/or “comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable,” along with a lot of other platitudes about being a Fourth Estate that keeps government in check. Yet there they were yesterday, cheering on a government official for telling an oversight committee that promoting a false narrative either through incompetence or
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., hailed a federal court’s invalidation of President Obama’s so-called ‘recess appointments” as a victory for the balance of power, noting additionally that the ruling undermines the appointment of Obama’s top bank regulator. “The D.C. Circuit Court today reaffirmed that the Constitution is not an inconvenience but the law of the land, agreeing with the owners of a family-owned business who brought the case to the Court,” McConnell said in a statement. The Senate Republicans had joined the plaintiffs in arguing that the appointments —
The academic whose chart exposed the absurdity of Hillarycare spoke to Human Events about “Beating Obamacare: Your Handbook for the New Healthcare Law,” her new book about what you do not know about the President Barack Obama’s landmark Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. “‘Decoding Obamacare’ would be another good title for it, because there is a huge disparity between what the public has been told—particularly by the Obama administration—and what the law actually says,” said Betsy McCaughey, the former lieutenant governor of New York, whose research of the president’s healthcare reform uncovered
The smell of a freshly washed baby is universally acknowledged as one of the sweetest scents in the world. (Snip) But if you can´t be bothered with all that bathing before bedtime Italian fashion brand Dolce & Gabbana have bottled the smell so you can just freshen your little one up with a quick spritz. A perfume for infants might sound far-fetched but Dolce & Gabbana are just the latest brand in a long list to introduce a fragrance for babies. Theirs is a unisex product packaged in a minimal black and white design in keeping with the brand's chic Italian style.
The U.S. will lose access to critical materials used in military technology and the country’s electrical grid if the Obama administration approves the controversial sale of a bankrupt American company to a Chinese manufacturer, warns a former Defense Department official. The Wanxiang Corporation has moved to snatch up the failed A123 Systems enterprise that was financed in part with a $249 million taxpayer-funded grant to produce advanced lithium ion batteries. A decision is expected this month from the Treasury Department’s Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) as to whether it will approve the sale or reject
A bomb-sniffing Army dog has been denied burial in a national cemetery, despite having served nine tours of duty in Afghanistan. Mina, a Labrador retriever, was honorably discharged at age 11 with the rank of sergeant and then adopted by his brother in battle, Army Sgt. Corey McCourt. Last week, Mina was euthanized at 13 after suffering a debilitating lung ailment. As McCourt continues his service duties, his mother June Etlinger got the job of finding a proper burial for Mina. McCourt asked that Mina be buried in Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly, Michigan.
Washington women have not gone unnoticed in the R-rated GQ list of the "100 Sexiest Women of the 21st Century." Both former first lady Laura Bush and her daughter Jenna make the cut as does first lady Michelle Obama, or at least her famously-toned arms. The February issue just out also gives top billing to Washington´s latest sensation, the lip-syncing Beyonce, but not for her voice. Obama´s inclusion isn´t a big surprise: The media has been gaga over her "guns" for years. GQ called her arms "assault weapons," and put her in the "spousal hot"
President Barack Obama fired General James Mattis, the head of Central Command, without even calling the general to let him know he was being replaced. "I am told that General Mattis was travelling and in a meeting when an aide passed him a note telling him that the Pentagon had announced his replacement as head of Central Command. It was news to him -- he hadn´t received a phone call or a heads-up from anyone at the Pentagon or the White House," Thomas E. Ricks reports. In another post, Ricks says Mattis was fired because:
Houston´s Four Seasons Hotel is suing the NAACP, claiming the association owes the hotel almost $100,000, apparently for a summer banquet. The lawsuit claims that the NAACP owes the Four Seasons $99,597 for various unpaid charges from July to November for an event held at the downtown hotel, according to a petition filed in Harris County District Court on Jan. 16. The suit alleges that the payment was due on Nov. 27 and remains unpaid after a second request for payment in December of last year. An invoice submitted as evidence shows banquet charges of $34,401 and $39,909
LOS ANGELES—Secretary of State Hillary Clinton exploded in anger when she testified before congress about Benghazi. Four brave Americans were murdered, and four months have elapsed without any meaningful corrective action. In what may have been an unscripted outburst, Hillary asked "what difference at this point would it make?" as to why Ambassador Chris Stevens and a pair of Navy SEALs were murdered. Hillary defenders went into damage control. The war room from the 1998 impeachment battle was reignited. Hillary obviously cares about murdered Americans and bringing the killers to justice.
CHICAGO, Illinois - A new Cold War is brewing here in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood and it has nothing to do with the zero-degree temperature. The apartment building at 832 E. 57th Street was once the Chicago home of a boy who would become a President. No, it’s not Barack Obama of Hawaii. It was here at the apartment’s first floor window that a young Ronald Reagan looked out upon the world. But some powerful Chicagoans are planning to demolish Reagan’s historic home. Is it politically motivated? Is Mayor Rahm Emanuel behind the move?
An influential GOP donor said Friday that Republicans should do more to make sure that gay men and lesbian women do not fall victim to the sort of Shariah law practiced by hard-line Islamists. Foster Friess, the the multimillionaire who helped keep Rick Santorum´s presidential dreams afloat in the GOP primary last year, told reporters at a breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor that he wants to make sure that gay people are not killed in foreign nations because of their sexual preference. Asked whether the Republican Party should embrace gay marriage, the 72-year-old investment manager said,
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton confirmed this week that several employees who were "removed" from their positions in the wake of the Libya terror attack are still being paid and have not actually left her department. But she also gave a surprising answer when asked why: Her hands are tied, she said. Amid complaints from lawmakers that no government official has really been held accountable for missteps in the run-up to the attack, Clinton claimed current federal regulations limit what disciplinary actions can be taken.
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama violated the Constitution when he bypassed the Senate to fill vacancies on a labor relations panel, a federal appeals court panel ruled Friday. A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit said that Obama did not have the power to make three recess appointments last year to the National Labor Relations Board. The unanimous decision is an embarrassing setback for the president, (Snip) The Obama administration is expected to appeal the decision to the U.S. Supreme Court, but if it stands, it means hundreds of decisions