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ABC News saw employees of Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport on Monday delivering donuts and words of encouragement to TSA officers at a security checkpoint . "At our airport, we're not seeing at this point operational impacts like they are at other airports", said spokeswoman Janet Scherberger. 'I want to give them a chance to see if they can act responsibly, ' Trump said, calling the situation at the nation's southern border a 'humanitarian crisis'.
  • Amazon's Alexa Echo Malfunctions in Europe Due to Overusage on Christmas

    Amazon's Alexa Echo Malfunctions in Europe Due to Overusage on Christmas

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    Amazon'sAlexa suffered outages in Europe on Christmas Day as people who received Echos as gifts rushed to set up the virtual assistant. Glam Glitter Series Doll with 7 Surprises, Nerf N-Strike Elite Strongarm Blaster, Melissa & Doug Scratch Art Rainbow Mini Notes with Wooden Stylus, Crayola Inspiration Art Case, and LEGO Creator Mighty Dinosaurs Toy.
  • Donald Trump Demands Wall for Christmas During Shutdown

    Donald Trump Demands Wall for Christmas During Shutdown

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    A spokesperson for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Democrats' likely plan is to put a bill that funds the government, without money for Trump's wall, on the floor on January 3. With Democrats taking control of the House next month, Trump sees this as his last likely chance to secure funding for the border wall, fulfilling one of his most crucial promises of the campaign, his advisers say.
  • Businesses open on Christmas Day

    Businesses open on Christmas Day

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    If you are planning to head out to your local stores any time over the next week then it's a good idea to plan ahead as many will have reduced opening hours. Even in today's mile-a-minute world , most businesses will close down or at least cut their hours short. Like it's fellow wholesale store Costco , Sam's Club will also be open on Christmas Eve but closed on Christmas Day .
  • Wall Street swoons as government shutdown deadline looms

    Wall Street swoons as government shutdown deadline looms

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    Stock indexes are meandering up and down in midday trading as the market steadies following two days of steep drops. After years of gains, USA investors are fleeing stocks, anxious about a range of factors likely to hit corporate profits, including slowing economic growth domestically and overseas.
  • Gold prices halt losses after US Fed’s outlook surprises

    Gold prices halt losses after US Fed’s outlook surprises

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    The Federal Reserve's tightening regime, which as of Wednesday, Dec. 19 th included four interest rate hikes this year, is widely viewed as one of the major factors hindering gold and gold exchange traded funds this year. Lower interest rates also tend to weigh on U.S. yields and the dollar, in which gold is priced. For the past three years rate futures traders have expressed scepticism the Fed would deliver as many rate hikes as promised.
  • Trump considering firing Fed Chair Jerome Powell after latest rate hike

    Trump considering firing Fed Chair Jerome Powell after latest rate hike

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    After the two rates increases that the Fed now envisions for next year, it foresees one final hike by 2020, which would raise it benchmark rate to 3.1 per cent. It didn't matter much to policy at the time - rates were not going to be raised anyway. So why is Trump calling the US Federal Reserve "crazy"? "We're going to do our jobs the way we've always done them", he said when asked about White House pressure.
  • Stocks Dip Ahead of Fed News; Oil Prices Drop

    Stocks Dip Ahead of Fed News; Oil Prices Drop

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    The S&P 500 had risen as much as 1.1 percent earlier in the session but gave up most of its gains after U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Democrats had rejected his spending bill proposal. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was also off 2.1% and the Nasdaq, down 2.3%. Japan's Nikkei 225 index fell 0.4 percent to 21,025.10 while South Korea's Kospi rose 0.6 percent to 2,074.38.
  • Gatwick runways remain closed over drone sightings

    Gatwick runways remain closed over drone sightings

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    Gatwick announced the runway had reopened at about 3am on Thursday, but 45 minutes later it was shut again after a further sighting of drones. Flights are reportedly being diverted to other airports in the United Kingdom and across Europe due to the emergency.
  • Parrot uses Amazon Alexa to order items while owner is away

    Parrot uses Amazon Alexa to order items while owner is away

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    Before his accidental online shopping habit, Rocco the African Gray parrot was put up for adoption by the National Animal WelfaTrust sanctuary because it feared his swearing would scare visitors, the Daily Mail reported on December 14. The parrot has attempted to order lightbulbs, ice cream and a kite. In fact this "skill" had landed Rocco in trouble previously when he had to be relocated from the National Animal Welfare Trust sanctuary in Berkshire due to his "bad language", according ...
  • Virgin Galactic's rocket plane reaches edge of space

    Virgin Galactic's rocket plane reaches edge of space

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    It surpassed the height the US Air Force considers the boundary of space (80km), and marks the first manned flight to space from US soil since 2011. We started Virgin almost 50 years ago dreaming big and loving a challenge, Branson said via a company-issued release. Virgin Galactic's development of its commercial spaceline has taken longer than expected.
  • China, U.S. discuss next stage of trade talks

    China, U.S. discuss next stage of trade talks

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    Trump has imposed import taxes on $250 billion in Chinese products - 25 percent on $50 billion worth and 10 percent on the other $200 billion. Chinese auto dealers also perked up their shares, hoping that the temporary US-China treaty will help improve the domestic market.
  • House passes bill to reauthorize farm programs, food aid

    House passes bill to reauthorize farm programs, food aid

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    Pat Roberts, R-Kan., chairman of the Senate committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry. The 2018 Farm Bill takes away the threat of DEA against companies for selling a product potentially identified as a Schedule 1 Controlled substance.
  • Oil gives up some of its OPEC gains as stock markets sag

    Oil gives up some of its OPEC gains as stock markets sag

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    EST. "Volatility will be high in the near future, but going into 2019, we are constructive on oil prices", Hootan Yazhari, head of global frontier markets equity research at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, told CNBC's Dan Murphy on Tuesday.
  • OPEC cuts oil production by 1.2 million barrels a day

    OPEC cuts oil production by 1.2 million barrels a day

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    Although the cut is much higher than expected, that is why news of crude prices in the worldwide market has increased by 5.4 percent. Benchmark New York crude was $2.11, or 4.1 percent, higher at $53.60 a barrel. Petroleum exports until recently were dominated by products like gasoline and diesel, but that has changed since the US shale revolution that has sped up drilling and extraction of oil, helping boost overall USA production to a record 11.7 million bpd.
  • Uber makes confidential filing for IPO

    Uber makes confidential filing for IPO

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    The company was valued at $15 billion in a private fundraising round, could go public as early as the first quarter of next year. "It sounds like Uber is trying to steal Lyft's thunder", said Matt Kennedy, senior IPO market strategist at Renaissance Capital, an institutional IPO research firm.
  • Altria buys 45 percent stake in Canadian marijuana company

    Altria buys 45 percent stake in Canadian marijuana company

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    The first Canadian cannabis grower to list its shares on a US stock market, Cronos said it plans to spend the money on product innovation, noting Altria's expertise in device technology and automation, and fuel Cronos's expansion into new countries amid a global shift toward loosening restrictions on the drug.