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Giraffe's baby bump boosts tiny zoo's upkeep, conservation

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FILE - In this April 15, 2017, file photo, provided by Animal Adventure Park in Binghamton, N.Y., a giraffe named April licks her new calf. The baby's birth was broadcast to an online audience with more than a million viewers. Owners of the animal park won't say exactly how much profit they've pulled in from all April-related ventures, but internet marketing experts conservatively estimate the haul in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. (Animal Adventure Park via AP, File) (Credit: AP) ... Read More
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April the Giraffe birthing becomes cash cow for tiny zoo in upstate New York

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HARPURSVILLE, New York (WABC) -- April the giraffe has become a cash cow for a tiny zoo in rural upstate New York, thanks to a YouTube video livestream of her pregnancy and birth of an incredibly cute calf that has riveted viewers around the world.Owners of the for-profit Animal Adventure Park won't say exactly how much they've pulled in from all April-related ventures, but internet marketing experts conservatively estimate the haul in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. The ventures include the Toys 'R' Us-sponsored YouTube stream, monetized text messages, a clothing line and the sale of T-shirts, caps and fuzzy toys. "The monies are going to allow the park to continue to grow a... Read More
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US stocks dip Friday as energy companies and banks sink

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U.S. stocks are mostly lower Friday after a big gain the day before. Energy companies are falling as oil prices decrease and one of the largest companies in the industry, Schlumberger, announced lower revenue than investors had forecast. Banks are down with bond yields and interest rates. Toy maker Mattel is nosediving after it reported a big drop in sales. KEEPING SCORE: The Standard & Poor’s 500 index lost 2 points, or 0.1 percent, to 2,353 as of noon Eastern time. The Dow Jones industrial average gained 11 points to 20,589. The Nasdaq composite rose almost 1 point to 5,917, just above its record high close from Thursday. The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks fell 5 points, or 0.3 percent, to 1,379. More stocks ... Read More
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Steve Wozniak discusses how Apple is becoming Microsoft, commercial space travel, and more

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There would be no Apple without Steve Wozniak. Wozniak, who co-founded Apple over 40 years ago with the late Steve Jobs, remains a revered figure in Silicon Valley. Although he is no longer connected with Apple, he keeps busy making appearances at big tech conferences to inspire inventors, serves as chief scientist for... Read More
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Encrypted Chat Took Over. Let’s Encrypt Calls, Too

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As end-to-end encrypted messaging apps have exploded in popularity, several well-known services have added encrypted calls as well. Why not, right? If it works for text-based chat, voice seems like a natural extension. If only it were that easy.Encrypting calls has plenty of value, keeping conversations strictly between the two parties. They can circumvent government wiretaps, or criminal snooping. But a host of technical challenges with facilitating the calls themselves has slowed the spread of voice over internet protocol overall. Bandwidth is expensive. Firewalls and network filters make it harder to route data streams. Even basic call quality issues, like delays and echoes, prove difficult to fix. Adding encryption on top of a... Read More
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Amid competition, Verizon loses key customers for first time

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FILE - This Monday, July 25, 2016, file photo shows signage at a Verizon store, in North Andover, Mass. On Thursday, April 20, 2017, Verizon announced its profit sunk 20 percent in its first quarter as it lost wireless customers. The New York company says it would have lost even more customers if it didn't launch its unlimited cellphone plan in February. T-Mobile and Sprint have been trumpeting their cheaper unlimited plans. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File) (Credit: AP) (AP) -- Verizo... Read More
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The Emptiness of Trump’s “Buy American” Executive Order

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President Trump has unveiled a new executive order, titled “Buy American and Hire American,” but in the modern economy that’s almost impossible to do.... Read More
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US stocks rally again as banks and industrial companies rise

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U.S. stocks are climbing Thursday as transportation companies jump following solid earnings from railroad operator CSX, while paint and coatings maker Sherwin-Williams sends companies that make and sell basic materials higher. Banks are also gaining ground after more of them report solid earnings and as bond yields rise, which allows banks to charge higher interest rates on loans. KEEPING SCORE: The Standard & Poor’s 500 index advanced 17 points, or 0.7 percent, to 2,355 as of 12:35 p.m. Eastern time. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 166 points, or 0.8 percent, to 20,570. The Nasdaq composite gained 51 points, or 0.9 percent, to 5,914, near its all-time closing high. The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks added 14... Read More
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Verizon’s profit sinks as it loses wireless subscribers

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Verizon’s profit sunk 20 percent in its first quarter as it lost subscribers for its wireless cellphone service. Shares dropped more than 2 percent in Thursday premarket trading. The stock has fallen more than 8 percent since the beginning of the year. The New York company said that it lost 307,000 wireless subscribers who are billed each month, the more lucrative kind of wireless customer. Verizon said it would have lost even more subscribers during the first three months of the year if it didn’t launch its unlimited wireless service in February. Last year during the same period, it added 640,000 subscribers. Verizon Communications Inc., the largest U.S. cellphone carrier, is facing increased competition from ri... Read More
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Banks rise Thursday as earnings boost stocks

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Stocks are recovering as banks rise with bond yields and interest rates. Investors are also buying consumer-focused companies and small firms, a bet that the U.S. economy will perform well. Company earnings remain in focus Thursday morning. American Express rose 3.9 percent. It had a solid first quarter as its credit card members spent more and kept bigger balances on their cards. Telecom giant Verizon dipped 2.2 percent as it lost cellphone subscribers and its profit dropped. Big dividend payers like phone companies also fell as bond yields rose. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index added 6 points, or 0.3 percent, to 2,344. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 48 points, or 0.2 percent, to 20,452. The Nasda... Read More
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Finding your data centre’s hidden source of revenue

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Mats Carselid, of Alfa Laval‘s data centre cooling team, suggests why it’s critical that the data centre industry progresses beyond convention towards more financially viable alternatives… Data centres underpin the growing modern economy. The United Nations predicts that by 2018, the world’s population will reach 7.8 billion and according to Cisco, half of them will have residential internet. Data centres are under a lot of pressure. Not only must they meet soaring demand, but also secure safe system performance, assure compliance with current environmental guidelines and future-proof ag... Read More
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Ebay forecasts second-quarter profit below estimates

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(Reuters) — Ecommerce company eBay on Wednesday forecast current-quarter profit largely below expectations, sending its shares down as much as 4.5 percent in extended trading. Ebay said it expects current-quarter adjusted profit of 43-45 cents per share. Analysts on average were expecting 47 cents per share, according to Thomson Reuters. The company said gross merchandise volume — the total value of all goods sold on its websites — rose 2.4 percent to $20.95 billion in the first quarter ended March 31, 2017. But the result fell short of analysts’ average estimate of $21.06 billion, according to research firm FactSet StreetAccount. EBay has been facing relentless competition from much larger rival A... Read More
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Riverhead library president and another trustee resign

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Riverhead Free Library president Kathleen Berezny during the November 2016 board meeting where trustee John Munzel presented a formal complaint against her, seeking her removal from the board. File photo: Denise Civiletti Riverhead Free Library Kathleen Berezny and trustee Karen Fedun-White have resigned from the library b... Read More
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US stocks bounce back, led by banks and auto parts makers

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U.S. stocks are rebounding Wednesday as strong results from Morgan Stanley and rising bond yields send banks and other financial companies higher. Carmakers and auto parts companies are rising, but investors are selling high-dividend companies as bond yields increase. Steep losses for IBM are dragging the Dow Jones industrial average lower. KEEPING SCORE: The Standard & Poor’s 500 index gained 8 points, or 0.3 percent, to 2,350 as of 11:35 a.m. Eastern time. The Dow lost 8 points to 20,514 as IBM’s losses weighed on the blue-chip index. The Nasdaq composite jumped 45 points, or 0.8 percent, to 5,894 as technology companies climbed. The Russell 2000 index of small-company stocks rose 15 points, or 1.1 percent, to 1,376 afte... Read More
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US stocks start to bounce back, led by gains for banks

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U.S. stocks are rebounding Wednesday morning as strong results from Morgan Stanley and rising bond yields send banks and other financial companies higher. Industrial and basic materials companies are also gaining ground. KEEPING SCORE: The Standard & Poor’s 500 index gained 9 points, or 0.4 percent, to 2,351 as of 10:05 a.m. Eastern time. The Dow Jones industrial average added just 1 point to 20,524 as a drop in IBM weighed on the blue-chip index. The Nasdaq composite jumped 35 points, or 0.6 percent, to 5,884. The Russell 2000 index of small-company stocks climbed 10 points, or 0.8 percent, to 1,372 after a late gain a day earlier. Stocks mostly skidded Tuesday after weak earnings from a few key companies, especially... Read More
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Newspaper decline continues to weigh on AP earnings

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Earnings at The Associated Press shrank substantially last year compared with 2015, when the news organization enjoyed a large tax benefit that skewed its results. Revenue also edged downward, reflecting continued contraction in the newspaper industry and a stronger U.S. dollar that reduced the value of overseas sales. Net income last year shrank to $1.6 million from $183.6 million in 2015, a 99 percent decline. The 2015 profit figure was bolstered by a one-time, $165 million tax benefit. AP’s 2014 net income of $140.9 million was also boosted by a large non-recurring gain from the sale of a stake in a sports data company. In 2013, net income at the AP — a nonprofit news cooperative — was $3.3 million. Although AP’s... Read More
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Morgan Stanley posts 1Q profit

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(AP) -- Morgan Stanley on Wednesday reported first-quarter profit of $1.93 billion. The company, based in New York, said it had earnings of $1 per share. The results topped Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of five analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 90 cents per share. The investment bank posted revenue of $10.94 billion in the period.... Content Preview This content is exclusive for Optimum, Time Warner® and Comcast® customers with access to News 12. Already registered or an Optimum customer?Log in ... Read More
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Restaurant Group Joins Lawsuit Against Trump, Citing Unfair Competition

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Enlarge this image President Trump's motorcade heads down Pennsylvania Avenue as he goes to dinner at the Trump International Hotel on March 25. Alex Brandon/AP ... Read More
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Sharp losses for health care stocks, banks pull indexes down

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U.S. stocks are falling Tuesday as Johnson & Johnson and Cardinal Health lead health care companies lower and weak trading results from Goldman Sachs drag down bank stocks. Stock indexes in Europe are tumbling after the British government called for a surprise early election next month. KEEPING SCORE: The Standard & Poor’s 500 index shed 5 points, or 0.2 percent, to 2,343 as of 11:20 a.m. Eastern time. The Dow Jones industrial average lost 88 points, or 0.4 percent, to 20,549. Goldman Sachs was responsible for most of that loss. The Nasdaq composite fell 10 points, or 0.2 percent, to 5,846. The Russell 2000 index of small-company stocks dipped 4 points, or 0.3 percent, to 1,356. Stocks are coming off their biggest... Read More
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United jets to big profit, and other MoneyWatch headlines

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Published on Apr 18, 2017Airline made $8.4B in first quarter; tax reform may be dead this year; and Netflix nears growth milestone. These headlines and more from CBS MoneyWatch. Category License Standard YouTube License ... Read More
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Emaginos Announces Plan to Go Public in 2017 with Its Customized K-12 Education Model That Could Change the Way America’s Public Schools Approach Learning

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LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–April 18, 2017– Research has demonstrated that engaging students in the learning process increases their attention and focus, motivates their critical thinking skills and promotes a more meaningful experience. What would it look like if public schools could be customized to reach students in a way that is best for them? The Emaginos Curriculum offers a systemic transformation to the K-12 public education system that fosters a student’s desire to learn. While a community may have Charter schools, choice/voucher/magnet schools and other alternatives, the demand for them should decrease significantly. Emaginos has announced its plans to go public in 2017 to increa... Read More
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United's 1Q profit fell 69 percent, before dragging incident

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FILE - In this Saturday, April 16, 2016, file photo, a United Airlines representative, right, helps stranded travelers at Denver International Airport as a severe spring storm packing high winds and heavy, wet snow sweeps over the intermountain West forcing the cancellation of hundreds of flights, in Denver. United Continental Holdings Inc. reports quarterly financial results Monday, April 17, 2017. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File) (Credit: AP) (AP) -- United Airlines' profit plun... Read More
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Instant recall

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Inside Facebook's Menlo Park headquarters, the arrival of Instant Articles in the spring of 2015 was presented as a cause for celebration. Talking with reporters, executives described the fast-loading, natively hosted articles as a promising new creative format. A suite of publishing tools incubated in Facebook's now-defunct newsreading app Paper would find their way to Instant Articles, executives said, evolving the news posts shared on Facebook into immersive multimedia experiences. For publishers — and journalism — the stakes were high. Readers who once regularly visited their desktop websites now got their news from Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, and other ap... Read More
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#GrabYourWallet's Anti-Trump Boycott Looks To Expand Its Reach

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#GrabYourWallet founder Shannon Coulter is looking to potentially expand her anti-Trump boycott movement into a non-profit focused on corporate social accountability and responsibility. Courtesy Shannon Coulter hide caption toggle caption Courtesy Shannon Coulte... Read More
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Barcelona's Mayor: The city is losing its identity – Talk to Al Jazeera

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A heavy footfall of 32 million tourists visited Barcelona last year. The city of 1.6 million is known around the world for its modernist architecture, world heritage sites, and its football team, referred to as "Barca" - but not everyone is happy about the high number of visitors.Barcelona's appeal to foreigners and their money has led to rising property prices, making affordable housing incredibly difficult to find for the locals. At the peak of the Spanish financial crisis, thousands were evicted from their homes for falling behind on their mortgage. Some protesters formed human chains around properties to prevent the city authorities from evicting homeowners. Ada Colau often led those protes... Read More
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Dutchess County boy with cystic fibrosis gets dream vacation wish granted

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HAWTHORNE, New York (WABC) -- A Dutchess County boy with cystic fibrosis is getting a much-needed vacation.Eleven-year-old Evan Allgauer and his family are headed to the Atlantis resort in the Bahamas provided by the Take a Breather Foundation. The non-profit group has granted more than 100 wishes to children with cystic fibrosis.It partnered with the Boston Children's Health Physicians in Hawthorne to grant Evan's wish.Cystic fibrosis is an inherited, chronic disease that affects the sweat and mucus glands in the body. it can affect many parts of the body, though most often the lungs, sinuses, digestive system, pancreas and sex organs. Patients have unusually thick, sticky mucus, wh... Read More
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Facebook cracks down on 30,000 fake accounts in France as presidential race tightens

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France is 10 days away from the first round of voting to select its next president and it appears to be a dead heat among four major candidates. With the race achingly tight, Facebook has launched a campaign to try to limit the impact of fake news on the outcome. In a blog post, the company said it had taken some action against 30,000 fake accounts. This is part of a larger public awareness campaign aimed at educating people about how to spot fake news. “We’ve found that a lot of false news is financially motivated, and as part of our work to promote an informe... Read More
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Developing countries implement tougher smoking restrictions

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Every year, nearly 6 trillion cigarettes go up in smoke around the world. It’s an incredible number, translating into big business and profit for tobacco makers.But, sales trends are shifting.Research shows low- to middle-income countries smoking more, while high-income countries are smoking less. A trend linked to tougher smoking restrictions and anti-smoking campaigns.CGTN’s Elaine Reyes reports.... Read More
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Wells Fargo shows some stability, resumes promoting accounts

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In this April 11, 2017, photo, a customer uses a drive-thru ATM at a Wells Fargo bank in northeast Jackson, Miss. On Thursday, April 13, 2017, Wells Fargo reported earnings. Wells Fargo's first-quarter profit was essentially flat from a year earlier as new customers continue to stay away from the bank following its sales practice scandal. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis) (Credit: AP) (AP) -- Wells Fargo's sales practices scandal isn't going away anytime soon, with first-quarter profit e... Read More
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Earth Day 50th Anniversary Campaign Urges Nationwide Switch to Clean Energy

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NEW YORK -- Earth Day Initiative - a non-profit that promotes environmental awareness and solutions through partnerships with schools, community organizations, businesses, and governments - announces Count to 50. Find out more about their initiative, from the press release information below.-*- Leading up to the 50th anniversary of Earth Day in 2020, this three-year campaign aims to switch apartments, houses, and offices over to clean energy. Count to 50 coincides with Earth Day Initiative's 47th annual Earth Day celebrations, taking place on April 18, in New York City.In several states, including New York, Ohio, and Washington, DC, consumers can choose their energy supplier and divert their monthly utility bill... Read More
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Stony Brook official is new Accelerate LI chief

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An official helping to commercialize inventions from Stony Brook University has been tapped to lead Accelerate Long Island, a not-for-profit group seeking to grow the technology economy. Peter Donnelly is Accelerate’s new executive director, and he continues to serve as the university’s director of technology licensing and industry relations, said Kevin Law, chairman of the Accelerate board... ... Read More
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JPMorgan beats profit forecasts, helped by interest rates

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JPMorgan Chase reported first-quarter earnings that easily beat analysts’ estimates Thursday, helped by a steady climb in interest rates from a year earlier as well as gains in investment banking. The nation’s largest bank by assets reported net income of $6.45 billion, or $1.65 per share, compared with net income of $5.52 billion, or $1.35 a share from a year earlier. Analysts surveyed by FactSet expected the bank to earn $1.51 a share. As expected, JPMorgan’s bottom line benefited directly from the Federal Reserve’s push to raise interest rates over the past year. Net revenue on a managed basis were $25.59 billion compared with $24.08 billion in the same period a year earlier. Interest income rose $12.39 bi... Read More
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Alexis Martinez Pena: The Countryman – My Cuba

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Alexis Martinez Pena: The Countryman - My CubaAlexis Martinez Pena, 52, was a schoolteacher for 14 years in the city of Bayamo. He loved working with children, but found the system to be too rigid and dogmatic. So he left and moved to San Pablo de Yao, a village of just over 1,200 in the Sierra Maestra mountains of eastern Cuba.He has now found satisfaction working as a shoemaker. He is the only one in the area."I ended up here, quietly. A cobbler with my degree in a drawer," he says with a laugh."This is a job that won't make anyone rich, but I don't complain," he says. "Although I don't have high profits I know to value all this as profit, because emotionally and spiritually it gi... Read More
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A first for Flanders, Riverside and Northampton Community Association: a Latina director

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<a href="http://riverheadlocal.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/2017_0412_Paola_Zuniga-Tellez.jpg" data-caption="The newest member of FRNCA's board of directors and its first Latina, Paola Zuniga-Tellez. Photo: Maria Piedrabuena">The newest member of FRNCA's board of directors and its first Latina, Paola Zuniga-Tellez.Photo: Maria Piedrabuena Flanders resident Paola Zuniga-Tellez became the first ever Latina to be elected to the Flander... Read More
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Staten Island woman's labor of love revitalizes theater, neighborhood

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ST. GEORGE, Staten Island (WABC) -- Just steps from where the Staten Island Ferry drops off passengers, a restored movie theater has brought new life to the historic St. George section of the borough.The grateful residents owe it all to one woman's dedication, which led to the revival of an entire neighborhood. Almost 90 years ago, a movie theater with 2,800 seats was built in the area, rivaling the best the other boroughs had to offer."It was built in 1929, and it was a movie palace," the St. George Theatre Foundation's Luanne Sorrentino said.But time took its toll, and the St. George Theatre was almost lost forever. Step inside today, and you will find the spendors of a lost world."You coul... Read More
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Oracle charged $293M USD in Korean back taxes

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Multinational tech giant Oracle has been charged $293 million USD ($300 billion won) for corporate tax evasion in South Korea. The $293 million charge is made up of back taxes, as well as a punitive charge from the government tax agency. The company was originally notified of the tax debt in January of last year, when the National Tax Service (NTS) charged Oracle with evasion of corporate tax payments on 2 trillion won in earnings from 2008-2014. Oracle was accused of funneling revenues to Ireland to avoid paying taxes in South Kor... Read More
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Qualcomm rebukes Apple over iPhone chip royalties lawsuit

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Qualcomm fired back at Apple in court on Monday, saying the iPhone maker’s January lawsuit should be rejected. Qualcomm also made its own claims seeking damages, accusing Apple of harming its business and breaching deals between the two companies. Apple’s lawsuit accused Qu... Read More
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Pediatric Cancer Foundation Hosts 23rd Annual Walkathon on April 16 at NYC's Riverside Park

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NEW YORK -- On Sunday, April 16th, more than 500 walkers are expected to support Pediatric Cancer Foundation (PCF) at its 23rd Annual Give Hope Walk in Riverside Park.Every year more than 12,000 infants and children are diagnosed with cancer. The 5K Walk is happening to help shine a light on children and teenagers living with cancer and raise funds for scientific research. The NYC Give Hope Walk is one of many fundraisers sponsored by Mamaroneck-based Pediatric Cancer Foundation. WABC-TV meteorologist Jeff Smith will be the event's host and Z100 radio personality Shelley Rome will present the pre-event festivities. "The goal of our walk is ... Read More
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Pet rescue center on Long Island under investigation after several sick puppies adopted

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MIDDLE ISLAND, Long Island (WABC) -- It's a pet owner's nightmare: you bring home a new puppy only to find out your new pet is very sick.It's a problem in one Suffolk County community. The Suffolk County SPCA and the Attorney General's office both confirm they are investigating Friends of Freddie.Kristen Addiss was thrilled when she adopted puppy Leila from Friends of Freddie Pet Rescue in Middle Island."We stopped on the way home to get her food and a bed and she was coughing in the store, and the woman in the store said she has kennel cough," Addiss said.Turns out it was pneumonia and distemper.Leila had to be hospitalized."We would visit her every day on our lunch break and a... Read More
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Welter: Time to repower a generation station older than Sputnik

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In 1956, Dwight Eisenhower was President. The Yankees beat the Brooklyn Dodgers, 4 games to 3, to win the World Series. EF Barrett Power Station Unit 1 in Island Park went on line. The world has changed a lot since Barrett opened, but that power plant’s core infrastructure is still operating, virtually a museum piece of 1950s technology. The ability to repower Barrett and bring ... Read More
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Tax Scams Are Absurdly Common. Here’s How to Protect Yourself

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Filing and paying taxes can be frustrating enough without the looming threat of identity theft and refund fraud. But tax scams have become so prevalent, you’ve likely received a bogus call, text message, or email in the last few years. As painful as it is to add another item on the tax to-do list this year, working to protect yourself from cons and digital attacks could really save you money and time.The scams work a few ways. Some criminals impersonate the Internal Revenue Service, threatening people into wiring money or sharing financial information. Others collect leaked Social Security numbers and other personal information from large data breaches, and use it to file people’s tax returns early and claim the rebate. Some u... Read More
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Why It’s So Hard to Wipe Out All of Syria’s Chemical Weapons

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In Aleppo, Syria, a rebel builds Molotov-cocktail-like incendiary bombs in an abandoned school. Moises Saman/MAGNUM Makers of War. The arms manufacturers of Aleppo used to be ... Read More
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Man becomes pilot after a childhood Make-A-Wish day changed his life forever

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This story originally appeared on Babble and is reprinted with permission.When he was a little boy, Anthony Lickteig-Carter would see airplanes in the sky and dream of flying them one day. After experiencing a life-threatening illness during childhood, the Make-A-Wish foundation stepped in and helped him become a pilot for a day. Now 15 years later, Anthony is living out his dream of flying as a commercial airline pilot.... Read More
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Russia’s Quest to Build a Space Empire—or Go Broke Trying

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It’s not unusual for space agencies to wax lyrical about how their work exploring all that lies beyond Earth’s atmosphere is for the shared benefit of humankind. It’s probably expected. So when, at a panel during the 33rd annual Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, the head of the Russian space agency says things like “How should we collaborate for the benefit of all of us to get the best result?” and “We need to find the way how can we do it together,” nobody seems to question his motives.Which maybe they should have, since that country’s space agency, Roscosmos, hasn’t sent significant representation to the symposium in over 20 years. During this panel, which included 14 other space-agency leaders, Roscosmos ge... Read More
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You’re pricing your SaaS product all wrong

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Over the past couple of years, I’ve polled dozens of startup executives about how they approach pricing and monetization for their SaaS products. One of the questions I ask is, “How did you come up with your pricing?” Given how data-driven the executives tend to be about other aspects of their businesses, I initially expected their answers would be thoughtful and backed by evidence. Here’s what I heard instead. The first response: gut-based pricing. The founders got in a room, brainstormed for a couple of hours, and made a gut decision on pricing. While that’s not an ideal process, I could certainly sympathize with how busy the founders ... Read More
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 LI attorneys honored for providing most pro bono service

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Long Island law firms and volunteer attorneys who provided the most pro bono hours of service in 2016 were recognized Thursday in Mineola. The Nassau County Bar Association, The Safe Center LI and Nassau Suffolk Law Services recognized the firms and attorneys at the Third Annual Access to Justice Pro Bono Recognition Reception at the Bar Association’s headquarters. Noting the importance of access to justice, Nassau County Bar Association President Martha Krisel said in a statement that “helping as many people in need is our ultimate goal.” “I am incredibly proud of the volunteer attorneys who work with NCBA and our not-for-profit legal service partners, who work tirelessly to ensure access to the civil justi... Read More
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Samsung forecasts best quarterly profit in more than 3 years

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(Reuters) — Samsung Electronics Co Ltd forecast on Friday its best quarterly profit in more than three years in the January-March period, beating expectations and putting it on track for record annual earnings on the back of a memory chip super-cycle. The Apple Inc rival has rapidly recovered from last year’s costly failure of its fire-prone Galaxy Note 7 device, despite a political scandal involving Vice Chairman Jay Y. Lee who appeared in a Seoul court on Friday facing charges including bribing ousted president Park Geun-hye. The global memory chip leader said first-quarter operating profit was likely 9.9 trillion won ($8.8 billion), compared with an average forecast of 9.4 trillion won from a Thomson Reuters... Read More
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Samsung predicts record-breaking profit for Q1 2017

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Stocks head higher as energy, banks, retailers recover

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U.S. stocks are broadly higher Thursday after a sharp drop late in the previous day. Energy companies are rising with the price of oil and retailers are up after a series of strong sales reports. Banks are also climbing as bond yields rise. KEEPING SCORE: The Standard & Poor’s 500 index added 8 points, or 0.4 percent, to 2,361 as of 1:20 p.m. Eastern time. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 75 points, or 0.4 percent, to 20,723. The Nasdaq composite gained 19 points, or 0.3 percent, to 5,883. The Russell 2000 index of small-company stocks moved ahead of the rest of the market. It rose 10 points, or 0.8 percent, to 1,362. Stocks are mostly down this week, and smaller companies have suffered the most. They’re down 1... Read More
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Lavapotion escape the B.S. of free-to-play with Coffee Stain investment

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Coffee Stain, the maker of the wildly popular Goat Simulator, has invested in new Swedish game studio called Lavapotion. Coffee Stain is a seed investor and co-owner of Lavapotion, a strategy game maker that is based in Gotenburg, Sweden. Lavapotion is currently working on an unannounced strategy game title. The team has a background primarily with mobile and free to play, but it is actively choosing a different path. The title in development will be a premium game aimed at the PC and tablet audience. “Honestly, it feels just great to leave the free to play bullshit behind us,” said Magnus Alm, cofounder ... Read More
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3 Ways You're Gambling Away Dealership Profits With Old Technology

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You can probably picture it – smoky casino, bank of shiny slot machines, and, of course, the guy with a coin bucket bigger than his brain dropping quarter after quarter into the slot and pulling the lever. As the machine swallows up his money, he hopes that each pull will bring him closer to the cash prize. But the jackpot never comes. Instead, the many small disappointments combine to create a large and devastating loss.  There’s a harsh lesson for your dealership in this story. And, guess what? You’re the guy with the coin bucket.Then what’s the shiny slot machine, you ask? Your outdat... Read More
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Facebook launches resource to help spot misleading news

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Facebook is launching a resource to help you spot false news and misleading information that spreads on its service. The resource, similar to previous efforts around privacy and security, is basically a notification that pops up for a few days. Clicking on it takes you to tips and other information on how to spot false news and what to do about it. Tips to spot false news include looking closely at website addresses to see if they are trying to spoof real news sites, and checking websites’ “about” sections for more information. Some sites might look like real news at first glance, but their “about” sections inform the visitor that they are in fact satire. Adam Mosseri, vice president of News Feed at Faceboo... Read More
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Teardown reveals Nintendo Switch costs $257 to build

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The Nintendo Switch game console costs about $257 for Nintendo to build, according to a report by Japanese teardown firm Fomalhaut Techno Solutions. That’s pretty close to the console’s retail price of $300, and it leaves very little margin for Nintendo, considering that the retailers also get a profit margin. While Nintendo may still make money, it is moving closer to the razor and razor blade model, where it makes money on the software. Fomalhaut took the console apart, and it analyzed the Joy-Con controllers and the charging dock. The touchscreen, processor, and dock run about $167. The Joy-Cons costs about $45. ... Read More
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New program in Newark to improve relations between cops and kids

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NEWARK, New Jersey (WABC) -- A new program in Newark aims to build bridges between police officers and children.It hopes to spark conversation and create positive interactions between cops and kids. Many of the officers are going the extra mile to improve community relations.They, along with a lot of young people, are participating in the Cops and Kids program, trying to transform the sometimes tense dynamic between police officers and the Newark neighborhoods they serve."Better relations with the community means safety for police officers, it means more arrests in our community, solving more crimes, it means a better climate for all of us in the city," said Newark Mayor Ras Baraka.... Read More
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US stocks climb Wednesday after strong private payroll report

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U.S. stocks are climbing Wednesday after a survey of private businesses showed that hiring was very strong last month. Panera Bread is soaring after the sandwich and soup chain agreed to be bought by European conglomerate JAB for more than $7 billion. Consumer-focused companies like Amazon and McDonald’s and industrial and transportation companies are trading higher. KEEPING SCORE: The Standard & Poor’s 500 index climbed 13 points, or 0.6 percent, to 2,373 as of 12:15 p.m. Eastern time. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 141 points, or 0.7 percent, to 20,830. The Nasdaq composite gained 27 points, or 0.5 percent, to 5,925, above the record close it notched last week. ECONOMY: Payroll processor ADP said private U.... Read More
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Thirty-Six People Indicted in Nassau & Suffolk Heroin Ring that Operated along Rte.110

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Six defendants, who allegedly sold heroin, charged with Operating as a Major Trafficker in “Operation Bundle Up” MINEOLA, N.Y. – Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas announced that 36 people have been indicted for their alleged involvement in a heroin ring that operated along Rte. 110 in Nassau and Suffolk counties, marking one of the largest narcotics takedowns in Long Island history. The majority of the individuals have been arrested and arraigned on various charges ranging from Operating as a Major Trafficker (an A-I felony), Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd Degree (a B felony), Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd... Read More
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Staples and Conn's rise while Acuity Brands tumbles

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(AP) -- Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Tuesday: Conn's Inc., up $2.45 to $10.90 The furniture and mattress retailer announced a deal with Progressive Leasing to offer lease-to-own options to its customers. Acuity Brands Inc., down $30.13 to $173.93 The lighting maker's second-quarter profit and sales disappointed analysts. Staples Inc., up 85 cents... Content Preview This content is exclusive for Optimum, Time Warner® and Comcast® customers with access to News 12. Already registered or an Optimum customer?Log in ... Read More
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Stocks end little changed on Wall Street Tuesday

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Stocks are closing little changed on Wall Street as gains in energy companies are canceled out by losses in banks and other parts of the market. Oil and gas companies benefited from broad increases in energy prices. Chesapeake Energy jumped 6.8 percent and Range Resources rose 4.2 percent. Staples jumped 9.8 percent after the Wall Street Journal reported that the office supplies company is talking to private equity firms about a potential sale. Lighting maker Acuity Brands plunged 14.8 percent after its profit and sales were weaker than expected. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index edged up 1 point to 2,360. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 39 points, or 0.2 percent, to 20,689. The Nasdaq composite g... Read More
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Gains in energy stocks bring US indexes back to breakeven

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U.S. stocks are little changed at midday Tuesday as energy companies move higher with the price of oil. Other industries aren’t moving much overall, with industrial companies higher and banks trading lower. Department stores, apparel companies and handbag makers are falling, but Amazon continues to rise. KEEPING SCORE: The Standard & Poor’s 500 index was unchanged at 2,358 of 12:15 p.m. Eastern time. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 43 points, or 0.2 percent, to 20,693. The Nasdaq composite remained at 5,894. The Russell 2000 index of small-company stocks held steady at 1,370. On the New York Stock Exchange, more stocks fell than rose. OIL: Benchmark U.S. crude rose 74 cents, or 1.5 percent, to $50.98 52 per ba... Read More
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4 things to know about Equal Pay Day

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Equal Pay Day is being held Tuesday to highlight wage discrimination against women. Activists are holding rallies around the country. Here’s what you need to know: — Equal Pay Day was created 21 years ago by the National Committee on Pay Equity . It is held in April to symbolize how far into the year women must work to earn what men earned in the previous year. — Women made about 80 cents for every dollar men earned in 2015, according to U.S. government data. — Sheryl Sandberg, the chief operating officer of Facebook Inc. and founder of the non-profit Lean In, launched a new campaign Tuesday: #20PercentCounts, representing the 20 percent less that women ... Read More
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Stocks slip again early Tuesday following weak business investment report

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U.S. stocks are lower again Tuesday morning after the Commerce Department said a measurement of business investment fell in February. Banks and energy companies are taking some of the biggest losses. Stocks fell the previous day after weak car sales raised some worries about spending on other types of purchases. KEEPING SCORE: The Standard & Poor’s 500 index skidded 6 points, or 0.3 percent, to 2,352 as of 10:15 a.m. Eastern time. The Dow Jones industrial average gave up 27 points, or 0.1 percent, to 20,623. The Nasdaq composite fell 10 points, or 0.2 percent, to 5,884. The Russell 2000 index of small-company stocks slipped less than 1 point to 1,368. SLOW START: The Commerce Department said orders to U.S. factories c... Read More
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Richard Garriott to get top honors at Gamelab event in Barcelona

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Richard Garriott, Ultima creator and astronaut, will receive the top honor at the Spanish Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences’ Gamelab event in Barcelona. The academy, a cultural institution devoted to the improvement of a growing creative sector of over 400 companies and 4.000 professionals, is giving its Honorary Award to Garriott at the event this year in late June. The new president of the Academy, Xavier Carrillo-Costa, stated that the members of the institution agreed on recognizing “Garriott’s influential contributions to the evolution of the games medium and his important role in the Industry for setting the bases of the massive multiplayer role-playing genre with games and series like Ultima and Ultima O... Read More
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Group of differently-abled adults perform 1st concert at Nassau Coliseum

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UNIONDALE, Long Island -- Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum is back in business after a massive renovation, and on Monday, the Uniondale venue hosted its first concert.Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano delivered his State of the County address, but first, a vocal group made of differently-abled adults from the area performed on stage. The Free Ensemble are clients of the non-profit Family Residences and Essential Enterprises, Inc., and singing is part of their therapy.They heard they booked the gig 10 days ago, and they rehearsed plenty. Check out Lauren Glassberg's report in the video player above. ... Read More
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Technology has eaten the world

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A few years ago, Marc Andreessen first declared that “software is eating the world.” We have been mostly inclined to intuitively believe the trend he was referring to, but we were missing undisputable proof. Now we have quantified proof, at least for the domination of the technology as a whole if not specifically for software. On Friday, I looked at the top 5 quarter-end market caps for the first quarter of 2017. All five are technology companies. I went back 11 years to the same day and saw that on March 31, 2006, only one out of the top 5 market caps, namely Microsoft, was a technology company. The top market caps were rather diversified, including financial services, industrial groups, technology, and of course oil producti... Read More
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Why Dana Schutz Painted Emmett Till

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Guidance for interviews

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Charles Pleckaitis, the Chair of our Section’s Educational Assistance Committee and the IEEE Life Member, suggested that we publish this. It is a list of interview questions and tips published in the year 1975, provided to Charles by the member of the Long Island Engineers’ Club Martin Danahy, who obtained it from Northwestern University. Let us know if you think these questions and tips are still relevant today; to send a letter to Editor, please email me on pulse@ieeelongisland.org. Charles is regularly updating our Section’s online edition of Pulse with the events, tips, and information related to one’s professional career and search for new opportunities. Take a look at ieeelongisland.org, under the Educational Assista... Read More
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US stock indexes mixed in late-afternoon trading Friday

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U.S. stock indexes drifted mostly higher in late-afternoon trading Friday as the market closed out a solid quarter with the Nasdaq composite headed for another record high. Investors had their eye on several corporate deals and new economic data on consumer spending and inflation. Financial stocks were down the most, while utilities led the gainers. KEEPING SCORE: The Dow Jones industrial average slid 60 points, or 0.3 percent, to 20,667 as of 2:18 p.m. Eastern Time. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index fell 3 points, or 2 percent, to 2,364. The Nasdaq composite index lost 2 points to 5,911. The index hit an all-time high on Thursday. The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks picked up 5 points, or 0.4 percent, to 1,387. T... Read More
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LI couple convicted of fraud

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A Long Island couple were convicted in federal court in Central Islip of bank fraud, conspiracy to commit bank fraud and Medicaid fraud, authorities said. Joseph Atias and Sofia Atias engaged in a fraudulent short sale of property to Sacred Heart Academy in Hempstead for new athletic fields, according to the U.S. Justice Department. The scheme defrauded Bank of America of more than $500,000. The couple faces penalties of up to 35 years’ imprisonment, the forfeiture of $560,000, and restitution of over $700,000. “Through a web of lies and false documentation, these defendants stole more than half a million dollars from Bank of America and from Medicaid, which they used to line their own pockets,” said Act... Read More
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Chinese mobile giant Huawei reports slowest annual growth since 2011

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(Reuters) — Chinese telecom equipment and smartphone maker Huawei Technologies said on Friday that net profit edged up just 0.4 percent last year, its slowest annual growth since 2011. Huawei, the world’s No. 3 smartphone maker behind Apple Inc and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, said net profit rose to 37.1 billion yuan ($5.3 billion). Strong competition in China’s smartphone market from previously little-known domestic rivals OPPO and Vivo cost Huawei its top spot as the biggest vendor in the domestic market last year. Global revenue climbed 32 percent to 521.6 billion yuan, slightly slower than 35 percent growth a year earlier. Revenue from its consumer business group rose 44 percent to 179.8 bi... Read More
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Space Ape Games’ Fastlane: Road to Revenge will star 20 YouTube influencers

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Space Ape Games has a novel tactic for getting more publicity for its Fastlane: Road to Revenge mobile game. The London-based company announced today it has added more than 20 of gaming’s most popular YouTube personalities to its spring release for iOS and Android. The clever marketing move is one reason why Space Ape Games has grown fast. In the past two years, the company has tripled its mobile game revenue. This first-of-its-kind partnership puts the YouTubers into the game as characters, enabling them to engage their communities ... Read More
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Big Cable’s Case for Selling Your Data Doesn’t Hold Up

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This week, the House of Representatives followed the Senate in voting for a resolution that throws out Obama-era regulations that would have banned your internet service provider from selling your web browsing history to advertisers. What possible reason could Congress have for repealing such a consumer-friendly policy? The refrain on the House floor yesterday was “consistency.”“What America needs is one standard across the internet ecosystem,” said representative Greg Walden (R-OR). If services like Google and Facebook can turn data into profit, the logic goes why can’t the cable companies? But the House... Read More
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Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory: New Research Explains Why Even Targeted Therapies Eventually Fail in Lung Cancer

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NEW YORK – Nearly 50 years into the “war” on cancer, doctors possess weapons that once would have seemed magical in their tumor-killing specificity. The drug Tarceva (erlotinib), for example, can virtually erase all traces of aggressive lung cancer tumors in a subset of patients who bear a particular disease-driving mutation in a gene called EGFR. The problem with this and other drugs of the targeted-treatment era is that usually they afford only a respite. Within a year or two, most people suffer a recurrence. They can be treated... Read More
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Fair Media Council Holds 2017 Folio Awards; Outstanding Local Media, Reporting Honored

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Annual event honors best in local news; Renowned television news anchor and correspondent Rita Cosby receives Outstanding Public Service Award; LongIsland.com wins Social Media award. Glen Head, NY – March 30, 2017 - On March 28, the New York Institute of Technology’s de Seversky Mansion – the Glen Head estate that was home to businessman, inventor and philanthropist Alfred I. du Pont – was host to the Fair Media Council’s 2017 Folio Awards, an annual luncheon whose purpose is to salute the very best in local Long Island media and reporting.... Read More
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AOC introduces a more affordable 32-inch 4K monitor for gaming

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It’s probably still not time for most people to ditch their 1080p displays for a new 4K monitor, but doing that is going to make a lot more sense in 2017 than it did in 2016 thanks to competitively priced new products. AOC, a major LCD and LED monitor and television manufacturer, announced its new 32-inch 4K monitor today. The set, which AOC is calling the U3277PWQU (a charming name), will sell for $700 and work well in a number of use-case scenarios. But if $700 is still a bit on the expensive side for you, AOC is making a push to give the display a big start by selling it a... Read More
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Bellone, citing lack of clarity, withdraws bill restricting public assembly

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County Executive Steve Bellone’s effort to establish new procedures — and fees — for public assembly permits in Suffolk has been scuttled by objections that the requirements would trample constitutionally protected rights of free speech and assembly. Presiding Officer DuWayne Gregory introduced the bill, “A Local Law Establishing A Permit Process For Use Of Police Services For Public Assembly,” at the county executive’s request. The measure would have required any group holding a “public event” that “requires the use of Suffolk County police officers above and beyond what is required for ordinary and routin... Read More
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U.S. House and Senate have approved repeal of broadband privacy rules

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(Reuters) – The U.S. House voted on Tuesday 215-205 to repeal regulations requiring internet service providers to do more to protect customers’ privacy than websites like Google or Facebook. The White House said earlier Tuesday that President Donald Trump strongly supports the repeal of the rules approved by the Federal Communications Commission in October under then-President Barack Obama. Under the rules, internet providers would need to obtain consumer consent before using precise geolocation, financial information, health information, children’s information and web browsing history for advertising and marketing. Last week, the Senate voted 50-48 to reverse the rules in a win for AT&T, Comcast, and ... Read More
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Trump's Childhood Home Flipped for Huge Profit

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Published on Mar 28, 2017Real estate investor Michael Davis flipped the 2,500-square-foot home for a 54 percent profit in just two months Category News & Politics License ... Read More
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Amazon’s Time-Saving Trick for Groceries: You Drive to Us

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[embedded content]Amazon is diving deeper into the instant-gratification business, but with a twist: Now you come to them. The company this morning unveiled AmazonFresh Pickup: order groceries online, then drive to an Amazon-run store, where a worker brings them all bagged up to your car. The first two grocery pickup spots are in Seattle and available only to Amazon employees. When the company finally opens the service to the public, grocery pickup will become yet another Amazon Prime perk. But groceries are more than just another add-on for Amazon. ... Read More
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Trump tosses Obama’s ‘clean’ energy plan, embraces coal

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Declaring “the start of a new era” in energy production, President Donald Trump signed an executive order Tuesday that he said would revive the coal industry and create jobs. The move makes good on his campaign pledge to unravel former President Barack Obama’s plan to curb global warming. The order seeks to suspend, rescind or flag for review more than a half-dozen measures in an effort to boost domestic energy production in the form of fossil fuels. Environmental activists, including former Vice President Al Gore, denounced the plan. But Trump said the effort would allow workers to “succeed on a level playing field for the first time in a long time.” “That is what this is all about: bringing back our job... Read More
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How big data and cloud are supporting life-saving non-profit operations

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Aaron Auld, CEO at EXASOL, discusses how big data analytics and cloud technologies are offering incredible new opportunities in the not-for-profit sector… Cloud, in every form, is a boon for non-profit. Out of necessity, charities in particular have very strong governance in place to scrutinise the value of any investment and have thin resources that must be utilised as efficiently as possible – particularly if reliant on fundraising. They will often have little IT infrastructure and no in-house IT support, so the opportunity to outsource to the cloud where they pay for only what it is needed at that point in time is compelling. Non-profits were quick to adopt everyday office and collaboration... Read More
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Greg Blass Why the disappearance of butterfly species should worry all of us

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Let’s talk a bit about butterflies. As if you don’t have better things to do. But the fate of butterflies has all to do with some heavy issues, such as criminal law, extinction and “de-extinction” of species, and even the farming of super-strong crops. Here’s how these all come together to give us much to think about. Butterfly populations worldwide are declining fast. So much so, in fact, that a British court last week convicted one of their citizens of netting and killing a protected butterfly known as the “Large Blue” (Maculinea Arion), an insect that, a... Read More
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Investor flips former Trump home for a big profit

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The $2.14 million sale of the childhood home of President Donald Trump closed last week, according to a statement from Paramount Realty USA, which auctioned the property. The sale represents more than a 50 percent profit for Michael Davis, an investor who paid $1.39 million for the Tudor-style home in Jamaica Estates in Dec. 2016, according to published reports. The $2.14 million selling price is a whopping 119 percent over Trulia’s $979,400 average list price for similar homes in the area. Industry experts speculated that the value of the home soared once Trump secured the nomination and again when he was elected president. Trump was presented with a photo of the Q... Read More