Restaurant chains Burger King and Tim Hortons plan to switch to chicken raised without antibiotics considered “critically important” to human medicine, their owner said on Wednesday, making it the latest company to ditch the drugs over health concerns.
Restaurant Brands International Inc, which owns both chains, said it aims to make the change in U.S. stores in 2017 and in Canada in 2018.
Source: Burger King, Tim Hortons to curb antibiotics used in chicken | Reuters
Amazon described plans for an “airborne fulfillment center” such as an airship that would float at an altitude of around 45,000.
Amazon has been awarded a patent for a giant flying warehouse that acts as a launchpad for drones to deliver items within minutes.
The U.S. e-commerce giant described plans for an “airborne fulfillment center” (AFC) such as an airship or blimp that would float at an altitude of around 45,000. The airship will be stocked with lots of products.
When a customer places an order, a drone or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) will fly down and deliver the package. Amazon insists that this would require little power because the drone would be gliding down rather than having to take off and land.
Source: Amazon wins patent for a flying warehouse that will deploy delivery drones
A “terror attack” struck a county in China’s restive region of Xinjiang on Wednesday, local authorities said, killing five people.
A car carrying the attackers crashed into the yard of the office building of the local Communist Party committee in Karakax county at 4.50pm, and a home-made explosive device was ignited, according to the news portal of the Xinjiang government.
Passports taken, more police … new party boss Chen Quanguo acts to tame Xinjiang with methods used in Tibet
Source: Five dead in car bomb terror attack in China’s western Xinjiang region, official media reports | South China Morning Post
The company expects to fulfill commitment by September 2017
Trump spoke briefly with reporters at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Fla., Wednesday evening, when he delivered the news regarding Sprint.
“We just had some very good news,” the president-elect told pool reporters. “I was just called by the head people at Sprint and they are going to be bringing 5,000 jobs back to the United States, they have taken them from other countries. they are bringing them back to the United States,” he announced.
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Source: Trump: Sprint Is Bring Back 5,000 Jobs From Overseas | The Daily Caller
Police lay charges in what they call the biggest cocaine seizure in Australia’s history.
On Christmas night, police said a small boat was launched from the vessel and later docked in Brooklyn. Authorities swooped on the boat and arrested three men. Another 12 men have been arrested over the past several days.
The men, aged between 29 and 63, have been charged with conspiracy to import a commercial quantity of border-controlled drugs.
Source: Police seize 1,100kg in Australia’s ‘largest cocaine bust’ – BBC News
The season’s most coveted toy isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.Scores of kids across the country were inconsolable on Christmas morning when their Hatchimal toys failed to come to life.
Angry customers — some of whom paid up to $200 on eBay or Craigslist for the sold-out toy that retails for $60 — took to the manufacturer’s Facebook page to express their disappointment.
Source: Hottest toy of the holiday season is making kids cry | New York Post
This week marks 20 years since JonBenet Ramsey, a 6-year-old beauty queen, was brutally murdered in her family’s sprawling home in Boulder, Colo.
Why has the case remained unsolved? There’s no single explanation, though authorities readily acknowledge that early missteps by police hampered the investigation for years. Intense media coverage at the time also played a role, pressuring police to act quickly and sending investigators down ultimately useless paths.
Read More: 20 years later, JonBenet Ramsey murder remains unsolved. Why? – LA Times
A U.S. senator says that Russia and President Vladimir Putin will be hit with tough sanctions as a result of suspected Russian cyberattacks during last month’s U.S. presidential election.
Source: U.S. Senator: Tough Sanctions To Hit Russia, Putin For Cyberattacks
JERUSALEM — Even before Secretary of State John Kerry issued his scathing critique of Israeli policies on Wednesday, President-elect Donald J. Trump essentially told Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to ignore it.
“Stay strong Israel,” Mr. Trump wrote on Twitter. “January 20th is fast approaching!”
Mr. Netanyahu responded warmly. “President-elect Trump, thank you for your warm friendship and your clear-cut support for Israel!” he wrote, adding Israeli and American flag emojis.
Mr. Kerry’s much-anticipated Middle East speech brought together four giant personalities representing two radically divergent worldviews in one momentous clash.
Source: In John Kerry’s Mideast Speech, a Clash of Policies and Personalities – The New York Times
Dozens of Boko Haram fighters have given themselves up to authorities in southern Niger, the interior minister said, days after the Islamist group suffered key losses over the border in Nigeria. “Thirty-one young people from Diffa, who were enrolled a few years ago in Boko Haram, decided to surrender
Source: Dozens of Boko Haram fighters surrender in southern Niger
Star of Hollywood’s golden age was also famous for her close yet rocky relationship with her only daughter
Source: Debbie Reynolds Dead at 84; Singin’ in the Rain Star Passes 1 Day After Death of Daughter Carrie Fisher | E! News
The Obama administration appears committed to finishing as much of its regulatory agenda as possible before leaving office.
Republican lawmakers have warned the administration against issuing any “midnight” regulations in the waning days, saying they would be overturned.
Yet the Environmental Protection Agency on Dec. 19 defied those warnings, issuing a controversial coal mining regulation that sets new requirements for companies when testing and maintaining streams damaged by mining.
President-elect Donald Trump has already pledged to repeal the rule.
Police officials in several U.S. cities said Tuesday that they suspect social media was used to organize some of the string of brawls and disturbances that broke out at more than a dozen shopping malls across the country a day earlier, marring one of the busiest shopping days of the year.
In Aurora, Colorado, police said a posting on social media announcing a fight at the Town Center of Aurora drew an unruly crowd that grew to about 500 people. Five suspects, all juveniles, were arrested in that fight, which brought 50 officers to the scene and led to the mall being shut down.
Source: Police suspect social media spurred mall violence
A federal appeals court has revived a pair of lawsuits seeking to force the federal government to sue former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in a quest to try to recover more emails from the private server she used while secretary of state.
A three-judge panel of the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals ruled unanimously Tuesday that a lower court judge erred when he threw out the cases as moot after the State Department received tens of thousands of emails from Clinton and more from the FBI following the criminal investigation it conducted.
D.C. Circuit Judge Stephen William’s opinion said State’s requests to Clinton and the FBI for copies of Clinton’s emails were not necessarily enough to fulfill State’s obligation to pursue any missing messages.
The arguments in the case took place in early November, shortly after James Comey’s announcement.
Source: Appeals court revives suits over Hillary Clinton emails – POLITICO
Three diseases dominated the world in 2016 – Zika, HIV and polio, reports VOA news. Despite the devastation and death caused by these viruses, scientific advances offer hope for protection and treatment in the years ahead. The Zika virus originated in Uganda more than six decades ago.
Source: Zika, Polio and HIV: Dieases that Plagued the World in 2016