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(Undated) -- ISIS says a "countdown has begun" for the group to kill two Japanese hostages. The deadline passed today for Tokyo to pay a ransom of 200-million dollars to prevent ISIS from beheading the hostages. An online post by the Islamic militants shows a countdown along...
(Palo Alto, CA) -- Ford is accelerating its development of self-driving cars. The motor company announced Thursday that it's opening a research center in Palo Alto, California to develop so-called autonomous vehicles. Ford says the new facility will be one of the largest...
(Undated) -- Sony is delaying its final earnings report for last year because of the cyber attack on its film studio. Officials said the hack, which has been blamed on North Korea, prevented the company from producing a full report by the February 16th deadline. Sony is seeking...
(New York, NY) -- Former New York Governor George Pataki is looking more and more like a 2016 presidential candidate. He's flirted with the idea before but yesterday Pataki announced that he's formed a super PAC. That's an important logistical step before declaring a White House...
(Undated) -- The new king of Saudi Arabia is promising to follow his predecessors' policies. King Salman said in a televised speech today that he will maintain the path the oil-rich country has followed since it was established more than 80 years ago. That path has included...
(Undated) -- People from Virginia all the way up through Maine need to brace themselves for a big snowstorm and possibly major travel disruptions. Forecasters say millions could be impacted by a nor'easter starting late this afternoon and on through Saturday night. It could dump...
(Undated) -- Saudi Arabia will bury the late King Abdullah in an unmarked grave this afternoon. The 90-year old monarch died this morning. A few hours later Abdullah's brother, Crown Prince Salman was announced as the new king. The 79-year-old Salman is expected to continue...
(Undated) -- The U.S. is cutting the size of its embassy staff in Yemen. This comes on the heels of escalating turmoil in the Arab country. U.S. authorities say they want to avoid shutting down the embassy altogether because its presence is important for counter terrorism...
(Havana) -- The U.S. is pressing Cuba to improve human rights for its citizens. U.S. officials made those demands on Cuba during high-level talks Thursday in Havana, as a condition to restoring diplomatic ties with the communist nation. The head of the U.S. delegation, Assistant...