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New York City's yellow taxi drivers were once fiercely competitive with each other, but these days, they have Uber, Lyft and other competition to worry about — competition, they say, that has pushed many cabbies to the brink of financial ruin, with their expensive medallions now hardly worth anything.
Why are we checking Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, then Facebook again when we just wanted to check the weather?
Turns out, smartphone addiction is by design. Think of the constant stream of notifications, color schemes in apps and all the "likes," followers and in-game trophies. Our phones and apps are designed to give us short-term, feel-good rewards, so we'll use them longer — at the expense of reading, enjoying the moment or simply being bored.
Some companies are relenting in response to concerns from customers and experts. Google's next operating system, for instance, will come with a "wind down" mode.
Zelle is an app that is supposed to make it easy and safe for you to send money to friends or relatives. But some consumers who never signed up for Zelle said strangers are using the service to steal money in a matter of seconds.
Zelle is said to be the new fast, safe and easy way to send money from one bank account to another in a matter of minutes.
But consumers like Brad Miller say they've been robbed in a matter of seconds.
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After a year spent carefully cultivating two princes from the Arabian Peninsula, Elliott Broidy, a top fundraiser for President Donald Trump, thought he was finally close to nailing more than $1 billion in business.
He had ingratiated himself with crown princes from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, who were seeking to alter U.S. foreign policy and punish Qatar, an archrival in the Gulf that he dubbed "the snake."
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Authorities say a priest found two people having sex beneath a statue of the Virgin Mary at a Roman Catholic church in along the Jersey Shore.
Seaside Heights police say 43-year-old Anthony Getchius, of Newark, and 48-year-old Noelle Smart, of Jersey City, are facing lewdness charges.
Authorities say the pair were found around 12:30 p.m. Tuesday in "a sacred area" on the grounds of Our Lady of Perpetual Help. They were in a secluded garden located between the rectory and the church, which is next door to police headquarters.
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An Alaska man who killed five people and wounded six others in a shooting at the Fort Lauderdale Airport pleaded guilty Wednesday and will spend the rest of his life in prison.
Esteban Santiago, 28, pleaded guilty to 11 charges stemming from the January 2017 attack at a hearing in federal court, the Miami Herald reported.
Santiago, of Anchorage, Alaska, admitted in court documents he opened fire with a handgun in a baggage area at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.
The Chicago City Council voted Wednesday to approve plans to build the Obama Presidential Center on the city's South Side.
The council signed off on construction of the project in Chicago's Jackson Park by a vote of 47 to 1 after public comment and a spirited discussion among aldermen, days after the plan earned approval from the Chicago Plan Commission.
The Plan Commission moved forward with the center on Thursday amid demonstrations both in favor and against the construction - an outpouring of public comment and debate that once again took place in front of the full Council at City Hall on Wednesday.
President Donald Trump said he wants “total transparency” from the Department of Justice on whether the FBI spied on his campaign for political reasons.
Official White House photographer Pete Souza took to Instagram to announce he has a new book coming out called "SHADE: A Tale of Two Presidents." "Through my photographs and commentary, SHADE will vividly show where we are as a country contrasted with where we were," he wrote on Instagram.
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Congress moved to dismantle a chunk of the rules framework for banks, installed to prevent a recurrence of the 2008 financial crisis that brought millions of lost jobs and foreclosed homes.
The House voted 258-159 on Tuesday to approve legislation rolling back the Dodd-Frank law, notching a legislative win for President Donald Trump, who made gutting the landmark law a campaign promise.
The Republican-led legislation, pushed by Wall Street banks as well as regional banks and smaller institutions, garnered 33 votes from House Democrats. Similarly, the bill splintered Democrats into two camps when the Senate voted 67-31 to approve it in March.
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A business partner of Trump lawyer Michael Cohen known as the Taxi King has agreed to cooperate with the government as part of a plea deal, according to a person with direct knowledge of the proceedings.
Evgeny Freidman, 47, pleaded guilty Tuesday to a low level felony in New York state court for stealing nearly $5 million in state taxes and has agreed to cooperate in state or federal investigations. The deal, in which he will pay the state $5 million but avoid jail time, was originally reported by the New York Times.
For years, Freidman, a Russian immigrant, has managed Cohen's taxi medallions, which give owners the right to operate New York City yellow cabs, NBC News reported. Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is probing alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, referred an ongoing investigation of Michael Cohen to federal prosecutors in New York.
Freidman's plea deal means he could potentially testify in any criminal case related to Cohen. Cohen has long served as a personal attorney to President Donald Trump.
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American novelist Philip Roth, whose book “American Pastoral” won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1998, has died, his literary agent confirmed to the Associated Press late Tuesday. He was 85.
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A Spanish galleon laden with gold that sank to the bottom of the Caribbean off the coast of Colombia more than 300 years ago was found three years ago with the help of an underwater autonomous vehicle operated by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, the agency disclosed for the first time.
New details about the discovery of the San Jose were released on Monday with permission from the agencies involved in the search, including the Colombian government.
"We've been holding this under wraps out of respect for the Colombian government," said Rob Munier, WHOI's vice president for marine facilities and operations.
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Three more teens have been charged as adults with first-degree murder in the death of a Maryland police officer, authorities say.
An elementary school principal whose daughter was killed in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre says the school district lacks empathy and transparency.
April Schentrup's daughter Carmen was one of the 17 killed on Feb. 14. She told school board members that Broward County Public Schools, where she works and where Stoneman Douglas is located, tried to dock her pay for missed work after her daughter's death. She said that when she tried to ease back into work, the superintendent also told her it was not a part-time job.
Schentrup said no one on the school board sent condolence letters or called her until nearly three months after the shooting, the day after she signed up to speak at Tuesday's meeting.