Why Hershey Is Making Beef Jerky

Hershey Co. is going to be making beef jerky. The iconic American candy giant is facing falling chocolate sales in the U.S., and is turning to high protein snacks. The 122-year-old company is famous for its chocolate confections, frequently paired with almonds or peanut butter. Now, it’s set to stake much of its financial future […]

Biggest Latin American Airline Becomes Latest To Suspend Flights To Venezuela As Crisis Worsens

Latam Airlines Group SA, Latin America’s largest carrier, said Monday that it will become the latest airline to cut all flights to Venezuela beginning in August. A day earlier, Deutsche Lufthansa AG says its three weekly flights to Caracas will be halted in June “until further notice.” The Chile-based LATAM Airlines says it had already […]

Saudi Human Rights Activist Sentenced To Eight Years In Prison, Amnesty Says He Was Exposing Systematic Human Rights Violations

A court in Saudi Arabia sentenced a human rights activist to eight years in prison on Sunday in what Amnesty International is calling part of the ongoing campaign to by Saudi authorities to stamp out activism. Abdulaziz al-Shubaily was the only founding member of the Saudi Association for Civil and Political Rights, also known by […]

Cold Coffee Is Booming In The U.S., Canned Iced Coffee Is The Next Big Food Craze

U.S. consumers are drinking more canned and bottled iced coffee than ever, according to recent reports. The new trend of drinking iced coffee – famously sold chilled and in a can – is beginning to hit the United States after being popular in countries like Japan for years. Coffee behemoths like Starbucks, who recently signed […]

Iran Boycotts Hajj Pilgrimage Amid Ongoing Rivalry With Saudi Arabia

Iran has boycotted the annual Hajj Pilgrimage on Sunday, saying its pilgrims would not attend amid its ongoing economic and geopolitical feud with Saudi Arabia. The announcement of Iran cancelling their participation in this year’s pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca is a further sign of deteriorating relations between the two regional powers, whose […]

North Korea Launches Its Own Version Of Facebook

A social media site closely resembling Facebook appeared on a North Korean web server on Friday. Only a short time after appearing online, the website, named StarCon, has already been hacked. StarCon, called “Best Korea’s Social Network,” is visibly a clone of the famous social media giant, complete with a blue banner on the homepage […]

Putin Warns Of Retaliation: Romania, Poland Are Now In Russian ‘Crosshairs’ As U.S. Missile Shield Planned In Europe

President Vladimir Putin warned on Friday that Romania and Poland have put themselves in the “crosshairs” of Russian rockets by hosting the U.S. defensive missile system that Russia considers a threat to its security. The Russian leader gave the stark warning over the missile shield during a joint news conference in Athens with Greek Prime […]

Apple To Make Movies? Maker Of The iPhone’s Interest In Time Warner Could Indicate Media Ambitions

News agencies are reporting that Apple Inc. considered buying Time Warner Inc. last year. Though the idea was tentative and no actual move was ever made by Apple CEO Tim Cook to buy Time Warner, the fact that such an idea was even considered shows the tech giant is serious in getting into media. Apple […]

Iraq Says Battle To Liberate Fallujah From ISIS Has Begun

The Iraqi Army declared on Saturday that the operation to take back the center of Fallujah from ISIS has begun. The major city center is considered to be the ISIS stronghold in the western province of Anbar. The Iraqi Defence Ministry says its Counter Terrorism Service (CTS), Iraq’s best-trained and most battle-hardened units, have surrounded […]

This Is The ‘Most Miserable Airport’ In America

Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey has been named the most miserable airport in the United States, according to a report by MilesCards.com released on Wednesday. The travel site, which compares credit cards that offer frequent flyer miles, published its annual report ranking airports in the U.S. by delays for the summer flying season. […]

Putin’s Approval Rating Down To 80 Percent: How Has The Russian Leader Remained So Popular?

President Vladimir Putin’s approval rating just slipped to its lowest in two years — to 80 percent. Even amid low oil prices, crippling economic sanctions, a volatile currency, and the longest recession in two decades, to say nothing of diplomatic isolation, the Russian leader’s approval rating is one that leaders in many countries would kill […]

Giant Squid Larger Than A School Bus Could Be Living In The Deep Ocean, Scientists Say

Giant squid (Architeuthis dux) can reach lengths of more than 66 feet (20 meters), or larger than a school bus, a provocative new study suggests. This would be twice as large as some of the previous findings, which had estimated the maximum length of the elusive sea creatures to be between 33 and 43 feet […]

Ousted By Honduran Military Coup, Manuel Zelaya Considers Running For President Again

Former Honduran president Manuel Zelaya, who was ousted by a military coup in 2009, says he’s thinking about running for president in the next election. Zelaya says the decision would depend on whether he could get the support of his party to take back the country’s top office. The announcement has breathed new life into […]

8-Inch Floppy Disks Still Running U.S. Nukes: Program Uses 1970s IBM Computer Tech

The U.S. nuclear program still uses eight-inch floppy disks and 40-year-old IBM computer tech, according to a report by the U.S. Government Accounting Office (GAO). GAO found that the Pentagon still has such old IT infrastructure that it still uses a 1970s-era IBM Series/1 computer system that requires “eight-inch floppy disks” to coordinate America’s nuclear […]

Oil Prices Hit $50 A Barrel For The First Time In Seven Months, But Will They Stay There?

Oil prices briefly rose above $50 a barrel for the first time this year on Thursday due to supply disruptions and increasing global demand. Brent crude, the global oil benchmark, traded up to $50.19 during morning trading on May 26 for the first time since November, following data showing that U.S. stockpiles of crude had […]

SEC Looks Into Alibaba: Chinese E-Commerce Website Faces Scrutiny From U.S. Authorities

Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. is being investigated by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission over its accounting methods and whether it violated federal laws. Federal regulators are currently investigating the Chinese e-commerce giant, looking for potential violations of securities laws. The company is cooperating with the SEC probe, providing the requested documents and information to […]

One Of China’s Richest Men Vows To Crush Disney In China

Chinese billionaire Wang Jianlin says his company is aiming the crush Disney’s profit ambitions in China over the next 10 to 20 years. Walt Disney Co.’s forthcoming Shanghai resort will represent a huge investment for the multinational entertainment and media conglomerate, and its first resort on the Chinese mainland. Now, it seems Wang’s Dalian Wanda […]

Corporate America Keeps Hoarding Cash: U.S. Companies Held $1.6 Trillion Overseas Last Year

The cash hoard of corporate America keeps getting bigger. U.S. companies held over $1.6 trillion in cash last year, up from 2014 and more than twice the corporate cash stockpile held by companies in 2007, before the Great Recession. The list of companies was published by Moody’s Investor Service, which noted that among the 1,000 […]

Brexit Fears Grow On Wall Street Amidst Anxieties Over China, Oil Prices

Fears on Wall Street that the United Kingdom may become the first country to vote to leave the European Union are increasing, pushing other global worries like China and oil prices lower. These days, Wall Street has plenty to worry about. The year started with the slowdown of Chinese economic growth and oil prices plummeting […]

Netflix-Disney Deal: ‘Star Wars,’ Marvel, And Pixar Films Available To Stream In September

Netflix will offer streaming of the catalogs of Walt Disney Pictures, Pixar, Marvel, and Lucasfilm in September. Disney and Netflix finalized the deal in 2012, but now Disney is set to finalize it by making Netflix the exclusive U.S. subscription TV service for all its films. The offer is exclusive to Netflix, so you won’t […]

Americans Used 10 Trillion Megabytes Of Data Last Year: Wireless Data Use More Than Doubled In 2015, Survey Says

American wireless subscribers used almost 10 trillion megabytes of data last year, more than double what they used in 2014, a new survey published by CTIA on Monday says. Demand of mobile data has greatly increased even as growth in smartphone sales slowed. CTIA, a top Washington mobile industry trade group, noted that this trend […]

Switzerland To Start Paying Its Citizens? Swiss May Pay $2,800 A Month Unconditional Basic Income

The Swiss are discussing a bold social experiment: paying their citizens 2,500 Swiss francs ($2,800) a month unconditionally. The mountainous Central European country will vote on June 5 as to whether the government should start giving an unconditional basic income for all adults in order to replace existing welfare benefits and social programs. While the […]

Vietnam Increases Defense Spending To $5 Billion Amid Territorial Disputes With China

Vietnam has dramatically increased its military spending in recent years to $5 billion in response to territorial disputes with China. The southeast Asian nation boosted its defense budget by 113 percent between between 2004 and 2013, which accounts for the largest increase in the region, and Vietnam may be looking to buy billions more in […]

American ISIS Defector Describes Life Inside Terror Group, Speaks Out Against ‘Evil’

An American man who joined ISIS has come forward to give interviews for the first time, describing how he was recruited by the notorious terror group, telling why he left, and how he’s now helping the FBI. It is the first-ever U.S. television interview with an American-born ISIS defector. The 27-year-old New York Man, who […]

Famous ‘Gold Rush’ Bar To Close Temporarily For Remodeling, Will Ban Smoking And Target Younger Audience

Nashville’s famous Gold Rush Restaurant and Bar will be closed down temporarily starting Monday, May 23, for renovations. The 42-year-old neighborhood staple at 2205 Elliston Place is undergoing a major transformation. As one of Tennessee’s last remaining smoking establishments, Gold Rush plans to ban smoking when it re-opens in early June. The food and bar […]

Why Ballooning Oil Stockpiles Aren’t Driving Down Prices

Inventories of crude oil and refined petroleum products are brimming, but they seem to have had little effect on oil prices. The stored oil is measured by the number of days inventories could be met by the supply. OECD commercial inventories stood at 67 days worth at the end of March 2016. This is a […]

Scandal-Hit Volkswagen Gives 120,000 Workers A 5 Percent Pay Raise

Volkswagen may be plagued by an emissions cheating scandal, but that hasn’t stopped the German automobile manufacturer from giving its workers a raise. The company said on Friday that 120,000 of its German workers will get a 5 percent raise in wages over the next year and a half. The pay increase was negotiated by […]

Tennessee Congressional Candidate Had 180 Marijuana Plants On Property

A Tennessee Democrat Congressional candidate was busted Friday with 180 marijuana plants on her property. Florence “Flo” Matheson, 77, is currently running for the 6th Congressional District seat currently occupied by Republican U.S. Rep. Diane Black, but she now faces legal troubles due to her alleged links to a marijuana growing operation. The plants were […]

Study Names Tukwila, Washington, As ‘Most Dangerous City In America’

Research of FBI crime statistics now say that Tukwila, Washington, is no longer the second-most dangerous city in America, but has now claimed the number one spot, according to a study released on Friday. Tukwila now tops the list of most dangerous cities in the United States, surpassing former champion Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The […]

Venezuela Is Running Out Of Sugar, Coca-Cola Forced To Halt Production

Venezuela is experiencing a sugar shortage amid a severe political and economic crisis, the country’s state-run sugar producers announced this week. Coca-Cola FEMSA, the Mexico-based world’s largest bottler of Coke, announced on Friday they have been forced to temporarily cease production in Venezuela for the foreseeable future. The U.S. soda giant said it was forced […]

Bayer Could Pay $63 Billion To Acquire Monsanto

Now that Bayer AG’s proposal to buy Monsanto Co. has become public, analysts tracking the situation said on Friday that the transaction could be worth as much as $63 billion. The takeover deal, if it goes through, would create the world’s largest supplier of crop seeds and pesticides that could boast $67 billion in annual […]

Gold Jewelry Is Getting More Expensive, And Gold Investment Is To Blame

Gold jewelry is getting more expensive, and investors who are buying up gold as a safe bet are the ones consuming all the supply. Demand for gold surged 21 percent in the first quarter of 2016, which has driven prices higher. Prices have risen 21 percent so far this year, and currently stand at $1,262 […]

Muirfield Golf Club Keeps ‘No Women’ Rule, Dropped As British Open Host

Muirfield, considered one of the world’s greatest golf courses and 16-time host of the Open Championship, announced on Thursday that it voted “no” on allowing women members. As a result, the British Open will no longer be staged at the prestigious club. The Open Championship, often called the British Open, is the oldest golf tournament […]

California Ends Unprecedented Water Restrictions As Drought Eases

California suspended its mandatory water restrictions on Wednesday, marking a major shift in the state’s water policy. The State Water Resources Control Board in California voted to lift the tough emergency conservation mandates in light of easing drought conditions. Originally implemented to combat one of the worst droughts in history, the statewide mandates reduced urban […]

Russia Is Building A New Base In Syria Despite Military Withdrawal, Russian Defense Ministry Denies

The Pentagon said on Wednesday that the Russia is building a new military base near the historic city of Palmyra, though the story is being disputed by Russian military officials. Palmyra is a UNESCO world heritage site where militants of the Islamic State were driven out recently by Syrian government forces. The report of the […]

What If I Told You There Is A Massive ‘Cheese Glut’ Across The U.S.?

The United States has built up a cheese surplus so big — the largest in 32 years — that every person in the country would have to eat an extra three pounds a year to get rid of it. The glut has the price of cheese very low, and the U.S. may start seeing an […]

‘Pokemon Apex’ Is The Pokemon Game For Adults You’ve Been Waiting For

Pokemon has long had a twentysomething audience. Consisting of millennials who grew up playing the games, watching the cartoons, collecting the cards, and enjoying the vast, inescapable sea of other merchandise, the beloved monster-fighting franchise defined the youths of a generation. Millions celebrated the 20th anniversary of Pokemon earlier this year, and the Gameboy games […]

Closed For Its Own Good: Why Thailand Has Decided To Shut Down Koh Tachai Island Indefinitely

Thailand is set to close down one of its islands indefinitely. It seems Koh Tachai, off the coast of Phang Nga province, is too beautiful and too popular for its own good, and will now be off-limits to all visitors starting October 15, authorities said on Monday. Koh Tachai is part of Thailand’s Similan National […]

Columbia University To Open A First Amendment War Room: $60 Million ‘First Amendment Institute’ To Promote Free Expression

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and Columbia University announced on Tuesday that they would create a $60 million free expression “war room” at the university’s campus in Manhattan. The project, named the Knight First Amendment Institute, will seek to preserve and expand the rights of freedom of speech and the press outlined […]

Massive Drug Bust Nets 8 Tons Of Cocaine: Colombia Claims Largest Cocaine Seizure In Its History

https://rumble.com/embed/vcde9/ Colombian police seized 8.8 tons of cocaine along the country’s border with Panama, Colombia’s government said on Sunday. Authorities say this is the biggest drug bust in the history of the country, which has long been plagued by the illegal drug trade. Officials of the Colombian national police say the drugs, which have an […]

Alaska Democrats Call For An End To Superdelegates At Convention

The Alaska Democratic Convention ended on its third day Sunday afternoon on the University of Alaska Anchorage campus after approving a resolution demanding an end to the use of superdelegates. Democrats said the turnout for this year’s convention was the largest ever. The entire third day of the meeting was mostly taken up by organizational […]

Google Is Worth More Than Apple Again

Alphabet, the parent company of Google, surpassed Apple to become the world’s most valuable company late last week. However, this wasn’t the first time this has happened. The multinational tech conglomerate, often informally referred to as “Google,” now boasts a net worth of a whopping $498 billion, while Apple’s market value is around $495 billion. […]

Here’s Why Almost 20 Percent Of Americans 65 And Older Are Still Working

Almost 20 percent of Americans aged 65 or older are now working, according to data released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. This record-breaking figure is the largest number of older people still employed since before the U.S. enacted Medicare. The large number of older workers is influenced by the sizable “baby boomer” generation, […]

Iran’s Oil Production Rises To Pre-Sanctions Levels, But Likely Won’t Change OPEC Stance

Iran has achieved success in boosting its oil production to its highest levels since 2011, but analysts are saying it now has no incentive to join other Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) members in freezing production to raise global crude prices. The Islamic Republic, which has been subjected to Western sanctions for years, is […]

‘Disney Dollars’ To Be Discontinued This Week, Rise Of Gift Cards To Blame

Disney announced today that it will discontinue Disney Dollars and cease all sale of the bills on Saturday, May 14, 2016. Existing bills will continue to be accepted at Disney locations and have no set expiration date. Disney Dollars, the name for Disney’s paper notes that resemble real money, have been an accepted form of […]

‘Can You Hear Me Now?’ T-Mobile Offers Summer Roaming And Cheap Calls In Cuba

T-Mobile announced on May 9 that customers will be able to use their mobile devices in Cuba beginning this summer. The mobile giant struck the potentially lucrative deal with Cuba’s state-owned telecommunications firm Empresa de Telecomunicaciones de Cuba SA (ETECSA), offering visitors to the island affordable voice calling, text messaging, and data roaming. On top […]

‘Forbes’ Unveils World’s Most Valuable Brands For 2016

Apple has been named the most valuable brand for 2016, Forbes said in its annual survey of the world’s most valuable brands on Wednesday. The survey puts a number to a label’s brand value. According to the latest Forbes ranking, Apple’s brand value, estimated at $154.1 billion, is almost twice that of Google’s, which lands […]

Walmart Sues Visa Over Chip-Enabled Debit Cards

Walmart is suing Visa for requiring customers using chip-enabled debit card to verify their purchases with a signature instead of a PIN. The suit, filed in New York State Supreme Court on Tuesday, says that the Walmart charges that Visa’s policy to allow people to enter signatures at the checkout counter leads to more fraud, […]

On This Day: Former Leader Of Guatemala Found Guilty Of Genocide

General Efraín Ríos Montt, the former military dictator who ruled Guatemala during its civil war, was found guilty of genocide by a Guatemalan court on this day, May 10, in 2013. He was sentenced to 80 years in prison. General Ríos Montt was convicted on charges of genocide and crimes against humanity for human rights […]

U.S. Warship Sails Near Disputed Island In South China Sea, Challenging China Claim

An American warship sailed within 12 nautical miles (22 km) of a disputed island in the South China Sea on Tuesday, causing China to scramble fighters and dispatch its own ships in response. The William P. Lawrence, a guided missile destroyer for the U.S. Navy, traveled within short distance of the disputed Fiery Cross Reef, […]