United States

 
 

Malls beef up dining, entertainment options to boost traffic – ABC News Feed

Malls beef up dining, entertainment options to boost traffic

Shoppers braving the mall this holiday season may notice more that’s new than the day’s discounts. Many mall owners are spending billions to add more upscale restaurants and bars, premium movie theaters with dine-in options, bowling alleys and similar amenities. Some have turned swaths of space that previously housed department stores over to health clubs and grocery stores. Others are undergoing no less than a ground-up transformation to make room for office space, hotels and apartments. The trend has been gaining traction as the companies that operate malls look forRead More


Tiny stem cell companies close in on major heart disease goals

Tiny stem cell companies close in on major heart disease goals

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The early hope that stem cell therapy would make the paralyzed walk, the blind see and cure diabetes have given way to a long list of failures, highlighted by early stem cell champion Geron Corp abandoning the field in 2011. But two small companies, Athersys Inc and Mesoblast Ltd, are beginning final stage trials in hundreds of patients that they – along with loyal investors – say could change the course of devastating stroke and heart failure. Both have overcome major hurdles to manufacturing stem cellRead More


China to roll out nationwide scheme to make polluters repair damage, pay compensation: Xinhua

China to roll out nationwide scheme to make polluters repair damage, pay compensation: Xinhua

BEIJING (Reuters) – China plans to roll out nationwide by 2020 a system that forces polluters to repair damage to the environment or pay compensation, the official Xinhua news agency reported late on Sunday. The move, which extends a scheme already piloted in 7 provinces, marks the latest step in a crackdown on pollution that has been ramped up by the government this year. China aims to establish a comprehensive damage-compensation system to protect its environment in the next three years, Xinhua reported, citing a document issued on Sunday byRead More


Trump to say in security speech that China is competitor: officials

Trump to say in security speech that China is competitor: officials

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump will lay out a new U.S. national security strategy on Monday based on his “America First” policy and will, among other items, make clear that China is a competitor, two senior U.S. officials said on Saturday. Trump has praised Chinese President Xi Jinping while also demanding that Beijing increase pressure on North Korea over its nuclear program and to change trade practices to make them more favorable to the United States. The national security strategy, to be rolled out in a speech by Trump,Read More


China’s Tencent, JD.com invest $863 million in online retailer Vipshop

China's Tencent, JD.com invest $863 million in online retailer Vipshop

BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese internet giant Tencent Holdings Ltd (0700.HK) said on Monday it would lead an $863 million investment in apparel platform Vipshop Holdings Ltd (VIPS.N), upping its rivalry in retail with Alibaba Group Holding Ltd (BABA.N). Tencent will invest $604 million in exchange for a 7 percent stake in Vipshop, while e-commerce firm JD.com Inc (JD.O) – a long-standing ally – will invest $259 million for a 5.5 percent stake, the two firms said in a statement. The companies did not clarify why the cost of Tencent’s purchasedRead More


Republican Senator John McCain leaves Washington before expected tax vote

Republican Senator John McCain leaves Washington before expected tax vote

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican U.S. Senator John McCain is expected to miss an upcoming vote on a tax code overhaul, after his office said he had returned to his home in Arizona following medical treatment. The Senate is expected to vote as early as Tuesday on tax legislation. But McCain, undergoing treatment for brain cancer, will be out of Washington until January, his office said on Sunday. Top U.S. Republicans said on Sunday they expected Congress to pass the tax bill. Reporting by Pete Schroeder; Editing by Peter Cooney OurRead More


Season’s micro-greetings: Scientists claim smallest Christmas card

(Reuters) – British scientists have created what they believe is the world’s smallest Christmas card, a seasonal greeting so tiny that over 200 million of them could fit into a standard postage stamp. The card, created by the National Physical Laboratory (NPL), the U.K.’s national measurement standards laboratory, measures 15 x 20 micrometers. A micrometer is one millionth of a meter. It is made from platinum-coated silicon nitride, and was illustrated using a focused ion beam. The card’s cover features an etching of a snowman, above the words “seasons greetings,”Read More


Diminished winds help California battle historic wildfire

VENTURA, Calif. (Reuters) – Calming winds on Sunday helped slow the spread of a California wildfire that already ranks as the third largest in state history, having scorched 269,000 acres (109,000 hectares) along the scenic Pacific Coast north of Los Angeles. Officials said more than 8,500 firefighters were battling the so-called Thomas Fire in Southern California, which began on Dec. 4. It has destroyed more than 1,000 structures and threatened 18,000 others, including homes in the wealthy town of Montecito just outside the coastal city of Santa Barbara. The blaze,Read More


‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ opens with galactic $450 million box office

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” burst into theaters with a staggering $450 million in global ticket sales in its opening weekend, confirming that the celebrated space adventure franchise remained a powerful force at the box office. The eighth movie in the “Star Wars” saga created by George Lucas in 1977 collected $220 million in the United States and Canada, according to box office estimates released by comScore on Sunday. The total ranked second only to the $248 million for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” two yearsRead More


Jazz and pop singer Keely Smith dies of heart failure at 89 – ABC News Feed

Jazz and pop singer Keely Smith dies of heart failure at 89

Keely Smith, a pop and jazz singer known for her solo recordings of jazz standards as well as her musical partnership with Louis Prima, has died of apparent heart failure in Palm Springs. She was 89. According to a news release from her publicist Bob Merlis, Smith was under a physician’s care when she died Saturday. Smith was born Dorothy Jacqueline Keely in Norfolk, Virginia on March 9, 1928, and got her first paying job singing with the Earl Bennett band when she was just 15. She later auditioned toRead More