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U.S. motorists kept up record driving pace in July: DOT
US motorists logged 0.8 percent more miles on the road in July than they did in the year-ago month, keeping 2017 on a pace to break last year's record of total miles driven, according to US Department of Transportation data released Thursday. The record pace may eventually be thwarted by historic hurricanes that paralyzed portions of Texas and Florida, two of the most populous states the nation.
At United Nations, Trump says he will sign new executive order to pressure North Korea
President Trump addresses the United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters, Sept. 19, 2017 in New York City. NEW YORK CITY - President Trump said Thursday he will seek to ramp up economic pressure on North Korea by signing an executive order that cracks down on anyone who does business with the hermit nation. Trump also praised China's very bold move to order its banks to stop doing business with their neighbors in North Korea.
Parents, don't fret about Toys 'R' Us woes yet
The legal move allows Toys 'R' Us to restructure $400 million in interest payments due in 2018. New Jersey-based Toys 'R' Us has struggled the last decade to keep up with retailers like Target, Walmart and Amazon. Brick-and-mortar stores are relics of the past, and to avoid complete bankruptcy, Toys 'R' Us must think about consolidation and innovation. I'm willing to drive to Toys 'R' Us, provided it has the toy I need at a decent price.
Baby dies days after funeral for mom who refused chemo to save her
DETROIT - Eight days after the funeral for a Michigan mother who refused cancer treatment to save her expected daughter, the infant died Wednesday, family confirmed. The baby weighed just 1 pound, 4 ounces at birth and was in the neonatal intensive care unit at CS Mott Children's Hospital. She said the girls' father, Nick Deklyen, is not doing well as he faces the family's second tragedy in two weeks.
In Puerto Rico, a desperate search for loved ones; power may be out 3-6 months
Streets and highways around San Juan were turned into rivers after Hurricane Maria barreled through Puerto Rico. Gov Ricardo Rossello has said it may be three to six months before power is restored. Places like Loiza, Canovanas, Rio Grande y Toa Baja were the hardest hit, and rescuers still struggled to reach those communities. On Thursday, residents desperately tried to reach loved ones in the storm's path, many of whom have been essentially cut off from the world.
Melania mocked after anti-bullying speech
Melania Trump has found herself being relentlessly mocked online - after giving a speech on the dangers of cyber-bullying. Wednesday's speech to the spouses of dozens of world leaders during the UN General Assembly was another chance to set out her agenda and focus for the next few years. Others were more keen to focus on the contents of the speech itself - and were equally unimpressed. By our own example we must teach children to be good stewards of the world they will inherit.
On a California Ranch, Perfect Conditions for Pro Surfing
Never had professional surfers, or broadcasters, been able to count on consistent surfing conditions, or a set schedule. In the ocean, surfing conditions can change drastically from one heat to the next, sometimes making comparisons difficult. It's a legitimate high-performance wave, he said, adding that he was eager to compete at the Surf Ranch again. The World Surf League will hold its first public event at the Surf Ranch in May 2018.
In Country Music, Nice Guys Finish First (for Now)
In 2015, a radio consultant referred to them as the tomatoes of our salad - the men were the lettuce - sparking controversy. These are systematic issues - to fix them would require coordinated response from record labels, publishing companies, radio and video outlets, and more. They rack up YouTube plays and, at their most successful, choke up the Billboard country charts, particularly the one that tracks airplay.
Flint water crisis caused increase in fetal deaths, lower fertility rates, study claims
The long-term health effects of the Flint water crisis are still unfolding, with a new study pointing to the contaminated water as a cause of lower fertility rates among the city's women and an increase in infant mortality. The two issued their findings after analyzing Flint birth and death certificates issued before and after the city switched its water source in 2014. They also noted no change in sexual activity among residents, indicating the water's potential adverse effect on fertility, MLive.com reported.
US, Russian generals meet after Pentagon accuses Russia of bombing US-backed forces
American and Russian generals met face-to-face at an undisclosed location in the Middle East this week days after the Pentagon accused Russia of bombing US-backed fighters in eastern Syria - with US special operations forces dangerously close by. A US military spokesman talking to reporters from Baghdad Thursday wouldn't disclose the location of the meeting or reveal which senior military officials participated. US Army Col. Ryan Dillon, a spokesman for the US-led coalition, said the meeting lasted more than an hour.
Billy Joel concert will boost security in Busch Stadium
After both U2 and Ed Sheeran canceled concerts this past weekend because of security concerns after the Jason Stockley ruling, authorities are doing all they can to make sure tonight`s concert goes smoothly. Busch Stadium officials say they do have security plans in place to handle various situations that could arise. Officials say they have been in frequent communication with law enforcement and they are taking every step necessary to ensure safety of everyone who will be out here tonight.
Fantasy football start/sit: Jay Cutler takes aim at Jets defense
Even if he loses touches to Terrance West, the dual-threat running back should own a Jaguars defense that struggles against running backs. Cutler looked sharp in his Dolphins debut, completing 24 of 33 passes for 230 yards and a touchdown against the Los Angeles Chargers. Expect a productive showing against a Jets secondary that has allowed five touchdown passes in two games. He took advantage of Corey Coleman's broken hand, torching a stubborn Baltimore Ravens secondary for 95 yards on seven receptions.
U.S. safety board: Train-crash engineers had sleep disorders
The engineers in two New York City area commuter train crashes suffered from undiagnosed sleep disorders, the US National Transportation Safety Board said on Thursday. The Centers for Disease Control says being overweight puts individuals at a higher risk of sleep apnea. The safety board said the brakes were working on the New Jersey Transit train traveling at 8 miles per hour 38 seconds before the crash. The 48-year-old engineer underwent a home sleep study in October that concluded he had severe sleep apnea.
In Shanghai, Kings win first NHL preseason game in China
Los Angeles Kings forward Dustin Brown attacks the puck during the 2017 NHL China Games in Shanghai on September 21, 2017. The Los Angeles Kings and Vancouver Canucks face each other for the first-ever preseason games played in China in the 2017 NHL China Games. The teams gave the raucous Shanghai crowd a fast-paced, physical introduction to the NHL, combining for 17 penalties and several power- play opportunities.
Spirit airplane's failing engine sends metal shards flying over Michigan neighborhood
A Spirit flight overhead was experiencing engine failure, sending pieces of its blown-apart turbine engine raining down on Dearborn, according to the FAA. AIRASIA PILOT CALLS ON PASSENGERS TO PRAY AMID ENGINE TROUBLE. ' People were holding hands, praying, getting out of hand with their emotions, but you can't blame them. According to Luke, the plane turned back around only minutes into the flight, eventually landing safely back at Detroit Metropolitan Airport. A representative for Spirit Airlines was not immediately available to comment.
Netflix pulls children's show episode after phallic image is discovered in background
Netflix has pulled an episode of a children's show from its lineup after parents became outraged at an inappropriate image reportedly presented in the background of a scene. A popular children's show, Maya the Bee, is missing Season 1, Episode 35 from its back catalog on Netflix after parents complained about what appears to be a phallic image drawn on a tree trunk.
Trump's 'Principled Realism' A Welcome Departure From Obama's 'Dangerous Doctrine'
The content and trajectory of President Donald Trump's foreign policy have defied the expectations of many of his supporters as well as his critics across the political spectrum. The president has moved a long way from his campaign positions of denigrating the value of America's democratic alliances and renouncing America's role as the world's default power.
Alibaba's Jack Ma: 'I don't have time to spend money'
It appears the richest man in Asia does not have time to spend all those earnings. I don't have time to spend money, he said. People say, 'Jack, you can spend money better than government, better than the other guys. In a CNBC interview in 2014, Ma said being the richest man in Asia can be a pain. Earlier this month, Alibaba celebrated its 18th anniversary, highlighted by a performance by Ma dressed as pop legend Michael Jackson.
'Battle of the Sexes': How accurate is the movie about the infamous tennis match?
CLOSE Emma Stone stars as Billie Jean King and Steve Carell is Bobby Riggs in the 1970s-set sports film 'Battle of the Sexes. ' Battle of the Sexes retells an event in American history that's so bizarre, it doesn't quite seem true 40 years later. The film focuses on the nationally televised 1973 Battle of the Sexes tennis match in which 29-year-old Billie Jean King beat 55-year-old former champion Bobby Riggs in three straight sets.
Will Hurricane Maria hit the U.S. mainland? It's unlikely, but not impossible
Hurricane Maria roars over Puerto Rico on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2017, as Jose spins south of New England. A direct hit on the US mainland from Hurricane Maria is unlikely, but not completely impossible, forecasters said Thursday. A complex dance among Maria, the remnants of Hurricane Jose, and several other weather systems over the eastern US and western Atlantic Ocean will determine the storm's ultimate path.

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