Biden Remark Casts Doubt On Pillar Of U.S. Trade Agenda
Vice President Joe Biden acknowledged that Congress will not grant President Obama fast-track trade promotion authority, which analysts say is critical to the president’s hopes to forge huge trade deals with Asia and Europe. Mr. Biden’s comments called into question the central pillars of the White House’s trade agenda, most immediately the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a regional trade pact involving 12 nations, which is the most visible element of Mr. Obama’s strategic shift toward Asia.
'Like A Forest Fire': How To Prevent Ebola From Spreading To U.S.
The Ebola virus, which has infected two U.S. humanitarian workers in Liberia, is only a short plane ride from any city on Earth. But federal health officials say it’s not a big worry for most Americans. Ebola is causing the worst outbreak ever seen right now, in three West African countries — Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. It’s infected at least 1,200 people and killed more than 670 of them. Among those infected are a doctor working with the charity group Samaritan’s Purse, and a colleague working with a related group called Serving In Mission.
Taylor Schilling Celebrates 30th Birthday With Orange Is The New Black Cast
The cast that parties together, stays together! Taylor Schilling rang in her 30th birthday with a festive bash at New York City hot spot Catch Roof on Saturday night—and, of course, the entire gang from Litchfield Correctional Facility joined in on the celebrations! Guests also serenaded the birthday girl as she blew out the candles on her three-tiered Orange Is the New Black-themed cupcake cake from Lily Spots NYC!
With PlayStation Network, Sony Goes Back To The Future In Search Of Revival
Japan's Sony Corp is hammering out plans to rise from the ashes of nearly $10 billion lost in six years by building a future around its last consumer electronics blockbuster - the PlayStation. Sony plans to reposition the video console warhorse as a hub for a network of streamed services, according to three senior officials, offering social media, movies and music as well as games.
Ian Somerhalder And Nikki Reed Enjoy Dinner Date Together In L.A.
Ian Somerhalder and Nikki Reed's love train rolls on! After packing on the PDA at Comic-Con in San Diego over the weekend, the hot new couple stepped out in L.A. last night for a romantic dinner date. The coordinating couple looked adorable during their Sunday night outing at Craig's restaurant in West Hollywood.
Consumer Reports Wants Toyota To Recall Some 177,500 Camry Hybrids
An influential consumer magazine on Monday called on Toyota Motor Corp to recall about 177,500 older Camry hybrid sedans to address potential power brake defects. Consumer Reports, which many consumers use when studying what vehicles to buy, said the Japanese automaker's decision to call for a service campaign or a warranty extension on two different problems covering cars from model years 2007 to 2011 does not go far enough. Under a service campaign, an automaker repairs cars as they are brought back to dealers by consumers. The magazine said, "Consumer Reports believes that Toyota should recall these cars. What’s at issue here is a series of acknowledged defects in a crucial safety system. Consumer Reports added, "A recall is more comprehensive and widely published than a mere service campaign, and owners don’t have to wait for a problem to happen before qualifying for the repair. Besides that, unlike extended warranties, recalls don’t expire and are performed proactively." Toyota officials did not have an immediate comment.
Fleet Unveils An App For Late Night Rides Between Silicon Valley And San Francisco
Fleet, a startup founded by a couple Stanford students, is the most recent attempt to jump on the increased demand for late night transportation in the Bay Area. They’re offering group rides between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m when trains are scarce or when the system is closed. They have shuttles stopping at about a half-dozen Caltrain stations in San Francisco, Palo Alto, San Jose and other surrounding cities. Each car or shuttle seats between five and 15 people and the cost ranges from $6 to $18, much cheaper than an Uber or Lyft. Co-founder Isaac Madan said, “Between here and San Francisco, it’s really challenging, especially at odd hours of the day or when the Caltrain is closed. Alternatives are also fairly expensive.” They are part of a wave of startups including Tomo Labs, Leap Transit and Chariot that are handling group routes within San Francisco.
Mitt Romney Shares Vacation Pics On Digital Platform
Mitt Romney is sharing cool photos of his vacation with the grandkids via Medium, the digital publishing platform launched by Twitter’s co-founders. The 2012 GOP presidential nominee — who is enjoying an uptick in popularity these days — and his wife, Ann, took five of their 22 grandchildren to the Grand Canyon, Bryce and Zion national parks, and natural wonders with great, kid-adventure names like Spooky Gulch, Goblin Valley and Peekaboo Slot Canyon. Romney said in his Medium blog post that their trip to explore the American West followed a tradition set by his parents. The grandkids, ages 10 to 13, learned about their ancestors and their roles in shaping the country, hiked over 50 miles, went jumping into watering holes near breathtaking falls, and had “a very close encounter with a rattlesnake.” Judging by Romney’s posts on Twitter and his interviews, the former Massachusetts governor is enjoying life outside of politics.
Michael Douglas And Catherine Zeta-Jones Open Up About His Battle With Throat Cancer
Michael Douglas is once again opening up about his battle with cancer. Speaking in front of 3,000 doctors at the International Federation of Head and Neck Oncologic Societies' 5th World Congress event in NYC Sunday, the 69-year-old actor got candid while talking about being misdiagnosed three times before his 2010 throat cancer diagnosis. Douglas' wife Catherine Zeta-Jones later said, "I'm very happy to be here this morning with my husband. I mean that literally.
Israelis Unite Behind War Effort
Amid a steady stream of Hamas rocket fire from Gaza, Adele Feder, a divorced mother of four from the nearby town of Ofakim, told a friend in Jerusalem that the attacks were traumatizing her kids. The oldest, a 15-year-old girl, "couldn't eat or sleep," and the youngest, an 8-year-old boy, "was crying out in his sleep and wetting the bed," Feder said. Not long after that phone conversation, a stranger in Jerusalem, which is farther north from the rocket fire, offered the family free use of her apartment while she traveled abroad. Their assistance is among thousands of acts of grass-roots support for those in need since the conflict began July 8th. Most of the acts of kindness are focused on more than 1 million southern Israelis, whose lives have been disrupted by the war, and tens of thousands of soldiers battling Hamas militants in Gaza. Jerusalem community activist Nadia Levine says the assistance "is the expression of a nation under attack that feels helpless and is eager to help."