The NBA's Top-Selling Jerseys: Public Perception Beats Stats And How The League Must Respond
Today the NBA released a list of the league’s most popular jerseys for the 2013-14 season based up on sales of players’ jerseys on NBAStore.com. While the names of the players who made the list arguably are not surprising, the list’s make-up and the number of regular season games played by those on it sends a clear signal to the NBA related to its future jersey sales earnings.
House To Vote On Slimmed-down Bill For Border
House Republicans unveiled a slimmed-down bill Tuesday to address the immigration crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border by sending in National Guard troops and speeding migrant youths back home. The election-year measure would allow Republicans to say they tried to solve the humanitarian problem in South Texas, even though it stands no chance of becoming law.
Elegant Louvre Garden In Paris Infested With Rats
Rats are on the rampage in the elegant garden of the Louvre Museum, so bold they romp on the grass in broad daylight, defying death threats from sanitation workers and scaring tourists. The vermin are finding a lifeline from "people who don't want us to kill animals," said Jean-Claude Ndzana Ekani, a museum employee who was working Tuesday with technicians from an extermination company, The lush area which extends into the Tuileries Gardens gives a rat plenty of places to hide, but still the critters scamper about openly, unfazed by people strolling about. The Louvre, which owns the garden, has been trying to combat the rat problem for months but clearly hasn't succeeded.
UBS Sees Profits Rise, Probed Over Trading System
Switzerland's biggest bank, UBS, reported Tuesday a 15 percent rise in second-quarter profit, driven by its core wealth management business, and disclosed it was part of a group of financial companies being investigated over alternative trading systems called "dark pools." UBS AG said its net profit for the April-June period rose to 792 million Swiss franc from 690 million francs in the comparable period in 2013. The Zurich-based bank also said it had settled an investigation in Germany of charges that the bank aided German clients suspected of evading taxes.
Hillary Clinton On 'dead Broke' Comment: 'I Regret It'
Hillary Rodham Clinton is still talking about being wealthy. Clinton expressed regret to Jorge Ramos of Fusion TV about her now much-criticized comment that she and Bill Clinton were “dead broke” after he left the White House in 2001. Clinton told Fusion TV in the interview airing Tuesday, that It was accurate, but we are so successful and we’re so blessed by the success we’ve had and my husband has worked incredibly hard.
U.S. GMO Crop Companies Double Down On Anti-labeling Efforts
One year after the launch of a social media effort to allay consumers' concerns about the safety of foods made from genetically modified crops, U.S. companies that develop GMOs have further committed to a multimillion-dollar campaign to defeat attempts to add GMO labels to such foods. "We are not going to sit down for that (labeling)," Cathleen Enright, spokeswoman for the effort, said in an interview. "We want people to know how their food is grown ... we support a right to know.
IMF Warns Of Potential Risks To Global Growth
The International Monetary Fund said on Tuesday, sharply higher interest rates around the world could combine with weaker growth in emerging markets to slice as much as 2 percentage points off global growth in the next five years. In a report assessing how individual national policies could interact to undermine the world economy, the IMF also warned the conflict between Russia and Ukraine could reverberate to the rest of the region if sanctions against Russia escalate, hitting natural gas supplies to Europe and weakening European banks. The IMF said in its 'spillovers' report, that the resulting impact could prompt further gyrations in financial markets, in contrast to the recent period of market calm
GM Sued Over Deaths, Injuries Linked To Ignition Switch
General Motors was hit Tuesday with a lawsuit brought on behalf of more than 650 people allegedly injured or killed in accidents involving cars that have been recalled this year for faulty ignition switches. The lawsuit was filed in Manhattan federal court, where dozens of cases against GM over the switch recall have been consolidated. Since the beginning of the year, GM has recalled nearly 15 million vehicles worldwide over potentially defective ignition switches.
U.S. Senate Shortens Transport Extension, Sets Up Clash With House
The U.S. Senate on Tuesday approved an $8.1 billion extension of federal funding for transportation projects through the end of 2014, setting up a clash with the House of Representatives just days ahead of cutbacks in money for road, bridge and transit construction. The Democratic-controlled Senate had been considering a House-passed measure for a longer-term extension through May 2015, but reduced the amount of money with the aim of forcing Congress to approve a long-term transport funding bill during its post-election "lame duck" session in November.
Top Doctor Dies From Ebola After Treating Dozens
A leading doctor who risked his own life to treat dozens of Ebola patients died Tuesday from the disease, officials said, as a major regional airline announced it was suspending flights to the cities hardest hit by an outbreak that has killed more than 670 people. Dr. Sheik Humarr Khan, who was praised as a national hero for treating the disease in Sierra Leone, was confirmed dead by health ministry officials there. He had been hospitalized in quarantine. Health workers have been especially vulnerable to contracting Ebola, which is spread through bodily fluids such as saliva, sweat, blood and urine.