Monthly Archives: March 2015

U.S. corporations accuse Indiana and Arkansas of curbing gay rights

Wal-Mart President and Chief Executive Officer Doug McMillon speaks during an interview with The Associated Press on Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015, in Bentonville, Ark. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is spending $1 billion to change how it pays and trains hourly staff in a move it hopes will help reshape the image that it only offers dead-end jobs. (AP Photo/Gareth Patterson)Arkansas lawmakers passed a Religious Freedom Restoration Act on Tuesday that critics said would allow businesses to deny service to gays and lesbians, drawing a swift demand from Wal-Mart Stores Inc for the governor to veto the bill. Arkansas followed Indiana, which passed a similar act last week. The world's biggest retailer, Wal-Mart , based in Bentonville, Ark., issued a statement saying the Arkansas bill threatened to undermine "the spirit of inclusion" in the state and "does not reflect the values we proudly uphold." Signed by Doug McMillon, chief executive officer, the statement asked Republican Governor Asa Hutchinson to veto the legislation.

Passover is time for matzoh

Passover is time for matzohUltra-Orthodox Jews prepare special matzoh, a traditional handmade Passover unleavened bread, at a bakery in Bnei Brak near Tel Aviv, Israel. Thursday, April 10, 2014. Jews are forbidden to eat leavened foodstuffs during the Passover holiday. Passover celebrates the biblical story of the Israelites' escape from slavery and exodus from Egypt. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

Republican economic veterans, Hubbard and Warsh, advising Jeb Bush: sources

Professor Glenn Hubbard and Federal Reserve Governor Kevin Warsh combination file photos taken in New YorkBy Steve Holland, Anna Yukhananov and Lauren Tara LaCapra WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – Glenn Hubbard and Kevin Warsh, veteran Republican economic policymakers and critics of the Fed's ultra-loose monetary policy, have emerged as top economic advisers to likely presidential candidate Jeb Bush, Republican sources said on Tuesday. Hubbard, who served as the top White House economist for former President George W. Bush, was one of the architects of Bush's tax cuts.

Gov. Mike Pence pledges to ‘fix’ controversial law

Indiana Governor Mike Pence held a press conference to announce he will ask the state’s legislature to change a controversial religious freedom bill signed into law last week. This comes as a reversal for Pence, who on Sunday told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos that the law would not change. Yahoo News and Finance Anchor Bianna Golodryga breaks down today’s turnabout with Yahoo News Chief Washington Correspondent Olivier Knox.

Baby claps hands in incredible ultrasound video

A video of an ultrasound is going viral, and you have to see it to believe it. Jen Cardinal, from Olympia, Wash., uploaded a clip to YouTube from her baby’s 14-week prenatal checkup. In it, you see the baby clapping his or her little hands as the mom and dad sing “If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands.”

Only openly gay player in men’s Division 1 college basketball responds to Indiana’s religious freedom law

“For him to go and try to fix it gives me a lot more hope as I head to Indiana, where I am heading this week. It will make me feel a lot more comfortable when I’m down there.” Derrick Gordon, the first NCAA men’s Division I basketball player to come out and compete as an openly gay player, weighed in on Tuesday on the controversy surrounding Indiana’s new “religious freedom” law.

RadioShack co-branding of stores with Sprint wins court approval

The exterior of a RadioShack store is seen in New YorkA plan to salvage RadioShack Corp’s business by co-branding most of its 1,740 surviving stores with cellular phone provider Sprint Corp earned U.S. bankruptcy court approval on Tuesday, ending four days of contested court hearings. The stores are what survived of more than 4,000 outlets after RadioShack went bankrupt in February. Judge Brendan Shannon, in Delaware bankruptcy court, approved a sale of the stores to the Standard General hedge fund, which plans to keep most of them open under a deal in which Sprint will occupy one-third of each space.

Amazon launches button for instant product ordering

TideDashButtonCrop(Reuters) – Online retailer Amazon.com Inc has launched a hardware that allows its Prime members to order a product by pushing a button. The 'Dash button', which is connected with the Amazon app through Wi-Fi, is brand specific and the company has tied up with household names such as Tide, Huggies and Gillette. Reuters had reported in September that Amazon would boost staffing at its secretive Silicon Valley-based hardware unit as it tests Internet-connected "smart" home gadgets.