US News  August 26, 2016
Trump, Clinton exchange angry charges of racism
After releasing a hard-hitting ad that tethered Trump to the Ku Klux Klan, Hillary Clinton, pictured on July 5, 2016, will use a speech in Reno, Nevada to argue he has brought racism to the political mainstreamThe tone of the US presidential campaign turned darker, with Hillary Clinton skewering Donald Trump as a man who flirts with racism and paranoid ideas, while he in turn labeled her a racist whose family foundation was a "criminal enterprise."Speaking at a campaign event in Reno, Nevada, Clinton employed unusually tough language as she detailed a hi...  Full Story
GM scores legal win in faulty ignition switch case
GM has offered to compensate victims of accidents related to malfunctioning ignition switches, as long as requests were justifiedUS car maker General Motors claimed a legal victory after a Texas jury ruled that a faulty ignition switch was not responsible for a fatal crash in 2011.The plaintiff had said a defective switch caused him to lose control of his car and hit another vehicle, a crash that left the other motorist dead. "We asked the jury to evaluate Zach Stevens' case...  Full Story
US government seeks ban on swimming with Hawaii dolphins
Although there is no firm count on the number of dolphins in the Hawaiian islands, the most recent estimate puts their number at 3,350, according to NOAAUS federal officials are seeking a ban on swimming with Hawaii's spinner dolphins, saying the encounters popular with tourists are harming the nocturnal creatures' sleeping habits.The proposal by the National Marine Fisheries Service of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) would ban swimming with Hawaiian spinner dolphins or a...  Full Story
Hospitals won't bill Florida nightclub shooting victims
People look out at the Pulse nightclub which is still an active crime scene on June 18, 2016 in Orlando, FloridaTwo hospitals that treated victims of this summer's attack on the Orlando gay night club Pulse will not bill survivors for out-of-pocket medical expenses -- more than $5 million -- officials announced Thursday."The Pulse shooting was a horrendous tragedy for the victims, their families, and our entire community," Orlando Health president and CEO Da...  Full Story
JetBlue to launch first US commercial flights to Cuba next week
According to the US Department of Transportation, the airlines designated to fly to the nine Cuban airports, not including Havana, are American Airlines, Frontier Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Silver Airways, Southwest Airlines and Sun Country AirlinesThe US airline JetBlue will make the first direct commercial flight between the United States and Cuba in more than half a century next Wednesday, the Cuban authorities said Thursday.The August 31 inaugural flight -- the first of its kind since 1961 -- is scheduled to take off from Fort Lauderdale, Florida and arrive in the central Cuban city Santa...  Full Story
Uber lost at least $1.27 bn in first half of year: report
Uber has been valued at more than $60 billion, but has racked up losses at it expands and takes on competitors such as LyftThe on-demand car ride service Uber lost at least $1.27 billion in the first half of this year, Bloomberg reported on Thursday, citing sources close to the matter.As a private company, San Francisco-based Uber is not obliged to disclose details of its financial performance, however, it recently conducted a conference call with investors.Uber chief ...  Full Story
After backlash, EpiPen maker to help reduce patient costs
Mylan said it would double eligibility for patient assistance to EpiPen users, eliminating immediate out-of-pocket costs for the uninsured and under-insuredMylan NV, the embattled manufacturer of EpiPens, said Thursday it would help extreme allergy sufferers meet the costs of the life-saving devices after a five-fold price hike sparked outrage.However, prominent US politicians, including Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, said that was not enough and demanded Mylan lower the devices' pri...  Full Story
US naval ship fired warning shots at Iranian vessel: official
The USS Thunderbolt (L) and USS Squall (R) transit near Bahrain in 2013Iranian ships harassed US naval vessels in three recent incidents, including one that prompted an American ship to fire warning shots, a US official said Thursday.The incidents all occurred in the Persian Gulf on Wednesday, a day after another encounter in which a group of Iranian naval vessels with their weapons uncovered sped close to two US Navy...  Full Story