US News  June 29, 2016
Phelps on track as Franklin, Grevers fail to qualify for Rio
Michael Phelps competes in a semi-final heat of the MenMichael Phelps took another step toward a last Olympic hurrah on Tuesday as 2012 gold medalists Missy Franklin and Matt Grevers failed to qualify at the US swimming trials for the Rio Games.Franklin and Grevers were just the latest big names to fall in Omaha, where Ryan Lochte had already failed to qualify to defend his 400m individual medley crown...  Full Story
'Ghostbusters' backlash reflects Hollywood's sexism problem
Melissa McCarthy, shown here, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones and Kristen Wiig take the lead in "Ghostbusters", a new version of the 32-year-old all-male original movieAn all-female reboot of "Ghostbusters" hits theaters next month amid a savage backlash by Internet trolls that has thrown the spotlight back onto Hollywood's gender discrimination problem.The film's first trailer has become the most reviled in YouTube history, having amassed almost 900,000 dislikes, while director Paul Feig and his cast have been b...  Full Story
Pinterest ramps up e-commerce features
Pinterest sees itself as being positioned at the crossroads of social networking and online search, with users consulting it when seeking out products or servicesOnline bulletin board Pinterest on Tuesday unveiled new features to facilitate shopping on the site, as the platform pushes to become an e-commerce hub.The new offerings announced at the company's San Francisco headquarters include a virtual shopping bag that users can fill as they cruise bulletin boards."When you're ready to check out, everything ...  Full Story
Ikea recalls millions of dressers in US, Canada after child deaths
Furniture giant Ikea is recalling its Malm chest of drawers in North America after six children were crushed to death when the chests tipped overFurniture giant Ikea said Tuesday it was recalling more than 35 million chests and dressers in North America after six children died in the United States when they tipped over.The recall by the Swedish company, the world's largest furniture seller, affects 29 million units sold in the United States and 6.6 million units sold in Canada, according to...  Full Story
Record VW payout in US 'dieselgate' settlement
Volkswagen owns 12 brands, including VW, Audi, Porsche, Seat and LamborhginiVolkswagen has agreed to a record $15 billion US payout over its emissions-cheating diesel cars, pledging to buy back or fix vehicles that tricked pollution tests, and pay each owner up to $10,000.The German auto giant agreed in a settlement filed in federal court Tuesday to pay up to $14.7 billion to American consumers and US authorities, and anno...  Full Story
Is Brexit good news for Trump? It's not that simple
Presumptive US Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump delivers a speech in Turnberry, Scotland on June 24, 2016On the face of it, Britain's shock vote to exit the European Union looked like manna from heaven for Donald Trump -- angry voters had embraced the anti-establishment, anti-elite brand of politics he is offering Americans.But with a few days of distance, the vote to leave the bloc appears to only illustrate how much trouble the Republican White Hous...  Full Story
Google brings Earth into better focus
Google Earth begins rolling out a new version that uses new techniques to process sharper images gathered by the satellite sent into orbit in 2013Google's free online mapping service is bringing the world into better focus with an updated version of Earth that takes advantage of photos from a US Landsat 8 satellite.The Internet giant introduced a "cloud-free mosaic" of this planet three years ago at Google Earth, and on Monday began rolling out a new version that uses new techniques to proce...  Full Story
US top court denies two state bids to revive abortion restrictions
Abortion rights activists cheer after the US Supreme Court struck down a Texas law placing restrictions on abortion clinics, on June 27, 2016 in Washington, DCThe US Supreme Court on Tuesday extended the reach of its major ruling in support of abortion rights, denying efforts by two states to reinstate restrictions on doctors providing the procedure.In brief orders without comment, the court refused to take up appeals by Mississippi and Wisconsin, effectively upholding lower court rulings blocking their ...  Full Story