US Rep. Ro Khanna slams Saudi Arabia as ‘third-rate power’ as OPEC considers slashing oil output

CNN Business — US Representative Ro Khanna is calling on the White House to retaliate against Saudi Arabia if OPEC and its allies cut oil production in a bid to drive up prices. “It’s beyond pale,” the California Democrat told CNN in a phone interview Monday. “They are actively defrauding the American people and destabilizing … Read more

Woman who allegedly helped arrange migrant flights to Martha’s Vineyard identified by CNN as former Army counterintelligence agent Perla Huerta

CNN — “Perla,” the woman who allegedly helped organize migrant flights from Texas to Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts, has been identified by CNN as Perla Huerta, who served as a counterintelligence agent and combat medical specialist in the US Army until August. About 50 migrants were flown last month from Texas to Martha’s Vineyard on … Read more

Starbucks is set to close these 16 U.S. stores over safety concerns

Starbucks will close 16 U.S. stores, mostly on the West Coast, by the end of July for security reasons, according to the company. Most of the stores scheduled to close are in the Los Angeles and Seattle metropolitan areas. “We had to make the difficult decision to close certain sites that have a particularly high … Read more

Video game market riding high on wave of smartphone apps

Thanks to the growing popularity of smartphone titles, the Japanese video game market is growing at lightning speed, although concerns are growing about addictions and excessive in-app payments. The video game market topped 2 trillion yen ($13.91 billion) in 2020, and more than doubled in 2021 from 10 years earlier. Games available on smartphones generate … Read more

NY one of US’s major wine producers — but good luck finding home-grown brands in Big Apple

Even a good thing for New York turns to sour grapes. The state is the fourth-largest wine producer in the United States after California, Oregon and Washington, but the city’s vinophiles are struggling to find a local brand on the shelves of liquor stores piled with bottles from Europe, Australia and the West Coast, a … Read more

Hurricane Ian: Death toll rises to 66 in Florida after the storm rendered some communities ‘unrecognizable,’ officials say

CNN — Days after Hurricane Ian hit Florida, reeling residents are still assessing the damage caused by record storm surge, devastating winds and catastrophic flooding that made parts of the Sunshine State unrecognizable. At least 66 people have been killed by Ian in Florida as it swallows homes in its turbulent waters, clears roads and … Read more

Monkeypox unlikely to be eliminated in the U.S., CDC says

The monkeypox virus is unlikely to be eliminated from the United States in the near future, according to a report released this week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC, in a technical brief, said the epidemic is slowing as the availability of vaccines has increased, people have become more aware of … Read more

U.S. judge dismisses Mexican government lawsuit against gun manufacturers

A U.S. federal judge on Friday dismissed a lawsuit brought by the Mexican government against U.S. arms manufacturers, arguing that their business practices had led to bloodshed in Mexico. Judge F. Dennis Saylor of Boston ruled that Mexico’s claims did not overcome the broad protection offered to arms manufacturers by the Legal Arms Trade Protection … Read more

Tesla robot slowly walks on stage at AI Day

washington d.c. CNN — Tesla unveiled a prototype humanoid robot on Friday that it says could be a future product for the automaker. The robot, dubbed Optimus by Tesla, walked stiffly on stage at Tesla’s AI day, slowly waved to the crowd and gestured with its hands for about a minute. Tesla CEO Elon Musk … Read more

Austin hospital shooting: Authorities say there was no active shooter and no injuries reported

CNN — Authorities in Austin, Texas said Friday there were no active shooters at a local hospital after police responded to a call for “shots fired.” ‘Officers have secured the scene and it’s safe,’ Austin police said. said on Twitter on Friday afternoon. “This was not an active shooter incident. No injuries were reported, roads … Read more