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Putin wants to strengthen Russia’s military nuclear potential

REUTERS/Kim Kyung-HoonMoscow (AFP) - Russia's President Vladimir Putin on Thursday called for reinforcing the country's military nuclear potential and making sure its missiles can penetrate any missile-defence systems. "We need to strengthen the military potential of strategic nuclear forces, especially with missile complexes that can reliably penetrate any existing and prospective missile defence … [Read more...]

10 things you need to know before the opening bell (SPY, SPX, QQQ, DIA, HSY, BA)

Reuters/KCNAHere is what you need to know. Dow 20,000 remains elusive. The Dow Jones Industrial Average dipped 0.16% on Wednesday to finish at 19,941.96. It's set to open Thursday's session near 19,935. Wednesday was the most boring day for stocks since 1992. Wednesday's intraday range of 1.9 basis points was the tightest since Christmas Eve 1992, according to Bespoke Investment Group. The world's … [Read more...]

The evacuation of Aleppo is expected to end today

REUTERS/Ammar AbdullahAleppo (Syria) (AFP) - Evacuations from rebel-held parts of Aleppo continued overnight with dozens of vehicles leaving the city and the operation likely to end on Thursday, aid workers said. The International Committee of the Red Cross, which is assisting in the evacuation, said dozens more buses and smaller vehicles were expected to carry rebel fighters and civilians out of … [Read more...]

Governments are demanding more and more user data from Facebook (FB)

AP Photo/Pablo Martinez MonsivaisGovernments are demanding more and more data from Facebook about its users. On Wednesday, the social network said that government requests for user account data rose 27% in the first half of 2016 compared to the second half of last year. And that H2 2015 figure was already up 13% on the first half of 2015. In the most recent report, US law enforcement agencies … [Read more...]

This is the Excel trick that will change everything about how you work with data

Don't waste time testing different values individually in Excel. Use a data table to show the results for many different possible scenarios at once.  Follow BI Video: On Twitter  … [Read more...]

Wall Street’s biggest bull for 2017 outlines what would make him turn bearish

PrudentialJohn Praveen has the most bullish outlook on the stock market next year that we've seen.  The chief investment strategist at Prudential sees the S&P 500 rising to 2,575 in 2017. No other strategist at a major firm forecast that the index will end that high — about 14% from current levels.  Tom Lee, co-founder of Fundstrat and the biggest bull for 2016, will … [Read more...]

Turkey has released 6 close relatives of the Russian ambassador’s assassin after nearly 3 days of questioning

Burhan Ozbilici/APIstanbul (AFP) - Turkish authorities on Thursday released six close relatives of the assassin of the Russian ambassador to Ankara after holding them for almost three days for questioning in the wake of the killing, state media said on Thursday. Investigators are looking for links of the killer, Turkish policeman Mevlut Mert Altintas, to the group of the US-based Islamic cleric … [Read more...]

Here’s what happens to your brain when you hit the snooze button

When the alarm goes off in the morning, a common reaction is to hit the snooze button so that you can get a few extra minutes of sleep. It turns out this causes more harm than good. These are the scientifically proven consequences of hitting the snooze button. Follow BI Video: On Twitter … [Read more...]

The 10 things in advertising you need to know today

Roy Rochlin/Getty ImagesGood morning. Here's everything you need to know in the world of advertising today. 1. Ad tech company Rubicon Project has lost two more of its key executives. SVP of marketplace development Jay Sears and SVP of global technology partnerships Adam Chandler have left at a challenging time for the company. 2. Russian hackers stole millions from video advertisers, according to … [Read more...]

Uber launched a fleet of electric cars in Madrid

REUTERS/Danish SiddiquiMADRID (Reuters) - Ride-hailing service Uber Technologies launched in Madrid on Thursday its first fleet of electric cars. In Spain's capital city, as elsewhere, Uber's service of matching private car owners with passengers has prompted anger among the heavily-regulated taxi sector. The company hopes the introduction of cleaner cars will help improve its image in a city … [Read more...]

Four arrests made as Berlin attack manhunt intensifies

© AFP Tobias SCHWARZBERLIN (AFP) — German authorities were criticised on Thursday after it emerged that the prime suspect in Berlin's deadly truck attack, a rejected Tunisian asylum seeker, was known as a potentially dangerous jihadist. German prosecutors have issued a Europe-wide wanted notice for 24-year-old Anis Amri, offering a €100,000 ($104,000) reward for information leading to … [Read more...]

China foreign minister: US-China relations face ‘uncertain factors’, but ‘can’t be altered by an individual’s will’

Reuters/ Greg Baker BEIJING (Reuters) - China-U.S. relations face new uncertainties but with mutual respect for core interests they will remain stable, China's foreign minister said, adding one individual will not impede ties, a likely reference to U.S. President-elect Donald Trump. President Xi Jinping spoke with Trump soon after he won last month's election, but Beijing has been unsettled by … [Read more...]

Here’s what Trump really needs to do to actually ‘drain the swamp’

Shannon Stapleton/Reuters To the dismay and puzzlement of disgruntled liberals, the Dow Jones Index has soared nearly 9 percent since Donald Trump was elected president on November 8. The Russell 2000 Index of small-cap stocks has jumped 15 percent. That was not expected.  The day before the election – the day FBI Director Comey again cleared Hillary Clinton -- the market turned around … [Read more...]

‘Donald was not going to like that mustache’: ‘The look’ is an important factor for Trump in his Cabinet deliberations

In his quest to fill his cabinet positions, President-elect Donald Trump may be heavily weighing the physical appearance of candidates, according to a new report from the Washington Post.  Trump, who has a considerable background in television and running beauty pageants, has often commented on the appearance of public figures and business associates. "You can come with somebody who … [Read more...]

Here’s how the White House trying to stop automation from decimating the the labor market

AP The robots aren’t coming to take our jobs...at least not all of them. But a new report from the White House warns that unless the U.S. is smart about preparing for a future in which many, many more jobs are automated, the country runs the risk of a severely unequal distribution of the benefits from the increased efficiency that automation brings. To a great degree, automation has already … [Read more...]

How free college transformed this Rust Belt town in Michigan

AP/Mark Bialek DECEMBER 17, 2016  KALAMAZOO, MICH.—Tracy Zarei has wanted to teach children ever since she was in the second grade. She knew she would have to go to college to become a teacher. “She was a straight-A student,” says her mother, Sheri, who was working double shifts in a nursing home to pay rent on their mobile home. “She cried when she got her first … [Read more...]

Study shows fewer people skip the doctor because of cost concerns after Obamacare was passed

A new report published by the Commonwealth Fund this week highlighted a variety of aspects of the insurance coverage gains made after Obamacare was passed, including a sizable decrease in the number of people who say they skipped going to the doctor because of cost concerns. In 2013, before the law had gone fully into effect, 20 percent of adults said they had forgone seeking medical treatment … [Read more...]

‘This was not the deal’: Effort to repeal contentious ‘bathroom law’ in North Carolina falls apart after heated debate

AP Photo/Gerry Broome, PoolAn effort to repeal North Carolina's contentious "bathroom law" failed on Wednesday, ending what was expected to be a day of bipartisan compromise in one of the nation's most bitterly divided states. In a one-day special lawmaking session in Raleigh, legislators convened to undo the law known as House Bill 2, which has cost the state hundreds of millions … [Read more...]