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US stocks close lower as General Electric drags Dow

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Despite closing in the red on Friday, both the Nasdaq Composite and S&P 500 finished the week up 1.2 percent and 0.5 percent respectively. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 31.71 (-0.15 percent) to finish at 21,580.07. The Nasdaq slid 2.25 (-0.04 percent) to close at 6,387.75, while the S&P 500 finished at 2,472.54, down 0.91 (-0.04 …

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Owl cabins in southwestern France attract fun-loving travelers

Bruit du Frigo/Zebra3/Bordeaux(BORDEAUX, France) — Looking to have a whimsical adventure? Try trekking to Les Guetteurs, or The Watchers, in Bègles, located in the Bordeaux region of southwestern France. They’re three owl cabins that allow travelers to easily take in nature, gaze at the stars and even walk over to the nearby Garonne River. Designed by Candice Petrillo of design …

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Jelly up to the bar for wine-infused jam

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — If wine is your jam, why not try that, literally? Drunk Jelly takes the flavor of your favorite wine and marries that with jam. So you can have an “Adult PB&J” with the flavors of rose, chardonnay or merlot instead of plain old grape, or just have the jelly accompany cheese and crackers, or — as what …

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Kenmore products now available on Amazon

Kenmore(OFFMAN ESTATES, Ill.) — Amazon customers can now control their air conditioners by talking to Alexa. Sears launched a line of Kenmore home appliances on the online retail site for the first time, and it includes an air conditioner that is integrated with Alexa. For example, a customer can change the temperature on his or her air conditioner without leaving …

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Coffee recalled for containing Viagra-like ingredient

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Good to the last drop or the best part of waking up? KXAS-TV reports that a Food and Drug Administration lab analysis detected a drug that is structurally similar to the active ingredient in Viagra in a coffee product made by a north Texas company. Bestherbs Coffee LLC, in Grand Prairie, issued a voluntary nationwide recall of …

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Mixed results on Wall Street as S&P 500 retreats from record highs

tarabird/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Thursday saw mixed results on Wall Street after consecutive record-setting days for the Nasdaq and S&P 500. The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 28.97 on Thursday, closing at 21,611.78. The Nasdaq inched upwards to 6,390.00, gaining 4.96 and setting a new record close for the third straight day. The S&P 500, however, dipped 0.38 to a finish …

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Elon Musk says he received verbal approval to build underground hyperloop

Photo: Hyperloop One/Tesla(NEW YORK) — Elon Musk tweeted on Thursday that his Boring Company has received verbal approval to build an hyperloop connecting a number of major cities along the East Coast of the United States. Musk and the company have touted the possibility of untrafast travel via hyperloop system for years. On Thursday, Musk said that a trip from …

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Farming startup raises $200M from major investors

iStock/Thinkstock(SAN FRANCISCO) — A California startup that turns farming on its head has raised $200 million dollars from big-name investors such as Amazon chief Jeff Bezos. Plenty, a vertical farming startup based in San Francisco, has also garnered funding from Japanese media giant Soft Bank and Alphabet’s Eric Schmidt, according to the BBC. Founded in 2013, the company has an …

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Exxon slapped with $2M fine for violating Russia sanctions while Tillerson was CEO

James Leynse/Corbis via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — The Treasury Department has fined Exxon Mobil $2 million for violating Ukraine-related sanctions against Russia — while Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was CEO. According to a penalty filed today by the Treasury Department, the presidents of Exxon’s U.S. subsidiaries in 2014 signed eight agreements for oil and gas projects with Igor Sechin, the …

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'Dark web' marketplaces shut down after global investigation

DigitalVision/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Two of the world’s largest “dark web” marketplaces have been shut down after a global investigation, according to the BBC. The AlphaBay and Hansa sites had been connected to the trade of illicit products such as weapons, drugs and stolen data. On AlphaBay, there were more than 250,000 listings for illegal drugs and toxic chemicals, according to …

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