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It seems like everyone is using mobile applications - or apps - nowadays. But a new research report says we're just getting started. Analytics tool maker App Annie has published its latest report on the "app economy" and according to ReCode, things are about to explode. In just five years, App Annie estimates that the app economy will be worth about $6.3 trillion, up from $1.3 trillion last year.
WASHINGTON - Facing a rebellion within their own ranks, Senate Republican leaders on Tuesday postponed a vote to overhaul the 2010 Affordable Care Act until after the July Fourth recess. The current proposal by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., would cause an estimated 22 million more Americans to be uninsured by the end of the coming decade while reducing federal spending by $321 billion during that time, the Congressional Budget Office concluded Monday.
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, eighth grader Samara St. Louis was cramming for a spelling bee in 2012, when she stumbled upon a word that quickly became her favorite. "It's the last word in the dictionary and it's fun to say and it's fun to spell," she told the Post Ledger. She was speaking of "Zyzzyva," an odd little word that often appeared as the final entry in many English dictionaries. But the Oxford English Dictionary, considered by many as the standard-bearer of dictionaries, ended with "zythum," which referred to an ancient Egyptian malt beer.
When Alex Ippoliti and James Fredrick met two months ago, the men bonded over their shared affinity for cycling on gravel roads. There weren't many in Alaska, where they lived, but they thought a weekend ride together might be fun. They went out on Saturday morning at a military base in Anchorage, where civilians can explore miles of trails that snake through thousands of acres of woodlands. "It did not go as planned," Ippoliti told The Washington Post in a bit of an understatement.
A man trying to help a lost toddler find her parents was misidentified as a kidnapper on social media over the weekend, according to police in Lakeland, Florida, prompting him to leave town in fear for his safety and the safety of his family. The man was also punched by the child's father who told local media that he "thought he was trying to take my daughter" and "wanted to kill him."
The White House issued an ominous warning to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Monday night, June 26, pledging that his regime would pay a "heavy price" if it carried out another chemical attack this year.
It's finally starting to look like the world wheat glut has peaked. Dry, hot weather from the U.S. to Europe is taking its toll on crops, and the U.S. government is forecasting global output will fall for the first time in five seasons. The adverse conditions have pushed benchmark futures in Chicago to their best start to a year in a decade, a stark reversal from the previous four years when burdensome supplies dragged down prices.
CHICAGO—My brother-in-law, a volunteer constable in a small Arkansas town, once said that the answer to the tensions and violence between motorists of color and the police was for law enforcement to treat those they are sworn to protect with respect and politeness. The interactions between police and those who feel mistreated by them are often described as ranging from rude to angry to dehumanizing.
Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., said Friday that he cannot support Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's health-care bill without changes to it, becoming the fifth GOP senator to take that position since the bill was released on Thursday. Heller, who is up for reelection in 2018, has expressed concerns about the way the measure addresses the future of Medicaid. The proposal would impose long-term federal spending cuts on the program.
BEIJING - North Korea said Friday that the death of American tourist Otto Warmbier was a mystery, denying he had been tortured and casting itself as the "biggest victim" of the affair.