WORLD NEWS AS REPORTED II

If you put $1,000 in Amazon 10 years ago, here’s how much you’d have now

CNBC - 26 min 11 sec ago
The company now reaches 100 million members worldwide.

Michael Cohen has a long history of dealing with business partners who have been convicted of crimes

CNBC - 31 min 11 sec ago
Long before Donald Trump’s attorney paid Stormy Daniels or had his office raided by the FBI, a pattern was established: The associates of Michael Cohen have often been disciplined, disbarred, accused or convicted of crimes, ProPublica reports.

JP Morgan reportedly had to oust a security chief backed by Palantir after executives found out he was spying on them

CNBC - 32 min 11 sec ago
J.P. Morgan Chase reportedly ousted its special operations head Peter Cavicchia III five years ago after learning that his insider security group had spied on the bank's top executives.

Bipartisan group in Congress joins fight to repeal tax on college endowments

CNBC - 37 min 11 sec ago
The effort comes as Ivy League universities, which will bear the brunt of the tax, ramp up their lobbying efforts.

Since 2004, Brisa de Angulo's nonprofit

CNN - 40 min 45 sec ago
Since 2004, Brisa de Angulo's nonprofit has been working to change the culture of sexual violence in Bolivia while helping hundreds of its young victims heal.

It's turning out to be a great year for small cap stocks as they ride tax cut gains and avoid trade war tensions

CNBC - 43 min 11 sec ago
Small-cap stocks are crushing their larger peers so far this year and approaching all-time highs as the first-quarter earnings season gets underway.

More House seats are open than in at least a dozen years, but it's no slam dunk for Democrats

CNBC - 45 min 11 sec ago
Nearly 60 House members will not run for re-election this year, with most departures coming on the Republican side.

Business leaders explain why they love Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos' annual letter so much

CNBC - 45 min 11 sec ago
As Amazon continues to expand, propelling Bezos to the richest man in the world, his annual shareholder letters are drawing even wider appreciation among business leaders and executives worldwide.

Miguel Diaz-Canel was officially named

CNN - 46 min 43 sec ago
Miguel Diaz-Canel was officially named as the new leader of Cuba on Thursday, one day after a vote in the country's National Assembly.

Netflix is catching up to Disney, and one strategist says its gains aren’t done yet

CNBC - 47 min 11 sec ago
After adding billions of dollars in the last week, Netflix is edging closer to surpassing the Walt Disney Co.'s market cap.

A partner at Alphabet's GV venture arm says Silicon Valley is 'losing touch with reality'

CNBC - 48 min 11 sec ago
'The nerds have taken over the world. Now they're showing signs of being drunk on such power,' said GV partner M.G. Siegler.

Cannabis-derived drug clears hurdle on way to FDA approval

CNBC - 49 min 11 sec ago
Epidiolex would be the first drug on the market derived from the cannabis plant.

Amazon's 100 million Prime members will help it become the No. 1 apparel retailer in the US

CNBC - 56 min 11 sec ago
Amazon is expected to make a big leap in the apparel market this year.

Apple celebrates Earth Day by debuting Daisy, the recycling robot

CNBC - 57 min 11 sec ago
In advance of Earth Day, Apple on Thursday announced several new recycling initiatives and debuted Daisy, a recycling robot adept at disassembling iPhones.

Four Masked Burglars Steal Jade and Gold Artifacts From Museum in England

NEW YORK TIMES - 57 min 45 sec ago
Witnesses reported seeing the thieves break a first-floor window on Tuesday at the Museum of East Asian Art and steal items of “priceless” significance, the police said.

The surprising reason Jeff Bezos loves bad reviews from ‘divinely discontent’ Amazon customers

CNBC - 1 hour 4 min ago
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos explains the method that helps deal with bad reviews and "billions of dollars' worth of failures."

Better than a beach photo: Christie spends $85K on portrait

CNBC - 1 hour 6 min ago
That's more than taxpayers shelled out for paintings of his three predecessors combined.

It Could Be Game Over for a Onetime King of Donkey Kong

NEW YORK TIMES - 1 hour 10 min ago
The million-point record of Billy Mitchell, the subject of a 2007 documentary, has been thrown out, and Steve Wiebe, his rival, claims “sweet victory.”

Nazi Links of Hans Asperger, Autism Research Pioneer, Prompt Consternation

NEW YORK TIMES - 1 hour 12 min ago
The Austrian doctor collaborated with the Third Reich and actively assisted in the killing of disabled children, a new report says.

Bitcoin 'miners' are losing money at any price below $8,600: Morgan Stanley

CNBC - 1 hour 17 min ago
If bitcoin can't recover $8,600 soon, bitcoin "miners" will likely find it unprofitable to keep creating the cryptocurrency, Morgan Stanley analysts said.

Russia Demands Compensation for US Tariffs on Aluminum, Steel

VOICE OF AMERICA - 1 hour 21 min ago
Russia demanded compensation from the U.S. for its worldwide tariffs on foreign aluminum and steel Thursday, becoming the third influential member of the World Trade Organization to do so. China, the European Union and India have also objected, arguing the tariffs are a "safeguard" measure to protect U.S. domestic products from imports, which require compensation for major exporting countries. The Trump administration has rejected that argument and says the tariffs are for national security reasons and are therefore allowed under international law. The U.S. has agreed to negotiate with China and has informed the EU and India it is willing to discuss any other issue, while maintaining their compensation claims are unwarranted. It is unclear what Moscow's demand means in practice because it did not challenge the tariffs through a WTO appeals mechanism through which the organization's 164 members can negotiate solutions to trade disputes. China is the only country that has pursued that course and India has asked to be present at negotiations with the U.S. on the issue. U.S. allies Australia, Canada, the EU, Mexico and South Korea have received temporary exemptions from the tariffs, pending negotiations with the U.S.  

Clorox shares drop 5% after Morgan Stanley downgrades, says consumers shifting to smaller brands

CNBC - 1 hour 22 min ago
Shares of Clorox fall 5 percent after Morgan Stanley downgraded the stock, noting the company will face strong headwinds in the near future.

What happens when you don't pay off your credit card balance in full

CNBC - 1 hour 23 min ago
Paying only the minimum is a popular idea but not a good one.

Google is talking to companies about creating branded how-to videos for its smart assistant

CNBC - 1 hour 29 min ago
Google is pitching brands to sponsor videos for a new "how to" feature that it plans to launch for its smart assistant at its developer's conference in May.

Trump Administration Seeks to Expand Sales of Armed Drones

NEW YORK TIMES - 1 hour 30 min ago
A day after President Trump promised to slash red tape involved in weapons sales, the administration announced new policies, but experts said they would do little to speed exports.

Here’s how news jingles are created

CNBC - 1 hour 32 min ago
Music news themes can be traced all the way back to the 1900s when film studios began incorporating music and sounds in newsreels.

23andMe is asking users to share health conditions and review treatments

CNBC - 1 hour 32 min ago
23andMe wants users to rate their treatments for some conditions such as depression and asthma in a new feature.

A global chipmaking giant is blaming a slump in bitcoin mining for its lowered outlook

CNBC - 1 hour 33 min ago
A major Asian chip manufacturer that makes hardware for cryptocurrency mining blamed cryptocurrency uncertainty for its weaker than expected guidance for the second quarter.

This 24-year-old hosts one of NYC’s most posh supper clubs

CNBC - 1 hour 35 min ago
Jonah Reider, once known as the “dorm room chef,” runs NYC supper club, Pith, where tickets sells out in minutes.

No, the Michael Cohen investigation probably isn't 'the beginning of the end' of Trump's presidency

CNBC - 1 hour 35 min ago
It's hard to imagine an offense by President Trump rising to the level of impeachment, says Eric Yaverbaum.

Shares of suppliers to Apple drop after an iPhone chip partner predicts ‘weak demand’ for smartphones

CNBC - 1 hour 36 min ago
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing said poor demand in the smartphone market is hurting its sales.

Sleep Number shares tank after sales fall more than expected on competition from online sellers

CNBC - 1 hour 40 min ago
Sleep Number shares dropped as much as 13 percent.

States where it takes the longest for millennials to buy a home

CNBC - 1 hour 41 min ago
In these 16 states, it takes more than five years to put together a down payment.

Jeff Bezos is 'particularly proud' of this Amazon employee benefit

CNBC - 1 hour 43 min ago
Amazon's Jeff Bezos says in annual letter the employee benefit he is 'particularly proud' of is education reimbursement.

Snap-On shares soar on strong earnings

CNBC - 1 hour 47 min ago
Shares of Snap-on soared over 9 percent following a favorable earnings announcement on Thursday morning, making it the biggest gainer in the S&P 500.

Death of former Trump adviser's father labeled suspicious

CNBC - 1 hour 47 min ago
Law enforcement is investigating the death of H.R. McMaster Sr., the father of President Donald Trump's former national security adviser.

'Fearless Girl' moving to NYSE after spending a year staring down 'Charging Bull'

CNBC - 1 hour 52 min ago
The 50-inch-tall statue of the girl with her hands on her hips drew praise and criticism

Investor Bill Gurley seems to have gotten over his hard year with Uber

CNBC - 1 hour 57 min ago
VC Bill Gurley explained in a blog post why he thinks Uber's biggest success is often overlooked.

Philip Morris on track for worst day in a decade as iQOS growth in Japan 'plateaus'

CNBC - 2 hours 11 sec ago
Philip Morris has touted Japan as a success story for iQOS, its heat-not-burn tobacco product.

Bezos and Amazon, having already destroyed so much, may finally kill off Powerpoint

CNBC - 2 hours 4 min ago
Amazon founder and CEO JEff Bezos writes in his letter to shareholders that at Amazon, Microsoft Powerpoint is out.

Employees jump at genetic testing but experts warn it may not be a good idea

CNBC - 2 hours 7 min ago
Genetic disease risk screening is becoming a popular employee benefit. But experts say the tests may not be all that beneficial for the general population, the New York Times reports.

Nobody is happy with former FBI Director James Comey

CNBC - 2 hours 17 min ago
Voices from the left and the right slammed former FBI director James Comey over the revelations in his new book, "A Higher Loyalty," USA Today reports.

Rome Journal: Can You Hear Me Now? Rome Course Teaches Exorcism, Even by Cellphone

NEW YORK TIMES - 2 hours 18 min ago
The annual seminar seeks to train an army of exorcists to confront spreading demonic forces. Behind it is a sense that the Church has gone astray.

How to create custom responses for Alexa on your Amazon Echo

CNBC - 2 hours 25 min ago
Amazon rolled out a new feature on Thursday that lets you create custom responses for Alexa on your Amazon Echo. Here's how to do that.

How student loans are stopping millennials from buying houses

CNBC - 2 hours 25 min ago
Student loan debt has become a major barrier to home ownership in America.

Greek Court Upends Rules Limiting Migrants’ Movements

NEW YORK TIMES - 2 hours 30 min ago
The Council of State ruled that migrants arriving on Greek islands should no longer be held there while their asylum claims were assessed, raising alarm across the European Union.

Office sexual harassment policies lag behind the #MeToo movement

CNBC - 2 hours 37 min ago
The #MeToo movement's reach has been far and wide. But it still hasn't taken off in the office.

Black Man Arrested at Starbucks: Anger, Boycotts Not Solution

VOICE OF AMERICA - 2 hours 43 min ago
One of the two African American men whose arrests last week in a Starbucks coffee shop in Philadelphia sparked cries of modern-day racism, protests and calls for a nationwide boycott, says anger and boycotts are not the solution. "We need a different type of action ... not words," Donte Robinson said in an interview with the Associated Press.  "It's time to pay attention and understand what's really going on.  We do want a seat at the table." Robinson and his business partner, Rashon Nelson, were arrested shortly after they declined a request for service, explaining they were waiting for a business meeting.   They had arrived a few minutes early for the meeting with Andrew Yaffe, a white local businessman, who can seen in a video recording of the event demanding an explanation for the police officers' actions. Nelson and Robinson told the Associated Press they spent hours in jail with no outside contact and no idea the video of their arrests had gone viral.   Nelson said he had questioned whether he would return home alive.  "Anytime I'm encountered by the cops, I can honestly say it's a thought that runs through my mind," Nelson said.  "You never know what's going to happen." Sitting in a jail cell, the 23-year-old entrepreneurs thought about their next step.  "Do you let it slide, like we let everything else slide with injustice," Nelson asked?  Robinson continued to focus on the previous day's business deal and called Yaffe to reschedule the meeting. Nelson and Robinson were later released because of a lack of evidence that a crime had been committed. Starbucks said Tuesday it will close all of its more than 8,000 company-owned U.S. stores on May 29 to educate employees about racial bias, in an attempt to prevent more acts of discrimination. "I've spent the past few days in Philadelphia with my leadership team listening to the community, learning what we did wrong and the steps we need to take to fix it," said CEO Kevin Johnson.  "Closing our stores for racial bias training is just one step in a journey that requires dedication from every level of our company and partnerships in our local communities." The coffeehouse chain, which is also closing its corporate offices on May 29, said a curriculum is being developed for its 175,000 employees, with assistance from several racial bias training experts.  They include Equal Justice Initiative executive director Bryan Stevenson, NAACP Legal Defense Education Fund President Sherrilyn Ifill and former attorney general Eric Holder. Starbucks said the employee who called police on the men no longer worked at that location. Johnson, who has met with the men, called the arrests "reprehensible."

Fidel Died and Raúl Resigned, but Castros Still Hold Sway in Cuba

NEW YORK TIMES - 2 hours 47 min ago
Stalwarts and heirs of the Communist revolution will help support — and scrutinize — Cuba’s new president, Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez.

One of the men arrested at a Philly Starbucks: This is not a 'black people thing, it's a people thing'

CNBC - 2 hours 54 min ago
The two black men arrested at a Philadelphia Starbucks tell ABC they hope what happened to them never happens again.

Nestle and Unilever are finding it hard to raise the prices they charge retailers

CNBC - 2 hours 58 min ago
The multinational makers of everything are under pressure to boost revenues.

CIA Director Nominee to Face Confirmation Hearing in May

VOICE OF AMERICA - 3 hours 4 sec ago
The confirmation hearing for President Donald Trump's pick to lead the Central Intelligence Agency will begin next month. The current deputy CIA director Gina Haspel will testify before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence starting on May 9, the committee announced Thursday. If confirmed, Haspel would replace Mike Pompeo, who was nominated be Secretary of State after Trump fired Rex Tillerson. Haspel is the first woman tapped to head the CIA. Michael Bowman contributed to this report.

Facebook users' data exposed to web trackers when using its login feature for other sites: Report

CNBC - 3 hours 20 min ago
If you've logged into a website or app using the "login with Facebook" feature, your data could have been exposed to third-party trackers.

Earn 10 times more by switching to a high-yield savings account

CNBC - 3 hours 20 min ago
If your savings account isn't keeping pace with inflation, you are losing money.

Qualcomm slides after layoffs, regulatory challenges to NXP merger

CNBC - 3 hours 22 min ago
Sources tell CNBC Qualcomm is "very concerned" with the fate of an NXP Semiconductors deal.

Warren Buffett's partner Charlie Munger: Avoid these 5 things that ‘guarantee’ a life of misery

CNBC - 3 hours 26 min ago
The billionaire gave the speech to high school graduates in 1986.

Global trade has an issue with trust, IMF's Lagarde says

CNBC - 3 hours 32 min ago
The lack of trust among global trade partners must be fixed, IMG managing director Christine Lagarde told CNBC.

Michael Phelps Promotes Water Conservation for Earth Day

VOICE OF AMERICA - 3 hours 32 min ago
The most decorated Olympian of all time, swimmer Michael Phelps no longer competes, but he's never far from water. As Earth Day celebrations get underway, Phelps talks to VOA News about water conservation and what he does at home to preserve the precious resource. Tina Trinh reports.

Pier 1 Imports' stock craters on disappointing earnings report

CNBC - 3 hours 35 min ago
Pier 1 Imports' stock plummeted Thursday morning after the company reported sales that missed analysts' expectations.

Trump's lawyer Michael Cohen drops libel suit against Buzzfeed and Fusion GPS over salacious dossier

CNBC - 3 hours 36 min ago
Cohen is accused in the dossier of attending a "secret liaison with the Kremlin" in Prague among other allegations.

Takeda in talks with Shire after $61 billion bid rejected

CNBC - 3 hours 40 min ago
Takeda is in negotiations with Shire to acquire the London company after an unsuccessful $61 billion bid.

US crude takes aim at $70 a barrel as oil stockpiles fall, gasoline demand hits record

CNBC - 3 hours 46 min ago
Oil hit three-year highs as falling crude stocks and strong gasoline demand boosted a market already on the rise.

Jamie Foxx learns high-speed tricks from his stunt-double in a Dodge Challenger

CNBC - 3 hours 53 min ago
"I know you won a Grammy and an Oscar," Leno tells him. "If you win the Indianapolis 500, I'm going to be pissed."

'Shark Tank' star Kevin O'Leary has an unusual splurge: $120 luxury underwear

CNBC - 3 hours 55 min ago
They're made from Egyptian cotton.

Pot Holiday Traces Roots to California High School Stoners

VOICE OF AMERICA - 4 hours 2 min ago
Friday is April 20, or 4/20. That’s the numerical code for marijuana’s high holiday, a celebration and homage to pot’s enduring and universal slang for smoking.   Festivities are planned worldwide, culminating with a synchronized smoke at 4:20 p.m. local time.   How the marijuana-loving world came to mark the occasion is believed traceable to five Northern California men now in their 60s with bad backs and graying hair. They are the unofficial grandmasters by virtue of the code they created nearly 50 years ago as students at a suburban San Francisco high school in 1971.   “We thought it was a joke then,” said David Reddix, a filmmaker and retired CNN cameraman. “We still do.”   Reddix and his four buddies – Steve Capper, Larry Schwartz, Jeff Noel and Mark Gravich – were a stoner clique who hung out at a particular wall between classes at San Rafael High School. They dubbed themselves “The Waldos,” a term coined by comedian Buddy Hackett to describe odd people.   One fall afternoon in 1971 a non-Waldo classmate came to the wall with an intriguing tale and a crudely drawn map.   The map purported to show the location of a marijuana garden in the forest of nearby Point Reyes National Seashore. The classmate said the pot patch belonged to his brother-in-law, a Coast Guard reservist stationed at Point Reyes.   The classmate explained his brother-in-law, paranoid of exposure and washing out of the reserves, was renouncing ownership of the garden. He handed Capper the map and said The Waldos were welcome to the marijuana.   The five excited friends made plans to find the weed after school and decided to meet in front of the school’s statue of Louis Pasteur at 4:20 p.m., when two of them finished football practice.   They piled into Capper’s 1966 Chevy Impala, popped in a Grateful Dead 8-track tape and passed around joints as they drove the 45 minutes to the coast.   The five, now firmly middle-class fathers dressed in Polo shirts and khaki pants, laugh about tumbling out of a marijuana smoke-filled car when they arrived at their destination.   “It was straight of a Cheech and Chong movie,” Schwartz said.   They didn’t find the patch that day, but vowed to keep searching. They would pass in the halls and whisper “420 Louis” to each other if a new attempt was planned, indicating they should meet at 4:20 p.m. at the Pasteur statue.   The patch was never found.   “We were probably too stoned,” Schwartz said.   But the “420 Louis” stuck as code for “let’s get high at the statue after school.” Soon after, it was shortened to simply 420 and meant “let’s get high anywhere.”   There were myriad reasons for the teens to speak in code about smoking marijuana in 1971. Marijuana’s growing social tolerance was still decades away and people were receiving stiff prison sentences after being caught with even small amounts.   Another big reason: Noel’s father was a narcotics agent for the California Department of Justice.   “He had an inkling we smoked,” Noel said. “But I don’t think he ever caught on to 420.”   The five Waldos never moved far away and all remain close. Gravich’s youngest daughter attends his alma mater and his oldest daughter is a recent graduate. Both say they’ve long been aware of their father’s involvement in creating 420.   “The kids here think it’s pretty cool,” said Sophia Gravich, a sophomore.   The code remained confined to The Waldos’ social circle until they began hanging out backstage at Grateful Dead concerts. Reddix’s older brother was friends with band member Phil Lesh and that led to backstage passes and smoking sessions with the roadies and other crew members, who picked up the code.   The number really took off in the late 1980s when flyers were circulated at Dead concerts proclaiming 420 to be the password of stoner culture. The flyers went on to explain that 420 was California police code for marijuana smoking in progress. It’s not, but that and other origin stories continue to circulate to the point that Capper and Reddix have committed themselves to preserving as much proof as they can that they are the originators.   They tracked down the Coast Guard reservist to record his recollections confirming he grew a marijuana garden and drew the map that launched the treasure hunt. With his permission, they obtained his Coast Guard records, which show him stationed at Point Reyes at the appropriate time.   They keep those records in a rented safe deposit box in a San Francisco bank where they also store other documentation, including postmarked letters they exchanged in the mid-1970s discussing 420. The San Francisco bank’s address, as it happens, is 420 Montgomery Street.   The Oxford English Dictionary added 420 to its lexicon last year after reviewing the Waldo’s records and credits the men as the creators.   Millions of dollars have been made over the years exploiting the number, from T-shirts and hats to cannabis businesses with 420 in their names. Hotels and tour companies advertise themselves as “420 friendly” and dating sites contain listings for people “420 compatible.”   Though dozens of 420-related trademarks have been issued to various companies, The Waldos hold none.   But they are starting to cash in, if only a little.   Lagunitas Brewing Co. in nearby Petaluma is set to release its seasonal “The Wados Special Ale” on April 20. The brewery has given the five lifetime passes for free beer.   The Waldos also struck their first business deal with a cannabis business. They are endorsing a Oakland company’s vaping pen, which of course will be released on Friday at 4:20 p.m. All five plan to be at the company’s release party .   “Everyone has cashed in on 420,” Noel said. “Why not us?”  

Cuba’s New President: Loyal Servant of a Revolution He Didn’t Fight

NEW YORK TIMES - 4 hours 5 min ago
Most expect Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez to be a president of continuity after Raúl Castro. But he also has to figure out how to resuscitate Cuba’s economy.

31-year-old self-made millionaire reveals the simple formula to his success

CNBC - 4 hours 7 min ago
"You don't have to reinvent the wheel."

Six billion cockroaches bred for potions at AI-controlled farm

SKY NEWS - 4 hours 8 min ago
Six billion cockroaches are being bred each year through artificial intelligence at a Chinese farm making "healing potions".

Many people are not prepared for this $280K retirement expense

CNBC - 4 hours 9 min ago
Retiring earlier than expected could throw a wrench into retirement health costs. Here's how to plan for success.

Cuba parliament elects Miguel Diaz-Canel to replace Raul Castro as president

CNBC - 4 hours 11 min ago
Cuba lawmakers announced they had elected Miguel Diaz-Canel to replace Raul Castro as president, marking a new chapter for the Communist-run island.

Legendary inventor Dean Kamen jumpstarts human organ manufacturing in the US

CNBC - 4 hours 16 min ago
Legendary inventor Dean Kamen is working on a venture to manufacture human organs with the backing of the Pentagon

Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg nabs a book deal on the making of the #NeverAgain movement

CNBC - 4 hours 19 min ago
The book will chronicle the Parkland shooting and how students aimed to start a revolution to stop gun violence.

Frenchman Is First in World to Get 2 Full Face Transplants

NEW YORK TIMES - 4 hours 32 min ago
Jérôme Hamon, a bookseller who has a genetic disease, underwent a second transplant after his body rejected the first because he had taken an antibiotic for a cold.

Kraken cryptocurrency exchange says it will not comply with New York inquiry

CNBC - 4 hours 33 min ago
Kraken co-founder and CEO Jesse Powell said the cryptocurrency exchange will not comply with the New York Attorney General's request for information.

Michael Phelps: 'A Big, Easy Step' to Save Water

VOICE OF AMERICA - 5 hours 1 min ago
Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian in history, is a multitasker. “In the morning when I do take a shower, I’m brushing my teeth in the shower,” said the now-retired athlete. As one of the fastest swimmers in the world, Phelps knows a thing or two about saving time. But these days, he’s all about saving water. Colgate campaign Phelps was recently in New York to promote his partnership with Colgate toothpaste and raise awareness around water conservation. “Water has been such a big part of my life and important part of my life. And for me, it’s an honor and a pleasure to be able to spread the word that we need to conserve as much as we can,” he said. The Colgate Save Water campaign centers on the ultra-simple practice of turning off the tap while brushing your teeth. Phelps said the surprising stats around water waste blew his mind. “Leaving the water running when you’re brushing your teeth ruins and wastes 4 gallons of water. It’s like 64 glasses of water,” Phelps said. “I mean, that right there should be enough where you can make that change, and cut back on your showers, or make sure you’re turning off the water. Just the small little things that are going to end up making a huge difference in the end.” Stickers, smart speakers With Earth Day around the corner, Colgate has created a water-activated drain sticker to remind users to conserve. When wet, the sticker reveals the message “Turn off the faucet.” It’s currently only available at Walmart stores in a special package of the brand’s Total toothpaste, but consumers can also pledge online to save water and share their resolution via social media. Owners of a smart speaker such as the Google Home or Amazon Alexa can also use voice commands like “Hey Google, talk to Save Water by Colgate” to enable the sound of running water to play while their tap is off. With about 71 percent, or 4.3 billion, of the world’s population experiencing moderate to severe water scarcity at least one month out of the year, Phelps said small efforts like this can have a global impact. “A lot of what we’re doing is, it’s just common sense,” he said. “You’re standing there brushing your teeth and looking in the mirror — don’t have the water running. It’s as simple as that. It’s just one quick turn. And it’s so easy that everybody can do it. I think that’s a big, easy step that we can all take. Every single one of us.” Future generations The father of two is no doubt thinking of future generations in his efforts to raise environmental consciousness. “Being able to have a 2-year-old now, he’s kind of picking up on every little small thing that we do,” Phelps said. “It’s fun to teach him things like this early in their life because then it allows them to be able to carry it through their life but also teach other people the importance of conserving water.” It’s just one of many teachings the versatile athlete is passing on. These days, Phelps spends more time practicing his golf swing than his swim stroke, but the core lessons remain the same. “My coach taught me at a very young age to take the word “can’t” out of my vocabulary, because it’s such a negative word,” Phelps said. “Whenever you say you can’t do something, you might as well just give up on it. You’ve already had that idea in your head that you can’t do something, so you’re just wasting your time.” “That was something at a very young age that I learned and it was hard. But once I got it, I just believed that I could use my mind, and I could get to any place where I wanted to go,” Phelps said.

Silicon Valley has a labor caste system. Workers at $2 billion firm SurveyMonkey want to end it.

CNBC - 5 hours 2 min ago
Survey Monkey is breaking from the Silicon Valley norm and providing benefits to contract workers.

US weekly jobless claims fell, indicating continued job growth after a slowdown in March

CNBC - 5 hours 2 min ago
New applications for U.S. unemployment benefits fell last week, indicating continued job growth after a slowdown in March.

Congrats, America. You've finally earned enough this year to cover your 2018 tax bill

CNBC - 5 hours 3 min ago
As of Thursday, Americans have earned enough money so far this year to cover their collective tax bill.

Russia demands compensation for US steel tariffs

CNBC - 5 hours 4 min ago
Moscow has joined other nations in seeking rebates from Washington via the World Trade Organization.

California agency is probing Tesla for occupational safety

CNBC - 5 hours 6 min ago
Tesla is being probed by a California agency for occupational safety after a report that the electric carmaker failed to disclose serious injuries at a Fremont factory.

Pope Francis consoled a young boy who

CNN - 5 hours 19 min ago
Pope Francis consoled a young boy who told him that his father didn't believe in God before he died. The boy asked the Pope if his father could still be in heaven.

The top 10 most common habits of high achievers

CNBC - 5 hours 32 min ago
"There are many moving parts, many variables, many ingredients to becoming a high achiever," writes self-made millionaire Tom Corley.

How doctors in the US prescribe opioids — four charts

CNBC - 5 hours 32 min ago
Opioid prescriptions are on the decline, according to a new report. But experts say the number is still too high.

Apple, Nvidia shares fall after a key Asian chip partner gives weak guidance

CNBC - 5 hours 38 min ago
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing gave disappointing sales guidance due to the weak smartphone market.

Alpha males hurt alpha: Hedge fund managers with high testosterone underperform

CNBC - 5 hours 43 min ago
Hedge-fund managers with high testosterone underperform those with low testosterone by 5.8 percent each year, according to a study conducted by University of Central Florida.

A trade hangover has kept markets from pricing in explosive earnings, market watcher says

CNBC - 5 hours 46 min ago
Earnings expectations are sky high, but markets haven't caught up to the forecasts, according to one market watcher.

Blackstone earnings drop 20 percent, hurt by the equity market slump

CNBC - 5 hours 55 min ago
Blackstone said on Thursday first-quarter earnings per share fell 20 percent year-on-year, as a stock market slump weighed on the value of its holdings.

North Korea Scraps Demand of U.S. Troop Withdrawal, South Korea’s Leader Says

NEW YORK TIMES - 6 hours 4 min ago
Kim Jong-un removed a key obstacle to negotiations with Washington by ceasing to demand that American troops be removed from South Korea.

Comcast and Independence Health to partner on new health care platform

CNBC - 6 hours 8 min ago
Comcast is teaming up with Independence Health Group to launch a new consumer-oriented health-care technology platform.

Procter & Gamble beats estimates on the top and bottom lines

CNBC - 6 hours 28 min ago
Procter & Gamble on Thursday reported earnings and revenue that topped analysts' expectations.

Why General Electric is the only earnings report that matters right now

CNBC - 6 hours 29 min ago
General Electric earnings are coming into focus as the company reports Friday.

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