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The VA's future platform won't be identical to the Pentagon's but "similar", Shulkin said, because "VA has unique needs and many of those are different from the DoD". The White House has been pushing Shulkin out as a key spokesman more than most other Cabinet secretaries in recent months; he's joined press secretary Sean Spicer for a handful of briefings to outline how to reform the VA.
  • Tesla Owners to Pay More for AAA Insurance

    Tesla Owners to Pay More for AAA Insurance

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    TSLA stock is down less than 1% this morning. AAA based its analysis off of data provided from the Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI), as well as other sources. "We expect Model X to receive the best score for any SUV ever tested", a Tesla spokesperson stated. Other insurers, like State Farm and Geico, wouldn't tell the publication if Tesla owners would see an increase in rates, but said that claims data is a significant factor in calculating a rate.
  • Saudi's Al Ahli ends Qatar Airways sponsorship after political ties are cut

    Saudi's Al Ahli ends Qatar Airways sponsorship after political ties are cut

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    Emirates, the Dubai-based carrier, and budget carrier FlyDubai have followed suit. A picture taken on June 5, 2017 shows a man walking past the Qatar Airways branch in the Saudi capital Riyadh , after it had suspended all flights to Saudi Arabia following a severing of relations between major gulf states and gas-rich Qatar .
  • Memorable words from the National Spelling Bee

    Memorable words from the National Spelling Bee

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    Vinay takes home a $40,000 cash prize and trophy, along with a $2,500 USA savings bond and complete reference library, a trip to New York City and Hollywood. A 12-year-old Fresno, California has won the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee on Thursday. Ananya was crowned the victor of the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee held in Oxon Mill, Maryland, a suburb of the nation's capital.
  • London Bridge attack: 2 killers identified

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    The world needs new rules for cyberspace to "deprive the extremists of their safe spaces online", she said , according to Independent . It is not clear how having more police on the beat would have prevented the attack, since the men were shot dead within eight minutes, but the issue of police cuts has come back to haunt May, who served for six years at home secretary under her predecessor David Cameron before she became prime minister last year.
  • Qatar's falling out with its Arab neighbors

    Qatar's falling out with its Arab neighbors

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    Qatar is the site of the sprawling al-Udeid Air Base, home to the forward headquarters of the USA military's Central Command. Maj. Some Gulf news coverage seemed to support regime change in Qatar, and accused its emir of holding a secret meeting with Iranian Revolutionary Guard commander Gen.
  • "Opec's ability to control oil price 'diluted' by US" - Cantor Fitzgerald Europe

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    Precise details of OPEC's production cut haven't been made public yet, but The Wall Street Journal is reporting OPEC members agreed to extend their 1.2 million barrels per day production cut deal until March 2018. Less oil on the market normally means higher value per barrel. But it also spurred growth in the US shale industry , which is not participating in the output deal, thus slowing the market's rebalancing.
  • Renault announces electric auto battery recycling scheme

    Renault announces electric auto battery recycling scheme

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    This combination, the company claims, can save homeowners up to 35 percent on their electricity bills. Renault said electric auto batteries lasted about eight years on the road, but still had another 10 years of life for other uses in a stationary situation.
  • Apple store is down, new iPad Pro announcement likely to blame

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    Finally, Apple showed off an update to its Metal graphics suite that provides developer access to the GPU. I'd say Apple announcing the iMac Pro is pretty much the nail in the coffin for the little black can design. The entry-level 21.5-inch iMac now has Intel Iris Plus graphics, which work 80 per cent faster than the previous generation. Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference ( WWDC ) that kicked off on Monday may be a software show, but the company unveiled some hardware surprises at ...
  • Apple set to unveil smart speaker at annual tech conference

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    But here are several announcements Apple could make, in our best-guess order of their likelihood. A new message found in the latest iOS 10 beta update seems to indicate Apple will be killing off thousands of apps and games that haven't been updated to support 64-bit processors.
  • Etihad airline suspends flights to Qatar

    Etihad airline suspends flights to Qatar

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    Qatar is home to the sprawling al-Udeid Air Base, which is home to the forward headquarters of the United States military's Central Command. Its al-Udeid Air Base serves as a launching pad for coalition jets bombing IS sites in Iraq and Syria.
  • AAA: Gas prices down one cent in RI this week

    AAA: Gas prices down one cent in RI this week

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    The price of gas in the metropolitan D.C. area is a penny lower than a week ago. AAA Northeast said Monday the price of self-serve, regular is averaging $2.29 per gallon. While Tampa saw the biggest increase, West Palm Beach-Boca Raton and Miami and Fort Lauderdale have the highest gas prices at $2.45 and $2.39. At $2.36 Tampa sees itself with a 5 cent increase than it was this time previous year, but the same as last month.