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This is what would happen if Social Security didn't exist, new report says

This is what would happen if Social Security didn't exist, new report says

Finance
The Social Security program is under attack and needs to be modernized and strengthened, according to a new report from Democrats on the Joint Economic Committee, which recommends policy to Congress. "Cuts to Social Security are not a credible solution to pay for the $ 1.9 trillion that Congressional Republicans have recently added to the deficit in passing their tax legislation," Sen. Martin Heinrich of New Mexico, the committee's ranking Democrat, said in a statement to CNBC. "We must ensure that our seniors are able to retire with dignity." J.P. Freire, a spokesman for the Republicans on the Committee, said he would have a response for CNBC later. Some Democrats worry that the recent tax cuts will be used by Republicans to make the case that there's a need to reduce other social program...
Facebook CEO didn't have all the answers for Congress

Facebook CEO didn't have all the answers for Congress

Technology
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg often came across as one of the smartest people in the room as he jousted with U.S. lawmakers demanding to know how and why his company peers into the lives of its 2.2 billion users. But while some questions were elementary, others left Zuckerberg unable to offer clear explanations or specific answers. A series of tough inquiries about how much personal information Facebook vacuums up on and off its social network seemed particularly vexing for Zuckerberg, who couldn't quantify it. He was vague about whether Facebook was a monopoly and whether it would offer an ad-free option, as well as about how the company could offer the same level of privacy protection to users around the world. Zuckerberg squirmed when pressed about a 2011 agreement with the Federal Trad...
Australian Open: Vandeweghe gets code violation because she didn't have bananas

Australian Open: Vandeweghe gets code violation because she didn't have bananas

Sports
Jan. 15 (UPI) -- Women's tennis player Coco Vandeweghe received a code violation at the Australian Open because she refused to restart play, due to not having bananas.The No. 9 ranked player in the world lost her round of 128 match 7-6, 6-2 to Hungarian Timea Babos Sunday at Hisense Arena in Melbourne.After falling in the first set, Vandeweghe took a seat in her chair. She then had a conversation with chair umpire Fergus Murphy about why she wasn't ready to play."I'm waiting for the banana. How are they not on court? It's not my fault," she said, according to a video shot by the New York Times.The umpire then asked her to resume play."But why do I have to play under a different set of rules? But I don't have to make myself uncomfortable because it's ill prepared."Vandeweghe also called the...
Sorry, Donald – you didn't win Person of the Year

Sorry, Donald – you didn't win Person of the Year

Entertainment
People who sparked the #MeToo movement by speaking out over sexual harassment have been honoured as Time magazine's Person of the Year.Collectively dubbed the 'Silence Breakers', the men and women are honoured for having the confidence to share stories of their experiences in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal.The allegations against the disgraced Hollywood producer prompted the #MeToo movement, which encouraged others to share their experiences on social media.Video:#MeToo march steps on Hollywood starsUS President Donald Trump - who won the 2016 award following his shock election victory over Hillary Clinton - is also cited as a source of inspiration for women to speak out, after he entered the White House despite a recording of him boasting of grabbing women by the p**** being mad...
Former U.S. Marine admits attack, says he didn't mean to kill Japanese woman

Former U.S. Marine admits attack, says he didn't mean to kill Japanese woman

World
Nov. 16 (UPI) -- Former U.S. Marine Kenneth Franklin Shinzato on Thursday said he attacked and tried to rape a 20-year-old Japanese woman in Okinawa prefecture but did not intend to kill her.He made the admission on the first day of his murder and rape trial in Naha District Court.Shinzato said he planned to knock out Rina Shimabukuro, 20, on April 28, 2016, with a stick and then rape her after he saw her walking in Uruma. He said he panicked when she didn't completely lose consciousness so he took her to a nearby grass field. She was found strangled and stabbed several times, prosecutors said.Prosecutors said Shimabukuro's death was premeditated, though, because Shinzato took with him a large suitcase to dispose of her body. After her death, he allegedly put her in the suitcase, took it t...