Stamping out Staples; Trump’s Toyota tweet; Blake Shelton venues

Stamping out Staples The U.S. Postal Service will no longer offer its services at Staples. Priority Mail and other shipments, handled by Staples employees, will be discontinued at about 500 of the retailer’s locations by the first week of March. The Postal Service said it was ordered by a National Labor Relations Board administrative law judge in November to discontinue its retail partnership with Staples. The retailer said that customers would still have access to shipping services through its relationship with UPS. Today in Trump tweets “Toyota Motor said will build a new plant in Baja, Mexico, to build Corolla cars for U.S. NO WAY! Build plant in U.S. or pay big border tax.” The president-elect’s threat misstated the location of Toyota’s new…

'Flip or Flop' pair separate HGTV stars Tarek and Christina El Moussa have announced their separation six months after police were called to their home over what the couple called an "unfortunate misunderstanding." The "Flip or Flop" stars told FOX411 the incident prompted them to seek counseling, and they've decided to separate while evaluating the future of their marriage. The added that they plan to continue their professional life together. "Like many couples, we have had challenges in our marriage," they said. "During this process, we are committed to our kids and being the best parents we can be. We will continue to work through this process civilly and cooperatively, and plan to continue our professional life together." HGTV told FOX411 they are "currently airing episodes of Flip or...

NYC unveils AIDS memorial in the West Village on World AIDS Day In a moving ceremony in the shadow of the old St. Vincent’s Hospital — the epicenter of the AIDS crisis in the 1980s — city officials and advocates marked World AIDS Day in the West Village Thursday with promises to continue to fight the deadly disease.The ceremony included the dedication of a new memorial to the more than 100,000 people who have died of AIDS, as well as the caregivers and activists who helped to battle the epidemic. Mayor de Blasio, former City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, and City Councilman Corey Johnson — who is HIV positive — all attended the ceremony. “I literally would not be alive if it were not for the tens of thousands of AIDS activists ... who put their lives on the line,...

Pence: Trump will focus fast on tax, healthcare, immigration: WSJ The Trump administration plans to move quickly on its goals to overhaul taxation, healthcare and immigration laws, Vice President-elect Mike Pence said in an interview published by the Wall Street Journal on Friday.President-elect Donald Trump, who takes office on Jan. 20, is preparing 100-day and 200-day plans aimed at fulfilling his campaign promises and stimulating economic growth, Pence said.The administration’s first priorities would include curbing illegal immigration, abolishing and replacing Obama’s signature healthcare program, nominating someone to fill a vacancy on the Supreme Court and strengthening the military, he told the newspaper. Pence was interviewed after introducing Trump at a rally in Cincinnati on Thursday. It was the start of what Trump aides have billed as a thank-you tour of battleground states that...

The RNC Says Its Christmas Message About a ‘New King’ Referred to Jesus, Not Donald Trump Reince Priebus on December 13, 2016 in West Allis, Wisconsin. The Republican National Committee came under fire on Sunday after some said its Christmas message compared Donald Trump to Jesus Christ. “Over two millennia ago, a new hope was born into the world, a Savior who would offer the promise of salvation to all mankind,” the message from RNC chair Reince Priebus and co-chair Sharon Day said. “Just as the three wise men did on that night, this Christmas heralds a time to celebrate the good news of a new King.” The “news of a new King” set off social media users, including some who saw the statement as a clear reference to Trump’s election. Yes, you read that Reince Priebus statement correctly: literally refers to...

CM to meet PM seeking package for cyclone relief OPS would also press for conferring Bharat Ratna on Jayalalithaa Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam will on Monday meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi and present a memorandum containing various demands including disbursal of financial aid to handle the devastating impact of Cyclone Vardah in Chennai, Tiruvallur and Kancheepuram districts. The memorandum would contain many State-specific demands, an official release said. During his meeting, Mr. Panneerselvam would urge the Prime Minister to posthumously present the country’s highest civilian award, Bharat Ratna, to late Chief Minister and AIADMK general secretary Jayalalithaa. Besides, he would request Mr. Modi to take steps to unveil a life-size bronze statue of Jayalalithaa in the Parliament House complex. Incidentally, she had served as a member of the Rajya...

City science authority launches new app to help people starting up businesses THE city’s science and technology authority introduced a smart phone application with detailed and comprehensive information about business startup incubators and service and policies. The Upday application also offers psychological consultation for business startup groups on emotion and personality management, the first such kind in the nation. The app developed by East China Science Technology magazine and launched by Shanghai Science and Technology Commission and its district commissions has all detailed hand-drawn maps of all 16 districts’ incubators, their orientations and business startup information. It will also serve as a platform to include new startup projects, resources and services to help startup groups to find the most appropriate incubators and learn about the latest policy, said local science officials.

New Israeli envoy arrives in Turkey after rapprochement Israel's new ambassador to Turkey has arrived in the capital Ankara, to serve as the first official envoy since 2010 as the two countries advance with their rapprochement since a six-year spat put diplomatic relations on ice. Eitan Naeh, upon his arrival at the Eseboga Airport on Thursday, said that the two countries "have a history of helping each other in times of need," referring to Turkey's help while handling wildfires in Israel last week.   Naeh is due to present his letter of credence to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the next few days. Naeh, who had been serving as deputy head of mission at the Israeli embassy in London, was chosen as ambassador earlier this month by a government committee. A career diplomat, he...