Some auto insurers refuse to cover some Hyundai and Kia models

Some auto insurers refuse to cover some Hyundai and Kia models

CNN — Progressive and State Farm, two of America’s largest auto insurers, are refusing to underwrite policies in certain cities for some older Hyundai and Kia models that the companies say are too easy to steal. Several reports say the companies have stopped offering insurance for these vehicles in cities like Denver, Colorado and St. … Read more

Gautam Adani’s company loses $50 billion in market value after short seller report

Gautam Adani’s company loses  billion in market value after short seller report

New Delhi CNN — The value of Gautam Adani’s business empire has collapsed by more than $50 billion this week since Hindenburg Research, a US company that makes money from short selling, published a damning report accusing it of fraud. India’s Adani Group has labeled Hindenburg’s allegations as “baseless” and “malicious” and is considering legal … Read more

Humans can understand monkey sign language, study finds

Humans can understand monkey sign language, study finds

Sign up for CNN’s Wonder Theory science newsletter. Explore the universe with news of fascinating discoveries, scientific advances and more. CNN — From pointing to animated arm movements and nodding, people regularly use gestures to guide and create language. It has now been suggested that humans can also understand sign language used by monkeys, meaning … Read more

Britney Spears is asking fans to respect her privacy after ‘joke calls’ prompted a health check

Britney Spears is asking fans to respect her privacy after ‘joke calls’ prompted a health check

CNN — Britney Spears has asked her fans to respect her privacy after saying earlier this week that “prank calls” prompted a police welfare check. The singer posted a message on Twitter on Thursday in which she addressed the police visit, saying “I love and adore my fans, but this time it went a little … Read more

Southwest posts quarterly losses and warns more losses are ahead following the service collapse

Southwest posts quarterly losses and warns more losses are ahead following the service collapse

New York CNN — Southwest Airlines reported a fourth-quarter loss due to the company’s service collapse during the holiday travel season, and it warned that the cost of these issues will result in another first-quarter loss. The airline had to cancel more than 16,700 flights between Dec. 21 and Dec. 29, about half its schedule … Read more

Mortgage rates are falling ahead of next week’s Fed meeting

Mortgage rates are falling ahead of next week’s Fed meeting

Washington, DC CNN — Mortgage rates fell slightly this week and remained nearly flat ahead of the closely watched Federal Reserve meeting to set interest rates next week. Fixed-rate 30-year mortgages averaged 6.13% in the week ending Jan. 26, up from 6.15% the week before, according to Freddie Mac data released Thursday. A year ago, … Read more

Wagner group: US introduces new sanctions against Russian mercenary group

Wagner group: US introduces new sanctions against Russian mercenary group

CNN — The US Treasury Department on Thursday designated the Wagner Group, a Russian private mercenary organization heavily involved in the war in Ukraine, as a major transnational criminal organization, imposing a slew of sanctions on a transnational network that supports it. The U.S. State Department simultaneously announced a number of sanctions designed to “target … Read more

Adam Scott closes with alleged ‘Boy Meets World’ snub

Adam Scott closes with alleged ‘Boy Meets World’ snub

CNN — Well, that’s inconvenient. Adam Scott went on the “Boy Meets World” rewatch podcast, “Pod Meets World,” on Sunday and joked confronted Danielle Fishel, Rider Strong and Will Friedle about a moment on set that he said he still thinks about decades later. Scott was a recurring character on the popular 1990s sitcom, in … Read more

From China to Japan, deadly cold grips East Asia. Experts say it’s the “new normal.”

From China to Japan, deadly cold grips East Asia.  Experts say it’s the “new normal.”

Hong-Kong CNN — A deadly cold snap gripping East Asia has claimed the lives of at least four people in Japan after freezing temperatures and heavy snowfall during the Lunar New Year holiday caused travel chaos, with climate experts warning that such extremes weather conditions had become the “new normal”. Japanese officials said all four … Read more

Iceberg about the size of London breaks off in Antarctica

Iceberg about the size of London breaks off in Antarctica

CNN — An iceberg the size of Greater London broke off the Brunt Ice Shelf in Antarctica on Sunday, according to the British Antarctic Survey. Scientists first discovered significant cracks in the ice shelf a decade ago, but there have been two major breaks in the past two years. The BAS Halley Research Station is … Read more