Streets Closed As Crews Respond To Manhole Fire Near Port Authority Bus Terminal

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Firefighters are battling a manhole fire near the Port Authority Bus Terminal early Wednesday evening.

Crews were initially called around 6:18 p.m. for reports of smoke coming from a manhole near the corner of 40th Street and 8th Avenue.

The intersection is currently closed as the FDNY checks local businesses for carbon monoxide levels.

Con Edison has also sent crew members to the scene.

Videos posted to social media show flames shooting from the manhole as authorities have the surrounding area taped off.

No power outages or injuries have been reported at this time.

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Lightbulbs Lose Shine at GE, as Firm Weighs Sale of Unit

General Electric is weighing a sale of its consumer-lighting business, which for decades defined the company following its co-founding 125 years ago by Thomas Edison, the inventor of the first viable incandescent lamp. All images and written content is property of the listed RSS FEED if you would like more on this story and images please click the listed feed. http://www.wsj.com/xml/rss/3_7014.xml

Pepsi Just Pulled Its Controversial Kendall Jenner Protest Ad

Due to inescapable backlash, Pepsi has decided to pull its controversial Kendall Jenner ad, which featured the 21-year-old model/TV personality in a photoshoot, before removing her wig and joining a protest. The spot was then capped off by Jenner squaring up with a line of police officers, then handing them a Pepsi, much to the delight of cheering protesters.

Following much criticism, Pepsi stood by the political promotion — as of this morning — saying, “This is a global ad that reflects people from different walks of life coming together in a spirit of harmony, and we think that’s an important message to convey.”

Since then, however, the company has changed their mind and decided to pull the much talked-about ad.

Pepsi’s latest statement reads as follows:

“Pepsi was trying to project a global message of unity, peace and understanding. Clearly we missed the mark, and we apologize. We did not intend to make light of any serious issue. We are removing the content and halting any further rollout. We also apologize for putting Kendall Jenner in this position.”

What are your thoughts on the controversial clip?

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Could Constant Praise For Your Kids Do More Harm Than Good?

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A lot of parents say things to their kids like “good job” or “be careful,” but could your choice of words be doing more harm than good?

One expert is now questioning the way parents have spoken to their children for decades.

Jennifer Lehr, who wrote the new book “Parent Speak,” says praising too much can be a problem.

“Our children want to please us and ultimately you can create a people pleaser,” she tells CBS2’s Cindy Hsu.

She adds it can turn kids into praise junkies because it doesn’t explain what exactly was “good” about what they did.

“We use it to say so many different things,” Lehr said. “We use it to say ‘thank you,’ like if somebody clears the table.”

She says that clearing the table and other ordinary chores shouldn’t be cause for constant congratulations.

Some parents agree with her.

“Everything you use in excess loses value,” one mom told CBS2.

Psychologist Jeff Gardere says you should say thank you, even with chores.

“You’re also modeling behavior as far as teaching them manners and being kind,” he said.

But Lehr — herself a mother of two — avoids phrases like “you’re okay,” “say thank you,” or “be careful.” She considers them condescending and controlling. She considers saying “you’re fine” or “you’re okay” doesn’t teach a child to express themselves.

Try being more specific. Instead of constantly reminding your kid to be careful, Lehr says to have confidence in your child’s confidence.

Pediatrician Dr. Scott Goldstein says it can help kids learn from their mistakes.

“If you get a little bruise because you fell off the slide, then maybe next time you’ll be a little more careful on your own,” he says.

But Dr. Gardere says to not lose the balance of being nurturing to our children, as experts are constantly coming up with new parenting strategies.

The key, he says, is finding what’s right for your child — which can be different for every family.

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Ann Coulter Denies Dating Jimmie ‘JJ’ Walker! So Who’s Telling The Truth??

Were you as floored as we were to hear Ann Coulter was dating ’70s TV star Jimmie “JJ” Walker?? It definitely sounded unbelievable to us.

Well, that dy-no-mite be because it’s not true.

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While Good Times creator Norman Lear apparently didn’t think much of casually dropping the knowledge in an unrelated interview, this is pretty shocking news for Coulter fans.

News the political pundit was quick to debunk on Twitter:

Hmm. We don’t know what to think.

Obviously Lear has no reason to lie. Maybe he was just mistaken? The “best of friends” have been spotted together on multiple occasions looking very chummy (above).

Photos: Prince Harry & Meghan Markle’s Love Story!

Then again, Ann has every reason to lie, given that her ultra-conservative demo tends to create a cozy Venn diagram with the country’s racist population.

Just sayin’…

Do YOU think this news would cost Ann some of her fan base??

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Obamacare repeal thwarted again as Mike Pence fails to reach deal

Freedom Caucus blocks vice-president’s attempts to forge a new compromise that could somehow pass the House of Representatives

Less than two weeks after a stone-faced Paul Ryan admitted defeat and declared the Affordable Care Act the “law of the land” for the “foreseeable future”, his ill-fated healthcare plan began to show sparks of life.

Hopes of reviving the Republicans’ failed healthcare plan surged briefly on Tuesday when the vice-president, Mike Pence, came to Capitol Hill in an attempt to forge a new compromise that could somehow pass the House of Representatives.

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Smoking causes one in ten deaths globally, major new study reveals

Efforts to control tobacco have paid off, says study, but warns tobacco epidemic is far from over, with 6.4m deaths attributed to smoking in 2015 alone

One in 10 deaths around the world is caused by smoking, according to a major new study that shows the tobacco epidemic is far from over and that the threat to lives is spreading across the globe.

There were nearly one billion smokers in 2015, in spite of tobacco control policies having been adopted by many countries. That number is expected to rise as the world’s population expands. One in every four men is a smoker and one in 20 women. Their lives are likely to be cut short – smoking is the second biggest risk factor for early death and disability after high blood pressure.

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