The 6 stories PR pros need to know on Thursday morning, 1.7.2016

Stocks spooked by China selloff; Janet Jackson releases video about health issues; Uber settles 'God view' suit; White House releases trailer for State of the Union; United discloses CEO's heart transplant; Republicans tee off on Rubio's footwear.

("Forex - 14599002424" by Allan Ajifo. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons)
("Forex - 14599002424" by Allan Ajifo. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons)

Leading Thursday morning’s news cycle
More stock woes in China. Both US futures and European stocks were down Thursday morning. Chinese officials stopped trading after just 30 minutes after a sharp selloff. Markets in Japan and Hong Kong felt the effects; both were down more than 2%.

Janet Jackson quashes cancer rumors with video
The singer released a video via Twitter on Wednesday night saying she does not have cancer. Rumors spread she was suffering from throat cancer after she postponed her latest tour last month due to an unspecified medical procedure.

Uber settles ‘God view’ suit
The ride-hailing service has agreed to settle a suit with New York’s attorney general over "God view," the feature that could allow executives to see users’ whereabouts without their permission. The company will enhance its privacy policies and pay a slim $20,000 fine.

White House releases State of the Union trailer
Hoping to build an audience for next Tuesday’s State of the Union address, President Barack Obama appeared in a trailer previewing the speech, which will focus on big-picture issues instead of a legislative agenda. He’ll take part in a televised town hall on guns on CNN tonight.

United discloses CEO heart transplant
Oscar Munoz, chief executive of United Continental Holdings, had a heart transplant on Wednesday, the airline disclosed. He is expected to return to work in the spring. United Continental called the heart transplant "the preferred treatment" for Munoz.

Light-hearted campaign trail jabs at Rubio’s footwear
Republican candidates are getting in digs at Marco Rubio’s choice in footwear, with one operative for Ted Cruz tweeting earlier this week, "A vote for Marco Rubio is a vote for men’s high-heeled booties." Vanity Fair has speculated about the cost of the Florida senator’s shoes. 

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