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Study Links Lower Birth Weights to Living Near Fracking Sites

vor 6 Stunden 12 Minuten
Babies born to women who live close to fracked natural gas wells have an elevated risk of being born with a low birth weight, according to a new study published in the journal Science Advances.
Kategorien: Business

Bitcoin: Electrifying Investment, Lousy Currency

vor 8 Stunden 20 Minuten
It’s too soon to know whether bitcoin is a bubble ready to burst, but not too soon to conclude that it has failed in its mission to be a viable alternative to sovereign currencies like the dollar, Greg Ip writes.
Kategorien: Business

Alabama Defeat Stokes Divisions in GOP

vor 9 Stunden 50 Minuten
The upset defeat of Republican Roy Moore in Alabama’s special election sparked finger-pointing Wednesday between the GOP establishment, who opposed Mr. Moore, and Donald Trump’s insurgent allies led by Steve Bannon, who backed him.
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A Look at What Alabama Results Mean for Midterms

vor 12 Stunden 23 Minuten
The results in Tuesday’s Senate election in Alabama leave an important question for the two political parties: Do they signal that Democrats are positioned for big gains in next year’s congressional elections? Or are they unique to a race that featured a flawed GOP candidate?
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MTA Awards $1.8 Billion Contract to Expand Long Island Rail Road

vor 13 Stunden 14 Minuten
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority on Wednesday awarded a $1.8 billion contract to expand the Long Island Rail Road, even as its commissioners raised concerns costs.
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Lawmakers Seek Checks on Phony Comments Before 'Net Neutrality' Vote

Mi, 12/13/2017 - 23:53
Some lawmakers are calling on the Federal Communications Commission to add new safeguards against fraudulent public online comments amid an FCC vote Thursday to roll back rules that require internet-service providers to treat all web traffic equally.
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As ISIS Recedes, U.S. Steps Up Focus on Iran

Mi, 12/13/2017 - 23:23
As the U.S. military campaign against Islamic State winds down in the Middle East, the Trump administration is turning its focus to what it sees as a bigger threat: Iran.
Kategorien: Business

New York Bombing Suspect Faces Judge From Hospital Bed

Mi, 12/13/2017 - 22:37
The man accused of detonating a homemade pipe bomb near the Port Authority Bus Terminal this week faced a judge for the first time from his Manhattan hospital bed.
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Fed Raises Rates, Sticks to Forecast for 2018 Increases

Mi, 12/13/2017 - 21:59
The Federal Reserve said it would raise short-term interest rates for the third time this year and remained on track to chart a similar path next year, signaling continuity as the central bank enters a leadership reshuffle.
Kategorien: Business

Nearly 5 Million Americans in Default on Student Loans

Mi, 12/13/2017 - 21:00
The number of Americans severely behind on payments on federal student loans reached 4.6 million in the third quarter, a doubling from four years ago, despite a historically long stretch of U.S. job creation and steady economic growth.
Kategorien: Business

Final GOP Deal Sets 21% Corporate Tax, Cuts for Top Earners

Mi, 12/13/2017 - 18:53
House and Senate Republicans on Wednesday reached an agreement on the final version of a tax bill that would lower the top individual rate to 37% and set a corporate rate of 21%, while eliminating the corporate alternative minimum tax.
Kategorien: Business

White House Aide Omarosa Manigault Newman to Depart in January

Mi, 12/13/2017 - 18:49
The White House said Omarosa Manigault Newman, one of the president’s most prominent African-American supporters, will leave next month.
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Top Justice Department Official Defends Russia Investigation

Mi, 12/13/2017 - 17:57
Rod Rosenstein defended the integrity of the agency’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, telling Congress he was working with Robert Mueller to ensure the investigation wouldn’t be affected by the political affiliations of any of its prosecutors.
Kategorien: Business

With Alabama Loss, Trump, GOP Face Political Reckoning

Mi, 12/13/2017 - 17:48
Tuesday’s Alabama Senate win by Democrat Doug Jones is a huge personal blow to President Trump and could further drive a wedge between the president and Republican leaders, Gerald F. Seib writes.
Kategorien: Business

Minnesota Governor Appoints Lt. Gov. Smith to Replace Franken

Mi, 12/13/2017 - 17:47
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton announced Wednesday he would appoint Lt. Gov. Tina Smith to succeed Democratic Sen. Al Franken, who is resigning over allegations of sexual misconduct.
Kategorien: Business

Newtown to Mark Five Years After Sandy Hook Shooting Quietly. No Media, Please.

Mi, 12/13/2017 - 17:20
Five years after the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting, how the community marks the grim occasion hasn’t changed: privately, quietly and with a request for the media to stay away.
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In Opioid Fight, Should States Consider Involuntary Rehab?

Mi, 12/13/2017 - 15:52
Massachusetts authorities want to allow hospital staff to send overdose patients to mandatory treatment for up to three days. The goal? Buy more time for addicts to accept longer-term treatment.
Kategorien: Business

For Pass Throughs, Let the (Tax) Games Begin

Mi, 12/13/2017 - 13:56
The GOP Congress’s looming changes to the tax code for so-called pass-through businesses could lead to a new era of business reorganization and tax-code gamesmanship.
Kategorien: Business

Illegal Cooking Fire Sparked Bel Air Blaze, Officials Say

Mi, 12/13/2017 - 13:00
The blaze that ripped through sprawling estates in the hillsides of Bel Air was sparked by an illegal cooking fire at a nearby homeless encampment nestled in scrubland, fire officials said, a finding that spotlights LA’s growing—and shifting—homeless population.
Kategorien: Business

FBI Agent Removed From Russia Probe Called Trump an 'Idiot' in Text

Mi, 12/13/2017 - 12:48
A top FBI agent and an FBI lawyer exchanged texts disparaging then-candidate Donald Trump, including calling him an “idiot” and a “menace,” according to copies of the messages the Justice Department provided Congress.
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