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Senate Narrowly Confirms Mulvaney As Trump's OMB Director

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 10:07am

Democrats who opposed his nomination spoke of Rep. Mick Mulvaney's view that Social Security and Medicare must be overhauled — something President Trump has promised not to undertake.

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The South Has Been Slow To Harness Its Wind, But That's Changing

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 8:33am

There are several reasons the region is lagging in wind energy — including lower wind speeds. But now North Carolina is home to the first large-scale commercial wind farm in the Southeast.

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'A Day Without Immigrants' Promises A National Strike Thursday

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 8:30am

Some businesses are closing for the day; others are staying open and pledging to contribute a share of the day's proceeds to nonprofits that aid Latino communities.

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Germ History: Milkmaids Inspire Vaccines, But The Germs Keep Coming

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 5:38am

After milkmaids helped discover vaccination, we spent the next 150 years learning how to keep ourselves safe from germs. By the 1960s, we thought the battle was finally over. If only!

LA's Moves To Protect Immigrant Street-Food Vendors Come With A Catch

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 5:00am

LA is the only major U.S. city where selling food on the sidewalk is illegal. President Trump's immigration policies have pushed the city council to change the law. But the devil is in the details.

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A Departing Bank Regulator's Advice To Stave Off Another Financial Crisis

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 3:41am

Departing Federal Reserve Board member Daniel Tarullo was a key architect of post-crisis financial reforms. He talks about how those reforms have worked and what could help in the future.

Lawyer Alleges Fox News Is Under Federal Investigation Related To Sexual Harassment

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 1:54am

Attorney Judd Burstein says the probe centers on the masking of settlement payments to victims as salary and compensation to avoid disclosure of the payments and the harassment.

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Boeing Employees Vote Against Unionizing In South Carolina

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 7:48pm

In a post on Facebook, the lead organizer says workers have said they don't need a union "at this time." The union says it represents 35,000 Boeing employees at 24 other locations around the country.

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For Food Manufacturers, 'Sell By' Labels May Have Reached Their Expiration Date

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 4:21pm

Those "expiration" labels on packaged food may confuse consumers and dupe them into throwing good food in the trash. Two major food industry associations want to change that and are proposing reforms.

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Shorter Enrollment Period For Obamacare Proposed By Administration

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 4:01pm

The White House is proposing changes to the Affordable Care Act to stabilize the insurance market as Congress moves to repeal and replace the sweeping health care law.

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Chef José Andrés To Close Restaurants For The 'Day Without Immigrants'

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 3:29pm

The celebrity chef will shut five of his restaurants Thursday. It's part of a national boycott calling on immigrants not to go to work in response to President Trump's immigration policies.

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Andrew Puzder Withdraws Nomination For Labor Secretary

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 3:29pm

President Trump's nominee for labor secretary, Andrew Puzder, says he's withdrawing his nomination a day before his confirmation hearing.

Trump Labor Pick Andrew Puzder's Nomination Appears In Jeopardy

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 2:25pm

The fast food CEO faces fierce opposition from labor groups, plus personal controversies. Reports suggest he doesn't have enough support from Republican Senators.

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Nokia's Famously Indestructible Phone Rumored To Be Returning To Shelves

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 2:11pm

Launched in 2000, the Nokia 3310 was a rugged little brick that won Internet fame for its durability. There are rumors, which HMD Global won't confirm, that the company is bringing the phone back.

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India's Largest Dairy Brand Prepares To Market An Acquired Taste: Camel Milk

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 6:00am

A nomadic community of camel herders in India has long relied on camel milk as their source of dairy. Now, a big Indian company is getting ready to mass market camel milk as a health food.

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The Perplexing Psychology Of Saving For Health Care

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 4:00am

Even many people eligible for a Health Savings Account who have extra cash to contribute to one don't do it. Therapists say that's partly because nobody wants to admit they will get old or sick.

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Unions And Their Complicated Relationship With President Trump

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 3:59am

Union leaders may not like President Trump's pick for labor secretary, but they do like the way he has gone after companies for sending jobs overseas and his criticism on NAFTA and other trade deals.

Indian IT Outsourcers Anxious Over Potential Changes To H1-B Visas

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 9:19pm

President Trump vows to "protect jobs at home." Indian firms say that if there were qualified Americans, Indian nationals wouldn't be needed — that it's a trade dispute, not an immigration issue.

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Conway Should Be Investigated For Plugging Ivanka Trump Products, Ethics Agency Says

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 4:27pm

The president's senior adviser appeared on TV last week and urged shoppers to buy the president's daughter's line of clothes, jewelry and shoes, after Nordstrom decided to drop it.

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Iowa Moves To Restrict Collective Bargaining For Public Sector Workers

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 4:09pm

About 180,000 state and local government workers would be prohibited from negotiating over issues such as health insurance and extra pay. The bill is high on the state GOP's legislative agenda.

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