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A Big Fish Sells For Over Half A Million — But Other Big Questions Persist

Thu, 01/05/2017 - 4:06pm

For the sixth year in a row, Kiyoshi Kimura won a massive Pacific bluefin tuna at Tsukiji market's famed New Year auction. Conservationists are worried about the species' dwindling population.

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When A Wall Street Firm Took A Stab At Casino Capitalism

Thu, 01/05/2017 - 3:27pm

It's illegal for casinos in Nevada to take bets from out of state. But that didn't stop one subsidiary of a Wall Street firm from trying.

Trump Nominates Wall Street Insider Jay Clayton To Head SEC

Thu, 01/05/2017 - 3:27pm

Donald Trump has nominated a Wall Street lawyer to head the Securities and Exchange Commission. Critics say this is yet another example of Trump, who ran saying he would stand up to Wall Street, packing his cabinet with Wall Street insiders from Goldman Sachs and other financial firms, who are likely to weaken financial regulation and enforcement.

Can An SEC Nominee With Ties To Goldman Regulate Wall Street Impartially?

Thu, 01/05/2017 - 3:27pm

Donald Trump has nominated Jay Clayton, a Wall Street lawyer, to head the Securities and Exchange Commission. Critics say it's another example of Trump packing his Cabinet with Wall Street insiders.

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Trump Relatives' Potential White House Roles Could Test Anti-Nepotism Law

Thu, 01/05/2017 - 2:05pm

Donald Trump has suggested he may give his daughter and son-in-law a role in his administration. A law bars presidents from hiring family, but a court ruled it doesn't apply to White House staff jobs.

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Apple Pulls 'The New York Times' From Its App Store In China

Thu, 01/05/2017 - 12:49pm

Apple says it's "been informed" that the app violated local regulations. It's the latest in the long history of media restrictions in China, but also of tech companies getting involved in the efforts.

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The Next Generation Of Farmers Is Being Trained In New York City High Schools

Thu, 01/05/2017 - 10:40am

At Johne Bowne High School in Queens, along with literature and math, some 600 city public school students also learn the basics of farming, wine-making and aquaculture, among other skills.

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After Megyn Kelly's Departure, Tucker Carlson Takes 9 P.M. Slot On Fox News

Thu, 01/05/2017 - 10:21am

Carlson recently launched a new show at 7 p.m. ET on Fox; Martha MacCallum will be taking over that slot for the time being. Kelly is moving to NBC News.

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The Hawkeye Is The Adhesive, Eye-Tracking Phone The Internet Asked For

Thu, 01/05/2017 - 6:01am

Winners of a ZTE crowdsource challenge proposed a phone that responds to eye movements and can be attached to surfaces for hands-free use. But picking a name posed an unexpected challenge.

(Image credit: Courtesy of ZTE)

U.S. Manufacturers Brace For Trump's Next Trade Targets

Thu, 01/05/2017 - 4:01am

Donald Trump was a factor in Ford's decision to cancel plans to build a new plant in Mexico. Now he has the attention of other U.S. manufacturing firms that were considering a move south.

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Canceled Ford Plant Adds To Mexico's Economic Frustrations

Thu, 01/05/2017 - 4:00am

San Luis Potosi state lost out on more than a billion dollars in investment and thousands of jobs when Ford changed plans and nixed a factory. Angry locals pin the blame directly on Donald Trump.

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Canceled Ford Plant Adds To Mexicans' Economic Frustrations

Thu, 01/05/2017 - 4:00am

San Luis Potosi state lost out on more than a billion dollars in investment and thousands of jobs when Ford changed plans and nixed a factory. Angry locals pin the blame directly on Donald Trump.

(Image credit: Rebecca Blackwell/AP)

Macy's To Close Stores, Cut Jobs Amid Weak Holiday Sales

Thu, 01/05/2017 - 3:32am

The department store chain says it's eliminating more than 10,000 jobs, and will proceed with plans to close 68 stores that are part of 100 closings announced in August.

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Fires, Floods And Earthquakes: New Report Finds 2016 Was Particularly Disastrous

Wed, 01/04/2017 - 4:33pm

Last year sometimes felt like one natural catastrophe after another. Now, reinsurer Munich Re says there were some 750 natural disasters, suggesting it was a particularly bad year.

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Will The Private Prison Business See A Trump Bump?

Wed, 01/04/2017 - 3:58pm

A promised crackdown on people living in this country illegally could mean a boon for private prison companies that contract with the government to hold detainees.

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Amid Isolation, Two Cubans Develop Island's First Video Game

Wed, 01/04/2017 - 3:39pm

Video game enthusiasts in Cuba face big obstacles with limited access to the Internet. With the opening to the U.S., two young Cubans hope to release the first independent game produced on the island.

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Mexican Officials Taken By Surprise Over Ford's Reversal On Plant

Wed, 01/04/2017 - 3:39pm

Ford has cancelled plans for a new plant in Mexico after being slammed by Donald Trump during the presidential campaign. He claimed the company was shipping jobs across the border. The car company was planning to invest $1.6 billion in Mexico.

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