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Amid Trade War With U.S., There Are Signs Of Dissent Among China's Economists

Fri, 11/30/2018 - 03:25

Sheng Hong of the Beijing-based Unirule Institute of Economics is one who has dared to speak up. Now authorities have shut down his think tank and he's been prevented from traveling abroad.

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In Gesture To India, Pakistan Offers Easy Access To Sikh Holy Site

Fri, 11/30/2018 - 02:38

For decades, India's Sikhs have longed to reach one of their holiest sites, a soaring white temple, built on a river bank. A new corridor will allow them visa-free access to the temple.

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Flash Floods Hit Communities Devastated By Camp Fire

Thu, 11/29/2018 - 20:27

"The roots and the bottoms of the utility poles are just kind of swimming," Cal Fire spokesman Rick Carhart said on Thursday. Rescue teams worked to save motorists stranded on flooded roads.

Trump's Move To Give States More Flexibility Undercuts Obamacare, Critics Say

Thu, 11/29/2018 - 20:08

The Trump administration offered states specific examples Thursday of how they could change the way they implement the Affordable Care Act. Critics say Trump's plan could drive up premiums for many.

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St. Louis Police Officers Indicted For Beating An Undercover Colleague

Thu, 11/29/2018 - 20:00

The September 2017 acquittal of a white police officer charged with killing a black suspect led to protests during which the beating outlined in the indictment occurred.

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What Do African Aid Recipients Think Of Charity Ads?

Thu, 11/29/2018 - 19:00

Charities often debate how the subjects of their fundraising ads are portrayed — but those discussions rarely include the people in the pictures.

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Starbucks Moves To Block Porn From Free Wi-Fi Networks

Thu, 11/29/2018 - 18:26

Patrons have always been banned in theory from viewing pornographic content over the company's Wi-Fi, but there was no technological filter in place. Starbucks will have one in 2019.

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Brazil Pulls Its Offer To Host Major U.N. Climate Summit

Thu, 11/29/2018 - 17:52

The incoming far-right president said he requested the change. Environmentalists are worried about how the Bolsonaro administration will handle environmental issues.

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Trump Judicial Nominee Set To Fail Amid Voter Suppression Charges

Thu, 11/29/2018 - 17:29

Sen. Tim Scott, the lone black Republican in the Senate, said he would not support Thomas Farr. The nominee came under scrutiny over possible voter suppression efforts in North Carolina.

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What You Need To Know About The Latest Big News In The Mueller Russia Investigation

Thu, 11/29/2018 - 17:18

A busy week has brought a flurry of twists and turns in the often difficult-to-understand story lines of the special counsel's investigation. Here's a breakdown of what happened and what it means.

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'Harold Believed In Me': Remembering A College Access Advocate And NYC Schools Leader

Thu, 11/29/2018 - 16:54

Harold Levy, the former head of New York City public schools, worked to give all students access to college. "Harold wanted to know us, he wanted to hear us," one student says.

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Another Drug Crisis: Methamphetamine Use By Pregnant Women

Thu, 11/29/2018 - 16:17

As illegal meth use has made a comeback across the U.S., pregnant women have not been spared, doctors say. New research shows rural areas in the South, Midwest and West have been hit hardest.

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San Diego Gallery Charged With Trafficking Over $1.3 Million Worth Of Ivory Items

Thu, 11/29/2018 - 16:10

During a sting operation, officials successfully bought one item banned from purchase under state law and were offered three more, leading to a search warrant and the large bust.

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New York Public Housing Is Home To City's Newest Food Entrepreneurs

Thu, 11/29/2018 - 14:26

Food Business Pathways is a free course that gives low-income participants a leg up in turning their ideas into successful businesses through training, mentoring, access to services and space to sell.

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Scientists Improve Mood By Stimulating A Brain Area Above The Eyes

Thu, 11/29/2018 - 14:06

People with symptoms suggesting depression felt better immediately when tiny pulses of electricity reached a brain area called the lateral orbitofrontal cortex.

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U.S. Life Expectancy Drops Amid 'Disturbing' Rise In Overdoses And Suicides

Thu, 11/29/2018 - 13:54

"These sobering statistics are a wakeup call that we are losing too many Americans, too early and too often, to conditions that are preventable," says CDC Director Robert Redfield.

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Pabst Blue Ribbon Gets A Reprieve, Will Continue To Be Brewed By MillerCoors

Thu, 11/29/2018 - 12:07

For nearly 20 years, MillerCoors has brewed nearly all of Pabst's beers. The arrangement will now continue past 2020.

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Trump Moscow Real Estate Talks Continued Into Presidential Run, Documents Show

Thu, 11/29/2018 - 11:05

President Trump's longtime fixer pleaded guilty on Thursday to lying about the negotiations that Trump's business conducted with Russians about real estate in Moscow in 2016.

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Deutsche Bank Offices Are Raided In Money Laundering Probe

Thu, 11/29/2018 - 07:21

Prosecutors are investigating two Deutsche Bank employees who allegedly helped customers set up offshore firms to avoid anti-money laundering safeguards.

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2 Years After Standing Rock Protests, North Dakota Oil Business Is Booming

Thu, 11/29/2018 - 07:20

Legal battles and local tensions persist two years after the North Dakota prairie was filled with thousands of indigenous and environmental protesters opposed to the Dakota Access Pipeline.

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