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Stocks drop as fears grow about the global banking system

Wed, 03/15/2023 - 09:40

A drop in shares of European lender Credit Suisse is sparking fears that worries about the banking system are spreading around the world.

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Pakistan's police pull back from Imran Khan's home after clashes with his supporters

Wed, 03/15/2023 - 09:00

Police were trying to arrest Pakistan's former prime minister over corruption charges but his supporters fought back, and a court eventually ordered the arrest be postponed until Thursday morning.

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The unexpected American shopping spree seems to have cooled

Wed, 03/15/2023 - 08:52

Retail sales dipped 0.4% in February after a surprise start-of-the-year surge that appeared at odds with the Federal Reserve's goal of cooling down the economy.

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3 new fantasy novels spin inventive narratives from old folklore

Wed, 03/15/2023 - 08:33

Daughters and sisters are at the heart some new fantasy novels where supernatural bargains and shapeshifting transformations are just the beginning of stories that ultimately explore family dynamics.

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Gifted jewelry from Saudi Arabia entangles Brazil's ex-President Bolsonaro

Wed, 03/15/2023 - 08:16

A scandal is unfolding in Brazil involving millions of dollars worth of jewels, the Saudi government and former President Jair Bolsonaro.

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A baseball player was ready to go pro when an agent threw him a curveball

Wed, 03/15/2023 - 06:00

Bob Cialdini was ready to sign a contract to play baseball professional in the minor leagues, but he walked away from that chance after the agent gave him some advice that changed his life.

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She blacked out at World Championships. Now swimmer Anita Alvarez makes a comeback

Wed, 03/15/2023 - 05:01

The two-time Olympian artistic swimmer from N.Y. will compete for the first time this week since passing out at the Budapest 2022 FINA World Championships last June.

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For 40 years, Silicon Valley Bank was a tech industry icon. It collapsed in just days

Wed, 03/15/2023 - 05:00

Silicon Valley Bank was not a household name. For four decades, SVB successfully competed with big name financial institutions only to come crumbling down in a matter of days.

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So you began your event with an indigenous land acknowledgement. Now what?

Wed, 03/15/2023 - 05:00

Statements recognizing indigenous rights to territories seized by colonial powers may be well-meaning. But some indigenous leaders fear these acknowledgements may become routine and performative.

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Meet the sargassum belt, a 5,000-mile-long snake of seaweed circling Florida

Wed, 03/15/2023 - 05:00

Since 2011, a fleet of seaweed patches double the size of the contiguous U.S. has cycled from West Africa to Florida, threatening beaches from Martinique to Miami. This year, it could grow bigger.

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The U.S. has a high rate of preterm births, and abortion bans could make that worse

Wed, 03/15/2023 - 05:00

The rates of premature birth in the U.S. are high, especially in certain states. Experts worry that states restricting abortion have fewer maternal care providers than those with abortion access.

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Honduras says it will will seek ties with China, spurning Taiwan

Wed, 03/15/2023 - 04:17

China claims self-ruled, democratic Taiwan is part of its territory and refuses most contacts with countries that maintain formal ties with Taiwan.

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Special prosecutor steps down in case against Alec Baldwin

Wed, 03/15/2023 - 03:29

Alec Baldwin's legal team sought to disqualify special prosecutor and Republican state Rep. Andrea Reeb of Clovis based on constitutional provisions that safeguard the separation of powers.

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The Maine lobster industry sues California aquarium over a do-not-eat listing

Wed, 03/15/2023 - 02:36

Industry groups are suing the Monterey Bay Aquarium for defamation, arguing that their prized catch shouldn't be on a "red list" published by Seafood Watch, a conservation program it operates.

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Clashes erupt as Pakistan authorities attempt to arrest former PM Imran Khan

Tue, 03/14/2023 - 21:25

Khan, who was ousted in a no-confidence vote in Parliament last April, was ordered to appear before a judge to answer charges of illegally selling state gifts and concealing his assets.

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Ohio sues Norfolk Southern over the train derailment in East Palestine

Tue, 03/14/2023 - 20:38

The lawsuit seeks to force the company to pay for groundwater and soil monitoring in the years ahead and economic losses in the area.

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Michelle Yeoh called out sexism in Hollywood. Will it help close the gender gap?

Tue, 03/14/2023 - 19:00

The 60-year-old best actress winner addressed the timing of her historic win, which comes decades into her spectacular career. But is the industry ready for more complicated, older female characters?

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Neurotech could connect our brains to computers. What could go wrong, right?

Tue, 03/14/2023 - 17:48

Connecting our brains to computers may sound like something from a science fiction movie, but it turns out the future is already here. One expert argues it's a slippery slope.

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Masatoshi Ito, who brought 7-Eleven convenience stores to Japan, has died

Tue, 03/14/2023 - 16:49

Convenience stores known as konbini have become a consumer staple in Japan. The country had more than 20,000 7-Eleven stores as of 2018.

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A major South Korean broadcaster omitted 'ladies' from Michelle Yeoh's Oscars speech

Tue, 03/14/2023 - 16:07

The broadcaster said it removed the word because of the connotation surrounding "ladies," offering a glimpse into the tense atmosphere surrounding gender discourse in South Korea.

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