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Judge Tosses Sarah Palin's Defamation Lawsuit Against 'The New York Times'

Wed, 08/30/2017 - 1:00pm

Alaska's former governor had alleged an editorial maliciously linked her to a 2011 mass shooting. But a federal judge said her evidence was "so weak" the case shouldn't proceed.

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Zillionaire To Other Zillionaires: "Pay Up"

Wed, 08/30/2017 - 10:18am

You probably don't know Nick Hanauer, but he has more money than you.

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Flooded Texas Chemical Plants Raise Concerns About Toxic Emissions

Wed, 08/30/2017 - 4:02am

Houston is home to hundreds of petrochemical plants and some of them are damaged by flooding. Environmental groups worry about toxic emissions, and one plant is at risk of a possible explosion.

Keep It Simple And Stay Open: The Waffle House Storm Menu

Tue, 08/29/2017 - 6:04pm

The 24-7 comfort-food chain is notable for keeping the doors open when hurricanes and natural disasters strike, but two of its restaurants in Houston have had to close because of Harvey.

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Uber Ends Its Controversial Post-Ride Tracking Of Users' Location

Tue, 08/29/2017 - 4:41pm

The practice caused immediate privacy concerns when the ride-hailing company added it in November. Users will regain the option to choose to share location data with the app only when using it.

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Best Buy Shares Plunge After CEO Warns Record Growth Is Not 'New Normal'

Tue, 08/29/2017 - 3:32pm

Best Buy's earnings report beat Wall Street expectations, but after weeks of record-highs, the CEO also warned that the growth is "not a new normal." That sent Best Buy shares down by more than 10 percent, as investors weighed whether the electronics retailer can compete with Amazon, Walmart and others.

What Does It Take To See Gentrification Before It Happens?

Tue, 08/29/2017 - 8:42am

The great hope of urban advocates is to democratize data, allowing residents to see more clearly how a neighborhood is changing — but knowledge of those changes may accelerate them, says Adam Frank.

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U.S. Corporations Join The Effort To Help Hurricane Harvey Victims

Tue, 08/29/2017 - 4:07am

Private-sector firms are pitching in to help Harvey victims. Walmart and its foundation pledged at least $1 million to the Red Cross and other relief agencies. The Home Depot Foundation did the same.

Houston's 'Matress Mack' Opens His Stores' Doors To House Flood Victims

Tue, 08/29/2017 - 4:07am

Residents of Houston are banding together to help flood evacuees in Texas. Jim "Mattress Mack" McIngvale has turned his two furniture stores into temporary shelters.

Responding To Harvey Will Be Long-Term Issue; Plan Cash Donations To Match

Tue, 08/29/2017 - 4:00am

When a disaster strikes, people everywhere often are inspired to spring into action. But donating good or services rarely is a good idea, experts say, and even cash donations could be better targeted.

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Economic Impact of Harvey Could Be Felt Nationwide Before It's Over

Mon, 08/28/2017 - 5:13pm

Hurricane Harvey has inflicted much human misery since Friday, and now its aftermath is causing economic harm. Experts say the flooding may end up damaging oil refineries and boosting gas prices.

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Corporations Pledge Millions Toward Relief Efforts For Tropical Storm Harvey

Mon, 08/28/2017 - 3:26pm

Amazon, Lowe's And Starbucks were among several corporate giants to announce cash and other donations to the American Red Cross and other relief agencies working in Texas to help storm victims.

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Expedia's Dara Khosrowshahi Picked As Uber's New CEO

Mon, 08/28/2017 - 4:04am

After a search that included a number of well-known candidates, the board of ride-sharing giant Uber has announced its pick for CEO: Expedia's CEO Dara Khosrowshahi.

Morning News Brief: Harvey Dumps On Texas, Uber Gets A New CEO

Mon, 08/28/2017 - 4:04am

Much of Houston is under water after Hurricane Harvey came ashore. The city spent much of the weekend rescuing people. And, Uber has picked a new CEO after co-founder Travis Kalanick resigned.

Need A Happiness Boost? Spend Your Money To Buy Time, Not More Stuff

Mon, 08/28/2017 - 4:02am

A recent study suggests that when people spend their extra cash to get help with time-consuming chores, they're likelier to feel better than if they use the money to buy more things.

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Serious Nursing Home Abuse Often Not Reported To Police, Federal Investigators Find

Mon, 08/28/2017 - 4:00am

Despite legal requirements, more than one-quarter of cases of severe abuse that were uncovered by government investigators were not reported to the police. The majority involved sexual assault.

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Uber Picks New CEO, Expedia's Dara Khosrowshahi

Sun, 08/27/2017 - 9:43pm

The travel company CEO will step into the role at a time of immense turmoil for the ride-hailing giant, to fill a leadership vacuum after co- founder Travis Kalanick resigned under pressure in June.

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Advertising Giant WPP Faces Slow Growth As Companies Cut Ad Spending

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 3:33pm

The world's largest advertising company, WPP, is sometimes viewed as a bellwether for the health of the global economy. This week, it jolted the ad and media industries when it slashed the forecast for its own growth this year. WPP has blamed the unexpectedly steep decline in ad spending by some of the most influential consumer goods companies.

Trump Signs Sanctions Aimed Squarely At Venezuelan Government

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 2:23pm

The latest restrictions are the first to target President Nicolas Maduro's regime directly, and they prevent U.S. institutions from buying new debt issued by the government or state-owned oil company.

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Whole Foods Will Drop Prices On Monday, Amazon Says In Detailing New Grocery Strategy

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 1:43pm

Amazon sets new prices on bananas, butter, organic eggs, and other best-selling staples. The online giant also says its Amazon Prime members will get special prices and perks at Whole Foods.

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