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Judge orders Trump administration to put energy efficiency standards into effect

February 19, 2018 |

A federal judge in San Francisco ordered the Trump administration Thursday to implement energy-use limits for portable air conditioners and other products — standards that were adopted during the last days of the Obama presidency.

The U.S. Department of Energy was required to put the energy efficiency…


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Why the B-52 bomber will fly for 100 years

February 19, 2018 |

The Air Force just can’t let go of the B-52.

In the world of heavy bombers, none has prevailed as long as the B-52 Stratofortress. The Cold Warrior joined the U.S. arsenal in 1954, eventually becoming part of a nuclear triad that, along with strategic missiles and submarines, was aimed at giving…


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Employers who don’t offer paid sick leave are making flu season worse, hurting their bottom line

February 19, 2018 |

This winter’s flu season is a nasty one, with flu-related hospitalization rates outpacing anything seen in recent years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

This year’s vaccine is less effective against the strain of virus making the rounds. But there’s another factor that…


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D.C. has given Elon Musk a permit to do a little digging for the Hyperloop

February 18, 2018 |

It’s not much now, just a parking lot with a discarded gin bottle and an old exterminator receipt.

But the slice of pavement near the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives building in the District of Columbia could be the gritty precursor to a tunnel network that could propel pods…


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An inexpensive lawyer in the suburbs is fine for smaller estates

February 18, 2018 |

Dear Liz: My wife and I have updated our will and trust every 10 years. So far we’ve been sorely disappointed. The local bar association recommended some attorneys, but they were relatively young, inexperienced, unable to answer a lot of our most basic questions, and produced documents that I could…


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Toyota Prius software fix may reduce fuel efficiency, experts say

February 18, 2018 |

When Robert Enger took his Toyota Prius into a dealership for a safety recall, he didn’t expect that his fuel economy would drop.

Just six months after buying the new 2013 Prius, Enger learned that the company was recalling it to fix the car’s hybrid electrical system, which was overheating and…


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Sold bitcoin last year? Here’s how to do your taxes

February 18, 2018 |

If you invested in bitcoin last year, as many people did, the start of 2018 has been rough as the digital currency’s price dropped and wobbled. But that’s not the only headache.

It is now tax time, and federal rules for reporting earnings or losses can be tricky. When it comes to cryptocurrency,…


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United Airlines tests new boarding process at Los Angeles International Airport

February 18, 2018 |

United Airlines, the third-largest carrier at Los Angeles International Airport, has started trying out a new way to board passengers that might cut back on confusion and frustration.

“We’ve been testing different processes and soliciting feedback to find a more customer-friendly boarding method…


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Inflation is heating up. What should you do about it?

February 18, 2018 |

After years of low inflation, signs that wage and price growth finally are heating up were a major factor in this month’s financial market turbulence.

But the recovery from the Great Recession has seen these inflation flirtations before. And despite big January jumps in average hourly earnings…


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Couple makes millions off Medicaid managed care as oversight lags

February 17, 2018 |

Norma Diaz and her husband, Joseph Garcia, have dedicated their careers to running a nonprofit health insurer that covers some of California’s neediest residents.

For three decades, they have worked for a Medicaid managed-care plan, Community Health Group, serving nearly 300,000 poor and disabled…


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