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Stocks Extend Gains Into 4th Week

February 19, 2019 |

Stocks shook off a wobbly start and ended modestly higher on Wall Street, extending the market’s gains into a fourth week, the AP reports. Solid earnings from Walmart sent the company up 2.2% Tuesday and also encouraged investors to bid up other retailers. Homebuilders also rose after an industry…
Newser

Sperm-Bank Mom Runs Into DNA Nightmare

February 18, 2019 |

An Oregon woman ran into trouble—and a threatened $ 20,000 fine—when a seemingly innocent DNA test led her to the family of her daughter’s sperm donor, the New York Times reports. Danielle Teuscher, 30, says the 23andMe tests she got for close friends and family last Christmas produced…
Newser

CNN

ISIS fighters have been fleeing from Syria into Iraq, perhaps with millions of dollars in tow

February 18, 2019 |

More than 1,000 ISIS fighters have likely fled from Syria into the mountains and deserts of western Iraq in the past six months, and they may have up to $ 200 million in cash with them, according to a US military official familiar with situation.
CNN.com – RSS Channel – World

Inmates Break Into SUV While Baby Watches Inside

February 18, 2019 |

Some work-release inmates made a Valentine’s Day rescue when a Florida couple accidentally locked their baby inside their SUV, the AP reports. Pasco County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Kevin Doll told WFLA-TV the parents could not afford a locksmith, and the father intended to break a window. That’s when a crew…
Newser

SoFi plans to offer new lending products and move into stock trading

February 17, 2019 |

Social Finance Inc. plans to expand the types of loans it offers and broaden its products allowing customers to trade stocks and exchange-traded funds on its platform this year, according to a letter sent to investors.

The move would generate more competition for other financial technology start-ups…


L.A. Times – Business

How Trump’s Border Wall Turned Into a National Emergency

February 17, 2019 |

The president’s declaration comes after divisions and competing priorities in the White House allowed the barrier project to languish.
WSJ.com: What’s News Asia

Green New Deal mocked in Fyre Festival parody, as GOP turns plan into punching bag

February 13, 2019 |

A Republican lawmaker is making fun of the troubled Democratic rollout of the Green New Deal, comparing it to the catastrophic 2017 Fyre Festival — part of a broader push by the GOP to turn the radical proposal into a punching bag.
FOX News

Prices of Pickup Trucks Charge Into Luxury-Car Territory

February 12, 2019 |

Ford, GM and Chrysler have in recent years introduced trucks at price points well into luxury territory, offering plusher interiors, more powerful engines and premium options.
WSJ.com: US Business

Democrats, You’re Turning Into Republicans

February 12, 2019 |

Catherine Rampell of the Washington Post thinks Democrats are starting to look like the Republicans of 2016, and she doesn’t mean that as a compliment. They’re “emphasizing empty slogans instead of evidence-based policy, rejecting experts in favor of cranks, handwaving away questions about implementation, and promising that an expensive policy…
Newser

Northam’s Word Choice Gets Him Deeper Into Hot Water

February 11, 2019 |

Virginia’s already-embattled governor may have stepped in it Monday: In an interview with CBS This Morning , Ralph Northam, embroiled in a blackface scandal, started things off by saying: “Well it has been a difficult week. And you know if you look at Virginia’s history we are now at the 400-year…
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