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Some GOP senators raising doubts about revised Republican tax overhaul

November 16, 2017 |

A gambit by Senate Republicans to make a large corporate tax cut permanent by having benefits for individuals expire at the end of 2025 created new problems for the legislation Wednesday as lawmakers were still grappling with the controversial decision to add the repeal of a key Obamacare provision.


L.A. Times – Business

Lebanon’s Prime Minister Is Missing; Some Fear War Nears

November 12, 2017 |

In the week since he suddenly and unexpectedly resigned as Lebanon’s prime minister during a trip to Saudi Arabia, Saad Hariri has yet to return to his country—or make any sort of public statement at all, Reuters reports. According to the New York Times , on Friday Hezbollah, which is…
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California bans use of some farming pesticides near schools on weekdays

November 11, 2017 |

California will restrict farmers’ use of certain pesticides near schools and day-care centers under a new rule announced this week that regulators said is among the toughest in the U.S.

Under the new rule, California farmers will be prohibited from spraying pesticides within a quarter of a mile…


L.A. Times – Business

Republicans’ deal to keep property tax deduction leaves California lagging some other states

October 31, 2017 |

The decision by a key House Republican to maintain the deduction for property taxes but not for other state and local taxes is a victory for California but a bigger win for residents of other states.

While California has the highest top state income tax rate in the nation, the state ranks in the…


L.A. Times – Business

As Catalonia Braces for Spain’s Direct Rule, Some Accept It

October 31, 2017 |

Pro-union Catalans are anxious to move beyond Spain’s deepest political crisis in decades and see potential solutions in upcoming elections and the possibility of a constitutional amendment to allow a legal referendum on independence.
WSJ.com: What’s News Europe

Mid-Air Concerts Not Music to Some Flyers’ Ears

October 28, 2017 |

It’s a good thing people aren’t prone to panic, frustration, and anger when it comes to air travel. The Current reports Southwest Airlines and Warner Music Nashville announced a new deal this week that will see country musicians performing in-air concerts during some Southwest flights. And if that sounds like…
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JFK Assassination Files Released; Trump Blocks Some

October 27, 2017 |

Thousands of previously classified or redacted documents on the JFK assassination were officially released Thursday evening. The documents can be found here , and the New York Times will be posting highlights as it finds them. “I am ordering today that the veil finally be lifted,” NBC News quotes President Trump…
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Spanish Leader Opens Door to Suspending Some of Catalonia’s Powers

October 12, 2017 |

Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy demanded that Catalonia’s leader clarify whether he declared independence, taking the first step toward potentially stripping the restive region of some of its powers and escalating his confrontation with the separatists.
WSJ.com: What’s News Europe

Legoland’s owner may want to buy some SeaWorld Entertainment parks

October 6, 2017 |

For the second time in as many months, there is talk of a possible purchase of SeaWorld Entertainment Inc. parks by Legoland’s owner, Merlin Entertainments.

News of the revived interest, reported Wednesday by Bloomberg, comes amid continued struggles by SeaWorld to reverse slumping attendance and…


L.A. Times – Business

Some Puerto Ricans Won’t Welcome Trump Visit

October 3, 2017 |

President Trump is planning to meet hurricane victims as well as officials and first responders when he visits Puerto Rico on Tuesday—but not everybody will be happy to see him. The AP spoke to residents angry about the president’s description of some officials as “ingrates” who “want everything to…
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