by on January 10, 2018
President Trump’s companies sold more than $35 million in real estate in 2017, mostly to secretive shell companies that obscure buyers’ identities, continuing a dramatic shift in his customers' behavior that began during the election, a USA TODAY review found. In Las Vegas alone, Trump sold 41 luxury condo units in 2017, a majority of which used limited liability companies – corporate entities that allow people to purchase property without revealing all of the owners’ names. The trend ...
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by on January 12, 2018
Streaming services and film studios try to stop free access to shows and movies. Netflix, Amazon, and the major film studios have sued the makers of "The Dragon Box," a device that connects to TVs and lets users watch video without a cable TV or streaming service subscription. Joining Netflix and Amazon as plaintiffs in the suit are Columbia Pictures, Disney, Paramount Pictures, Twentieth Century Fox, Universal, and Warner Bros. The suit asks for financial damages and an injunction pre...
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by on December 25, 2017
A look at the line trucks and support vehicles that PPL will be sending to Puerto Rico by barge, starting around Jan. 3. It’s been more than three months since Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, and about one-third of the U.S. territory is still without power, according to a website run by the island’s government. Full power restoration isn’t expected until May, the head of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers told various media outlets earlier this month. On Saturday, an Allentown-ba...
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by on November 29, 2017
The Google-owned video site faces controversy over inappropriate videos and comments aimed at children -- and major brands have reportedly pulled ads. YouTube is facing another advertiser boycott.  YouTube is trying to clean up its site as it deals with controversies concerning minors on the service.   The Google-owned video site has drawn ire because some videos with children were the target of sexually inappropriate comments. In response, YouTube killed hundreds of accounts and re...
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by on January 1, 2018
Wind turbines near Whitewater, California. Ultimately, the work on climate change is done on the ground and is up to each of us. That is why America’s Pledge on climate is so important, as former U.S. President Barack Obama told city leaders in Chicago last week at the inaugural Global Covenant of Mayors North American Climate Summit. Policymakers from around the world met at the conference to look for ways to do more to tackle climate change, a drive we’re also seeing from states and busines...
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by on January 2, 2018
Eric Trump, here with his wife Lara, told the Irish Times that “it is incredibly gratifying to see our vision for Trump Doonbeg come to life.”  President Trump’s golf course in Ireland lost about $2.3 million in 2016, according to new documents filed with the Irish government — the latest in a series of Trump golf clubs that have recently reported losses or declining revenue. The Irish course, called Trump International Golf Links Ireland, is located in Doonbeg on the island’s west coa...
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by on February 9, 2018
Hurricane Maria left her atelier without power. Her seamstresses lost everything and her house flooded. But Puerto Rican designer Stella Nolasco put tragedy behind her to bring a color and optimism to New York Fashion Week, laced with a clear political message. She was just starting to prepare for her fall/winter 2018 collection when the monster storm tore through the island on September 20, devastating the US territory and leaving Puerto Rico without power or telecommunications for months. ...
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by on December 25, 2017
  A news conference in Mexico City. The president’s administration has spent nearly $2 billion on advertising in the past five years. Running a newspaper, radio station or television outlet in Mexico usually means relying on a single, powerful client that spends exorbitant sums on advertising with a simple warning: “I do not pay you to criticize me.” That client is the government of Mexico. President Enrique Peña Nieto’s administration has spent hundreds of millions of dollars a ...
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by on January 2, 2018
Rodneyse Bichotte's legislation would have eliminated net-worth cap for female and nonwhite entrepreneurs in state program Gov. Andrew Cuomo closed out 2017 by slapping down a bill that would grant more businesses belonging to women and nonwhites access to state projects—provoking fireworks from the legislation's sponsor. Assemblywoman Rodneyse Bichotte's legislation would have erased the requirement that entrepreneurs seeking certification under the state's Minority- and Women-Owned B...
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by on December 21, 2017
Mayor de Blasio deserves credit for developing a plan to create 100,000 good jobs. But a recent CUF forum made it clear that there are several other promising ideas that, if added to the city’s plan, could bolster middle class job creation and help more low-income New Yorkers access them. by Center for an Urban Future Read the full report (PDF) New York City can boast 975,000 more jobs than 20 years ago, nearly 700,000 of which were added in the past decade. However, New York’s rece...
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by on February 10, 2018
The pipeline industry is ramping up its campaign against activists. In Iowa, legislation backed by Energy Transfer Partners, the company behind the Dakota Access Pipeline, would criminalize peaceful protest. Former Iowa lawmaker Ed Fallon argues that “multiple acts of arson and vandalism against the pipeline in 2016 and 2017 provided the ostensible justification for this legislation, giving Energy Transfer Partners the cover it needed to push for a bill that has nothing to do with sabo...
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by on December 26, 2017
Claire's is pulling makeup that tested positive for asbestos.  Makeup was pulled from jewelry and accessory retailer Claire's after some brands tested positive for asbestos. The company tweeted on Dec. 23 it was pulling the suspected toxic products off its shelves, and said it was beginning an "immediate investigation into the alleged issues." The reports came out of Rhode Island's WJAR after a mom who was concerned about what was being used in her daughter's makeup sent several...
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