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Hurricane Maria tears through the easter Caribbean toward Puerto Rico

Hurricane Maria was churning towards Puerto Rico Tuesday after devastating the Caribbean island of Dominica overnight, on track to hit several islands in between still reeling from Hurricane Irma’s damage earlier this month. Maria made landfall in Dominica with 160 mph winds that stripped roofs,...

Stocks edge up, led by tech firms and banks

Stock indexes are edging higher on Wall Street in early trading, extending the market's gains from a day earlier. Technology and healthcare stocks were among the biggest gainers early Tuesday. Facebook climbed about 1%, and Amgen rose 0.3%. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 28 points, or 0.1%,...

California's bullet train isn't just fast transit, it's a way to bridge the divide between rich and poor

In the seesaw battle over California’s bullet train, it’s easy to overlook the reasons why the project should be built — and why there’s still a good chance that it will be. On the seesaw’s upside, construction for the train’s first phase, which will connect Silicon Valley and the Central Valley,...

Are Democratic and Republican healthcare proposals really equally 'extreme'?

Will the real moderate party please stand up? On the same day that socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) introduced his “Medicare for All” healthcare plan, Sens. Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.) introduced a last ditch effort to sorta-kinda repeal and replace Obamacare. Despite...

The oil-drunk Trump administration needs to leave Alaska refuge alone

The Trump administration thinks it would be a good idea to allow seismic testing in part of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to assess how much oil and gas might lie underground, a possible prelude to drilling in a pristine wilderness that provides a vital habitat for polar bears and a variety...

Border agents want to a search traveler's laptop and phone? Get a warrant

American travelers returning to the United States probably understand that customs officials might search their luggage looking for contraband or weapons. But many would be shocked to learn that agents also have been inspecting the contents of smartphones and laptops, devices that can contain a...

Don't expect the insurance industry to protect you from climate change

Banks and insurance experts are reporting that, with 2 ½ months to go, the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season is already one of the most expensive to date for the insurance industry. Here’s the weird part: Insurance companies are quietly happy about this. About the time that Hurricane Irma was making...

Leaders from round the world gather for the U.N. General Assembly: A quick look at what's on the table

A look at the difficult issues facing world leaders as they gather for the United Nations General Assembly in New York

Costco stores in South Korea offer chopped onions for hot dogs. Koreans have a different idea

The sound of silverware scraping plates reverberates through the Costco cafe, competing with the chatter of customers. It is the sound of scooping onions. Chopped onions are being scooped onto hot dogs, onto baked bulgogi sandwiches — and directly into people’s mouths, along with healthy dollops...

Before his bid to become California governor, John Cox took on some guy named Obama

The candidate was opposed to entrenched lawmakers doing favors for friends and sold himself as an anti-corruption reformer in favor of limited government. Was it the 2004 Illinois Senate race or the 2018 California governor’s race? For John Cox, it was both. In the heat of the 2003 Illinois U.S....

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