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Alleged payment to porn star was illegal donation to Trump campaign, watchdog says

A watchdog group filed a pair of complaints on Monday alleging that a $130,000 payment reportedly made to a pornographic film actress who claims to have had an affair with Donald Trump violated campaign finance laws....An attorney for Common Cause, Paul Ryan, said the payment appeared to be hush money. Show More Summary

US shutdown to end as Senate strikes deal

``The continuing resolution provides funding to keep the government open temporarily in the hope that Congress can reach a permanent funding agreement before the 8 February deadline... Republicans are thrilled that - unlike past shutdown fights - they emerged relatively unscathed. Show More Summary

IMF revises up global growth forecast helped by Trump tax cuts (FOR NOW)

The Fund revised up its forecast for global growth to 3.9 percent for both 2018 and 2019, a 0.2 percentage point change from its last update in October. It also said that economic activity in Europe and Asia was surprisingly stronger...Show More Summary

Inside Amazon's surveillance-powered no-checkout convenience store

Overall I'm impressed with the seamlessness of the system, and I can see these things successfully operating here and there. On the philosophical side, I'm troubled, of course -- a convenience store you just walk out of is a friendly mask on the face of a highly controversial application of technology: ubiquitous personal surveillance. Show More Summary

Catalonia's Puigdemont Is Put Forth For President, Despite New Calls For Arrest

The leader of Catalonia's parliament has nominated Carles Puigdemont to a new term as president, adding another twist in the story of the separatist leader who was ousted from power by Spain last year. The move comes as Spain's Supreme Court rejects prosecutors' call to renew a European arrest warrant against Puigdemont. Show More Summary

Starting Out With a Starter Home: Some Considerations for You to Look Into

What is a starter home? How can you finance this type of property? What goes into your decision when buying one? All these questions concerning starter homes deserve an article. In all fairness, buying a starter home is like buying any other home. Show More Summary

Amazon Mothership's Inventory Dictates Leave Whole Foods Store Shelves Bare

A new corporate-mandated inventory system has left shelves -- sometimes even entire aisles -- barren at Whole Foods stores across the U.S. Customers and employees alike are troubled by food shortages at the organic grocer, caused primarily by cost-saving stocking procedures to which managers are strictly adhering, Business Insider reported this week. Show More Summary

Shutdown Day 2: Congress Seems Far Apart on a Resolution

Congress appeared to make little headway early Sunday toward ending a two-day-old government shutdown, trading blame as lawmakers reconvened for another rare weekend session to try to find a resolution before the workweek began. With the Senate meeting at 1 p.m. Show More Summary

US shutdown: Senate in bid to end impasse

``The US Senate is due back in session to try to end a budget impasse before the start of the working week when the shutdown of many federal services will be felt around the country.''

Jersey Shore's Mike Sorrentino AKA The Situation Pleads Guilty To Tax Evasion

Jersey Shore's Mike Sorrentino aka "The Situation" admitted today to violating federal tax laws. Sorrentino's brother Marc also pleaded guilty to violating federal tax laws. The Mike and Marc Sorrentino were charged in 2014. The brothers were also charged again last year with multiple counts related to nearly $9 million in income from the show.

Felony Lane Gang Leader Indicted For ID Theft and Bank Fraud

Acting United States Attorney Daniel L. Lemisch in Detroit announced the indictment against Kyle Cameron of Fort Lauderdale. The government has charged Kyle Cameron with 17 counts of bank fraud and aggravated ID theft. Kyle Cameron executed the bank fraud scheme in Michigan in 2015. Show More Summary

Government shutdown: Who is affected and what's next?

``The federal government stopped operating at midnight, halting all but essential services, after the Senate came 10 votes short of reaching a temporary, last-minute funding deal that would have kept the government open through February 16. Show More Summary

Trump and Senators Scramble to Avoid Midnight Government Shutdown

By Friday afternoon, it appeared that only a last-minute congressional deal could stop what would be a rare shutdown of a federal government under one-party control. The House cleared stopgap spending legislation on Thursday night that would keep the government funded through Feb. Show More Summary

U.S. CFTC sues three virtual currency operators for fraud

The U.S. derivatives watchdog said on Friday that it has filed charges against three separate virtual currency operators alleging the defendants had defrauded customers and broken other commodity trading rules, in a further sign regulators...Show More Summary

House Spending Bill Changes Law to Let Trump Administration Secretly Shift Intelligence Money

``... without any obligation to spend funds as specifically authorized, there is no obligation to inform Congress if that's not happening...''

Jeddah Tower, the world's next tallest skyscraper, set to open in Saudi Arabia

When the 3,280-feet-tall (1,000-meter-tall) Jeddah Tower, in Saudi Arabia, opens in 2020, it will knock Dubai's iconic Burj Khalifa off its throne as the tallest skyscraper in the world by 236 feet (72 meters). Construction of the landmark is estimated to cost $1.4 billion... Show More Summary

Apple HQ2: Where Will the iPhone Maker's Second Campus Go?

``The tech giant on Wednesday announced plans to invest billions of dollars in the U.S. as part of a broader effort to repatriate nearly a quarter-trillion dollars in overseas cash to the U.S. Apple also said that it will create 20,000 new jobs over the next five years. Those jobs will be created at its existing campus, as well as "a new one."''

This Year, It’s Time You Correct Your Credit

? Eating healthier, staying active by finally going to the gym, and trying to have more time for yourself and family. Perhaps these are the improvements that you want to work on in 2018. That’s great but there’s one more important thing we thought you might consider focusing more on this year — your credit. Show More Summary

Weirdly-Evasive Hedge Fund Expat Browder is All Over Simpson Russia Testimony... And No One Notices

``Given Browder's prominence as a widely sought after commentator and his designation as a leading anti-corruption activist, surely his past business practices in Russia, as well as his questionable behavior relating to the Prevezon case, are worthy of some scrutiny.''

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