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Heavy snow humbles the global elite at Davos summit

DAVOS, Switzerland (Reuters) - The global economy and geopolitical tensions are taking a back seat to a more immediate problem at this year's Davos summit of political and business leaders: heavy snow is burying the venue.

France to revise carbon emissions target after missing 2016 goal

PARIS (Reuters) - France will revise its carbon emissions target by the end of this year to align it with its pledges in the Paris climate agreement after failing to meet the goal to cut greenhouse gas emissions in 2016, the ecology minister said on Monday.

Small hydroelectric dams increase globally with little research, regulations

Hydropower dams may conjure images of the massive Grand Coulee Dam in Washington state or the Three Gorges Dam in Hubei, China—the world's largest electricity-generating facility.

Romana Acosta Bañuelos, first Latina U.S. treasurer and Mexican American pioneer, dies at 92

Romana Acosta Bañuelos sat quietly at a White House budget meeting in 1971 and listened intently to the economists discussing numbers of a size she couldn’t have even dreamed of when she was young. When a man asked for a math calculation, Acosta Bañuelos piped up with the answer, but none of the...

Russians are dancing the winter away, often in their underwear. There's a reason for that

Russia’s video dance craze began innocently enough. At least, most people found it innocent. This month, a group of male students from the Ulyanovsk Institute of Civil Aviation made a YouTube clip of themselves dancing in their underwear and cadet hats to an early 2000s club hit, “Satisfaction.”...

Right-to-try laws are hazardous to your health--and now they're backed by the Koch brothers

Falling victim to a terminal disease is one of the ultimate human tragedies in its own terms. But congressional conservatives, egged on by libertarian ideologues and the Koch brothers, are working hard to burden these people with another layer of victimization in their last weeks or months of life....

Trump slaps big tariffs on imported solar panels, riling the renewables industry

The Trump administration announced Monday that it will impose hefty tariffs on the cheap, imported panels that have driven the rapid expansion of solar power in the United States, a move that industry groups warn will slow the spread of renewable energy and cost thousands of jobs. The tariffs come...

The Bard, times two: 'Shakespeare in Love' at SCR, plus Shakespeare, the retirement years

Welcome to the Shakespeare Emporium, your one-stop shopping choice for all your Shakespeare accessories. Tote bags and sweatshirts will advertise your love of the Bard. A Stratford-upon-Avon mug will remind you as you sip your tea of the birthplace of the English language’s greatest poet. Pens...

El mejor uso para el muro fronterizo de Trump: como moneda de cambio

La cruzada de los demócratas para forzar el cierre del gobierno con el fin de obtener protecciones permanentes para los "Dreamers" tomó fuerza el lunes. El precio extraído por los demócratas era escaso en comparación con lo que querían obtener. El líder mayoritario del Senado, Mitch McConnell (republicano...

Mike Nesmith revisits influential post-Monkees country-rock with First National Band

It’s not terribly surprising that record executives were at a loss when “the smart Monkee” Mike Nesmith said farewell to the hit TV show that had made him a pop superstar and launched a solo career making music that, at the time, was fairly uncategorizable. Yet the post-Monkees music he created...

Netflix saw record subscriber growth in fourth quarter, fueled by new content

Netflix easily blew past subscription expectations for the fourth quarter of 2017 on the back of solid earnings and revenue, sending shares of the streaming entertainment giant up more than 8% in after-hours trading Monday. Los Gatos, Calif.-based Netflix added 8.3 million subscribers globally...

South Korean protesters object to Olympic Games deal with North Korea

International Olympics officials may have blessed North Korea’s role in the upcoming Winter Games, but not everyone in host nation South Korea supports Pyongyang coming to Pyeongchang. Discontent has grown in South Korea in recent days over plans to include North Korea in high-profile roles during...

No, Chuck Schumer isn't Charlie Brown

The deal struck to end the government shutdown Monday leaves Democrats with precious little to show for their efforts. Nevertheless, they were right to sign on, even if it doesn’t bring immediate or certain help to the “Dreamers” at risk of deportation. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer...

Pence promises Israeli lawmakers that U.S. embassy will open in Jerusalem next year

Vice President Mike Pence told the Israeli parliament Monday that the United States will move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem next year, far faster than the State Department had indicated when President Trump decided last month to recognize the divided holy city as Israel’s capital. By speeding...

No charges to be filed against driver who fatally struck beloved 'Granny'

Prosecutors have declined to file charges against a truck driver who is suspected of striking and killing a homeless woman who was well-known in her Boyle Heights neighborhood for performing good deeds. The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said it would be too difficult to get a conviction...

Getting a California Real ID driver's license on the first day it's offered? Not a problem

Real ID, the federally compliant driver’s license that can be used as identification for getting on a plane starting in October 2020, became available Monday in California, and I got one. No magic and no strings pulled or favors called in. I didn’t even have an appointment with the Department of...

Los beneficiarios de DACA bloquean temporalmente la entrada de Disneyland como un acto de desobediencia civil

Los beneficiarios del programa de Acción Diferida para Llegados en la Infancia y sus aliados, bloquearon temporalmente la entrada de vehículos a Disneyland el lunes, justo cuando el Senado llegaba a un acuerdo para poner fin al cierre gubernamental provocado en parte por un estancamiento sobre...

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