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Prized sea snail not at risk of extinction, federal officials say

The National Marine Fisheries Services has decided not to grant federal protection to the pinto abalone, a prized six-inch sea snail whose population has severely declined in Northern California.

Yellen Capital LP Was 'Half-Right' In H2 2014

On July 15th 2014, The Federal Reserve uttered the following warning to exuberant equity investors, "Valuation metrics in some sectors do appear substantially stretched -- particularly those for smaller firms in the social-media and biotechnology industries." 5 months later, Yellen Capital LP is half right... Show More Summary

Philadelphia Literally Burns Cash for Electricity

5 hours agoOdd : Neatorama

(Photo: Ervins Strauhmanis) What's keeping the juice flowing to your Xbox? If you live in Philadelphia, then it may be paper money burned at power plants--literally. When the Federal Reserve office in that city takes banknotes out of circulation, it burns whatever it can't recycle. Show More Summary

Did A Possible Federal Indictment Make This Race Team Sell Its Cars?

7 hours agoVehicles / Cars : Jalopnik

Scott Tucker is a curious bird: great at running a winning race team, not so great at staying out of trouble. So, it's curious that Level 5 Motorsports is selling off a ton of equipment right after it was reported that the feds might be about to bring charges against Tucker for racketeering. Read more...

Philadelphia literally burns old money for electricity

7 hours agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

What happens to old paper money that's too worn out to be used? It's often recycled and made into everything from dog beds to packing materials. But the Philadelphia Federal Reserve office does something even more unique: They send the old currency to local power plants, where it's burned for electricity. Read more...

Feds bar companies’ long-distance lawsuits against soldiers

10 hours agoNews : The Raw Story

Federal regulators reached a settlement last week with the owners of two high-priced lenders over what they alleged were illegal debt collection practices against service members. The Virginia-based companies were featured in a ProPublica story last summer. The action by the Consumer Financial...

This Week In Techdirt History: December 21 - 27

10 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Five Years Ago A federal Anti-SLAPP law was introduced in Congress, and went nowhere. It's something we desperately need, and it's ridiculous that Congress hasn't taken up the issue. Various online publications were still whining about Google sending them traffic. Show More Summary

Protests Seem to Be Doing Something

According to Gallup, the Ferguson/Eric Garner protests seem to have affected public opinion: It remains to be seen how this will be translated into policy at the local, state, and federal levels. But that can’t happen without this issue becoming … Continue reading ?

The 1 Thing You Need to Know About 2015 Federal Income Tax Rates

Understanding your federal income tax rate in 2015 is the first step you need to take to maximizing your income.

Florida County Clerks Plan To Flout Federal Judge’s Marriage Equality Ruling

A court ruling brings marriage equality to Florida on January 6th, but many county clerks may continue to refuse marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The post Florida County Clerks Plan To Flout Federal Judge’s Marriage Equality Ruling appeared first on ThinkProgress.

I Only Read This Book for the Relatable Past

You might think that Thomas A. Foster’s Sex and the Founding Fathers is about the sexual behavior of the men who led the American Revolution and the creation of the federal government. But take a look at the subtitle: The American Quest for a Relatable Past. Show More Summary

Feds Bar Companies’ Long-Distance Lawsuits Against Soldiers

14 hours agoNews : Truthdig

By Paul Kiel, ProPublica In the latest move against companies targeting military customers, federal regulators prohibit two Virginia-based lenders from suing out-of-state debtors in Virginia courts.

H&R Block, Your Taxes, and ObamaCare

Is ObamaCare going to make federal income taxes even more of a headache? For some taxpayers, the answer is yes.

13th Khazar International Open Chess Tournaments

13th Khazar International Open Chess TournamentsDec 27, 2014Chess Association of “Gilan” province on behalf of I.R. Iran Chess Federation has the honor to invite all players from national federations to participate in the 13th Khazar...Show More Summary

Try answering this question without heading to Wikipedia

Phil writes: This is kind of fun (at least for me): You would probably guess, correctly, that membership in the US Chess Federation is lower than its peak. Guess the year of peak membership, and the decline (as a percentage) in the number of members from that peak. Show More Summary

Per Capita Federal Spending Shows 40-Year Trends

(John Hinderaker) Veronique de Rugy has performed a real service by compiling the data shown in the chart below, in a manner that I haven’t seen it before. The chart depicts per capita federal spending from 1962 to the present, broken down into three categories: discretionary, mandatory and net interest, and stated in constant 2014 dollars. Show More Summary

Teacher Fired For Being Porn Star She Can ‘Still Promote Christian Values’

The German teacher, known in another life as “Julia Pink”, had worked for 17 years for Munich, Germany’s Diakonia Germany Evangelical Federal Association. But on the side she starred in hardcore porn films and last year won a ‘shooting star’ award at the Venus porn fair. She was sacked without notice after church leaders became aware [...]

FBI investigates report of kidnapped Border Patrol agent in Texas

yesterdayNews : The Raw Story

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation is looking into a claim made in a call to a Texas border town police department that a Mexican organized crime cartel has kidnapped a U.S. Border Patrol agent, officials said on Friday. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials added there are no reports...

$2.13 an hour means widespread sexual harassment in the restaurant industry

Women make up 66 percent of all tipped restaurant workers, which means a federal minimum wage of $2.13 an hour, a rate that hasn't changed in two decades. That means they live in or near poverty at high rates and are vulnerable to harassment...Show More Summary

John Bolton: 5 Ways U.S. Should Respond to North Korea Over Sony Hack (Guest Column)

The AEI senior fellow outlines a proposed response by the federal government to the damaging cyberattack on the studio read more

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