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Clicking 'checkout' could cost more after Supreme Court case

Supreme Court Sales Tax

The Supreme Court is hearing a case this week that could affect how much customers pay for online...

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Review: Scooters might revolutionize urban transport - if it wasn't for stupid humans

(c) 2018, The Washington Post. You’ll find them obstructing sidewalks in Austin, draped on trash cans in San Francisco and tipped over like dominoes in Los Angeles. In Washington, D.C., National Park Service workers dredged two of them from where Rock Creek flows into the Potomac. They’re Internet-...


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Unilever's got the ingredients for a shareholder revolt

(c) 2018, Bloomberg. Just when shoppers are putting more jars of coffee and bottles of shampoo into their baskets, there’s another worry for the big consumer goods groups: they don’t want to pay more for them. On Thursday both Nestle and Unilever announced a return to volume growth in the first...


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Unilever, Nestle woo investors with cash amid pricing squeeze

(c) 2018, Bloomberg. Unilever, Nestle and other consumer giants are wooing investors with cash rewards as they lose the pricing power that’s historically driven sales growth and predators circle the industry. Unilever, the maker of Hellmann’s mayonnaise and Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, said Thursday...


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Mortgage rates climb to highs not seen in four years

(c) 2018, The Washington Post. Mortgage rates broke out of their rut this week, with the 30-year fixed-rate average reaching its highest level in four years. According to the latest data released Thursday by Freddie Mac, the 30-year fixed-rate average climbed to 4.47 percent with an average 0.5...


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New data: Americans filling far fewer opioid prescriptions

Opioids Declining Prescriptions

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The number of prescriptions for opioid painkillers filled in the U.S. fell dramatically last year, showing their biggest drop in 25 years and continuing a decline amid increasing legal restrictions and public awareness of the dangers of addiction, new data show. Health data...


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Men arrested at Starbucks say they feared for their lives

Starbucks Black Men Arrested

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Rashon Nelson initially brushed it off when the Starbucks manager told him he couldn’t use the restroom because he wasn’t a paying customer. He thought nothing of it when he and his business partner, Donte Robinson, were approached at their table and were asked if they needed...


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Alabama mayor: 'Poop train' finally empty; sludge gone

Southern Dumping Grounds

ATLANTA (AP) — The last train car full of New York City sewage sludge that has stunk up a small Alabama community for more than two months has finally been emptied, the town’s mayor said this week. For more than two months, the sludge has blown an unbearable stench throughout the tiny town of...


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US stocks move broadly lower in early trading; Oil climbs

Financial Markets Wall Street

U.S. stocks were broadly lower in early trading Thursday, weighed down by losses in technology companies and makers of consumer products. Banks bucked the trend, climbing along with bond yields. Crude oil prices climbed, hitting the highest level in more than three years. KEEPING SCORE: The S&P 500...


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Black men arrested at Starbucks tell their story for the first time

(c) 2018, The Washington Post. One week after they were arrested at a Philadelphia Starbucks, the two black men seen in a cellphone video viewed more than 11 million times went on Good Morning America on Thursday to describe how arriving 10 minutes early to a business meeting put them in handcuffs....


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Trade issues expose the limits of Trump-Abe 'bromance'

Trump US Japan

PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe courted the new American president with a golden driver not long after Donald Trump won the White House. He’s met with the billionaire businessman more than any other world leader, and he is Trump’s second-most frequent caller. Yet the...


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