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5 Alexa skills to try this week

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A lot of Alexa skills available today were made especially to keep you healthy. WebMD can help you diagnose an illness, Track by Nutritionix can monitor your diet, and the American Heart Association‘s skill can tell you what to do if you’re having a heart attack. Here’s a few more health-related skills drawn from Trending and New Skills categories in the Alexa Skills Marketplace. In recent Alexa news, Alexa can now make orders with two-hour delivery service Amazon Prime Now, and a government trial program was announced this week to use intelligent assistants like Alexa to connect citizens with services and businesses with data. New to the Alexa Skills Marketplace, the Dr. A.I. skill listens to the symptoms you have like fever, rash, or headache, and asks for a description or details. Then the …

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Japanese finance app Moneytree raises $9 million to grow enterprise business

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(The Bridge) – Tokyo-based Moneytree, the Japanese startup offering an asset managing app and cloud-based accounting soutions, announced on Tuesday that it has raised a total of 1 billion yen (nearly $9 million US) in their latest funding round. The round was led by SBI Investment with participation from Mizuho Capital, SMBC Venture Capital, Salesforce Ventures, Fukuoka Technology Partners, Hiroshima Venture Capital, Senshu Ikeda Capital, and the UK’s leading asset management company Baillie Gifford. This round follows that of the company’s series A round from October 2015. With the latest funds, Moneytree plans to roll out new features to three products: their self-titled personal asset management app, the “Moneytree Work Keihi Seisan (Expense Reimbursement)” service that allows users to easily determine their expenses, as well as their …

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The Health-Care Debacle Was a Failure of Conservatism

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After seven years of fulminating against the Affordable Care Act, the House Republicans failed to come up with a workable and politically viable proposal.CreditPHOTOGRAPH BY DREW ANGERER / GETTY Let the recriminations begin! Actually, the health-care-failure finger-pointing got under way well before Friday, when Donald Trump and Paul Ryan cancelled a House vote on the American Health Care Act. A day earlier, aides to the President let it be known that he had come to regret going along with Ryan’s idea of making health care his first legislative priority. In the coming days and weeks, there will be more of this blame shifting, and, in truth, there is plenty of blame to go around. Ryan failed to unify the House …

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Stocks recover after health bill pulled Friday

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Stocks erased much of an afternoon loss and ended mixed after the Republican-backed health care reform bill was pulled because of a lack of support in Congress. The market still closed out its worst week since the election Friday. Several health care companies rose as the bill’s prospects worsened throughout the day. Hospital operator Community Health Systems soared 9.7 percent. The Standard & Poor’s 500 slipped 2 points, or 0.1 percent, to 2,343. The Dow Jones industrial average lost 59 points, or 0.3 percent, to 20,596. The Nasdaq gained 11 points, or 0.2 percent, to 5,828. More stocks fell than rose on the New York Stock Exchange. Share this:

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Saruhan Hatipoglu discusses AIIB membership expansion

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More countries in the Americas see the investment power of the AIIB for infrastructure projects. For more insight on this exponential growth, CGTN’s Elaine Reyes spoke with Saruhan Hatipoglu, the CEO of BERI, the Business Environment Risk Intelligence group, and a CGTN Global Economics Analyst.

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Science Proves Trump’s Health Care Vote Ultimatum Was Never Going to Work

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President Donald Trump, who quite literally wrote the book on the art of the deal, has lost the first major negotiation of his presidency over the American Health Care Act. And it was his final strategic move that may have pushed the bill over the cliff. After tense negotiations with the House Freedom Caucus over the particulars of the bill Thursday, Trump called for an end to the bargaining and issued the reticent Republicans an ultimatum: Pass this bill, or Obamacare stays. “At some point, you either have a deal or you don’t,” said press secretary Sean Spicer Friday, explaining the president’s state of mind. Around the same time Spicer was briefing the press, House Speaker Paul Ryan rushed to …

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Stocks sink as health care bill woes challenge Trump agenda

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In this Jan. 12, 2017, photo, traders work on the Mizuho Americas trading floor in New York. Stocks are opening higher on Wall Street, on Friday, March 24, 2017, led by gains in technology companies and banks. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan) (Credit: AP) (AP) — U.S. stocks are falling as the struggling Republican health care bill again dominates investors’ attention. House Republicans say the proposal doesn’t have enough support to pass in a vote this afternoon. That’s casting some doubt on President Donald Trump’s business-friendly agenda and stocks are on track for their biggest weekly loss since the presidential election. KEEPING SCORE:… Content Preview This content is exclusive for Optimum, Time Warner® and Comcast® customers with access to News 12. Already …

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US stocks move higher Friday as health care vote remains uncertain

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U.S. stocks are higher Friday as technology companies rise, but challenges to the Republican-backed American Health Care Act are again weighing on the market. For most of this week investors have been waiting for answers about the fate of the bill, which is scheduled to be voted on later Friday after it was delayed a day ago. Stocks are on track for their biggest weekly loss of 2017. KEEPING SCORE: The Standard & Poor’s 500 index picked up 6 points, or 0.2 percent, to 2,351 as of 1 p.m. Eastern time. The Dow Jones industrial average added 13 points, or 0.1 percent, to 20,669. It rose as much as 61 points earlier on. The Nasdaq composite jumped 32 points, or …

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Too Much Experience To Be Hired? Some Older Americans Face Age Bias

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Enlarge this image Blatant discrimination against older workers is illegal, but new research shows that it can be harder to get hired when you’re older. Aleutie/Getty Images/iStockphoto hide caption toggle caption Aleutie/Getty Images/iStockphoto Most baby boomers say that they plan to keep working past conventional retirement age. But to do that, they have to get hired first. New research shows that can be harder when you’re older. The study was conducted by David Neumark and two other economists. He’s a professor of economics at the University of California, Irvine. They sent out 40,000 resumes for thousands of real jobs. The resumes for any given job were identical except for age. “The call-back rate — the rate by which employers contact …

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US stocks higher in early trading Friday

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Stocks are opening slightly higher on Wall Street, led by gains in technology companies and banks. Chipmaker Micron Technology surged 11 percent in early trading Friday after reporting results that were much better than analysts were expecting. Investors were keeping a close eye on Washington, where a vote was expected later in the day on the Republican-backed health care reform bill. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose 5 points, or 0.2 percent, to 2,351. The Dow Jones industrial average gained 38 points, or 0.2 percent, to 20,695. The Nasdaq composite gained 26 points, or 0.5 percent, to 5,843. Share this:

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What the G.O.P. Doesn’t Get About Who Pays for Health Care

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Paul Ryan’s health-care bill is under attack from conservatives who believe that the government shouldn’t force citizens to pay for the health care of others.CreditPHOTOGRAPH BY MARK PETERSON / REDUX A few years ago, a relative of mine, an electrician who made a good living laying cable alongside highways, told me that his economic future depended on one thing: his back. He saw what happened to older guys—he meant men in their late thirties—when the pain became unbearable. They either became supervisors or they had to quit. At the time, my relative was about to turn thirty himself, and I remember him saying, “My back is killing me.” I’ve been thinking about that conversation this week, as President Trump has cajoled and …

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World markets mixed as US health care bill vote looms

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A man rides a bicycle past an electronic stock board showing Japan’s Nikkei 225 index at a securities firm in Tokyo, Friday, March 24, 2017. Asian stock markets are mixed Friday after a U.S. vote on a health care bill was delayed, raising doubts among investors over whether President Donald Trump can push through his business friendly agenda. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko) (Credit: AP) (AP) — World stock markets were mixed Friday after a U.S. vote on a health care bill was delayed, raising doubts over whether President Donald Trump can push through his business friendly agenda. KEEPING SCORE: European shares were mostly lower in early trading. France’s CAC 40 lost 0.3 percent to 5,019.56 and Britain’s FTSE 100 slipped less …

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Selling Cars the Way People Shop for Them

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Today’s shoppers expect a connected retail workflow that starts at their personal digital device and ends in a dealership environment, prepped and ready to meet their needs. They expect the sales team in the showroom to continue the conversation started online and to use technology to do it. Skeptical? Don’t be. Consider that according to Cox Automotive’s 2017 Buyer’s Journey, 60 percent of the time spend shopping for a car is indeed spent on the Internet – and the number of dealerships visited by shopper is down to around two. You get the picture. More time online, fewer dealerships = a consumer that knows what they want. But why does meeting those expectations begin with technology? Because workflow solutions that …

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The odds of a second term? You can bet on all things Trump

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The political prediction markets — where you can bet real money on political outcomes — have a track record of being better than any poll, yet they failed spectacularly in the November election. Even so, people are flocking to bets about the Trump administration, including the president’s odds of winning a second term and even his impeachment. Economics correspondent Paul Solman reports.

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Wells Fargo to Roll Out Cardless ATMs Across U.S.

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Published on Mar 23, 2017 Starting Monday, Wells Fargo customers can withdraw money using just a smartphone at any branded ATM Category News & Politics License Standard YouTube License

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Premier Li's visit to Australia signals cooperation in trade and investment

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Published on Mar 23, 2017 Chinese Premier Li Keqiang is in Australia on an official visit. He hopes to expand their free-trade agreement in areas from fuel to food. CGTN’s Sun Ye reports. Category License Standard YouTube License

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Ukraine ex-finance minister to oversee Puerto Rico crisis

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(AP) — A federal control board overseeing Puerto Rico’s finances amid a dire economic crisis announced Thursday that it appointed Ukraine’s former finance minister as its executive director. The board’s chairman said Natalie Jaresko served during a critical time in Ukraine’s history from 2014 to 2016 as it faced a deep recession. “Ukraine’s situation three years ago_like Puerto Rico’s… Content Preview This content is exclusive for Optimum, Time Warner® and Comcast® customers with access to News 12. Already registered or an Optimum customer?Log in

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NY attorney general settles with Nassau car wash

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The New York attorney general’s office said it reached a $154,000 settlement with a Nassau County-based car wash firm and manager that shortchanged 16 current and former workers. FCN Corporation, a company that operated 5 Star Car Wash in Elmont, and Christopher Conte, the company’s manager, underpaid workers, failing to pay minimum wage and overtime, according to New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. “It’s simple: hardworking New Yorkers must be paid a fair day’s wage. The conduct of 5 Star was unacceptable and my office will continue to take action against all those who violate the rights of their employees,” Schneiderman said in a statement. The company and manager paid wages that were as low as $6 an hour to …

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Stocks climb, led by banks; health care debate continues

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FILE – In this Friday, Nov. 13, 2015, file photo, the American flag flies above the Wall Street entrance to the New York Stock Exchange. U.S. stocks are treading water early Thursday, March 23, 2017, as investors wait for news about the fate of the Republican-backed health care bill, a centerpiece of President Donald Trump’s business-friendly agenda of cuts to taxes and regulations and greater infrastructure spending. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File) (Credit: AP) (AP) — U.S. stocks are broadly higher Thursday as banks recover some ground thanks to an upturn in bond yields, which will make lending money more profitable by forcing interest rates on loans higher. Google’s parent company, Alphabet, leads technology stocks lower as a number of companies …

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What’s at stake for NY in federal health overhaul?

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There’s a debate in New York over the effects of an amendment to the Republican federal health care overhaul that only applies to the state. House Republican leaders seeking to lock down votes from New York lawmakers have proposed shifting $2.3 billion in Medicaid costs from the state’s counties to the state. The amendment was a response to complaints that New York unfairly burdens its counties with a share of the nearly $60 billion health care program for the poor and disabled. Critics are taking rhetorical flamethrowers to the last-minute amendment, calling it the “Buffalo Bribe,” ”Poughkeepsie Payola” and worse. Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday called it an “absurd” measure that would devastate New York’s health care system. A …

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US stocks turn higher in midday trade Thursday

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U.S. stocks are turning higher as bank stocks recover some ground thanks to an upturn in bond yields, which will make lending money more profitable. Google’s parent company, Alphabet, is weighing down technology stocks Thursday after several major companies said they will stop advertising on YouTube because their ads were appearing alongside offensive videos including some promoting terrorism. Investors are keeping a close eye on Washington, where a vote was expected later Thursday on a Republican-backed health care bill. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose 4 points, or 0.4 percent, to 2,356. The Dow Jones industrial average gained 71 points, or 0.4 percent, to 20,733. The Nasdaq composite climbed 16 points, or 0.3 percent, to 5,838. Share this:

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Thinfilm’s tiny printed NFC labels enable brands to connect with consumers via smart packaging

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Norwegian tech firm Thinfilm figured out a way to print tiny electronics chips on plastic surfaces, creating tiny smart labels to put on the Internet of things, or smart and connected everyday objects. While others are making extremely powerful chips, Thinfilm is going wide. It is adding a little bit of intelligence to a lot of things. When I last caught up with Thinfilm’s people (whose formal name is Thin Film Electronics, traded on the Norwegian Stock Exchange), they were working on a different product. They had a super-thin, rewritable printed memory, which was a storage product that was printed onto a flexible plastic surface. The company licensed this technology to Xerox, which began printing the memory devices in a …

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Banks lead stocks higher; health care debate continues

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U.S. stocks are mostly higher Thursday as bank stocks recover some ground thanks to an upturn in bond yields, which will make lending money more profitable. Google’s parent company, Alphabet, leads technology stocks lower as a number of companies say they will stop advertising on YouTube. KEEPING SCORE: The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose 5 points, or 0.2 percent, to 2,354 as of 11 a.m. Eastern time. The Dow Jones industrial average added 41 points, or 0.2 percent, to 20,702. The Nasdaq composite rose 12 points, or 0.2 percent, to 5,833. The Russell 2000 index, which tracks smaller companies, gained 12 points, or 0.9 percent, to 1,357. Three-fourths of the stocks on the New York Stock Exchange were rising. …

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Why paying taxes by credit card probably isn’t a good idea

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A big tax bill is like hay fever . You don’t want it, you try to avoid it — and then April rolls around and it hits you hard. Now you have to figure out how to take care of it. Taxes have to be paid, and putting them on your credit card might seem a good option. Maybe you need more time to come up with the money, or you’re imagining the rewards you could rack up by putting a big expense on your card. But paying the IRS with plastic probably isn’t a good idea, and here’s why. YOU’LL PAY PROCESSING FEES When you buy something with a credit card, the merchant pays processing fees to the financial …

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US stocks open little changed Thursday

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Stocks are barely changed as Congress continues to debate health care legislation, a key first piece of President Donald Trump’s business-friendly agenda. Technology companies are down Thursday and giving up some of the previous day’s gains. Alphabet, Google’s parent company, lost 1.6 percent. Energy companies are slipping with oil prices but consumer-focused companies are rising. Clothing company PVH jumped 8.5 percent after strong earnings. Nike is up 2.1 percent after a sharp drop a day ago. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index fell 4 points, or 0.2 percent, to 2,345. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 25 points, or 0.1 percent, to 20,636. The Nasdaq composite shed 11 points, or 0.2 percent, to 5,810. Share this:

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Wall Street’s New Trick to Dodge Trump-Induced Stock Swings

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By now you’ve seen how President Trump can move a market. He sends stocks soaring or sinking depending on what new nuggets his itchy Twitter fingers dash off on any given Saturday morning. That impulsiveness is already forcing bottom line-conscious businesses to kick their brand management into overdrive. Now a new online tool aims to help Wall Street hedge its bets in the face of a new and always unpredictable administration. It’s called—yes—Trump Tracker. Research firm Sentieo built Trump Tracker out of an existing product that enables hedge fund managers to scan public filings and receive instant, automated alerts for keywords. A manager with holdings in Ford, for instance, might want to set alerts for the term “autonomous vehicle” to …

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Lystable raises $10 million more to speed up adoption of its freelance collaboration app

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Lystable announced on Thursday that it has raised an additional $10 million in capital to support expanding access of its freelance collaboration app across the United States. The latest infusion of cash is part of the company’s existing Series A which happened in June 2016. Investors putting money into the round include Valar Ventures, which is associated with Peter Thiel, Max Levchin’s SciFi VC, Kindred Capital, Goldcrest Capital, Glynn Capital, and Wilmont Ventures. Lystable has now raised $21 million for its Series A. Founded in 2014 as an online platform for businesses to manage freelancers, Lystable is more than just managing paychecks and invoices. It’s about on-boarding these workers into systems while also providing tools around collaboration. Company chief executive …

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The Billionaire on a Mission to Save the Planet From Trump

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Tom Steyer isn’t your average California tree hugger. The former hedge fund manager—number 1,121 on Forbes’ wealthiest people list, with $1.61 billion—was once best known for turning $15 million into $30 billion in about two decades. But then he went hiking. Steyer and environmental activist and author Bill McKibben spent a day trudging through the Adirondacks. Not long after, Steyer parted ways with the leadership of his company and his oil and gas investments, began to fight the Keystone XL pipeline, and then reinvented himself as a one-man superfund for climate causes. His organization, NextGen Climate, has spent $170 million over the past four years advocating for policies and politicians that help the environment and advance renewable energy. It’s an uphill battle. …

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Malaysia’s Jirnexu raises $1.5 million for fintech software

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Malaysian fintech startup Jirnexu has raised $1.5 million in funding from DMP, Gobi Partners, and OSK Ventures International Berhad (OSKVI). That brings the Kuala Lumpur-based company’s total funding to date to $6 million. Jirnexu’s full stack technology provides banks and insurance companies with a solution that manages every stage of the customer journey, including marketing, acquisition, fulfillment, and retention. The company counts among its customers global and regional financial institutions such as Citibank, HSBC, Standard Chartered, AIA, Zurich, Manulife, and U4Life, as well as local banks BSN and RHB. Sales commissions for consumer banking and insurance products in Southeast Asia alone are worth $25 billion per year, according to market researcher Sigma Research. Jirnexu is also targeting the $35 billion worth …

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Neil Gorsuch Makes the Case for His Own Independence

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Judge Neil Gorsuch addresses the Senate Judiciary Committee at his Supreme Court confirmation hearing.CreditPHOTOGRAPH BY MARK PETERSON / REDUX FOR THE NEW YORKER The Supreme Court confirmation hearing for Judge Neil Gorsuch has been an endurance event. On Tuesday, Charles Grassley, the eighty-three-year-old chair of the Judiciary Committee, planned out a ten-hour hearing and then sat through it, measuring out precise ten-minute breaks. (“That means we’ll reconvene at 3:31,” he said at one point.) Gorsuch, who is forty-nine, with trim white hair, wore a blue shirt and a purple tie, and followed custom by declining to comment on any topic that might theoretically appear before the Court. But, during the day, hints of Gorsuch’s personality appeared. He is a familiar …

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Wall Street Trader Outlines Market Trends Ahead Of Health Care Vote

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The stock market is reacting to news out of Washington, D.C., about the fate of health care legislation and other items on the White House agenda. NPR’s Kelly McEvers talks with trader Ted Weisberg about trends on Wall Street.

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Lingerie maker excited to show a little more

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By GREGORY ZELLER // When it comes to exposure, they’re not shy at Impish Lee. Cofounders Noelle and Kali Ventresca have plenty of skin in the game already. Since pulling their startup lingerie-manufacturing business off peer-to-peer e-commerce site Etsy in 2015 and reforming it around a proprietary online customizer – users choose the garment, size, color and more – they’ve eschewed outside funding, “at least until we’re profitable,” according to CEO Noelle. Exposure, therefore, is key – and for a startup marketing on a shoestring, a perpetual challenge. Social media marketing, word of mouth, a $15,000 Kickstarter campaign and some $30,000-plus in family and friend investments have kept the industrial-strength sewing machines whirring in Impish Lee’s 600-square-foot Sea Cliff headquarters, …

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After a bumpy start, stocks manage gains Wednesday

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U.S. stocks shook off a shaky start and finished mostly higher as technology and industrial companies rose. Apple rose 1 percent Wednesday and Microsoft gained 1.3 percent. The modest gains came a day after the market had its biggest drop this year. Banks continued to fall along with bond yields, which forces interest rates on loans lower. Wells Fargo dropped 1 percent. Sears plunged 12 percent after the struggling retailer said it was doubtful it would be able to keep operating. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index edged up 4 points, or 0.2 percent, to 2,348. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 6 points, less than 0.1 percent, to 20,661, dragged down by a big drop in Nike. The Nasdaq …

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Markets Mixed After Biggest Selloff of 2017

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U.S. stocks are mixed Wednesday. More stocks are down than up as the market comes off its biggest loss in five months. (March 22) Subscribe for more Breaking News: http://smarturl.it/AssociatedPressGet updates and more Breaking News here: http://smarturl.it/APBreakingNews The Associated Press is the essential global news network, delivering fast, unbiased news from every corner of the world to all media platforms and formats.AP’s commitment to independent, comprehensive journalism has deep roots. Founded in 1846, AP has covered all the major news events of the past 165 years, providing high-quality, informed reporting of everything from wars and elections to championship games and royal weddings. AP is the largest and most trusted source of independent news and information.Today, AP employs the latest technology …

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Nationwide fiber? Proposed law could add broadband to road projects

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Enlarge Getty Images | tiero reader comments 9 Share this story Years in the making, a proposal to mandate the installation of fiber conduits during federally funded highway projects might be gaining some new momentum. If the US adopts a “dig once” policy, construction workers would install conduits just about any time they build new roads and sidewalks or upgrade existing ones. These conduits are plastic pipes that can house fiber cables. The conduits might be empty when installed, but their presence makes it a lot cheaper and easier to install fiber later, after the road construction is finished. The idea is an old one. US Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.) has been proposing dig once legislation since 2009, and it has widespread support from …

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Trump’s FDA Pick Has Friends in Big Pharma. But Who Doesn’t?

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Shortly after taking office, President Trump told pharmaceutical CEOs visiting the White House that he would accelerate drug approvals by eliminating 75 to 80 percent of the regulations enforced by the US Food and Drug Administration. “Instead of it being 9,000 pages, it’ll be 100 pages,” he said. Slashing those rules could fall to Scott Gottlieb, the president’s pick for FDA commissioner. As with so many Trump nominees, expect Democrats to press the 44-year-old physician on his conflicts of interest when he appears before the Senate for confirmation. Gottlieb’s deep ties to the industry he would regulate go back more than decade, and he currently serves on the board of three pharmaceutical companies. His venture capital firm, new Enterprise Associates, funds 150 others. Gottlieb received more than $400,000 from Big …

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Alibaba announces digital free-trade initiative in Malaysia

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Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba has announced plans to establish a regional distribution hub in Malaysia – the company’s first logistics centre outside of China. The new cross-border agreement with the Malaysian government hopes to facilitate international e-commerce transactions and support South-east Asian growth in the sector. According to Alizila, the official news hub for Alibaba Group, the initiative will involve the Chinese firm working alongside the digital agency Malaysia Digital Economy, to set up ‘digital free-trade zones where small and medium-sized enterprises can easily plug into global trade via e-commerce.’ Referring to the project as part of its electronic world trade platform (eWTP), Alibaba plans to establish an e-fulfilment hub near to Kuala Lumpur International Airport, as well as a …

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Tech stocks lead US indexes mostly higher midday Wednesday

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U.S. stock indexes are turning mostly higher at midday Wednesday as technology companies rise and investors react to another drop in bond yields by buying high-dividend utility companies. Energy companies are declining with the price of oil. However more stocks are down than up as the market comes off its biggest loss in five months. KEEPING SCORE: The Standard & Poor’s 500 index picked up 4 points, or 0.2 percent, to 2,348 as of noon Eastern time. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 10 points, or 0.1 percent, to 20,657, dragged down by a steep fall in Nike. The Nasdaq composite rose 21 points, or 0.4 percent, to 5,815. The Russell 2000 index of smaller companies sank 5 points, or …

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US stocks waver in early trading Wednesday

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Stocks are treading water in early trading as gains in high-dividend stocks are outweighed by drops in banks and other sectors. Sears Holdings plunged 9 percent in early trading Wednesday after the struggling retailer said it was doubtful it would be able to keep operating. Nike dropped 6 percent after issuing a weak forecast. The market is coming off its biggest drop so far this year. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index slipped 1 point to 2,342. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 36 points, or 0.2 percent, to 20,632. The Nasdaq composite edged up 5 points, or 0.1 percent, to 5,799. Small-company stocks fell more than the rest of the market. More stocks fell than rose on the New …

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Why Do So Few People Pay Income Tax In India?

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Enlarge this image Salaried employees file their income tax papers at an tax office in New Delhi in 2013. Many Indians, including the entire agricultural sector and those living on less than $3,700 a year, are exempt from income tax. The Finance Ministry says just 27 million Indians paid income tax last year. Manish Swarup/AP hide caption toggle caption Manish Swarup/AP Late last year, India sought to force people with large amounts of cash stashed away to deposit it in bank accounts. It was a tax-collecting exercise to get people to disclose unreported wealth and pay up. The government credits the move for a 12 percent increase in tax collections from the previous year. Enlarging that base in no small …

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Why More Farmers are Making The Switch To Grass-Fed Meat And Dairy

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Enlarge this image Cows graze at Dharma Lea Farm in Sharon Springs, N.Y. Advocates of grass-grazing cattle say it’s better for the environment and the animals. But there’s another upside: Grass-fed meat and dairy fetch a premium that can help small farms stay viable. Courtesy of Maple Hill Creamery hide caption toggle caption Courtesy of Maple Hill Creamery Though he didn’t come from a farming family, from a young age Tim Joseph was fascinated by the idea of living off the land. Reading magazines like The Stockman Grass Farmer and Graze, he “got hooked on the idea of grass-fed agriculture — that all energy and wealth comes from the sun,” he explains, “and the shorter the distance between the sun …

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Forget Bitcoin. The Blockchain Could Reveal What’s True Today and Tomorrow

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As far back as the 1880s, people stood on the curb outside the New York Stock Exchange taking bets on political elections, and newspapers would report the odds as a way of predicting the results at the polls. In the years since, economists refined the concept, and more recently, prediction markets have tapped into the wisdom of the crowds via the internet, forecasting everything from presidential races to sporting events to stock prices. The concept took a hit in 2012 when a major site shutdown amid financial irregularities and pressure from US regulators. But Silicon Valley hasn’t given up on the idea. It now sees a new way of building markets that predict the future: the blockchain. The blockchain is …

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LinkedIn Tries to Do Trending News in a Non-Disastrous Way

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You’d think internet companies would want to stay far, far away from “trending” news, given one Menlo Park-based social giant’s unfortunate history. But LinkedIn has decided to try. The Microsoft-owned company doesn’t criticize Facebook directly. But its pitch for its new feature clearly telegraphs that it intends to avoid the pitfalls into which Facebook stumbled. LinkedIn’s Trending Storylines will start appearing in the US today and to international users soon after. A new “trending” tab will appear on mobile homescreens and on the top right-hand side of the LinkedIn homepage. As befits a social network that specializes in professional connections, the links will focus on business news—technology, health care, and finance to start. Facebook’s troubles really began after disgruntled contractors …

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Donald Trump seeks health care triumph

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WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s pitch on a polarizing Republican health care bill in the House amounts to a means to an end: a way to move on to what he calls “the biggest tax cut since Ronald Reagan.” Backed by pro-business elements of his party, Trump has increasingly argued that the repeal and replacement of former President Barack Obama’s health care law is a necessary step along the road to other parts of his first-year agenda. In both his public pitches and private meetings with House Republicans to secure passage, Trump appears ready to move on. “After we repeal and replace Obamacare, our Republican majority will pass massive, historic tax reform, the biggest tax cut since Ronald Reagan – …

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Love Canned Tuna? More Grocers Want To Make Sure It Was Caught Responsibly

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Enlarge this image Cans of tuna at Whole Foods Market Whole Foods Market hide caption toggle caption Whole Foods Market For the last 20 years, Americans have been having a conversation about sustainable seafood that was largely focused on fish purchased at restaurants or fresh seafood counters. Armed with seafood guides, thoughtful customers were encouraged to pose questions about where their fish was caught and what type of gear was used — questions that are far trickier to pose in front of a wall of canned tuna in the middle of a supermarket. While tuna poke may be winning over American palates today, our consumption of fresh tuna is still dwarfed by our collective appetite for the canned stuff. According …

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Global shares tumble on jitters over Trump reform agenda

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A currency trader walks by the screens showing the Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI), left, and the foreign exchange rate between U.S. dollar and South Korean won at the foreign exchange dealing room in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, March 22, 2017. Shares fell in Asia early Wednesday after U.S. stocks took their biggest loss in five months. The sell-off overnight on Wall Street was spurred by obstacles to a health care bill backed by President Donald Trump that also raised questions over prospects for his agenda of boosting growth by cutting taxes and regulations. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man) (Credit: AP) (AP) — Global stock markets fell Wednesday, with Tokyo tumbling more than 2 percent, as jitters over U.S. President Donald …

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Developmentally disabled adults face uncertainty as N.Y. changes Medicaid payments and deep federal cuts loom

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With elected officials and others arguing about the House Republican bill intended to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, some local residents who are dependent on Medicaid — and the nonprofit organization that serves them — are anxiously awaiting the outcome. Christine Barker and Alissa Slade are two residents of a group home for developmentally disabled adults operated by East End Disability Associates in Manorville. They rely on Medicaid for a lot more than doctor visits and prescription drugs. That’s because their housing, supervision and assistance, various therapies, job training — a wide range of services — are all largely paid for by Medicaid. “I rely on Medicaid for just about everything, I think,” said Slade, 23, who has …

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Stocks post their biggest loss this year

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U.S. stocks had their biggest drop this year, led by declines in banks. Financial companies, which soared in the months since the U.S. presidential election, fell sharply Tuesday. Bank of America sank 5.8 percent, while JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo each lost about 3 percent. A drop in bond yields helped push financial stocks lower. Lower yields mean lower interest rates on mortgages and other kinds of loans. Industrial companies and transportation stocks also fell. United Continental dropped 3.3 percent. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index lost 29 points, or 1.2 percent, to 2,344. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 237 points, or 1.1 percent, to 20,668. The Nasdaq composite dropped 107 points, or 1.8 percent, to 5,793. Small-company stocks …

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Stocks tumble as banks, industrials take broad losses

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In this Jan. 12, 2017, photo, traders work on the Mizuho Americas trading floor in New York. Technology companies are leading stocks slightly higher in early trading on Wall Street, Tuesday, March 21, 2017. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan) (Credit: AP) (AP) — U.S. stocks are on track for their biggest loss this year as banks tumble and industrial companies such as transportation stocks take large losses. Small-company stocks are falling more than the rest of the market. KEEPING SCORE: The Standard & Poor’s 500 index tumbled 24 points, or 1 percent, to 2,349 as of 1:37 p.m. Eastern time. It hasn’t taken a loss that large since October…. Content Preview This content is exclusive for Optimum, Time Warner® and Comcast® customers …

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The Problem with Steve Bannon’s Story About His Father

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The self-created mythology of the White House adviser Steve Bannon does not hold up to rational scrutiny.CreditPHOTOGRAPH BY JONATHAN ERNST / REUTERS Steve Bannon is the keeper of the secret formula—that peculiar and potent mix of aggressive bluster and selective empathy—that enabled Donald Trump to be elected. It’s worth remembering how unlikely the success of the formula seemed even a year ago. Before Trump got to Hillary Clinton, and when Bannon was an informal adviser, the candidate mowed down a long list of Republican opponents, without being the biggest spender or having the best organization. That was because the formula worked. It isn’t conventionally liberal or conservative, and it doesn’t have much in common with the standard views of either …

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Only an End to Global Warming Can Save the Great Barrier Reef

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This story originally appeared on the Guardian and is part of the Climate Desk collaboration. The survival of the Great Barrier Reef hinges on urgent moves to cut global warming because nothing else will protect coral from the coming cycle of mass bleaching events, new research has found. The study of three mass bleaching events on Australian reefs in 1998, 2002 and 2016 found coral was damaged by underwater heatwaves regardless of any local improvements to water quality or fishing controls. The research, authored by 46 scientists and published in Nature, raises serious questions about Australia’s long-term conservation plan for its famous reef, which invests heavily in lifting water quality but is silent on climate-change action. The researchers said the findings of their paper, …

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Slight losses for US stocks in early trading Tuesday

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US stocks are posting modest declines in early trading Tuesday, but Apple led technology companies higher after announcing an update to its iPad. Health care companies rose, but packaged food companies and airlines skidded. KEEPING SCORE: The Standard & Poor’s 500 index fell 2 points, or 0.1 percent, to 2,370 as of 10:15 a.m. Eastern time. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 13 points, or 0.1 percent, to 20,892. The Nasdaq composite slipped 6 points, or 0.1 percent, to 5,895. The Russell 2000 index of small-company stocks lost 7 points, or 0.6 percent, to 1,376. More stocks fell than rose on the New York Stock Exchange. TECH CLIMBING: Several big technology stocks were rising. Apple added $1.08 to $142.54 after …

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COMPTROLLER MARAGOS ANNOUNCES 5TH ANNUAL HIGH SCHOOL BUSINESS CHALLENGE

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Mineola, NY: Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos is proud to announce that the Office of the Nassau County Comptroller will be hosting its 5th Annual “Nassau County High School Comptroller’s Business Challenge” on April 4th. The Competition will feature many of the area High Schools and over 200 students are expected to participate and present their ideas for multi-billion future businesses. This year, students have been challenged to conceptualize or develop and bring to market an APP with mass appeal in the field of healthcare, public safety or homeland security.  “We want to motivate and excite our young entrepreneurs to dream up the next SnapChat,” said Comptroller George Maragos. “The ideas of young adults are usually the best source for …

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Cloudflare announces global data centre expansion, begins in Armenia

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Multinational content delivery network (CDN) provider Cloudflare has announced that it plans to launch a series of new data centres across five continents, beginning with a facility in Yerevan, Armenia. The new centre will be Cloudflare’s 37th data centre in Asia, and its 103rd globally. The company hopes that the new deployment will allow for greater speed, agility and security for approximately 6 million internet platforms, serving traffic to Armenia and neighbouring countries. Yerevan, the capital and largest city in Armenia, is one of the oldest continuously inhabited metropolises in the world – with a rich history dating back to 782 BC. According to a Cloudflare blog post announcing the new data centre, while the city is steeped in history, Yerevan …

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New York's 'I voted' sticker will be determined by contest

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Do you proudly wear the “I voted” sticker after your visit to the polls? In New York, it’s time for a new one. The New York City Campaign Finance Board is soliciting designs for a new sticker for the 2017 city elections. The only guidelines are to use the phrase “I voted” in the design and to fit the design on a circular sticker 2 inches in diameter. Once finalists have been selected, the public will be able to vote on their favorite design. The winning sticker will be printed and distributed on future Election Days. Submissions will be accepted from March 20 through April 14. Applicants can submit designs by clicking here. (Copyright ©2017 WABC-TV. All Rights Reserved.)

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Among Trump Supporters, Conflicts Of Interest Aren't A Top Concern

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Enlarge this image A Trump rally in held in New York City on March 4. The issue of conflicts of interest doesn’t seem to be registering much among President Trump’s supporters. Mary Altaffer/AP hide caption toggle caption Mary Altaffer/AP Many people these days might be getting worked up about the fact that President Trump owns a lot of businesses. Not Chris Kinney. “I think this country really needs to be run more like a business at this point,” says the 51-year-old Lino Lakes, Minn., resident, a former business owner who fixes printers for a living. The United States faces a lot of serious problems, such as the growing federal deficit, and the fact that Trump brings a businessman’s sensibility to …

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US group seeks better access to China's farm goods market

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(AP) — An American business group appealed to China on Tuesday to ease import restrictions on agricultural goods including genetically modified seeds and other biotechnology, highlighting complaints Beijing blocks market access despite its vocal support for free trade. The American Chamber of Commerce in China wants a quicker review of foreign biotechnology products, an end to restrictions… Content Preview This content is exclusive for Optimum, Time Warner® and Comcast® customers with access to News 12. Already registered or an Optimum customer?Log in

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Dominion Diamond and Nektar climb; Wells Fargo dips

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(AP) — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Monday: Wells Fargo & Co., down $1.04 to $57.63 The bank reported numbers from February that indicated its sales practices scandal is still taking a toll on its business. Dominion Diamond Corp., up $2.28 to $12.20 Washington Cos. offered to buy the diamond mining company for $13.50 a share, or about $1.1 billion. Nektar… Content Preview This content is exclusive for Optimum, Time Warner® and Comcast® customers with access to News 12. Already registered or an Optimum customer?Log in

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US stock indexes dip for a third day as banks stumble

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Trader Edward Curran works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Monday, March 20, 2017. U.S. stocks are opening slightly lower, led by losses in banks after Britain announced it will formally trigger the process of leaving the European Union. (AP Photo/Richard Drew) (Credit: AP) (AP) — After an early-afternoon slump, U.S. stocks finished mostly lower Monday in a quiet day of trading. Banks fell along with bond yields as stocks declined for a third straight day. Lower bond yields hurt banks because they force interest rates down on mortgages and other kinds of loans. Utility companies gave up some of their recent gains. Most sectors didn’t move much on the… Content Preview This content is exclusive for …

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US indexes end slightly lower Monday

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Stocks are ending mostly lower on Wall Street, led by declines in banks. Bond yields fell Monday, which can hurt profits at banks by pushing interest rates on loans lower. Wells Fargo lost 1.8 percent Monday and Bank of America dropped 1.7 percent. Other sectors ended mixed. Makers of basic materials and consumer goods rose, but health care and phone companies fell. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index lost 4 points, or 0.2 percent, to end at 2,373. The Dow Jones industrial average slipped 8 points, less than 0.1 percent, to 20,905. The Nasdaq composite edged up a fraction to 5,901. Trading was relatively light. Bond prices rose. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note fell to 2.47 percent. Share …

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David Rockefeller — Philanthropist, Banker And Collector — Dies At 101

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Enlarge this image David Rockefeller, then chairman of Chase Manhattan Bank, speaks at the Chase Investment Forum in London in 1963. Moore/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Moore/Getty Images David Rockefeller, who died Monday morning at the age of 101, leaves a legacy that eludes a simple description. At once the grandchild and heir of oil tycoon John D. Rockefeller and a globe-trotting billionaire banker in his own right, Rockefeller also earned a reputation as a prodigious patron of the arts. Rockefeller died of congestive heart failure at his home in Pocantico Hills, N.Y., family spokesman Fraser P. Seitel confirmed to NPR. In a statement released Monday, former President George W. Bush commended Rockefeller as “one of the most generous …

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Rex Tillerson Is Still Acting Like a C.E.O.

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s behavior toward the press makes clear that his conception of “diplomacy” is that bargains are struck on the basis of private interests. ExxonMobil’s global headquarters are situated on a campus in Irving, Texas, beside a man-made lake. Employees sometimes refer to the glass-and-granite building as the “Death Star,” because of the power that its executives project. During the eleven years that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson served as ExxonMobil’s chairman and chief executive, he had an office on the top floor, in a suite that employees called the “God Pod.” When I visited a few years ago, the building’s interior design eschewed the striving gaudiness of Trump properties; it was more like a Four Seasons …

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Germany-Japan ties: Leaders speak up for free trade

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Germany-Japan ties: Leaders speak up for free trade. As some countries look to protect their economies from foreign competition, the leaders of Germany and Japan have come out strongly in favour of free trade. Shinzo Abe and Angela Merkel have used a technology fair to try to inject new momentum into a trade deal between Japan and the EU. Al Jazeera’s Dominic Kane reports from Hanover. – Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe– Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJEnglish– Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera– Check our website: http://www.aljazeera.com/

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Madrona Venture Group Announces Two New Investment Professionals

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Maria Karaivanova Joins as Principal and Alice Ryder as Director of Investor Relations and Business Development SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–March 20, 2017– Madrona Venture Group, an early-stage venture capital firm, announced today two new additions to the team. Maria Karaivanova is joining Madrona as a Principal focused on sourcing and evaluating new investment opportunities, working with portfolio companies to explore and evaluate business strategies and developing investment themes for the firm. Alice Ryder is joining as Director of Investor Relations and Business Development and will work with Madrona’s investors, as well as continue to develop Madrona’s program for connecting C-level executives with portfolio companies for partnerships, customer relationships and advisory roles. Each brings a deep background of business, technology and finance experience …

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US stocks drift in midday trade; tech gains while banks fall

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Major U.S. indexes are little changed Monday as technology and basic materials companies rise but energy and bank stocks fall. Stocks in Europe fell after the British government said it will formally begin the process of leaving the European Union next week. KEEPING SCORE: The Standard & Poor’s 500 index lost 1 point to 2,337 as of noon Eastern time. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 28 points, or 0.1 percent, to 20,943. The Nasdaq composite added 6 points, or 0.1 percent, to 5,906. Small-company stocks fell. The Russell 2000 was down 7 points, or 0.5 percent, to 1,384. More stocks fell than rose on the New York Stock Exchange. BRITAIN MUST BE GOING: Britain’s government said it will trigger …

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Banks, energy companies take stocks lower Monday

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U.S. stocks are opening slightly lower, led by losses in banks after Britain announced it will formally trigger the process of leaving the European Union on March 29. Britain’s departure from the EU will start a long negotiation with uncertain effects for banks and other companies. It is expected to become official in early 2019. Major indexes in Europe are also lower Monday. Energy companies are falling as the price of U.S. crude slips about 1 percent. Drilling rig operator Transocean slid 3.8 percent. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index lost 3 points, or 0.1 percent, to 2,374. The Dow Jones industrial average sank 5 points to 20,909. The Nasdaq composite dipped 4 points, or 0.1 percent, to 5,896. Share …

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CloudCheckr Secures $50 Million Series A From Level Equity

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Investment to accelerate growth, innovation and global expansion of the leading cloud management platform ROCHESTER, N.Y.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–March 20, 2017– CloudCheckr, the leading cloud management platform, announced today that it has raised $50 million in institutional funding from Level Equity. The funding round will augment an already profitable business that has tripled in each of the last three years. CloudCheckr will use the funds to bolster its market-leading platform for modern enterprises, government agencies and managed service providers who demand a comprehensive and scalable multi-cloud management platform that satisfies cost, security, utilization and compliance concerns. This Smart News Release features multimedia. View the full release here: http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20170320005239/en/ “Cloud management is a highly complex but increasingly mainstream issue – especially for the …

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Using legacy ‘human-centric’ traffic surveillance systems for machine learning

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Video monitoring systems for traffic have been in use since the mid- 1960s, initially pioneered by Israel and the Netherlands in order to capture motorists violating traffic light regulations. But they would have been very differently-designed if computer evaluation, rather than human monitoring, had been anticipated – a problem which researchers from Carnegie Mellon are currently tackling. The sheer scale and maturity of urban traffic-monitoring systems, many of which hail back to the 1980s, are a tantalising prospect for AI in terms of generating usable data about traffic flow, but are predicated on ‘common sense’ – currently an elusive goal for machine learning, even in terms of widely-agreed definition. In the paper Understanding Traffic Density from Large-Scale Web Camera Data …

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Bacteria Are Brewing Up the Next Generation of Antivenoms

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Daniel Dempsey was a grad student stationed in the jungles of Monteverde, Costa Rica when he first encountered the danger of a snakebite. The biologist was walking through the forest one day, catching bats to study them for malaria, when he almost stepped on the black, arrow-shaped head of an enormous pit viper—a fer-de-lance. That night as he described his encounter to the local family he was staying with, they began to tear up. They told him that earlier that year a “terciopelo,” what Costa Ricans call their country’s deadliest snake, had bitten the family’s five year-old niece. The hospital, a few hours drive away, didn’t have any antivenom in their stocks. She didn’t make it. It was Dempsey’s memory of …

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French emissions probe clears Opel; others accused of fraud

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(AP) — French investigators say they have found evidence of possible emissions fraud in Fiat, Renault, Peugeot-Citroen and Volkswagen cars sold in France, but have found no proof of fraud in Opel vehicles. The Finance Ministry announced in a statement Monday that its consumer fraud agency has closed its investigation into Opel, having found no “facts constituting an infraction of fraud.” The… Content Preview This content is exclusive for Optimum, Time Warner® and Comcast® customers with access to News 12. Already registered or an Optimum customer?Log in

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German finance minister: European unity 'best precaution'

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(AP) — Germany’s finance minister says European unity is “the best precaution for our 21st century” and is suggesting that the eurozone rescue fund could be turned into a sort of “European Monetary Fund.” Wolfgang Schaeuble, one of Germany’s most influential politicians, wrote in Monday’s edition of the daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung: “European unification is perhaps the best idea… Content Preview This content is exclusive for Optimum, Time Warner® and Comcast® customers with access to News 12. Already registered or an Optimum customer?Log in

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Global stocks down after G20 drops anti-protectionism pledge

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(AP) — Global stocks were lower Monday after finance ministers from major economies dropped a pledge to oppose trade protectionism from a weekend statement due to resistance by the Trump administration. KEEPING SCORE: In early trading, France’s CAC-40 lost 0.3 percent to 5,016.04 and London’s FTSE 100 shed 0.2 percent to 7,410.84. Germany’s DAX retreated 0.2 percent to 12,069.85. On Friday,… Content Preview This content is exclusive for Optimum, Time Warner® and Comcast® customers with access to News 12. Already registered or an Optimum customer?Log in

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Minimum-wage hikes could deepen shortage of health aides

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In this March 11, 2017 photo, Stephanie Bushey, right, uses sign language and eye movements to communicate with her daughter, Katie, at their home in West Chazy, N.Y. Katie, who lost her vocal and motor skills at birth, relies on assistance from home health aides during the day while her mother is at work. Advocates for the disabled, elderly and chronically ill in New York are concerned the state’s move to a $15 minimum wage could deepen a shortage of home health aides. (AP Photo/Anna Gronewold) (Credit: AP) (AP) — Only 17 snowy miles from the Canadian border, Katie Bushey’s most basic needs are met by traveling health aides who come into her home to change her diapers, track her …

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Can Chuck Schumer Check Donald Trump?

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Seen as a pragmatist, Schumer hopes to reclaim populism for the Democrats.CreditIllustration by Barry Blitt On a morning not long after Michael Flynn, having lied about conversations with the Russian Ambassador, was forced to step down as national-security adviser, but before Jeff Sessions, having lied about conversations with the Russian Ambassador, was forced to recuse himself from any Justice Department investigation involving the Trump campaign, Chuck Schumer rose from his desk on the floor of the United States Senate to reflect on the state of the union. “We are in a moment of profound unease about the stability of the executive branch of our government,” he began. “Something is rotten in the state of Denmark. “I’ve been in Congress a …

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Stop all the ‘hype’ talk. We’ve only scratched the surface with blockchain

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Recently, there’s been a lot of talk about blockchain being all hype. From institutions like the University of Pennsylvania to tech-focused investment conferences, the blockchain discussion has begun to veer into what is starting to sound like an apology from the industry about what blockchain hasn’t yet achieved. Instead of trying to use the game-changing technology in new ways, it seems like blockchain specialists are starting to cower under the weight of high expectations and attempting to backtrack on promises of far-reaching possibilities. I heard someone who runs a blockchain company say at a recent conference that everyone is too fascinated with blockchain, that it’s just a way to track financial transactions. Now, I understand the general sentiment of overhype …

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How Parkopedia became a parking data powerhouse

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“It didn’t take a genius to realize that if I couldn’t find any useful online information for finding parking in San Francisco, then drivers in Paris, Shanghai, and thousands of other cities around the globe were probably also struggling with the exact same problem,” explained Eugene Tsyrklevich, founder and CEO of London-based parking platform Parkopedia, in an interview with VentureBeat. It was way back in 2007, during the Web 2.0 conference in San Francisco, that Tsyrklevich tried to find a place to park his rental car before his arrival at the event. But after Googling for reliable parking information for the Moscone Center, he came up blank. So he left home earlier than should otherwise have been necessary and circled the block several times …

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Thousands rally in support of leftist Jean-Luc Melenchon in Paris

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Thousands of people rallied in support of French far-left presidential candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon in Paris, Saturday. His supporters packed the streets of the French capital between the squares of Place de La Bastille and Place de la Republique. Melenchon is a former minister for vocational training and is backed in the presidential election by the French Communist Party. If elected, he has pledged to quit NATO, obstruct free-trade deals, stop using nuclear energy and cut down the country’s 35-hour work week. COURTESY: RT’s RUPTLY video agency, NO RE-UPLOAD, NO REUSE – FOR LICENSING, PLEASE, CONTACT http://ruptly.tv RT LIVE http://rt.com/on-air Subscribe to RT! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_c… Like us on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/RTnewsFollow us on Twitter http://twitter.com/RT_comFollow us on Instagram http://instagram.com/rtFollow us on Google+ http://plus.google.com/+RTListen …

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MacroSolve: Donald Trump Jr.’s favorite patent enforcer

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Enlarge / Donald Trump’s sons, Donald Trump Jr. (L) and Eric Trump, walk in Trump Tower on November 14, 2016 in New York City. They will be in charge of the Trump Organization’s myriad businesses while Donald Trump is president. Getty Images reader comments 77 Share this story Before President Donald Trump took the oath of office in January, he handed off management of the Trump Organization’s business interests to his two eldest sons, Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump. The family-owned company has been in various lines of business over the years—most famously, there are hotels, casinos, and golf resorts, some owned and others licensed. Ties, steaks, and a controversial seminar business have also borne the Trump name. But Donald Trump Jr. has …

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Ebong Eka discusses G20 finance minister meeting

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For more discussions on the G20 finance minister meeting , CGTN’s Susan Roberts talked to Ebong Eka, international business expert.

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At Mnuchin's First Big Meeting, G20 Shies From Endorsing Free Trade

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Enlarge this image U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, right, and German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble, left, address the media during a joint press conference in Berlin, Germany, on Thursday in advance of the weekend’s G20 summit. Michael Sohn/AP hide caption toggle caption Michael Sohn/AP At this weekend’s gathering of the Group of 20, the world’s 20 largest economies, the group took a step back from its typically overt pro-free trade agenda, in the wake of pushback from the United States. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen represented the U.S. in two days of meetings with their counterparts from the world’s 20 largest economies in Baden-Baden, Germany. “We are working to strengthen the contribution of trade to …

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G20 leaders rollback commitment to free trade, anti-protectionism

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G20 finance ministers have removed any mention of free trade in their final communiqué after a meeting in Germany. The move came under pressure from the United States. Also absent, any mention of climate change.CGTN’s Guy Henderson filed this report.

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G-20 finance officials fail to agree on statement fully opposing trade protectionism after US call for 'fair' trade

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(AP) — G-20 finance officials fail to agree on statement fully opposing trade protectionism after US call for ‘fair’ trade…. Content Preview This content is exclusive for Optimum, Time Warner® and Comcast® customers with access to News 12. Already registered or an Optimum customer?Log in

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G20 Summit attendees look for assurance from US

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Published on Mar 17, 2017 A warm welcome for the U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin in Germany as he meets with fellow G20 finance ministers for the first time – and they try to work out where U.S. economic policy might be heading. Category License Standard YouTube License

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Trump administration wants freer hand to fire head of agency

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(AP) — The Trump administration is backing a court case that would make it easier for the president to fire the head of the government’s consumer finance watchdog agency. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has taken enforcement actions against many financial companies, angering the industry and Republican lawmakers, who accuse it of overreaching its authority. Under the agency’s… Content Preview This content is exclusive for Optimum, Time Warner® and Comcast® customers with access to News 12. Already registered or an Optimum customer?Log in

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The Scrolls from the Dead Sea

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Gerald Lankester Harding sorts fragments of manuscript in the Palestine Archaeological Museum at Jerusalem, 1953.CreditPhotograph by Ronald Startup / Stringer / Getty At some point rather early in the spring of 1947, a Bedouin boy called Muhammed the Wolf was minding some goats near a cliff on the western shore of the Dead Sea. Climbing up after one that had strayed, he noticed a cave that he had not seen before, and he idly threw a stone into it. There was an unfamiliar sound of breakage. The boy was frightened and ran away. But he later came back with another boy, and together they explored the cave. Inside were several tall clay jars, among fragments of other jars. They took …

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Episode 759: What's It Worth To You?

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Enlarge this image PM Images/Getty Images Hiding inside each price tag is a messy tangle of information. How much did this cost to make? How much will someone pay to have it? What else can they buy with that money? What did it cost last year? We bring you three stories untangling a price tag, three stories of setting a value on something when it isn’t so easy to slap on a price tag. We try to figure out what $1 trillion means, because that’s what Donald Trump says he wants to spend on infrastructure. We’ll tell you what $1 trillion can buy, and two caveats about Trump’s plan. We pause to appreciate the dollar value of an Oxford comma, …

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Talking Points: Auto Group Settles with FTC Over Deceptive Finance and Sales Claims

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This week, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that an Auto Group in Los Angeles had agreed to pay $3.6 million to settle charges it used deceptive and unfair sales, advertising and financing practices. According to the FTC’s press release, the amount was returned to consumers. In addition, the dealerships involved were barred from “engaging in other unlawful conduct when a sale is cancelled, such as failing to return any down payment or trade-in or seeking legal action, arrest, repossession or debt collection unless the action is lawful and the defendants intend to take such action.” It also prohibits them from violating the Truth In Lending Act , Regulation Z, the Consumer Leasing Act and Regulation M. While a multi-million …

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Should The U.S. Government Buy A Drug Company To Save Money?

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Enlarge this image Gilead Sciences Inc. makes the two leading drugs that can quickly cure hepatitis C infections. But most patients can’t afford the expensive drugs, and states restrict their use among Medicaid patients. David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption toggle caption David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images David Higginbotham contracted hepatitis C more than 35 years ago. He’d like to rid his body of the virus, but Colorado’s Medicaid program says he’s not sick enough to justify the cost. And he’s not alone. Since 2013, when Gilead Sciences Inc. released Sovaldi, the first medication that can reliably cure hepatitis C, health insurers and state Medicaid programs have been coming up with ways to limit access to it …