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PBS NewsHour Weekend full episode March 25, 2017

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On this edition for Saturday, March 25, assessing the impact of the failed Republican health care bill, and the Trump administration turns its attention to tax reform. Later, famine and fears of genocide in South Sudan as the country’s humanitarian crisis worsens amid a civil war. Hari Sreenivasan anchors from New York.

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Following health care defeat, Trump pivots to tax reform

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Soon after the Republican health care bill was pulled on Friday before any vote could take place, President Trump indicated he would shift focus to tax reform. But how will that process begin, and what challenges lie ahead? Wall Street Journal reporter Nick Timiraos joins Hari Sreenivasan from Washington, D.C., to discuss what comes next.

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Colorado weighs strategy for guarding against pot crackdown

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FILE–In this Friday, Dec. 9, 2014, file photograph, Matt Hart holds up a bud of Lemon Skunk, the most potent strain of marijuana available at the 3D Dispensary in Denver. A bill making its way through the Colorado legislature may allow recreational pot growers to instantly re-classify their product as medicinal grow if there is a change in federal law or enforcement. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, file) (Credit: AP) (AP) — Colorado is considering an unusual strategy to protect its nascent marijuana industry from a potential federal crackdown, even at the expense of hundreds of millions of dollars in tax collections. A bill pending in the Legislature would allow pot growers and retailers to reclassify their recreational pot as medical pot …

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Motorists seeing stable prices at the pumps in New Jersey

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(AP) — Motorists are seeing stable prices at the pumps in New Jersey. AAA Mid-Atlantic says the average price of a gallon of regular gas in the state on Friday was $2.28. That’s the same price as last week. Motorists were paying $1.78 for gas last year. A 23-cents-per-gallon gas tax increase went into effect Nov. 1. The unchanged price ends a four-week stretch where gas prices… 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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Failure on health bill also hurts prospects for tax overhaul

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FILE – In this Feb. 22, 2017, file photo photo, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin listens at right as President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting on the Federal budget in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington. Trump wants to tackle tax reform, but the loss on health care deals a blow to that effort. The loss on health care deprives Republicans of $1 trillion in tax cuts, and the GOP is just as divided on what steps to take. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File) (Credit: AP) (AP) — House Republicans’ failure to repeal Barack Obama’s health care law deals a serious blow to another big part of President Donald Trump’s agenda: tax reform. Trump and House Speaker Paul …

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Fire and ambulance volunteers in NY can get tax break

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(AP) — New York officials are reminding volunteer firefighters and ambulance workers that they could be eligible for a personal income tax credit. The credit is designed for state residents who were active as volunteer firefighters or ambulance workers for the full tax year. The credit is worth $200 for individuals and $400 for couples filing jointly, if both spouses qualify. New York… 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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Subscription best practices: It’s all in the timing (VB Live)

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Want to tap into recurring subscription revenue? Setting an effective pricing strategy and making payments seamless are your most important goals. To find out how industry leaders in subscription pricing marry strategy and tech seamlessly, join our interactive VB Live event featuring Ancestry.com’s senior manager of electronic payments and fraud prevention, along with VB’s Stewart Rogers and Worldpay’s Kevin Hennessy. Register here for free. “The subscription model is really on fire,” says Derek Blatter, senior manager of electronic payments and fraud prevention at Ancestry.com. “There’s a lot of interest on the merchant side to offer a seamless experience where the product is the focus, as opposed to the payment.” Ancestry is the largest online subscription for genealogical research and family history, with …

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Trump's failure on health bill may hurt prospects for tax overhaul

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WASHINGTON — House Republicans’ failure to repeal Barack Obama’s health care law deals a serious blow to another big part of President Donald Trump’s agenda: tax reform. Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., say they will soon turn their attention to the first major re-write of the tax code in more than 30 years. But they will have to do it without the momentum of victory on health care. Just as important, the loss on health care will deprive Republicans of $1 trillion in tax cuts. The GOP health plan would have repealed nearly $1 trillion in taxes enacted under Obama’s Affordable Care Act. The bill coupled the tax cuts with spending cuts for Medicaid, so it wouldn’t add …

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Trump administration to focus on tax reform

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The Trump team will look at overhauling the tax code, but don’t expect new legislation soon. Learn more about this story at www.newsy.com/68040/ Find more videos like this at www.newsy.com Follow Newsy on Facebook: www.facebook.com/newsyvideosFollow Newsy on Twitter: www.twitter.com/newsyvideos

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Trump Warns In 'Art Of The Deal': 'Deliver The Goods' Or Lose In A 'Landslide'

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Enlarge this image President Trump speaks in the Oval Office, joined by Vice President Pence, after Republican leadership pulled their health care bill from a vote in the House. Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images The negotiator-in-chief couldn’t seal the deal. President Trump, the former businessman who has never been shy about touting his negotiating skills, has for several weeks been involved in a high-profile negotiation and persuasion effort with members of his own party in an effort to pass the American Health Care Act. That effort failed. But this is how Trump sold himself. “All those politicians in Washington, and not one good negotiator,” he bemoaned in August 2011. It was the day after then-President …

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Amazon will start collecting sales tax nationwide starting April 1st

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Amazon will start collecting sales tax nationwide starting April 1st – The Vergeclockmenumore-arrow (function(d) { try { if (localStorage.getItem(‘chorus-fonts-0b50f0674bed2b66b24a77410eb3f99c’) === ‘yes’) { d.documentElement.className += ‘ fonts-loaded’; } } catch (e) {} var fontUrls = [“https://fonts.voxmedia.com/unison/stylesheets/verge.1d37918fdeeb1febc4d68217382a1e72.css”]; var ss = d.styleSheets; for (var i=0; i -1) { ss[i].ownerNode.media = ‘all’; fontUrls.splice(idx, 1); } } if (fontUrls.length > 0) { setTimeout(onload, 0); } } onload(); })(document); var chorusInitQueue=[],volume_embed_host=”https://volume.vox-cdn.com”;var Chorus=Chorus||{};Chorus.windowLoaded=!1,Chorus.AddScript=function(o,n){var t=document.createElement(“script”);t.async=!0,t.type=”text/javascript”,t.src=o,”function”==typeof n&&(t.onload=n);var e=document.getElementsByTagName(“script”)[0];return e.parentNode.insertBefore(t,e),t},Chorus.ready=function(o){“loading”!=document.readyState?o():document.addEventListener?document.addEventListener(“DOMContentLoaded”,o):document.attachEvent(“onreadystatechange”,function(){“loading”!=document.readyState&&o()})},Chorus.OnLoad=function(o){if(Chorus.windowLoaded=!0)return void o();var n=window.onload;”function”!=typeof window.onload?window.onload=o:window.onload=function(){n(),o()}},Chorus.OnLoad(function(){Chorus.windowLoaded=!0}); dataLayer = [{“Network”:”theverge”,”Community”:”theverge”,”GA Primary ID”:”UA-26533115-1″,”GA CrossDomains”:”theverge.com”,”Content ID”:”14819703″,”Entry Groups”:”front-page:business:us-world:tech:amazon”,”Author”:”Nick Statt”,”Last Time Updated”:”2017-03-24 18:02″,”Hour of Update”:”18″,”Publish Date”:”2017-03-24 18:02″,”Hour of Publish”:”18″,”Demand Post”:”no”,”All Chorus Categories”:”theverge:theverge:front-page:business:us-world:tech:amazon”,”Content Type”:”article”,”chartbeat_domain”:”theverge.com”,”chartbeat_zone”:”172968584/verge”,”chartbeat_authors”:”Nick Statt”,”Logged in Status”:”Logged Out”,”Day of Week”:”friday”,”Hour of Day”:”18″}]; window._umbel = window._umbel || []; (function() { var d = new Date(); d.setDate(d.getDate() + 365); document.cookie …

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Obamacare remains 'for the foreseeable future' after House Republicans withdraw health care bill

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WASHINGTON — In a humiliating failure, President Donald Trump and GOP leaders pulled their bill to repeal “Obamacare” off the House floor Friday when it became clear it would fail badly – after seven years of nonstop railing against the law. Democrats said Americans can “breathe a sigh of relief.” Trump said the current law was imploding “and soon will explode.” Thwarted by two factions of fellow Republicans, from the center and far right, House Speaker Paul Ryan said President Barack Obama’s health care law, the GOP’s No. 1 target in the new Trump administration, will remain in place “for the foreseeable future.” It was a stunning defeat for the new president after he had demanded House Republicans delay no …

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Face to Face with the Ghost of ISIS

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Abu Islam, whose real name is Mazan Nazhan Ahmed al-Obeidi, photographed by the author.CreditPHOTOGRAPH BY ROBIN WRIGHT On a crisp spring day in March, in the northern city of Sulaymaniyah, I met Abu Islam, a senior ISIS leader nicknamed the Ghost of ISIS by Iraqi intelligence for his elusiveness. He was escorted into a small office with faux-wood paneling and no windows at the Special Forces Security Compound in Kurdistan. His hands were manacled in front of him; he was blindfolded by a dark hood pulled over his loose black Shirley Temple curls. Long sought by the Iraqi government, Abu Islam was notorious for running clandestine cells of suicide bombers—some of whom were as young as twelve—and carrying out covert …

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GOP, Trump Pull Obamacare Repeal Bill Amid Party Revolt

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At a rally in Kentucky last week styled after President Donald Trump’s boisterous campaign events, the president’s supporters donned his now ubiquitous “Make America Great Again” ball cap and waved signs that proclaimed: “Promises made, promises kept.” In Trump’s first true test of his mettle as a prodigious dealmaker, the president failed to deliver on his pledge to quickly and decisively repeal Obamacare. The president reportedly asked House Republicans to pull the bill just before it was supposed to go up for a vote. The move to scrap the bill minutes before lawmakers were to vote marked a stunning defeat for Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), both brought together by their apparent disdain for Obamacare and long-held promise …

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Charter promises Trump a broadband push, but no extra Internet connections

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Enlarge / President Donald Trump and Charter CEO Tom Rutledge. White House reader comments 3 Share this story Charter CEO Tom Rutledge met with President Donald Trump today, and he made a splashy promise to “invest $25 billion in broadband infrastructure and technology in the next four years.” But Charter, the second biggest US cable company after Comcast, was already planning broadband expansions during the Obama administration. When Charter purchased Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks 10 months ago, it agreed to a merger condition requiring it to bring 60Mbps download speeds to an additional two million customer locations. The spending Charter promised Trump today won’t guarantee broadband access for any additional customers beyond what the company already committed to during the …

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House Republicans, short of votes, withdraw health care bill

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WASHINGTON — UPDATE AT 3:37 P.M: Republican leaders have abruptly pulled their troubled health care overhaul bill off the House floor, short of votes and eager to avoid a defeat for President Donald Trump and GOP leaders. House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., withdrew the legislation after Trump called him and asked him to halt debate without a vote, according to Ryan spokeswoman AshLee Strong. Just a day earlier, Trump had demanded a House vote and said if the measure lost, he would move on to other issues. This is a breaking news update. Check back for more details.——-Republicans muscled their capstone health care overhaul past an initial barrier and toward a climactic roll call Friday, plunging ahead despite uncertainty over …

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Mnuchin says administration tax plan coming soon

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FILE – In this Feb. 14, 2017 file photo, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin speaks to the media during the daily briefing in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington. Mnuchin says after the battle over health care, the administration will turn quickly to tax reform with the goal of getting a program approved by Congress by August 2017. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) (Credit: AP) (AP) — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Friday that after the initial congressional battle over health care, the administration plans to turn quickly to tax reform with the goal of getting a program approved by Congress by August. “Health care is a very complicated issue,” Mnuchin said. “In a way, tax reform …

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Mayo Clinic expansion set to receive $585M in public funds

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(AP) — Millions of dollars in state aid for the Mayo Clinic’s expansion is expected to begin arriving in Rochester, Minnesota, this fall. The Legislature pledged about $585 million in tax money for the Destination Medical Center project in 2013, but the funds were on hold until enough private investment was made, The Star Tribune (http://strib.mn/2nvrNf2 ) reported. Nearly $300 million in… 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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No. 201: Saving Shea, eschewing beef and offshore wind makes waves

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TG it’s Friday: Happy March 24 everybody, on which Elvis became Pvt. 53310761, Pink Floyd released “Dark Side of the Moon” and the Exxon Valdez ran aground. “Dark Side” remained on the Billboard 200 album chart for 927 weeks. That’s almost eight years. Second longest Billboard 200 album: Johnny Mathis’ greatest hits, at 490 weeks. Number of times Pink Floyd and Johnny Mathis have been mentioned in the same newsletter: This would be it. But first this: America’s changing diet has led to a 10 percent per-capita decrease in food-related carbon gases, or the equivalent of the annual tailpipe pollution of 57 million automobiles. (There are currently 253 million cars on U.S. roads.) Most prominent among the dietary changes was a 19 …

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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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House steers toward climactic vote on GOP health care bill

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WASHINGTON — Republicans muscled their capstone health care overhaul past an initial barrier and toward a climactic roll call Friday, plunging ahead despite uncertainty over whether they had the votes to prevail in what loomed as a monumental gamble for President Donald Trump and his GOP allies in Congress. With Trump budget chief Mick Mulvaney and other White House officials heading toward the Capitol to lobby wavering lawmakers, Friday’s showdown was occurring after the president warned that he was through negotiating with holdouts. In a message delivered to rank-and-file Republicans at the Capitol late Thursday, top Trump aides said if the measure failed he would move on to the rest of his agenda. “We’ll see what happens,” Trump said at …

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Insurance Companies Could Profit From Fewer Customers Under GOP Plan

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Enlarge this image The health insurance company Anthem has said the GOP bill would benefit both insurers and individuals. Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images The House Republicans’ embattled health care bill has plenty of detractors: Democrats, hospitals, the American Medical Association and the House Freedom Caucus all oppose it. But the insurance industry is not on that list, even though it stands to lose millions of customers. One reason is that insurers’ profits are expected to fatten under the bill. The GOP’s replacement plan would likely attract more consumers who are younger and healthier to the individual market than the Affordable Care Act did, according to the corporate credit rating firm Standard & …

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Letting States Decide Health Coverage Could Make It Harder To Buy

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Enlarge this image House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas, says the latest version of the GOP bill would let states decide on required benefits. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption toggle caption J. Scott Applewhite/AP A last-minute attempt by conservative Republicans to dump standards for health benefits in plans sold to individuals would probably lower the average person’s upfront insurance costs, such as premiums and deductibles, say analysts on both sides of the debate to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. But it will likely also induce insurers to offer much skimpier plans, potentially excluding the gravely ill, and putting consumers at greater financial risk if they need care. As part of the push by House …

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Not a scam: IRS to begin calling to demand payment

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CHICAGO — For years the IRS has been telling people that, unlike fraudsters, they would never call you to demand payment. Now, that is now changing.The IRS will start using collection agencies to call people who owe back taxes. Some say that’s a problem. “We have been stating for a long time saying the IRS does not call you to demand payment in any way shape or form, that’s not what they do, that’s not their M.O. Unfortunately, the IRS now is seeking third party collection agencies which is calling on behalf,” said Steve Bernas, Better Business Bureau. The Better Business Bureau is concerned because this comes after a strong message from consumer advocates and the IRS that the IRS …

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German Parliament passes toll for passenger cars

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FILE – In this March 7, 2017 file photo cars and trucks drive along the highway A5 near Frankfurt, background, in Friedrichsdorf, Germany. German parliament Bundestag on Friday, March 24, 2017 gave green light to introduce a toll system for passenger cars on German motorways. (AP Photo/Michael Probst, file) (Credit: AP) (AP) — Germany’s Parliament has passed a law introducing a road toll for passenger cars. The disputed law, which was passed Friday, had long been questioned by other European countries and European Union bodies who said it was discriminatory toward non-German car drivers as German owners of cars registered in Germany would have the toll deducted from their annual tax bill. Responding… Content Preview This content is exclusive for …

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Samsung delays plans to form a holding company structure, citing ‘negative effects’

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Samsung Electronics Co Ltd on Friday said it will not adopt a holding company structure for now, rejecting demands from U.S. activist hedge fund Elliott Management and putting off a long-anticipated restructuring. Investors had expected the global leader in smartphones and memory chips to adopt a holding company structure, as the founding Lee family tries to solidify its control of the Samsung Group flagship. But Chief Executive Kwon Oh-hyun told the annual shareholder meeting this was unlikely at present, deflating some investors’ hopes that an ongoing review of the company’s organization will lead to Samsung setting up a holding company. “Samsung had been saying the review would proceed without issues, so the market had accepted that, but now they are …

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House sets risky health care vote after Trump demands it

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WASHINGTON — In a gamble with monumental political stakes, Republicans set course for a climactic House vote on their health care overhaul after President Donald Trump claimed he was finished negotiating with GOP holdouts and determined to pursue the rest of his agenda, win or lose. House Speaker Paul Ryan set the showdown for Friday, following a nighttime Capitol meeting at which top White House officials told GOP lawmakers that Trump had decided the time for talk was over. “We have been promising the American people that we will repeal and replace this broken law because it’s collapsing and it’s failing families. And tomorrow we’re proceeding,” Ryan tersely told reporters after scheduling what loomed as the most momentous vote to …

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GameStop retail stores saw 13 percent revenue drop in the fourth quarter

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GameStop said that revenues for its fourth quarter ended January 28 dropped 13.6 percent to $3.05 billion, while net income was down 18 percent to $208.7 million. On an adjusted basis, earnings were $243.8 million, down 3 percent from a year ago. Those earnings were below analysts’ expectations. The world’s biggest game retail store operator said that overall video game sales were weak, particularly as the consoles show their age. But non-gaming businesses helped stabilize the company’s financial picture. GameStop’s fourth quarter GAAP net earnings were $208.7 million, or $2.04 per diluted share, compared to net earnings of $247.8 million, or $2.36 per diluted share in the prior-year quarter. Paul Raines, chief executive officer, said in a statement, “GameStop’s transformation continued …

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Health bill vote delayed in House in setback to Trump, Ryan

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GOP House leaders delayed their planned vote Thursday on a long-promised bill to repeal and replace “Obamacare,” in a stinging setback for House Speaker Paul Ryan and President Donald Trump in their first major legislative test. The decision came after Trump, who ran as a master dealmaker, failed to reach agreement with a bloc of rebellious conservatives. Moderate-leaning Republican lawmakers were also bailing on the legislation, leaving it short of votes. The bill could still come to a vote in coming days, but canceling Thursday’s vote was a significant defeat. It came on the seven-year anniversary of President Barack Obama signing the Affordable Care Act, years that Republicans have devoted to promising repeal. Those promises helped them keep control of …

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Health bill vote delayed in House in setback to President Trump, Paul Ryan

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WASHINGTON — GOP House leaders delayed their planned vote Thursday on a long-promised bill to repeal and replace “Obamacare,” in a stinging setback for House Speaker Paul Ryan and President Donald Trump in their first major legislative test. The decision came after Trump, who ran as a master dealmaker, failed to reach agreement with a bloc of rebellious conservatives. Moderate-leaning Republican lawmakers were also bailing on the legislation, leaving it short of votes. The bill could still come to a vote in coming days, but canceling Thursday’s vote was a significant defeat. It came on the seven-year anniversary of President Barack Obama signing the Affordable Care Act, years that Republicans have devoted to promising repeal. Those promises helped them keep …

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LI outpaces state, nation, adding jobs

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The number of private sector jobs on Long Island increased by 27,100 or 2.5 percent year over year to 1,114,700 as of February, growing at a much faster rate than the state and nation. Long Island’s numbers far outpaced the state’s 1.6 percent and national 1.8 percent private sector growth rate, putting Long Island on a fast track in terms of adding jobs. The statistic measures jobs on Long Island, not those held by Long Island residents, helping measure what’s happening in the region – rather than by including jobs local residents might hold in New York City and elsewhere. “Overall, this jobs report was quite good,” said Shital Patel, a labor analyst with the New York State Department of Labor’s …

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GOP Considers Gutting Maternity & Preventive Services to Secure House Votes

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President Donald Trump’s promise to dismantle the Affordable Care Act and overhaul health care in America faces its biggest test yet when lawmakers hold a vote on repealing Obamacare Thursday night at the earliest—although it could be delayed until Friday morning. As of Thursday morning, House Republicans were still on a mission to recruit undecided lawmakers who’ve held out for a variety of reasons. A group of about two dozen hard-line Republicans wants to further gut mandates imposed by the ACA, while more moderate lawmakers have expressed concern about how a change to Medicaid funding would impact their states. The fight may come down to a provision in the ACA requiring health care plans to cover a range of benefits, including pregnancy, …

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Prospects dim for vote on Republican health care bill in House

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WASHINGTON — Prospects for the Republicans’ showcase health care bill looked grimmer by the minute Thursday as President Donald Trump failed to get a deal with a bloc of balky conservatives, leaving the legislation short of votes in the House. GOP leaders were meeting behind closed doors to determine next steps, but with moderate-leaning Republican lawmakers also bailing on the legislation, it looked increasingly unlikely the vote planned for later Thursday would happen. The bill could still come to a vote in coming days, but canceling Thursday’s vote would amount to a significant political setback for Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan in the first major legislative test of Trump’s young presidency. It comes on the seven-year anniversary to the …

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South Texas school board gives Exxon $1.2 billion tax break

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(AP) — A South Texas school board has approved an estimated $1.2 billion in tax breaks to entice Exxon Mobil Corp. and its Saudi partner to build a $9.3 billion petrochemical plant within its district along the Texas Gulf Coast. The six-member Gregory-Portland Independent School District board’s unanimous vote late Tuesday adds to a $210 million tax package passed a day earlier by San Patricio… 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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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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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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A New Approach to Diagnosing Mental Disorders Could Become an Alternative to DSM-5

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A New Approach to Diagnosing Mental Disorders Could Become an Alternative to DSM-5An international consortium develops a new diagnostic system – detailed in the Journal of Abnormal Psychology Dr. Roman Kotov (center) and some members of the HiTOP consortium at a planning meeting in Chicago in 2016. Stony Brook, NY – March 23 2017 – A consortium of psychiatrists and psychologists from universities around the world, co-led by Stony Brook University, University of Minnesota and University of Notre Dame researchers, has proposed a new approach to diagnosing mental disorders. The approach, articulated in a paper published in the Journal of Abnormal Psychology, is a classification system of a wide range of psychiatric problems based on scientific evidence, illness symptoms and …

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Phone Companies Will Soon Banish Robocalls. For Real This Time

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If Democrats, Republicans, and the telecommunications industry can agree on anything, it’s that robocalls are the worst. That’s why the Federal Communications Commission will likely pass rules today that expand the authority of phone companies to block unwanted phone calls. Short version: If a phone number seems at all likely to be bogus, companies can block it. The law forbids marketers from calling people who are on the Do Not Call list. Yet according to the FCC, consumers last year received about 2.4 billion robocalls per month. And these calls are more than just an annoyance: Last year the IRS estimated that scammers posing as tax collectors used robocalls to make off with about $26.5 million from the public. The …

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European shares fall, Asia gains as US healthcare vote looms

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A man looks at an electronic stock indicator of a securities firm in Tokyo, Thursday, March 23, 2017. Shares were modestly higher Thursday in Asia after Wall Street steadied overnight. Investors are awaiting a vote in the U.S. Congress on health care legislation that is seen as a bellwether for the capacity of the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump to deliver on campaign promises for tax and regulatory reform. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi) (Credit: AP) (AP) — Global shares were mixed Thursday, as European benchmarks edged lower after a day of gains in Asia. Investors are awaiting a vote in the U.S. Congress on health care legislation that is seen as a bellwether President Donald Trump’s ability to deliver on …

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A winner in GOP plans to repeal Obamacare: tanning salons

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In this Wednesday, March 22, 2017 photo, Ric Rooney sits in a newly-installed room in his updated tanning salon northeast of downtown Colorado Springs, Colo. President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act imposed a 10 percent tax on tanning as a way to help fund provisions of the law that expanded coverage for some 20 million Americans. With the Republican’s health care overhaul, salon owners now expect relief. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) (Credit: AP) As Republicans try to shore up support for their health care overhaul, one group can’t wait for the replacement: owners of tanning salons. President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act imposed a 10 percent tax on tanning as a way to help fund provisions of the law that expanded …

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New Jersey man admits to tax return scam

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(AP) — A New Jersey man has pleaded guilty to filing false tax returns. NJ.com reports (http://bit.ly/2nU2zVH ) that 56-year-old Mach Worotikan pleaded guilty to making a false claim. Authorities say Worotikan, who worked out of Middlesex County, offered to prepare returns for a discount in 2010 and 2011. Prosecutors say he added fraudulent dependents, fake child care expenses and… 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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Republican health bill would widen America's big wealth gap

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FILE – In this March 15, 2017, file photo, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. gestures during a television interview on Capitol Hill in Washington. House Republicans’ health care bill provides massive tax cuts to the wealthy while increasing taxes for many lower income families, adding to America’s big income gap between the rich and everyone else. “This is a massive transfer of wealth from working families to the very richest people in this country,” said Sanders. “In this case, all the people will be forced to pay more for health insurance while billionaires get a tax break.” (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File) (Credit: AP) (AP) — House Republicans’ health care bill provides massive tax cuts to the wealthy while increasing taxes …

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Zeldin: Health care act amendment is ‘a jackpot of mandate relief’ for Suffolk

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An amendment to the American Health Care Act offered by two upstate New York Republicans is a “jackpot of mandate relief,” according to Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley)and represents the “single greatest act of fiscal relief ever provided to Suffolk County and its taxpayers.” The amendment, introduced by Rep. Chris Collins (R-Clarence) and Rep. John Faso (R-Kinderhook) would shift the local share of Medicaid costs from counties outside of NYC to the state. According to the Suffolk County Comptroller’s Office, this would save Suffolk County $4.6 million per week, Zeldin said in a press release today. “This legislation single-handily flips Suffolk County’s recurring massive nine figure budget deficits into budget surpluses,” Zeldin said. “For the county, and most importantly, Suffolk County …

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Please fix what’s broken about health care, but don’t break what’s not: an open letter to my congressman

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Dear Congressman Zeldin, When we spoke last week, you told me you weren’t ready to commit your support to the American Health Care Act because you wanted to see changes you believed were imminent. I reached out to your communications director this week, after the House leadership’s changes were released, to ask what you’d concluded. Jen told me you’d be reviewing the changes with your staff late yesterday and she’d get back to me last night or this morning. I haven’t heard from her yet — maybe you’re still not sure. I’m taking this unusual step to reach out to you as a constituent rather than as a reporter seeking an interview. There may be a host of issues about …

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GOP leaders ramp up pressure ahead of crucial health care vote

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WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump cajoled House Republicans at the White House Wednesday to back the GOP health care overhaul bill as the hours ticked down to a crunch time vote. Conservative opponents stood united in opposition, telling leadership they lacked the votes and should start over. A day before the House planned showdown roll calls, Trump and Vice President Mike Pence asked Republicans for support in what would be a significant achievement for his young presidency or a stinging defeat if they failed. Republicans said the votes would occur Thursday, even as leaders planned near-continuous meetings with dissident and wavering lawmakers. Asked by reporters if he’d keep pushing a health overhaul if the House rejects the measure, Trump said, …

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AARP, Union protest GOP healthcare bill

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Members of the House of Representatives on both sides of the aisle are facing increasing pressure from Long Islanders protesting the American Health Care Act. The AARP is urging Reps. Lee Zeldin, Peter King, and Tom Suozzi and Kathleen Rice to vote against the bill when it comes for a scheduled vote on Thursday. And Local 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East is holding rallies Wednesday and Thursday urging representatives to vote no. These Long Islanders are concerned that the bill might raise health insurance premiums, cut tax credits and minimize or remove coverage and services for the poor. They say it would also diminish Medicare for seniors. Under the AHCA, as many as 24 million Americans could lose healthcare coverage …

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Has Paul Ryan Suckered Donald Trump Into Making Health Care His Top Priority?

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If Paul Ryan’s health-care bill goes down, it would be a grave embarrassment for Trump, but, in the long term, enacting the legislation could be much more damaging.CreditPHOTOGRAPH BY BILL CLARK / CQ ROLL CALL / GETTY If there was any doubt that Donald Trump and Paul Ryan are now fully conjoined, Trump’s visit to Capitol Hill on Tuesday morning resolved it. After the President tried to cajole and bully the Republican congressmen into voting for their leaders’ controversial plan to replace Obamacare, Ryan praised Trump lavishly, saying he “came here and knocked the ball out of the park . . . in explaining to our members how it’s important to unify, how it’s important to work together, how we are advancing …

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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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Israel Tax Authority investigating Google and Facebook

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The Israel Tax Authority is currently investigating local outlets of tech giants Google and Facebook, to determine if they have a tax liability in Israel. Investigators for the Tax Authority have reportedly conducted meetings with clients of Google, asking detailed questions about the methods used by Google and Facebook to conduct local operations. Questions put to clients centered around the degree of involvement that local representatives of Google and Facebook had in designing marketing campaigns, and setting budgets and targets for clients. The thrust of the investigation appears to be whether the Israeli teams were acting independently, or if they were referring business matters to overseas headquarters and then merely implementing corporate decisions in the local market. Should the investigation conclude with …

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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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Health care battle a bellwether for politics over tax reform?

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Published on Mar 22, 2017 EY U.S. Chairman Steve Howe on Republican plans to achieve tax reform and the state of the U.S. business environment. Category News & Politics License Standard YouTube License

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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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Former owner of Illinois gas stations sentenced in tax case

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(AP) — Federal prosecutors say a New Jersey man who owned four Illinois gas stations has been sentenced to 21 months in prison and ordered to pay $1.5 million for underreporting sales on federal corporate and Illinois sales tax returns. The U.S. Attorney’s Office says in a news release that 35-year-old Adnan Rashid of Edison was sentenced this week. He pleaded guilty to the federal mail… 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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Ryan's legacy as speaker on line with health care vote

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House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., speaks with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 21, 2017, after meeting with President Donald Trump who came to Capitol Hill to rally support among GOP lawmakers for the Republican health care overhaul. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) (Credit: AP) (AP) — The vote on the Republican health care bill is a defining moment for House Speaker Paul Ryan that could boost his aggressive agenda to overhaul the tax code and remake the federal government. Or send it off the rails. If he fails? “It will be very hard to manage this,” the Wisconsin Republican told reporters ahead of Thursday’s likely vote. The bill to repeal major parts… Content …

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Debate Over Silencers: Hearing Protection Or Public Safety Threat?

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Enlarge this image Legislation would loosen restrictions on gun suppressors, with proponents saying quieter guns protect shooters’ hearing. But opponents say easier-to-get silencers are a risk to the public. Niki Chan Wylie for NPR hide caption toggle caption Niki Chan Wylie for NPR There’s a wall-long mural in the manufacturing area of SilencerCo, in West Valley City, Utah, that shows a crowd of people with muzzled mouths. One’s holding a sign that says, “Fight the Noise.” Another says: “Guns don’t have to be loud.” As a leading manufacturer and seller of gun silencers — or suppressors, as they’re more accurately called — SilencerCo wants to quiet guns. Congress may soon help in the effort. Silencers are one of the most …

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Cuomo: GOP’s Health Care Changes Potentially ‘Devastating’ To New York

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An outraged Gov. Andrew Cuomo Tuesday accused Republicans of punishing New Yorkers and potentially dealing a “devastating” blow to Long Island’s health care industry by pushing an amendment to President Donald Trump and the House Republicans’ health care repeal bill exclusively aimed at the Empire State. An angry Cuomo slammed House Republicans Tuesday after the provision to scrap Medicaid payments from county governments and shift the cost to the state was added to the beleaguered health bill as a way to sway unconvinced Republicans in Congress to support the bill. “The consequences will really be devastating to this state,” Cuomo said, adding that the amendment would cut $2.3 billion from Medicaid in upstate New York and on Long Island. New …

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7 On Your Side: Samsung washing machine owners get recall runaround

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MANCHESTER, New Jersey (WABC) — It was one of the largest recalls for a household appliance in history, with nearly three million Samsung washing machines with a defect so potentially dangerous that the top can literally explode. But now, months after the recall, customer say they’re agitated when it comes to getting refunds. “I have never seen customer service handled so poorly,” Joanne Smolen said. And she should know, having spent her career as a customer service manager. “I’m speechless,” she said. “I couldn’t believe I couldn’t get help.”Smolen owned one of those top-loading Samsung washing machines that recalled back in November after hundreds of reported incidents where the lids blew apart and caused nine injuries. Samsung’s recall offered customers …

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President Trump warns GOP to back health care reform; Dems blast Comey

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WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Tuesday warned House Republicans they could lose their seats in next year’s midterm elections if they failed to back the GOP health care overhaul and fulfill a long-promised goal to undo Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act. In a rare trip to the Capitol, the president met behind closed doors with rank-and-file Republicans, some wavering on the legislation two days before a climactic vote. Top House Republicans unveiled revisions to their bill Monday night in hopes of nailing down support. Trump’s message to Republicans: “If you don’t pass the bill there could be political costs,” said Rep. Walter Jones, R-N.C. The lawmaker said Trump said House GOP seats could be at risk if the bill …

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LI coalition heads to Albany

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The Long Island Lobby Coalition is heading to Albany Wednesday to meet with members of the governor’s, and senate and assembly. The big agenda? Legislative and budget priorities for 2017. They will call on state leaders to secure funding for transportation, sewage and infrastructure projects, housing and human services. They will also advocate for environmental programs, and legislation that supports small business and boosts economic development. This year’s agenda includes funding for NICE and Suffolk County Transit. Suffolk County already cut routes last year, affecting nearly 500 daily riders. Nassau County may see massive cuts to service this year.  Bus service is critical for students, working families, seniors and the disabled. Lobbyists will also advocate for a septic replacement fund …

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Video game developers: New York must nurture industry growth

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(AP) — Video game developers say New York will miss out on its chunk of a nearly $100 billion industry if it doesn’t encourage companies to plant their roots in the state. Game design experts and arts advocates on Tuesday urged Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo to accept proposals in both the Assembly and the Senate that would provide tax incentives of up to $25 million for music production and… 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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Republicans amend GOP health care bill

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Some of those changes include additional tax support for older Americans and further restriction of the federal Medicaid program. Learn more about this story at www.newsy.com/67932/ Find more videos like this at www.newsy.com Follow Newsy on Facebook: www.facebook.com/newsyvideosFollow Newsy on Twitter: www.twitter.com/newsyvideos

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Rich New Yorkers ask state to raise their taxes

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Some of the wealthiest New Yorkers are asking the state to raise their taxes. Eighty people including George Soros, Steven Rockefeller and Abigail Disney wrote to lawmakers and Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo saying they and other top earners should pay more to support schools, roads, bridges and programs to help poor and homeless residents of the state. “Now is the time to invest in the long-term economic viability of New York,” the letter reads. “We need to invest in pathways out of poverty and up the economic ladder for all of our fellow citizens, including strong public education from pre-K to college. And, we need to invest in the fragile bridges, tunnels, waterlines, public buildings, and roads that we all …

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Riverhead library trustees to hold hearing tonight on $3.75 million budget plan

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Riverhead Free Library’s proposed $3.75 million operating budget for 2017-2018 will be the subject of a presentation and public hearing tonight at the library, beginning at 6 p.m. If adopted, the budget would require a $36,352 increase (1.03 percent) in the tax levy for the 2017-2018 fiscal year — which will be $3.57 million. The increase is within the tax levy cap imposed by state law. The tax levy cap is 1.26 percent for the coming fiscal year. The proposed budget calls for a spending increase of $83,316, or 2.3 percent over the current fiscal year, with $2.75 million funding personnel costs, up from $2.71 million last year. The budget relies on increases in non-property tax revenues to help fund …

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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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Australia says Facebook and Google are paying more local tax

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(AP) — Facebook, Google and other multinational companies are now paying tax in Australia based on their Australian profits instead of shifting income to low-tax countries since the government cracked down on such tax avoidance, the treasurer said Tuesday. Australia will take in an extra 2 billion Australian dollars ($1.5 billion) in tax from multinational giants in the current fiscal year… 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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5 bots to try this week: Resistbot, SXSW, Rock Paper Scissors, MovieBot, and MojiHunt

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If you’re fired up about politics — say the confirmation hearings of Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch, or President Donald Trump’s refusal to release his tax returns — and wish to make your voice heard, well a message to Congress is just an SMS away. Resistbot, which debuts this week on 5 bots to try, can route text messages to your U.S. Senators. To good to be true? The company says “We’e confirmed that Resistbot messages are received and read by actual Congressional staffers.” U.S. Representatives are next! Here are the five most popular bots this past week, as they appear on Botlist. Give them a try and let us know what you think. 5. MojiHunt Blast emojis, feed pandas, kill aliens, eat mushrooms, …

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Swiss bank UBS ordered to stand tax-fraud trial in France

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(AP) — Swiss bank UBS AG has been ordered to stand trial in France for allegedly helping wealthy French clients evade the country’s tax authorities after it rejected as too pricey an out-of-court settlement offer from prosecutors. A French judicial official said Monday that investigating judges found the charges against the Zurich-based bank serious, and the case strong enough to send to… 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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Higher premiums trigger decline in Arizona insurance signups

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(AP) — A doubling of individual health insurance premiums in Arizona for 2017 triggered a sharp decline in Affordable Care Act signups among people who don’t qualify for tax credits that offset their costs, according to a new analysis. The review by University of Arizona health insurance expert Dr. Daniel Derksen of data released by the federal government last week shows a 23 percent decrease… 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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More than 120 Riverhead seniors would lose home-delivered daily meals if fed budget cuts Meals on Wheels funding

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Riverhead Town receives about $100,000 a year in federal funding for its Meals on Wheels program that could be eliminated under the budget proposal released Thursday by the White House. The funds come to the town as a pass-through from Suffolk County’s Office for the Aging, from title III funding under the Older Americans Act. The money helps underwrite the cost of meals provided by Riverhead Town at its senior resource center on Shade Tree Lane. Riverhead’s Meals on Wheels Program serves more than 120 residents daily, said senior citizens program director Judy Doll. And there’s a waiting list. The longstanding program — it was established long before Doll started working for the town nearly 30 years ago — provides …

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Only 802 people declared bitcoin earnings to IRS in 2015, fueling Coinbase legal spat

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The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) revealed new details about its investigation into tax evasion related to bitcoin, filing court documents that suggest only a tiny percentage of virtual currency owners are reporting profits or losses in their annual returns. The new documents, filed Thursday in San Francisco federal court, come in the midst of a closely-watched legal fight between the IRS and Coinbase, a popular service for buying and selling bitcoins that hosts over a million customer accounts. The dispute began last year when the IRS issued a sweeping summons for Coinbase to turn over a vast amount of customer data, including every customer account as well as detailed transaction records. Coinbase claimed the IRS demands are illegally broad and …

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NY officials warn of scam to get employee tax information

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(AP) — New York officials are warning about a tax-season scam in which email fraudsters pose as company executives to get employees’ Social Security numbers. State tax officials say at least 65 companies with New York employees have been victimized by the identity thieves, compromising 7,100 Social Security numbers. Scammers posing as company executives send emails to payroll and human… 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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Tax Credits, Penalties And Age Rating: Parsing The GOP Health Bill

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Enlarge this image Katherine Streeter for NPR For years, Republicans in Congress have promised to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, claiming that its requirement for nearly everyone to buy insurance or pay a fine is burdensome and costly, and it doesn’t give people enough flexibility to get the coverage they need. Now that they’re in charge, the bill they’ve released as an alternative (the American Health Care Act) would effectively eliminate the requirement to buy coverage, and it could open up more health care choices, but it’s under fire because it may cause millions of people to lose their coverage. According to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, up to 24 million more people could be without insurance by …

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Tax hike, stagnant wages spark protests in Beirut

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A Lebanese anti-government demonstrator holds a sign with a photo of the Lebanese government in Arabic that reads “Thieves of Lebanon,” as she shouts slogans during a protest against newly approved taxes in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, Sunday, March 19, 2017. Thousands of demonstrators have descended on central Beirut to protest a broad tax hike they say is unfairly targeting the country’s working classes. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein) (Credit: AP) (AP) — Demonstrators in downtown Beirut pelted Prime Minister Saad Hariri’s car with water bottles on Sunday as protests against new taxes and a stagnant public wage scale gained force in the city. Hariri got out of his armored convoy behind the police line at the demonstration facing the government’s capital building …

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For many older Americans, costs rise under GOP health plan

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Anna Holloway poses for a photo at her home in Norman, Okla., Wednesday, March 15, 2017. Holloway, 60, who received tax subsidies to purchase health insurance on the federal exchange, said she’s fearful the new GOP plan could price her out of the market for health insurance. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki) (Credit: AP) (AP) — Among the groups hardest hit by the Republican plan to replace the Affordable Care Act is one that swung for Donald Trump during last year’s presidential race — older Americans who have not yet reached Medicare age. Many of those who buy their own health insurance stand to pay a lot more for their coverage. That is especially true for the nearly 3.4 million older Americans …

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Chuck Berry Lives!

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Chuck Berry takes up a lot of square footage in the foundation of rock music. And every musician knows it.CreditPHOTOGRAPH BY MICHAEL OCHS ARCHIVES / GETTY IMAGES Never has the anxiety of influence been captured so openly, and so vividly, as in the standoff between Chuck Berry and Keith Richards, when they rehearsed Berry’s song “Carol” in St. Louis thirty years ago. To watch Berry bully, instruct, and, finally, cajole Richards into getting things right is as unforgettable for the viewer as it was humbling for the veteran of the Rolling Stones. Not that Richards was unaccustomed to the dynamic. Years before, Richards had dared to strum Berry’s guitar—the big Gibson ES-355—when Berry was out of the room. Berry returned …

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Tech’s political impact? “14 people watch me on C-SPAN… 1M on Facebook”

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Enlarge / Last year at this time, Cory Booker spoke at the conservative AEI conference. This year, he felt compelled to talk some tech. Nathan Mattise reader comments 99 Share this story Ars at SXSW 2017 Documentary reveals how a troubled Bill Nye tries to save the world The design philosophies behind some of our favorite movie aliens The Kim Dotcom film: How to avoid a trial for 5 years and counting The CIA uses board games to train officers—and I got to play them Stranger Things wanted its music to be “something people talked about” View more stories AUSTIN, Texas—Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) may not generate the same attention as our current tweeter-in-chief, but he embraces social media just as much. When serving …

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AT&T allegedly “discriminated” against poor people in broadband upgrades

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Aurich Lawson / Thinkstock reader comments 75 Share this story It’s no secret that ISPs can make more money from network upgrades in wealthy neighborhoods than low-income ones, and a new analysis of Cleveland, Ohio, by broadband advocacy groups appears to show that AT&T is following that strategy. The National Digital Inclusion Alliance (NDIA) and a Cleveland-based group called Connect Your Community alleged in their report today that “AT&T has systematically discriminated against lower-income Cleveland neighborhoods in its deployment of home Internet and video technologies over the past decade.” Last year, the NDIA brought attention to AT&T’s refusal to provide $5-per-month Internet service to poor people in areas where the company hasn’t upgraded its network. When the Federal Communications Commission approved AT&T’s purchase of DirecTV …

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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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Development Hell

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CreditPHOTOGRAPH BY WARNER BROTHERS / EVERETT A waiting room in the Underworld. MINION: Sorry to keep you in limbo so long. Satan was putting out some fires on the set of “Transformers: Entourage: Turtle’s Revenge.” Bottle of sparkling boiling water? WRITER: No, thank you. The minion leads the writer into Satan’s office. SATAN: Welcome to my Hell! Great to meet you! WRITER: We actually met last week, at Bob’s party? You invited me to come here and “kick around some movie ideas.” SATAN: That’s what I said! It was great to meet you then. Listen, I’ve got a golf game with a few former Halliburton execs in ten minutes, so if you don’t mind giving me the down-only elevator pitch …

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Zeldin supportive but noncommittal on the GOP health care bill

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Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley), an outspoken critic of the Affordable Care Act and an ardent advocate of its repeal since his election to Congress in 2014, generally supports the American Health Care Act but in an interview today stopped short of pledging his vote for the bill when it’s brought to the floor of the House next week. “It’s important to note that changes are going to be made to the bill,” Zeldin said in a phone interview from the capital this morning. “I just left a meeting with the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, the speaker and Secretary Price, where the chairman was discussing some changes that are being considered,” Zeldin said, “so it’s going to …

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After First Face-To-Face Meeting, Trump And Merkel Address Media

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Enlarge this image President Donald Trump looks on as German Chancellor Angela Merkel addresses the media at a joint news conference Friday at the White House. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images Updated at 1:15 p.m. ET Like any diplomatic visit worth its salt, German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s first personal meeting with President Trump since he took office was punctuated by the flash and snap of cameras. The two leaders sat side by side for photographers in the Oval Office after Merkel arrived Friday, smiling despite months of unease between the two longtime allies. Naturally, though, the photo op isn’t the only order of business between Trump and Merkel, who are capping their meeting with a …

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Trump meets with German Chancellor, predicts quick passage of health care plan

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WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Friday predicted that a new health care law would be passed by a substantial margin and “pretty quickly,” expressing optimism for his top legislative priority during his first news conference alongside German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Trump reiterated his contention that majority Republicans will win passage of a troubled health care bill that would repeal and replace the sweeping health care law signed by former President Barack Obama. His comments came with the bill’s future uncertain as party leaders push to gain enough support to pass it through the House next week. “It’s going to be passed I believe substantially pretty quickly. It’s coming together pretty quickly,” Trump said as Merkel stood by. The health …

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Cantor: Long Island tourism industry needs support of bed tax

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Few will argue that Long Island’s more than $5 billion dollar tourism industry is a vital part of Long Island’s economy, providing thousands of jobs and hundreds of millions of dollars in wages and sales tax revenues. However despite this economic importance, Long Island and in particular Discover Long Island the region’s tourism promotion agency have to go hat in hand to the New York State legislature for authorization to re-impose a bed tax to finance the marketing of Long Island. The bed tax expires this June. There should be no doubt that Long Island, the state’s second largest tourism destination outside of New York City, requires the funds that a bed tax would generate to invest in a robust …

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N. Shore town upgraded by Moody’s

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The Town of North Hempstead financial rating was recently upgraded from Aa1 to Aaa, Moody’s Investors Service report. The Aaa rating, the highest level by Moody’s, demonstrates “the town’s conservative budgeting which supports balanced financial operations and maintenance of solid financial reserves,” the investor service company said in its report. The rating “also factors the town’s enhanced long-term financial planning and internal controls, large and affluent tax base and low debt burden.” “The town’s Triple A rating is a reflection of the efforts by my financial team and each and every town employee, who is committed to delivering services while keeping a watchful eye on the budget,” North Hempstead Supervisor Judi Bosworth said in a statement. “It’s extremely satisfying to …

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Expanding LI manufacturer buying Pall complex

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A growing beauty products manufacturer is buying the sprawling Pall Corporation headquarters in Port Washington. Kiss Nail Products, which already owns two other buildings nearby, is in contract to purchase the 272,142-square-foot complex on 16 acres for $30 million, according to real estate industry sources. As part of the deal, Kiss will lease back 90,000 square feet of the building at 25 Harbor Park Drive to Pall, which will trim its Long Island operations. Pall, a global supplier of filtration, separations and purification products, was acquired by Danaher Corp. for $13.8 billion in August 2015. Pall officials couldn’t be reached for comment. Kiss, which employs about 450 people, will retain its other Port Washington properties, including the 130,000-square-foot building at …

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WATCH LIVE: After First Face-To-Face Meeting, Trump And Merkel Address Media

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[embedded content] YouTube Updated at 1:15 p.m. ET Like any diplomatic visit worth its salt, German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s first personal meeting with President Trump since he took office was punctuated by the flash and snap of cameras. The two leaders sat side by side for photographers in the Oval Office after Merkel arrived Friday, smiling despite months of unease between the two longtime allies. Naturally, though, the photo op isn’t the only order of business between Trump and Merkel, who are capping their meeting with a joint news conference. And “business” is a fitting word, for Merkel didn’t make her visit alone. She embarked on her trans-Atlantic trip with some notable companions: top executives at BMW, Siemens and the …

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In First Face-To-Face, Trump And Merkel Expected To Tackle Trade And NATO

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Enlarge this image German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the Council of the European Union, on the first day of an EU summit last week in Brussels. Carl Court/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Carl Court/Getty Images When German Chancellor Angela Merkel meets President Trump for the first time at the White House on Friday, she won’t be making her visit alone. She is embarking on her trans-Atlantic trip with some notable companions: top executives at BMW, Siemens and the industrial parts manufacturer Schaeffler. Her high-placed company sends as good a message as any about the direction Merkel expects these introductory talks to take. The two world leaders are expected to discuss wide-ranging issues — from NATO to Russian President Vladimir …

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Here’s why Irish entrepreneurs’ eyes are smiling on St. Patrick’s Day

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There are a lot of mature and emerging tech hubs around Europe now. But there remains an unusually tight link between Ireland’s tech economy and Silicon Valley. Of course, this has been controversial at times, with companies like Apple accused of using Ireland as a tax haven. But whatever the original motivations on either side, the relationship seems to have expanded considerably. In fact, 220 U.S. West Coast companies now have operations in Ireland, according to stats released today by IDA Ireland, the country’s investment agency. Among the more notable U.S. tech companies with Irish campuses: IBM, Google, Airbnb, Dropbox, Fitbit, and DocuSign. Just in the past year: Fitbit and Slack opened European HQs in Dublin. Amazon, Oracle and LinkedIn all …

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Burmax expanding in Holtsville

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Burmax, a Holtsville-based supplier in the hair salons and barbershop industry, is expanding its facilities at 28 Barretts Avenue. The family-owned company is investing about $2.5 million for 24,000-square-foot addition to its existing 104,000-square-foot facility. The expansion is expected to be completed this spring. The new space will accommodate the inventory of the Product Club brand, which specializes in in hair color accessories and education. Product Club, which the company purchased in 2015, ad operated in New Jersey. The company, which already employs 161, aims to hire an additional eight staffers. Burman is working with the Brookhaven Industrial Development Agency, which recently approved inducement resolutions to give tax breaks to assist with the property’s development. The company sought IDA assistance through …

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Germany may file WTO complaint if US levies border tax

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(AP) — Germany’s economy minister says her country may sue the United States before the World Trade Organization if President Donald Trump goes ahead with a planned ‘border tax’ on imported goods. Brigitte Zypries says World Trade Organization rules limit the level of import taxes member states can levy. Her comments come on the day German Chancellor Angela Merkel is due to meet Trump… 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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Joe Dowd: Healthcare rollback, federal budget should incite wrath

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Among my most vivid memories of my father was when he received a phone call after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King. The FDNY had ordered a “recall,” a directive requiring all off-duty uniformed personnel to report to their firehouses. I asked him why he had to go in the middle of such a dark night. “There may be riots,” he said without fear or judgment, simply duty. If you did any grocery shopping before Tuesday’s big nothing of a storm you know what fear smells like. Frenzied shoppers pushed through supermarket aisles with cases of bottled water and cheap cuts of meat, the proverbial “bread and milk” of the internet meme. I was picking up five items for …

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The Sage of Yale Law

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Anthony Kronman seems altogether too cheerful to have spent nine solitary years mounting a pagan assault upon the skeptical ramparts of modernity.CreditILLUSTRATION BY BEN KIRCHNER Anthony Kronman, age seventy-one, may be the world’s most fulfilled man. A professor at Yale Law School for thirty-eight years, he has a happy marriage and four children. He swims a mile every day and is an expert fisherman with rod and spear. He lives in an impeccably decorated house worthy of Architectural Digest. He has written six books, about law, legal ethics, and education, and, last year, published his seventh, an eleven-hundred-page exploration of his personal theology, called “Confessions of a Born-Again Pagan.” By integrating the ideas of many of the world’s great thinkers—Aristotle, …