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19 May 11:33pm You won’t find Cryptosporidium in the new ‘Alien’ movie, but it lurks in swimming pools
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a warning about recreational water
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19 May 5:04pm Bond Report: Treasury yields suffer largest weekly fall in a month, as stocks stage a rebound
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Treasury yields edged up on Friday to snap a weeklong slump after a surge in equities
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19 May 4:55pm Market Snapshot: Stock market closes higher, but books weekly loss amid White House drama
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U.S. stocks finish higher Friday for a second straight session of gains, but close lower for the week, unable to fully recover from sharp losses earlier in the week from drama surrounding the White House.
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19 May 4:48pm You won’t find Cryptosporidium in the new ‘Alien’ movie, but the CDC says it lurks in swimming pools
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a warning about recreational water
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19 May 4:36pm Updated Financial News: Bernie Madoff’s closest prison chum? Colombo crime-family boss, Carmine Persico Jr.
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Shortly after Bernie Madoff arrived in prison, at the start of a 150-year sentence, the mastermind behind the largest financial fraud in history was slapped in the face.
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19 May 3:54pm Trump Today: Trump Today: President leaves for overseas trip as more Russia-probe headlines hit
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President Donald Trump departed for his first foreign trip as president on Friday, leaving for the Middle East and Europe shortly before a pair of stories were published that drew fresh attention to the controversy surrounding possible connections between his campaign and Russian officials. Trump also met with his budget director ahead of the release of the administration’s budget proposal next week.
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19 May 3:47pm Updated Market Extra: The overlooked upside for oil in Iran’s election
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Polling stations have Friday opened in a presidential election that could have implications for the nuclear deal with the U.S. and the current sanctions relief that allow the country to sell oil internationally, according to analysts at RBC Capital Markets.
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19 May 3:43pm Futures Movers: Oil ends above $50 for the first time in a month
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Crude-oil futures settle Friday at their highest level in a month, scoring a more than 5% weekly gain as investors express optimism about possible price-supportive outcomes from a closely watched OPEC meeting next week.
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19 May 3:36pm Current White House official is target in Russia probe, and Trump told Lavrov that Comey was a ‘nut job’: reports
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A pair of published reports say that an investigation into possible coordination between Russia and the Trump campaign has identified a current White House official as a person of interest and that the president told the Russian foreign minister that fired FBI Director James Comey was a “nut job.”
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19 May 3:36pm Updated ETF Focus: Drone ETF takes off after court decides users don’t have to register under FAA rule
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An exchange-traded fund that tracks the done industry spiked on Friday, after an appeals court struck down a controversial requirement by the Federal Aviation Administration that users must register their devices.
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19 May 3:31pm Updated Carnage in retail sector means more pain to come for shareholders and bondholders
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The bloodletting in the retail sector is expected to create a wave of bankruptcies, debt restructurings and defaults in the next 12 months.
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19 May 2:46pm Metals Stocks: Gold books its best trading stretch in 5 weeks
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Gold prices edge higher Friday to post their largest weekly gain since mid-April as overall declines in the U.S. dollar and equities from a week ago feed haven demand for the precious metal.
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19 May 2:43pm The New York Post: Huma Abedin files for divorce from Anthony Weiner
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Huma Abedin has finally filed for divorce against Anthony Weiner, just as her estranged husband pleaded guilty to sexting with a minor.
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19 May 2:01pm Market Snapshot: Stock market storms to session high, pares weekly loss
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U.S. stocks advance for a second straight session on Friday after a dialing back of drama surrounding the White House, but main equity benchmarks were still facing losses in a week marked by the reemergence of volatility.
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19 May 1:50pm Futures Movers: Oil tops $50 on optimism ahead of OPEC’s meeting
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Crude-oil futures climb Friday, poised for back-to-back weekly gains, as investors express optimism about possible price-supportive outcomes from a closely watched OPEC meeting next week.
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19 May 1:46pm Foot Locker shares sink after earnings get stung by IRS tax refund delays
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Foot Locker said tax refund delays were a reason earnings were hurt, but its position at the center of sneaker culture is a benefit for the future.
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19 May 1:36pm Updated Slide Show: Gawk at these photos of Palazzo di Amore, a one-of-a-kind estate high above Beverly Hills
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Palazzo di Amore is a 35,000-square-foot estate with 12 bedrooms, 23 bathrooms, a 50-seat movie theater, vineyard, wine cellar and sculpted canyon terraces. It can be yours for $129 million.
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19 May 1:02pm Currencies: Dollar extends slide to November lows; pound recovers from mini ‘flash crash’
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The U.S. dollar falls on Friday, dropping to its lowest level since November, against its main rivals as it extended its weakness stemming from political uncertainty emanating out of Washington.
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19 May 1:02pm The Wall Street Journal: AT&T workers are threatening to strike over the weekend
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Thousands of AT&T Inc. employees prepared to walk off the job this weekend to demand more protections for retail workers, call-center staffers and technicians.
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19 May 12:52pm Retiree finds her encore career—as an actress
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Despite her love of theater, Judi Schindler chose a career in public relations. Now, at 75, she’s back onstage.
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19 May 12:49pm Updated Don’t pass up these job benefits—they can save you thousands
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Here’s how much you could save by taking advantage of seven common work perks.
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19 May 12:47pm Major League Baseball to launch virtual reality viewing experience
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Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred on Thursday announced the league’s premier live-game streaming app MLB At Bat will launch a virtual reality experience for watching games.
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19 May 12:40pm How to set up your first 401(k): A step-by-step guide
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There are a lot of questions that can arise when it comes time to set up your retirement savings.
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19 May 12:37pm Drone pilots don’t have to register under FAA’s controversial rule, court rules
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The Federal Aviation Administration’s requirement that drone users register their devices was struck down in an appeals court Friday.
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19 May 12:36pm Europe Markets: European stocks end higher as investors dig out of Trump-inspired rout
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European stocks finish Friday’s session higher, modestly recovering from a selloff spurred by U.S. political drama that dragged major regional benchmarks into the red for the week.
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19 May 12:09pm Updated London Markets: U.K. stocks break 2-day losing streak after pound’s mini ‘flash crash’
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U.K. stocks finish higher Friday, boosted by a mini “flash crash” in the pound and a rebound in U.S. and Asian equities.
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19 May 12:07pm Updated Encore: Why raising Social Security’s ‘full retirement age’ is a bad idea
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It puts low-wage workers who retire early at increasing risk.
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19 May 12:00pm Economic Report: Nearly half don’t have the cash to pay for a $400 emergency, Fed survey finds
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Seven years into an economic recovery, nearly half of Americans didn’t have enough cash available to cover a $400 emergency, according to a new survey released Friday.
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19 May 12:00pm NewsWatch: The U.S. is the most obese nation in the world, just ahead of Mexico
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The U.S. is the fattest nation in the world, according to a survey by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and by 2030, the obesity rate could be close to 50%.
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19 May 11:34am Metals Stocks: Gold set to book its best weekly advance in 5 weeks
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Gold prices trade near break-even levels, as U.S. stocks move higher, highlighting a pause on the haven demand that has supported the yellow metal over the past several sessions.
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19 May 11:33am Updated Marijuana experts question how industry will mature as rapid growth continues but full legalization lags
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The legal marijuana industry is seeing rapid growth as the push to full federal legalization continues to gain steam, but it could take decades for the industry to fully mature on a federal level.
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19 May 11:31am Capitol Report: Goldman slashes tax-cut expectation as Trump drama rages
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Goldman Sachs has lowered its expectations about the size of a tax cut as scrutiny intensifies on the Trump campaign’s possible contacts with Russia and other legislative priorities compete for attention in Congress.
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19 May 11:29am Futures Movers: Oil trades back above $50 on optimism ahead of OPEC’s meeting
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Crude-oil futures trade sharply higher Friday, poised for back-to-back weekly gains, as investors express optimism about possible price-supportive outcomes from a closely watched OPEC meeting next week.
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19 May 11:18am Currencies: Dollar extends slide to November lows; pound recovers from flash crash
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The U.S. dollar falls on Friday, dropping to its lowest level since November, against its main rivals as it extended its weakness stemming from political uncertainty emanating out of Washington.
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19 May 11:05am Updated Market Snapshot: Stock market climbs a second day, but still on track for weekly losses
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U.S. stocks on Friday bound into the green for a second straight session, aided by an abeyance in White House drama, but the main equity benchmarks are still facing losses in a week marked by the reemergence of volatility.
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19 May 10:06am The Wall Street Journal: Bain Capital to join South Korea’s SK Hynix in bid for Toshiba chip business
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South Korean chip maker SK Hynix Inc. and U.S. private-equity firm Bain Capital plan to bid between ¥1 trillion and ¥1.5 trillion ($9 billion and $13.5 billion) for more than half of Toshiba Corp.’s memory-chip business, according to a person familiar with the matter.
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19 May 9:57am In One Chart: There is a Trump rally after this rough week — a rise in his chances of staying in office
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President Donald Trump now has a 60% chance of still being in his current job at the end of 2018, according to PredictIt. That’s up from 53% earlier in the week.
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19 May 9:36am The Fed: Fed’s Bullard questions need for June rate hike
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St. Louis Fed President James Bullard on Friday suggested a June rate hike might not be needed given the current state of the economy.
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19 May 9:17am Updated Mark Hulbert: Market sentiment during Watergate shows how stocks might react to Trump
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Investors were slow to grasp Nixon administration scandal’s significance, writes Mark Hulbert.
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19 May 9:17am The Wall Street Journal: Connecticut, the wealthiest U.S. state, may be tapped out on taxing the rich
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The wealthiest state in the U.S. is having trouble collecting enough money to pay its bills, and the Democratic governor doesn’t think taxing the rich is the answer anymore.
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19 May 9:16am The New York Post: Anthony Weiner pleading guilty to obscenity charge, report says
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Anthony Weiner is expected to plead guilty Friday to charges he sexted with a minor last year, according to a report.
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19 May 9:15am The Wall Street Journal: Trump to propose balancing budget with deep cuts
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President Donald Trump next week will propose the U.S. can balance the federal budget over 10 years with substantial cuts to safety-net programs such as food stamps and other anti-poverty efforts, combined with a tax and regulatory overhaul that speeds up the nation’s economic growth rate, a senior White House budget official said.
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19 May 9:03am Capitol Report: Senate Democrats pan Lieberman for FBI director | Kushner shepherded weapons deal to Saudis
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Senate Democrats reject Lieberman for FBI director; Kushner shepherded weapons deal to Saudis; majority of voters disapprove of Trump sharing intelligence with Russians; and more.
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19 May 9:00am NewsWatch: Carnage in retail sector means more pain to come for shareholders and bondholders
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The bloodletting in the retail sector is expected to create a wave of bankruptcies, debt restructurings and defaults in the next 12 months.
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19 May 8:58am Updated Market Snapshot: Wall Street aims for another positive session, as U.S. politics take a breather
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U.S. stock futures were moving higher Friday, getting a break amid a lack of any big news developments out of Washington after days of political turmoil.
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19 May 8:57am Metals Stocks: Gold climb steadies, but set to book its best weekly advance in 5 weeks
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Gold prices trade near break-even levels early Friday, as stocks aimed higher, highlighting a pause on the haven demand that has supported the yellow metal over the past several sessions.
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19 May 8:57am Weekend Sip: As the weather turns bright and cheery, drink this Filipino rum in a Dark ‘n’ Stormy
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A brand from the Southeast Asian nation has made its way to the U.S.
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19 May 8:45am : Assange’s standoff with Sweden ends as rape investigation is dropped — but there’s a snag
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Swedish prosecutors decide to halt their inquiries for now, meaning WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange can finally leave his refuge in the Ecuadorean embassy — or can he? London’s police may have something to say about that.
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19 May 8:40am Updated FA Center: Honoring the man who forever changed the financial planning profession
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Dick Wagner always asked, ‘So, what are you going to do about it?’
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19 May 8:39am The Atlanta Braves diversify their holdings — at taxpayers’ expense
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At SunTrust Park, attendance is down — but the mall’s great.
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19 May 8:36am Updated Need to Know: Jim Chanos has a way to profit on the drug overpricing backlash and still hates Tesla
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The S&P is trying to prune its losses for the week, but some analysts warn that going long too soon could prove costly. For those not going long, Jim Chanos is offering up short ideas — among pharma stocks, in particular.
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19 May 8:29am Updated Here’s what you should do when markets are crumbling
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It remains to be seen whether Wall Street’s drop Wednesday was a one-day occurrence or the start of a more protracted period of volatility, but in either case, a riskier environment is something investors should know how to deal with.
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19 May 8:29am Updated ETF Focus: Here’s how much ETF fees have dropped since the financial crisis
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Exchange-traded funds have long been touted as a cost-efficient way for investors to get easy access to basically any asset class, sector, or region of the global economy, but investors may not appreciate how cheap they’ve gotten in recent years, nor how rapidly fees have been falling.
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19 May 8:14am Updated Market Extra: Why young investors should embrace volatility
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Volatility on Wall Street scares a lot of investors and for a good reason, but for most it should simply be embraced, according to financial advisors
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19 May 8:10am Metals Stocks: Gold futures hit pause as stocks improve, but weekly advance on track
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Gold prices sputtered near the unchanged mark early Friday as stocks aimed higher, although the haven metal was still on track to salvage a 2% advance in a week marked by rising market volatility and political turmoil.
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19 May 7:32am Updated Deep Dive: Money manager bets on a decline in retailers, whose ‘old model’ is doomed to fail
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Brad Lamensdorf shorted Dick’s Sporting Goods months before Tuesday’s disappointing earnings report.
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19 May 7:03am Updated The Ratings Game: AMD has ‘nothing to lose’ with its new strategy, but investors do
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Advanced Micro Devices Inc. is going for broke with its new strategy. If the plan doesn’t play out well, it may be investors who go broke instead.
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19 May 6:53am The Wall Street Journal: U.S. sanctions Venezuelan Supreme Court justices after they’ve usurped rule of elected congress
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The Trump administration blacklisted eight Venezuelan supreme court justices for rulings that have gutted the country’s opposition-controlled congress, the Treasury Department said Thursday.
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19 May 6:12am Futures Movers: Optimism ahead of OPEC meeting drives U.S. crude oil back above $50
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It is widely expected an extension to the current pact to reduce oil output will occur at next week’s OPEC meeting. Energy officials from Saudi Arabia and Russia this week signaled they back a nine-month extension.
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19 May 5:55am The Wall Street Journal: Uber threatens to fire self-driving car chief at center of court battle with Alphabet
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Uber has threatened to fire Anthony Levandowski, the top driverless-car engineer at the center of its legal battle with Google parent Alphabet, if he doesn’t comply with a court order to turn over any files that he might have.
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19 May 5:45am The Wall Street Journal: Iranians head to the polls in high-stakes presidential election
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Moderate incumbent President Hassan Rouhani, who has sought closer ties with the West, faces off with hard-line cleric Ebrahim Raisi who is suspicious of that agenda.
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19 May 5:17am Updated The Margin: Time magazine’s latest cover: Watch the White House turn into the Kremlin
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The picture pretty much tells the whole story with this latest cover. In fact, for the first time in a decade, the publication said it opted to add no text at all.
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19 May 5:07am Currencies: Pound retakes $1.30 level after flash crash; dollar meanders lower
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The British pound jumps back above $1.30 after sliding to a low of $1.2888 in a mini ‘flash crash’ late on Thursday.
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19 May 5:00am Europe Markets: European stocks start digging out of Trump-inspired rout
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Stocks in Europe are staging a modest recovery from the prior day selloff that should leave major regional benchmarks lower for the week.
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19 May 4:57am Why job-hopping is hurting millennials
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If you’re not careful, jumping from employer to employer could hurt your retirement savings in several ways.
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19 May 4:33am Currencies: Pound battles to recover $1.30 level after flash crash; dollar meanders lower
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The British pound was stuck below the key $1.30 level on Friday, as investors weighed up a mini ‘flash crash’ that hit the currency late Thursday.
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19 May 3:24am Updated The Tell: Bill Ackman has ‘something to prove’ after Valeant mistake
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The billionaire investor says he has “something to prove” after taking a big loss on its bet on Valeant.
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19 May 3:21am Updated Key Words: Tesla workers reveal brutal working conditions on the assembly line
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Elon Musk once chose to sleep on Tesla’s factory floor to show his employees that he worked harder and put in even more hours than they did, “because that’s what I think a manager should do.” But he’s not the only one on the ground.
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19 May 3:19am Updated Atlanta Braves’ new ballpark attendance is terrible — but the mall’s great
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The Braves diversify their holdings -- at taxpayers’ expense.
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19 May 3:18am Updated American women are having babies later — and are still conflicted about it
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Teen pregnancy has fallen by almost half since 2007.
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19 May 2:39am Veteran investors on trading in the time of Trump — how to cut through the uncertainty
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With a combined 197 years of experience under their belt, Jack Bogle, Guy Hands, Lew Piantedosi, Michael Kelly and Andrew Cormie talk to MarketWatch about investing in a time where “you just don’t know where it’s gonna go.”
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19 May 1:14am Updated Futures Movers: Optimism ahead of OPEC meeting drives further gains for oil
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It is widely expected an extension to the current pact to reduce oil output will occur at next week’s OPEC meeting. Energy officials from Saudi Arabia and Russia this week signaled they back a nine-month extension.
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