In towns and cities nationwide, fears of trickle-down effects of federal tax legislation

(c) 2017, The Washington Post. It took the city of Pataskala, Ohio, nine ballot measures before its 15,000 residents agreed to a new 1 percent tax to pay for repairs to its crumbling roads and to buy new police cruisers. The mostly rural community was finally won over by a century-old hallmark of...


How a shirt covered in swastikas ends up in a department store

(c) 2017, Bloomberg. The shirt looked, at first glance, quite simple, even humdrum-a short-sleeved, black button-down, from the streetwear label Airwalk, priced at $12.99, and patterned with tiny, white polka dots. Except they weren’t dots. They were swastikas, roughly 14,000 of them in all. How...


Star Wars Meets fruit farms as lasers deter thieving birds

(c) 2017, Bloomberg. In the historic battle of birds versus farmers, there’s a new hi-tech scarecrow in town. Bird Control Group, a Netherlands-based firm, is selling a laser in the U.S. that imitates predators to scare off birds. The Agrilaser Autonomic, as it’s called, is installed near crops and...


Women breach world of big oil

(c) 2017, Bloomberg. Ryu Bokyoung is confident she can do anything a man does in the sprawling Ulsan refinery in South Korea, be it scaling 100-meter steel towers or working through the night when repairing the plant. The challenges that come with being a woman in the traditionally male-dominated...


Coal returns as flashpoint in global climate-change fight

(c) 2017, Bloomberg. Coal emerged as the surprise winner from two weeks of international climate talks in Germany, with leaders of the host country and neighboring Poland joining Donald Trump in support of the dirtiest fossil fuel. While more than 20 nations, led by Britain and Canada, pledged to...


Honda recalls 900,000 Odyssey minivans; 2nd row seat may tip

NEW YORK (AP) — Honda is recalling about 900,000 of its Odyssey minivans because the second-row seats may tip forward if not properly latched. The recall announced Saturday covers vehicles from the 2011-17 model years. About 800,000 of the affected minivans were sold in the United States. Honda...


Unions: Power plant contractors violating Navajo labor laws

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FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Unions that represent Navajo workers in New Mexico say tribal members are being passed over for jobs at a power plant on the reservation in violation of Navajo labor laws. Workers at the coal-fired Four Corners Power Plant are installing equipment to cut down on haze-causing...


Utah lawmakers consider limiting days for using fireworks

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah lawmakers are considering a plan that would reduce the number of days residents can set off fireworks amid concerns about fires, noise and air pollution in July. State Rep. Jim Dunnigan, a Republican from Taylorsville, proposed legislation this week to allow fireworks two...


Retailers rise again, but tech leads other US stocks lower

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NEW YORK (AP) — Retailers and smaller U.S. companies jumped again Friday as they continued to report strong third-quarter results, but technology companies and other big U.S. corporations couldn’t add to the previous day’s gains. A slew of retailers including discount chain Ross...


Rotten Tomatoes under fire for timing of 'Justice League' review

(c) 2017, The Washington Post. A lot of people want to throw things at Rotten Tomatoes. The movie-review aggregator waited more than 24 hours to post a poor critics’ score for the new Warner Bros. film “Justice League,” breaking with tradition of posting right after a studio-imposed ban. It...

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