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California City Experiments With Universal Basic Income

California City Experiments With Universal Basic Income

Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang wants to give cash to every American each month. Susie Garza has never heard of Yang. But since February, she’s been getting $500 a month from a nonprofit in Stockton, California, as part of an experiment that offers something unusual in presidential politics: a trial run of a campaign promise, highlighting the benefits and challenges in real time. Garza can spend the money however she wants. She uses $150 of it to pay for her cellphone and another $100 or so to pay off her dog’s veterinarian bills. She spends the rest on her two grandsons now...

September 8, 2019
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University of Phoenix to cancel $141 million in student debt

University of Phoenix to cancel $141 million in student debt

The University of Phoenix and its parent company have agreed to pay $50 million in cash and cancel $141 million in student debt to settle allegations of deceptive advertisement brought by the Federal Trade Commission. The deal, announced Tuesday, settles a dispute over an ad campaign the for-profit college launched in 2012 touting partnerships with companies including Microsoft, Twitter and Adobe. It suggested the school worked with those companies to create job opportunities for students, even though there was no such agreement, investigators found. The Federal Trade Commission said the...

December 12, 2019
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Jared Kushner sells stake in company using tax breaks that he lobbied for

Jared Kushner sells stake in company using tax breaks that he lobbied for

NEW YORK — President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner has sold his stake in a company investing in Opportunity Zone projects offering tax breaks he had personally lobbied for in Washington, sparking criticism that he was benefiting from his White House role.A filing at the Office of Government Ethics released Monday shows that Kushner received permission to defer capital gains on the sale of his stake in Cadre, a digital platform for smaller investors to buy stakes in commercial properties. Kushner’s holding in the private Cadre is worth between $25 million and $50...

March 10, 2020
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Dodgers Fans Buying Angels-Astros Tickets

Dodgers Fans Buying Angels-Astros Tickets

LOS ANGELES — A group of Los Angeles Dodgers fans is making plans to vent its frustration at the Houston Astros about baseball’s sign-stealing scandal.Houston and the Dodgers do not play each other during the upcoming regular season, so Pantone 294 is snapping up tickets to the Los Angeles Angels’ home opener against the Astros on April 3 in Anaheim, the . The group regularly organizes trips to support the Dodgers on the road.The Angels have agreed to sell the group a block of as many as 800 tickets, Pantone 294 co-owner . “Spirits are great, man,” utilityman Kiké Hernández said Saturday...

February 24, 2020
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‘Russia wants to watch us tear ourselves apart,’ FBI official says ahead of elections

‘Russia wants to watch us tear ourselves apart,’ FBI official says ahead of elections

ShareRussia said to be intent sowing discord, exploiting political differences in U.S.WASHINGTON — Russia wants to watch Americans “tear ourselves apart” as the United States heads toward elections, an FBI official warned Monday. David Porter, an assistant section chief with the FBI’s Foreign Influence Task Force, accused Russia of conducting brazen operations aimed at spreading disinformation, exploiting lines of division in society and sowing doubt about the integrity of U.S. elections and the ability of its leaders to govern effectively. Porter spoke at an election security conference on...

February 25, 2020
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West Virginia companies will pay $1.25 billion to settle opioid lawsuits

West Virginia companies will pay $1.25 billion to settle opioid lawsuits

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Communities in West Virginia say they would get $1.25 billion from the drug industry in a proposed settlement that would end most of the litigation stemming from the opioid crisis in the state.The deal would be the first of its kind, even as drug makers, distribution companies and pharmacies are considering settling about 3,000 lawsuits nationwide over what many — including the families of those who died of opioid addiction — say was their role in fueling a crisis that has been linked to more than 430,000 deaths in the U.S. since 2000.Paul Farrell, a West...

March 5, 2020
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Disney World employees say they were inappropriately touched by tourists

Disney World employees say they were inappropriately touched by tourists

Walt Disney World employees who portray Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and Donald Duck each filed police reports this month claiming they were inappropriately touched by tourists.The woman inside the Mickey Mouse costume went to the hospital with neck injuries caused by a grandmother patting the character’s head, while the employees wearing the Minnie Mouse and Donald Duck costumes were groped by tourists, according to Orange county sheriff’s office reports.Read moreThe incidents come after a 51-year-old man was arrested in November after an employee portraying a Disney princess told...

December 27, 2019
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Coronavirus can live on surfaces for up to 3 days, in air for 3 hours: Study

Coronavirus can live on surfaces for up to 3 days, in air for 3 hours: Study

The new coronavirus can live in the air for several hours and on some surfaces for as long as two to three days, tests by U.S. government and other scientists have found.Their work, Wednesday, doesn’t prove that anyone has been infected through breathing it from the air or by touching contaminated surfaces, researchers stress.“We’re not by any way saying there is aerosolized transmission of the virus,” but this work shows that the virus stays viable for long periods in those conditions, so it’s theoretically possible, said study leader Neeltje van Doremalen at the National Institute of...

March 11, 2020
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China’s exports fell further in March amid coronavirus shutdown

China’s exports fell further in March amid coronavirus shutdown

International newsBEIJING — China’s exports fell further in March compared with February amid a global economic slowdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the government reported Tuesday.Exports fell 3.5% from the previous month in Chinese currency terms to 1.3 trillion yuan ($183 billion), the customs agency announced. The agency didn’t immediately report figures in U.S. dollars, in which all of China’s trade is conducted. Using different currencies can result in varying growth rates due to changes in exchange rates.Exports sank 17.2% in February in U.S. dollar terms as the United States...

April 14, 2020
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American prosecutors: Saudis recruited Twitter workers to spy on users

American prosecutors: Saudis recruited Twitter workers to spy on users

The accounts included those of a popular journalist with more than 1 million followers and other prominent government critics. The Saudi government recruited two Twitter employees to get personal account information of their critics, prosecutors said Wednesday. A complaint unsealed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco detailed a coordinated effort by Saudi government officials to recruit employees at the social media giant to look up the private data of thousands of Twitter accounts. Story Continued Below The accounts included those of a popular journalist with more than 1 million...

November 7, 2019
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