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Several Once-Abundant Species Listed as Endangered by IUCN

September 21, 2017

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http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/YaleEnvironment360/~3/9Kk-WQZc9dw/several-once-abundant-species-listed-as-endangered-by-iucn Six of the most abundant species of ash trees in North America are on the brink of extinction, decimated by an invasive beetle, the emerald ash borer, according to the latest update of the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species. Also added to the list are five African […]

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Half of Canada’s monitored wildlife is in decline, major study finds

September 17, 2017

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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/sep/15/canada-wildlife-study-decline-living-planet-report New report paints a bleak picture for wildlife in a country that is home to a quarter of the Earth’s wetlands, 8,500 rivers and more than 2 million lakes. A new analysis looking at the long term trends of more than 900 species of wildlife in Canada has found that half of them have […]

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Mortality rates are rising for colon cancer — but only for white Americans

August 8, 2017

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2017/08/08/mortality-rates-are-rising-for-colon-cancer-but-only-for-white-americans/ Rebecca Siegel of the American Cancer Society says there appears to be a “a true and perplexing escalation in disease occurrence” of colorectal cancer among white men and women.

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The ultimate symbol of the pre-recession boom is back

June 26, 2017

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http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2017/06/26/the-ultimate-symbol-of-the-pre-recession-boom-is-back/ If there’s anything that typifies the boom times before the Great Recession, it is the McMansion. These sprawling houses proliferated around the country in the 2000s, as banks shelled out easy credit to fuel a housing bacchanalia they thought would never die. McMansions became the ultimate symbol of living beyond one’s means. Unlike your […]

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In Towns Already Hit by Factory Closings, a New Casualty: Retail Jobs

June 25, 2017

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https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/25/business/economy/amazon-retail-jobs-pennsylvania.html?partner=rss&emc=rss Thousands of workers face unemployment as retailers struggle to adapt to online shopping. But even as e-commerce grows, it isn’t absorbing these workers.

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In Growth of Jail Populations, Rural Areas Outpace Big Cities

June 13, 2017

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https://www.wsj.com/articles/in-growth-of-jail-populations-rural-areas-outpace-big-cities-1497383232?mod=rss_US_News Rural jails are growing faster than urban jails despite lower crime rates in more sparsely populated areas, according to new research by two nonpartisan groups that support reducing incarceration.

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Discontented voters make their voices heard, in Britain, U.S. and elsewhere

June 11, 2017

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/discontented-voters-make-their-voices-heard-in-britain-us-and-elsewhere/2017/06/10/317da2f2-4d62-11e7-bc1b-fddbd8359dee_story.html There may not be ideological consistency, but recent election results show continuing displeasure with political leaders and governments.

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Prozac Nation Is Now the United States of Xanax

June 10, 2017

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https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/10/style/anxiety-is-the-new-depression-xanax.html?partner=rss&emc=rss How we went from depressive flannel and fog to anxiously monitoring our heart rates, twirling fidget spinners and streaming into meditation studios.

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Report looks at liver cancer, fastest-growing cause of cancer deaths in US

June 9, 2017

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https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/06/170608123643.htm A new report provides an overview of incidence, mortality, and survival rates and trends for liver cancer, a cancer for which death rates have doubled in the United States since the mid-1980s

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The drug crisis is now pushing up death rates for almost all groups of Americans

June 9, 2017

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/the-drug-crisis-is-now-pushing-up-death-rates-for-almost-all-groups-of-americans/2017/06/09/971d8424-4aa1-11e7-a186-60c031eab644_story.html Opioids and alcohol are killing whites, blacks, Hispanics, Native Americans in the prime of life.

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U.S. death rate from Alzheimer’s rose dramatically over 15 years. Why?

May 26, 2017

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2017/05/26/u-s-death-rate-for-alzheimers-rose-dramatically-over-15-years-why/ The CDC report estimates that 13.8 million Americans could be living with Alzheimer’s by 2050.

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Dramatic Rise in U.S. Intermarriage Rates Since 1967 Ruling

May 19, 2017

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https://www.wsj.com/articles/dramatic-rise-seen-in-u-s-intermarriage-rates-since-landmark-court-ruling-1495123281?mod=rss_US_News One in six American newlyweds married someone of a different race or ethnicity in 2015, a fivefold increase in the 50 years since the Supreme Court recognized a nationwide right to intermarriage, according to new data.

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Household Debt Makes a Comeback in the U.S.

May 17, 2017

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https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/17/business/dealbook/household-debt-united-states.html?partner=rss&emc=rss Nearly a decade after the 2008 credit bubble, Americans have accumulated a total of $12.7 trillion in debt — a new peak.

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How authoritarianism is shaping American politics (and it’s not just about Trump)

May 10, 2017

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/monkey-cage/wp/2017/05/10/how-authoritarianism-is-shaping-american-politics-and-its-not-just-about-trump/ Partisanship and authoritarianism are increasingly intertwined. This started well before 2016.

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What a new report reveals about white economic hardship and Trump’s big win

May 10, 2017

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/05/10/what-a-new-report-reveals-about-white-economic-hardship-and-trumps-big-win/ The results reveal the lives of white working-class Americans at a rare level of detail.

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State of the Art: Tech’s Frightful Five: They’ve Got Us

May 10, 2017

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https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/10/technology/techs-frightful-five-theyve-got-us.html?partner=rss&emc=rss Amazon, Apple, Microsoft, Facebook and Google dominate our day-to-day activities. Imagining being forced to give up some of them could lead to hard choices.

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Prevalence of visual impairment among preschool children projected to increase

May 5, 2017

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https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/05/170504110557.htm The number of preschool children in the US with visual impairment is projected to increase by more than 25 percent in the coming decades, with the majority of visual impairment resulting from simple uncorrected refractive error, according to a new study.

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Op-Ed Contributor: Companies Compete but Won’t Let Their Workers Do the Same

May 4, 2017

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https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/04/opinion/noncompete-agreements-workers.html?partner=rss&emc=rss Once reserved for upper management, noncompetes now cover one-sixth of the nation’s workers, restricting choice and suppressing wages.

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One in three American adults may have had a warning stroke

May 1, 2017

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https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/05/170501102252.htm About one in three American adults experienced a symptom consistent with a warning or ‘mini’ stroke, but almost none — 3 percent — took the recommended action.

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If it doesn’t stem its decline, mainline Protestantism has just 23 Easters left

April 29, 2017

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2017/04/28/if-it-doesnt-stem-its-decline-mainline-protestantism-has-just-23-easters-left/ The trend lines do not look good.

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Op-Ed Contributor: America, From Exceptionalism to Nihilism

April 28, 2017

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https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/28/opinion/america-from-exceptionalism-to-nihilism.html?partner=rss&emc=rss The U.S. leads the free world in its helplessness before the dissolution of its most cherished values.

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Youth violence on decline, new study shows

April 26, 2017

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https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/04/170426092404.htm Contrary to popular perception, a new study finds that youth violence is declining — and at noteworthy rates. Between 2002 and 2014, researchers found a 29 percent decrease in the relative proportion of young people involved in violence in the United States. The study also reveals a persistent pattern of racial and ethnic disparities […]

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Road Rage Cases With Guns More Than Double in 3 Years, Report Says

April 26, 2017

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https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/25/us/road-rage-guns.html?partner=rss&emc=rss An analysis suggests that states with large numbers of concealed-carry permit holders and relaxed gun laws had more cases of road rage with firearms.

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How Harvard Business School Has Reshaped American Capitalism

April 25, 2017

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https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/24/books/review/golden-passport-duff-mcdonald.html?partner=rss&emc=rss Duff McDonald’s “The Golden Passport” questions whether Harvard Business School is responsible for the global financial crash.

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Populism, Far From Turned Back, May Be Just Getting Started

April 25, 2017

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https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/25/world/europe/populism-far-from-turned-back-may-be-just-getting-started.html?partner=rss&emc=rss Populism has been growing since the 1960s, and research suggests it’s not slowing down. Four recent elections show how this dynamic can play out.

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Middle Class Contracted in U.S. Over 2 Decades, Study Finds

April 25, 2017

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https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/24/business/economy/middle-class-united-states-europe-pew.html?partner=rss&emc=rss The United States had fewer middle-income earners and more at the extremes than any of 11 Western European countries in a Pew Research Center report.

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The Climate Issue: Why the Menace of Mosquitoes Will Only Get Worse

April 20, 2017

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https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/20/magazine/why-the-menace-of-mosquitoes-will-only-get-worse.html?partner=rss&emc=rss Climate change is altering the environment in ways that increase the potential for viruses like Zika.

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The Great Decoupling: An Interview with Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee

April 18, 2017

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https://hbr.org/2015/06/the-great-decoupling Technological progress makes the world better but also brings new challenges, say Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee, faculty members at the MIT Sloan School of Management, who have studied the impact of technology on economies for years. Their most recent book, The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant […]

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Healthcare for Americans with mental illnesses worsened after recession

April 17, 2017

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https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/apr/17/mental-health-care-access-affordable-care-act-recession Study finds people still had limited access to mental healthcare from 2008-2014 as Affordable Care Act and other laws unable to overcome financial downturnSix years after the recession, Americans with mental illness still had limited access to treatment, according to researchers.US laws meant to improve that access, including the Affordable Care Act (ACA), were […]

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ATV-related injuries in children remain large public health problem

April 15, 2017

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https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/04/170415182157.htm All-terrain vehicle-related injuries remain a large public health problem in this country, with children more adversely affected than adults. According to researchers, the major risk factors for young riders also are entirely preventable.

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First large-scale survey of Chagas disease in the United States confirms that the ‘silent killer’ is a major public health challenge for the country

April 15, 2017

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https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/04/170413120042.htm A study of almost 5,000 Latin American-born residents of Los Angeles County found that 1.24 percent tested positive for Chagas disease, a parasitic infection that can cause life-threatening heart damage if not treated early. Chagas disease is one of the leading causes of heart failure in Latin America.

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Stroke rates appear to be rising steadily in young adults

April 15, 2017

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2017/04/15/stroke-rates-appear-to-be-rising-steadily-in-young-adults/ Hospitalizations rates for stroke almost doubled among men age 18 to 44 between 1995 and 2012.

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The Evangelical Roots of Our Post-Truth Society

April 14, 2017

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https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/13/opinion/sunday/the-evangelical-roots-of-our-post-truth-society.html?partner=rss&emc=rss The deep distrust of media and scientific elites has its origin in old-time religion.

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Obesity in Hispanic adolescents linked to nearly sixfold increase in high blood pressure

April 14, 2017

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https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/04/170411085822.htm Obesity raises the prevalence of high blood pressure among adolescents but the increase is particularly pronounced among Hispanics compared to white, African-American or Asian ethnic groups, according to a study by researchers.

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Rates of new diagnosed cases of type 1 and 2 diabetes on the rise among children, teens

April 14, 2017

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https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/04/170414105821.htm Rates of new diagnosed cases of type 1 and type 2 diabetes are increasing among youth in the United States, according to a report.

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Editorials: The Gig Economy’s False Promise

April 14, 2017

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http://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/10/opinion/the-gig-economys-false-promise.html?partner=rss&emc=rss Instead of freedom, workers at companies like Uber have encountered low wages and coercion.

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Domestic violence and guns: the hidden American crisis ending women’s lives

April 14, 2017

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https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/apr/11/domestic-violence-shooting-deaths-women-husbands-boyfriends The shooting death of a teacher in San Bernardino, California, by her estranged husband was hardly an outlier – an estimated 50 women a month are shot to death in the US by former or current partnersIn one mass shooting after another, some gun control advocates and journalists see a common thread: when domestic […]

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Progress uneven as global child death rates fall

April 14, 2017

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/global-child-death-rates-are-dropping-but-gap-is-growing-between-rich-and-poor/2017/04/07/99f2aaf0-1a39-11e7-9887-1a5314b56a08_story.html Poorer countries account for 75 percent of deaths among children and adolescents.

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The coded language of the alt-right is helping to power its rise – The Washington Post

April 14, 2017

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/the-coded-language-of-the-alt-right-is-helping-to-power-its-rise/2017/04/07/5f269a82-1ba4-11e7-bcc2-7d1a0973e7b2_story.html?utm_term=.3d892296160e Apparently, tried-and-true insults such as “fag,” “fairy,” “kike” and “hebe” (yes, I’m Jewish) are old-school, especially among the alt-right. That small, far-right movement that seeks a whites-only state is developing new coded language, much as the Nazis once did, says noted linguist George Lakoff, a professor emeritus at the University of California at Berkeley.

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Why aren’t more 25- to 54-year-old men working? Because there aren’t enough jobs.

April 14, 2017

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2017/04/12/why-arent-more-25-to-54-year-old-men-working-because-there-arent-enough-jobs/ You don’t have to resort to cultural stories to explain a good part of what’s hurting prime-age workers.

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Large, high-intensity forest fires will increase

April 14, 2017

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https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/04/170410085510.htm Wildfire experts predict that by 2041, there will be four large, high-intensity forest fires for every three that occur now, with the number of days when conditions are conducive to fires increasing.

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The Senate may be developing an electoral college issue

April 14, 2017

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/politics/wp/2017/04/10/the-senate-may-be-developing-an-electoral-college-issue/ By one metric, senators representing less than half the country are passing measures in the Senate.

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The San Bernardino attack is the 12th school shooting of 2017 — and the second in a week

April 14, 2017

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/04/10/the-san-bernardino-attack-is-the-12th-school-shooting-of-2017-and-the-second-in-a-week/ Since 2013, there have been about 200 school shootings in America, according to a count by one group advocating gun regulations.

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Bigger, Faster, More Lavish: Americans Crave S.U.V.s, and Carmakers Oblige

April 14, 2017

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http://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/12/business/suv-automakers-fuel-economy-new-york.html?partner=rss&emc=rss At the New York International Auto Show, powerful sport-utility vehicles are at center stage, a sign of the continuing shift away from traditional passenger cars.

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The New Health Care: How Many Pills Are Too Many?

April 14, 2017

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http://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/10/upshot/how-many-pills-are-too-many.html?partner=rss&emc=rss Evidence has mounted about the dangers of taking multiple, perhaps unnecessary, medications.

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Oscars Error Won’t Cost Accounting Firm Its Job

April 8, 2017

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http://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/29/movies/academy-oscars-pwc-stays-on-job.html?partner=rss&emc=rss Despite the spectacular mix-up over the award for best picture, PwC will stay on the job after a vote by the Hollywood organization.

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CO2 levels heading back to days of dinosaurs

April 8, 2017

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http://climatenewsnetwork.net/co2-levels-days-dinosaurs/ Scientists predict that continued burning of fossil fuels could return CO2 levels and temperatures to heights not seen in hundreds of millions of years. LONDON, 8 April, 2017 – If humans burn all the fossil fuels at their disposal – and this could happen in the next two centuries – researchers predict that the […]

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Retail Payrolls Sustain a New Blow as Shopping Habits Shift

April 7, 2017

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http://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/07/business/economy/jobs-report-retail-employment.html?partner=rss&emc=rss General merchandise stores shed 34,700 jobs in March, a new sign of the challenges facing brick-and-mortar merchants with the rise of online commerce.

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Op-Ed Contributor: Offshore Money, Bane of Democracy

April 7, 2017

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http://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/07/opinion/offshore-money-bane-of-democracy.html?partner=rss&emc=rss When London bankers created the Eurobond in the 1960s, control over capital was doomed.

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Behind the Problem of Student Homelessness

April 7, 2017

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http://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/07/education/edlife/college-student-homelessness.html?partner=rss&emc=rss New research finds that 14 percent of community college students don’t have a place to live. Why is the situation so widespread?

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