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SunPower cuts jobs: Will Trump’s policies undercut renewables?

The solar company's plans to lay off a quarter of its workforce come as the energy industry braces for a new energy regime under President-elect Trump.

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Pokémon Go gets a boost from Starbucks

Starbucks has partnered with the maker of the augmented-reality game, one of a string of sponsorships by major companies.  

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Governance by spectacle? Trump taps WWE's Linda McMahon to head SBA.

The president-elect has tapped a co-founder of the WWE for his latest cabinet pick. His campaigning-by-spectacle may become governing-by-spectacle.

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Spiny lobsters tap into a strange food source, scientists say

About a fifth of the diet of Caribbean spiny lobsters is derived from a process distinct from the traditional model of the food chain, according to new research.

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As yet another general joins Trump's team, what does the pick reveal?

Retired Gen. John F. Kelly, who spent more than four decades in uniform, has reportedly been selected as secretary for the Department of Homeland Security.

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Megyn Kelly: Trump ushered in 'dangerous phase' for the media

Conservative commentator Megyn Kelly isn't backing down from her critique of President-elect Donald Trump's assault on the media.

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Can Donald Trump revive Twitter?

Twitter has struggled in recent years to gain more users and increase advertising revenue. But some wonder if the new US president could be its financial savior.

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Portland to tax CEOs who earn 'too much,' a first for income inequality fight

Publicly traded companies in Portland, Ore., that pay their chief executives at least 100-times as much as their median employee salary will pay a 10-percent surcharge on the city's current business tax.

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How should the news media talk about the 'alt-right' movement?

Seth Meyers and others have urged the media to ditch the term 'alt-right' in favor of 'white nationalism' or 'neo-Nazism.' Others say those phrases don't convey the movement's complexity. 

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Can Congressional legislation beat scalper bots?

Vendors who use “bots” to snatch up event tickets, only to later resell them at considerable markups, may soon be subject to federal prosecution.

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When an apology need not be demanded

With Japan’s leader set to make a historic visit to Pearl Harbor, the US is not asking for an apology, just as Japan did not ask Obama for one in his visit to Hiroshima.  Friends are like that.

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As austerity and graft gnaw, crisis-stricken Greece defies expectations

Assailed first by a debt crisis, then acting as a front line in Europe’s migrant crisis, Greece has had an extremely difficult few years. Yet it has avoided civil conflict and has remained in the eurozone, contrary to many expectations.

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How much can Scott Pruitt really change the EPA?

While many critics are displeased by Trump's pick for EPA head, Pruitt's more traditional establishment background may help to mitigate some environmentalists' fears about the ability of the agency to weather Trump's administration.

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Pantone goes very green with hopeful Color of the Year

The choice, settled somewhere between prediction and hope, seems a response to the current climate of political and social division.

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When a home catches fire, this emergency responder helps care for pets

Franklin Frake works for the Red Paw Emergency Relief Team, a Philadelphia nonprofit that provides assistance to displaced pets, and their owners, during and after a disaster involving their home.

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Will SpaceX lose more customers after September rocket explosion?

With billions in contracts with commercial satellite companies and NASA on the line, SpaceX is facing delays in getting its rockets back into space. The delays have cost the company one major contract this week. 

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Are cellular PCs on the way?

Microsoft said on Thursday that it in future Windows 10 updates will 'enable connectivity that is always within reach.'

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Audubon's Christmas bird count brings community to conservation

The annual tradition began in 1900 as a social alternative to large-scale hunting events, which conservationists feared would decimate US bird populations.

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Black woman who fought segregation to be face of Canada's $10 bill

Bank of Canada officials revealed their pick Thursday for the first Canadian woman to be portrayed prominently on the nation's currency: Viola Desmond, who helped inspire the country's civil rights movement.

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Why Pope Francis says fake news is a 'sin'

In an interview published Wednesday, Pope Francis takes on fake news, calling the spread of disinformation or 'communicating ugly things' a sin and referring to it as the biggest damage media can do.

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People tell us the most thoughtful DIY gifts they've given or received

While whipping up a batch of body butter for the family can be fun and convenient, that's not always the kind of gift people really remember and cherish. Wouldn’t you rather give your loved ones presents that show how well you know them?

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Dinosaur tail encrusted in amber: A snapshot of feather evolution?

Researchers examine the feathers of a rare 99-million-year-old dinosaur tail preserved in amber.

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Nothing says Christmas to me like my memories of the Sears Wish Book

In the weeks before Christmas, the Wish Book grew dogeared with desire.

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'Spider-Man: Homecoming' teaser revealed: What made first movie a hit?

A quick clip has been released to promote the upcoming 'Spider-Man' movie 'Homecoming,' which will be released during the summer of 2017. The new movie will debut 15 years after 2002's 'Spider-Man' became one of the most financially successful films of all time and an often-praised movie about the webslinger.

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Weeks after election, what's the status on that recount?

A federal judge ruled there was no reason to move forward with a recount in Michigan. Other states are winding down their recount efforts, too, with no surprising results.

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Can a wrestling executive lead the Small Business Administration?

Linda McMahon lost two bids for US Senate, but grew WWE from 13 employees to an international company that posted $659 million in revenue last year. 

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Harry Reid: A sculptor of partisanship, who was also molded by it

When he was first elected in 1982, compromise was not a dirty word. That's changed dramatically – and so has Senator Reid.

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Shattered glass: How much do you know about these barrier-busting women?

Women have been cracking and shattering "glass ceilings" since long before two women at Hewlett-Packard coined the term. Convention-busting women continue to break through barriers to lead international corporations, coach male sports teams, and even secure a major party nomination for president. How much do you know about these female pioneers?

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Did 'Hairspray Live!' win over reviewers with its message of acceptance?

NBC aired its latest live musical production with 'Hairspray Live!,' a show that tells the story of the efforts to integrate a dance TV show in 1960s Baltimore. Maddie Baillio, Harvey Fierstein, and Jennifer Hudson star in the program.

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Analysis: Trump's tweetstorm about China wrong-foots Beijing

Chinese officials had expected the president-elect, as a businessman, to be focused on negotiable issues between the US and China. But Trump's Taiwan tweets have upended their expectations.

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Chuck Jones vs. Donald Trump: A window on future union relations?

Union boss Chuck Jones says that Donald Trump deliberately inflated the number of Carrier jobs that he had saved. Now, the president-elect is attacking Jones on Twitter.

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Volkswagen scandal persists as EU clamps down on non-enforcement

The European Union has initiated legal action against certain member states for their failure to enforce emissions standards following Volkswagen's so-called 'dieselgate' scandal.

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Surgeon General: E-cigarettes risk 'moving backward' on teen smoking

In a new report, Vivek Murthy expressed concern about e-cigarettes, which have become the most commonly used tobacco product among young people.

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Could the juvenile suspects in the Tennessee wildfires be tried as adults?

Juveniles make up a high proportion of arson arrests. In Tennessee, prosecutors could throw the book at two suspects accused of starting a fire that ended up killing 14 people.

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How retirement accounts can affect your tax bracket

Making the right decisions about your retirement savings can do wonders for your tax burden. That’s because retirement accounts come with tax advantages.

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Glassdoor's 50 best places to work 2017: And the winner is …

Looking to make a career move? Glassdoor just released its annual list of the 50 best places to work. Bain & Company took the top spot, with Facebook not far behind. Surprises like SpaceX also find their way into the top 50.

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Why US life expectancy went down in 2015

The average life expectancy dropped unexpectedly by 0.1 percent of a year compared to 2014.

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Is Trump softening his stance on illegal immigration?

President-elect Donald Trump might not keep President Obama's executive order protecting young, undocumented immigrants in place, but he seems to be softening his stance on America's 700,000 'Dreamers.'

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Giraffes face extinction: Added 'vulnerable' list after population shrinks 40 percent

The world's tallest land animal is being pushed toward extinction, conservationists said Thursday, adding giraffes to the 'Red List' of threatened species.

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California positions itself to lead a blue state rebellion

The country's most populous and economically independent state looks willing to push back against the Trump administration in a way not seen in decades.

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