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Bolivia minister: country could face US aviation downgrade

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 08:09:06 -0800

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LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Bolivia’s Defense Minister says the U.S. could downgrade the country’s aviation safety rating because of irregularities that may have contributed to the crash of a chartered plane carrying a Brazilian soccer team. Defense Minister Reymi Ferreri said Saturday that the approval of the plane’s flight plan despite the route’s distance […]



Friendly moose befriends 2 cows on Vermont farm

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 08:07:02 -0800

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SHELDON, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont couple says their effort to shoo away a moose that appeared to be bonding with their farm’s two cows was successful. Sharyn Abbott and her husband Tim returned to their Sheldon farm recently and found a female moose in the pasture with their two Belted Galloway cows, Precious and […]



Bergdahl seeks pardon from Obama to avert desertion trial

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 08:01:06 -0800

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WASHINGTON (AP) — A former prisoner of war accused of endangering his U.S. comrades by walking off his post in Afghanistan is asking President Barack Obama to pardon him before leaving office. White House and Justice Department officials say U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl submitted the clemency request. If granted, it would allow Bergdahl to […]



As transit fares soar, NYC advocates push for discounts

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 08:00:03 -0800

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NEW YORK (AP) — For most New Yorkers, subways and buses are necessities of city living that fall right behind food, clothing and shelter. But with the price of 30-day MetroCard transit pass at $116.50, and possibly primed to rise as high as $121, they’re also on the verge of becoming unaffordable for the 1.7 […]



Money & Markets weekly review

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 08:00:00 -0800

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A weekly roundup of stock market data



FundTracker: Weekly spotlight on mutual funds

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 08:00:00 -0800

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Weekly spotlight on mutual funds



Amazon cloud demands massive on-the-ground infrastructure

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 08:00:00 -0800

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Amazing Amazon numbers: Its Web Services unit occupies 11 football fields’ worth of space, and every day adds enough server capacity to duplicate the Amazon of 2005. Also: Sex-shop chain gives up on IPO, and Seattle hikes business-license fees sharply for some.



Index fund knocks out Contrafund for No. 1 spot at Fidelity

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 08:00:00 -0800

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The Fidelity 500 Index Fund ended November with $105.9 billion in assets, passing the previous leader, Fidelity Contrafund, which had $104.2 billion



Mutual fund firms could tailor paperwork just for you

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 08:00:00 -0800

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Most investors don’t read fund prospectuses because of the mix of jargon and legalese. But what if fund companies gave investors a checklist that allowed each one to decide the fund information they want in the order they want to see it?



Seattle builds lots of new apartments, but not so many parking spots

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 08:00:00 -0800

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While Seattle apartments used to feature one parking space per unit, more recently only about half of new units for renters near downtown or transit lines have a parking stall. The trade-off for scarce parking is supposed to be more apartments, making them more affordable.



Speaking of Business: ‘Cyber Monday has kind of become Cyber Month’

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 08:00:00 -0800

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The week’s top business quotes are about soft drinks, shopping frenzies, trade rules and oil prices.



GM is ready to lose $9,000 a pop on Chevy Bolt as it chases electric-car boom

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 08:00:00 -0800

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That makes perfect business sense under the tough clean-air rules mandated by California and nine other states that make up close to 30 percent of the U.S. auto market.



China’s about-face on coal mining bodes badly for carbon emissions

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 08:00:00 -0800

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A lack of stockpiles and worries about electricity blackouts are spurring Chinese officials to reverse curbs that once helped reduce coal production. Mines are reopening. Miners are being lured back with larger paychecks.



Trade outlook foggy with TPP undone

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 08:00:00 -0800

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The future for the existing world trade system and America’s place in it is facing one of its biggest challenges in history if President-elect Trump fulfills his campaign pledges. Washington state would be a big loser.



‘Leaky pipeline’ into law schools puts women at career disadvantage

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 08:00:00 -0800

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Although nearly half of law school students now are women, a new study finds a disproportionate share wind up attending institutions with a poorer job-placement record, which can shape their future in the field.



6 mortgage-shopping mistakes you should avoid

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 08:00:00 -0800

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Here are lessons that mortgage-shoppers can learn from common mistakes.



The Motley Fool: Useful tips on investing

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 08:00:00 -0800

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Giving stock Q: How can I give certificates of single shares of stock as holiday gifts? A: Giving a stock certificate can be a great way to get young people interested in investing, but it’s problematic, too. For starters, many companies are phasing out paper certificates, preferring that investors hold shares electronically. Next, if you […]



Take your RMD in a lump sum for ease and convenience

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 08:00:00 -0800

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The best way to take required minimum distribution; if bonds are risky, what should a Couch Potato investor do?



Sandy Hook group begins violence warning-signs campaign

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 07:58:02 -0800

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NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — A group formed by families who lost children in the Sandy Hook school shooting has started a new public service campaign designed to teach people to recognize the warning signs of someone who may be contemplating gun violence. The Know the Signs campaign from Sandy Hook Promise includes the launch on […]



Florida deputy shoots man in Wal-Mart parking lot

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 07:51:02 -0800

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BRANDON, Fla. (AP) — Authorities in Florida are investigating after a man was shot by a Florida deputy sheriff in the parking lot of a Wal-Mart store. Col. Donna Lusczynski with the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office told reporters Friday night that the man was armed and refused to drop his weapon when ordered by deputies. […]