Mark Ruffalo is 'disgusted' with Trump's monuments decision

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ATLANTA (AP) — “Avengers” star Mark Ruffalo said he is disgusted with President Donald Trump’s plan to shrink two sprawling Utah national monuments by nearly two-thirds. Ruffalo told The Associated Press in a recent interview that Trump’s decision was a “slap in the face” to Native Americans. Last...


Regulators give go-ahead for study of Lake Powell Pipeline

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Federal regulators are giving the go-ahead for environmental studies and public comment about a proposed 140-mile (225-kilometer) pipeline to draw water from the Colorado River to serve southwestern Utah communities. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Tuesday formally...


Fear Compromises The Health, Well-Being Of Immigrant Families, Report Finds

Luis Ramirez has lived in the U.S. without immigration papers for two decades, but he is more worried about deportation now than ever before. Ramirez said he and his wife, Luz Cadeo, who is also here illegally, have already made plans in case they are arrested by immigration police: The couple, who...


Facing a rebellion of furious creators, Patreon backs away from a new fee

(c) 2017, The Washington Post. Four years ago, cartoonist Jeph Jacques signed up for Patreon. The idea behind the then brand-new website was intriguing: a reimagining of what it means to be a “patron” of the arts, for a generation of creators who were struggling to transform online fan bases into...


Federal Reserve raises interest rates as U.S. economy powers ahead

(c) 2017, The Washington Post. WASHINGTON - The Federal Reserve lifted its benchmark interest rate on Wednesday by a quarter point to a range of 1.25 to 1.5 percent, a widely expected move that the central bank said is happening because America’s economy continues to improve. This is the fifth rate...


Retailers still haven't caught up to millennials

(c) 2017, Bloomberg View. Last month I wrote up my annual tirade about the National Retail Federation holiday sales forecast. The NRF’s track record -- it uses a deeply flawed methodology -- is terrible. The group makes a silly prediction, I make fun of it, they call me a Grinch, a good time is had...


California may usurp Florida's crown as U.S. orange king

(c) 2017, Bloomberg. It’s been a miserable few years for Florida’s orange crop. And now to add insult to injury, California is gearing up to steal the sunshine’s state crown as the king of U.S. citrus production. After a decade of the citrus-greening disease devastating Florida oranges, Hurricane...


Ex-polygamous sect leader gets nearly 5 years in fraud case

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A former polygamous sect leader was sentenced Wednesday to nearly five years in prison for his role in a carrying out an elaborate food stamp fraud scheme and for escaping home confinement while awaiting trial. U.S. District Judge Ted Stewart said during a hearing in Salt Lake...


Text of the Fed's statement after its meeting Wednesday

WASHINGTON (AP) — Below is the statement the Fed released Wednesday after its policy meeting ended: Information received since the Federal Open Market Committee met in November indicates that the labor market has continued to strengthen and that economic activity has been rising at a solid rate....


Tillerson says US open to possible talks with NKorea


WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has softened America’s stance on possible talks with North Korea, calling it “unrealistic” to expect the nuclear-armed country to come to the table ready to give up a weapons of mass destruction program that it invested so much in developing....

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