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If we want to improve global health, we need to tax the things that are killing us

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Improving global health is no longer primarily about combating infectious diseases.

Apple pledges to spend $350 billion and bring 20,000 jobs to the U.S. within next five years

Apple, the world’s most valuable company, said Wednesday that it will spend $350 billion on development and create 20,000 jobs in the United States in the next five years, outlining for the first time how it will invest in the U.S. economy…

Energy Dept. staffer who gave pictures to news outlets seeks whistleblower protection

Simon Edelman, who was placed on administrative leave, said that he gave official photos to The Washington Post and In These Times magazine that show Energy Secretary Rick Perry hugging a coal mining executive and discussing an “action…

SpaceX, Boeing face hurdles, delays in restoring human spaceflight for NASA

Further delays could mean NASA has no way to get its astronauts to the International Space Station, watchdog agencies said during a congressional hearing.

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The New York Times gives its editorial page over to Trump supporters, sparking a debate

The newspaper’s decision touched on a long-running debate about how to cover a country sharply divided by politics.

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Twitter says it will notify users who may have been exposed to Russian intereference

The company’s head of public policy told the Senate Commerce Committee on Wednesday that Twitter would “inform individually” users who may have been targeted by Russian propaganda during the 2016 presidential election.

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Jack Gerard to step down as head of powerful American Petroleum Institute

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Jack Gerard plans to step down as executive chief of American Petroleum Institute, a powerful lobbying association.

These handsome men get paid to make women cry

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I guess I better get to work.

Consumer protection bureau changes direction, will reconsider rule that sets stricter limits on payday lending

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Democrats and consumer advocates quickly denounced the announcement by the powerful agency, which is still in the middle of a partisan battle over who is really the acting director.

Eric Trump says 401(k)s are doing great, but half of American families don't have one

“I didn’t think retirement was possible, and now it is,” said the president’s son, who pointed to the stellar performance of his 401(k) as evidence that his father's economic policies were helping average Americans.

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Trump's plans to remake the Federal Reserve are starting to hit snags

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The balance of power at the Fed will rest heavily on the regional Fed presidents — people Trump did not appoint and has no control over.

The setting looks like a pro sporting event. But the competition is a team-based video game.

The audience for eSports has surged in recent years and major investors have followed, including owners of traditional sports franchises seeking to reach a young audience.

Fun or concerning? Google’s art selfie app raises privacy fears

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A popular Google app that matches people's selfies to famous works of art has taken the Internet by storm but is also raising privacy concerns. Here’s what you need to know.

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Facebook opens probe into Russian involvement in Brexit

Responding to growing pressure in Europe, Facebook is opening a new probe into Russian interference in Britain’s 2016 referendum on leaving the European Union. A Facebook executive confirmed the existence of a formal investigation…

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Behold: The fastest cars at the Detroit Auto Show

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For those more interested in passion than practicality, these cars are designed to draw attention, spike heart rates and reach speeds that could get you thrown in jail.

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Ann Curry 'not surprised' by Matt Lauer scandal, says NBC had a 'climate of verbal harassment'

During an interview on "CBS This Morning," the former "Today" host didn't get into specifics: " I know what it's like to be publicly humiliated ... I don't want to cause that kind of pain to somebody else."

Wednesday, Jan 17

A popular school fundraiser is just 'junk-food marketing to kids,' experts say

Many are calling for the end of Tyson’s Project A+ and General Mills’ Box Tops for Education, which are wildly popular in U.S. schools.

A new edit of ‘The Last Jedi’ removes the women. It also removes almost any semblance of coherence.

“Star Wars: The Last Jedi: De-Feminized Fanedit” has turned out to be a divisive film, even within the community of men’s rights activists for whom it was made.

Companies race to gather a newly prized currency: Our body measurements

Millions of Americans are increasingly offering up this personal data in search of better-fitting clothes, raising concerns for some privacy experts.

More than 20 states are suing the FCC over its net neutrality decision

This is the first major lawsuit over the FCC's decision to repeal the net neutrality rules.

Tuesday, Jan 16

World's largest money manager to CEOs: You must do good for society

BlackRock's Fink says governments are 'failing to prepare for the future' -- and society expects business to step in

U.S. Chamber of Commerce to push Trump, Congress to raise the gas tax to fund infrastructure

The nation’s largest business lobby is calling for a 25-cent-per-gallon increase on a levy that hasn’t been raised since 1993.

GOP tries to leverage children’s health plan in spending proposal

The measure would extend existing spending levels through Feb. 16 and include an extension of a popular children’s health insurance program while delaying several ACA taxes.

Big Brother on wheels: Your car knows where you have been — and a lot more about you

Though drivers may not realize it, tens of millions of American cars are being monitored as automakers track everyday movements — how fast you drive, how hard you brake, where you go and the entertainment you prefer. The tracking has…

Monday, Jan 15

Somewhere in the world, there's a painting that looks like you. And Google will find it.

Google's Arts & Culture app will tell you if you're a full-on Monet.

'We have a responsibility': CVS vows to stop altering beauty images in its ads and stores

“I realize we have a responsibility to think about the messages we send,” the president of CVS Pharmacy said. The move comes as more companies embrace the idea that beauty comes in all shapes and sizes.

Brawny pickups, futuristic SUVs star at Detroit auto show

It’s the year of the pickup truck at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit as General Motors, Fiat Chrysler and Ford unveil new trucks in a fast-growing and highly competitive U.S. auto market.

Family of doctors is pioneering a path for practicing medicine with marijuana

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Members of the Knox family, four doctors living in Oregon and California, aim for something not always associated with medical marijuana: professionalism.

Sunday, Jan 14

What to do in case of a nuclear attack

The false alarm in Hawaii demonstrates the need for preparedness.

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Companies struggle to find and retain workers in a hot economy

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Employers are boosting pay and benefits, lowering minimum-age requirements and recruiting retirees, but they’re still struggling to attract and retain good workers. “There’s more work around than there are people trained to do it.”

Discovery’s departure is ‘shot across the bow’ for Silver Spring, state and region

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The loss of a prominent corporate headquarters will cost Montgomery County and Maryland tens of millions of dollars in lost payroll, tax receipts and vendor sales.

Facebook’s changing its news feed. How will it affect what you see?

Facebook said this week it is shifting the focus of its news feed to promote “meaningful” posts, mostly those shared by family and friends rather than news organizations or brands, a move that could spell trouble for the ecosystem of…