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Thursday August 16, 2018 @ 04:56:12 AM mt

U.S. banks teach financial literacy with hands-on experience




For 45 minutes each week, she became one of 15 student tellers at the Community Spirit Bank branch at Red Bay High School in Red Bay, Alabama. Community Spirit has used a digital platform to teach Red Bay students financial concepts for roughly five years. Recent research suggests that pairing financial literacy efforts and tangible experience has a greater impact on positive money management: higher credit scores, less debt and higher savings rates.


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Thursday August 16, 2018 @ 04:07:48 AM mt

Judge orders Keystone XL pipeline review in setback for Trump




A federal judge in Montana on Wednesday ordered the U.S. State Department to do a full environmental review of a revised route for the Keystone XL crude oil pipeline, a move that could delay the project and prove a setback for the Trump administration. For more than a decade, environmentalists, tribal groups, and ranchers have fought the $8-billion, 1,180-mile (1,900-km) pipeline to carry heavy crude to Steele City in Nebraska from Canada's oilsands in Alberta. U.S. District Court Judge Brian Morris ruled for the Indigenous Environmental Network and other plaintiffs, ordering the review of a revised pipeline route through Nebraska to supplement one the department did on the original path in 2014.


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Thursday August 16, 2018 @ 04:07:41 AM mt

U.S. and Mexico to set up joint team to fight drug cartels




U.S. and Mexican law enforcement authorities will set up a joint team based in Chicago targeting the leaders and finances of drug cartels that ship opioids into the United States, aiming to stanch a spike in overdose deaths, officials said on Wednesday. The new effort comes amid strained ties between the neighbors and about four months before Mexican President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, a left-leaning nationalist, is due to take power. Lopez Obrador has vowed to shake up Mexico's war on drug cartels and wants to rewrite the rules, aides have said, suggesting negotiated peace and amnesties rather than a hardline strategy critics blame for perpetuating violence.


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Thursday August 16, 2018 @ 04:07:34 AM mt

Texas refineries urged to plan storm shutdowns to cut pollution




Texas environment regulators should coordinate shutdowns of oil refineries and other petrochemical plants during major storms to avoid big releases of air pollution like during last year's Hurricane Harvey, a report said on Thursday. A year ago Harvey dumped more than 60 inches (1.5 meters) of rain on southeastern Texas, halting refineries that produce a quarter of U.S. fuel and damaging infrastructure. Texas industry, including refineries and petrochemical plants, released an extra 8.3 million pounds (3.8 million kg) of air pollutants including cancer-causing benzene, during Harvey, said the report by the Washington-based Environmental Integrity Project.


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Thursday August 16, 2018 @ 04:07:27 AM mt

Newspaper editorials across U.S. rebuke Trump for attacks on the press




The Boston Globe and the New York Times took part in the push along with more than 350 other newspapers of all sizes including some in states that Trump won during the 2016 presidential election. The Globe's editorial accused Trump of carrying out a "sustained assault on the free press." "The greatness of America is dependent on the role of a free press to speak the truth to the powerful," the Globe's editorial said. "To label the press 'the enemy of the people' is as un-American as it is dangerous to the civic compact we have shared for more than two centuries." Trump has frequently criticized journalists and described news reports that contradict his opinion or policy positions as fake news.


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Thursday August 16, 2018 @ 03:17:06 AM mt

Genome points to inbreeding disease behind bumblebee decline: research




(Reuters) - Researchers in Canada playing detective with the yellow-banded bumblebee's genome have found evidence that inbreeding and disease are the likely reasons for the decline of the species, York University's Associate Professor Amro Zayed told Reuters. The team led by Zayed, Sheila Colla and biology researcher Clement Kent believes it is the first time the genome of an at-risk bumblebee has been sequenced. "We took one queen and used new sequencing technology that gave us very long stretches of DNA to sequence and assemble the reference genome for Bombus terricola," Zayed told Reuters.


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Thursday August 16, 2018 @ 03:16:24 AM mt

Trump Tower Operators Are Being Sued for Using Water From the Chicago River




Illinois attorney general is suing the operators of Trump International Hotel and Tower for removing water from and releasing water into the Chicago River in violation of federal environmental laws


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Thursday August 16, 2018 @ 03:15:58 AM mt

Closing Arguments Were High Stakes for Manafort's Defense Team. They May Be Higher for Robert Mueller




Trump continues to refer to the Mueller investigation as a "witch hunt," a conviction in the Manafort trial could help the investigators prove its legitimacy to a skeptical public


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Thursday August 16, 2018 @ 03:15:04 AM mt

Swimmer Suffers Puncture Wounds in Shark Attack on Cape Cod




A man swimming off Cape Cod was attacked by a shark on Wednesday and was airlifted to a hospital. It was the first shark attack on a human at the popular summer tourist destination since 2012.


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Thursday August 16, 2018 @ 03:14:44 AM mt

Genoa bridge collapse: maintaining these structures is a constant battle against traffic and decay




Bridge engineering does not end when construction finishes and traffic starts to flow.


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