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After embarrassing election in Pennsylvania, Republicans wonder whether tax cuts will save them in November

The most dangerous outcome for Republicans in Tuesday’s special House election is not the prospect of a Democrat taking over one of their seats. It was the shrugging off by voters of the party’s biggest legislative achievement: the tax cut measure that Republicans hoped would be their major campaign...
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Higher interest rates are spurring a subtle shift to cash investments. But don't expect to get rich
Fri, 22 Jun 2018 14:00:00 +0200
Cash is creeping back. With interest rates rising and the stock market cooling from its big gains last year, some savers and investors are placing more money into once-dormant cash-related products such as money market funds, bank certificates of deposit...
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Young Americans are waking up to their grim financial future
Fri, 22 Jun 2018 13:30:00 +0200
Lately I’ve been losing track of how old everyone is. Friends, co-workers and family members are resisting middle age with vigorous exercise, careful diets and regular doctor visits. Even when 50-year-olds look like they’re 50, they often dress or...
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Trump's bashing of Angela Merkel might help her keep a grip on power in Germany
Fri, 22 Jun 2018 12:00:00 +0200
President Trump appears to have it out for Angela Merkel. Taking aim at the German chancellor’s decision to let in more than 1.4 million refugees — mostly from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan — he tweeted this week that “the people of Germany are...
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A year after declaring tougher Cuba policy, White House sits on the sidelines as Havana faces change
Fri, 22 Jun 2018 12:00:00 +0200
A year ago, President Trump announced tougher policies concerning Cuba, reinstating travel and trade restrictions eased by the historic Obama-era opening between Washington and Havana. As a result, the United States today is largely sitting on the sidelines...
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What it's like to be interviewed for a job by Koko the gorilla: 'She had a lot to say'
Fri, 22 Jun 2018 12:00:00 +0200
There aren’t many people who’ve had to impress a gorilla for a job interview, but Mary Lee Jensvold is one of them. The interviewer in question was Koko, the western lowland gorilla who made a name for herself by learning American Sign Language and...
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There's little economic justification for tipping. But we can't stop doing it
Fri, 22 Jun 2018 12:00:00 +0200
Voters in Washington, D.C., decided this week to do away with the so-called tip credit, a miserable practice that allows employers — mostly restaurants — to pay dirt-cheap wages if workers also receive tips from customers. California is one of just...
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Remember when Trump reversed Obama's opening to Cuba? Well now we're sitting out Havana's political revamp
Fri, 22 Jun 2018 12:00:00 +0200
A year ago, President Trump announced tougher policies concerning Cuba, reinstating travel and trade restrictions eased by the historic Obama-era opening between Washington and Havana. As a result, the United States today is largely sitting on the sidelines...
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Beyond hype, hope for young players in Lavar Ball's basketball league
Fri, 22 Jun 2018 08:25:00 +0200
The glamour of the NBA draft might as well have existed in another galaxy. Black curtains covered vacant top sections at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario. About 1,000 spectators were in the lower blocks of seats. Introduced by the public address...
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Beyond hype, hope for young players in LaVar Ball's basketball league
Fri, 22 Jun 2018 08:25:00 +0200
The glamour of the NBA draft might as well have existed in another galaxy. Black curtains covered vacant top sections at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario. About 1,000 spectators were in the lower blocks of seats. Introduced by the public address...
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Half a Trout is still a pretty large fish
Fri, 22 Jun 2018 08:15:00 +0200
They’ve had shoulders, elbows and ankles, an adductor and an oblique, a forearm, a knee, a wrist, a hamstring and a lumbar. They’ve had strains, sprains and tears, a subluxation and an impingement and an absurdly swelled amount of inflammation. The...
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Luis Valbuena homers twice in Angels' 8-5 win over Blue Jays
Fri, 22 Jun 2018 07:35:00 +0200
Luis Valbuena homered twice, Kole Calhoun connected for the second consecutive game and the Los Angeles Angels defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 8-5 on Thursday night. Mike Trout went 0 for 2 with three walks in his 1,000th career game, ending his hitting...
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Report: NFL to suspend Jameis Winston
Fri, 22 Jun 2018 06:45:00 +0200
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are on track to begin the regular season without their starting quarterback. The NFL is expected to suspend Jameis Winston several games for violating the league’s personal conduct policy, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported....
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Clippers land a pair of 6-6 guards, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Jerome Robinson, in NBA draft
Fri, 22 Jun 2018 06:25:00 +0200
After Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Jerome Robinson each eased their way off the bus that ferried them from their hotel to the Barclays Center for the biggest night of their young lives, they wound up next to each other as they awaited the start of the...
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MLB: Tigers to play Royals in Omaha next year
Fri, 22 Jun 2018 06:25:00 +0200
The Detroit Tigers will play a regular-season game against the Kansas City Royals at TD Ameritrade Park on June 13, 2019 — two days before the start of the College World Series. “The College World Series in and of itself is a great event with a great...
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College World Series: Florida holds off Texas Tech to make bracket final
Fri, 22 Jun 2018 06:10:00 +0200
JJ Schwarz hit a two-run homer and Florida built enough cushion to survive Texas Tech's six-run outburst over the seventh and eighth innings and eliminate the Red Raiders from the College World Series with a 9-6 win Thursday night. The Gators (49-20)...
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