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National Park Visitors Are Helping Clean Up Amid the Government Shutdown

As the partial government shutdown enters into the new year, National Parks across the country have been accumulating human waste at an accelerating rate. The national parks are not closed, but they are severely understaffed. With no one at the entrance booths, sites are basically free to visit. And with no one to clean, piles …

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Trump Renews Threat to Declare National Emergency in Border Wall Dispute

President Donald Trump renewed his threat to invoke a national emergency as a way to circumvent Congress and build a wall on the southern U.S. border, depending on what happens in ongoing talks to end a partial government shutdown now into its third week. “I may declare a national emergency dependent on what’s going to …

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A Giant Bluefin Tuna Sold for $3.1 Million in Tokyo

Japanese sushi restaurant owner Kiyoshi Kimura–otherwise known as the “Tuna King”–paid a record-setting $3.1 million (333.6 million yen) for a giant bluefin tuna at Tokyo’s Toyosu fish market on Saturday. Kimura’s 2019 purchase surpasses his previous record of 155 million yen at Tokyo’s 2013 New Year’s auction. In 2017, he paid $632,000 for a single …

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Amazon and Walmart Team Up to Fight New Indian E-Commerce Rules

The bitter rivals have come together in India to lobby the government on regulations that threaten to dampen their expansion ambitions. Among other things, the giant retailers are asking for an extension on a Feb. 1 deadline for implementing those rules, according to people with knowledge of the matter. The newly tightened regulations threaten to …

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Microsoft, Google Use Artificial Intelligence to Fight Hackers

Last year, Microsoft Corp.’s Azure security team detected suspicious activity in the cloud computing usage of a large retailer: One of the company’s administrators, who usually logs on from New York, was trying to gain entry from Romania. And no, the admin wasn’t on vacation. A hacker had broken in. Microsoft quickly alerted its customer, …

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America’s Disastrous New Normal: A Booming Economy and Soaring Deficits

The U.S. is currently experiencing a disastrous “new normal”: The economy is booming at the same time that government debt and deficits are exploding. That scenario is a radical departure from the normally healthy, self-correcting interplay between economic growth and budget shortfalls–and its likely long-term consequences are worth losing sleep over. In almost every other …

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