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Health insurance is a complicated business, but David Cordani, CEO of Cigna Health Insurance, says he's never seen a more complex time for the industry.
DENVER (AP) — Denver-area economic development officials are emphasizing Colorado's workforce and lifestyle over economic incentives in their bid to lure Amazon's proposed second headquarters.
Long before he led the country, the real estate mogul warned of a ‘moron’ in power, the world ‘laughing at us’, and the longevity of sharks Donald Trump might be proving an ineffective president – see the last nine months – and by many accounts he wasn’t a great
It is a bright fall morning at the Boulder County Justice Center and the place is hopping. The sprawling parking lot is overflowing. People park their cars anywhere there is a spot, legal or not. But it's not a sensational criminal trial that is causing the excitement.
When Donald Trump moved into the Oval Office in January, he placed on the table behind the Resolute Desk a single family photo—of Fred Trump, his father. Sometime in the spring, White House communications director Hope Hicks told me recently, the president added one of his mother, Mary Trump.
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There are political discussions to be had about the GOP tax bill, which you'll have heard and read of elsewhere. There are economic discussions to be had on the bill as well. And sometimes, to be honest, there are slightly weedy economic discussions to be had, which is where Kevin Hassett comes in.
Federal lawmakers on Wednesday released samples of 3,000 Facebook ads purchased by Russian operatives during the 2016 presidential campaign. The ads conveyed the wide range of influence Russian-linked groups tried to enact on Americans – but one set of ads in particular hit close to home.
When it comes to deal-making with Disney, Anaheim is at a major disadvantage. Creutz, the Cowen & Co. analyst, said it more plainly: “It is management's job to extract as much money as they can. It’s — I guess — the City Council’s job to give as little money as they can.
As Google gradually builds out its footprint in travel search, the company is also making a move to cut off its role as a data provider to would-be competitors.
Before the year 2014, there were many people using Google, Facebook, and Amazon. Today, there are still many people using services from those three tech giants (respectively, GOOG, FB, AMZN).
INDIANAPOLIS — The man from Mexico followed a manager through the factory floor, past whirring exhaust fans, beeping forklifts, and drilling machines that whined against steel. Workers in safety glasses looked up and stared. Others looked away. Shannon Mulcahy felt her stomach lurch.
Casey Michel is a journalist based in New York. In early 2016, while researching some of the most popular U.S. secession groups online, I stumbled across one of the Russian-controlled Facebook accounts that were then pulling in Americans by the thousands.
For triathlon champion Les McDonald, who lobbied intensely for more than a decade to get the sport into the Olympics, Labour Day weekend had a special significance.
Americans are afraid of many threats to their lives – serial killers, crazed gunmen, gang bangers, and above all terrorists – but these threats are surprisingly unlikely. Approximately three-quarters of all homicide victims in America are killed by someone they know.
Our latest Freakonomics Radio episode is called “Why Hate the Koch Brothers? (Part 2).” (You can find part 1 here, and subscribe to the podcast at Apple Podcasts or elsewhere, get the RSS feed, or listen via the media player above.)
PENTICTON - The Challenge banner could disappear from Penticton streets if city council approves a request for an amendment of the Challenge Triathlon agreement at tomorrow’s council meeting. Challenge brand holder Michael Brown, who is scheduled to appear as a delegation at tomorrow’s, Sept.
A study appearing in the Annals of Internal Medicine catalogues deaths and cardiac arrests occurring over 21 years of U.S. triathlons. In this 150-second analysis, F. Perry Wilson, MD, analyzes the overall risk of this endurance sport.
In 1989, the US government decided to concentrate our most sensitive data in the hands of three giant finance corporations: Experian, TransUnion, and Equifax.
If you’ve been paying attention in recent years, you might have noticed that just about everyone is losing your personal data.
Earlier this year, I made my first visit to the heart of the venture capital industry, Sand Hill Road in Menlo Park, California. I sat in a lot of meetings with venture capitalists who were talking about things like leading a round of funding, seed-stage venture, LPs and exits.
Here at Bright Side, we’ve gathered together some life hacks for preparing food, cleaning and organizing your cooking space. Some of them you may have never suspected. To quickly remove seeds from pumpkins or zucchinis, use an ice-cream scoop.
The details: A provision (section 230) of the Communications Decency Act broadly shields web platforms from legal liability for what their users post or for filtering offensive content.
Amid ongoing concern over the role of disinformation in the 2016 election, Facebook said Wednesday it found that more than 5,000 ads, costing more than $150,000, had been placed on its network between June 2015 and May 2017 from "inauthentic accounts" and Pages, likely from Russia.
Sex scandals, rows over terrorism, fears for its impact on social policy: the backlash against Big Tech has begun. Where will it end? Just a decade ago, Silicon Valley pitched itself as a savvy ambassador of a newer, cooler, more humane kind of capitalism.
Houston is the fourth-largest city in the country. It's home to the nation's largest refining and petrochemical complex, where billions of gallons of oil and dangerous chemicals are stored. And it's a sitting duck for the next big hurricane. Learn why Texas isn't ready. Hundreds of miles wide.
One day in August, 2016, the financier Carl Icahn made an urgent phone call to the Environmental Protection Agency. Icahn is one of the richest men on Wall Street, and he has thrived, in no small measure, because of a capacity to intimidate.
HONOLULU ― State Rep. Beth Fukumoto (D-Hawaii) received a letter in the mail after watching the violence unfold at the white supremacy rally in Virginia and seeing President Donald Trump’s mixed reaction to it. It was from a self-identified Trump supporter.
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At my Senate confirmation hearing a few years ago, I made a promise to the panel deciding my fate: never to use the phrase “there are no good options.
Each president faces defining moments in the wake of tragedy that test his character—and Trump left no illusion as to what his supporters are embracing. American presidents run for office with a set of promises, visions, and ideas of what they’d like to do if they win.
In the fall of 2012, I was in Moscow, at the embassy of a small Middle Eastern country. I was writing an article for The New York Times Magazine about an oligarch in Baku who wanted to build the tallest skyscraper in the world.
When Art Villa found out, after one too many boating accidents, that he needed a total knee replacement, he began asking around to see how much it would cost. The hospital near his home in Helena, Mont., would charge $40,000 for the procedure, he says.
There is a certain conditioning that occurs when one spends any length of time at some companies. Microsoft certainly rubbed off on me, and it was an experience I will never forget, but it was at IBM that I fully accepted and embraced my profession
The streaming giant has been accused of commissioning generic instrumental music to go on its hugely popular playlists – and save it millions in royalties. We take a listen
Here's an interesting factoid about contemporary policing: In 2014, for the first time ever, law enforcement officers took more property from American citizens than burglars did. Martin Armstrong pointed this out at his blog, Armstrong Economics, last week.
Want to learn multiple programming languages at once? Get this bundle of coding courses and 156 hours of instruction and pay what you want. The bundle covers everything from Ruby to Python to Java and Web development and Rails for various prices. Here's how the bundle promotion works.
Think of getting blockchain up and running in banking as a journey, not a destination. That was the message Tuesday from leading voices on distributed ledger technology.
This week, Marketplace Weekend is all about life after college. In our series, "Graduating into the Economy," we have stories and advice for recent grads — everything from career and credit basics to dream outfits, houseplants and homes. Gardening is not your grandmother's hobby anymore.
In last month’s column, “Triathlon on a budget” I included a picture of myself at my first triathlon, waiting for the all clear to go out on the bike. I was wearing a tennis shirt, run shorts, and gloves, all very non-PC. I remember my 3rd triathlon in the fall of 1999 more.
The basic concept of blockchain is quite simple: a distributed database that maintains a continuously growing list of ordered records. However, it is easy to get mixed up as usually when we talk about blockchains we also talk about the problems we are trying to solve with them.
On a steamy Saturday morning in June 2016, 48-year-old road racer Kim Ciolli lined up for the Women’s Master 40+ event at the St. Francis Tulsa Tough. Ciolli’s race was one in a series of prestigious criterium races held annually over a three-day weekend in the northern Oklahoma city.
On 14 January 2015, police agent Newton Ishii was waiting in Rio de Janeiro’s Galeão airport to meet the midnight flight from London. His mission was simple. A former executive of Brazil’s national oil company, Petrobras, was on the plane.
Right now, hundreds of apps across the globe are asking for bank credentials so that consumers can quickly get a mortgage, make a travel budget across multiple bank accounts or pay a friend’s bar bill.
When Warren Buffett started buying IBM shares towards the end of 2011 - a love affair that seems to have ended -- the company already had a turnaround strategy that suggested a brighter future.
IBM, one of the earliest companies to embrace the concept of employees working en masse from home or small satellite offices, has informed thousands of employees that it's time to return to the mothership—or find a new job.
Whatever words he utters, Trump has already shown that he will only continue a status quo legacy of violent American intervention in the Middle East Whatever words he utters, Trump has already shown that he will only continue a status quo legacy of violent American intervention in the
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In 2012, Kansas did what Donald Trump wants to do: it introduced huge tax cuts to try to boost growth. Today, the state is out of money – and residents are angry In 2012, Kansas did what Donald Trump wants to do: it introduced huge tax cuts to try to boost growth.
Not enough credit is given to 4 to 3 lane road diets. They can be a relatively low cost way to calm traffic, reduce crashes and provide bicycle lanes all in one resurfacing project.
There was lots of hand-wringing after the election about how the media had messed up.
Speech describes ‘obstacles’ to national security interests, but former official says it shows secretary of state is ‘clueless’ Speech describes ‘obstacles’ to national security interests, but former official says it shows secretary of state is ‘clueless’ 22.
Noah was the youngest victim killed in the 2012 school massacre. His parent talks about dealing with the conspiracy theorists and hoaxers who have taunted him ever since Noah was the youngest victim killed in the 2012 school massacre.
This could be an important victory for a new president, a major capitulation by an Indian IT company or the emergence of a new model for Indian IT in the face of a rapidly shifting business landscape -- or, as the case may be, all of the above.
Written by Valerie Bisharat on April 12, 2017. Originally published on the Evernote blog. If you’re reading the Evernote Blog, chances are you’re someone who loves to get things done. To move the needle.
In many ways, President Trump’s attempts to implement his hard-line immigration policies have not gone very well in his first three months. His travel ban aimed at some Muslim-majority countries has been blocked by the courts, his U.S.
In April, BBC Radio 3 and BBC R&D launched what we believe is another world-first for a classical radio network: audio delivered directly to your web browser with completely lossless compression.
Last January, in the wake of a retroactive doping violation, Usain Bolt was stripped of one of the three gold medals he won at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
The president’s 25 executive orders, 24 memorandums and 20 proclamations establish big goals, but few provide legislative prescriptions The president’s 25 executive orders, 24 memorandums and 20 proclamations establish big goals, but few provide legislative prescriptions 03.
You’ve probably heard the news that the celebrated post-WW II beating heart of America known as the middle class has gone from “burdened,” to “squeezed” to “dying.” But you might have heard less about what exactly is emerging in its place.
No one gets a break from Ian Hislop, not even relatives worried by these strange times. “My mother-in-law said to me, ‘It’s terrible, I can’t remember a time when I was more frightened.’” He scowls, still exasperated at the memory.
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Donald Trump doesn’t know what he’s talking about. This became clear when he said he realized dealing with North Korea was “not so easy” after 10 minutes with the Chinese president.
When Elephant and Castle's Heygate Estate was eventually torn down in 2014, many tenants were forcibly evicted from their homes, given compensation at less than 40 percent of the market value.
I’m frequently asked about the best ways to attain your ideal racing weight.
I live in Lafayette, Boulder County’s hot new food, drink and dining destination. Right. If you are laughing to yourself, don’t feel bad: You have a lot of company. Lafayette — Boulder’s cousin twice-removed on the other side of Louisville — has not been on the culinary radar for long.
Not all doctors take home the same amount of money. Orthopedists — doctors who treat bone and muscle problems — make the most on average. Pediatricians, or those who take care of children, earn the least.
NEW YORK -- The recent Republican debacle on health care could prove to be an opportunity. It highlighted, yet again, the complexity of America's system, which continues to be by far the most expensive and inefficient in the advanced world.
There’s a certain amount of nostalgia these days for 1950’s suburbs when men were men and ladies mopped linoleum floors in white pumps and pearls.
One of the biggest questions for Pebble owners following the company’s acquisition by Fitbit last year has been how long their watches would keep working going forward.
President Trump’s $1 trillion infrastructure plan is still in the nascent stages, but it’s a key part of his promise to create millions of jobs. Once upon a time, infrastructure was this country’s job.
Now Republicans want to undo the regulations that helped consumers and stabilized banking
DURANT, Okla. — At the Boys and Girls Club in this rural city in southern Oklahoma, the director is unsure how he will stay open if President Trump’s proposed budget goes through, eliminating money for several staff positions.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services quietly over the weekend released new guidance that computer programmers are no longer presumed to be eligible for H-1B visas.
Correction: Due to an error in the Post’s data analysis, an earlier version of this story misstated the number of counties with the nation’s highest participation rates in federal disability programs. The correct calculated estimate is 102 counties, not 136.
Well, globalization doesn’t give a damn. One week before the November election, Gregory Hayes, chairman and chief executive officer of United Technologies Corp., addressed a breakfast audience at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York City.
Congressional Democrats kicked off the first term of the Obama administration having controlled the House and Senate for just two years.
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Othello Village is on a plot of land behind a gas station, surrounded by a chain-link fence. It consists of 28 wooden huts and 12 tents that flap in a bitter Pacific wind. Residents share a shower, toilet and kitchen tent, with food stored in plastic boxes to keep out the rats.
Beijing - In his January inauguration speech, US President Donald Trump made a seemingly straightforward pledge: "We will follow two simple rules: buy American and hire American.
Even before being sworn in as President, Donald Trump jumped up and down at the chance to showcase the great deal he and Vice-President Mike Pence made to keep a Carrier plant in Indiana. The company pocketed $7 million in tax breaks in exchange for about 800 jobs.
There are 11 million of them, the best estimates say, laboring in American fields, atop half-built towers and in restaurant kitchens, and swelling American classrooms, detention centers and immigration courts.
WASHINGTON — Giants in telecommunications, like Verizon and AT&T, will not have to take “reasonable measures” to ensure that their customers’ Social Security numbers, web browsing history and other personal information are not stolen or accidentally released.
Every day, people face important medical decisions. When tough choices arise, we consult with our health care providers about the pros and cons of different treatment options. We meditate on our goals and fears. Some of us will turn to family or friends for advice. Some of us will pray.
Bikram Choudhury built hot yoga into a global brand, with trainees willing to pay him thousands. Then came the lawsuits – and a lawyer who now owns the business We’re 15 minutes into the Monday morning class at Hot 8 Yoga in Beverly Hills.
This essential capability is a blind spot for many nontech leaders.
In his 2013 message to GE shareholders, CEO Jeffrey R. Immelt wrote, “We believe that every industrial company will become a software company.
Giving press credentials to a pro-Trump blog is yet another attempt by the Trump administration to change the American public’s perception of reality The White House is being remade in Donald Trump’s image, and that includes the makeup of the press corps.
The record industry seemed headed for oblivion in the early Nineties and then something unexpected happened. A whole new generation of music lovers created a vinyl renaissance that continues to grow at a surprising rate.
President Trump: "We are getting such praise for our stance because and it's a stance of common sense.
Donald Trump ran for president boasting of his supposedly legendary negotiating and management skills while promising that he alone could fix the problems ailing the country.
The 8 Ivy League schools are among the most prestigious colleges in the world. They include Brown, Harvard, Cornell, Princeton, Dartmouth, Yale, and Columbia universities, and the University of Pennsylvania. All eight schools place in the top fifteen of the U.S.
The Trump administration continued to play loose with facts in week three. President Trump took aim at one of his favorite targets — the media — accusing them of not reporting terrorist attacks. The very list of attacks the White House released hours later contradicted those claims.
It only took three weeks into the real estate magnate’s presidency for this statement to be proven false.
Being president is harder than Donald Trump thought, according to aides and allies who say that he’s growing increasingly frustrated with the challenges of running the massive federal bureaucracy.
The triathlon will feature 32 of the best professional triathletes in the world, including three Cleveland-area natives. Each athlete will swim 300 meters, bike 4 miles and run 1 mile at Edgewater Park. This triathlon engages and excites spectators with its unique short, fast paced structure.
This article was originally published on TechRepublic. While Google Fiber is still reeling from its big pivot last fall, there are signs that Google Fiber 2.0 is emerging from the ashes of Google's most ambitious moonshot.
The chief information security officer for the White House's Executive Office of the President has been removed from his position, sources have confirmed.
That’s the question behind the new Chrome extension Data Selfie.
Judges upheld order issued last week to prevent 90-day travel ban from seven Muslim-majority countries and 120-day freeze on US admission of any refugees Donald Trump’s controversial travel ban suffered a major setback on Thursday after a panel of three judges upheld an injunction against t
Despite turbulence and other conditions keeping airplanes off-course 90 percent of flight time, most flights arrive in the correct destination at the intended time.
The two men burst into a fit of conspiratorial laughter. They continued to laugh.
This week the President of the United States accused mainstream media of insufficiently covering terrorist attacks. Kaleida’s new analytics and insight tools which we are launching today show clearly that this is not true.
As over-leveraged investment houses began to fail in September 2008, the leaders of the Republican and Democratic parties, of major corporations, and opinion leaders stretching from the National Review magazine (and the Wall Street Journal) on the right to the Nation magazine on the left, agreed t
A microservices architecture isn't for everybody. It may be untenable for small companies with limited IT resources. For companies with adequately performing legacy systems, it may not be worth the trouble to attempt to break parts of their systems down into microservices.
Lately we’ve been on a bit of a tear internally working to eliminate operational complexity from our business. Complexity is like addiction… It comes on slowly, forming weak bonds that you can barely feel.
Just days before his inauguration, President-elect Donald J.
Good news, folks – our new president says he’s planning a “tax holiday” for you! Counter conformity. Stand out with Lowdown gear. Well… not directly for you.
Donald Trump speaks during a news conference on Wednesday in New York, his first as president-elect. For the first time in 167 days, President-elect Donald Trump held a wide-ranging news conference.
By most any measure, the secretary of education is one of the least powerful cabinet positions. The secretary is 16th in the line of succession to the presidency.
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Betsy DeVos, whom Donald Trump has nominated as education secretary, doesn’t know basic education terms, doesn’t know about federal statutes governing special education, but thinks school officials should carry guns to defend against grizzly bears.
The COMPLETE 4-page Guide to Surviving an Authoritarian Regime, in graphic form -With love, your Eastern European friends#LearnFromEurope
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