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US consumer prices flat in January

US consumer prices flat in January

WASHINGTON (AP) — Consumer prices were unchanged in January, as lower gasoline prices offset the rising costs of housing, clothing and medical care.
The Labor Department said the consumer price index rose only 1.6 percent last month from a year earlier. That matched the slowest pace of annual inflation since June 2017.
I ... (full story)


States look to boost oversight of struggling small colleges

States look to boost oversight of struggling small colleges

POULTNEY, Vt. (AP) — After 185 years of educating students on its campus of brick buildings on Poultney's main street, Green Mountain College announced last month it would close after this academic year, leaving hundreds of students scrambling to figure out where to go next.
The liberal arts college, which saw enrollment dr ... (full story)


China's Huawei soft power push raises hard questions

China's Huawei soft power push raises hard questions

TORONTO (AP) — Canada's national game — brought to you by China's Huawei.
As a nasty diplomatic feud deepens between the two countries over the tech company, involving arrests and execution orders, it hasn't gone unnoticed that Huawei's bright red fan-shaped logo is plastered prominently on the set of "Hockey Nig ... (full story)


Art by Kinkade and Hockney

Dear Mr. Berko: I have four original oil paintings by Thomas Kinkade. I bought them about 25 years ago and paid over $6,000 for each of them. I love them, and it gives me great pleasure to look at them, but because I am moving to an assisted living facility and will have no room for these paintings, I need to sell them. I thought I' ... (full story)


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Sherrod Brown defends decision not to endorse Green New Deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Sherrod Brown, a potential 2020 Democratic presidential contender, shrugged off arguments from liberals on Tuesday that signing onto the climate change plan known as the Green New Deal is essential to winning over the party's base.
"I don't need to co-sponsor every bill that others think they nee ... (full story)


Blackface scandal prompts others to confront their memories

Blackface scandal prompts others to confront their memories

Mark Acosta remembers so many of the details. He was in fourth grade in a predominantly Hispanic mining town in Arizona and his teachers painted his face black for a play where he portrayed comedian Flip Wilson and his character Geraldine.
Acosta, now 57, thought nothing of it at the time. But several years later he said he reali ... (full story)


Drill sergeant gets 18 months for crash that killed recruits

FORT JACKSON, S.C. (AP) — A U.S. Army drill sergeant who said he was exhausted and working on four hours of sleep on the orders of his superiors will serve 18 months in prison for killing two recruits during a training accident at Fort Jackson in South Carolina.
Staff Sgt. Andrew Marrow was sentenced Tuesday, a day after he ... (full story)


Disability comp. can be denied if injured worker refuses additional exams

An injured worker seeking workers’ compensation benefits may be subjected to additional medical examinations if the state explains why other exams would be necessary or helpful in determining the worker’s eligibility, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled recently.
In a unanimous per curiam decision, the Supreme Court affirmed ... (full story)


Column: How urban agriculture can improve food security in US cities

(THE CONVERSATION) During the partial federal shutdown in December 2018 and January 2019, news reports showed furloughed government workers standing in line for donated meals. These images were reminders that for an estimated one out of eight Americans, food insecurity is a near-term risk.
In California, where I teach, 80 percent ... (full story)


Sen. Brown among lawmakers going after Big Pharma's prices

Sen. Brown among lawmakers going after Big Pharma's prices

A quartet of federal lawmakers has decided to go after the industry known as Big Pharma in new legislation announced recently.
The Stop Price Gouging Act would hold drug companies accountable for large price increases and should result in billions of dollars in savings for taxpayers, Democrat Sens. Sherrod Brown of Ohio and Kirst ... (full story)