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    Michigan business groups oppose proposed border tax

    Michigan business organizations want to put the brakes on a section of the GOP tax reform plan that would tax goods imported into the country, arguing that the measure could burden import-dependent companies such as car makers. A study released this month by Freedom Partners, a nonprofit, nonpartisan policy institute, found that Michigan would be ground zero in terms of […]

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    Pentagon probes Trump’s ex-adviser Flynn over foreign payments

    The Pentagon inspector general has launched an investigation into whether Michael Flynn, U.S. President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser, accepted money from foreign entities without the required approval, according to a letter released by House Democrats on Thursday. The new probe compounds the legal problems Flynn faces for taking hundreds of thousands of dollars from the state-run Russia Today […]

Michigan business groups oppose proposed border tax

Michigan business organizations want to put the brakes on a section of the GOP tax reform plan that would tax goods imported into the country, arguing that the measure could burden import-dependent companies such as car makers. A study released this month by Freedom Partners, a nonprofit, nonpartisan policy institute, found that Michigan would be ground zero in terms of […]

  • Donald Trump has spent 97 days in constant motion. But what has he actually done?

    If he’s not tweeting about something or hosting members of Congress at the White House, he’s huddled with a foreign leader at Mar-a-Lago or putting his John Hancock on some executive action or order. Or boasting about how much he’s gotten done. “No administration has accomplished more in the first 90 days,” Trump said earlier this month. The truth is […]

  • Sony sees surge in chip demand pushing profit nearing 20-year record

    Sony Corp on Friday said it expects annual profit to surge 73 percent, closing in on a two decade-old record, as its cash-cow image sensor business recovers from quake damage just as smartphone makers start loading handsets with more sensors. Sony forecast 500 billion yen ($4.50 billion) in operating profit for the year ending March, just a few billion shy […]

  • Amazon creates 1,200 jobs at warehouse equipped with advanced robotics

    Amazon is to create 1,200 new permanent jobs as it opens a new warehouse in Warrington where staff will work alongside the online retail giant’s robots. The US group said the new fulfilment centre, part of a significant expansion across the UK, will take its workforce in Britain to 24,000 by the end of this year. Amazon will be hiring […]

  • How can I free up some disk space on my Windows 10 PC?

    Before we start, I must remind you that you are totally responsible for your own PC and all your personal data. If you are going to run programs that delete files, or worse, you must have everything securely backed up first. 10 includes a backup program that can back up your hard drive and also take a disk image. It’s also […]

  • Qualcomm says Apple to stop paying royalties, cuts profit forecast

    Qualcomm Inc said on Friday Apple Inc will not pay royalties to its contract manufacturers, that are owed to the chipmaker, for sales made in the first quarter of 2017. Qualcomm, the largest maker of chips used in smartphones, also said the iPhone maker will withhold further payments until the ongoing legal dispute with Qualcomm is resolved. Apple sued Qualcomm […]

  • Top Foxconn executives visit White House, but mum on details

    Top executives of Foxconn, including founder and chairman Terry Gou, visited the White House on Thursday, Taiwanese TV footage showed, as the Apple Inc supplier ponders a $7 billion-plus U.S. investment in a display-making plant. Footage aired by TVBS television on Friday showed Gou entering and leaving one of the entry gates of the White House with senior company executives […]

  • Futures little changed ahead of first-qtr GDP data

    U.S. stock index futures were little changed on Friday as investors awaited the first-quarter report on gross domestic product, while assessing quarterly earnings. * The Nasdaq Composite is on track to post gains for the sixth straight month, after closing at a record high on Thursday, following stellar earnings from tech heavyweights. * Amazon rose 3.4 percent at $949.50 in premarket […]

  • Pret a Manger launches charm offensive to recruit British workers

    Pret a Manger has embarked on a charm offensive to attract more British workers as it faces up to potential staff shortages after Brexit. “Traditionally at Pret we just had our recruitment centre and everybody just came to us,” said its chief executive, Clive Schlee. “Now we are preparing for the future by reaching out ourselves.” The company had relied […]

  • AstraZeneca shareholders revolt over chief executive’s $13m pay

    AstraZeneca has suffered another shareholder revolt over executive pay, with two-fifths opposing a £13m package for its chief executive. Nearly 39% of investors voted against the pharmaceutical group’s 2016 remuneration report at its annual meeting in London, similar to the rebellion it faced three years ago. Support for the new pay policy was much stronger, with 96% of investors backing […]

  • Barclays chief admits he ‘made a mistake’ over whistleblowing case

    Jes Staley, the chief executive of Barclays, has admitted he made a mistake in his repeated attempts to unmask a whistleblower but said he did not offer his resignation over the scandal. The American is under mounting pressure after a shareholder advisory service, ISS, advised investors to abstain from backing his re-election to the board at next month’s annual general […]

  • Blood test predicts kids at risk for dengue shock syndrome

    The most serious, life-threatening complication of dengue infection is dengue shock syndrome (DSS), seen primarily in children. Daily platelet counts in children in the early stages of dengue can predict those most at risk for DSS, researchers report in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases. More than a third of the world’s population lives in areas at risk for dengue virus infection, […]

  • Artificial Intelligence Shows Potential to Fight Blindness

    Researchers from the Byers Eye Institute at Stanford University have found a way to use artificial intelligence to fight a complication of diabetes that affects the eyes. This advance has the potential to reduce the worldwide rate of vision loss due to diabetes. In a study published online in Ophthalmology, the journal of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the researchers […]

  • For first time, researchers measure forces that align crystals and help them snap together

    Like two magnets being pulled toward each other, tiny crystals twist, align and slam into each other, but due to an altogether different force. For the first time, researchers have measured the force that draws them together and visualized how they swivel and align. Called van der Waals forces, the attraction provides insights into how crystals self-assemble, an activity that […]

  • How plants form their sugar transport routes

    In experiments on transport tissues in plants, researchers from Heidelberg University were able to identify factors of crucial importance for the formation of the plant tissue known as phloem. According to Prof. Dr Thomas Greb of the Centre for Organismal Studies (COS), these factors differ from all previously known factors that trigger the specification of cells. The findings of the […]

  • Boxed warehouse brings in robot workers — keeps humans too

    Robots may be infiltrating the warehouse where she works, but Veronica Mena is welcoming them with open arms. Mena, 33, works at Boxed, an e-commerce retailer competing with bulk stores like Costco and Sam’s Club. Mena joined in September 2016 as a “picker,” selecting ordered items from the warehouse. After about a month Mena was promoted to her current role […]

  • Samsung Galaxy S8+ review: the best plus-sized screen you can buy

    Having hit a home run with the smaller Galaxy S8, is Samsung’s Galaxy S8+ the bigger-screen phone to beat? The Galaxy S8 and S8+ are practically identical metal and glass sandwiches, but the S8+ is 10.6mm taller, 5.3mm wider, 0.1mm thicker and 18g heavier than the S8, with a screen-to-body ratio of over 83%. Like the S8, it is unusually […]

  • Nintendo announces 2DS XL – and doesn’t care about your rules

    It seems as though Nintendo is trolling the entire games industry. Two months ago it launched the Switch, a strange hybrid of portable device and home console that everyone thought was filling a market gap that didn’t exist. It has now shipped almost 3m units, making it the company’s most successful roll-out since the Wii. It was also thought that […]

  • ASML files patent countersuit against Japan’s Nikon

    ASML, Europe’s largest supplier to semiconductor manufacturers, said on Friday it had filed patent infringement cases against Nikon in Japan, a response to legal action taken by Nikon against the Dutch company. The lawsuits involve semiconductor manufacturing equipment, flat panel display manufacturing equipment and digital cameras. They were brought by ASML on its own and jointly with its strategic partner […]

  • Exclusive: Tesla’s Klaus Grohmann ousted after clash with CEO Musk – sources leftright 2/2leftright

    Tesla executive Klaus Grohmann was ousted last month after a clash with Chief Executive Elon Musk over the strategy of Grohmann’s firm, which Tesla had acquired in November, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters. The Silicon Valley luxury electric carmaker is counting on Grohmann Engineering’s automation and engineering expertise to help it ramp up production to 500,000 cars […]

  • U.S. refiners bet on strong exports to balance market

    U.S. refiners have come out of maintenance season betting that big exports to Mexico and South America will help alleviate high product inventories and boost margins as the critical summer driving season nears. The first wave of earnings results from several large independent U.S. refiners showed that they are not chasing U.S. gasoline profits, due to already high inventories and […]

  • Google’s search for non-ad revenue puts spotlight on cloud, Pixel

    Alphabet Inc’s non-advertising business, which houses its cloud unit, Pixel smartphones and the Play store, has long been sandwiched between Google’s advertising juggernaut and its moonshot ventures that have captured popular imagination. Not any more. The business, categorized as “Other Revenue” in its earnings report, posted a 49.4 percent jump in revenue to $3.10 billion on Thursday – a sum […]

  • Poor working families face big losses from benefit cuts, says IFS

    Low-income working families face significant reductions in income as a result of planned cuts to benefits, according to the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS). The thinktank says the freeze in benefit rates and cuts to child tax credit, coupled with the rollout of universal credit, which has become less generous as a result of changes to work allowances, signal “large […]

  • Energy bill caps put billions in investment at risk, say suppliers

    Theresa May’s plan to cap gas and electricity bills could put billions of investment in the UK at risk by creating huge uncertainty over government intentions, according to the body representing the big six energy suppliers. In one of the strongest warnings yet about the impact of the cap on standard variable tariffs pledged by the Conservatives, Energy UK protested […]

  • ir Martin Sorrell’s pay package plunges from £70m to £48m

    Sir Martin Sorrell received £48m in remuneration last year as WPP, the marketing and advertising company he founded and runs, moved to curb the level of his future payouts to avoid further clashes with investors. Sorrell, who has been on the receiving end of a string of shareholder voting revolts at WPP’s annual meetings in recent years, received total pay, […]

  • Food insecurity can affect your mental health

    Food insecurity (FI) affects nearly 795 million people worldwide. Although a complex phenomenon encompassing food availability, affordability, utilization, and even the social norms that define acceptable ways to acquire food, FI can affect people’s health beyond its impact on nutrition. A new study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine determined that FI was associated with poorer mental health […]

  • Diabetes app forecasts blood sugar levels

    Columbia University researchers have developed a personalized algorithm that predicts the impact of particular foods on an individual’s blood sugar levels. The algorithm has been integrated into an app, Glucoracle, that will allow individuals with type 2 diabetes to keep a tighter rein on their glucose levels — the key to preventing or controlling the major complications of a disease […]

  • Ssafer alternative to lithium-ion batteries

    Researchers at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory’s (NRL) Chemistry Division have developed a safer alternative to fire-prone lithium-ion batteries, which were recently banned for some applications on Navy ships and other military platforms. Joseph Parker, Jeffrey Long, and Debra Rolison from NRL’s Advanced Electrochemical Materials group are leading an effort to create an entire family of safer, water-based, zinc batteries. […]

  • Tibetan people have multiple adaptations for life at high altitudes

    The Tibetan people have inherited variants of five different genes that help them live at high altitudes, with one gene originating in the extinct human subspecies, the Denisovans. Hao Hu and Chad Huff of the University of Texas, Houston, and colleagues report these findings in a new study published April 27th, 2017 in PLOS Genetics. The people of Tibet have […]