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New York’s High Line park marks 10 years of transformation

NEW YORK — When the High Line park opened in New York City, then-Mayor Michael Bloomberg predicted the transformation of the abandoned, elevated freight line into an artsy public promenade would be “an extraordinary gift to our city’s future.” A decade later, there’s no question the High Line has been a resounding success as an [...]

By | 2019-06-13T08:54:40+00:00 Wednesday, June 12, 2019|

‘Homework gap’ shows millions of students lack home internet access

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — With no computer or internet at home, Raegan Byrd’s homework assignments present a nightly challenge: How much can she get done using just her smartphone? On the tiny screen, she switches between web pages for research projects, losing track of tabs whenever friends send messages. She uses her thumbs to tap [...]

By | 2019-06-13T09:13:16+00:00 Wednesday, June 12, 2019|

U.S.-China trade war sparks worries about rare minerals

PHOENIX — Rising trade tensions between the U.S. and China have sparked worries about the 17 exotic-sounding rare earth minerals needed for high-tech products like robotics, drones and electric cars. China recently raised tariffs to 25 percent on rare earth exports to the U.S. and has threatened to halt exports altogether after the Trump administration [...]

By | 2019-06-13T09:14:33+00:00 Wednesday, June 12, 2019|

Free traders no more? GOP warms up to Trump’s use of tariffs

WASHINGTON — Even with President Donald Trump backing off his threat to slap tariffs on goods from Mexico, his transformation of Republican Party trade policy is nearly complete. Republican lawmakers usually don’t like tariffs. They’re viewed as a tax on consumers and unwanted government intervention in free trade. But many Republicans, unwilling to buck Trump, [...]

By | 2019-06-13T09:14:48+00:00 Wednesday, June 12, 2019|

Strong job market hampers FEMA hiring in flood-hit states

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The Federal Emergency Management Agency is facing an unexpected challenge in meeting the needs of the many people affected by this spring’s widespread flooding and violent storms: a strong economy. Tasked with responding to natural disasters that seem ever more frequent and destructive, the agency finds itself further challenged by the [...]

By | 2019-06-13T09:15:06+00:00 Wednesday, June 12, 2019|

Progressives out to oust 2020 House Democrats try to focus fervor

WASHINGTON (AP) — Activists hoping to defeat House Democrats in next year’s primary elections with more progressive and diverse challengers are assessing how to cope with unintended consequences of their 2018 success, even as they hunt for their next Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez . Ocasio-Cortez, of course, is the 29-year-old bartender who last year upset the [...]

By | 2019-06-13T09:15:16+00:00 Wednesday, June 12, 2019|

Senior citizens more likely to work beyond the age of 65 in big metropolitan areas

CHICAGO (AP) — Seniors in major metropolitan areas, especially in the Northeast and around Washington, D.C., are more likely to continue working past age 65 than those in other areas around the country, according to an analysis of Census data by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. “Those are the areas where all [...]

By | 2019-06-13T09:15:26+00:00 Wednesday, June 12, 2019|