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French Police Call In The Armored Vehicles Ahead Of More Protests

Police in Paris are bracing for a fifth straight weekend of violent protests and are preparing to deploy armored vehicles and thousands of officers to maintain control, the Associated Press reports. Armored vehicles patrolled the streets of Paris for the first time since World War II last weekend as thousands of protesters in the “yellow vest” movement, which started in ...

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Apple Is Dropping $1 Billion To Put 5,000 Jobs In Texas With Expansions Planned In Major Cities

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Apple is investing $1 billion to nearly double its workforce in Texas and is hiring thousands more employees in offices across the U.S., the company announced Thursday. Apple is building on to its Austin, Texas, campus and adding 5,000 new jobs on top of the 6,000 strong workforce already employed. The tech company is also establishing new campuses in San ...

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Joe Manchin To Be The Top Democrat On Senate Energy Committee

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Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia secured the top Democratic spot on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Tuesday, despite environmental activists lobbying against him. The environmental wing of the Democrat Party has been critical of Manchin over his support for fossil fuels, and Manchin as ranking Democrat on the Senate energy committee may be an added hurdle to ...

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Execs At Michael Bloomberg’s Company Expected To Be Arrested For Fraud

The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office (DA) and New York state police are expected to arrest several senior executives in former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s finance company on fraud charges Tuesday, The New York Times reported. The executives are expected to be a part of a larger arrest of roughly a dozen senior executives spanning several companies involved in ...

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France’s Economy Is Reeling From Anti-Carbon Tax Protests |

Protests and riots across France are taking a toll on the country’s economy as demonstrators leave work, damage and loot stores and discourage tourism. “I’m not in a situation to make a clear assessment of the level of impact but I can tell you it will be an important one on the attractiveness of France,” French finance minister Bruno Le ...

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Winter Storm Leaves Hundreds Of Thousands Without Power In The South

Hundreds of thousands are without power as a winter storm continues to pummel parts of the South with heavy snow, ABC News reports. The storm dropped roughly 2 feet of snow on parts of Virginia and 10 to 20 inches of powder on parts of North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and West Virginia. Parts of Georgia and Kentucky received ...

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French Officials Were Warned A Carbon Tax Could Spark Riots. They Didn’t Listen

French protests over a now-scrapped carbon tax proposal are entering their fourth week, but French officials could have avoided the marches and looting if they had listened to scientists’ warnings about green reforms beforehand. French climate scientist Valérie Masson-Delmotte – co-chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) – and a team of experts met with members of the ...

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What’s The Shipping Industry’s Answer To Global Warming? Bring Back ‘Sails’

Shipping companies are considering a modern version of a centuries-old concept to power tankers essential for international trade and travel, The Washington Post reports. Tech companies are pitching “rotor sails,” which look like spinning columns, to shipping companies who are beginning to test the motors on select ships. When enough wind is present, the columns spin and help propel the ship ...

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November Jobs Report: 155,000 Jobs Added, Unemployment Steady At 3.7 Percent

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The U.S. economy added 155,000 jobs through the month of November and the unemployment rate held steady at 3.7 percent, according to Department of Labor (DOL) data released Friday. Wages hit 3.1 percent growth over a year last month, the first time in nearly a decade that wages have broken the 3 percent benchmark. Wage growth held steady at 3.1 percent ...

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REPORT: Trump To Roll Back Obama Rule On ‘Waters Of The US’

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The Trump administration is expected to reign in the application of the “Waters of the U.S.,” or WOTUS, rule of the Clean Water Act next week, E&E News reports. Landowners have often complained about the wide-ranging definition of what qualifies as “waters of the U.S.” under federal regulation. The rule has been used to justify hefty fines for harming bodies of ...

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Fresh Off His Mishandling Of Anti-Carbon Tax Riots, Macron Plans ANOTHER Tax

France is pushing the European Union to adopt a new tax on big tech companies, but, if unsuccessful, is willing to implement the tax itself, the Financial Times reports. “We will do it at a national level in 2019, we will tax the digital giants if European states do not take responsibility,” French finance minister Bruno Le Maire said according ...

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Trump Proposes To Torch Obama’s ‘One-Size-Fits-All’ Approach To Sage Grouse Conservation

The Trump administration released plans Thursday to scale back federal greater sage grouse protections, folding in state-crafted plans and loosening federal regulations. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke ordered a review of the 2015 federal sage grouse conservation plan in June 2017. The 2015 plan crafted under former President Barack Obama was meant to protect the species while leaving it off the ...

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Carbon Tax Revolt Tarnishes France’s Green Image At UN Climate Talks

Environmentalists at COP24, a United Nations climate conference in Katowice, Poland, are worried that France is setting a bad example by backing off a climate tax after hundreds of thousands protested. French President Emmanuel Macron postponed a gas tax hike Tuesday for six months after the proposal ignited protests that have lasted over two weeks. The protesters, known as “yellow ...

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Students Join Anti-Macron Protests By Lighting Fires And Turning Over Cars

French students are flipping over cars, looting shops and setting buildings on fire after joining protests and riots across the country over a proposed carbon tax, according to ABC News. French President Emmanuel Macron temporarily suspended the carbon tax proposal Tuesday. The “yellow vest” protesters, named after the neon yellow vests they wear, called off talks with Macron’s administration Monday citing “security concerns” after ...

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French ‘Yellow Vest’ Protesters Scrap Talks With Macron

French “yellow vest” protesters cut off talks with the French government Monday after a weekend of renewed protests and riots, German news service Deutsche Welle reports. Representatives of the protesters were scheduled to meet with French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe Tuesday but backed out of the talks over “security reasons.” Fellow “yellow vests,” named after the bright yellow traffic vests ...

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