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Mortgage rates rise amid positive housing news
The average for the popular 30-year fixed rate mortgage rose to 2.90 percent this week, still near historic lows.
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This $3.4 Billion Suez Crisis Looked Avoidable
Weeks of backroom talks have only led to an increasingly bitter feud.
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Supreme Court brinkmanship, ‘anarchist’ cities are latest stops on road to autocracy
Experts on authoritarianism have expressed alarm over the use of federal powers and agencies to monitor, attack and punish perceived political opponents.
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Banning Gas-Powered Cars Can’t Happen Soon Enough
California’s prohibition on the sale of new fossil-fuel cars from 2035 doesn’t seem all that radical.
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Netflix Needs Its Own ‘90 Day Fiance’
Discovery is quietly nailing guilty-pleasure reality-TV programming on its TLC and HGTV channels. Netflix and HBO should take notice.
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Internal USPS documents link changes behind mail slowdowns to top executives
Newly obtained records appear in conflict with months of Postal Service assertions that blamed lower-level managers for strategies tied to delivery delays.
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Another 870,000 workers filed for jobless benefits last week
Last week marks the fourth consecutive week that first-time filings for unemployment benefits came in below 1 million. Yet weekly jobless claims remain painfully high by historic standards, six months into the pandemic.
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Group of Apple adversaries aims to curb alleged bullying
A coalition of nine companies formed Thursday with the aim of reigning in Apple’s power. The group, called the Coalition for App Fairness, submitted ten principles for the App Store that it says would allow for more competition, fairness and innovation in the mobile app industry.
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My co-workers won’t wear face masks and it’s stressing me out
A junior staffer is instructed by bosses to "call them out" if they forget to wear masks at work. But they're still not changing their careless ways.
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Homeowners collaborate with designers and elevate a project to success
Clients can benefit by listening, asking questions and embracing patience
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Working From Home in a Pandemic Is Not Shirking It
Earning a salary while staying safe at home is a luxury. But the drawbacks shouldn’t be ignored, either.
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Study: D.C. is among the least affordable places to buy a home
TOWN SQUARE | In the District, the median household income covers 13.5 percent of the median home price.
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Why Modi’s Laws to Liberalize Farming Worry Farmers
New legislation in India aims to fundamentally overhaul the way farm goods are produced and sold in the country of 1.3 billion people, almost half of whom depend on agriculture for their livelihood. A decades-old system of farmers selling mainly through state-run wholesale markets is being opened up in what Prime Minister Narendra Modi says marks a watershed moment that will help make India more self-reliant. Opposition parties and even one of Modi’s allies say it will leave those working the la
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The Big Short Meets the Sovereign Wealth Fund
Rolls-Royce is reportedly mulling sovereign wealth fund support for a capital hike. That might be a sign of market fatigue. But an anchor investor would more than compensate.
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Hydrogen Breaks Through as the Hottest Thing in Green Energy
Wind and solar power are the main focus in the fight against climate change, but there are sources of greenhouse gases they can’t clean up. Manufacturing steel, cement and chemicals has traditionally required fossil fuels, either to burn to create the extreme temperatures needed, or as raw materials and catalysts for chemical reactions. That’s why hydrogen is becoming the new climate bet. It burns far more cleanly than fossil fuels, can stand in for carbon in some reactions and so-called green h
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Amazon announces new video game streaming service, partnership with Ubisoft
Amazon will wade into the game-streaming waters already occupied by Microsoft and Google.
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Active Managers Are Suffering a Perilous Pandemic
The failure of stock pickers to outpace their benchmarks poses an existential risk to the active fund management industry. It turns out their bond counterparts are equally bad. 
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Coronavirus may just sink the world’s video game museums
When people go to a video game museum, they want to play video games. That's a big obstacle to reopening.
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Why the WTO Is Caught in Trump’s Trade-War Crossfire: QuickTake
After a quarter century serving as the global arbiter of commerce, the World Trade Organization is facing an existential moment in an era of rising protectionism. The U.S. under President Donald Trump has called for a fundamental reset at the institution and sabotaged its ability to settle disputes. A key U.S. goal at the WTO has been to challenge China’s state-led approach to trade and investment, an aim shared by Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. Acknowledging that the WTO has faile
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How Biden Might Change Trump’s Immigration Policies
Long before the U.S. tightened its borders to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, President Donald Trump set about reshaping America’s immigration system with a nationalist and isolationist bent. 
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トランプ大統領は保守派判事を米最高裁に送り込めるか-QuickTake
米連邦最高裁判事は大統領が指名し、上院が承認手続きを行うと憲法は規定しているが、憲法が定める最高裁判事の要件は「品行方�」ただ一つだけだ。詳細の詰めと攻防は�会に任されており、最高裁判事でどちらが多数を占めるかを巡り、保守派とリベラル派との争いがここ数年あからさまに繰り広げられた。
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Modi Bets the Farm. It Was About Time
India’s anti-competitive market in agriculture needed to go. Now, the challenge is making sure a worse system doesn’t replace it.
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Apple and Fitbit smartwatch claims get ahead of what their gadgets can accurately and reliably do
It’s particularly deceptive at a time when many people are looking to health monitors for any clue they may have covid-19.
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The new Apple Watch says my lungs may be sick. Or perfect. It can’t decide.
Both the Apple Watch Series 6 and Fitbit Sense have new blood-oxygen apps. They’re mostly useless.
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Tesla built a network of connected cars. What happens when it goes down?
Owners reported their cars weren't connecting to the internet Wednesday, though the issue appeared to have resolved a short time later.
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TikTok asks court for injunction to stall impending ban
TikTok has withdrawn its lawsuit against the Trump administration as it works against a deadline to avoid a deal in the U.S.
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Cranky customers, masked smiles redefine workplace culture: ’Feels like we’re strangers'
In another outgrowth of the pandemic, service sector workers say they are losing out on tips and other pay predicated on engaging customers.
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Peloton Gets Wake-Up Call With Amazon Prime Bike Scare
After a surge in demand from homebound fitness buffs, Peloton faces a raft of challenges and potential stiff competition from heavy hitters.
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