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December 8, 2017 Why are ferocious wildfires plaguing southern California?

Source: The Guardian

A combination of short and longer-term events have conspired to spark a ring of fires that have dotted the Los Angeles area

December 8, 2017 Do Vanguard and BlackRock Own Too Much of Corporate America?

Source: Morningstar

Among his research interests is the question of the increasing concentration of ownership in corporate America, including the role of institutional investors. A recent paper he cowrote, in which he proposes limiting the companies...

December 8, 2017 Fracking Is a Huge American Money Pit

Source: Mother Jones

I learned something new today. Every year, fracking operations in the United States produce more than a billion barrels of oil and gas. And we’re basically just giving it all away:

December 8, 2017 The richest 1 percent now owns more of the country’s wealth than at any time in the past 50 years

Source: Washington Post

The wealthiest 1 percent of American households own 40 percent of the country's wealth, according to a new paper by economist Edward N. Wolff. That share is higher than it has been at any point since at least 1962, according to...

December 8, 2017 Thousands of Christmas 'must-have' toys seized and destroyed at Heathrow Airport due to 'safety risk'

Source: Get Surrey (UK)

Plastic animals that have been branded as this year's "must-have" Christmas toys have been seized at Heathrow Airport over safety concerns.

December 8, 2017 Dementia will ‘overwhelm healthcare’

Source: The Times

Dementia cases will triple around the world within a generation, the World Health Organisation has warned.

December 8, 2017 Brexit: Breakthrough in Brussels after week of drama - text/video

Source: CNN

London - The UK and the European Union reached a significant milestone in their pursuit of a Brexit deal on Friday, breaking a deadlock that allows talks to move on to a crucial second phase.

December 8, 2017 Bitcoin tops $16,000, and its $271B market value passes Home Depot's

Source: USA Today

The Bitcoin gold rush accelerated Thursday as the world's best-known digital currency barreled through $14,000, $15,000 and $16,000 in an extraordinary price run-up that now values the cryptocurrency at $271 billion, eclipsing...

December 8, 2017 Editorial: Water woes are a clear health crisis

Source: Stuff

EDITORIAL: Clean drinking water is a basic expectation in a prosperous, first-world country like New Zealand. This makes it astonishing that as many as one in five of us could get sick from the simple act of drinking from the...

December 8, 2017 America, it's time to get ready for the flu Karen Kaplan

Source: LA Times

You may not have given influenza much thought, but that’s OK — health officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have been doing it for you. They say the virus had been lying low through October, but that’s...

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