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Fodor’s says this U.S. state is a ‘no go’ zone along with Myanmar and Cuba
The travel publication cited violence against minorities as a reason for adding it to the list.
Warren Buffett prefers flip phones — and he’s not alone
More than three-quarters of Americans have smartphones, but others like the simplicity (and cost) of the flip.
Diet Coke now comes in 4 new flavors — here’s why you should still avoid it
A slew of studies raise questions about the safety of artificially sweetened sodas.
2017 was the worst year yet for robocalls
Cruise companies are paying up for hitting consumers with robocalls.
Winter storms make people go crazy for honey butter biscuits and hibachi fried rice
Some dishes surge in popularity on GrubHub during bad winter weather.
Why $1 million can’t buy you a luxury home anymore
There are more homes worth $5 million-plus than ever before.
Kids in America are far more at risk of dying than in other wealthy countries
Children are more likely to die in the U.S. than in other wealthy OECD nations.
Why women are turning their backs on jobs in Silicon Valley
A new Pew report reports that women are opting out of some lucrative jobs.
Hate the taste of kale? Artificial intelligence could help
One company is using AI to grow beautiful lettuce without chemicals.
White men who can’t get jobs say they’re being discriminated against
A new Pew survey indicates that some STEM workers believe they’re victims of reverse discrimination.
Elsewhere on MarketWatch
Agents raid dozens of 7-Eleven stores across U.S. in immigration crackdown
Federal immigration authorities swarmed nearly 100 convenience stores in 18 states and the District of Columbia on Wednesday morning and warned businesses that the Trump administration’s hard-line stance on immigration applies to them too.
PwC barred from issuing audit opinions in India for two years
The Indian markets regulator has barred all of PricewaterhouseCoopers member firms in the country from issuing audit opinions to any listed company in the country for two years on Wednesday, as a result of its nine-year investigation of India’s biggest ever fraud, Satyam.
$26.33 instead of $15.99 a case? Costco shows Seattle customers just how much soda tax costs them
Costco has adopted a novel way to show its objection to a new soda tax in Seattle: It’s telling customers just how much the tax will cost and encouraging them to buy soft drinks outside the city.
Trump Today: President says interview with Mueller ‘unlikely’ and attacks Feinstein over Fusion GPS testimony
President Donald Trump said Wednesday it’s unlikely he’d talk with Special Counsel Robert Mueller, attacked Sen. Dianne Feinstein for releasing testimony by Fusion GPS’s co-founder, and blasted the federal court system.
Fattening 401(k) matches is how to make America great again
Visa is showing America how to do tax reform right.
Wall Street ‘massively’ underestimates upside of Trump’s tax cuts
Credit Suisse’s Jonathan Golub called out his fellow Wall Street strategists this week for playing it too conservative in crunching the earnings boost from corporate tax cuts.
Fed says it turned over $80.2 billion to Treasury last year
The Federal Reserve announced Wednesday it transferred $80.2 billion in earnings to the U.S. Treasury during 2017.
U.S. Chamber CEO says group will fight ‘the Bannons and the Warrens of the world’
The chief cheerleader for America’s businesses says his group will aggressively back lawmakers who support pro-growth policies in the 2018 elections and fight “the extremes in both parties — the Steve Bannons and the Elizabeth Warrens of the world.”
Robert De Niro drops multiple f-bombs in anti-Trump rant at awards show
Trump supporters absolutely love it when, as many have described it, the president “lives rent free” in the head of his detractors. Especially the Hollywood elite. ESPECIALLY Robert De Niro, a frequent — and outspoken — Trump hater.
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