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History’s largest mining operation is about to begin

© Elicia Edijanto Unless you are given to chronic anxiety or suffer from nihilistic despair, you probably haven’t spent much time […]

The Water Wars that Defined the American West Are Heading East

CAMILLA, Ga.—Water stress, a hallmark of the American West, is spreading east. The shift is evident on Casey Cox’s family […]

Think celebrities and CEOs make way too much money? Check out this chart

By Shawn Langlois In 2016 pop diva Taylor Swift sung her way to $170 million in earnings to take the top […]

Manure, trash and wastewater: US utilities get dirty in climate fight

By Nichola Groom PIXLEY, Calif., Oct 23 (Reuters) – Joey Airoso has always been proud of his cows, whose milk […]

Trump Has Already Lost His Pricey China Trade War, Paul Krugman Warns

Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman warned Sunday that President Donald Trump is handing China what it wants as the nations a trade war that has cost Americans billions […]

Wall Street doubles down on China while corporate America now moves the other way

The trade war has caused corporate America to rethink its long-term commitment to doing business in China: Some 40% of […]

In Japan’s vanishing rural towns, newcomers are wanted

On a recent afternoon in the rural Japanese town of Kanna-machi, all seemed well. Children splashed in the town’s namesake […]

Is retirement dying? The old work model is disappearing for Boomers, Gen Xers

More Americans are opting to work well into retirement, a growing trend that threatens to upend the old workforce model.  […]

The biggest risk facing the stock market in the coming year isn’t trade jitters or the election, Deutsche Bank warns

There’s plenty for investors to get all stressed out about in the coming year, and Deutsche Bank chief economist Torsten […]

Here’s who really decides whether Trump is impeached and forced from office

How does the House of Representatives’ impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump compare to the one that forced Richard Nixon […]