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Tuesday, December 29, 2015
Chinese medicinal herbs provide niche market for US farmers
Expanding interest in traditional Chinese medicine in the United States is fostering a potentially lucrative new niche market for farmers who plant the varieties of herbs, flowers and trees sought by practitioners.
Monday, December 28, 2015
Chile is carrying out a feasibility study for the construction of a permanent pier at one of its bases in Antarctica, an official was quoted as saying Friday.
Saturday, December 26, 2015
Kiddie tablets 'grow up' as competition increases
Kiddie tablets have grown up. Tablets designed just for kids are getting more sophisticated as they face increased competition from regular tablets. The new products also have better screens, speedier chips and fashionably slim bodies. They let older children do more, yet hold their hands until they're ready for unsupervised access.
The U.S. dollar broadly weakened Friday as emerging market currencies got a boost from recovering oil prices, which eased fears about slumping demand and a faltering global economy.
Friday, December 25, 2015
South America left in retreat as crisis deepens
After a decade on the advance, the left in South America is in retreat. Just in the past month, voters in Argentina elected a conservative businessman president over the chosen successor of Cristina Fernandez and Brazil's congress launched an impeachment probe against President Dilma Rousseff, whose approval ratings have been languishing in single digits.
United States consumer spending and incomes go up in November
U.S. consumer spending rebounded in November after a weak showing in October, while a key inflation gauge posted the fastest year-over-year increase in 11 months.
Thursday, December 24, 2015
Factory orders for long-lasting goods such as autos, airplanes and electronics were flat in November, as the impact of a strong U.S. dollar and struggling global economy weigh on U.S. manufacturers.
A Kansas chemical manufacturing company was fined US$1 million Tuesday after admitting it illegally dumped hazardous wastes down a saltwater disposal well.
Vegas newspaper editor resigns after sale to political heavyweight
The editor of the Las Vegas Review-Journal capped more than a week of turmoil sparked by the sale of Nevada's largest newspaper to the family of casino magnate and Republican party kingmaker Sheldon Adelson with an announcement on Tuesday that he's stepping down.
Wednesday, December 23, 2015
US CDC reports new E. coli cases from November
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday it is investigating a more recent batch of E. coli cases linked to Chipotle, and that it does not know yet if they are linked to a larger outbreak that began in October.
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