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It's fairly uneventful in Montana, with an average price of $2.34 a gallon.That's up just a tenth of a penny, but nationally, we're seeing a lot bigger bump at the pump. Although Syria has little oil production, their location and alliances with other oil producing countries has led to speculation about how further geopolitical unrest may affect global oil supply.
  • EU regulators approve Fox plans to buy Sky

    EU regulators approve Fox plans to buy Sky

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    The UK media regulator is now assessing whether the takeover will give Murdoch too much control of news media in the UK, and whether he is a "fit and proper" owner of Sky. "The proposed transaction would lead to only a limited increase in Sky's existing share of the markets for the acquisition of TV content as well as in the market for the wholesale supply of TV channels ", it said.
  • Google, Amazon, and Apple join bidding war for Toshiba's flash memory unit

    Google, Amazon, and Apple join bidding war for Toshiba's flash memory unit

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    The fresh list of potential buyers comes after Toshiba shareholders agreed to split off the company's memory chip business in a bid to bolster its bottom line following a massive write-down caused by cost overruns of WEC. Toshiba is in fact thought to be leaning towards USA companies, not only because of security but because going in that direction could ease dealings with the US government over Westinghouse.
  • Possible deal on NY state budget emerges

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    By shooting down progressive priorities at every turn, like vetoing a bipartisan indigent defense bill or reneging on funding for an affordable housing plan and empowering senate Republicans through his alliance with the Independent Democratic Conference, Cuomo has pushed all meaningful legislative initiatives into the budgeting process, where he's able to control much of the debate and its attendant anarchy.
  • Trump signs repeal of US broadband privacy rules

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    Another campaign , started by Misha Collins of Los Angeles, has raised more than $81,000 toward a goal of publicizing the internet history only of lawmakers who voted in favor of killing the FCC privacy rules. Verizon Chief Privacy Officer Karen Zacharia stated directly that Verizon doesn't put its customers' browsing history up for sale. The new law preserves a two-track regulatory system that treats internet service providers - the companies that connect you to the internet, which are ...
  • Oil prices settle above $50 a barrel

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    Oil capped its biggest weekly increase this year amid speculation Opec will extend its deal to curb output and ease a global glut. Crude oil prices drifted lower in early Friday trading as markets relax following two consecutive days of gains ahead of a key meeting of OPEC ministers.
  • EPA denies petition to ban pesticide used on crops

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    The move to reverse its earlier decision - which was made during the Obama administration - is a sign of change in the agency's approach to toxic chemicals under the new EPA head, Scott Pruitt. In 2007, Dow was notably banned from doing business in India for five years and fined by the US Securities and Exchange Commission for bribing Indian officials to fast-track permits for pesticides despite health concerns, including chlorpyrifos (which used the brand name "Dursban").
  • EU draft guidelines say British exit talks come first

    EU draft guidelines say British exit talks come first

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    Starting parallel talks on all issues at the same time, as suggested by some in the United Kingdom, will not happen. Britain's Brexit Secretary David Davis, left, and Foreign Secretary Boris Jonhson listen to Prime Minister Theresa May as she speaks in the House of Commons in London in this image taken from video Wednesday March 29, 2017.
  • New EPA Head Rejects Pesticide Ban Recommended By The Agency

    New EPA Head Rejects Pesticide Ban Recommended By The Agency

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    Environmental Protection Agency had in mind when he invoked that word? Despite the fact that chlorpyrifos have been banned from consumer products and residential use in the United States for more than 15 years and multiple studies have suggested the chemicals can have a negative impact on cognitive development in children , the Environmental Protection Agency's new head, Scott Pruitt, signed an order on Wednesday that will let farmers continue to spray the pesticide on several crops, ...
  • Traffic woes ahead after Atlanta highway collapse

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    Continue to monitor the Georgia Department of Transportation website at dot.ga.gov and511GA.org as well as local media resources for updates and traffic reports. McMurry said the agency hasn't been able to assess the full extent of the damage because of lingering hotspots. That's 350 feet of highway - almost a football field - in each direction, he said, adding that demolition of these sections started Friday and will last into Monday.
  • Lori McKenna Named 2017 ACM Awards Songwriter of the Year

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    The hosts are also nominees but the big competition this year is from country veteran Keith Urban, who leads with seven nominations. That's why award shows are such a fun time for the music community. Backstreet Boys , the boy band that formed in Orlando, will join Florida Georgia Line for a medley at this weekend's Academy of Country Music Awards.
  • Trump's House Freedom Caucus tweet draws response from conservative members

    Trump's House Freedom Caucus tweet draws response from conservative members

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    Speaker of the House John Boehner, who was the top Republican officeholder during much of Barack Obama's presidency, constantly grappled with rebellious House members right up until he was forced from the speakership in September 2015. Chris Collins of NY, one of the president's closest congressional allies told Bloomberg . President Trump.I gave you a look because Sarah Palin pointed to you.
  • CIBC increases bid for Chicago-based PrivateBancorp by 20 per cent

    CIBC increases bid for Chicago-based PrivateBancorp by 20 per cent

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    PrivateBancorp postponed a shareholder vote on the deal in December because some investors resisted on the grounds that the business was undervalued in light of the new developments. World Asset Management Inc purchased a new position in PrivateBancorp during the third quarter valued at $237,000. But CIBC stands to get more from the acquisition than previously expected, presumably because interest rates are expected to move higher.
  • Fuel withdrawals offset small crude oil inventories build

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    Brent crude oil LCOc1 remained unchanged at $52.42 a barrel, while United States light crude oil CLc1 grew 5 cents to be traded at $49.56 per barrel, reported Reuters . Russian Federation undertook to slash oil production by 300,000 barrels per day starting from January 2017 compared with October 2016 or by 2.7%. As such, the US benchmark for oil prices has fallen in recent weeks from more than $54 a barrel in February to about $49 per barrel on Wednesday.
  • California Gov. Brown proposes higher gas tax to fix transportation

    California Gov. Brown proposes higher gas tax to fix transportation

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    If approved, the governor's plan would raise $24.4 billion dollars over the next 10 years. The transportation funding package will provide cities and counties with significant annual revenue streams to make local infrastructure improvements like rebuilding and paving local roads and streets and bridge fix.
  • Crude stocks up, but gas, diesel inventories decline

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    Crude inventories rose by 900,000 barrels to a weekly record 534 million barrels. Refinery crude runs rose 425,000 barrels per day as utilization rates gained 1.9 percentage points to 89.3 percent of total capacity, the EIA data showed. Opec member Libya was excluded from the cuts, agreed late past year, as the country's oil sector suffered from the unrest that followed the toppling of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.
  • Top EU Brexit official says Brexit would stun Churchill

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    With a diplomatic strategy based on goodwill, rather than grandstanding, the Government would have a good chance of keeping us in the single market while making the changes to our immigration system that voters want. Their leaders will meet on 29 April at an extraordinary European Council summit to agree a mandate for chief negotiator Michel Barnier and clear the way for talks to begin in earnest in May.
  • New Zealand on brink of World Cup playoffs after Fiji win

    New Zealand on brink of World Cup playoffs after Fiji win

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    What happened: Fiji started off in good fashion keeping the ball moving with some crisp passes. Captain Christopher Wood's directives on the field saw New Zealand pushing the ball through the gaps. "His work ethic off the ball, I think that can do unnoticed at times because he really does work hard off the ball as well". "Whenever we tried to play through them or put a cross in there was a load of bodies in there".
  • Comcast to expand streaming service amid cord-cutting trend

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    Comcast's service is unique because it is limited to its territories and to its own broadband subscribers. Comcast's Xfinity Instant TV service has not yet been announced, though it is likely going to be rolled out into more markets across the USA by the end of 2017.
  • Next steps on health care: To be decided

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    If the GOP approach fails to prod enough healthy people into buying insurance, rates for everyone else in the insurance pool will rise - destabilizing promises by President Donald Trump and GOP leaders to make their Obamacare replacement more affordable.
  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Congress should consider single-payer health care

    LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Congress should consider single-payer health care

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    House Republicans are still on a mission to recruit undecided lawmakers who've held out for a variety of reasons. The ACA's "essential benefits" include outpatient care, emergency services, hospitalization, pregnancy, maternity and newborn care, mental health and substance abuse treatment, prescription drugs, rehabilitation, laboratory and diagnostic tests, preventive and wellness services, and pediatric care, including dental and vision services for kids.
  • Morrison claims credit for G20 trade commitment

    Morrison claims credit for G20 trade commitment

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    A crucial component of last year's G20 communiqué , which succinctly stated "We will resist all forms of protectionism ", was missing from the group's meeting in Germany on Saturday. The paradigm shift in USA policy has left the EU scrambling to reinforce European trade standards. But now, we seem to be entering into a new phase of the global economy where countries would start looking inward and look to see how their trade can benefit their own companies and businesses than to see what ...
  • Federal Judge Who Blocked Trump's Travel Ban Threatened

    Federal Judge Who Blocked Trump's Travel Ban Threatened

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    Marshals Service. The federal judge in Hawaii who blocked President Trump's revised travel ban last week has been receiving threats since issuing his ruling. The new ban was supposed to take care of some of the legal problems, as it specifically didn't apply to green card and visa holders. Federal judges are routinely protected by the US Marshals Service, but security can be beefed up in cases of heightened threats.
  • United States pre-open: Stocks seen muted ahead of healthcare bill vote

    United States pre-open: Stocks seen muted ahead of healthcare bill vote

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    The Nasdaq Composite Index was up 0.4% to 5,840. Benchmark 10-year U.S. Treasuries rose 11/32 in price to yield 2.43 percent, the lowest yield since March 1. Many believe that confidence will continue and that the tax cuts Trump has promised, along with future infrastructure spending and regulatory rollbacks, will boost a steadily growing economy.
  • Mixed precipitation possible Friday; warmer temperatures to arrive this weekend

    Mixed precipitation possible Friday; warmer temperatures to arrive this weekend

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    Sunny skies are expected today , with a high near 38. After a day of handsome sunshine, we'll be seeing more cloud cover moving in this Wednesday night. Clear skies and calm winds will help us to cool down extremely quickly overnight. Showers are also expected for Saturday with highs of 55. The day will start out with fog in the area.