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Series of small quakes rattle area near Mount St. Helens
Technology
Published in 3-1-2018
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SEATTLE (AP) A series of small earthquakes has rattled an area northeast of Mount St. Helens in southwest Washington state. The Pacific Northwest Seismic Network says a 3.9 magnitude quake hit around 12:38 a.m. Wednesday. Dozens of people throughout the region reported feeling it. It was followed minutes later by a 2.7 magnitude temblor. Dozens of smaller aftershocks have been hitting since then. ...>>
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Price tag on gene therapy for rare form of blindness: $850K
Technology
Published in 3-1-2018
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WASHINGTON (AP) A first-of-its kind genetic treatment for blindness will cost $850,000 per patient, making it one of the most expensive medicines in the world and raising questions about the affordability of a coming wave of similar gene-targeting therapies. The injectable treatment from Spark Therapeutics can improve the eyesight of patients with a rare genetic mutation that affects just a few t ...>>
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Roku to chime in with voice-controlled assistant
Technology
Published in 3-1-2018
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Roku plans to add a voice-controlled digital assistant to its streaming TV players in an attempt to catch up with Google, Apple and Amazon. Roku's voice capabilities are currently limited to performing search requests and launching apps. The assistant will be able to field broader requests about video, music and other tasks tied to entertainment. Still, that's a much ...>>
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Report: Baylor officials did nothing after being notified of assaults
Technology
Published in 3-1-2018
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According to an alleged victim of multiple assaults by an ex-football player, Baylor coach Art Briles and university president Ken Starr did nothing after being informed.

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Coal mining deaths jump after falling to record low
Business
Published in 3-1-2018
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Coal mining deaths surged in the U.S. in 2017, one year after they hit a record low. The nation's coal mines recorded 15 deaths last year, including eight in West Virginia. Kentucky had two deaths, and there were one each in Alabama, Colorado, Montana, Pennsylvania and Wyoming. In 2016 there were eight U.S. coal mine deaths. West Virginia has led the nation in coal mining ...>>
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McDonald's tries out fresh beef in another burger
Business
Published in 3-1-2018
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NEW YORK - McDonald's is testing the use of fresh beef in another burger, the latest move by the fast food chain to swap out frozen beef as it seeks to improve its image. The company said Tuesday that the new burger, called Archburger, is being tested in seven McDonald's restaurants in Tulsa, Okla. McDonald's held similar tests for fresh beef Quarter Pounders for about a year befor ...>>
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Houston media lawyer leaves Sedgwick to join Gregor Cassidy
Business
Published in 3-1-2018
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Houston media lawyer Joseph R. Larsen has left Sedgwick to join Gregor Cassidy as a partner.

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Bambu to join Pho Saigon Vietnamese Noodle House in new Pearland center
Business
Published in 3-1-2018
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Bambu, a Vietnamese drink and dessert shop, has signed up as a tenant in Kirby Commons, a retail center scheduled to open at 11609 W. Broadway Boulevard in Pearland in March. Bambu has leased 1,800 square feet for its 10th location in the Houston area, according to NAI Partners.

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Great W'Kana Café, A Ma Maniere, Atelier Isabelle Rose to open at Upper Kirby project
Business
Published in 3-1-2018
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Great W'Kana Café, A Ma Maniere Atelier, Isabelle Rose have signed up for space in Kirby Collection, a new mixed-use development of Thor Equities in Upper Kirby.

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Judge orders R.J. Reynolds to keep paying Florida millions
Economy
Published in 3-1-2018
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - A judge in Florida is ordering R.J. Reynolds to continue paying the state millions of dollars in tobacco settlement money despite selling off major brands. Circuit Judge Jeffrey Dana Gillen in Palm Beach County issued his ruling this week, nearly a year after Attorney General Pam Bondi sued the tobacco company and Imperial Tobacco Group. R.J. Reynolds and other tobacco companie ...>>
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Charity donations likely to drop next year due to tax law
Economy
Published in 3-1-2018
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WASHINGTON - In this season of giving, charity seems to be getting an extra jolt because next year the popular tax deduction for donations will lose a lot of its punch. Traditionally generous Americans may have less incentive to give to charitable causes next year because of the newly minted tax law. The changes that will make it less advantageous for many people to donate to charity in 2018 ma ...>>

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GM wins again as two more ignition switch suits are thrown out
Economy
Published in 3-1-2018
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Lawyers suing General Motor over its deadly ignition switch defect may have overplayed their hand as a federal judge in New York threw out two more crucial test cases. The plaintiffs failed to provide evidence that the specific type of flaw alleged to have occurred in two Texas car wrecks - a double rotation of the ignition switch - was anything more than a "theoretical possibility," U.S. District ...>>
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High times are legal times in California
Economy
Published in 3-1-2018
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OAKLAND, Calif. - It wasn't exactly reefer madness Monday as California launched the first legal retail sales of marijuana, but those who could find the drug celebrated the historic day, lining up early for ribbon cuttings, freebies and offerings ranging from joints to gummy bears to weed with names like Red Dragon. Jeff Deakin, 66, his wife Mary and their dog waited in the cold all night to ...>>
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Criminal underworld is dropping bitcoin for other currencies
Economy
Published in 3-1-2018
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Bitcoin is losing its luster with some of its earliest and most avid fans - criminals - giving rise to a new breed of virtual currency. "Privacy coins" such as monero, designed to avoid tracking, have climbed faster over the past two months as law enforcers adopt software tools to monitor people using bitcoin. A slew of analytic firms such as Chainalysis are getting better at flagging digital hoar ...>>
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Texans' Jadeveon Clowney to have minor knee surgery, miss Pro Bowl
Sports
Published in 3-1-2018
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Clowney is expected to make a full recovery and will be able to participate in offseason activities.

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