Don't look at corporate earnings for clues on how the economy is doing

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Apr 30, 2019
What's good (or bad) for corporations may not be good for the economy overall.
Board members watch a video demonstration for the Surface Hub 2 during the Microsoft annual shareholders meeting in Bellevue, Washington, in 2018.
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The economics of kidnapping

How the criminal underworld operates the ransom business.
Philippine soldiers walk along a highway as they return to camp after an armed encouter with members of militant kidnap-for-ransom group, Abu Sayyaf, in the Sulu province on the southern island of Mindanao on August 26, 2016.
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Sex workers say anti-trafficking law fuels inequality

Apr 30, 2019
Experts say FOSTA-SESTA has pushed sex workers off the internet and onto the street.
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The cinematic legacy of John Singleton

Apr 30, 2019
The filmmaker has been praised as a “trailblazer in black cinema."
Director John Singleton speaks onstage during the 70th Annual Directors Guild Of America Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 3, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. 
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Can Cleveland require contractors to hire local workers?

Apr 30, 2019
The Supreme Court of Ohio will decide.
Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in downtown Cleveland is undergoing a $185 million renovation. The construction firm on the project has voluntarily agreed to comply with a local ordinance that requires contractors on certain publicly funded construction projects allocate at least 20% of the work hours to Cleveland residents.
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High water on the Mississippi River means less barge cargo

Apr 29, 2019
Barge line president talks about dealing with flood conditions and his trip to Capitol Hill.
A barge moves along the flooded Mississippi River in 2011 in Natchez, Mississippi. 
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The market for clean wood-burning furnaces might heat up

Apr 29, 2019
New environmental rules could transform stove makers' business.
Dave Karki welds an "airbox" for Lamppa Manufacturing's EPA-approved wood-burning furnace.
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Apr 29, 2019
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Marriott plans to take on Airbnb in home-sharing market

Apr 29, 2019
The hotel group is preparing to launch a new division.
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Spotify's free streaming model now faces competition from Google, Amazon

Apr 29, 2019
Google and Amazon have both created new, free, ad-based tiers of their music services, cutting at Spotify's main profit model.
In this file photo illustration taken on April 19, 2018 shows the logo of online streaming music service Spotify displayed on a tablet screen in Paris.
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