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Dueling Senate Bills Would End Shutdown in Different Ways

Dueling Senate Bills Would End Shutdown in Different Ways

By Alan Fram and Andrew Taylor | Jan 23
Senate leaders agreed to hold votes this week on dueling proposals to reopen shuttered federal agencies, forcing a political reckoning for senators grappling with the longest shutdown in U.S. history.

Falling Home Sales Not Helping Middle-Class Buyers

Falling Home Sales Not Helping Middle-Class Buyers

By Josh Boak | Jan 23
When home sales weaken, prices typically do, too, and buyers benefit. Not quite this time.

Businesses Sound Alarm As UK Says Prepare for No-Deal Brexit

Businesses Sound Alarm As UK Says Prepare for No-Deal Brexit

By Jill Lawless | Jan 23
Most U.K. business groups fear a "no-deal" Brexit will cause economic chaos by ripping up the trade rulebook and imposing tariffs, customs checks and other barriers between the U.K. and the EU, its biggest trading partner.

Poll: Support for 'Medicare-for-All' Fluctuates with Details

Poll: Support for 'Medicare-for-All' Fluctuates with Details

By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar | Jan 23
"Medicare-for-all" makes a good first impression, but support plunges when people are asked if they'd pay higher taxes or put up with treatment delays to get it.

Venezuela's Invigorated Opposition Take Streets in Key Test

Venezuela's Invigorated Opposition Take Streets in Key Test

By Joshua Goodman | Jan 23
Venezuela's re-invigorated opposition faces a crucial test Wednesday as it seeks to fill streets nationwide with protesters in an appeal to the military and the poor to shift loyalties that until recently looked solidly behind President Nicolas Maduro.

Paying for Funerals Impossible for Many Poor Families

Paying for Funerals Impossible for Many Poor Families

Jan 22
People who can't afford funerals and burials are left with the cheapest option: Cremating their loved one's remains and leaving it to a funeral home to dispose of them.

Oxfam Says World Wealth Gap Widening, Advocates Fairer Taxes

Oxfam Says World Wealth Gap Widening, Advocates Fairer Taxes

By Pan Pylas | Jan 22
Wealth inequality around the world is "out of control" and doing particular harm to women, anti-poverty campaigner Oxfam warned Monday ahead of the annual gathering of business and political leaders in the Swiss ski resort of Davos.

Patients Turn to GoFundMe When Money and Hope Run Out

Patients Turn to GoFundMe When Money and Hope Run Out

By Mark Zdechlik, Minnesota Public Radio | Jan 22
GoFundMe, the largest online, crowdsourced fundraising platform, says contributors have raised more than $5 billion, all told, from 50 million donations in the eight years it has been in business.

Fear and Zeal Over More Guns in Violence-Plagued Brazil

Fear and Zeal Over More Guns in Violence-Plagued Brazil

By Peter Prengaman | Jan 22
Changes in Brazil's gun laws are a potential boon for major gun makers. On Bolsonaro's first day in office earlier this month, stocks of gun manufacturer Forjas Taurus jumped 30 percent. But for others the changes are terrifying.

World Economy Forecast to Slow in 2019 Amid Trade Tensions

World Economy Forecast to Slow in 2019 Amid Trade Tensions

By Paul Wiseman | Jan 21
The world economy absorbed more bad news Monday: The International Monetary Fund cut its growth forecast for 2019. And China, the world's second-biggest economy, said it had slowed to its weakest pace since 1990.

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