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High school valedictorian says speech was cut off when she began to talk about sexual assault

A California high school valedictorian posted a version of her graduation speech to YouTube after she says her school cut her microphone when she began to speak about issues of sexual misconduct. Lulabel Seitz, who plans to attend Stanford University in the fall, told the that she was “appalled” when Petaluma High School officials cut her microphone about four minutes […]

Investors Worry as Rising Inflation Erodes Profit Margins

For years U.S. inflation has been the dog that did not bark, but rising prices and wages are now showing signs of squeezing profit margins across corporate America, leading investors to punish companies whose results are deteriorating. Investors have long focused on rewarding companies that can multiply sales in a relatively slow-growth U.S. economy like Netflix Inc. (NFLX) and Amazon […]

Trump: ‘Let Russia Back in‘ as He Heads for G-7 Summit

President Donald Trump injected fresh drama into an already tense meeting of the Group of Seven major industrialized nations Friday, calling for Russia, ousted for its the annexation of Crimea, to be reinstated. Trump made the comment at the White House Friday after hours of further escalating his rhetoric against longtime allies over U.S. trade practices. "Why are we having […]

Annuities, Like Rome, Weren‘t Built in a Day

Annuities have been around for centuries – since Roman times. In Ancient Rome, people would make a single payment in return for annual lifetime payments. Even back then, retirement planning was a concern. The first annuities were available to the public in America in 1912. But the popularity of annuities really started during the Great Depression. Concerns as to the […]

A 9,500 Percent Stock Surge Turns Janitors Into Millionaires in China

At most big companies, it’s pretty clear who the millionaires are: top executives, rainmakers, science whizzes with PhDs. But at China’s Sunny Optical Technology Group — whose stock has climbed faster than any other in MSCI Inc.’s global indexes over the past decade — the richest employees are just as likely to be factory workers, janitors and cafeteria chefs. The […]

Deal-Hungry Companies Hang on Judge‘s Word as AT&T Ruling Looms

It’s the $85 billion question that could hold the key to how mega deals are made for years to come. When U.S. District Judge Richard Leon hands down his decision on AT&T Inc.’s proposed takeover of Time Warner Inc. next week, the likes of Comcast Corp., Verizon Communications Inc., Cigna Corp. and CVS Health Corp. will be watching keenly. Leon’s […]

Trump Attacks EU and Canada as Trade Tensions Grow Ahead of G7 Summit

Leaders of the Group of Seven rich nations headed for a summit in Canada on Thursday more divided than at any time in the group's 42-year history, as U.S. President Donald Trump's "America First" policies risk causing a global trade war and deep diplomatic schisms. In a bid to rebuild America's industry, Trump has imposed hefty tariffs on steel and […]