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A ghost army of the not-very-employed haunts Gulf rulers

(c) 2018, Bloomberg. Show up, swipe in. The routine is familiar to office workers everywhere. In Kuwait, it proved too much to ask. The government was trying to trim a wage bill that eats up more than half its budget -- an outlandish share even by Gulf standards. Last year, it required public...


Business

Google is training machines to predict when a patient will die

(c) 2018, Bloomberg. A woman with late-stage breast cancer came to a city hospital, fluids already flooding her lungs. She saw two doctors and got a radiology scan. The hospital’s computers read her vital signs and estimated a 9.3 percent chance she would die during her stay. Then came Google’s...


National Business

Chicago Cubs owners in talks to purchase AC Milan

Soccer AC Milan Ownership

MILAN (AP) — The Ricketts family that owns the Chicago Cubs says it is negotiating to purchase the debt-ridden AC Milan soccer team. The Milan office of the Edelman public relations firm, which has been hired to represent the Ricketts, says the entire family is interested in Milan for “a medium- to...


Business

2 years on, Brexit vote has taken a toll on UK economy

Britain Brexit Two Tribes

LONDON (AP) — While it’s still unclear what Brexit will look like when it happens next year, the decision to leave has already had a clear effect on the economy: households are poorer, companies are more cautious about investing, and the property market has cooled. In the two years since the vote...


Business

Facebook's battle against fake news now extends to Mexico

(c) 2018, The Washington Post. MEXICO CITY - This spring, a doctored image claiming that the wife of the leading Mexican presidential candidate was the granddaughter of a Nazi ricocheted across Facebook and its messaging service, WhatsApp. The post, shared 8,000 times before it was disproved, was...


Business

BLM agrees to pay energy company $1.5M for canceled leases

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — The Bureau of Land Management has agreed to pay SG Interests $1.5 million after the energy company sued over the cancellation of 18 oil and gas leases covering more than 30 square miles (78 square kilometers) in the Thompson Divide area in western Colorado. The...


Police & Fire

Prosecutors: Phony letter to judge sought leniency for Bountiful fraud convict

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A fired Bountiful bank manager who stole $565,000 and bought a house with the loot is now charged with writing a fake letter from his new employer urging lenience at his fraud sentencing.


Business

Car dealers gear up for Saudi women to hit the roads

Saudi Arabia

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Cradling her four-month-old daughter, Nour Obeid scans the car showroom and heads to the mid-sized SUVs. In the past, a woman looking to buy a car in Saudi Arabia would focus on the features in the back, but Obeid is checking out the driver’s seat, picturing herself...


Business

Airbus threatens to leave Britain in case of no-deal Brexit

Britain Airbus

LONDON (AP) — Aviation giant Airbus is threatening to leave Britain if the country exits the European Union without an agreement on trade relations, underscoring the concerns of business leaders who say the government is moving too slowly. Airbus, which employs about 14,000 people at 25 sites in...


Business

Police: Backup driver in fatal Uber crash was distracted

Uber Autonomous Vehicle

PHOENIX (AP) — The human backup driver in an autonomous Uber SUV was streaming the television show “The Voice” on her phone and looking downward just before fatally striking a pedestrian in suburban Phoenix, according to a police report. The 300-page report released Thursday night by police in...


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