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Bill Gates gives $44M to influence state education plans

Bill Gates gives $44M to influence state education plans

SEATTLE (AP) — Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates saw an opportunity with a new federal education law that has widespread repercussions for American classrooms.
His nonprofit Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has given about $44 million to outside groups over the past two years to help shape new state education plans req ... (full story)

Robotics investment

Dear Mr. Berko: I've lost money buying several stocks in the robotics industry. It seems that they go up when I don't buy them and go down when I do. I bought Intuitive Surgical shares at $398, and a month later, the stock price fell by 30 points, so I took a huge loss. I bought Zebra Technologies shares at $111 and sold them at $80 ... (full story)


Law Bulletin column: Sometimes it’s wiser to say ‘never’

I accept that Taylor Swift and I are never, ever getting back together.
I accept that I will never be Celt of the Year.
I accept that I will never dunk a basketball, use Snapchat or get my wife Holly anywhere on time.
You can spit into the wind. You could pull on Superman’s cape. But there are some true “nevers. ... (full story)


US agency asked to investigate miner's reclamation bonds

US agency asked to investigate miner's reclamation bonds

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Federal officials are being asked to investigate whether a financially-troubled coal company has posted sufficient bonds to cover future reclamation work at its mines in the U.S. and Canada.
The Western Organization of Resource Councils, a Montana-based conservation group, said Wednesday that it was c ... (full story)

State lawmakers move to make 'spoofing' phone numbers illegal

Lawmakers keen on quashing the practice of manipulating parts of or entire phone numbers to obfuscate the caller's identity for purposes of defrauding the call recipient are expected to consider a bill that would make the trick a criminal offense.
Early last week the Ohio House of Representatives referred the bill to the Criminal ... (full story)

Court upholds denial of tax credits for heavy vehicle maker

The Ohio Supreme Court recently affirmed the ruling of the state tax commissioner and the Board of Tax Appeals (BTA) that heavy-vehicle maker Navistar is not entitled to $27 million in commercial activity tax credits.
The credits related to the state’s switch from the corporate franchise tax — that was usually based o ... (full story)

Democrats seek counterweight to Trump's message in 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — Grappling with the realities of President Donald Trump's reign, Democrats are trying to offer a counterweight to the president's message — without making it all about Trump.
An annual conference organized by a prominent Democratic leaning think tank last Tuesday included an early glimpse at some of t ... (full story)

Racist 'alt-right' movement reeling after string of setbacks

Racist 'alt-right' movement reeling after string of setbacks

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Led from a courtroom in handcuffs last Tuesday, one of the nation's most recognizable white nationalists will have 38 days behind bars to ponder the dizzying demise of the group he led before his arrest exposed a bizarre sex scandal.
Matthew Heimbach's jail sentence for a probation violation is just t ... (full story)