Electric companies overspend by billions, driving up utility bills, report finds

Electric utilities across the United States are overspending by billions as they’ve ramped up spending on aging transmission lines and other equipment, recent reviews show, with no competition and no upfront scrutiny in many cases. That means higher electric bills for customers forced to pay off the costs, critics charge. And lives could be saved, as well as dollars, experts add, […]

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Asian Stocks Set for Muted Open; Dollar Steady: Markets Wrap

Stocks in Asia looked set to drift Tuesday with little direction from the U.S. with markets on holiday and a mixed session in Europe. The dollar steadied while the yen ticked lower. Futures in the region were little changed with global trade remaining foremost in investors’ minds. Australian shares edged lower. The European Union vowed prompt retaliation if the U.S. […]

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Citi to double Brazil commercial bank unit's assets by 2020

SAO PAULO (Reuters) – Citigroup Inc plans to double its Brazilian commercial banking unit’s assets by 2020, thanks to growth in loans to mid-sized companies, department head Antonio Rubens told journalists on Monday. The bank’s commercial unit has roughly 5 billion reais ($1.34 billion) in assets, out of 75 billion reais for Citi’s Brazilian operation as a whole, most of […]

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Trump says Omar 'should be ashamed of' Israel comments, apology doesn't cut it

Freshman congresswoman Omar sparks outrage over anti-Semitic tweet President Donald Trump on Monday said freshman Democratic congresswoman Ilhan Omar "should be ashamed of herself" over tweets suggesting that a powerful pro-Israel interest group paid members of Congress to support Israel. "I think she should be ashamed of herself," Trump told reporters on Air Force One while flying to a campaign rally […]

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Plea from a Navy SEAL's brother: Mr. President, the system is broken and we need your help to fix it

Navy SEAL Edward Gallagher gets two charges dropped against him, but still faces premeditated murder charge When Roger Stone’s house was raided by the FBI, it sparked conversation and serious questions about the justification of force, the presumption of innocence and the power of the government to bring its endless resources to bear on a private individual. While many were questioning the […]

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From bacon and beef jerky to breadsticks and pickles: Valentine’s Day bouquets go wacky

Forget traditional flowers. Although roses continue to be one of the top-selling Valentine’s Day gifts, other bouquets are gaining in popularity: Think meaty ones made with bacon and beef jerky, sour ones with pickles or sweet ones with candy, cupcakes and doughnuts. More edible and nontraditional bouquets like these have been sprouting up in recent years. “(It’s) allowing consumers to get their valentine a unique […]

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