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Scientists Working to Combat Florida’s Growing ‘Red Tide’

Scientists in Florida are on the cusp of developing promising methods to control toxic algae blooms like the “red tide” that has been killing marine life along a 150 mile (240 km) stretch of the Gulf Coast, the head of a leading marine lab said Wednesday. Michael Crosby, president and chief executive of the Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, welcomed a red tide emergency order issued this week by Governor Rick Scott, designating more state money for research, cleanup and wildlife rescues.… Read Full Article

Mexico Unsure If It Will Finish NAFTA Talks with US in Aug.

Mexico's economy minister on Wednesday said that Mexico and the United States may not meet an August goal to finish bilateral talks to revamp the NAFTA trade deal, which is beset by disagreements over automobile trade rules and other issues. Top Mexican officials started their fourth week of talks with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer in Washington over a new North American Free Trade Agreement. Asked if the August goal was still viable, Guajardo said, "That is why we are here.… Read Full Article

Five 'Crazy Rich Asian' Ways to Splash Your Cash in Singapore

Singapore is the setting for new Hollywood movie 'Crazy Rich Asians' - an adaptation of a best-selling novel that explores the insatiable consumerism of new money and old-world opulence in a continent producing more billionaires than anywhere else. While the low-tax financial hub is often called a playground for the rich, Singapore's wealthy tend to live a more conservative, low-key life than Hong Kong's showy socialites or Macau's high-rollers. In step with the film's release in the United… Read Full Article

Academy Looks to Boost Hollywood’s Next, Diverse Generation

The diversity crisis in Hollywood may rage on, but the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences continues to try to open up access to the entertainment business for people from underrepresented communities and give some a foot in the door at the most critical moment — when college graduation is in sight and the job market is looming. For seven weeks this summer, 107 college students from across the nation convened in Los Angeles for internships at places like HBO, Warner Bros., Dolby… Read Full Article

In Chinese Port City, Japan's Toyota Lays Foundation to Ramp Up Sales

Toyota is likely to make 120,000 more cars a year in the Chinese port city  of Tianjin as part of a medium-term strategy that's gathering pace as China-Japan ties improve, said four company insiders with knowledge of the matter. The Japanese auto maker’s plan to boost annual production capacity by about a quarter in the port city will lay the foundation to increase sales in China to two million vehicles per year, a jump of over 50 percent, the four sources said. The Tianjin expansion… Read Full Article

Explainer: How Do Security Clearances Work?

U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday revoked the security clearance of former CIA Director John Brennan. We take a look at what that means. What is a security clearance? A security clearance allows a person access to classified national security information or restricted areas after completion of a background check. The clearance by itself does not guarantee unlimited access. The agency seeking the clearance must determine what specific area of information the person needs to access.… Read Full Article

Home Shopping Networks Refine Their Pitch to Stay Alive

HSN, once known as the Home Shopping Network, is getting an image makeover. A U.S. television network where shoppers can buy everything from electronics to kitchen gadgets, HSN is overhauling its lineup to offer more beauty products while adding streamed video content to win over shoppers without cable TV. A division of Qurate Retail Group, the network is facing growing competition from Amazon and Evine Live for consumers like 24-year-old Erin Bounds, who regard buying products through TV… Read Full Article

Foundation: Brazil's Samarco to Pay $512.5M to Disaster Victims

Brazil's Samarco Mineração SA expects to pay up to 2 billion reais ($512.5 million) this year to 19,000 families affected by the 2015 mining disaster in the state of Minas Gerais, the foundation created to pay the  victims said Wednesday. The first families to receive payments will be "the most vulnerable," said Roberto Waak, president of the foundation. The disaster, Brazil's worst environmental catastrophe, occurred when a dam designed to hold back mine waste burst in November 2015,… Read Full Article

Tehran Official: 'Tsunami' of Poverty Bearing Down on Iran

A municipal leader in the Iranian capital, Tehran, has issued a stark warning about Iran's economic problems, saying a "tsunami" of poverty is bearing down on society. Iranian state media said Tehran City Council Chairman Mohsen Hashemi Rafsanjani made the comment in a Tuesday speech about urban governance in the capital. He said Iran faces a crisis in the coming months as the U.S. prepares to impose even tougher economic sanctions on the country, a move that could further weaken Iran's… Read Full Article

US F-22 Stealth Jets Take on Norway’s F-35 in Simulated Dogfights

Two U.S. F-22 stealth fighter jets squared off in simulated dogfights with two of Norway’s expanding fleet of F-35 aircraft Wednesday as part of an exercise aimed at strengthening the NATO alliance and increasing its deterrent power. The two U.S. F-22s are among 13 in Europe for a series of short-term deployments in places such as Greece and Poland, with further training missions planned in undisclosed locations in coming days. The Norwegian deployment lasted one day but will lay the… Read Full Article