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October 24, 2016 3:52 PM CFTC regulator says open to narrowing automatic trading rule

WASHINGTON Timothy Massad, the chair of the Commodities and Futures Trading Commission, on Monday said he was willing to narrow a proposal that would govern automated trading. Massad said he stands behind the idea of adding regulations on automated trading but that some industry concerns about the scope were valid. Specifically, Massad said he could 32

October 24, 2016 11:44 AM Why the Internet broke and you couldn't do anything about it

There's a war in heaven. Mortals beware. “Sing, O Muse, sing of the anger of Akamais.” Okay, I’m no Homer and this is no Odyssey, but we mortals are the victims of a fight we didn’t start and which may last longer than the Trojan War. As I write this, on October 21, the Internet is unevenly available to people, with many major sites being difficult or impossible 50

October 23, 2016 6:56 PM The Fatal Mistake That Doomed Samsung’s Galaxy Note

On the verge of challenging Apple’s mobile phone dominance, the South Korean company made a rushed decision, based on incomplete evidence, that later forced it to kill the model. After reports of Galaxy Note 7 smartphones catching fire spread in early September, Samsung Electronics Co. SSNHZ 0.00 % executives debated how to respond. Some were skeptical 33

October 23, 2016 4:00 AM The New Yorker Endorses Hillary Clinton

The election of Hillary Clinton is an event that we would welcome for its historical importance, and greet with indescribable relief. On November 8th, barring some astonishment, the people of the United States will, after two hundred and forty years, send a woman to the White House. The election of Hillary Clinton is an event that we will welcome for its immense 49

October 22, 2016 6:35 PM Even with drought, a California river will begin flowing year-round for the first time in 60 years

A decade ago, environmentalists and the federal government agreed to revive a 150-mile stretch of California's second-longest river, an ambitious effort aimed at allowing salmon again to swim up to the Sierra Nevada foothills to spawn. A major milestone is expected by the end of the month, when the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation says the stretch of the San Joaquin 52

October 22, 2016 8:48 AM WHERE THEY STAND: Clinton, Trump on the issues

Persistent Republican-led efforts to restrict access to abortion and to curb government funding for Planned Parenthood have been hotly debated in Washington and in states. The issue will be shaped in some way by the next president and could be shaped profoundly if the election winner manages to tip the balance of the Supreme Court. Trump, in the third 289

October 22, 2016 3:57 AM Airbnb says it will sue over restrictive NY law

ALBANY, N.Y. -- Airbnb says it will file a lawsuit challenging a new law in New York authorizing fines of up to $7,500 for people who advertise short-term rentals of vacant apartments. The company says the law signed Friday by Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo is unconstitutional and benefits “price gouging” hotels at the expense of everyday New Yorkers who rent out space 22

October 22, 2016 2:41 AM Ceta talks: Last-ditch bid to save EU-Canada trade deal

Emergency talks are under way in Brussels in an effort to save an EU free trade deal with Canada (Ceta), blocked by a Belgian region. European Parliament head Martin Schulz is to hold separate talks with Canadian Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland and the head of Belgium's Wallonia region. Ms Freeland abandoned talks on Friday, after seven years of negotiations 26

October 22, 2016 12:13 AM Antiabortion activists face headwinds with Clinton leading and Trump stumbling on women’s issues

Antiabortion activists, already experiencing a difficult year, say their movement faces a pivotal moment as another Democrat who staunchly supports abortion rights appears likely to occupy the White House. First came the death of Antonin Scalia, an ardent ally on the Supreme Court. Then came a stinging defeat before the justices over a sweeping Texas 30

October 21, 2016 10:25 PM New NYC law, San Francisco lawsuit highlight global risks for Airbnb

SAN FRANCISCO/BERLIN Airbnb, the online lodging service that investors now believe is worth $30 billion, faces a reckoning. In eight years of torrid growth, the company has often clashed with local public officials seeking to minimize the impact of short-term rentals on neighborhoods and urban housing markets. Now, those simmering tensions are starting 37