Facebook said it is investigating whether an organization backed by billionaire and Democratic megadonor Reid Hoffman violated the social media giant's policies when it set up a series of misleading news pages in a bid to target U.S. voters with left-leaning political messages.,Facebook said it is investigating whether an organization backed by billionaire and Democratic ... more

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Later in the quarter, credit yields gave way to market pressures; however, despite the worst peak to trough market move in a decade, credit spreads remained within normal bounds and well below the scarier tumult of the winter of 2016.,For example, the low end of the housing market had been neglected by builders since the crisis; however, just this year, low-end jobs wage gains reached their highest level since the crisis.,Further, recent market activity has gone a long way towards correcting two of the big prongs impairing affordability: first, mortgage rates have come down considerably since peaking in early October, along with the 10-year yield; and, second, although housing markets correct more in terms of volume than price  the rise in price will be held in check by rising inventories, sluggish volumes and a down stock market.,Last year we said:

It is hard to sit in our seat today and say exactly which areas of the market would best withstand the next bear, for there are yet to be obvious areas of overinvestment like the technology sector in 2000 and the financials in 2007 that will lead the way down; however, we have confidence that the nature of the next recession (and let’s not forget, a recession is an inevitability eventually) will be different than the last.,To reiterate: “the 2007-09 bear market was an actual liquidity crisis where deflation was the risk that imperiled the economy, whereas the next recession will be a normal Fed induced recession when inflation gets too high and the Fed thus raises rates to cool things off. read more

January 7 Soccer fans wanting to watch D.C. United this season will not find matches on WJLA 24/7 News, where they were shown for three years.,United programming will be available to subscribers on smartphones, smart TVs, tablets and laptops — mobile access that club officials said was a high priority for fans they surveyed.,“The decision was very much based on what our options were and what was going to be best for our fans to really connect with the team,” said Sam Porter, United’s senior vice president for business and legal affairs.,MLS on Monday announced the full schedule, which, for United, will include 13 matches on national TV, including the March 3 opener against defending champion Atlanta on ESPN.,Last year, in its inaugural season, Los Angeles FC bypassed local TV stations to become the first U.S. pro sports team to align with a streaming service: YouTube TV.

Rampant electronic cigarette use — or vaping — by area teens have Butler County schools scrambling to battle against the newest and trendy delivery devices of nicotine’s potent drug high.,VIDEO STORY: Survey: 1 in 5 high school seniors nationwide report vaping within last month

Vaping, also known as juuling, “is quickly becoming a bigger problem in our secondary schools,” said Larry Knapp, superintendent of Hamilton Schools.,MORE: Fairfield Schools survey on student drug use has officials concerned read more

It is the first of two dates – the series will return Jan. 19 to Anaheim – and the first of five stops in the state and Arizona

It’s a season of change for the 12-round series.,NBC Sports begins its first season with the Monster Energy AMA Supercross on Saturday with live coverage of the season-opening event in Anaheim starting at 7 p.m. Ralph Sheheen will call the action, as he has done since 2005, and will be joined in the booth by five-time Supercross champion Ricky Carmichael, host and former racer Daniel Blair, and reporter Will Christien.,He and Kasey Kahne Racing teammate Brad Sweet will kick off the 2019 dirt-sprint seasons at Volusia Speedway in Florisa with the Dirt Car Nationals on Feb. 6.,Pit stops read more

Author Francis Fukuyama writes that the rapid changes in the political and economic landscape have seen people around the world losing their sense of dignity and thus their identity Sometime in the last decades of the 20th century, world politics changed dramatically.,The latter was underpinned by liberal economic institutions such as the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade and its successor, the World Trade Organisation.,Between 1970 and 2008, the world’s output of goods and services quadrupled and growth extended to most regions of the world, and the number of people living in extreme poverty in developing countries dropped from 42% of the total population in 1993 to 17% in 2011.,Huge new middle classes arose in countries such as China and India, but the work they did replaced work that had been done by older middle classes in the developed world.,Xi Jinping’s Chinese government has talked at length about China’s “100 years of humiliation” and how the US, Japan and other countries were trying to prevent it from returning to the power status it enjoyed over the past millennia of history.

James Brown ‘a great guy to work with’

Former Hamilton and Middletown Schools Principal James Edward Brown cared deeply about students and preparing the next generation of school leaders during his decades in education.,A former Hamilton Citizen of the Year, Brown died Dec. 4 after an illness that saw him return to his hometown of Sandusky, Ohio to live out his last days in a hospice care center.,He was named Hamilton’s Citizen of the Year in 1989, received the Southwestern Ohio Administrator Award, was honored with a “Jim Brown Day” in Hamilton.,Elsa Croucher ‘brought attention to abuse’ read more

Instead of demanding that gay bakers make hateful cakes (which he never sees the rhetorical problem with), he says that it would be rhetorically more productive to ask them to cater conferences for the anti-same-sex marriage position.,This was the law broken in the 2012 Masterpiece Cakeshop case in which a Christian baker refused to bake a cake for a same-sex wedding.,On the other hand, a baker breaks no law when refusing to cater a National Organization of Marriage conference against same-sex marriage or a Westboro (“God Hates Fags”) Baptist Church picnic.,Thirty years from now, the predominant Christian message on this subject will celebrate Christian leaders who took the tough stand to embrace homosexuals and accept same-sex marriage.,The point here seems to be that Christians can’t forget the biblical reasons to reject same-sex marriage.

New York center Enes Kanter will not travel to London for the Knicks' upcoming international game because he believes he could be assassinated for his opposition to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.,"Sadly, I'm not going because of that freaking lunatic, the Turkish president," Kanter said.,Kanter's Turkish passport was revoked in 2017, and an international warrant for his arrest was issued by Turkey.,Kanter is a follower of a U.S.-based Turkish cleric accused by Turkey's government of masterminding a failed military coup in 2016.,"People often ask me why I continue to speak out if it's hurting my family," Kanter wrote in a column for Time magazine last year.