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There’s a simple reason companies are becoming more publicly left-wing on social issues

Joe Raedle/Getty Images Companies are leaning more to the left on social issues, as we’ve seen in how many have decided to cut ties with the NRA. That trend is likely to continue as companies follow their customer base. Ross Douthat has very interesting but ultimately flawed column this week about “woke capitalism,” or the…

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A hot startup that could be a model for the JPMorgan-Amazon-Berkshire Hathaway healthcare initiative just raised $110 million

Collective Health co-founders Ali Diab & Dr. Rajaie Batniji Collective Health Collective Health, a startup that works with self-insured employers, just raised $110 million. The company helps employers build out health plans that fit their needs by adding technology with the hope of making things like submitting claims and reading bills easier. Self-insured employer plans…

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Starbucks just opened its first upscale store with a full bar — and it reveals the future of the brand

The first Starbucks Reserve store just opened in the chain’s home of Seattle, Washington. Starbucks Starbucks just opened its first upscale Reserve store to compete with brands like Blue Bottle Coffee and Intelligentsia. Starbucks said that it plans to open 1,000 Reserve stores around the world, in addition to the Reserve bars that are already…

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Australian amnesty yields 57,000 guns

Image copyright AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT Image caption A rocket launcher was one of the weapons recovered in Australia’s gun amnesty Australians turned in more than 57,000 firearms to authorities last year during a national gun amnesty. The three-month amnesty was the first since Australia’s landmark response to a mass shooting in 1996. It aimed to reduce…

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May to meet EU chief ahead of Brexit speech

Image copyright AFP Theresa May will meet top EU official Donald Tusk on Thursday, 24 hours before a major speech on British relations with the bloc after Brexit. Her talks with the European Council president come amid tensions over the EU’s draft withdrawal treaty. Mrs May has said the EU’s proposals on Northern Ireland threaten…

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Amazon forest safeguards relaxed in Brazil

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Unregulated logging is devastating parts of the rainforest, environmentalists say Brazil’s supreme court has upheld major changes to laws protecting the Amazon rainforest, delivering a blow to environmentalists. The revision of the 2012 law includes an amnesty programme that scraps penalties for landowners who have cut trees down illegally…

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US teacher held after firing gun in class

Image copyright Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office/CBS Image caption Mr Davidson has taught at the school since 2004 A Georgia teacher who barricaded himself in his classroom and fired a handgun is in police custody. Jesse Randall Davidson, 53, locked his students in the hallway and fired a shot when the principal opened the door, according…

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Trump: Lawmakers ‘afraid’ of US gun lobby

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionTrump: ‘You’re afraid of the NRA’ US President Donald Trump has told a group of lawmakers not to be so “petrified” of the powerful gun lobby the National Rifle Association (NRA). In a break from his party’s stance on gun control, President Trump urged lawmakers to come…

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US Olympic chief resigns in wake of scandal

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mr Blackmun, who had been CEO since 2010, had faced calls to resign The head of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) has resigned, citing health reasons. Chief Executive Scott Blackmun recently revealed he was battling prostate cancer, but has faced extensive criticism in the wake of an abuse…

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Long-time Trump aide Hope Hicks to resign

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Ms Hicks has been one of President Trump’s closest aides Hope Hicks, the White House communications director and one of President Trump’s longest-serving advisers, is to step down, the administration says. The 29-year-old former model and ex-Trump Organization employee has been by Mr Trump’s side for years. She is reported…