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Washington Supreme Court OKs lesser version of carbon cap

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SEATTLE (AP) — The Washington Supreme Court last Thursday reinstated a severely limited version of Gov. Jay Inslee's plan to cap carbon pollution in the state, a decision the Democrat described as a "clarion call" that lawmakers must act on climate change.
In a 5-4 ruling, the court said the Clean Air Rule cannot ... (full story)


More than a gym: Sioux Falls jumps on boutique fitness trend

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SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Alicia Farmer emerged from the cycling room at a fitness studio on the southwest side of Sioux Falls, glistening with sweat.
She dabbed at her face with a towel and prepared to join the other women gathering in a mirrored room covered with yoga mats.
Although tired from the spin class she just finish ... (full story)


Who should consider a Roth conversion now?

If you've saved a lot for retirement, or your parents have, you could be affected by recent changes in the rules about retirement distributions.
The recently enacted Secure Act eliminated the "stretch IRA," a strategy used by affluent investors to pass tax-advantaged money to their heirs. The stretch IRA allowed nonspo ... (full story)


How many shareholders?

Q: Can I find out how many people own shares of a certain company's stock? -- P.F., Pocahontas, Arkansas
A: It's very difficult, if not impossible.
You might start by looking up the company's annual 10-K filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), via the SEC.gov website. For example, in PepsiCo's 10-K for its ... (full story)


US drinking more now than just before Prohibition

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NEW YORK (AP) — Americans are drinking more now than when Prohibition was enacted. What's more, it's been rising for two decades, and it's not clear when it will fall again.
That's the picture painted by federal health statistics, which show a rise in per-person consumption and increases in emergency room visits, hospitali ... (full story)