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Prices of grocery staples could rise as drought conditions worsen

In this Wed., July 26, 2017, photo, soybeans grow in a farm field near Indianola, Iowa. Drought conditions are getting worse in several states, and extreme heat and weeks with little rain have begun to stress corn, soybeans, wheat and livestock in some areas. AP DES MOINES, Iowa — Drought conditions worsened in several states over the past week from extreme heat and weeks with little rain, raising the prospect that grocery staples such as bread and beans could cost more as the region that produces those commodities is hardest…

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Andrew Paulson, Chess Impresario and Serial Entrepreneur, Dies at 58

Invited to Russia for a photo shoot in 1993, Mr. Paulson remained for 15 years. He enlisted local partners in publishing several periodicals: Afisha, a Russian entertainment and listings guide; Bolshoi Gorod, a free version of a Sunday newspaper supplement; and MIR, a monthly travel magazine. In 2006, a year after his publishing venture was acquired by a Russian company, he and Alexander Mamut, a billionaire Russian banker, founded SUP Media. The group became an online pioneer and bought LiveJournal, a social networking service. (It is still operating.) Mr. Paulson…

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Gr: Andrew Paulson, Chess Impresario and Serial Entrepreneur, Dies at 58

Invited to Russia for a photo shoot in 1993, Mr. Paulson remained for 15 years. He enlisted local partners in publishing several periodicals: Afisha, a Russian entertainment and listings guide; Bolshoi Gorod, a free version of a Sunday newspaper supplement; and MIR, a monthly travel magazine. In 2006, a year after his publishing venture was acquired by a Russian company, he and Alexander Mamut, a billionaire Russian banker, founded SUP Media. The group became an online pioneer and bought LiveJournal, a social networking service. (It is still operating.) Mr. Paulson…

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Unbuttoned: A Call to Activism for Outdoor Apparel Makers

“It was like a fuse to a Molotov cocktail,” said Christian Beckwith, the founder of Shift, an annual outdoor conference in Jackson, Wyo., which will focus on the case for advocacy during its next incarnation in November. Numerous monuments are under review, but in response to Patagonia’s publicity efforts, attention has been focused on Bears Ears, a 1.35 million-acre tract in Utah that includes hundreds of Native American cultural artifacts and Navajo tribal lands as well as a popular climbing area known as Indian Creek. It was declared a national…

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Rick Perry Fell for a Prank Call, but He Is Not the First

Ms. Palin responded: “You know, I look forward to working with you and getting to meet you personally, and your beautiful wife. Oh my goodness, you’ve added a lot of energy to your country with that beautiful family of yours.” A spokeswoman for Ms. Palin, Tracey Schmitt, said in a statement afterward: “Governor Palin was mildly amused to learn that she had joined the ranks of heads of state, including President Sarkozy and other celebrities, in being targeted by these pranksters. C’est la vie.” Mr. Audette was less gracious. “I…

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Wider U.S. Sanctions on Venezuela Risk Biting Both Countries

Despite nearly two decades of sour relations with Venezuela, the United States has enormous leverage as one of its most important customers. The United States is one the few countries in the world with refineries capable of processing Venezuela’s poor quality heavy crude. The Maduro regime is already tottering, struggling to meet its financial obligations, feed its people and pay its oil workers, soldiers and police officers. Additional American sanctions could be a devastating economic blow, prompting a further move toward dictatorship in the country and an even closer embrace…

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In Texas, it’s businesses vs. the bathroom bill

Money talks, especially when it’s potentially lost profits for nervous businesses. Less than six months ago, legislators in North Carolina repealed a law that restricted bathroom access for transgender people — after the state’s business leaders howled about an economic hit pegged at $630 million.  Now, businesses in Texas are worried that legislators there are going to make the same mistake, which could cost the Lone Star State $5.6 billion through 2026. And they’re making their feelings known. Still, that didn’t stop the Texas State Senate from passing a bill on Tuesday that would require…

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New twist in battle over plans for sacred Hawaii mountaintop

In this artist rendition provided by TMT, the Thirty Meter Telescope is seen. China and India have signed on to be partners for a project to build the Thirty Meter Telescope, which will be the world’s largest when it’s finished in 2018, at the summit of Mauna Kea volcano in Hawaii. AP/Thirty Meter Telescope HONOLULU — A construction permit should be granted for a giant telescope planned for a Hawaii mountain summit that some consider sacred, a hearings officer recommended Wednesday. Retired judge Riki May Amano, who is overseeing contested-case…

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China and India File Rival Claims Over Tibetan Medicine

Recognition could be beneficial, they said, if it led to greater access to medical care for rural Tibetans, recruitment of more Tibetan medical practitioners for high-level advisory roles or laws to regulate the production of pharmaceuticals. The worry, however, is that Unesco recognition could lift the industry’s commercial development without addressing some of its underlying problems, such as the watering-down of traditional medicinal formulas and the over-harvesting of medicinal ingredients in the wild. The founding text of Tibetan medicine is “for the whole world to enjoy,” said Tashi Tsering Phuri,…

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Letter 20: Australia’s Greatest (Dying) Global Asset

The project they’re working on, which involves testing the resilience of coral to climate change, began as a collaboration between a Dutch scientist at the University of Melbourne, Madeleine J. H. van Oppen, and Ruth Gates, the director of the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology, who is originally from England. And some of the funding comes from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation. Photo From left, Sophie Stephenson from Britain, Manon Briendo of France, Jose Montalvo-Proano from Ecuador, Lonidas Koukoumaftsis from Australia, Susanna Primavesi from Italy and Dr. Neal Cantin…

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