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THURSDAY, JUNE 23, 2016


During races, IndyCar driver Tony Kanaan wears a smartshirt called Hitoe to monitor his heart rate and breathing. The shirt is produced by Japanese information technology company NTT Data and Toray Industries. (Photo courtesy of Chip Ganassi Racing Teams / Tribune News Service)

Smartshirt keeps what’s driving IndyCar’s Tony Kanaan on track

Speeding over 200 miles an hour around a race track may seem like a lot to handle, but IndyCar racer Tony Kanaan is in control. Drivers like him experience gravitational forces that tax the body, causing cramps, high heart rates and other symptoms. Thanks to a smart shirt called Hitoe, produced by Japanese information technology company NTT Data and Toray Industries, Kanaan can monitor his heart rate and breathing.

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Feds will evaluate response to Hanford vapors issue

Federal health officials will conduct a short-term evaluation related to the exposure of workers to chemical vapors on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. The probe by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health is expected to focus on several areas ...

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U.S. homes sell at strongest pace since 2007

WASHINGTON – Americans snapped up houses in May almost as soon as properties were listed, fueling the strongest sales rate in nearly a decade. Sales of existing homes rose 1.8 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of ...

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22, 2016


In this Saturday, April 16, 2016, file photo, International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde speaks during a news conference after the International Monetary and Financial Committee conference at the World Bank/IMF Spring Meetings at IMF headquarters in Washington. The IMF said Wednesday, June 22, 2016, it is downgrading its forecast for the U.S. economy this year and says America should raise the minimum wage to help the poor and offer paid maternity leave to encourage more women to work. Lagarde, noting low unemployment and strong hiring over the past year, says the U.S. economy is in good shape. (Jose Luis Magana / Associated Press)

IMF downgrades outlook for U.S. economy

The International Monetary Fund downgraded its forecast for the U.S. economy this year and said America should raise the minimum wage to help the poor, offer paid maternity leave to encourage more women to work and overhaul the corporate tax system to boost productivity.

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Members of the media attend a briefing June 13, 2016, at the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles where Microsoft unveiled a new, slimmer version of the video game console coming later this year and a more powerful one that’s due in 2017. At last week’s Electronic Entertainment Expo, the video game industry teased a future where Xboxes and PlayStations are updated almost as frequently as smartphones. (Nick Ut / Associated Press)

A new vision for video game consoles

LOS ANGELES – The next generation of console gaming is coming – or is it? At last week’s Electronic Entertainment Expo, the video game industry forecast a future where Xboxes and PlayStations are updated almost as frequently as smartphones. The ...

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Jimmy John’s agrees not to enforce noncompete clause

NEW YORK – New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says the Jimmy John’s sandwich chain has agreed to stop including noncompete agreements in hiring packets used for low-wage workers. Schneiderman said Wednesday that such agreements “bully” workers into staying under ...

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Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, June 22, 2016, before the House Financial Services Committee hearing on U.S. monetary policy. (Manuel Balce Ceneta / Associated Press)

Yellen faces GOP criticism over weak economic growth

WASHINGTON – Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen came under fire Wednesday from House Republicans who charged that the central bank’s policies to promote low interest rates have not boosted economic growth and have left financial markets confused about the Fed’s ...

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TUESDAY, JUNE 21, 2016

FedEx posts $70 million loss, gives cautious outlook

DALLAS – FedEx Corp. lost $70 million in the latest quarter because of large pension and acquisition items, and the delivery giant gave a cautious outlook for the next 12 months. The company’s fiscal fourth quarter results Tuesday still beat ...

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Pregnant woman, Mrs. Claus among 72 new emojis

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – A face representing “rolling on the floor laughing” and a hand taking a selfie are among 72 new emojis that will soon make their way to your smartphone. The California-based Unicode Consortium, which controls emoji standards, ...

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