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Virginia tells Supreme Court uranium mining ban should stand

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Attorneys for Virginia say there is no need for the U.S. Supreme Court to take up a lawsuit over the state’s ban on uranium mining. Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring’s office filed a brief earlier this week in response to one filed by the federal government. The Trump administration is supporting a Virginia company’s bid to have its challenge heard. Pittsylvania County-based Virginia Uranium Inc. wants to mine a huge deposit of the radioactive ore. It argues a federal law should pre-empt state regulations prohibiting the mining. The state disagrees in its filing. It also argues that the federal government has not identified any pressing need for the high court to intervene. Virginia’s ban has been in place since the 1980s. Legislative attempts to overturn it have failed. Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC. The Washington Times Comment Policy The Washington Times is switching its third-party commenting system from Disqus to Spot.IM. You will need to either create an account with Spot.im or if you wish to use your Disqus account look under the Conversation for the link "Have a Disqus Account?". Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.   Click to Read More and View Comments Click to Hide …

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Wanted at Chinese Start-Ups: Attractive Women to Ease Coders’ Stress

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BEIJING — China’s vibrant technology scene is searching for people like Shen Yue. Qualifications: Must be attractive, know how to charm socially awkward programmers and give relaxing massages. Ms. Shen is a “programmer motivator,” as they are known in China. Part psychologist, part cheerleader, the women are hired to chat up and calm stressed-out coders. The jobs are proliferating in a society that largely adheres to gender stereotypes and believes that male programmers are “zhai,” or nerds who have no social lives. “They really need someone to talk to them from time to time and to organize ac…

The Latest: Nashville Waffle House reopens after slayings

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Latest on a shooting at Tennessee restaurant that left four dead (all times local): 3:20 p.m. Nashville’s musical community is raising money to benefit the victims of the Waffle House shooting with a special T-shirt honoring the man who stopped the gunman. James Shaw Jr., lauded as a hero during the shooting that left four dead, met with country rocker Brantley Gilbert and Chris Carrabba of Dashboard Confessional on Wednesday at a Nashville rehearsal hall. They unveiled a T-shirt featuring the words “I Believe in Heroes,” along with an image of Sh…

Tesla’s head of Autopilot is leaving company

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Tesla said Jim Keller, who had been in charge of the electric-car maker’s controversial Autopilot software, has left the company. Keller will be replaced by Pete Bannon, who has been with Tesla for over two years and has previously overseen Apple’s A5 chip develop through to the A9 chip, a Tesla spokeswoman said. Keller will be joining Intel, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing sources. Tesla declined to comment on this, while Intel was not immediately available for comment on the WSJ report. Separately, Andrej Karpathy, Tesla’s director of AI and Autopilot vision, will now have overa…

Qualcomm Earnings: What to Watch

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Qualcomm Inc. is scheduled to announce earnings for its fiscal second quarter after the market closes Wednesday. Here’s what to look for: EARNINGS FORECAST: Analysts expect Qualcomm to report earnings of 70 cents a share on an adjusted basis, according to Thomson Reuters. Qualcomm’s adjusted earnings typically exclude stock-based compensation,... …

Twitter reports its second profitable quarter

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Twitter reported its second profitable quarter on Wednesday and topped Wall Street estimates for revenue and users, as advertisers in Asia and other markets outside the United States embraced its video ads. Daily active users (DAU) grew 10 percent year-over-year while overall monthly user numbers rose 3 percent to 336 million, just above a forecast of 334 million, sending the company’s shares as much as 10 percent higher. US President Donald Trump has kept the San Francisco-based service in the headlines domestically but growth has been faster abroad as Twitter has tried to grow its user ba…

NYSE suspends trading in Amazon, Alphabet on floor because of issue with their $1,000 stock prices

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show chapters The New York Stock Exchange suspended trading on the floor for the rest of the session Wednesday in Amazon, Booking Holdings and Alphabet due to a "price scale code issue," according to the exchange's website. The stocks traded normally elsewhere, including on their home exchanges. div > div.group > p:first-child"> The exchange said "any open orders in these securities will be cancelled" on its status page. The issue affecting stocks with prices above $1,000 which trade primarily at the Nasdaq. Booking Holdings (formerly Priceline), Amazon and Alphabet are t…

Comcast Pursues Sky While Assessing Bigger Move for Fox Assets

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Comcast Corp. lobbed an official $31 billion proposal to buy European pay-TV operator Sky PLC—but it may have a much bigger deal in mind down the road. Comcast’s official bid to buy Sky tops an existing offer from21st Century Fox, which already owns a 39% stake in Sky. Comcast said it was considering such an offer in February. The official... …

Fox will buy seven TV stations from Sinclair

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Sinclair Broadcast Group has agreed to sell seven TV stations it is acquiring from Tribune Media to Fox Television Group, sources told The Post. The 21st Century Fox unit will be acquiring Fox affiliate stations in Seattle, Denver, Cleveland, Sacramento, San Diego and Salt Lake City. The buyer will also be acquiring a CW channel in Miami. Sinclair on Tuesday afternoon announced it had definitive agreements to sell 23 of the 42 stations it’s buying from Tribune, passing them on to buyers including Standard Media Group and Meredith Corp. The seven going to Fox are part of that package of 23, …