Editorial: Conservative Jeff Denham’s backing of dreamers could help save them from deportation

California Central Valley Congressman Jeff Denham has been looking over his shoulder since Donald Trump was elected president. The conservative Republican from Turlock saw his 10th District go for Hillary Clinton in 2016, and his seat is now a target for Democrats next year. Related Articles Trump administration releases hard-line immigration principles, threatening deal on ‘dreamers’ DACA renewal period ends Thursday as Dreamers enter ‘limbo’ Navarrette: Feisty, combative Dreamers are true Americans Dionne: On the Dreamers, Trump believes nothing Editorial: Is Congress up to the job of reviving DACA and protecting Dreamers? On the whole, Denham has stayed solidly on Team Trump, declining to moderate his views. But he stands… Read More

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Not for the faint-hearted: Wild, potentially lucrative stock market ‘snap-backs’

One of my favorite New Yorker cartoons depicted a fortune teller looking into a crystal ball. To her customer, beside whom a Labrador retriever sat with a baleful look, the woman predicted, “I see a 10-foot retractable leash in your future.” Similarly, it calls to mind a mental image of our stock market, which could be approaching the end of its leash. Market tops often end with a last-minute upward burst — like a dog on a retractable leash, leaping at a squirrel — before starting another periodic plunge. So, this is a time to review some history of market downdrafts, corrections and what I would call “snap-backs.” Related Articles… Read More

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Broadcom offers to buy Qualcomm for $105 billion

Broadcom offered about $105 billion for Qualcomm, kicking off an ambitious attempt at the largest technology takeover ever in a deal that would rock the electronics industry. Broadcom made an offer of $70 a share in cash and stock for Qualcomm, a 28 percent premium for the world’s largest maker of mobile phone chips as of the stock’s closing price on Nov. 2, before Bloomberg first reported talks of a deal. The proposed transaction is valued at approximately $130 billion on a pro forma basis, including $25 billion of net debt. Buying Qualcomm would make Broadcom the third-largest chipmaker, behind Intel and Samsung Electronics. The combined business would instantly become… Read More

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AOL’s Instant Messenger refugees have alternatives but better act before Dec. 15

AOL’s instant messenger AIM says so long after 20 years on December 15, 2017 Q: I have used AOL Instant Messenger at work to communicate with customers and co-workers in other offices for over 20 years. Since AOL announced it is dropping IM on Dec 15, I need to find a new app to message these people. I’ve been looking online for something to replace it with and am having trouble finding a simple replacement that does what IM did, that can integrate my AOL Buddy List, let me keep using my AOL screen name, which every one knows me by, and is free. It also needs to work with… Read More

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iPhone X review: Apple is asking you to break up with the home button

The iPhone X that arrived in stores Friday isn’t just a new design. It’s a new relationship. Compared to your current phone, the tenth-anniversary iPhone is missing a key element: the home button. The whole front is just screen. You have to learn new gestures to operate it. Instead of scanning a finger to unlock it, now you stop and look at it for a second like you’re taking a selfie. This phone recognizes you. Is the $1,000 iPhone X for you? It’s no slam dunk. The zaniest new features, like the face unlock, mostly function as billed. Its slimmed-down big screen feels easier to hold than previous iPhones and… Read More

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Online grocery shopping becomes fastest-growing sector in US retail

By Joe Taschler and Sarah Hauer, Tribune News Service MILWAUKEE — Because of people like Sarah Fracek — and some who aren’t at all like her — a retail sector that once seemed nearly immune to the internet’s economic disruption has become an increasingly digital thing. Fracek does almost all of her grocery shopping online. “I hate going into a grocery store,” said Fracek, who doesn’t mind spending a few extra dollars to have someone else assemble her grocery order and either deliver it or have it ready for her to pick up. “I’m working super late, and I really value the time that I have that’s ‘me’ time,” she… Read More

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