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A hotel employee prepares coconut husks for recycling into rope at the luxury Soneva Fushi island resort in the Maldives. It's just one of many initiatives the resort is taking to reduce food waste. Amal Jayasinghe/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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How 1 Tweet From Tesla And SpaceX CEO Elon Musk Affected His Companies

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President Trump Criticizes Federal Reserve For Raising Interest Rates

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Fresh Facebook Controversy: Zuckerberg Defends Rights Of Holocaust Deniers

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How The Campaign To Ban Plastic Straws Got Its Start

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President Trump looks on as his nominee for Federal Reserve chairman, Jerome Powell, speaks at the White House on Nov. 2. On Thursday, Trump said he is "not thrilled" about Fed interest rate hikes. Drew Angerer/Getty Images hide caption

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Trump Slams Interest Rate Hikes, Ignoring Hands-Off Tradition Toward Fed

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Kathy Kraninger, President Trump's nominee to run the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, testifies before the Senate Banking Committee on Thursday. Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP hide caption

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Democratic Senators Slam Trump's Pick To Run Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

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Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg says, "I personally find Holocaust denial deeply offensive, and I absolutely didn't intend to defend the intent of people who deny that." David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff has been under mounting pressure for the company's contract with U.S. Customs and Border Patrol. Denis Balibouse/Reuters hide caption

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Proponents of hospital mergers say the change can help struggling nonprofit hospitals "thrive," with an infusion of cash to invest in updated technology and top clinical staff. But research shows the price of care, especially for low-income patients, usually rises when a hospital joins a for-profit corporation. Jens Magnusson/Getty Images/Ikon Images hide caption

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An autonomous tank is demonstrated in France last month. Leading researchers in artificial intelligence are calling for laws against lethal autonomous weapons. They also pledge not to work on such weapons. Christophe Morin/IP3/Getty Images hide caption

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Midwest Facing A Skilled-Worker Shortage As Warehousing Boom Continues

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Google Fined $5 Billion By EU For Breaking Antitrust Rules

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DigiLens is working on a new kind of head-up display for cars that would turn a driver's windshield into a screen. The idea is to make the images appear as if they're in the real world. Continental AG hide caption

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Glass Has Ancient Origins But A High-Tech Future

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Elon Musk said that "the fault is mine and mine alone," as he apologized to a British diver who had criticized Musk's offer of help in rescuing 12 boys and their soccer coach in northern Thailand. Musk had called him a "pedo," or pedophile. Joshua Lott/Getty Images hide caption

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