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Hershey to cut 15 percent of its jobs


HersheyChocolate and candy maker Hershey Co. said Tuesday that it plans to cut 15 percent of its jobs, the latest company that wants to boost profits by eliminating workers.

Anne Steele of The Wall Street Journal had the news:

Incoming Chief Executive Michele Buck said the company’s “Margin for Growth” initiatives “should give us the flexibility to invest in certain parts of our business.”

Ms. Buck, who is set to become Hershey’s chief executive in March, has said Hershey wants to become a more diversified snack company.


Bet you won't hear orange anus speaking about this one.

Oklahoma's earthquake threat now equals California's due to man-made temblors, USGS says

Source: LA Times

The earthquake risk for Oklahoma and southern Kansas is expected to remain significant in 2017, threatening 3 million people with seismic events that can produce damaging shaking, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey forecast released Wednesday.

The seismic risk is forecast to be so high that the chance of damage in Oklahoma and southern Kansas is expected to be similar to that of earthquakes in California, USGS scientists writing in the journal Seismological Research Letters said Wednesday.

In 2016 alone, Oklahoma experienced several damaging earthquakes, including a magnitude 5.0 temblor in November near the central oil town of Cushing — which proclaims itself the “Pipeline Crossroads of the World” — that dislodged unreinforced bricks in chimneys and storefronts, sending them tumbling onto the sidewalks.

Oklahoma also saw the largest quake ever recorded in the state in 2016, when a magnitude 5.8 earthquake struck near Pawnee.

Read more: http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-oklahome-earthquake-20170301-story.html

Trump's going after Medicaid

Jon Schwarz
March 1 2017, 11:34 a.m.

MOST OF Donald Trump’s speech to Congress Tuesday night can safely be ignored. Almost all the government policy he advocated is either strenuously opposed by House and Senate Republicans (driving down the cost of drugs, paid family leave, promoting clean air and water), is not going to happen whether or not they oppose it (“American footprints on distant worlds”), or was so vague that Trump might as well have said, “I support good things.”

However, Trump did call for something specific that Republicans desperately want and that is completely feasible: brutal cuts to Medicaid.

Of course, Trump didn’t put it like that. Instead, he said, “We should give our great state governors the resources and flexibility they need with Medicaid to make sure no one is left out.”

That sounds nice, but is standard Republican code for attacks on Medicaid. In fact, it’s lifted almost word for word from Paul Ryan’s “A Better Way” plan for Medicaid, which states that “we believe states and individuals should have better tools, resources, and flexibility to find solutions that fit their unique needs.” Moreover, both during the campaign and afterward Trump has endorsed the standard GOP plans for Medicaid.


Hidden figures no more: female Nasa staff to be immortalised in Lego

Bonnie Malkin

Lego will release a set of five female Nasa scientists, engineers and astronauts based on real women who have worked for the space agency.

Maia Weinstock, an American science writer who created @legoNASAwomen, tweeted the good news on Tuesday.

Weinstock submitted the set to the Lego Ideas review after it gained 10,000 votes of support from the public. The news that it had won was a “dream come true” she said.

Her design beat stiff competition from 11 other entrants, including plans for a Large Hadron Collider made out of Lego.


Fillon refuses to quit French election despite charges

French centre-right presidential candidate Francois Fillon has said he will fight on, as he announced that a judge was placing him under formal investigation.

For weeks, he has fought allegations that his wife was paid for years for work she did not do.

"It's a political assassination," Mr Fillon told reporters on Wednesday.

He has now been summoned to appear before the judge, Serge Tournaire, on 15 March.

The date is just two days before the deadline for candidates to submit their final applications. The first round takes place on 23 April, followed by a second-round run-off on 7 May.


Junta lite: how generals and billionaires took over Trump's militarized America

It’s been epic! A cast of thousands. A spectacular production that, five weeks after opening on every screen of any sort in the US (and possibly the world), shows no sign of ending.

What a hit it’s been. It’s driving people back to newspapers and ensuring that our everyday companions, the 24/7 cable news shows, never lack for “breaking news” or audiences. It’s a smash in both the Hollywood and car accident sense of the term, a phenomenon the likes of which we’ve simply never experienced.

And you know exactly what – and whom – I’m talking about. No need to explain. I mean, you tell me: what doesn’t it have? Its lead actor is the closest we’ve come in our nation’s capital to an action figure, a version of Batman and the Joker rolled into one, a president who, as he told us at a news conference recently, is “the least antisemitic person that you’ve ever seen in your entire life” and the “least racist person” as well.

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