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6/20/2018

Reserve airmen with the 624th Aerospace Medicine Flight provided medical assessments, dental exams, immunizations, lab work and other health-related services to 254th Air Base Group Air National Guard troops recently. "Guard airmen get the care they need in order to be worldwide qualified, while our Reserve citizen airmen get valuable hands-on specialty experience," said Tech. Sgt. Vincent Nelson of the 624th AMDF.

6/20/2018

App and online content addiction is a growing problem, and organizations like the nonprofit Time Well Spent are working to raise awareness about the issue. "We've always had persuasion, we've always had advertising, and we've always had propaganda, but the scale and personalization make this really a new situation," said Tristan Harris, who runs the nonprofit.

6/20/2018

Exelon, First Solar, the American Wind Energy Association and other entities are helping fund Americans for Carbon Dividends, a new bipartisan nonprofit that will advocate the creation of a carbon dividend plan. Other companies that supported the plan, like Exxon Mobil, may also sign on soon.

6/20/2018

Human Rights Watch is speaking out against the Trump administration's decision to exit the United Nations Human Rights Council. "The Trump administration's withdrawal is a sad reflection of its one-dimensional human rights policy: Defending Israeli abuses from criticism takes precedence above all else," says Kenneth Roth, the nonprofit's executive director.

6/19/2018

South Carolina state Sen. Tom Davis outlines the compromise that led to the passage of a previously rejected HOA bill by the Legislature. The revised bill requires HOAs to notify homeowners at least two days prior to budget meetings and instructs the Department of Consumer Affairs to provide educational information about HOAs.

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6/19/2018

Four HOAs are suing Fayetteville, N.C., in federal court to try to make the city repair dams damaged by Hurricane Matthew. The HOAs claim that the dams, despite being privately owned, are the responsibility of the city because they had become part of the city's flood-control system.

6/19/2018

Virginia's Albemarle County is contemplating rolling back some short-term rental restrictions by allowing such stays only in the rural parts of the county. Opponents are concerned about neighborhoods not governed by HOAs, a negative impact on communities and an off-street paved parking requirement for non-HOA residents.

6/19/2018

The HOA of the Grand River subdivision close to Richmond, Texas, is at odds with a family over a 600-foot retaining wall to prevent flooding. The HOA's management company referred Hans and Lene Deula to the county, which approved the wall, but construction was halted after the HOA said it did not OK the wall.

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6/19/2018

Retail sales have grown 5.9% during the past 12 months, leading Capital Economics Chief US Economist Paul Ashworth to predict GDP growth to measure at over 4% for the second quarter. However, Wells Fargo Investment Institute Investment Strategy Analyst Craig Holke expects just 2.9% growth for the year, stating that it would take "more significant, unexpected retail sales growth" for the organization to increase its growth expectations.

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Fox Business
6/19/2018

One of Napoleon's hats, dropped at the Battle of Waterloo where the French were defeated by a European coalition, sold for about $407,000 at auction on the 203rd anniversary of the battle. That hat is one of 19 known remaining hats of the about 120 Napoleon was said to have worn.

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