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Angela Merkel is eyeing a fourth term.

  According to Der Spiegel news magazine, Germany’s chancellor has apparently already started planning her 2017 re-election campaign. The 61-year-old physicist is remaining mum on her plans, though she hinted in a speech last year that she would stand again. Merkel has governed the country since 2005.
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There’s no Pacific Rim free trade deal, at least not yet.

  Negotiations between the 12 nations that want to create a free trade zone to counter China’s influence in the Pacific Rim failed to seal their much-anticipated deal Friday. Canada and New Zealand dug in their heels over liberalizing the dairy market while Australia balked at extending the patent period on biotech medicines and Japan drew the line on cars. They’ll all try again in August.
July 31, 2015

US wages had the lowest quarterly increase on record.

  Salaries rose only 0.2% in the second quarter, according to a quarterly report by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. That’s a significant drop compared with the first quarter’s 0.7% growth, making it less likely that the Fed will raise interest rates later this year.
July 31, 2015

A new “game-changing” Ebola vaccine is confirmed as 100% effective—if you take it early.

  Researchers say they have finally found a vaccine that could provide complete protection against the deadly virus that has been raging for two years, killing more than 11,000 people in West Africa.
July 31, 2015
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SoulCycle vs. Shake Shack: Burning calories is a better business than consuming them.

July 31, 2015

Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan are expecting a baby girl.

  The Facebook CEO announced today that he and his wife will soon become parents, and that they have been trying to do so for several years. The couple dealt with three miscarriages before this pregnancy, which Zuckerberg said he wanted to share to “give more people the same hope we felt and will help more people feel comfortable sharing their stories as well.”
July 31, 2015

China may soon be the world’s biggest producer of wine.

  A prominent architect is trying to turn Jade Valley into the next Napa Valley.

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