Economy & Business

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., joins fellow Democrats and activists seeking better pay as the House approved legislation to raise the federal minimum wage, at the Capitol in Washington, July 18, 2019.
The Senate has yet to vote on increasing the federal minimum wage, which was last raised in 2009
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July 18, 2019
FILE - An employee working on the production line of an electronics factory is seen reflected on an equipment, in Jiaxing, Zhejiang province, China, April 2, 2019.
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Most of the companies that stand to be hurt by Trump's tariffs are hunkering down and waiting because they don't know when, whether or how his yearlong trade war with China will end or which other countries the president might target next
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July 18, 2019
FILE - In this Dec. 20, 2018 file photo attorneys, from left, David Seligman, Nina DiSalvo and Alexander Hood, of Towards Justice, pose outside the organization's office east of downtown Denver. Low paid childcare workers from around the world could…
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The proposed settlement covers nearly 100,000 young people, mainly women, who came to the United States to work as au pairs from 2009 to late 2018
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July 18, 2019
US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin answers reporters after the G-7 Finance, July 18, 2019 in Chantilly, north of Paris, France.
Still to be resolved are offsetting spending cuts to help finance the deal and other 'structural issues' as the administration is seeking up to $150 billion in such cuts
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July 18, 2019
A Bitcoin (virtual currency) paper wallet with QR codes and a coin are seen at La Maison du Bitcoin in Paris, France, May 27, 2015.
In Iran, some government officials worry that the energy-hungry process of “mining” Bitcoin is abusing Iran’s system of subsidized electricity; in the United States, some observers have warned that cryptocurrencies could be used to bypass the Trump administration’s sanctions targeting Iran over its unraveling nuclear deal with world powers
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July 18, 2019
 The blades of wind turbines catch the breeze at the Saddleback Ridge wind farm in Carthage, Maine, March 19, 2019.
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Energy-hungry data centers push state to change laws, offer more renewable power
VOA science Correspondent Steve Baragona
July 18, 2019
A solar panel array collects sunlight, with the Fremont, Nebraska, May 31, 2018, with a power plant seen behind it.
Credits for solar power projects in homes and businesses will be phased out starting next year; industry says credits are hugely successful in fighting climate change  
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July 17, 2019