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Productivity Tool Helps Procrastinators Working From Home Stay On Task

Thursday, January 31st, 2019

Focusmate pairs you with another procrastinator for 50-minute “virtual co-working” sessions. While it may sound creepy, the Boston Globe reports some people swear by it.

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Federal Judge Blasts PG&E’s Commitment To California Wildfire Safety

Thursday, January 31st, 2019

Noah Fisher looks over his home that was destroyed by the Camp Fire in November 2018 in Paradise, California. Investigators are examining whether PG&E power lines helped ignite the fire.

In unusually frank language, the judge said he fears the potential for more fires in 2019 if the utility company does not take drastic action.

(Image credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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Oil Prices Edge Upward After U.S. Imposes Sanctions On Venezuela

Wednesday, January 30th, 2019

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin (right) and National Security Adviser John Bolton announce sanctions against Venezuela, which are meant to put pressure on Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro.

The sanctions are meant to put pressure on Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, who allegedly diverts billions in oil profits to pay off military officers and help prop up his government.

(Image credit: Evan Vucci/AP)

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A Bond Is Born

Wednesday, January 30th, 2019

A gondola sails in a Venice canal in September.

How the invention of the government bond saved a bunch of mid-level politicians from certain death and became one of the most important pieces of financial technology the world has ever seen.

(Image credit: Filippo Monteforte/AFP/Getty Images)

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California Power Provider PG&E Files For Bankruptcy In Wake Of Fire Lawsuits

Tuesday, January 29th, 2019

Firefighters battle flames at a burning apartment complex in Paradise, Calif., in November. State fire officials say power lines coming into contact with trees have sparked multiple Northern California wildfires in recent years. PG&E filed for bankruptcy on Tuesday.

The utility is facing billions of dollars in legal liability for fires caused by its equipment. PG&E filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, which would let it restructure its debts.

(Image credit: Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images)

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