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Study: U.S. water affordability crisis on the horizon

US water affordablility a dangerWater is relatively cheap when it comes to food and housing, which is why it is sometimes ignored in discussions about public assistance for necessities.

But the cost of water is rising, and researchers at Michigan State University suggest water could become unaffordable to 36 percent of U.S. households in the next five years.

"In cities across the United States, water affordability is becoming an increasingly critical issue," Elizabeth Mack, an assistant geography professor, said in a news release.

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Shai Masot, a senior political officer at the Israeli embassy in the UK, forced to resign

Isreli diplolmat forced to resignAn Israeli political officer, who was at the centre of an Al Jazeera investigation, has been forced to resign from Israel's UK embassy, a senior official in the Israeli foreign ministry told Al Jazeera.

Shai Masot, a senior political officer working at the Israeli embassy, resigned from his post earlier this week, the spokesman said on Thursday.

The investigation, The Lobby, reveals plots by the Israeli diplomat and a British civil servant to destroy the careers of senior politicians.

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Amazon says it will create 100,000 full-time jobs in U.S. by 2018

AmazonAmazon will create 100,000 full-time jobs in the United States with full benefits over the next 18 months, the tech giant announced in a statement Thursday.

The company says the positions are for workers across the country and across all skill and experience levels. Most of the positions will be at fulfillment centers, including new ones under construction in California, Florida, New Jersey and Texas.

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Trump D.C. Hotel Contractors Say They're Owed Millions

Trump owes contractors millionsIn late October, just weeks ahead of the election, President-elect Donald Trump made a quick detour to Washington for the official opening of his new five-star hotel, just a few blocks from the White House.

During a ribbon-cutting ceremony, Trump told the crowd that the two-year, roughly $200 million renovation project at the historic Old Post Office Building was done ahead of schedule and under budget, thanks to what he called an incredible team of people — "including hundreds of construction workers, electricians, maintenance workers and so many others who helped make this project a reality. They're really the important ones."

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U.S. Puts Bumblebee On The Endangered Species List For 1st Time

Bumble bee on endangered species listThe U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has designated the rusty patched bumblebee an endangered species — the first such designation for a bumblebee and for a bee species in the continental U.S.

The protected status, which goes into effect on Feb. 10, includes requirements for federal protections and the development of a recovery plan. It also means that states with habitats for this species are eligible for federal funds.

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Florida Rep. John Rutherford collapses in Capitol

John RutherfordRep. John Rutherford, R-Jacksonville, collapsed during voting Wednesday night and was removed from the Capitol on a stretcher, according to reports.

"He appeared to be receiving oxygen through a mask," according to The Hill. "GOP lawmakers emerged from the vote a short time later, saying Rutherford had been 'stabilized.' "

An email to Rutherford's office has not yet been returned, though a spokesman told the Florida Times-Union he is recovering.

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Top U.S. ethics official: Trump's plan to hand over business control 'meaningless'

Top ethics official: Trump holdings deal meainglessThe top ethics official in the U.S. government on Wednesday dismissed President-elect Donald Trump's promise to cede day-to-day control of his businesses to family members as nothing more than a "meaningless" symbolic gesture.

Walter Shaub, chief of the Office of Government Ethics, a watchdog that monitors the federal government, told reporters that Trump's stated plan does hardly anything to address concerns about potential conflicts of interest he would face in the White House.

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Tennessee woman jailed for attempting abortion accepts plea deal for release

Tennessee woman jailed for attempting abortionA Tennessee woman arrested in late 2015 for using an unravelled coat hanger to attempt her own abortion was released from jail on Monday in exchange for a guilty plea to one felony count of procuring a miscarriage.

Anna Yocca, 32, initially faced a possible life sentence for her September 2015 self-abortion attempt. Under her plea, she was given credit for the 13 months she spent in jail and released immediately.

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The Increasingly Lonely Hope of Barack Obama

Obama syas good-byeYou can tell I’m a lame duck,” Barack Obama joked before his farewell address, on Tuesday night, in Chicago, “because nobody’s following instructions.”

This was a teasing reference to the unbridled whoop of cheers that had gone up as he’d appeared at the podium; despite his best efforts, the President couldn’t convince the twenty-thousand-person congregation of true believers and long-standing aides to quiet down and take a seat.

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