Trump backs off imposing China investment limits

President Donald Trump shifted away from a proposal to impose limits on Chinese investment in American technology companies and high-tech exports to China on Wednesday, choosing instead to call upon Congress to strengthen an existing review process. The announcement followed intense internal battles over the issue and reports of impending bans on Chinese investment that had sent financial markets into a nose dive at the beginning of the week. Instead of immediate bans on Chinese investment designed to protect sensitive U.S. technology industries, the administration said it would work with…

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Latest: Trump calls sales tax ruling ‘victory for fairness’

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that states can force online shoppers to pay sales tax (all times local): 5:15 p.m. President Donald Trump is commenting on a Supreme Court decision that may result in shoppers getting charged sales tax on more online purchases. The high court issued its 5-4 decision Thursday morning. On Thursday afternoon, Trump tweeted: “Big Supreme Court win on internet sales tax – about time! Big victory for fairness and for our country. Great victory for consumers and retailers.” The decision,…

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More programming, parties, and spirits are coming to HUBweek this year

The future is coming. Specifically, the future is three and a half months away. Boston’s fourth annual HUBweek, also known as the Festival of the Future, released plans for its 2018 edition on Wednesday, including a first look at its updated festival site. The theme for this year’s innovation event is “We the Future,” described in a press release as “a call to action, inviting attendees, speakers, collaborators, artists, and futurists to collectively imagine, discuss and shape a more inclusive and equitable future for all.” It’s all set to descend…

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2 federal agencies take closer look into Tesla fire

WASHINGTON (AP) — One federal safety agency has dispatched an investigator and another says it is gathering information on a Tesla battery fire in Southern California. The National Transportation Safety Board said Monday it is sending a technical specialist to watch Tesla’s examination of the Model S that caught fire Friday on a street in West Hollywood. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in a statement that it “continues to collect information regarding this incident and will take appropriate action as warranted.” Actor Mary McCormack shared video of her…

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High Court: Online shoppers can be forced to pay sales tax

WASHINGTON (AP) — States will be able to force more people to pay sales tax when they make online purchases under a Supreme Court decision Thursday that will leave shoppers with lighter wallets but is a big financial win for states. Consumers can expect to see sales tax charged on more online purchases — likely over the next year and potentially before the Christmas shopping season — as states and retailers react to the court’s decision, said one attorney involved in the case. The Supreme Court’s 5-4 opinion Thursday overruled…

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Telemundo Has a Big Goal: Win the World Cup

MIAMI — Nearly seven years before this year’s World Cup began, Eli Velazquez, a sports television executive for Telemundo, was awakened by an early morning phone call from his boss six time zones away. It was earth-shattering news. For the first time, Velazquez’s longtime employer, Telemundo, one of the main Spanish-language broadcast networks in the United States, had wrested away World Cup broadcast rights from Univision, its archrival. For the hefty sum of $600 million, the 2018 and 2022 World Cups were theirs. Still in bed, Velazquez, who had helped…

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Mexican Soccer Fans’ New Champions: The South Korean Squad

Advertisement Germany’s World Cup loss meant Mexico would live to fight another day — and fans had South Korea to thank. By Tiffany May and Su-Hyun Lee June 28, 2018 ImageSouth Korean consul general to Mexico, Byoung-Jin Han, celebrating with grateful Mexican fans outside the Korea embassy in Mexico City, Mexico, Wednesday.CreditJames Wagner/The New York Times South Korea’s upset victory over Germany, the World Cup’s defending champions, had fans chanting in the streets — in Mexico. Germany’s loss on Wednesday meant Mexico would advance to the knockout round and get…

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How Argentina Lost Its Way. (Spoiler: It’s Not Messi’s Fault.)

The other, more serious, issue is what that abundance of attacking choices says about the team’s defense. There is a valid question over whether the midfield Argentina has brought to Russia is capable of playing the way Sampaoli desires — the intense, high-pressing style that has brought him so much success — but it is at the back that Sampaoli has had to make do with what he has got. Otamendi, Marcos Rojo, Gabriel Mercado, Federico Fazio: these are not elite central defenders. And at fullback, with the noteworthy exception…

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On Soccer: An Oxymoron No More: The Great Brazilian Goalkeeper

With the sort of sigh that suggests he has been through this before, Alisson Becker listens to the stereotype being trotted out. It runs like this: Brazil does not produce world-class goalkeepers, because Brazil does not generally need world-class goalkeepers. And yet here is Alisson: not only a Brazilian, and a goalkeeper, but coming off the back of a season in which his performances have caused many to decide that he is among the finest exponents of his position on the planet. Bashfully, he accepts the praise, but it is…

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The ‘Ruligans’ in Russia, Courtesy of Iceland

VOLGOGRAD, Russia — In the lean years of Icelandic soccer, roughly defined as the years before 2011, it was hard to get anyone excited about the national team. Icelanders tend to be phlegmatic. Their idea of an anti-government riot is getting together and throwing yogurt at the Parliament building. The soccer team’s terrible record did not help, even on the rare occasions when things went from bad to less bad. Arni Thor Gunnarsson, a longtime fan, remembers a match with Germany in 2003 that ended in a 0-0 tie —…

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