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Saturday, December 7th, 2019

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Grace: Beer, wine and coffee are now on tap at Nebraska Furniture Mart

The Mart is not the first alt-bar. Whole Foods has a bar and lets you sip and shop (taking the edge off that grocery tab). Some HyVees offer sit-down bar areas. Read more

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Subscribers onlyGrace: This Nebraskan is not OK with Nebraska Furniture Mart going 50 shades of beige with 'NFM'

Andy Shefsky, a Nebraska Furniture Mart spokesman, says "NFM" is a logo change, not a name change. The headquarters is staying put in Nebraska. The company practice of selling cheap and telling the truth isn't changing. And that "N" in NFM remains Nebraska. Read more

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Blackstone residents' continued opposition doesn't sway Planning Board; condo project advances

The unanimous vote came despite continued complaints from some homeowners who think the building is too big and doesn't fit their neighborhood. Read more

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Grassley says window of opportunity is closing for new North American trade agreement this year

House Democrats say they're close to finalizing the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement. But Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, says he's "worried that if a deal can't be reached by the end of the week, USMCA will not be ratified by this year. That means that we enter 2020 with a great deal of uncertainty for farmers." Read more

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Trump slaps surprise tariffs on Brazil and Argentina, citing currency devaluation

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump announced plans Monday to resurrect tariffs on all steel and aluminum imports from Brazil and Argentina, stunning political and industry leaders in those countries and extending the White House’s adversarial trade tactics to new fronts. Read more

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Neighbors warm up to design changes, but say proposed Blackstone condos are 'still too big'

"It's still way oversized for the block," said Rhonda Stuberg, president of the Blackstone Neighborhood Association. "If nothing else, we're making an objection that could be helpful to other neighborhoods." Read more

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As U.S. and Europe shift from coal, the developing world burns even more

Since the start of the decade, coal use has jumped 54% in the developing world, presenting huge challenges to the push to stave off the most dire impacts of climate change. Read more

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A green Christmas: You have many sustainable gift wrap options

Growing unease about waste has some Americans rethinking wrapping paper. U.S. sales of wrapping paper climbed 4% to $8.14 billion last year, according to a recent report by Sundale Research. But sales of reusable gift bags rose faster, the company said. Read more

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Still on top: ‘Cyber Monday’ sales on track to hit record

NEW YORK (AP) — “Cyber Monday” is still holding up as the biggest online shopping day of the year, even though the same deals have been available online for weeks and the name harks back to the days of dial-up modems. Read more

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Huge Siberian pipeline binds Russia and China as gas flows for the first time

MOSCOW - When Russian gas flowed into northern China on Monday, as Presidents Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping ordered the taps open, it sent geopolitical ripples across the globe. Read more