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Slack’s debut; Fed tonic; Stocks jump

1. Slack starts trading: Shares in Slack, the workplace messaging tool, will start trading Thursday on the New York Stock Exchange. The tech company’s Wall Street debut is unconventional. Slack opted to pursue a direct listing, which means it didn’t have investment bankers to pitch its shares to institutional investors or go on a roadshow…MORE

Went to the ER? You may be hit with a surprise medical bill.

Unexpected medical bills are one of Americans’ top health care headaches. And it’s easy to see why: Roughly 1 in every 6 emergency room or in-hospital stays generated at least one out-of-network medical bill in 2017, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation analysis of claims data from large-employer plans published Thursday. That leaves patients at…MORE

Angelina Jolie is Time magazine’s newest contributing editor

Actress Angelina Jolie is joining Time magazine as a contributing editor. The magazine’s editor in chief and CEO, Edward Felsenthal, announced the Academy Award winner’s new position on Wednesday. Jolie’s pieces will appear each month and focus on topics including displacement and human rights, the magazine said in a statement. Time cited Jolie’s experience working…MORE

Florida city to pay $600K ransom to hacker who seized computer systems weeks ago

A Florida city is paying $600,000 in Bitcoins to a hacker who took over local government computers after an employee clicked on a malicious email link three weeks ago. Riviera Beach officials voted this week to pay 65 Bitcoins to the hacker who seized the city’s computer systems, forcing the local police and fire departments…MORE

Joe Biden gets in his own way on race

Joe Biden can’t seem to get out of his own way. His campaign started the day by defending his nostalgia for a more civil Washington — when getting things done meant working with segregationists on occasion. His comments at a campaign fundraiser in New York Tuesday night drew swift rebukes from his Democratic rivals for…MORE

Why Washington regulators and lawmakers are turning their attention to YouTube

A version of this article first appeared in the “Reliable Sources” newsletter. You can sign up for free right here. YouTube is under scrutiny from several different directions. One big issue: How children interact with videos. Given YouTube’s dominance, and the allure of the smartphone screen for kids, this is one of the most important…MORE

The US suicide rate is up 33% since 1999, research says

The suicide rate in the United States continues to climb, with a rate in 2017 that was 33% higher than in 1999, new research finds. Suicide rates among people 15 to 64 increased significantly during that period, rising from 10.5 per 100,000 people in 1999 to 14 per 100,000 in 2017, the most recent year…MORE

Liz’s Dirt

Thursday’s Dirt

Kristen Bell recently had to rush her 4 year-old daughter to the emergency room after she stuffed a jewel up her nose.  She said the girl shoved it ‘up to her brain’ but luckily snorted it on on the way to the hospital. ‘Avengers:  Endgame’ is being re-released next weekend with new footage after the…

Wednesday’s Dirt

Nothing is official yet but the cast of ‘Friends’ has allegedly been in secret negotiations with Warner Brothers about returning for a reunion.  The problem is they are all demanding insane salaries.  They are looking for $20 million each. Is this self-help?  Tony Robbins is being accused of punishing his followers by making them drink…