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Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson, President Trump's embattled nominee to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs, has withdrawn from consideration for the post amid allegations he had fostered a hostile work environment and behaved improperly while serving as the top doctor leading the White House medical unit.

Even now, 10 years later, park ranger Andrea Moore remembers the familiar smell in the air that told her it was going to be a good hunt — a damp, sweet smell. It was a mix of rotting bark with an undercurrent of rebirth as trees begin to grow new leaves, while dead ones still litter the terrain.

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What happens if online retailers have to charge sales tax?

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Sometime in June, the Supreme Court is expected to decide whether online retailers have to collect state sales taxes. Back in 1992, the court ruled that companies don't have to collect sales tax if they don't have a physical presence in a state. But recently, South Dakota passed a law demanding sales tax on online sales. Internet retailers Wayfair and Overstock sued in response — those companies might not benefit because their prices are lower without the tax.

04/26/2018: Is there a limit to Amazon's growth?

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(U.S. Edition) As Amazon gets ready to report its first-quarter earnings today, we'll look at the online retailer's massive success, which includes a milestone of 100 million Prime members and the growth of its cloud storage service. But can it keep up with this pace? Then, ahead of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's visit with President Trump on Friday, we'll discuss what Merkel hopes to get out of these talks. Plus: How informal housing in Puerto Rico has made it harder for the territory's residents to get FEMA money to rebuild. 

(Global Edition) From the BBC World Service … A big restructuring at Deutsche Bank means job cuts are on the way. Where is Germany’s biggest lender shifting focus under a newly minted CEO?  Then, a French billionaire is under formal investigation for alleged meddling in two African countries. Afterward, melting Arctic ice is making Greenland’s vast mineral resources more accessible. We’ll explain why elections this week may help the country’s economy shift toward a bigger focus on mining. 

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South Koreans have painstakingly planned out the details ahead of North Korea's Kim Jong Un and South Korea's Moon Jae-in's summit at their shared border Friday, the culmination of a flurry of diplomacy over the past few months.

Will online business be forced to collect state sales taxes? That question will go before the Supreme Court sometime in June. Traditionally, businesses only need to collect sales taxes in states where they have a physical presence. But South Dakota recently passed a law to change that. Two companies, Wayfair and Overstock, sued the state. Marketplace Tech host Molly Wood spoke with Josh Silverman, the CEO of Etsy, about how the court battle could affect smaller online retailers.   

Amazon's Alexa Will Help Kids Learn Manners

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There are now well over 1,000 colleges and universities that don't require SAT or ACT scores in deciding whom to admit, a number that's growing every year. And a new study finds that scores on those tests are of little value in predicting students' performance in college, and raises the question: Should those tests be required at all?

European law enforcement agencies say they've arrested the administrators of a website that allowed users to pay to knock selected websites offline.

The site Webstresser.org let paying customers — for as little as 15 euros a month, according to the European law enforcement agency Europol — launch distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks to shut down websites or Internet users.

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