In this remote outpost in Siberia, the cold is no small affair. Eyelashes freeze, frostbite is a constant danger and cars are usually kept running even when not being used, lest their batteries die in temperatures that average minus-58 degrees Fahrenheit in the winter, according to news reports. This is Oymyakon, a settlement of some 500 people in Russia's Yakutia region, that has earned the reputation as the coldest permanently occupied human settlement in the world.
There are signals of a possible breakthrough in one of the biggest sticking points in NAFTA discussions after Canada joined Mexico in indicating room for negotiation in the auto sector. The development comes one day after markets dipped on Canadian fears odds are rising U.S. President Donald Trump will walk away, and suggests officials are looking for progress in upcoming talks in Montreal as a way to keep negotiations moving.
President Donald Trump told a group of farmers on Monday, Jan. 8, that recent tax cuts and deregulation will revitalize the U.S. rural economy. Trump's speech at the American Farm Bureau Federation's annual conference in Nashville was his first policy address since Congress passed the $1.5 trillion tax overhaul. He said agricultural producers, businesses and workers will all benefit from the legislation, and that easing regulations will get better biotechnology products into farmers' hands.
Farmers are looking for a sign from President Donald Trump that their issues mean as much to him as their votes do. Trump is scheduled to speak Monday at the American Farm Bureau Federation's annual conference in Nashville, the first sitting president to address the group in 26 years. He'll be getting a warm welcome, even though there are policies his administration is pursuing that run counter to some farm interests.
Hello! Good morning! Washington metropolitan area, you have woken and you are on your eighth day of being very cold. Which means, if you are originally from a place accustomed to lower temperatures - New Hampshire, say, or Ely, Minnesota - you are on your eighth day of pompously explaining how you used to ice-pick your way to the office while riding the carcass of a frozen walrus. And you know what? Just stuff it.
One of the great debates in American politics and economics in 2018 is likely to be how to help the country's forgotten towns, the former coal mining and manufacturing hubs with quaint Main Streets that haven't changed much since the 1950s and '60s. Many of these counties turned out heavily to vote for President Donald Trump.
HURON, S.D. - The airport terminal doors slid open and out came 22 people from Puerto Rico, walking a few weeks ago into the whipping South Dakota wind, not quite ready for what was ahead. One person still wore shorts. Another zipped up a hoodie. The group climbed into three waiting vans. "You guys good?" asked one of the drivers who would be taking them to their new home. "Does anybody speak English?" "No," one person said, and the driver let the van go silent before turning up some country music.
The longest winning streak in two decades propelled cotton to 2017's biggest increase among crop commodities, and hedge funds are ready for more gains in 2018. Of the nine components tracked by the Bloomberg Agriculture Subindex, only cotton and wheat contracts posted gains last year. The fiber lead the way with an 11 percent advance as demand grew for U.S. exports. Prices capped 2017 with 10 straight weekly gains, the best streak since 1998.
Trailer-park America is vast - about 18 million people lived in a mobile home in 2015. In most counties, trailers outnumber apartments. In some, mostly in Florida and Georgia, they even outnumber standard single-family homes. For the most part, the outline of this often-marginalized swath of America conforms to stereotype. It's rural, and it's poor.
BUCKEYE, Iowa - "Come on! Come on! Go girls!" Annette Sweeney was on horseback, hollering at her chocolate-colored cows on a perfect Iowa morning, happy that her life is better since Donald Trump became president. Sweeney, 60, raises Angus cows and corn on the flat, green farmland of central Iowa. Just 1 in 7 Americans live in places like this: Rural counties have 72 percent of the nation's land but a shrinking population as urban areas have ballooned in size and wealth.