Kyle Ziemnick

Kyle is a WORLD DIgital news reporter. He is a World Journalism Institute and Patrick Henry College graduate. Kyle resides in Purcellville, Va. Follow him on Twitter @kylezim25.

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California wildfires recede

by Kyle Ziemnick
Posted 8/27/20, 04:28 pm

Homeowners and neighbors wielding garden hoses, dirt, and shovels snuck past evacuation lines to battle blazes. Despite repeated warnings, organized groups of civilians have continued to head to the front lines near Santa Cruz, Calif. One man took buckets of water from a hot tub to douse a small blaze near a neighbor’s house. “I haven’t seen people reengage to this scale, particularly with the level of organization,” said Ken Pimlott, retired director of the state’s Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

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Fed to keep interest rates low

by Kyle Ziemnick
Posted 8/27/20, 01:28 pm

WASHINGTON—The Federal Reserve usually raises interest rates when inflation climbs over 2 percent. But Fed Chairman Jerome Powell announced Thursday that the central bank of the United States is changing that and will keep rates near zero even if inflation goes up, making household and business borrowing easier. Powell said the reduced interest has helped low- and moderate-income families during the coronavirus pandemic: “The robust job market was delivering life-changing gains for many individuals, families, and communities.”

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A selective smile at Amazon

Politics | GOP lawmakers say the retailer’s donation feature is biased against conservatives
by Kyle Ziemnick
Posted 8/27/20, 01:16 pm

WASHINGTON—Jeff Bezos, head of the retail giant Amazon, found himself in the crosshairs of House Republicans this week. Reps. Jim Jordan of Ohio and Jim Sensenbrenner of Wisconsin led a group of 15 GOP lawmakers who signed a letter pressing the CEO for more information on possible bias against conservative organizations taking part in the retailer’s charity-supporting program.

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