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California Supreme Court to hear appeal seeking to overturn new rooftop solar rules

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A trio of environmental groups opposed to recent changes to the rules affecting the 1.8 million Californians who have installed rooftop solar on their homes and businesses will get their day before the state Supreme Court.

The high court has agreed to hear arguments by the Environmental Working Group, the Center for Biological Diversity and the...Read more

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GM says it will move headquarters from RenCen to Hudson's site in 2025

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DETROIT — General Motors Co. on Monday said it will move its global headquarters to the Hudson’s Detroit development next year as it works with billionaire mortgage mogul Dan Gilbert's real estate firm to redevelop the Renaissance Center, its current home a mile away.

GM CEO Mary Barra alongside Gilbert, Mayor Mike Duggan and Wayne County ...Read more

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How the UAW is winning over new plants -- starting with Volkswagen

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The United Auto Workers is on the cusp of a significant milestone in its audacious effort to grow by 150,000 people across 13 automakers, including Tesla Inc., BMW AG and Nissan Motor Co.

This week, a Volkswagen AG factory will vote on whether to become the only foreign commercial carmaker unionized in the US. It would also be the first vehicle...Read more

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Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson remains world's busiest airport

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Hartsfield-Jackson International has again been named the world’s busiest airport, handling more passengers than any other in 2023.

With 104.7 million passengers passing through last year, the Atlanta airport had more passengers than Dubai in the No. 2 spot with nearly 87 million passengers and Dallas/Fort Worth at No. 3 with 81.8 million ...Read more

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How to save money at the pharmacy counter

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Steve Wexler has experienced the trouble of finding affordable prescription drugs.

A few years ago, the 70-year-old Plymouth, Minnesota, resident opted to cut short his prescription for Eliquis, a popular blood thinner, rather than pay nearly $1,000 out-of-pocket for his final month on the medication.

Smart shopping can't always tame high ...Read more

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Rainier Beer shortage has Seattle taps dry and fans frothing

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It hasn't always been easy for Seattle fans of Rainier Beer.

There were the traumas of the 1970s, when the quintessential Seattle company was sold to the first in a string of out-of-state beer conglomerates.

Then Rainier's landmark brewery near Boeing Field was closed in 1999, and the actual brewing of the beer was outsourced — eventually to...Read more

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Anheuser-Busch beer sales are down. Its non-alcoholic options are on the rise

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ST. LOUIS — Anheuser-Busch InBev's beer sales dropped by $1.5 billion in North America last year, but its nonalcoholic beer sales are exceeding expectations, a shift experts credit to consumers becoming more health-conscious and beverage choices expanding.

The company's no-alcohol beer portfolio, which includes Budweiser Zero, Stella Artois 0...Read more

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Labor costs, shortage, increasing reliability: Why we're seeing more robots inside plants

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Long used mostly for the “dull, dirty and dangerous” tasks in manufacturing, robots are increasingly considered “desirable” amid rising labor costs and shortages, strike risks and the need for flexibility in navigating the bumpy electric vehicle transition.

A record contract between the United Auto Workers and the Detroit Three ...Read more

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Cheap mortgages deter workers from relocating for $250,000 jobs

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Manager recruits in the industrial Midwest are shunning offers to move to the American South — in part because they’re locked into super-low 30-year mortgages.

A tight labor market that’s allowing workers to stay closer to home, rising housing costs and a post-pandemic shift toward remote or hybrid-work arrangements are making it a ...Read more

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Motormouth: Downshifting

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Q: I own a car with an 8-speed automatic transmission and manual shifters. If I am approaching a red light 50-100 yards away, am I better off downshifting or gently applying the brakes? Does repeated downshifting do long term damage to the transmission?

P.J., South Windsor, Connecticut

A: Many transmissions remain in the drive mode or can be ...Read more

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Hudson Yards Vessel to reopen three years after spate of deaths

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The Vessel at Hudson Yards will reopen later this year, it was announced on Friday, three years after it was shuttered following a spate of suicides.

The honeycombed installation opened in March 2019 as the centerpiece of the new Hudson Yards neighborhood in Midtown Manhattan. But it quickly gained notoriety after several visitors took their ...Read more

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Honda's Midwest manufacturing plants begin EV conversion

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Move over Accord, here comes Honda’s EV line.

Honda Motor Co. is transferring production of its iconic, internal combustion engine-powered Accord sedan from its long-time home in Marysville, Ohio, to its Greensburg, Indiana, assembly plant to make room for electric vehicle production starting in 2025. The move is a major step in Honda’s "...Read more

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New EV sales hit crossroads, while used EVs have open road for growth

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No one said electrifying the auto industry was going to be a smooth ride.

Electric vehicle sales got off to a slow start in 2024, with some some automakers — namely EV pioneer Tesla — seeing their sales momentum reverse.

After the country eclipsed 1.2 million EV sales in 2023, new plug-in vehicle sales increased about 3% year-over-year ...Read more

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Aviation industry tackles safety issues as travel picks up

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A series of troubling airline incidents and upheaval at aircraft manufacturer Boeing have raised questions about air safety, as more travelers take to the skies this spring and look toward summer trips.

Aviation industry experts say flying remains one of the safest forms of transportation. The U.S. passenger airline industry also hasn’t had a...Read more

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US Steel shareholders approve Nippon Steel's $14.1 billion takeover offer

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United States Steel Corp. shareholders voted in favor of a $14.1 billion takeover offer by Nippon Steel Corp., leaving the fate of the deal for the iconic American steelmaker to the realm of U.S. regulators and politics.

Investors of U.S. Steel endorsed the Japanese steelmaker’s $55-a-share offer at a special shareholders’ vote Friday with ...Read more

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Google says it will reduce some user access to California news sites

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Google said Friday it would remove links to California news sites from its search results for some of its users, as it pushes back against a pending bill that would require the Silicon Valley technology company to pay publishers.

The search giant said the bill, called the California Journalism Preservation Act (CJPA), would upend its business ...Read more

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Roku says 576,000 accounts were hacked in latest breach

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Roku on Friday disclosed that 576,000 accounts were accessed by malicious actors.

The San José, California, technology company said that it discovered the problem after monitoring unusual account activity on its platform earlier this year that affected roughly 15,000 user accounts.

Through its investigation, Roku said that the malicious ...Read more

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Ruling paves way for Biden to approve stricter California vehicle rules, but SCOTUS looms

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WASHINGTON — A federal court ruling this week allows California to keep setting air pollution and vehicle emissions standards above and beyond federal limits, with potentially far-reaching impacts for an auto industry that's navigating a bumpy electric transition.

The decision preserves a regulatory double standard across the country. There ...Read more

Econometer: Is the negative effect of the $20 fast-food minimum wage overblown?

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Earlier this month, California fast-food workers started earning a $20 an hour minimum wage. The law applies to restaurants offering limited or no table service and which are part of a national chain with at least 60 establishments nationwide.

Proponents of the bill, and many fast-food workers, say the increase will help them pay bills, rent ...Read more

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Oakland International Airport to add San Francisco Bay to name -- legal war looms

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OAKLAND, California — Despite an uproar from politicians and tourism executives, officials who oversee Oakland International Airport voted Thursday to add “San Francisco Bay” to the transit hub’s name.

The change is meant to spur economic growth in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic and create a higher profile for the least busy of ...Read more