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What will become of the Trump brand after he leaves office?

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For Donald Trump, the cost of an incendiary presidential career started adding up on Day One: Macy's department stores stopped selling his menswear collection after he called Mexican immigrants "rapists" during his first campaign event.

A few months later, after Trump called for a "total and complete shutdown" of Muslims entering the United ...Read more

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WR Grace agrees to talks with unsolicited $4.3 billion bidder

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W.R. Grace & Co. said Friday it was willing to discuss a possible sale to 40 North Management after the New York company boosted its unsolicited offer for the Columbia specialty chemical giant to $4.3 billion.

In a letter to 40 North executives and shared publicly, Grace President and CEO Hudson LaForce said the company’s board discussed the ...Read more

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Michael Hiltzik: Scores of billionaires supported Trump, showing the necessity of a wealth tax

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If there's a single all-encompassing truism about American politics, it's that investing in the right candidate can pay a handsome dividend.

That's certainly validated by the experience of the scores of American billionaires who helped bankroll Donald Trump's last presidential campaign.

Many own fortunes based on the real estate, private ...Read more


Nearly 1.6 million Illinois Facebook users to get about $350 each in privacy settlement

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The check is not yet in the mail, but nearly 1.6 million Illinois Facebook users can expect to get about $350 each in a landmark privacy lawsuit.

The totals were disclosed in a California federal court Thursday during the final approval hearing for a $650 million class-action settlement over alleged violations of Illinois’ biometric privacy ...Read more

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Disney, Universal and SeaWorld report falls, seizures and other injuries of guests

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A 25-year-old woman had a seizure on Universal’s Hagrid’s Magical Creature Motorbike Adventure last month while at Disney, an 86-year-old woman fell as she left Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway, “injuring her head, arm and leg” in late October, according to a state report released Friday.

Every three months, the Florida Department of...Read more

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GM working on expanding Corvette line with crossover SUV

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Corvette may be going plural.

General Motors Co. is working on a strategy to build at least one new electric vehicle inspired by its Corvette sports car, potentially expanding the brand from a single performance model into a family of vehicles, people familiar with the matter said. If the plan is approved, the most likely model to emerge later ...Read more

Self-driving vehicles allowed to skip some crash safety standards under new rule

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WASHINGTON — The Trump Administration issued final rules Thursday that will allow self-driving vehicle manufacturers to skip certain federal crash safety requirements in vehicles that aren't designed to carry people.

It marks the first major update to existing federal safety standards to accommodate innovations in driverless technology. While...Read more


Three big airlines ban firearms on flights to Washington, DC

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Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and American Airlines are banning firearms on flights to Washington, D.C. in the wake of last week's rioting at the U.S. Capitol and in preparation for the presidential inauguration next week.

The move by the three large U.S. airlines came as the Federal Aviation Administration said this week it will crack down ...Read more

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The Week Ahead: Inaugurating another earnings season

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Just as President-elect Joe Biden hopes to do with his inauguration speech on Wednesday, corporate America wants to look ahead, not behind.

The path that led to today’s political and business reality is a rough road indeed. That’s putting it politely. Massive unemployment, a deep recession, presidential subterfuge and an end to 200 years of...Read more

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Justice Deparment leaves decades-old music industry decrees unchanged

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The Justice Department has decided against rolling back legislation that governs music licensing, averting a raft of possibly chaotic changes.

After a two-year investigation, there will be no changes to the 80-year-old consent decrees that govern two groups that issue licenses to perform music publicly, Makan Delrahim, the Justice Department’...Read more


From Citroën to Dodge, meet the Stellantis family of vehicles

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This weekend, the trans-Atlantic merger of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV and Groupe PSA of France will cement an industry-leading 14 brands under one roof, eclipsing Volkswagen AG's 12.

But don't expect to see a Peugeot 5008 or Citroën C4 in American showrooms anytime soon. Or Ram pickup trucks and Dodge Hellcats prowling the streets of Paris. ...Read more

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Outdoor workouts in January? COVID-19 restrictions force gyms to get creative during New Year's resolution season

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As temperatures hovered above freezing in Chicago Wednesday morning, nine people gathered in front of infrared heaters at the loading dock at Edge Athlete Lounge, in the West Town area, for a full-body strength routine that finished just before sunrise.

Others followed a livestreamed version from home. But Cary Black, 41, a longtime Edge member...Read more

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Auto review: Electric or gas? Audi e-tron vs. Audi SQ5

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Cadillac Lyriq. Ford Mustang Mach E. Polestar 2. New, premium electric cars are coming and they will inevitably be compared to Tesla, the baseline for battery-powered success. But to sell in volume, these challengers must also outperform the gas siblings across the showroom floor.

Take the electric Audi e-tron Fastback and Audi SQ5 SUVs I just ...Read more

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Airlines, Caribbean scrambling after CDC orders COVID-19 test for US travel

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Travel industry leaders and governments across the tourism-dependent Caribbean are scrambling to figure out how a new testing requirement for passengers flying into the U.S. will affect them.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced this week that as of Jan. 26, all international passengers arriving into the U.S. will need to ...Read more


Auto review: McLaren's new GT is mesmerizing despite its semantics

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There are so many terms in English that make no sense, particularly in the category of food. Consider that Boston Cream Pie isn’t a pie but rather a cake. Or that white chocolate isn’t made from cocoa, so it’s not chocolate. Then again, hot dogs aren’t made from canines, and Buffalo wings aren’t made from bison. But there are other ...Read more


Auto review: Corvette Stingray may be too fast and furious for mere mortals

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2020 Corvette Stingray Coupe: Is this the most fun to be had for 60 grand?

Price: Well, you can, in theory, have one for the starting price of $58,970. My tester cost $80,315. Options include adjustable height, $1,495; aluminum wheels, $995; sueded microfiber steering wheel, $595; and much more mentioned below.

Conventional wisdom: Car and ...Read more


Federal rent relief is coming. Here's what to expect in California

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Lost jobs and income from the COVID-19 pandemic have put many people around the country, millions by the estimate of some experts, behind on their rent payments.

Eviction moratoriums, nationally and in California, expire at the end of the month, putting many at risk of losing their homes. Tenants in Los Angeles County have protection for longer...Read more

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Companies are dumping Trump brand in wake of Capitol insurrection. But can Chicago shed Trump Tower's giant sign?

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With the House having impeached President Donald Trump for a second time and corporate America distancing itself in the wake of the deadly Capitol insurrection, the Trump brand is taking a beating in the waning days of his presidency.

Even as pressure mounts to remove the president’s name from his signature property in Chicago, the Trump ...Read more

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Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line crew may finally get paid for work during pandemic

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Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line crew members who worked without pay during the pandemic may finally be compensated.

A federal judge in Miami approved a settlement agreement between the workers and the cruise line last week, paving the way for relief. After the COVID-19 pandemic shut down the cruise industry in mid-March, Bahamas Paradise Cruise ...Read more


Seattle judge to rule 'as quickly as possible' on whether to force Amazon to put Parler back online

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A federal judge in Seattle indicated Thursday she's likely to take a more measured approach than Parler had wished in weighing whether to force Amazon to swiftly reconnect the conservative social media network to the internet.

Nonetheless, U.S. District Judge Barbara Rothstein said she plans to issue her order "as quickly as possible."

Amazon ...Read more