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Motormouth: Cleaning a steering wheel

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Q: I hate sticky fingers – especially when my leather covered steering wheel becomes sticky. During the pandemic I discovered that disinfecting wipes did an excellent job of totally removing stickiness with no apparent residue left over. Unfortunately, I have developed an allergic reaction to the wipes – even when cleaning my steering wheel ...Read more

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Lordstown Motors new management says it may seek money from General Motors

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In a reversal, Lordstown Motors' new management said the company isn't so bad off after all and has enough confirmed preorders for its electric pickup to start production this fall with enough money to run through early next year.

The sunnier outlook comes days after the company stated in a government filing that it did not have enough funds to...Read more

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Welcome to the summer of quitting. Why many of us are saying goodbye to our jobs

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In late May, Sarah Lynch pulled the rip cord.

The 31-year-old brand designer had been working at Coursera, the online education company, for five years. During the pandemic, a booming business in virtual learning meant Lynch was busier than ever — and sinking into burnout.

"I love my company, and I love my work, but I couldn't keep pushing ...Read more

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GM, Wabtec partner for zero-emission locomotives

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All aboard!

General Motors Co. on Tuesday said it is expanding the uses of its Ultium batteries and Hydrotec hydrogen fuel cell systems for locomotives in a partnership with transportation solutions provider Wabtec Corp.

Financial details of the signed nonbinding memorandum were not immediately disclosed. Wabtec, based in Pittsburgh, will ...Read more

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Ford starts shipping new Bronco, filling 125K orders

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The Bronco has finally been released into the wild.

"The Broncos are out of the gates, out of the corral," Erik Williams, Ford plant manager at Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, told a handful of reporters on Monday during a tour.

Take a step back in time: This bestselling SUV was last built in 1996, the year that the Fox News Channel debuted,...Read more

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Retail sales, factory data show growing pains for US recovery

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An onslaught of economic reports on Tuesday added to evidence of a U.S. recovery in full swing, yet one experiencing growing pains.

While retail sales in May fell more than forecast, Americans may simply be shifting more of their spending to services such as travel and entertainment. The government’s report also showed merchant receipts were ...Read more

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As traffic rebounds in LA, commuters say they won't go back to the way things were

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It was the peak of the pandemic when Tiffanie Trinh was offered a job as an IT support technician for Taco Bell and told she could work remotely until further notice. Traffic was practically nonexistent at the time, but she dreaded the one-hour slog between her apartment in Long Beach and her new office in Irvine that awaited.

Her previous job ...Read more

Students and young workers benefit from best summer job market in years

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The reopening economy — coupled with the reluctance of some older workers to go back to lower-wage positions during a pandemic — has brought a shower of jobs to young people, economists say.

A report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics said that more than 5.4 million U.S. teenagers between 16 and 19 years old had jobs in May, an increase of ...Read more

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Meet Loki, Hyundai pitchman. Can Marvel streaming shows sell SUVs and Disney+?

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Meet Loki of Asgard, god of mischief and pitchman of compact SUVs.

As Walt Disney Co.-owned Marvel unveils its latest Disney+ series, "Loki," which premiered last week, the studio's popular superheroes have teamed with automaker Hyundai in an elaborate campaign to promote the new Tucson and the company's all-important streaming service.

The ...Read more

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GE and Safran tout new 'open rotor' engine future for sustainable aviation

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To advance the goal of achieving environmentally sustainable aviation, the jet engine giants of the U.S. and France on Monday unveiled a joint vision that would significantly change both the look of airplane engines and how they work. Their timeline suits Airbus but may be problematic for Boeing.

For the next big advance in future aircraft ...Read more

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Arianne Cohen: Want a lucrative career? Take jobs that force you to make decisions

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By Arianne Cohen

Rate.com careers editor

To launch your career into the stratosphere, aim for roles with ample decision-making tasks.

“It’s basically impossible to keep getting pay increases after (age) 35 or 40 if you’re not in a job that requires decision-making,” says David Deming, a professor of public policy at Harvard Kennedy ...Read more

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Arianne Cohen: How making the right work friends can improve your work life

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Work buddies are like school friends: Fall into the wrong crowd, and your path can swerve southward. Becoming besties with a tired-and-over-it manager might tank your attitude, while friendship with the head of the company volunteer group might socially engage you.

“Some friendships are very positive in terms of performance, motivation and ...Read more

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Farmworker overtime would end racist pay gap, lawmakers say

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Oregon state Rep. Ricki Ruiz grew up the son of two farmworkers, and he remembers his family’s struggles vividly.

“We almost faced eviction five times because we didn't have enough money for rent,” said Ruiz, a first-term Democrat. “We didn't go to the grocery store; we went to the food bank. We didn’t have extra clothes.”

Ruiz ...Read more

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Consumer Confidential: For families of COVID victims, an agonizing wait for burials and paperwork

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Roughly 600,000 Americans have died of COVID-19 — a tragedy of monumental proportions.

But spare a thought as well for the living. Specifically, family members and others tasked with burying the dead and putting the affairs of the deceased in order.

I hadn't really thought about these challenges before speaking the other day with Christine ...Read more

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Amid wave of private sector hacks, feds face pressure to aid businesses on cybersecurity response

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WASHINGTON — Brad Mihlfried’s employer, Butler County-based Xper Inc., has long supplied the U.S. military and its prime contractors with transparent armor for tactical vehicles. “Some people call it bulletproof glass,” he said, but “we always say that nothing’s bulletproof.”

Mihlfried, the company’s director of information ...Read more

Appeals court backs Minnesota approval of new Enbridge pipeline

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The Minnesota Court of Appeals has affirmed the state's approval of Enbridge's controversial new pipeline, a blow to environmental groups and Ojibwe tribes trying to halt its construction.

Opponents of the project, a replacement for the current Line 3, had appealed the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission's 2020 approval of a certificate of ...Read more

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Analyst: Ford planning to move Transit Connect production from Spain to Mexico

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Ford Motor Co. is planning to move production of its Transit Connect van for the North American market from Spain to Mexico, according to an industry analyst.

The vehicle, currently built only in Spain, is expected to start production in North America in 2023, said Sam Fiorani, vice president of global vehicle forecasting at AutoForecast ...Read more

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Susan Tompor: IRS launches new tool for Child Tax Credit for those who don't normally file returns

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Families who don't normally file a tax return will need to pay close attention to a new online tool from the IRS.

A special non-filer tool is now available to help eligible families who don't normally file a tax return register for the monthly Child Tax Credit advance payments that are scheduled to kick off July 15.

Eligible families will ...Read more

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Michael Hiltzik: Chipotle says it raised prices to cover hourly wage hike, doesn't mention execs' huge COVID-19 bonuses

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Fans of Chipotle Mexican Grill's burritos and tacos got a dose of bad news recently: The prices on its fast food menu were going up by as much as 4%, or a whopping 30-cents-plus on the sub-$8 price of a chicken-based meal.

To hear executives at Newport Beach-based Chipotle talk about it, the increase was forced upon them by the cost of front-...Read more

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Carla Fried: What to know before you leave your IRA or 401(k) to the kids

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Their tax bill is accelerated under new law

By Carla Fried

Rate.com financial news editor

Of the many changes wrought by the SECURE Act of 2019, one of the most significant governs how those who inherit retirement accounts take distributions. Starting in 2020, new non-spouse beneficiaries have just 10 years to empty the account. Under old tax...Read more