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Susan Tompor: As robocalls get blocked, text messages could be next big thing for scammers: What to know

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The ongoing pandemic-related stress surely must be worth a free gift, bonus or some sort of discount somewhere.

Unfortunately, we're seeing an onslaught of texts promoting fake COVID-19-themed discounts and deals.

The Better Business Bureau mentions two specific scams that are hitting consumers in September.

There's the text pretending to be ...Read more

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Mark A. Stein: Partial solution to housing crisis: legalizing in-law suites, or ADUs

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Wish you could generate extra income by owning a rental property? Looking for a close and affordable home for your aging parents? Need a place for your recent college graduate to stay until they find a job? You may be in luck.

More lawmakers across the country are adopting legislation to enable property owners to add a separate living space to ...Read more

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Why did China even allow Evergrande to last this long?

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Many comparisons have been made lately between the collapse of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. and the apocalypse at China Evergrande Group, the world’s most indebted real estate developer. But they are nowhere close. Lehman was a top-tier investment bank that went from good to bad during the 2007 subprime mortgage crisis. On the other hand, ...Read more

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UAW identifies $2M in 'improper expenditures' at Michigan local

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The United Auto Workers is hailing its new auditing guidelines as a "deterrent" to corruption after its auditors discovered more than $2 million in improper expenditures of union dues at Local 412 in Warren, Mich., whose members include Stellantis NV workers.

The Local 412 financial secretary has been suspended, the UAW confirmed. The union's ...Read more

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Amazon's workforce split sharply along the lines of race and gender, new data indicates

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More than 60% of the nearly 400,000 U.S. workers Amazon hired into its lowest-paying hourly roles between 2018 and 2020 were Black or Hispanic, and more than half were women, according to new employee demographic data for the years 2019 and 2020.

Meanwhile, the company's highest-paid tiers remain overwhelmingly white or Asian and male, despite ...Read more

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Newsom signs bill taking aim at labor practices in Amazon warehouses

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Amazon and other warehouse operators across California will face new regulation of their labor practices under a law signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom Wednesday evening.

The first-of-its-kind legislation, AB 701, gives Amazon and other warehouse workers new power to fight quotas, which critics say have fostered dangerous conditions by pressuring ...Read more

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Comcast launches XiOne, its first global streaming device

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Comcast has launched a new streaming device called XiOne, its first to be available for all of its customers worldwide.

The streaming box and voice remote — which let customers access Netflix, Hulu, Peacock, and other online video subscriptions — is already available in Italy and Germany for customers of Sky, the Comcast-owned European TV ...Read more

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Cost of chip shortage totals $210 billion -- double early estimates, consultant says

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The global semiconductor shortage will cost $210 billion in lost revenues this year, estimates AlixPartners LLP, up 91% from the firm's previous May forecast of $110 billion.

Additionally, the global consulting firm with roots in Metro Detroit now expects the industry to lose production of 7.7 million vehicles this year, a 97% increase from the...Read more

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US initial jobless claims unexpectedly rose for a second week

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Applications for U.S. state unemployment benefits unexpectedly rose last week, led by a surge in claims in California, a sign of choppy weekly data as the labor market continues its broad recovery.

Initial unemployment claims in regular state programs rose to 351,000 in the week ended Sept. 18, Labor Department data showed Thursday. The median ...Read more

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Real estate Q&A: The association says I missed payments. I say I didn't. Now what?

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Q: For the last several months, my condo association has accused me of missing two payments from several years ago that they apparently just discovered. I paid my dues with online bill pay and provided the association with proof of payment for those two months. The property manager is still asking for the “missed” payments and refuses to ...Read more

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Former Defense secretary applauded 'young Elizabeth' Holmes, but bloom came off

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SAN JOSE, Calif. — Retired four-star general and former U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis wrote admiring messages to Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes after she told him of her startup’s technology, but after he joined the board he came to question her promises, jurors heard at Holmes’ criminal fraud trial Wednesday.

“There just came ...Read more

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Despite Delta variant slowing growth, Federal Reserve signals plans to start reversing some stimulus programs

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WASHINGTON — Despite a still-menacing pandemic and a cascade of other domestic and international threats to the U.S. economy, Federal Reserve policymakers on Wednesday expressed confidence in the recovery and said they could soon start withdrawing stimulus programs supporting financial markets and the economy.

Fed officials, however, were ...Read more

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Tech groups sue in attempt to void Texas social media law

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Two technology industry groups filed suit Wednesday is an effort to strike down a new Texas law that will let social media users sue if they or their opinions are blocked from view or removed.

Texas House Bill 20 — inspired by complaints that conservatives are frequently censored online — also will give the state attorney general the power ...Read more

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GM's new business model turns carmaker into software company: 'A potential game-changer'

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General Motors' transition to all-electric vehicles will transform the century-old automaker into a software company that just happens to make hardware: cars.

In the new business model, the cars will be a platform to deliver GM-developed software to offer consumers services beyond their vehicle. Services that can be used in their homes and ...Read more

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Film crews threatening to strike nationwide

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Film crews are on the brink of a strike that could shut down the film and TV industry nationwide.

Negotiations have broken down between the International Alliance of Theatrical and Stage Employees (IATSE), which represents almost all primary crew members on major TV and movie sets, and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, ...Read more

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O'Hare ranked last among biggest US airports as passenger satisfaction starts to dip from record highs earlier in the pandemic

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Passenger satisfaction at America’s airports is starting to dip from all-time highs as airports get busier, with O’Hare International Airport ranking last and Midway Airport in the bottom half, according to a study released Wednesday.

Overall, airports still scored higher than ever on the 2021 North American Airport Satisfaction Survey by J...Read more

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GM hires former chief of NHTSA to run its regulatory affairs

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General Motors has hired the former chief of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to head global regulatory affairs for the automaker.

GM said Wednesday that David Strickland will join the company as vice president of Global Regulatory Affairs starting Oct. 1. He will report to Omar Vargas, GM vice president and head of Global ...Read more

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Fed signals bond-buying taper may start soon, split on 2022 hike

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Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell said the central bank could begin scaling back asset purchases as soon as November and complete the process by mid-2022, after officials revealed a growing inclination to raise interest rates next year.

Powell, explaining the U.S. central bank’s first steps toward withdrawing emergency pandemic support for ...Read more

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Fed signals bond-buying taper may start soon, split on 2022 hike

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Federal Reserve officials signaled they would probably begin tapering their bond-buying program soon and revealed a growing inclination to start raising interest rates in 2022.

If progress toward the Fed’s employment and inflation goals “continues broadly as expected, the committee judges that a moderation in the pace of asset purchases ...Read more

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Crypto faces existential threat as crackdown gathers steam

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Cryptocurrency firms are fighting for lobbyists and fielding subpoenas in what could be an existential fight over how the multitrillion-dollar industry should be regulated.

In the past month, lobbyists have been overwhelmed by firms seeking representation in Washington, as regulators threaten the cryptocurrency companies with lawsuits or cease-...Read more