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PETA seeks shareholder vote to ban SeaWorld trainers from riding dolphins

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SAN DIEGO -- A leading animal rights group is taking its fight to stop SeaWorld trainers from riding dolphins during shows directly to the company's shareholders.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, which has long battled SeaWorld over its handling of killer whales, proposed on Tuesday a shareholder vote to ban certain performance ...Read more

Wrongful death trial over 'Walking Dead' stuntman begins

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The wrongful death trial of "Walking Dead" stuntman John Bernecker started Tuesday in Georgia, with AMC Networks' attorneys arguing that his tragic death was a result of his mistake.

Bernecker, who was 33, died in 2017 from injuries sustained while filming a scene for the series' eighth season. A trial started Tuesday in Gwinnett County, where ...Read more

Exxon prevails over New York in climate accounting case

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NEW YORK -- Exxon Mobil Corp. won a closely watched trial over its accounting for the financial risks of climate change, in an outright rejection of New York state's claim that the energy giant engaged in a cynical scheme to mislead investors for years.

Tuesday's ruling, by New York Supreme Court Justice Barry Ostrager in Manhattan, is a blow ...Read more

Intel is first to share detailed pay disparities. It's not flattering

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It's not really a surprise that white and Asian men dominate the top pay tiers among Intel's U.S. workforce. That's been true in the tech industry for years. What's unusual is the excruciating level of detail about pay disparity the chipmaker is releasing Tuesday to the public -- information it could have kept secret.

In addition to its annual ...Read more

ESL-Sears bankruptcy brawl gets examiner on contested millions

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NEW YORK -- The federal judge overseeing the bankruptcy of Sears Holdings Corp. appointed an examiner in the ongoing fight between the bankrupt estate of Sears and the ESL Investments Inc. unit that bought the company out of bankruptcy, according to a new court filing.

Lawyers for the estate and the ESL subsidiary that bought the retailer, ...Read more

Consumer Confidential: Why can't Californians drive? The DMV's lousy handbook is partly to blame

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Milt Hess is a retired computer consultant who volunteers as an adult-literacy tutor at the Santa Barbara Public Library. He's been working recently with a senior who wants to improve her writing.

The woman mentioned she'll have to renew her California driver's license next year, so they took a look together at the Department of Motor Vehicles ...Read more

Analysis: If Elon Musk's tweets are nonsense, why does he use them to break Tesla news?

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Twitter is nonsense. Don't take it seriously. That, in essence, is what Elon Musk and his team of lawyers argued in the defamation case won by Musk last Friday.

Twitter is "infamous for invective and hyperbole," his attorneys said in legal briefs. Users "play fast and loose with facts," they said. Forums like Twitter "are not a source of facts ...Read more

Amazon donates to wish lists of hundreds of charities

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Amazon is donating hundreds of thousands of needed items such as socks, blankets and canned food to hundreds of U.S. charities that created wish lists on the company's site, and giving five organizations working on homelessness $1 million each.

It said Tuesday the giving program is based on the AmazonSmile Charity Lists that the company ...Read more

LinkedIn says these jobs will be on the rise in 2020

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For many people, looking for a new job is at the top of their list of New Year's resolutions.

And according to jobs and career information site LinkedIn, if you want to get in on some of the up and coming industries, you might want to brush up on your engineering skills.

On Tuesday, LinkedIn released its list of emerging jobs for 2020. And as ...Read more

Apple sues former iPhone chip designer for breach of contract

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Apple will be heading to court in January.

The consumer electronics giant is suing Gerard Williams, Apple's former chief architect of iPhone and iPad microprocessors, for breach of contract on the grounds that he started his own chip-design company while still working at Apple. Williams officially left Apple in February 2019 to launch Nuvia, a ...Read more

The cannabis biz is down but long term it's smoking, analysts say, as marijuana industry gathers in Las Vegas

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LAS VEGAS -- With the cannabis industry reeling from a series of setbacks over the last six months, the marijuana business conference began in Las Vegas on Monday with an investors' meet-up marked by existential distress.

"We are undergoing a recalibration in a very painful way" said Scott Greiper, president of Viridian Capital Advisors. "...Read more

Democrats, White House reach agreement on revised NAFTA trade pact

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WASHINGTON -- After months of negotiations and a last-minute hitch involving Mexico, the White House and House Democrats have reached a deal that clears the way for passage of a revised North American free-trade pact.

"We got the agreement, we're going to go with it," House Ways and Means Committee chairman Rep. Richard Neal, D-Mass., said ...Read more

Talent agency Verve increases assistant pay and other benefits in response to #PayUpHollywood

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LOS ANGELES -- Boutique talent agency Verve has announced it is implementing a number of changes to pay and work life balance that will benefit its assistants.

According to Bill Weinsten, a partner at the 10-year-old firm focusing primarily on writers, the changes are a direct response to the industry-wide outcry over assistant wages, lack of ...Read more

Ballast Point's rise, fall and re-sale: inside craft beer's most baffling deal

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Fresh off a family trip to Rome, Chris Bradley sat down with Brendan Watters, his partner at Kings & Convicts, a little Illinois brewery. Anything happen, Bradley asked, during his vacation?

"We're buying Ballast Point," Watters announced.

"What?" Bradley sputtered. "How?"

That exchange occurred in a Chicago suburb this summer. Similar scenes...Read more

As Chicago's building boom continues, new nonprofit aims to train women and minorities for construction trades

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CHICAGO -- Labor unions and some of the biggest names in Chicago's development community -- attached to projects like Vista Tower, Lincoln Yards and The 78 -- are teaming up with United Way of Metro Chicago to train thousands of people for careers in the building trades.

The nonprofit, called Hire360, is launching about a decade into a ...Read more

One year after Moonves' exit, CBS TV stations also face harassment and misogyny claims

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LOS ANGELES -- Jill Arrington was a star in TV sports. Then, four years ago, the former NFL sideline reporter traded national exposure for what she thought would be a more stable job at CBS' television stations in Los Angeles.

Arrington loved chronicling the Rams and other pro teams, and eventually took on additional duties as the weekend ...Read more

Bay Area exodus: Get a bonus for leaving the Bay Area

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Richard Enlow came to the Bay Area for a tech job a dozen years ago.

Enlow's career as a product designer advanced, he found a partner and domestic stability. Meanwhile, his Bay Area world became more crowded, more expensive and filled with daily anxiety.

So early this year, he started to explore remote tech jobs.

Software startup Zapier was ...Read more

Carla Fried: Helping adult children financially — learn to say no

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Between high rents, student loan debt and meager wage growth, it's hardly surprising that young adults increasingly lean on parents for financial support. A Pew Research survey reports that the majority of us think it would be grand for an adult child to be financially independent by age 22. But Pew's analysis of government data estimates that ...Read more

More California salad contaminated by E. coli bacteria, CDC says

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LOS ANGELES -- California's Salinas Valley is grappling with a new outbreak of E. coli contamination linked to packaged salads.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday that the latest multistate outbreak, which sickened eight people in upper-Midwest states and 16 in Canada, involves a different E. coli strain than the ...Read more

In reversal, Comcast keeps Starz in TV packages as negotiations continue

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Comcast customers can see Starz for a little longer as the cable giant has decided to keep the premium channel in its TV packages until at least the end of the month.

The Philadelphia-based company had planned to remove Starz from all packages and drop 11 Starz and Encore channels on Tuesday as the cable giant battles the network over how much...Read more