Automakers to Trump: Higher tariffs would affect consumers, jobs

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WASHINGTON -- Domestic and foreign automakers are sending President Donald Trump a message on his proposal to tax imported autos and auto parts: Don't.

Two days before a Thursday hearing at the U.S. Department of Commerce on the proposed tariffs, seven trade groups -- whose members include General Motors, Ford, Fiat Chrysler and other companies...Read more

MLB explores streaming option to resolve Dodgers' TV blackout

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WASHINGTON -- As the Los Angeles Dodgers' television blackout extends through a fifth consecutive season, Commissioner Rob Manfred said Tuesday that the league has explored ways to make broadcasts available to all fans via the internet.

The league looked into the possibility of streaming SportsNet LA broadcasts throughout the Los Angeles market...Read more

Microsoft and Walmart signed a broad, five-year deal for the retailer to use Azure cloud services

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Walmart and Microsoft have signed a broad five-year cloud-computing deal as both companies try to find a way around Amazon in the race to the top.

Walmart will use Azure, Microsoft's cloud-computing system, and Microsoft 365, the Redmond company's suite of office software on the cloud, to run the retailer's internal operations, power its ...Read more

McDonald's teams with Starbucks on search for recyclable, compostable cups

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McDonald's is joining an effort begun this spring by its coffee-focused rival, Starbucks, to produce a recyclable hot beverage cup.

The NextGen Cup Consortium is the centerpiece of Starbucks' third attempt in the last decade to redesign the ubiquitous plastic-lined paper cup for recycling or composting. While plastic straws have been in the ...Read more

Airfares continue to drop even as jet fuel prices climb

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The average domestic airline ticket cost $346 in the first three months of the year, an approximately 3.7 percent decline from the same period last year and the latest drop from an industry that has been facing rising jet fuel prices.

The airfares, reported Tuesday by the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics, do not include optional ...Read more

After decades of sexual harassment, flight attendants are getting their #MeToo movement

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It has been 17 years since Liza Sanchez got her first real taste of the pervasive sexual harassment that for decades has been accepted on airplanes.

The flight attendant was in her early 20s, just starting out, when she pushed the drink cart up to row two on a Spirit Airlines flight. The man in the aisle seat was tall with brown hair and ...Read more

Jeff Bezos is now the richest man ever in modern history — and here's how Silicon Valley billionaires compare

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With his net worth topping $150 billion, Jeff Bezos is now the wealthiest person in modern history.

That's according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, which as of Tuesday showed that the Amazon CEO is more than $55 billion ahead of the world's second-richest person, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, whose net worth stands at $95.3 billion.

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Boeing predicts strong growth in world's airplane fleet, looking past near-term uncertainties

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Boeing unveiled its annual 20-year forecast for the airplane business at the Farnborough Air Show on Tuesday, reaffirming its very positive view in the ninth consecutive year of a soaring aviation market.

It projects that the world fleet of jet planes will double over the next two decades, from about 24,000 commercial airplanes flying last year...Read more

San Diego council votes to limit Airbnb rentals to primary residences only

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SAN DIEGO -- In a move that will dramatically alter San Diego's home sharing landscape, the City Council Monday voted to outlaw vacation rentals in secondary homes, limiting short-term stays to one's primary residence only.

The effect of the action will be to curtail investor activity in the short-term rental market while also barring residents...Read more

Lawmakers target social media's liability exemption for user posts

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Top Republican lawmakers on Tuesday attacked one of the legal protections most prized by social media companies such as Alphabet Inc.'s Google and Facebook Inc., questioning whether they should be held liable for content posted by users.

House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte asked representatives from the companies and Twitter Inc. at a ...Read more

TD Bank customers feel short-changed by 'Penny Arcade' settlement

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Anthony Parisi Sanchez dumped socks full of change into TD Bank's Penny Arcade coin-counting machine every week for six years, turning hundreds of dollars' worth of pennies, nickels and dimes into what he assumed would be the same amount in cash.

But media reports found the bank was undercounting the change. And this year TD Bank settled a ...Read more

UnitedHealth Group beats earnings estimates as profit jumps 28 percent

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Profit jumped by 28 percent at UnitedHealth Group during the second quarter as the nation's largest health insurer topped earnings estimates and once again boosted financial guidance for the year.

The Minnetonka, Minn.-based health care giant posted earnings of $2.92 billion on $56.1 billion in revenue, which was about 12 percent ahead of ...Read more

Red state charities could be collateral damage from the GOP's war on California's high taxes

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WASHINGTON -- The Alabama Opportunity Scholarship Fund has helped 5,000 low-income children since starting in 2013, but its days could be numbered because of a partisan fight over state-and-local tax deductions prompted by the GOP tax overhaul.

Money for the fund, which provides annual scholarships averaging $6,000 to attend a private K-through...Read more

CVS fires 2 Chicago store employees after white manager calls cops on black customer

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CHICAGO -- CVS has fired two employees at a store in the Edgewater neighborhood who called the police on a black female customer Saturday after she attempted to use a coupon.

"We have completed our investigation, and as a result the two colleagues who were involved are no longer employed by CVS Health," Mike DeAngelis, a spokesman for CVS ...Read more

Elon Musk is at war with everyone from regulators to stock analysts to a Thai child rescuer

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SAN FRANCISCO -- "Do you think I'm insane?"

That's the first line in the first chapter in the bestselling biography of Elon Musk by author Ashley Vance. Musk had asked Vance the question over dinner.

Vance dodged the subject. But anyone monitoring Musk's Twitter feed and other public behavior lately might well wonder what's got into the CEO of...Read more

Liz Reyer: How to stay in the loop when your work team is in another city

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Q: I'm part of a team that I like a lot. The problem is that I only see them in person a couple of times a year. The rest of the time they are in one place and I'm in a different city. My boss is a good guy, but doesn't really follow through on team-building ideas. What can I do to keep from being out of the loop?

-- Alex, 41, IT test lead

A: ...Read more

Your Office Coach: Avoid complicating simple misunderstandings with drama

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Q: One of my coworkers is lying about a task she was supposed to complete. "Dawn" is responsible for renewing everyone's membership in our industry's professional association. However, last year she had a problem with my password, so I processed the renewal myself.

This year, I assumed that Dawn would renew my membership. I expected her to ask ...Read more

Amazon's website crashes for some users as Prime Day kicks off

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Amazon's website experienced widespread crashes and problems Monday shortly after the e-commerce company's annual day of sales, Prime Day, began at noon.

The app and website worked intermittently early Monday afternoon, sometimes showing deals, sometimes showing pictures of various dogs with apologetic messages. One French bulldog proclaimed, "...Read more

FCC chair's 'serious concerns' over WGN sale puts Sinclair-Tribune Media merger in jeopardy

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Sinclair Broadcast Group's proposed $3.9 billion purchase of Chicago-based Tribune Media may be in jeopardy after Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai issued a statement Monday expressing "serious concerns" about the deal.

"The evidence we've received suggests that certain station divestitures that have been proposed to the FCC ...Read more

Googlers threatened after fired engineer Damore identifies them in court filings: judge

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Google employees whose comments in internal communications were filed in court by a fired engineer have received online threats -- but engineer James Damore redacted the names of Googlers sympathetic to his cause.

That's according to a judge in Damore's lawsuit against the Mountain View tech giant.

Google sacked Damore last year after he wrote...Read more