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Apple worker's tax form left on office printer showed he made $10,000 more than a woman doing the same job. Now she's suing

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Justina Jong’s revelation that she was being paid less at Apple because she’s female came from an unexpected place: an office printer.

That’s according to a lawsuit filed Thursday claiming Apple systematically paid thousands of women less than men. It alleges that on the printer in the Apple office in Sunnyvale where Jong worked was a W-2...Read more

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Twistee Treat -- the iconic Northeast Philly soft serve stand -- is up for sale

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PHILADELPHIA — Have $150,000? You could buy the rights to operate a giant pink ice cream cone on the corner of Longshore and Frankford Avenues in Northeast Philadelphia.

Mohammed Nasher is selling Twistee Treat, the ice cream business operating out of the neighborhood's iconic 27-foot-tall cone.

Posts advertising the sale started circulating...Read more

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Corn-sugar chemical plant in Minnesota lands $213 million federal loan

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The federal government is financing a large manufacturing plant in southwest Minnesota that will turn corn sugar into chemicals usually made from petroleum.

The Department of Energy on Thursday announced a tentative $213 million loan for Solugen Inc. to construct its 500,000-square-foot facility in Marshall.

At the plant, which Solugen calls a...Read more

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Criminals likely stole personal information in Ascension cyberattack, system says

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Cybercriminals stole files from hospital system Ascension that likely contained personal information, Ascension said in a statement Wednesday, about a month after revealing it had fallen victim to a ransomware attack.

Ascension said it now has evidence that the attackers took files from seven of the system’s 25,000 file servers. Ascension is ...Read more

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Boeing discloses 787 fastener issue as FAA steps up scrutiny

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Boeing Co. said it’s inspecting undelivered 787 Dreamliners after discovering that fasteners were incorrectly installed on a section of the carbon-composite aircraft, underscoring the heightened scrutiny on quality lapses at the embattled manufacturer.

The issue is the latest to come to light as U.S. regulators ramp up oversight of Boeing ...Read more

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Medtronic layoffs continue as it realigns workforce to 'strategic priorities'

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Medtronic continues this year to quietly trim jobs.

The company run from Fridley, Minnesota, began far-reaching global layoffs in April 2023 but has disclosed little information, including how many employees were cut.

A new round of layoffs hit in early May, according to social media posts from affected employees. Several of them said the ...Read more

Real estate Q&A: Do we have to give back deposit after buyer couldn't get financing?

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Q: We recently signed a contract to sell our home. Yesterday, our real estate agent told us the buyer was canceling because they could not get financing. We feel we should be able to keep the deposit because we denied other offers for this one and wasted more than a month. Do we need to return the deposit? — Jacques

A: When a seller and buyer...Read more

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Disneyland union files charges against Disney in Mickey button dispute

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A coalition of labor organizations representing thousands of Disneyland employees has filed unfair labor practice charges against Disney for allegedly “threatening to discipline” workers for wearing union pins depicting Mickey Mouse’s raised fist.

Master Services Council — which represents 13,000 custodians, ride operators, candy makers...Read more

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Michael Hiltzik: The fast-food industry claims the California minimum wage law is costing jobs. Its numbers are fake

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The fast-food industry has been wringing its hands over the devastating impact on its business from California's new minimum wage law for its workers.

Their raw figures certainly seems to bear that out. A full-page ad recently placed in USA Today by the California Business and Industrial Alliance asserted that nearly 10,000 fast-food jobs had ...Read more

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Boeing discloses 787 fastener issue as FAA steps up scrutiny

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Boeing Co. said it’s inspecting undelivered 787 Dreamliners after discovering that fasteners were incorrectly installed on a section of the carbon-composite aircraft, underscoring the heightened scrutiny on quality lapses at the embattled manufacturer.

The issue is the latest to come to light as US regulators ramp up oversight of Boeing ...Read more

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US jobless claims rise to highest in 9 months, led by California

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Initial applications for U.S. unemployment benefits jumped to the highest level in nine months, led by a large increase in California, during a period where holidays and the end of school year can cause fluctuations in claims.

Initial claims increased by 13,000 to 242,000 in the week ended June 8, according to Labor Department data released ...Read more

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Ford nixes Model e dealer program, letting all US retailers sell EVs

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All Ford Motor Co. dealerships in the United States will be able to sell its electric vehicles effective July 1 with the automaker's decision to sunset its voluntary Model e certification program.

The change will double the number of U.S. Ford dealers eligible to sell EVs to 2,800. The initiative launched in 2022 required dealers on average to ...Read more

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Oil and gas groups suing Biden EPA over 'EV mandate'

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WASHINGTON — A coalition of oil and gas lobbying groups is suing the Biden administration to stop its new tailpipe emissions standards.

The lawsuit, led by the American Petroleum Institute and the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers, complains that Environmental Protection Agency regulations finalized in March will effectively end the...Read more

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Why Shari Redstone went cold on a Paramount sale to Skydance

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LOS ANGELES — For seven months, media mogul Shari Redstone agitated for Paramount Global's leaders to embrace her plan to hand the storied media company to tech scion David Ellison.

Paramount then-Chief Executive Bob Bakish and several board members resisted. Investors howled that the Ellison deal would give Redstone and her family a rich ...Read more

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Scams tied to Ozempic and other new weight-loss drugs are surging. How to protect yourself

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Ozempic, Wegovy and other new weight-loss drugs have proved so good at helping users shed pounds, they've quickly become a multibillion-dollar industry.

The prescription-only medications have also been in consistently short supply, which is why they've grown increasingly popular — with scammers.

Online con artists are luring victims with ...Read more

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GM-Ultium battery workers to vote this weekend on new UAW deal. Here's what it includes

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Workers at General Motors Co.'s first joint-venture battery plant in northeast Ohio will vote this weekend on an initial union contract with wage improvements likely to set a pattern for the industry as more battery plants open.

After announcing the deal on Friday, the United Auto Workers this week released details of the first deal with Ultium...Read more

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San Jose makes it legal to sell your ADU separately from your home

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San Jose this week became the first city in California to make it legal for homeowners with backyard cottages to sell those properties separately as condominiums.

Construction of accessory dwelling units, or ADUs, has taken off in recent years, as property owners take advantage of new streamlining laws that makes them easier to build. San Jose�...Read more

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Waffle House raises server pay following union-led pressure campaign

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Restaurant chain Waffle House recently announced pay raises for servers after more than a year of a public pressure campaign led by a union that represents service workers in the South.

The campaign included strikes and petitions calling attention to worker demands for higher pay, safer working conditions and an end to mandatory meal deductions...Read more

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Engineers sue Elon Musk and SpaceX, saying the company mirrored his juvenile, crude X posts

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SpaceX and its billionaire owner, Elon Musk, are being sued by eight former employees who allege they were fired after asking the company to address a toxic work culture they say is rife with sexual harassment and discrimination.

The former employees say Musk encouraged an inappropriate work environment in the spacecraft company with his social...Read more

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Inflation is easing. Why is car insurance still so expensive?

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Inflation is cooling after a hot start to 2024, but it's still higher than policymakers would like.

One culprit: The cost of auto insurance.

Consumer Price Index data released Wednesday showed U.S. inflation rose 3.3% year-over-year in May compared to a 3.4% bump in April. While some price increases that consumers feel most — food, gas, ...Read more