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Desalination plant proposed for San Francisco Bay

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Saying it needs to evaluate all options for new sources of drinking water, Silicon Valley’s largest water district is studying a plan to build the first seawater desalination plant along the shores of San Francisco Bay.

The Santa Clara Valley Water District, a government agency based in San Jose, California, has approved spending $1.7 million...Read more

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More than 10,000 Cook County residents to receive property tax refunds

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More than 10,000 residents of Cook County can expect to receive automatic refunds due to overpayments of their property taxes, Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas announced Tuesday.

The treasurer plans to send out more than $22 million in refunds by Aug. 9. Over half of the 10,099 property owners will have the funds directly deposited back into ...Read more

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Tesla misses profit estimates, extending weak start to 2024

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Tesla Inc. fell short of Wall Street profit estimates in the second quarter, extending a rocky start to the year marked by slower sales and mass firings across the company.

It was the fourth consecutive miss for the electric-vehicle maker, which on Tuesday reported adjusted earnings of 52 cents a share, short of the average analyst estimate of ...Read more

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Carnival Cruise Line to get 3 new ships with near 8,000-passenger capacity

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Carnival Cruise Line’s parent company inked a deal for three new ships powered by liquefied natural gas that will be the largest ever built for the fleet.

Carnival Corp. signed an agreement with Italian shipyard Fincantieri for the three LNG-powered ships that will be delivered in 2029, 2031 and 2023. The deal is contingent on financing, ...Read more


Coca-Cola reports better-than-expected results for quarter

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Coca-Cola on Tuesday reported stronger than expected quarterly earnings on growing sales as the Atlanta-based beverage behemoth saw growth in most of its global markets.

Revenue for the second quarter was $12.4 billion, 3% higher than the same period of 2023, while earnings were 84 cents per share, 7% better than a year ago. Profit margins were...Read more

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DOT to investigate Delta amid thousands of flight cancellations

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The U.S. Department of Transportation will investigate Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines and how it is treating passengers, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg announced, as the airline entered its fifth day of an operational meltdown with thousands of canceled flights.

Buttigieg said in a post on social media platform X that the DOT has opened...Read more

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Here's what you should know if your Delta flight is canceled

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Hundreds of thousands of travelers have been stranded by Delta flight cancellations, and many have to wait for hours to get assistance from the airline.

Here’s what travelers should be aware of if their Delta flight is canceled.

Your right to a refund

If the airline cancels or significantly delays your flight, you are entitled to a prompt ...Read more

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GM posts strong 2nd quarter earnings, tops Wall Street expectations

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Leaning on a strong North American business, General Motors Co. beat expectations on Tuesday with second-quarter net income up 14% year over year to $2.9 billion on revenue of $47.9 billion, up 7%.

For the second consecutive quarter, GM increased its guidance for the year to adjusted earnings in the range of $13 billion to $15 billion, up from ...Read more

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GM delays Orion electric truck production by another six months

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General Motors Co. is again delaying the launch of electric truck production at its Orion Assembly plant, this time by six months to mid-2026, CEO Mary Barra told investors during the automaker's second-quarter earnings call Tuesday.

GM in October 2023 pushed back the launch of the electric trucks at the plant in Orion Township, Michigan, by ...Read more


CDC simplifies rules for crossing the border with a dog after public outcry

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In response to public outcry from dog owners, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is simplifying regulations for entering the United States with your dog starting Aug. 1.

The updated rules require all dogs entering from a no or low-risk rabies country, which includes Canada, to be microchipped, at least 6 months old, and ...Read more

UPS profits drop in second quarter on softer revenue, higher expenses

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UPS reported $1.4 billion in net income for the second quarter, down 32% year-over-year — but CEO Carol Tome pledged the company will grow operating profit in the future.

“This quarter was a significant turning point for our company, as we returned to volume growth in the U.S., the first time in nine quarters,” Tome said in a written ...Read more

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Washington state lawmakers decided to tax the rich. Poll shows voters aren't so sure

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By a 2-to-1 ratio, Washington voters support a measure to repeal the state's new 7% capital gains tax, according to a new poll of likely voters.

But almost a third remain undecided about the repeal measure, Initiative 2109, leaving plenty of room for movement on the high-stakes issue between now and Election Day, experts said.

"This is a ...Read more

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Michael Hiltzik: The CrowdStrike meltdown reminds us that the hacking problem doesn't come only from outside

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Just last Wednesday, I posted a column reporting how our richest corporations, through sheer miserliness and profit-seeking, left millions of Americans vulnerable to technological attacks on their privacy and welfare.

I failed to raise one important question: What if the attacks come from inside the house?

That's exactly what happened Friday. ...Read more


Best Buy introduces 'spokeshologram' and a touch of magenta in new branding campaign

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Say hello to "Gram" and a touch of magenta.

Best Buy is perhaps best known right now for its blue-shirted tech experts — and that bright yellow tag that has been the Richfield-based electronics chain's signature since the 1980s.

But as the company enters a new era of AI technology, it is repositioning itself as more than just a place for ...Read more

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Amazon cracks down on 'coffee badging,' amid return-to-office push

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Amazon might be stepping up requirements for its return-to-office mandate — and workers are feeling uneasy.

After more than a year of requiring employees to work from the office at least three days a week, Amazon is now considering a minimum number of hours per day to meet that mandate, according to screenshots from the internal messaging app...Read more

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A new world coming: Bus maker Blue Bird embraces an electrified future

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The site where Muhammed Ali’s motor home was built will soon be humming again.

Not that The Greatest was the only one to snap up a WanderLodge back in the day when Blue Bird workers were churning out the 40-foot long, 6 mile-per-gallon behemoths. The $350,000 RVs were often outfitted with a bedroom, complete kitchen and several televisions.

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In 'generational moment,' Port of L.A. faces shifting winds in business and politics

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The Port of Los Angeles has long been the single busiest seaport in the Western Hemisphere, employing thousands of Southern Californians and playing a critical role in the vast supply chain that underpins both the California economy and that of the United States as a whole.

Together with neighboring Port of Long Beach in the San Pedro Bay, it ...Read more

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Thousands of Pennsylvania workers are owed money from wage theft cases but the US Labor Department says it can't find them

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In March 2022, a federal court ordered an Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, home-care agency to pay more than $4.5 million in back wages and damages to more than 500 workers after federal investigators showed that the agency had misclassified those workers as independent contractors and failed to pay them overtime.

The agency, Successful Aging Care ...Read more

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When Boeing balked at new jet, Airbus moved. Now the A321 will 'make an awful lot of money'

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FARNBOROUGH, England — It might have been an all-new Boeing jet, a 757 replacement, flying over the Farnborough Air Show on Monday.

Instead it was a new Airbus plane, an extra-long-range derivative of the hot-selling A321neo, the A321XLR.

That Boeing never replaced the 757 was “a huge mistake,” said Bjorn Fehrm, an aviation analyst with ...Read more

GM Wentzville plant down during UAW strike at Lear seating plant

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Production at General Motors Co.'s Wentzville, Missouri, midsize truck plant is down as the automaker awaits the end of a labor dispute at the plant's seat supplier plant owned by Lear Corp.

Five hundred Lear workers represented by United Auto Workers Local 282 are on strike "for their fair share," UAW Region 4 Director Brandon Campbell said in...Read more