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Tech Q&A: How being online renews Office 365 PC apps

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Q: In your column about Microsoft Office 365 (see tinyurl.com/ydyhsap2), you said the user "must go online at least once every 30 days or your PC-based software will stop working." What do you mean by go online? Just connect to the internet? Use the Microsoft Edge browser? Update my Office 365 software?

-- Lauren Tiffany, Iowa City, Iowa

A: As...Read more

Warner Music Group moves forward with IPO as streaming business hums

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LOS ANGELES -- Warner Music Group announced Tuesday that it is moving forward with its IPO, selling 13.7% of its common stock at $23 to $26 a share.

The IPO price range values the L.A.-based company at as much as $13.3 billion, showing optimism in the music industry, which has transformed itself by embracing the streaming revolution.

The ...Read more

Washington state aims to regulate water temperature at federal dams, wading into controversy

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SEATTLE -- The Columbia is the great river of the West, winding from the north to meet its largest tributary, the Snake in Eastern Washington, then dividing the states of Oregon and Washington on its push to the sea. Big and powerful, its wild energy has been tamed to engineered stair steps controlled by locks and dams.

But what has worked well...Read more

How GM plans to bring white-collar employees back into workforce

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DETROIT -- A "small number" of white collar workers are back on the job in their offices at General Motors Technical Center in Warren.

The employees started trickling back last week, around the same time GM brought back some 12,000 hourly workers to many of its North American factories.

GM had shuttered its plants in North America in mid-March...Read more

US consumer confidence stabilized in May on reopening optimism

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U.S. consumer confidence stabilized in May, indicating Americans are optimistic that the economic drubbing from the coronavirus pandemic will be short-lived.

The Conference Board's index rose by 0.9 point to 86.6, according to a report issued Tuesday. The median estimate in a Bloomberg survey of economists had called for a reading of 87.

The ...Read more

Air travel gets Memorial Day bump to levels unseen in weeks

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Air travel over the Memorial Day holiday weekend returned to levels not seen since plummeting in March when stay-home orders took effect across most of the U.S.

More than 318,000 people passed through U.S. airport security checkpoints on Thursday followed by 348,673 on Friday, topping 300,000 for the first time since March 23, according to ...Read more

'Terrifying': Lake of the Ozarks worker must return to job, but fears virus in crowds

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When Tinara Lynch got a call from her employer, Land Shark Bar and Grill restaurant at Lake of the Ozarks, she felt stuck between a rock and a hard place.

Lynch, who is 21, could choose not to go back to work when the restaurant reopened, in which case she would be kicked off the unemployment benefits she'd been living off of since she and her ...Read more

Teen essential workers juggle labor, fear, stress — and remote learning — to help support their families

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CHICAGO -- Before Amara Jackson leaves to work eight-hour shifts at the Whole Foods on the border of Chicago and Evergreen Park, she finishes the day's remote learning schoolwork, takes her vitamins and sips a hot mug of "Immune Support" tea, adding honey to mask the taste.

The tea, vitamins and better eating habits are among the many steps she...Read more

Merck joins the race to develop coronavirus vaccines and therapies

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PHILADELPHIA -- Merck, a global leader in vaccine development, is joining the frenzied rush to vanquish the coronavirus, announcing Tuesday that it is working on two vaccine candidates and a potential drug therapy.

Merck, which is headquartered in New Jersey and has several facilities in Pennsylvania, is backing two vaccines that involve ...Read more

Coronavirus hit meat plants just as workers were being asked to speed up

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MINNEAPOLIS -- The coronavirus began to spread through U.S. slaughterhouses this spring just when workers, already performing some of the most dangerous jobs anywhere, were being asked to take more risks by going faster.

Even as the outbreak began to force plants to temporarily close last month, the U.S. Department of Agriculture continued ...Read more

US consumer confidence stabilized in May on reopening optimism

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U.S. consumer confidence stabilized in May, indicating Americans are optimistic that the economic drubbing from the coronavirus pandemic will be short-lived.

The Conference Board's index rose by 0.9 point to 86.6, according to a report issued Tuesday. The median estimate in a Bloomberg survey of economists had called for a reading of 87.

The ...Read more

David Lazarus: Sorry we had to cancel your trip. But we're keeping your travel-insurance money

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Most travel insurance has so many exclusions -- including for epidemics -- that I generally don't advise people to bother with coverage unless they're spending big bucks on a trip, like for a cruise.

But what if you cancel your cruise, or the trip is canceled by the cruise line, because of the coronavirus? Should you be able to get the cost of ...Read more

Fresh air will be a hot amenity in reopened offices — if companies can afford it

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PHILADELPHIA -- Not long ago, office landlords competed for tenants by advertising spacious roof decks and fancy exercise rooms.

Now they're touting high air-circulation rates and advanced filtration setups.

As companies strategize how to safely reopen their offices after coronavirus closures, ventilation systems that can help limit the spread...Read more

Commentary: Hong Kong finance has a security blanket

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China's decision to impose a national security law on Hong Kong has spurred speculation of capital flight and an erosion of the city's status as an international financial center. As a venue for share offerings, at least, the near-term future is looking bright. For that, the territory can thank worsening U.S.-China relations.

U.S.-listed ...Read more

Some cross-border workers are sleeping in their cars to get to work on time

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TIJUANA, Mexico -- Dozens of cross-border workers are sleeping on the sidewalk or inside their cars to be among the first enter the United States once the Otay Mesa Port of Entry opens each morning.

The scene has played out ever since this busy border crossing, which previously operated 24 hours a day, temporarily suspended operations at night....Read more

California allows many more retail stores to reopen

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LOS ANGELES -- California health officials said Monday that subject to approval by county public health departments, all retail stores can reopen for in-store shopping under previously issued guidelines.

The existing guidance for retailers, which previously applied just to those counties approved for wider reopening, now applies statewide. ...Read more

Branson's Virgin Orbit fails in attempted rocket launch from 747

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Billionaire Richard Branson's Virgin Orbit said a crucial test of its two-stage, orbital rocket system, designed to rival that of Elon Musk's SpaceX for satellite launches, ended the mission shortly after releasing the rocket from the plane.

A Boeing Co. 747, named Cosmic Girl, took off from the Mojave Air and Space Port in California on Monday...Read more

More people could be working from home postpandemic; those returning to the office will see plenty of changes

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HARTFORD, Conn. -- The COVID-19 pandemic is not only changing the configuration of offices as employers seek to safeguard the health of their workers, but it also is raising questions about the long-term place of the office in commerce.

The virus outbreak has forced entire employee populations to work from home. And as workers settle into that ...Read more

Bayer reaches deals on big share of 125,000 Roundup weedkiller suits

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Bayer AG has reached verbal agreements to resolve a substantial portion of an estimated 125,000 U.S. cancer lawsuits over use of its Roundup weedkiller, according to people familiar with the negotiations.

The deals, which have yet to be signed and cover an estimated 50,000 to 85,000 suits, are part of a $10 billion Bayer plan to end a costly ...Read more

Lockdown strains another romance: California and Elon Musk

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SAN FRANCISCO -- The love affair between California and Elon Musk has started to sour.

Musk's electric-car company, Tesla Inc., is California's dream of a greener economy made real, growing from scrappy Silicon Valley startup to the world's second-most-valuable automaker. Politicians point to his Los Angeles rocket company, SpaceX -- poised to ...Read more