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Delta plans another eclipse flight, after first one quickly sold out

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Delta Air Lines is putting up for sale another flight for passengers to get a view of the upcoming solar eclipse from the air, after its first eclipse flight sold out in less than 24 hours.

Delta said it will operate Flight 1010 on April 8, the day of the total solar eclipse, departing Dallas Fort Worth International Airport at 12:30 p.m. bound...Read more

FAA panel finds Boeing safety culture wanting, recommends overhaul

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A Federal Aviation Administration-commissioned report issued Monday is highly critical of Boeing's safety culture and makes more than 50 recommendations to bring it up to the required legal standards consistent with "the public interest in aviation safety."

The report, written by a panel of independent aviation experts, cites "a disconnect" ...Read more

Expedia cuts will hit 1,500 roles in 2024, Seattle firm tells workers

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As it welcomes a new chief executive, Expedia expects cuts following an operational review that will impact 1,500 roles throughout the year, outgoing CEO Peter Kern told employees Monday.

Expedia's product and technology teams will see the deepest cuts, according to Kern's memo, as the company looks to "invest in core strategic areas." The cuts...Read more

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Cisco plans to chop more than 700 Bay Area jobs in latest tech layoffs

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SAN JOSE, California — Cisco Systems, in a fresh bout of layoffs, has revealed plans to slash more than 700 Bay Area tech jobs, an ominous hint that the technology industry’s post-coronavirus economic maladies have yet to abate.

The most recent layoffs disclosed by the tech titan will affect Cisco workers in San Jose, Milpitas and San ...Read more

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Report: Notorious ransomware group launched cyberattack on UnitedHealth Group

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A ransomware group known as Blackcat was responsible for launching a cyberattack last week at UnitedHealth Group that resulted in nationwide disruption of prescription orders, Reuters reported Monday.

Blackcat actors employ a multiple extortion model of attack, the Justice Department says, with affiliated stealing sensitive data and seeking a ...Read more

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Pet financing: Should you get a pet loan?

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Owning a pet can be expensive. Setting aside funds for your pet’s needs from everyday expenses to unexpected medical costs is important. This is especially true if you have or are looking for a service, therapy or emotional support animal because they often need specific training.

Luckily, various veterinary financing options, like pet or vet...Read more

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403(b) vs. 401(k): What's the difference in these retirement accounts?

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If you’re looking at retirement accounts, then you may come across the 403(b) and the 401(k) plans. Both the 403(b) and 401(k) are among the best retirement plans available, and one key difference between them is relatively simple: the group of workers that is allowed to use them.

Here’s how 403(b) and 401(k) plans work and their major ...Read more

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Boeing board blocks shareholder push to bring HQ back to Seattle

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Boeing's board has killed a longshot shareholder proposal that the company move its headquarters back to Seattle.

The proposal was put forward to be voted on this spring at Boeing's annual general meeting by 83-year-old Walter Ryan, a retired Chicago business owner, corporate gadfly and stock market investor who owns 10,000 shares in the ...Read more

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Kroger-Albertsons mega-merger would cause grocery price hikes, FTC says, in suit to block deal

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The Federal Trade Commission on Monday sued to block the merger of two of the nation's largest grocers.

The regulatory agency alleges that Kroger's proposed $24.6-billion acquisition of Albertsons — the largest proposed supermarket merger in United States history — will obliterate competition between the major grocers, leading to higher ...Read more

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Amazon 'Dash Carts' come to Whole Foods in California test market

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Amazon has begun testing new high-tech shopping carts at a Whole Foods market in San Mateo, California, that scan your items as you go. When you finish shopping, you skip the cash register lines and simply walk out of the store with your groceries. It’s the first test market in California and only the sixth in the U.S.

The San Mateo store has...Read more

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They earn nearly $200,000. Can they afford to have kids in SoCal?

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During their daily walk a few years ago, a Burbank couple brainstormed baby names, settling on one option for a boy and another for a girl.

But the names never got used.

After several conversations and scrutiny of their life goals and monthly budget, Beccy Quinn and Xavier Coelho-Kostolny decided last year to join the growing cohort of ...Read more

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Despite COVID pause, Minnesotans are again living with debt

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Every time Abigail Turner starts to catch up on her debt, something happens.

She listens to financial podcasts. She makes a budget. She spends carefully. And then an ER visit or a pet expense or a layoff pops up, and she's behind again.

"It's like having a rock around your ankle: Everything you do, you have to factor in this rock," said the ...Read more

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These adult mini-golf bars have some of the hottest tee times in Philadelphia

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PHILADELPHIA — When Puttshack opens as a Center City spot for drinks, food, and mini golf this weekend, it’ll be the second business of its kind in about a two-mile radius.

In Philadelphia, and around the country, mini golf isn’t just for kids anymore. Adults are loving it, too.

It’s a plan for a Sunday Funday out with friends, local ...Read more

Presidential election a fork in the road for automakers' EV plans

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DETROIT — Depending on whom Americans elect to the presidency in November, the U.S. auto industry could be looking at two vastly different product and profitability scenarios.

As a result, the industry is holding its breath. The Biden administration last year proposed stricter emissions regulations into the next decade, suggesting EV ...Read more

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Jeep cuts US pricing as new leaders alter strategy ahead of EV launches

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AUBURN HILLS, Michigan — Jeep has cut pricing on its lineup as a part of an altered strategy under new brand leadership after the automaker bled U.S. market share and is set to launch its first all-electric vehicles in North America.

Jeep sales declined 6% in 2023 in the United States. It’s facing increasing competition in niches that for ...Read more

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Ford pauses F-150 Lightning shipments as part of lengthened quality check

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Ford Motor Co. has paused shipments of the 2024 F-150 Lightning pickup truck as part of a longer-than-expected quality check process.

A spokesperson declined to specify why the quality check is taking so long. The stop-shipment went into effect on Feb. 9 after shipments of the '24 Lightnings began last month. Despite the hold, production of the...Read more

Hyundai EV plant needs lots of water. Some fear plans to drill wells

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SOUTH BULLOCH COUNTY, Georgia — On nearly 3,000 acres 20 miles west of Savannah, Hyundai Motor Group is racing to finish its “Metaplant” electric vehicle factory by early 2025, if not sooner.

The plant — Georgia’s largest economic development project, which Hyundai has promised will employ 8,500 — has already begun to transform a ...Read more

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Warner Bros. Discovery shares take a hit after earnings miss

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Despite turning a profit on its streaming business, Warner Bros. Discovery shares were battered Friday morning after the company failed to hit its estimates on revenue and posted a larger-than-expected loss in the fourth quarter.

WBD saw its stock price drop as much as 13% after the company reported a loss of $400 million, or 16 cents a share. ...Read more

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Hollywood musicians reach tentative deal with major studios in 'watershed moment for artists'

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LOS ANGELES — Hollywood musicians have reached a tentative agreement with the major entertainment companies after a month of bargaining.

The American Federation of Musicians, which represents some 3,000 instrumentalists working in the film and TV industry, announced Friday that its bargaining committee had unanimously recommended new movie ...Read more

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The Tayoncé effect: Live Nation says concert attendance was up 20% in 2023

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Live Nation Entertainment revealed Friday that concert attendance jumped by 20% in 2023 — the year global pop sensations Beyoncé and Taylor Swift launched their blockbuster greatest-hits tours.

The Beverly Hills-based ticket vendor and concert promoter also noted in its latest earnings report that ticket sales were up 30%, with more than 620...Read more