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GM wins tax abatement for potential $1.3B EV investment at Orion plant

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Orion Township, Michigan officials on Tuesday approved a tax abatement for a proposed $1.3 billion investment by General Motors Co. to build electric vehicles at its Orion Assembly plant in Lake Orion.

GM requested the maximum period permitted for the tax abatement: 12 years, plus three years during the construction phase for the investment, ...Read more

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US 5G rollout throws flights into turmoil from Japan to Dubai

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Airlines across the world are adjusting their schedules and aircraft deployments for flights to the U.S. over fears that a 5G rollout by AT&T Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc. near American airports could interfere with key safety systems.

Dubai’s Emirates Airline said it will suspend flights to several U.S. cities, including Chicago, ...Read more

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AT&T and Verizon delay 5G deployment near some airports

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The two companies that hope to use a swath of radio spectrum to launch the next generation of wireless phone technology starting Wednesday said they’ll delay its deployment around some airports to ensure aviation safety.

AT&T, which along with Verizon last year bought a swath of spectrum for more than $80 billion, said in a statement early ...Read more

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US Supreme Court declines to hear Delphi retirees' case, ending legal options

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The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to hear a case brought by former salaried employees of the auto supplier Delphi who argued their pensions were wrongly cut when those for union workers were preserved.

Ron Beeber, a spokesman for the Delphi Salaried Retirees Association (DSRA), said the decision brings to an end a 12-year legal battle...Read more

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New year, new chance: Auto industry bills that may make a comeback in 2022

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When Congress wrapped up in 2021, it left a lot on the table that would impact drivers and the U.S. auto industry.

The Democratic majority spent most of last year focused on rallying enough bipartisan support to pass a $1 trillion package to boost the nation's ailing infrastructure, which will spend billions on roads and bridges and other ...Read more

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GM has new online marketplace with 45,000 parts for sale: What customers should know

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In its drive to add revenue from sales of software and services, General Motors is launching an online parts store that will give GM vehicle owners the ability to buy parts direct.

The automaker said Tuesday this is just one of many new digital offerings coming to car buyers in the future. Those include buying accessories, over-the-air upgrades...Read more

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New law allows donation of unused medication in Illinois. But it could take some time to get started

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Every day, Dr. Alan Hutchison has to decide which medications to prescribe to patients. But it’s not always as simple as just choosing the best drug.

As a physician to many low-income patients at University of Chicago Medicine on the city’s South Side, he has to take into account whether his patients can afford particular medications. He ...Read more

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Bollinger shelves consumer EVs to focus on commercial trucks

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The imposing, battery-powered Bollinger B2 pickup truck won't be seen on the road anytime soon.

The Michigan-based startup announced Friday that it is canceling consumer orders for its innovative, off-road-capable B2 pickup and B1 SUV in order to focus on its burgeoning commercial truck business.

The $125,000 B1 and B2 were part of a squadron ...Read more

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Parents near breaking point as COVID-19 exacerbates child-care crisis

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Parents are tired.

Take nursing assistant Tammi Lewis, who missed weeks of work and $7,800 in wages when her toddler's child-care classroom in Plymouth, Minnesota suffered COVID outbreaks.

Or Kelsey and Christian Dahlager of St. Paul, Minnesota, who pay $3,000 a month for child care for their two children — a sum greater than community ...Read more

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Consumer Confidential: A new law aims to protect you from surprise (read: bonkers) medical bills

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The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau warned debt collectors and credit agencies last week that they need to step more carefully when it comes to trashing people's credit scores because of stratospheric medical bills.

The agency's notice underlines that the federal No Surprises Act took effect this month, protecting people from many ...Read more

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Why publisher of the Onion, A.V. Club is battling WGA, East

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Katie Rife, a senior writer for entertainment site the A.V. Club, was working past midnight on a review last week when her friend sent her a text. It was a posting for her job.

Rife was mulling over an offer by her employer to relocate from Chicago to Los Angeles and still had nine days before the Jan. 15 deadline to make her decision.

"At ...Read more

Microsoft to buy Activision Blizzard in $69 billion gaming deal

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Microsoft Corp. said it’s buying Activision Blizzard Inc. in a $68.7 billion deal, uniting two of the biggest forces in video games.

In its largest purchase ever, Microsoft will pay $95 a share in cash for one of the U.S.’s biggest gaming publishers, known for titles like Call of Duty and World of Warcraft but which is also grappling with a...Read more

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Airlines urge US regulators to delay 5G wireless rollout

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A trade association representing major U.S. airlines asked Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and the nation’s top communications and aviation regulators to prevent wireless carriers from implementing 5G services close to airports.

Airlines for America warned in a letter Monday that the traveling and shipping public could see “...Read more

Trucker vaccine rule is making freight and fruit pricier

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(Bloomberg) — New rules requiring truckers to show proof of vaccination when crossing the Canada-U.S. border are cutting into shipping capacity and boosting the cost of hauling everything from broccoli to tomatoes.

The cost of transporting produce out of California and Arizona to Canada jumped 25% last week as fewer trucks are available to ...Read more

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FDA: Medtronic slow to update, recall defective insulin pumps for diabetes patients

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While the U.S. Food and Drug Administration acknowledges Medtronic is actively working on fixing issues within its diabetes business, especially in regard to some of its insulin pumps, it says the steps took too long and are not enough.

Medtech giant Medtronic took more than three years to replace and start recalling insulin pumps with ...Read more

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Stellantis car-sharing company is hiring, looking to grow by 40%

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The car-sharing company from the maker of Jeep SUVs and Ram pickup trucks is looking to grow its workforce by 40%, including hires in the United States.

Stellantis NV's Free2move on Monday said it is adding 100 people to its 250-person team in Madrid, Paris and the U.S. in efforts to expand its app that offers users vehicles available for rent ...Read more

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Employers are on their own after court guts Biden vaccine-or-testing mandate

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With the U.S. Supreme Court blocking the Biden administration's vaccine mandate for private companies, employers now face a patchwork of state rules on COVID-19 workplace safety.

Different, and sometimes confusing, vaccine rules now apply across the economy based on the city, sector, funding source, and corporate policy.

"There isn't a right ...Read more

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As Stellantis turns 1, automaker faces two paths

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A year after the transatlantic merger that created Stellantis NV, experts say the company is looking at two potential futures.

The maker of Jeep SUVs and Ram pickup trucks has outlined a vision for electrification and software, announced strategic partnerships and pressed through an unprecedented microchip shortage. It moved forward on cost ...Read more

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Susan Tompor: GM teams up with Marcus by Goldman Sachs for new digital-friendly credit card

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General Motors, which first introduced its branded credit card 30 years ago, is moving to a new digital platform and partnership with Marcus by Goldman Sachs.

"Points earned today can be redeemed tomorrow," John Lazzati, managing director for consumer cards at Marcus by Goldman Sachs, said in a press call last week, announcing the major change....Read more

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Stranded sailors rely on this Walmart of the seas. COVID made it hard to stay afloat

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LOS ANGELES — Jeff Crouthamel can never forget the time his father was asked to deliver a wriggling cow to a ship docked in San Pedro Harbor. The cow twisted out of the sling being used to hoist it aboard and had to be fished out of the water.

Or the shipment of 100 live chickens intended to feed a delayed ship's crew that instead spent five ...Read more