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Shake Shack opens its first drive-thru in Minnesota next week

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The nation's first Shake Shack drive-thru is opening Monday in Maple Grove, MInnesota serving up its ShackBurgers and crinkle-cut fries to people on the go.

Shake Shack has been envisioning drive-thru service for some time, said Randy Garutti, chief executive of the New York-based company. To make it happen, executives have rethought the ...Read more

'Room for improvement': US labor secretary cites weak hiring in hospitality industry

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U.S. Secretary of Labor Martin Walsh said Friday that he sees “room for improvement” in job growth in the hospitality sector, a key part of South Florida’s economy, after a disappointing November jobs report.

“There’s room for improvement in hospitality and room for growth in tourism, which is a big driver of the economy in a lot of ...Read more

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Michael Hiltzik: This proposed ballot measure would make Californians for the ag industry's water inefficiency

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Whoever coined the phrase "Whisky is for drinking, water is for fighting" didn't have things quite right.

In California, water is for scamming. The newest example is a majestically cynical ploy being foisted on taxpayers by some of the state's premier water hogs, in the guise of a proposed ballot measure titled the "Water Infrastructure Funding...Read more

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US payrolls growth slowed in November while jobless rate fell

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U.S. job growth registered its smallest gain this year while the unemployment rate fell by more than forecast to 4.2%, offering a mixed picture that may nevertheless push the Federal Reserve to quicken the wind-down of pandemic stimulus.

Nonfarm payrolls climbed 210,000 in November after upward revisions to each of the prior two months, a Labor...Read more

Mark Phelan: Winter driving safety tips: What to do before weather gets bad

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How's your washer fluid?

Whether you live in an area where cold temperatures, snow and ice are routine or occasional, the beginning of the holiday driving season is a good time to make sure you and your vehicle are ready for winter. Climate change has made regions well beyond the traditional frost belt susceptible to tricky, even dangerous, ...Read more

Susan Tompor: Special tax break for charitable donations packs extra incentive for giving

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Charitable giving during the holiday season this year takes on a new, happier meaning when it comes to tax deductions.

Typically, most people aren't able to get a tax break when they donate money to a charity if they're claiming the standard deduction on their federal income tax returns. And nearly nine out of 10 taxpayers are taking that ...Read more

Quick Drives: 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit L

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There's an all-new redesigned 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee — including the 4xe hybrid — and a Wagoneer revival coming down the road this winter. But the three-row Grand Cherokee L version, introduced for 2021 and the first three-row Jeep since the 2010 Commander, beat them to the showrooms.

OUTSIDE: The Grand Cherokee L is noticeably bigger ...Read more

Officials say the ports logjam is easing, but numbers don't tell the whole story

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San Pedro Bay is looking less crowded these days. The fleet of massive container ships loitering just offshore from the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles has thinned to 46 boats from its peak of more than 80 in late October.

Is that a good sign for Southern California's congested supply chain, and the breathability of its air? That depends on...Read more

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The Week Ahead: From transitory to entrenched -- inflation and expectations

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Words matter in the investing world. So does data.

Investors will be measuring one with the other on Friday in the week ahead with the November release of consumer inflation.

For months the Federal Reserve’s official position on rising prices had been that they were “transitory.” The “this too shall pass” message was designed to ...Read more

Auto review: The 2022 Genesis GV70 is not you neighbors' compact luxury SUV. It's better

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Considering a new compact SUV? Here’s a question: Are you brave enough to consider the Genesis GV70? You should be. After all, when it’s time to buy or lease a new ride, you’ll probably opt for the same brand or dealer that you’ve used before, and maybe even buy the same luxury brand again — you know, like the ones your neighbors have....Read more

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Henry Payne: The times they are a-changin' with BMW's wild, 750-horse XM super-ute

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The auto market is wacky these days. The popular Dodge Hellcat is being axed, automakers are converting their fleets to electric vehicles with limited demand, and Ford's entry-level vehicle is a pickup truck.

Not to be outdone, BMW's M performance division is celebrating its 50th anniversary with an electrified super-ute.

The division's second...Read more

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Companies tired of Zooming with clients expected to drive a resurgence in business travel, but omicron variant looms

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Many road warriors’ suitcases and passports have been gathering dust since the COVID-19 pandemic brought business travel to a halt.

That’s not the case at Chicago-based Devbridge, which hosted an all-hands event in Lithuania earlier this year and brought teams from Toronto, London and Lithuania to its Chicago office last month to workshop ...Read more

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Auto revew: 2022 Honda Civic Si strikes perfect balance of power and handling for affordable fun

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MALIBU, California — Honda's sold hundreds of thousands of Civic Si compacts since the badge debuted in 1986, but in an SUV-crazed world, the sporty little car just may qualify as the auto industry's best, and best-kept secret.

Attractively, but modestly trimmed, the Si doesn't scream for attention like some pocket rockets, but it's a scream ...Read more

US payrolls growth slowed in November while jobless rate fell

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U.S. job growth registered its smallest gain this year while the unemployment rate fell by more than forecast to 4.2%, offering a mixed picture of labor-market progress.

Nonfarm payrolls climbed 210,000 last month after an upwardly revised 546,000 gain in October, a Labor Department report showed Friday. The labor force participation rate edged...Read more

Uber agrees to pay $9 million California settlement on sexual assault reporting failure

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Uber Technologies Inc. has agreed to pay a $9 million settlement for its failure to comply with requests from California regulators for information about sexual assault claims made by its customers and drivers over nearly two years.

The agreement approved Thursday between the California Public Utilities Commission, Uber and the Rape, Abuse & ...Read more

As BuzzFeed nears SPAC deal, news employees stage walkout

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BuzzFeed News employees on Thursday walked off the job as the company plans to trade on the stock market.

The union said 61 employees participated in the 24-hour walkout to push for better wages and working conditions at the digital media company. Several are based in Los Angeles.

The union said its employer is offering only a 1% annual ...Read more

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UAW monitor: Direct elections for top union leaders gets enough support to pass

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UAW members are closer to being able to directly vote for top union leadership in the future following a successful reform effort that supporters say shifts power back to the workers.

A news release from the union's court-appointed independent monitor said members "voted decisively to replace the union’s existing delegate voting system with a...Read more

Tesla officially moves headquarters to new Texas factory

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Electric automaker Tesla has now officially moved its headquarters from Palo Alto, California, to Austin.

On Oct 7, Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced the company would be moving its headquarters to Austin, but gave few details on the timing of the move.

Now, documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Tuesday show the company ...Read more

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Qualcomm dives into handheld gaming, powering new device in partnership with Razer

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What new bells and whistles might be coming to top-tier Android smartphones next year?

Qualcomm, whose mobile processors power some 2 billion handsets worldwide, gave a few hints this week at its annual Snapdragon Summit in Hawaii.

The San Diego company introduced technologies that deliver faster 5G and Wi-Fi, crisper photos, always-on cameras...Read more

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Ford claims No. 1 sales spot in November, poised to outsell GM's EVs

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Ford Motor Co. claimed it was the best-selling automaker in the U.S. for the third consecutive month in November, a streak it hasn't achieved since 1974, as it reported a 5.9% year-over-year sales boost for the month.

The Dearborn automaker on Thursday said it sold 158,793 vehicles in the U.S. last month, with gains across its key segments. ...Read more