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O'Hare ranked last among biggest US airports as passenger satisfaction starts to dip from record highs earlier in the pandemic

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Passenger satisfaction at America’s airports is starting to dip from all-time highs as airports get busier, with O’Hare International Airport ranking last and Midway Airport in the bottom half, according to a study released Wednesday.

Overall, airports still scored higher than ever on the 2021 North American Airport Satisfaction Survey by J...Read more

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GM hires former chief of NHTSA to run its regulatory affairs

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General Motors has hired the former chief of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to head global regulatory affairs for the automaker.

GM said Wednesday that David Strickland will join the company as vice president of Global Regulatory Affairs starting Oct. 1. He will report to Omar Vargas, GM vice president and head of Global ...Read more

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Fed signals bond-buying taper may start soon, split on 2022 hike

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Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell said the central bank could begin scaling back asset purchases as soon as November and complete the process by mid-2022, after officials revealed a growing inclination to raise interest rates next year.

Powell, explaining the U.S. central bank’s first steps toward withdrawing emergency pandemic support for ...Read more

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Fed signals bond-buying taper may start soon, split on 2022 hike

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Federal Reserve officials signaled they would probably begin tapering their bond-buying program soon and revealed a growing inclination to start raising interest rates in 2022.

If progress toward the Fed’s employment and inflation goals “continues broadly as expected, the committee judges that a moderation in the pace of asset purchases ...Read more

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Crypto faces existential threat as crackdown gathers steam

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Cryptocurrency firms are fighting for lobbyists and fielding subpoenas in what could be an existential fight over how the multitrillion-dollar industry should be regulated.

In the past month, lobbyists have been overwhelmed by firms seeking representation in Washington, as regulators threaten the cryptocurrency companies with lawsuits or cease-...Read more

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Ford partners with, invests $50M in Tesla co-founder's battery recycling startup

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Ford Motor Co. is partnering with and investing $50 million into a battery recycling startup led by a Tesla co-founder as the Dearborn automaker works to shore up its battery supply chain for a forthcoming wave of electric vehicles.

Ford and Redwood Materials announced the deal Wednesday and said the two companies will work together "to ...Read more

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Tech Q&A: Using a Chromebook that no longer receives security updates

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Q: My HP Chromebook is going to reach Auto Update Expiration in September. I use it only rarely, but I would like to be able to make online purchases with it. How dangerous is it to keep using a Chromebook that's not continually updated? Would it make sense to install some Bitdefender security software to protect the Chromebook?

—Julie O'...Read more

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Michigan to have nation's first electrified road to wirelessly charge EVs, governor says

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Imagine being able to charge an electric vehicle without stopping to plug in. It's the kind of technology that could help ease worries like range anxiety and could really boost the transition to electric vehicles.

Michigan could have the first wireless charging infrastructure on a public road anywhere in the country, although the state is ...Read more

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While many tech firms keep workers home, T-Mobile wants an office return by next month

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While many employers have delayed their office returns until next year, T-Mobile is pushing ahead with plans to bring workers back at least part-time before the end of October.

Although the Bellevue, Wash.-based cellular company postponed its original return date, from Sept. 20 to Oct. 25, to give workers more time to get vaccinations, it's ...Read more

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Seattle brothers expand billion-dollar biotech company's focus to include COVID

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Harlan and Chad Robins started Seattle-based Adaptive Biotechnologies 12 years ago to find a cure for cancer. Now, they have broadened their mission to take on COVID-19.

Adaptive sells an ultra-detailed blood test that analyzes immune responses to different diseases. It says the technology can advance research, diagnosis, and treatment of ...Read more

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Are you ready for a 3D-printed house? They're cheaper, stronger and long-lasting, developers say

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The three-bedroom, two-bath home has a corduroy-patterned exterior, rounded corners — and a cement pour that oozed from an industrial-sized toothpaste tube. And most intriguing of all, it comes from a 3D printer.

When the house is finished around November, Kyndra and James Light, a husband-wife development team, will be ...Read more

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The solution to au pairs' health coverage gaps may be simple: ACA plans

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In 2016, Isis Mabel, of Mexico, wanted to improve her English. On advice from an aunt, she enrolled with an au pair agency to come to the United States to live with a family and care for the children. The job typically pays about $200 a week on top of lodging and meals. She said she gave the agency $360 and was told that would cover costs like ...Read more

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Consumer Confidential: Consumers are receiving billions of car-warranty calls. Ignore them

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t's hard to feel lonely working from home when you get called every day about your car warranty.

You know what I'm talking about. The robocall — it's always a recording — warns that your vehicle warranty is expired or about to expire. By pressing "one" on your keypad, you can fix things by signing up for an extended warranty.

Spoiler alert...Read more

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Nearly four months ago, Abbott closed a factory making COVID-19 tests. Now, it's reopening that facility amid a surge in demand

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Nearly four months after closing an Illinois facility that made rapid, at-home COVID-19 tests, Abbott Laboratories now plans to restart production there amid a surge in demand for the tests.

Production of Abbott’s BinaxNOW tests is expected to begin at the facility in the coming weeks, said spokesman Scott Stoffel in an email. The company is ...Read more

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Walgreens announces $970 million investment in company that helps hospitals with specialty pharmacy services

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Walgreens Boots Alliance plans to invest $970 million in a company that helps hospitals and health systems with specialty pharmacy services, Walgreens announced Tuesday.

The investment in Massachusetts-based Shields Health Solutions will give Walgreens a 71% ownership stake in Shields, with an option to acquire the remaining equity interests in...Read more

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Mike Manley, top executive at Stellantis, steps down to take CEO job at dealership group

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The man who is Stellantis' head of Americas is leaving to join the nation's largest dealership group, AutoNation Inc.

Mike Manley, who has served as head of Americas for Stellantis since January, will start with AutoNation as its CEO and member of its board on Nov. 1. That's when AutoNation's long-time CEO Mike Jackson, 72, will retire.

"We’...Read more

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US Bank buys MUFG Union Bank, a big presence on the West Coast, for $8 billion

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U.S. Bancorp is joining the banking industry's consolidation rush with a nearly $8 billion deal to purchase MUFG Union Bank, which chiefly operates in West Coast states.

The purchase will increase the size of U.S. Bank's loans and deposits by about 20% and sharply increase its market presence in California, where it will rise to fifth place ...Read more

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Michael Hiltzik: This oil industry group sued its environmentalist critics and landed itself in bankruptcy

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Stories involving bullies receiving their comeuppance offer such visceral pleasures that they've become deeply ingrained in our culture, from Angelo in Shakespeare's "Measure for Measure" to the lascivious Count in Mozart's "Marriage of Figaro" right up to the deplorable Biff in the movie "Back to the Future."

Here's a story from real life.

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Arianne Cohen: Beyond productivity -- scheduling your work makes it more enjoyable

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You’ve heard it before: To be more productive, schedule your work. Actually put it in your calendar. Carve out the time. But have you heard that scheduling your work makes it more enjoyable too? It does.

Let’s consider the alternatives. It’s late afternoon, and you’re low-energy. You have a report due in the morning. “If you try and ...Read more

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Shipt offers free trials for Visa credit card holders

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Delivery company Shipt will begin to offer temporary free memberships to millions of Visa credit card holders to try free deliveries.

It is one of several changes the Target-owned company has announced in recent months as part of its efforts to continue to grow in the wake of rapid consumer adoption of delivery services during the pandemic.

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