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Google says it will reduce some user access to California news sites

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Google said Friday it would remove links to California news sites from its search results for some of its users, as it pushes back against a pending bill that would require the Silicon Valley technology company to pay publishers.

The search giant said the bill, called the California Journalism Preservation Act (CJPA), would upend its business ...Read more


Roku says 576,000 accounts were hacked in latest breach

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Roku on Friday disclosed that 576,000 accounts were accessed by malicious actors.

The San José, California, technology company said that it discovered the problem after monitoring unusual account activity on its platform earlier this year that affected roughly 15,000 user accounts.

Through its investigation, Roku said that the malicious ...Read more

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Ruling paves way for Biden to approve stricter California vehicle rules, but SCOTUS looms

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WASHINGTON — A federal court ruling this week allows California to keep setting air pollution and vehicle emissions standards above and beyond federal limits, with potentially far-reaching impacts for an auto industry that's navigating a bumpy electric transition.

The decision preserves a regulatory double standard across the country. There ...Read more

Econometer: Is the negative effect of the $20 fast-food minimum wage overblown?

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Earlier this month, California fast-food workers started earning a $20 an hour minimum wage. The law applies to restaurants offering limited or no table service and which are part of a national chain with at least 60 establishments nationwide.

Proponents of the bill, and many fast-food workers, say the increase will help them pay bills, rent ...Read more

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Oakland International Airport to add San Francisco Bay to name -- legal war looms

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OAKLAND, California — Despite an uproar from politicians and tourism executives, officials who oversee Oakland International Airport voted Thursday to add “San Francisco Bay” to the transit hub’s name.

The change is meant to spur economic growth in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic and create a higher profile for the least busy of ...Read more


Auto review: 2024 Fiat 500e is the perfect cup of automotive espresso

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Here we go again.

The battery-electric Fiat 500e returns for 2024, five model years after it was previously offered for sale in the United States and a decade after it debuted.

Of course, if you don’t remember the previous Fiat 500e, you probably didn’t live in in California and Oregon, the only states where it was sold merely to meet ...Read more

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Henry Payne: Delivering packages in Rivian's Amazon EV truck

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PONTIAC, Michigan — Coming to your Metro Detroit neighborhood, Inc.’s Rivian electric delivery vans are the culmination of a five-year collaboration between the retail giant and the U.S.-based electric vehicle startup.

Michigan is among the major metropolitan areas receiving 100,000 Rivian Automotive Inc. vans that will both meet...Read more

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Auto review: 2024 Jaguar F-Pace SVR is one raspy ride

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Exhaust! In Grasso’s Garage this week, we have a noise maker on our hands with the 2024 Jaguar F-Pace SVR. This display of both luxury and sport makes for an amazing ride but a rough one, filled with tons of power.

Under the hood of our unbelievable Ultra Blue exterior paint is a 5.0-liter supercharged eight-cylinder engine, producing 550 ...Read more

Medtronic study puts spotlight on how one of its heart devices can help women

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More and more medical studies show that heart issues in women are not only underdiagnosed but should be treated differently.

A study Medtronic designed to test its Evolut TAVR (transcatheter aortic valve replacement), published this week in the New England Journal of Medicine, showed that the device could be the answer for many women with ...Read more

Stellantis cuts 200-plus supplemental workers in Detroit

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Stellantis NV continues to cut its supplemental manufacturing workforce, with more than 200 additional workers losing their jobs at one Detroit warehousing facility as of March 31, union officials and workers said.

"Stellantis continues to review its manufacturing operations to ensure all facilities are operating as efficiently as possible in...Read more

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Amazon CEO Andy Jassy touts AI in annual shareholder letter

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In his annual letter to shareholders, Amazon CEO Andy Jassy went back to 2003.

Quoting from a “Vision document” that year for Amazon Web Services — the company’s cloud computing division — Jassy said Amazon has always been focused on designing and offering “primitives,” or the building blocks that other innovators need to make the...Read more

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Airbus pulls further ahead as Boeing struggles

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Airbus delivered more than twice as many commercial jets as Boeing in March, with the U.S. aerospace giant slowed by efforts to contain quality issues at its 737 Max assembly plant in Renton, Washington.

Adding to Boeing’s woes, it delivered none of its widebody 777s in the first three months of the year due to a separate supply chain issue. ...Read more

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Apple plans to overhaul entire Mac line with AI-focused M4 chips

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Apple Inc., aiming to boost sluggish computer sales, is preparing to overhaul its entire Mac line with a new family of in-house processors designed to highlight artificial intelligence.

The company, which released its first Macs with M3 chips five months ago, is already nearing production of the next generation — the M4 processor — ...Read more

Hormel settles pork price-fixing suits for $11 million

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Hormel Foods will pay more than $11 million to settle class-action lawsuits alleging the company worked with other pork producers to illegally fix prices and overcharge customers, according to court records.

The proposed settlements, filed in federal court in Minneapolis last week, will see the Austin, Minnesota-based food company end the ...Read more

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Ford cuts price of F-150 plug-in pickup, set to resume shipments

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Ford Motor Co. slashed prices of its electric F-150 Lightning pickup truck by as much as 7.5% as the automaker prepares to resume deliveries this month following a halt earlier this year over an undisclosed quality issue.

The price cuts put in place April 5 partially reverse hikes in January as Ford was reducing production of its signature ...Read more


Amazon hit with $525 million jury verdict in patent case brought by Chicago tech firm

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Amazon Web Services must pay $525 million to Chicago-based tech company Kove for infringing upon three of the company’s patents, a federal jury decided Wednesday.

The patent case, which was heard in federal court in Chicago, centered around data-storage patents held by Kove.

The technology in question enables the search of “vast quantities...Read more

Real estate Q&A: How can we get rid of our rowdy renters?

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Q: Lately, some of the renters in our townhome community have been disruptive. There have been noise disturbances, domestic violence, unleashed pets, and even open drug use. When some homeowners raised their concerns, the association said their ability to address the problem was limited, and changing rental bylaws was almost impossible. What can...Read more

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Zombie malls and other retail centers getting extreme makeovers to keep up with the times

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Denise Richardson took her kids to Spring Hill Mall in West Dundee, Illinois, so often that at Christmas time, the Santa Claus there recognized them by name. She remembers when department stores moved out of Elgin, then a city of 64,000 people in the exurbs of Chicago, to the mall when it opened in 1980, and it was the place to be.

But the mall...Read more

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Why Biden is getting little credit for the economy, especially in California

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As President Biden struggles to sell Bidenomics to skeptical voters, he's facing the all-too-real consequences of stubbornly higher inflation, but he's also battling human psychology.

And both of those factors may be especially strong in California.

Most economists agree that the American economy during Biden's presidency has made a remarkable...Read more

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Downtown Chicago's condo development boom has ended. Here's why

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For the first time in years, there are no new large condo projects under construction in downtown Chicago.

Roughly 2,500 condos have been developed downtown since 2015 as multiple towers were constructed, and about 600 of those units are still available, said Gail Lissner, managing director for Integra Realty Resources.

But the high cost of ...Read more