Cadillac releases new details on electric Lyriq ahead of May 19 order-bank opening

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Ordering for General Motors Co.'s first electric Cadillac opens this week on the 2023 Lyriq crossover with the $62,990 rear-wheel drive option getting an estimated 312 miles of range on a charge, the automaker said Monday.

Range will be released later on the $64,990 all-wheel drive option, which has a second drive unit. The prices are ...Read more

Michael Hiltzik: Mark Berman, pusher of unproven stem cell therapies, dies while awaiting verdict in FDA lawsuit

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For years, California cosmetic surgeon Mark Berman was a leader of that corner of the healthcare world pushing unproven and unapproved stem cell treatments for a host of medical conditions.

Berman aired his claims for what he called "magic cells" in a book, video appearances and through a network of affiliated clinics around the country. Those ...Read more

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Google opens futuristic Mountain View campus where 4,000 will work

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MOUNTAIN VIEW, California — Google this week opened its Bay View canopy campus at NASA Ames in Mountain View, saying 4,000 people will work at the futuristic green complex powered by solar panels that resemble dragon scales.

The three-building development, along with Google’s Charleston East project in Mountain View that’s set to open in ...Read more


This Illinois company was just sold for $3 billion, but hundreds of employees are getting a cut. Some will get $800,000

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When private equity firm KKR announced the $3 billion sale Monday of C.H.I. Overhead Doors to steel company Nucor, it created a windfall for hundreds of hourly workers at the plant in tiny Arthur, Illinois, who will receive between $20,000 and $800,000 each when the transaction closes.

The deal represents a huge return on investment for KKR, ...Read more

Republicans split on adding semiconductor tax breaks to competition bill

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WASHINGTON — An effort to add bipartisan tax incentives for U.S. semiconductor manufacturing to a larger economic competitiveness package is running into divisions among House Republicans.

The top-ranking GOP member of the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee, Rep. Kevin Brady of Texas, is among those who believe giving tax breaks to ...Read more

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Elon Musk says Twitter must prove bot claims for $44 billion deal to proceed

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Elon Musk declared he won’t proceed with his $44 billion takeover of Twitter Inc. unless the social media giant can prove bots make up fewer than 5% of its users, casting yet more uncertainty over the deal.

The billionaire tweeted “this deal cannot move forward” unless Twitter provides proof of its claims, reiterating his own view that ...Read more

US retail sales show consumer standing firm in face of inflation

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U.S. retail sales grew at a solid pace in April, reflecting broad-based gains and suggesting demand for merchandise remains resilient despite rampant inflation.

The value of overall retail purchases increased 0.9%, after an upwardly revised 1.4% gain in March, Commerce Department figures showed Tuesday. Excluding vehicles and gas stations, ...Read more

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Terra's stablecoin flop raises questions about regulatory role

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WASHINGTON — The spectacular plunge and trading halts of the algorithmic stablecoin TerraUSD are touching off a debate among lawmakers over whether, and how much, the government should get involved.

As Terra crashed last week, prominent Republicans said the asset class shouldn’t be regulated at all because of its limited reach into ...Read more

Elon Musk says Twitter must prove bot claims for $44 billion deal to proceed

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Elon Musk declared he won’t proceed with his $44 billion takeover of Twitter Inc. unless the social media giant can prove bots make up fewer than 5% of its users, casting yet more uncertainty over the deal.

The billionaire tweeted “this deal cannot move forward” unless Twitter provides proof of its claims, reiterating his own view that ...Read more

Will social media companies crack down on the racist conspiracy theory behind the Buffalo massacre?

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The Buffalo, New York, mass shooting that claimed 10 lives Saturday was an event shaped by, and for, internet platforms, including message boards and streaming and social media sites.

Now, as the predominantly Black neighborhood that suspected killer Payton Gendron targeted is left reeling, whether those platforms allow their users to ...Read more

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Musk says Twitter deal at lower price is 'not out of the question'

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Elon Musk stoked speculation that he could seek to renegotiate his takeover of Twitter Inc., saying a viable deal at a lower price wouldn’t be “out of the question.”

Twitter shares fell 8.2% at the close of trading in New York. The stock has been dropping on speculation that Musk could walk away from the $44 billion acquisition. That ...Read more

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68,200 home insurance policies to be canceled as hurricane season begins

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Florida’s property insurance crisis is about to hit home for tens of thousands of policyholders.

More than 68,000 policies of troubled Sunrise-based FedNat Insurance Company and its sister companies Maison and Monarch National will be canceled by the end of June, according to terms of a consent order filed Friday by the state Office of ...Read more

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Boeing's top Chinese customer removes 737 Max from fleet plans

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Boeing Co.’s biggest airline customer in China has removed more than 100 of the US manufacturer’s 737 Max jets from its fleet plans, citing uncertainty over deliveries.

China Southern Airlines Co. Chairman Ma Xu Lun said at an investor briefing last week that Boeing’s updated best-selling aircraft would be excluded from fleet deliveries ...Read more

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Ford unloads another 7 million shares in EV startup Rivian for $188.2 million

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Ford Motor Co. has unloaded another 7 million shares of electric-vehicle startup Rivian Automotive Inc.'s stock.

That's according to regulatory paperwork filed Friday, and follows Ford selling 8 million shares earlier last week for $214 million. Between the two sales, Ford's stake in Rivian sits just below 10%. At the time of Rivian's initial ...Read more

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As Ford unloads Rivian, Amazon maintains faith in electric vehicle maker

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Despite production delays and market upheaval, Amazon is still counting on electric vehicle startup Rivian to help it hit ambitious climate goals and put tens of thousands of electric delivery vans on the road.

Rivian is running a lean operation: The number of vehicles it produced this quarter is almost exactly equal to the number of ...Read more


CD rates are poised for a comeback. Now, if only inflation would calm down

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Following CD rates in recent years has been a lot like watching paint dry at the bottom of a barrel: little perceptible change in rock-bottom returns.

Yields on certificates of deposit have been in the tank for years, particularly since the pandemic began. But things are about to change.

"The next 12 to to 24 months will be a period of rising ...Read more


Survey: Young people want solid outcomes from their higher education

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A different kind of high school student is headed to college now.

The graduating seniors who will be entering into post-secondary education and training over the next few years care less about ivy-covered prestige and more about saving money, keeping costs down and college debt at a bare minimum, even if it means living at home.

In a national ...Read more

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Federal student loan interest rates will increase for the 2022-23 academic year

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Federal student loan interest rates are set to rise for the 2022-23 academic year, following the U.S. Treasury Department’s 10-year note auction on Wednesday afternoon. The new rates will be 4.99 percent for undergraduate loans, 6.54 percent for graduate Direct Unsubsidized Loans and 7.54 percent for PLUS loans. These rates will go into effect...Read more

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Series I bonds pay record 9.62% interest rate ⁠-- here's how to buy them

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If you’re looking for an investment with a high interest rate, inflation protection and the safety of government backing, then Series I bonds could be an attractive addition to your portfolio. The interest rate on these bonds increases as inflation rises, ensuring that your payout keeps pace with rising prices and that you don’t lose ...Read more

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5 top mistakes to avoid during a market selloff

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Stocks, cryptocurrencies and even bonds have tumbled in 2022 as investors react negatively to rising interest rates, soaring inflation and the Russia/Ukraine conflict.

The S&P 500 index has fallen about 16 percent so far this year, while the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite is down around 26 percent. Popular cryptocurrencies Bitcoin and Ethereum ...Read more