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Ford launches pilot program to equip California winegrowers with EVs, software services

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SEBASTOPOL, California — Ford Motor Co. on Wednesday announced the launch of a pilot program that will equip winegrowers in northern California with electric pickup trucks, cargo vans and software services in a bid to boost EV and technology adoption among farmers and other commercial customers.

The automaker also announced the launch of Ford...Read more

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Boeing reports net loss in 2021 as cost of 787 delivery halt soars to $5.5 billion

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Boeing said Wednesday that the cost of the prolonged halt to deliveries of its 787 Dreamliner widebody jet has soared to $5.5 billion.

Executives delivering news of the deep fourth-quarter financial losses announced no end in sight for the unprecedented 787 delivery stoppage due to manufacturing quality issues.

There was also a separate $402 ...Read more

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Susan Tompor: Credit card interest rates will jump as feds try to cool demand, drive down inflation

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The Federal Reserve is on a mission to cool off demand and drive down inflation. And yes, you're going to face higher interest rates on your credit cards as a result.

Fed rate hikes tend to be passed along to credit cardholders within a month or two. If the Federal Reserve makes its first move to raise short term rates at its next policy ...Read more

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Tech Q&A: Keep copies of data on your computer and in the cloud

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Q: I don't like it when Dropbox, Microsoft OneDrive and Google Drive take data off my computer and store it online instead. How can I get my data back without losing anything?

—Dan Behnke, Eau Claire, Wisconsin

A: While it may look as if the online services took data off your PC and transferred it to the cloud, I don't think they really did....Read more

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Jimmy Fallon hyped his Bored Ape NFTs on 'The Tonight Show.' Conflict of interest?

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From actors to athletes to influencers, celebrities can't seem to stop talking about their enthusiasm for all things crypto. Never one to sit out a trend, on Monday, "The Tonight Show" host Jimmy Fallon was eager to show off his acquisition of a pricey digital collectible — even if it meant flouting an ethics policy that governs most ...Read more

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Motormouth: Is it normal to make cold car warm up?

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Q: I own a 2017 Nissan Rogue that has 56,000 miles on it. Whenever the temperature gets below 25 degrees, the car won't up-shift out of what seems like fourth gear until the engine warms up. The colder it is, the longer it takes, sometimes up to two miles. Is this normal for this car? The dealer service person said to let the car warm up before ...Read more

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Boeing's bet on jet-building frenzy rests on fragile suppliers

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For Boeing Co., the pandemic was just one item on the long list of its existential concerns over the past four years. But after a talent exodus, the twin tragedies of its 737 Max jets falling from the sky, and stiff competition from rivals (on top of COVID’s blow to air travel), the company is gearing up for a production resurgence that will ...Read more

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Georgia Ports broke cargo records in 2021

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The Port of Savannah has dramatically boosted its ability to handle cargo over the past year, making improvements that should clear up some supply chain issues by mostly eliminating the lines of ships waiting to unload.

In the early fall, at any given time, more than 30 vessels were lined up, waiting to unload imports and load exported goods. ...Read more

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Employees at 2 more Seattle Starbucks locations plan to unionize

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Employees at two more Seattle Starbucks locations hope to unionize, expanding the nationwide union push in the coffee giant's hometown.

Starbucks workers at a drive-thru location on Westlake Avenue and the store at Fifth Avenue and Pike Street said Tuesday they have filed for union elections. They join a store in the Capitol Hill neighborhood, ...Read more

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One of the world's largest wine industry events begins in Sacramento -- with no wine tastings

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — One of the largest wine industry trade shows in the world began Tuesday in Sacramento. But a key feature of the festivities will be largely missing: wine tasting.

Because of COVID-19 concerns, organizers of The Unified Wine & Grape Symposium — Sacramento's largest convention — have scrapped Tuesday's opening night ...Read more

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Ford updates COVID-19 mask requirement for US office, factory workers

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DETROIT — Ford Motor Co. has revised pandemic-related mask requirements for its U.S. office and factory workers, and the company notified employees Monday, the Free Press has learned.

"The safety of our workforce is our top priority," said Kelli Felker, Ford global manufacturing and labor communications manager.

"We have updated our COVID ...Read more

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SEC's Peirce says agency guidance on nonfungible tokens needed

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The growth of so-called nonfungible tokens has at least one Securities and Exchange Commission member thinking the agency needs to release guidance on the digital assets this year.

Commissioner Hester Peirce, a cryptocurrency supporter, said such guidelines would help the public understand the agency’s thinking.

“As a regulator, I mean it�...Read more

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Burritos, inflation and privilege: As food costs rise in Chicago, a social media uproar highlights who really bears the brunt

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For a brief moment over the weekend, west suburban Hinsdale became the center of an internet viral moment involving inflation, burritos, wealth and privilege.

The scorn of social media users was focused on the lead anecdote of a Friday New York Times article about food inflation: A Hinsdale stock options trader voiced his annoyance with an ...Read more

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Free N95 masks available at Meijer stores across Midwest

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Meijer will be providing free N95 masks to store customers across the Midwest to help limit the spread of COVID-19 amidst a record-breaking surge in infections and hospitalizations.

Customers can pick up three masks each at store entrances, where a Meijer greeter will be distributing them.

The chain said Monday that it received around 3 ...Read more

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Krispy Kreme giving blood donors free dozen of doughnuts through end of January

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Krispy Kreme is putting the dough in dough-nate.

The national doughnut chain is giving away sweet treats to help combat the nationwide blood shortage through the end of January.

People who donate blood to the American Red Cross will get a free dozen original glazed doughnuts when they show their donation sticker or confirmation of their ...Read more

The last big Sears in Pennsylvania is closing: 'They've been dropping like flies'

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The last large-format Sears department store in Pennsylvania, at the Willow Grove Park mall in the Philadelphia suburbs, will close its doors permanently, perhaps in about a month.

"They've been dropping like flies," said Jack Batra, who is known on social media as "List Man Jack" and part of a loose-knit community tracking through online ...Read more

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Amazon Go is moving toward the suburbs

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Amazon Go is headed to the suburbs.

In an effort to reach customers closer to their homes, Amazon announced Tuesday it is launching a new store format, keeping the Amazon Go name and the high-tech checkout experience that lets customers skip the cashier, but losing travel time by expanding into more suburban neighborhoods.

The first spot for ...Read more

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GM to invest historic $7 billion in 4 facilities across Michigan, creating 4,000 jobs

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In a big win for Michigan, General Motors will invest $7 billion in four manufacturing facilities, making the state the "hub" of electric vehicle development and manufacturing.

GM said Tuesday it will spend $2.6 billion to build a new battery factory in the Lansing area and $4 billion to convert its existing factory in Orion Township to make ...Read more

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Autoworkers worry about GM's use of lower-paid employees to build EVs

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As General Motors Co. prepares for its electric vehicle future with multibillion-dollar investments in Lansing, Orion Township and elsewhere, autoworkers worry about the growing number of employees making less than traditional union-represented employees at the Detroit automaker.

They see the push to add more jobs at subsidiary GM Subsystems ...Read more

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Michael Hiltzik: When a medical team quit, this hospital sued to force them to keep working

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It's hardly a secret that American labor law and workplace practices are designed for the benefit of employers, not workers.

But a Wisconsin hospital tried to break new ground in the field by suing to stop a team of seven healthcare workers from quitting their jobs and taking posts at another hospital.

Over the weekend, the workers were in ...Read more