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Judge tosses federal permit for Washington shellfish industry, saying it doesn't do enough to protect environment

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A federal judge has thrown out a federal permit for the state's shellfish industry, saying the Army Corps of Engineers failed to give enough environmental scrutiny to aquaculture farms.

U.S. District Judge Robert Lasnik found federal regulators did not comply with the Clean Water and National Environmental Policy acts in granting a general ...Read more

Companies are recruiting employees for start of recreational marijuana sales in Illinois. 'I don't know how my parents will take it.'

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Pawel Krempasky is unsure what his college major should be, but the 19-year-old student already has career aspirations -- in cannabis.

"I've been thinking about it ever since starting school," Krempasky said. "But I don't know how my parents will take it."

Krempasky, of Glenview, Ill., was one of about 400 people from throughout the Chicago ...Read more

For $60 a night, you can stay in Barbie's real-life Malibu Dreamhouse on Airbnb

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You've heard of Holiday Barbie and Superstar Barbie. Now get ready for Airbn-Barbie.

The Mattel toy brand announced Thursday that Barbie has listed her Malibu Dreamhouse, a not-plastic, very real luxury villa, that will be available for users to book for $60 per night starting Oct. 23 on Airbnb.

The two-bed, two-bath home will be available to ...Read more

Lordstown workers push for contract rejection if factory is to remain closed

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DETROIT -- The future of the Lordstown Assembly Plant in Ohio has been a friction point between General Motors and the UAW even before negotiations began this summer for a new contract and could have bearing on whether GM autoworkers are willing to ratify the proposed deal.

About 40 to 50 UAW members gathered outside Detroit's Renaissance ...Read more

UAW's janitor strike is unresolved, creating a dilemma for GM UAW workers

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DETROIT -- The UAW's negotiations on behalf of Aramark janitors remain unresolved, potentially creating a bad situation for the GM strikers who stood side-by-side with them on the picket lines for a month.

UAW-represented GM autoworkers at four facilities might have to cross the Aramark workers' picket lines.

The UAW reached a proposed ...Read more

Wave of the future? Developer touts micro units for millennial renters

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Ready to live like a minimalist?

City Club Apartments CBD, a new rental building in downtown Minneapolis, is betting there are a lot of home seekers like you. Many of the 307 units in the building are compact, one-room apartments with built-in Murphy beds, and the 17-story building has only 20 dedicated parking spaces, making it ...Read more

Real estate Q&A: What can we do when new neighbors step over the line?

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Q: A few months ago, a nice family bought the house next door. We were happy when they began sprucing up the landscaping -- until they removed the thick hedge that ran down the line between the two properties. We liked the privacy it gave our backyard and are upset they did this without even speaking to us. What should we do? -- Mary

A: I ...Read more

Americans now need at least $500,000 a year to enter top 1%

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One definition of rich is getting into the top 1%. If that's your goal, it's becoming harder to reach.

The income needed to exit the bottom 99% of U.S. taxpayers hit $515,371 in 2017, according to Internal Revenue Service data released this week. That's up 7.2% from a year earlier, even after adjusting for inflation.

Since 2011, when Occupy ...Read more

Electric truck startup Rivian gives a sneak peek of its future: Sleek vehicles, a reborn factory and thousands of jobs

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NORMAL, Ill. -- Rivian is still a year away from rolling its first electric trucks off the line at a converted Mitsubishi plant in Normal, but for thousands of residents, customers and job seekers, the future is beginning to seem a little bit closer.

A large crowd of curious locals attended the startup automaker's festive open house Sunday in ...Read more

Netflix scores new subscribers on eve of Disney+, Apple TV+ launches

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Netflix got back on track with regards to its subscribers in the United States during the third quarter as it saw a gain in members just as Disney and Apple are set to launch their own high-profile streaming TV services.

After U.S. stock markets closed Wednesday, Los Gatos-based Netflix said it added 6.77 million paid members in quarter that ...Read more

A-B InBev business could launch CBD-infused beverage in Canada this year

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A business of Anheuser-Busch InBev is nearly ready to bring cannabis-infused drinks to the Canadian market.

The announcement was made by Fluent Beverage Company, a joint venture between A-B InBev and Tilray, a company that researches, cultivates and distributes cannabis.

Fluent said it intends to have CBD-infused beverages available for sale ...Read more

With interest rates falling, U.S. Bank leans on noninterest businesses for growth

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As interest rates fell this summer, U.S. Bancorp relied more heavily on fees and other noninterest income to produce a 5% jump in profit.

The Minneapolis-based company, which operates the nation's fifth-largest bank, beat investor expectations with solid increases in revenue and profit for the third quarter. Noninterest revenue grew more ...Read more

Consumer Confidential: Yahoo offers data breach victims up to $358 each in settlement. But don't bank on it

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You have every right to be skeptical as another big company -- this time it's Yahoo -- says you can claim some cash to make amends for a massive data breach.

Credit agency Equifax was accused of a bait and switch after it offered $125 or free credit monitoring to all those affected by its own sloppy data practices, which resulted in hackers ...Read more

Should Uber and Lyft drivers earn $30 per hour? Los Angeles will study a minimum wage

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LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles lawmakers on Tuesday took the first step toward a minimum wage for tens of thousands of Uber and Lyft drivers, approving a study of how the law would work and how it would be enforced.

The City Council also requested an independent study of how much Uber and Lyft drivers earn in L.A., and how much they spend on gas, ...Read more

GM, UAW reach proposed tentative agreement on 31st day of strike

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DETROIT -- General Motors and the UAW reached a proposed tentative agreement on a new contract Wednesday, the 31st day of a nationwide strike.

The autoworkers walked off the job at 12:01 a.m. Sept. 16, launching the union's first nationwide strike in 12 years. Their four-year contract had expired at midnight Sept. 14.

Autoworkers were bitter ...Read more

Google Pay teams with Cubic so transit riders can pay fares with Android phones

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Cubic Corp., which makes fare collection technology for some of the world's largest public transit agencies, is working with Google to make it easier for riders to use their Android smartphones to pay for fares.

Cubic is collaborating with Google to add transit cards to the Google Pay platform, allowing unbanked riders, youth and others without...Read more

How this 31-year-old Pacific Beach surfer makes millions selling sunglasses

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SAN DIEGO -- Chase Fisher looks like your typical Pacific Beach bro. The 31-year-old surfer is tanned and freckled, his hair gelled back to give that permanent ocean-wet vibe. With bright-colored shades slung around his neck, he looks more like a DJ than a retail entrepreneur.

But Fisher is the sole owner of Blenders, a rapidly growing sunglass...Read more

SpaceX seeks permission to launch 30,000 more satellites

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SpaceX has bet its future on a network of small satellites that could beam the internet down to Earth. This month, the company's plans got a whole lot bigger.

Hawthorne, Calif.-based SpaceX has requested permission from an international regulatory group to operate as many as 30,000 satellites at a specific frequency, power level and location in...Read more

Exelon Utilities CEO Anne Pramaggiore abruptly retires amid federal probe into Illinois lobbying

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Exelon Utilities CEO Anne Pramaggiore abruptly retired Tuesday amid a wide-ranging federal investigation that includes the company's lobbying activities at the Illinois State Capitol.

The announcement of Pramaggiore's retirement came less than a week after Exelon and ComEd acknowledged they had received a second subpoena in the probe. ...Read more

Tech Q&A: The rush is on to upgrade Windows 7 by January

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There is nothing like a deadline to get millions of PC owners moving.

Windows 7 users face a Jan. 14 deadline for the end of Microsoft security updates and need to move to Windows 10 or risk being hacked.

There are still an estimated 300 million Windows 7 users worldwide. Corporate users can buy Windows 7 security updates for three more years....Read more