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Ford F-150 Lightnings now shipping after February stop order

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Ford Motor Co. says it's shipping 2024 F-150 Lightning electric pickup trucks, and the vehicles now are available to order online.

The automaker on Feb. 9 had placed a stop-shipment on the all-electric trucks made at the Rouge Electric Vehicle Center in Dearborn because of an undisclosed issue resulting in the company saying it was extending ...Read more

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Walgreens embarks on another round of layoffs

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Walgreens confirmed Tuesday a new round of layoffs, the latest in a string of job cuts over the past year as the retail pharmacy giant aims to slash costs.

Walgreens spokesman Fraser Engerman said the company is not disclosing the number of people it’s laying off. Most of the positions are Chicago-based, he said in a statement.

“To ensure ...Read more

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Dozens of Google employees protest use of company's tech for war in Gaza

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SUNNYVALE, California — A group of disappointed and angry Google employees protested outside a company building on Tuesday after it was reported that the search giant had deepened a contract with the Israeli government.

Googlers in New York City and Sunnyvale took action with the activist group No Tech for Apartheid, demanding that the ...Read more

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'Threaten our jobs and values': Southern politicians ramp up campaign against UAW organizing

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Political opposition to the United Auto Workers’ southern organizing push is cranking up ahead of a first test of the union’s strength this week at Volkswagen AG’s Tennessee plant, where a worker vote on whether to join the union runs Wednesday to Friday.

A Tuesday joint statement from the Republican governors of Alabama, Tennessee, ...Read more

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False offers of cash subsidies used to 'capture' health insurance customers, lawsuit alleges

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A health insurance operation based in Broward County, Florida, used internet ads that falsely promised cash subsidies to sign up clients across the country and replace their agents, a lawsuit contends.

The scheme was carried out by Enhance Health LLC, TrueCoverage LLC, Speridian Technologies LLC, Number One Prospecting LLC and two individuals ...Read more

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Cruise demand leaves pandemic in rearview with record passengers, more construction on tap

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MIAMI BEACH — The COVID-19 pandemic drove the cruise industry to a standstill, but numbers released Tuesday signal the years of comeback are officially over with more expansion on tap.

More than 31.7 million passengers took cruises worldwide in 2023, said Kelly Craighead, Cruise Line International Association president and CEO, speaking at ...Read more

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Powell signals rate-cut delay after run of inflation surprises

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Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell signaled policymakers will wait longer than previously anticipated to cut interest rates following a series of surprisingly high inflation readings.

Powell pointed to the lack of additional progress made on inflation after the rapid decline seen at the end of last year, noting it will likely take more time ...Read more

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Some Target Up & Up acne products subject of federal class action suit

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Target is facing a class action lawsuit after a Connecticut lab reportedly found high amounts of the cancer-causing chemical benzene were generated by some of Target's Up & Up acne treatments and other popular skin care items.

The lawsuit states that had Target said on its labels there was benzene in its benzoyl peroxide (BPO) acne products and...Read more

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How Amazon became the largest private EV charging operator in the US

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Amazon’s Maple Valley, Washington, warehouse is built for speed. At night, big rigs pull up to one end to unload boxes and padded mailers – some after a short drive from a bigger warehouse down the road, others following a flight in the hold of a cargo plane. Waiting employees scan, sort and load them into rolling racks.

Before 7 a.m. each...Read more

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Cyberattack could cost UnitedHealth Group up to $1.6B this year

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UnitedHealth Group spent about $872 million during the first quarter responding to the cyberattack at its Change Healthcare division and expects full-year costs could reach $1.6 billion.

The numbers, released Tuesday in the health care giant's first quarter financial results, provide the fullest accounting so far of financial impacts from the ...Read more

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LA 2028 Olympic committee parts ways with Salesforce, one of its top sponsors

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There are four years remaining until the 2028 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles — lots of time to prepare for the international sports event — but local organizers appeared to take a step backward this week.

The privately-run LA28 committee announced in a brief statement that it has "decided to amicably part ways" with one of its biggest ...Read more

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World Business Chicago names new CEO

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There’s a new leader heading up Chicago’s business recruitment efforts.

Philip Clement, whose resume includes stints as global chief marketing officer for Johnson Controls and Aon, was named Tuesday as president and CEO of World Business Chicago, the city’s public-private economic development arm.

In his new role, Clement will be in ...Read more

Atrium Health shared patient data with Facebook, class-action lawsuit alleges

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A class-action lawsuit filed in North Carolina accuses Atrium Health of allowing Facebook and Google to access patient information online to use in targeted ads.

The plaintiffs, identified only as North Carolina-resident J.S. and Michigan-citizen J.R., allege they received spam mail and Facebook ads related to their medical conditions after ...Read more

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Accounting firms are prioritizing work-life balance as they face a 'human capital issue' -- even during tax season

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Molly Kowal decided to become an accountant in part because she knew it would be a stable career. After graduating from college in 2021, she saw friends in other fields struggling to find work but knew she would be able to find a job.

But that doesn’t mean she’s willing to work into the wee hours during busy season.

“My generation is ...Read more

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Small-business owners brace for uncertainty as $20 hourly fast-food wage takes effect

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Justin Foronda is the type of creative, motivated, second-generation entrepreneur who should be able to thrive in Los Angeles.

Born and raised in Historic Filipinotown, Foronda opened Hifi Kitchen in 2019 and kept the doors open during the pandemic's economic disruptions through pure hustle.

Last year the 37-year-old staged a Filipino holiday ...Read more

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Boeing says no 787 safety risk after whistleblower raises troubling claims

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NORTH CHARLESTON, South Carolina — At its 787 Dreamliner manufacturing complex in South Carolina on Monday, Boeing detailed an immense amount of analysis and testing it has done since the discovery in 2020 of small gaps at the fuselage joins on the jet.

Boeing has made meticulous, time-consuming changes to the way it manufactures the 787’s ...Read more

Justice Department preparing Ticketmaster antitrust lawsuit

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The Justice Department may file an antitrust complaint as soon as next month aimed at forcing Live Nation Entertainment Inc. to spin off its Ticketmaster ticketing business, according to three people familiar with the matter.

The agency has been investigating the entertainment giant for years amid concerns Live Nation has illegally tied its ...Read more

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MGM Resorts sues FTC, agency chair over cyberattack investigation

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MGM Resorts International filed a lawsuit Monday against the Federal Trade Commission and its top officer, Chairwoman Lina M. Khan, claiming the agency violated the company’s Fifth Amendment right to due process while investigating a September cyberattack against the company.

In the four-count action, MGM also alleges the FTC failed to follow...Read more

US tax refunds declined 3.3% this year in run-up to deadline

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Fewer U.S. taxpayers have received a refund this year in the run-up to tax day compared to 2023, signaling some consumer spending may be disrupted.

Data from the Internal Revenue Service showed that 66.8 million taxpayers were reimbursed through April 5 compared to 69.1 million through April 7 last year. That means that 3.3%, or roughly 2.3 ...Read more

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California Supreme Court to hear appeal seeking to overturn new rooftop solar rules

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A trio of environmental groups opposed to recent changes to the rules affecting the 1.8 million Californians who have installed rooftop solar on their homes and businesses will get their day before the state Supreme Court.

The high court has agreed to hear arguments by the Environmental Working Group, the Center for Biological Diversity and the...Read more