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Waffle House raises server pay following union-led pressure campaign

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Restaurant chain Waffle House recently announced pay raises for servers after more than a year of a public pressure campaign led by a union that represents service workers in the South.

The campaign included strikes and petitions calling attention to worker demands for higher pay, safer working conditions and an end to mandatory meal deductions...Read more

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Engineers sue Elon Musk and SpaceX, saying the company mirrored his juvenile, crude X posts

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SpaceX and its billionaire owner, Elon Musk, are being sued by eight former employees who allege they were fired after asking the company to address a toxic work culture they say is rife with sexual harassment and discrimination.

The former employees say Musk encouraged an inappropriate work environment in the spacecraft company with his social...Read more

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Inflation is easing. Why is car insurance still so expensive?

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Inflation is cooling after a hot start to 2024, but it's still higher than policymakers would like.

One culprit: The cost of auto insurance.

Consumer Price Index data released Wednesday showed U.S. inflation rose 3.3% year-over-year in May compared to a 3.4% bump in April. While some price increases that consumers feel most — food, gas, ...Read more

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Airbus struggles to ramp up jet deliveries even as Boeing falls behind

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With air travel booming again and airlines desperate for new airplanes, Airbus is struggling to ramp up to meet the demand even as Boeing falls further behind.

Boeing is in crisis, with production of its top selling 737 Max suppressed as its leadership strives to satisfy regulators that they have control of manufacturing quality.

Meanwhile ...Read more

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NYC getting $27M in settlement against e-cig maker Juul

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New York City will receive $27 million as part of a year-old settlement against Juul Labs, the controversial purveyor of vape pens that was ordered to pay out a total of $462 million as part of a court deal in April 2023, city and state leaders announced Wednesday.

The payout to the city is part of a larger pot of money — $112.7 million — ...Read more

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Fed officials dial back rate forecasts, signal just one '24 cut

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Federal Reserve officials penciled in just one interest-rate cut this year and forecast more cuts for 2025, reinforcing policymakers’ calls to keep borrowing costs high for longer to suppress inflation.

Officials voted unanimously to keep the benchmark federal funds rate in a range of 5.25% to 5.5% — a two-decade high first reached in July....Read more

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Auto review: 2024 Chevrolet Trax is more than 'Activ'e

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This week in Grasso’s Garage is the basic version of recently tested Buick Envista, the 2024 Chevrolet Trax Activ. Sharing the same frame and curves, the Trax offers consumers an excellent base price and an entry-level SUV option. Its space and utility are just some of the notable advantages that the Trax provides.

When selecting exterior ...Read more

If worker shows up angry, shoot him, manager at Bay Area solar giant Sunrun allegedly ordered

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A manager for a Bay Area solar-power giant used cocaine and popped pills in the office, refused to stop touching a female employee, and told a subordinate to bring a gun to work and shoot another employee if the man showed up angry, a lawsuit by two former employees alleged.

Francisco Bandeira, Jr., a manager in the San Francisco headquarters ...Read more

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NLRB asks judge to reinstate two fired union organizers at struggling EV maker Lucid

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WASHINGTON — An attorney for the National Labor Relations Board is asking an Arizona judge to reinstate two former workers for electric vehicle maker Lucid Motors who were allegedly fired for trying to organize workers at the EV maker's plant there.

A hearing before the judge is already scheduled for Oct. 9. But Tucker Bingham, an attorney ...Read more

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Inflation eases in May, but don't expect relief on interest rates anytime soon

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Consumers in the West Coast and across the nation received a bit of relief last month as inflation eased after running hotter than expected earlier in the year.

The government said Wednesday that U.S. consumer prices overall rose 3.3% in May from the same month a year earlier.

The new report will be welcomed by the Federal Reserve as it meets...Read more

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Lynn Conway, leading computer scientist and transgender pioneer, dies at 86

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Lynn Conway was the bravest person I ever knew.

It wasn't merely her struggle to make her way in the male-dominated computer engineering world of the 1960s and 1970s. It was that she did so, with spectacular success, while contending with her own psyche, her family and her bosses at IBM to complete her transgender transition.

Conway died ...Read more

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Fisker issues recall over more Ocean SUV software problems

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Fisker Inc. issued a voluntary recall notice Wednesday for 11,201 Oceans, the only vehicle in the lineup of the troubled Southern California electric vehicle maker.

The voluntary safety recall stems from a software glitch that may cause the premium sport utility vehicle to lose power and covers Oceans sold in North America and Europe.

The ...Read more

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Doctors and dentists at LA County-run hospitals will get bonuses under tentative deal

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Unionized doctors and dentists who work at hospitals and other health facilities run by Los Angeles County will get cost-of-living increases and bonuses under new agreements with the county, reached after more than two years of bargaining and threats of a strike.

The tentative agreements with a pair of bargaining units represented by the Union...Read more

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Jeep's electric plans come into sharper focus amid market jitters

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Jeep's growing lineup of electrified models could help spark a turnaround for the legendary SUV maker, but it might be coming at a less-than-ideal time.

Annual sales for the Stellantis NV brand have declined for five straight years, falling to under 650,000 last year from close to 1 million sold in 2018. And sales of electric vehicles overall ...Read more

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GM lowers EV production goal in North America

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General Motors Co. is narrowing its 2024 electric-vehicle production goal by at least 50,000 units to between 200,000 and 250,000, down from 300,000, GM CFO Paul Jacobson said Tuesday at the Deutsche Bank Global Auto Industry Conference.

The move is "100% demand driven," Jacobson said, because GM overcame issues it had with battery module ...Read more

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Tech review: Bluetti AC240 saves my bacon

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A few weeks ago, I wrote a column about my mom having a power outage after a storm. Mom was prepared with a portable power station to keep her coffee maker, fan, radio and phone going when the electricity was out.

My column was about being ready to keep your gear running during a power outage. I mentioned I was reviewing a portable power ...Read more

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Tech designed to prevent runway collisions tested in Washington

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On Friday morning, the pilot of a Boeing 757 airliner approached Yakima Airport in Central Washington and lined up to land. On the threshold of the runway below, a Falcon 900 business jet was set for takeoff — directly in the 757’s way.

The small jet blocking the runway was clearly visible through the cockpit window. Yet Joe Duval, the 757 ...Read more

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Behind the stunning job losses in Hollywood: 'The audience has moved on'

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The iron fist of history seems finally to be coming for Tinseltown.

Beyond the financial blows inflicted by the pandemic and the actors’ and writers’ strikes, the vast Los Angeles-based entertainment industry known as Hollywood is facing the far greater forces of economic disruption that have already struck the rest of the United States.

...Read more

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Parmy Olson: AI's hidden workers are stuck in dead-end jobs

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You may have heard that revolutionary AI sits on old-world foundations. The supply chain churning out generative AI tools like ChatGPT has highly paid executives and researchers at the top, and at the bottom, working stiffs who toil at screens training algorithms. Between 150 million and 430 million people do such work, according to a recent ...Read more

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Sinclair open to selling anything, CEO responds to reports of potential TV station sales

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Sinclair, the nation’s largest owner of local television stations, is open to selling any assets in its portfolio at the right price, the media company’s CEO said Tuesday in response to reports of potential sales.

Sinclair President and CEO Chris Ripley responded during Maryland-based Sinclair’s annual meeting to a shareholder who asked ...Read more