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The FDA takes aim at menthol and other tobacco flavorings, but banning them might be tricky

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration this week announced plans to stem the increase in young Americans' use of tobacco and its primary psychoactive agent, nicotine.

The object of Food and Drug Commissioner Scott Gottlieb's ire was flavorings -- those minty, sweet, nutty or even salty flavors that cigarette and e-cigarette manufacturers add to ...Read more

Amazon opposites: Austin, Dallas took very different approaches to wooing retail giant

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AUSTIN, Texas -- Tuesday was a tough day for Dallas.

For more than a year, the North Texas metro area had been aggressively chasing after Amazon and its $5 billion second headquarters project. It had promised the retail giant huge sums of money, offered lavish perks at it and asked it numerous times to make its city home to the project known as...Read more

Who lives with you? Facebook seeks to patent software to figure out profiles of households

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Facebook Inc. is applying to patent software that it could use to create profiles of users' households by making educated guesses about how many people live in the household, what their relationships to each other are, what interests they share and what electronic devices they use.

The system would draw on the wealth of information Facebook ...Read more

FDA says StemGenex marketing of unproven stem cell treatments is illegal

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The Food and Drug Administration has come down hard on StemGenex, a La Jolla, Calif., clinic pitching stem cell treatments for multiple sclerosis, diabetes, Parkinson's and other conditions.

In a warning letter made public Tuesday, the FDA says that StemGenex's marketing is illegal, and that its manufacturing procedures are "putting patients at...Read more

Criterion Collection will launch its own streaming service next spring, following FilmStruck's closure

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LOS ANGELES -- The Criterion Collection's treasure trove of classic movies will have its own streaming home after the closure of FilmStruck, WarnerMedia said Friday.

New York-based Criterion Collection, which distributes classic movies such as Akira Kurosawa's "Seven Samurai" and Francois Truffaut's "The 400 Blows," will launch a free-standing ...Read more

For California fire victims, it will be a long, tough road to rebuild

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LOS ANGELES -- The fires that tore through California in the past week have reduced homes to ash, upending lives and leaving thousands in sudden need of shelter. But beyond the immediate challenges of finding a place to live in a state with a perpetual shortage of housing, property owners could face a number of challenges in trying to rebuild.

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ABC shakeup: Channing Dungey departs; Karey Burke becomes entertainment president

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LOS ANGELES -- ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey has stepped down, becoming the second high-profile network executive to leave as Walt Disney Co. prepares to bring in new management from Fox.

Longtime programmer Karey Burke, who has been developing original programs for Walt Disney Co.'s Freeform channel, on Friday was named as Dungey...Read more

Johnny Bobbitt story a 'perfect example' of why it's risky to donate to online fundraisers

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PHILADELPHIA -- The more than 14,000 people who were duped into donating to Johnny Bobbitt Jr.'s GoFundMe campaign will get a full refund, but the alleged scam detailed by prosecutors Thursday is a "perfect example" of the risks in donating through crowdfunding websites, a charity watchdog group said.

GoFundMe will process refunds in the coming...Read more

2019 will bring sweet deals on America's favorite vehicles, SUVs

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Shoppers could be in luck next year as a flood of new and lightly used SUVs creates bargains on America's most popular vehicles.

2019 could be a year of great deals on SUVs as incentives on new models rise and off-lease, late-model used SUVs hit the market in unprecedented numbers.

"It's going to be a very crowded marketplace," IHS Markit ...Read more

Panera adds breakfast delivery in some other markets

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ST. LOUIS -- Panera, which operates in St. Louis as St. Louis Bread Co., has expanded its delivery options in St. Louis to breakfast.

The Sunset Hills-based restaurant chain said Thursday that it's testing the breakfast delivery service in 231 cities, including St. Louis, Chicago, Dallas, Nashville, St. Louis and Minneapolis.

Delivery service ...Read more

FDA says StemGenex marketing of unproven stem cell treatments is illegal

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The Food and Drug Administration has come down hard on StemGenex, a La Jolla, Calif., clinic pitching stem cell treatments for multiple sclerosis, diabetes, Parkinson's and other conditions.

In a warning letter made public Tuesday, the FDA says that StemGenex's marketing is illegal, and that its manufacturing procedures are "putting patients at...Read more

VW reveals ongoing talks with Ford about trucks, broader partnership

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Ford Motor Co. and Volkswagen Group will move forward with discussions to jointly manufacture a range of light commercial vehicles, Volkswagen said Friday during a news conference in Germany.

Talks on a broader partnership continue with an aim to firm up plans by year's end, VW CEO Herbert Diess said.

"We're looking into common platforms that ...Read more

Under the Hood: Replacing valve core in RV tires

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Q: I was changing the tire pressure sensor caps on my motor home and found that one of the rear tire valves had become bent and doesn't interact with the sensor. My questions are; can I simply remove the valve without jacking up the back wheels? Also, when I'm shopping for a replacement valve, are they all the same or is there a special type?

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Ford recalls new Explorer, Expedition, Navigator, Nautilus, Super Duty

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Ford issued four safety recalls in North America on Friday for recent models of its top-selling SUVs and trucks, suggesting that consumers take the vehicles to dealers for review, repair or replacement to prevent risk of injury.

The alert applies to the 2018 Ford Explorer, 2019 Ford Super Duty, 2018 Ford Expedition, 2018 Lincoln Navigator and ...Read more

What you need to know about the 737 MAX and the flight control system suspected in the Lion Air crash

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Boeing's popular 737 MAX aircraft and one of its flight control systems are now in the spotlight after the aircraft suddenly plunged into the sea last month, killing all 189 people aboard the Lion Air flight.

Investigators are still trying to figure out why the Boeing 737 MAX 8 plane crashed just minutes after takeoff from Jakarta, but ...Read more

Sears gets court OK to pursue sale of its best stores

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Sears Holdings Corp. can begin trying to sell its best-performing stores after receiving court approval Thursday for its plans to auction off assets.

When the Hoffman Estates, Ill.-based parent company of Sears and Kmart filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last month, the retailer said it believed it could avoid liquidation by ...Read more

California gains jobs, and unemployment stays at a record-low 4.1 percent

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California's record-low unemployment rate held steady in October at 4.1 percent -- the lowest rate in more than four decades -- as payrolls grew, according to data the state Employment Development Department released Friday.

Employers added 36,400 net positions last month, more than making up for a downward revision that took 10,000 jobs off ...Read more

How Apple and other manufacturers attack your right to repair their products

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For 10 years, John Bumstead has had a small but profitable business buying old Apple laptops in bulk, refurbishing them by hand, and selling them to wholesalers or via Amazon.com for about $150.

They're good, working machines saved from obsolescence to bring the Apple experience to buyers who can't afford the company's super-premium prices. "I ...Read more

Who would think we needed an app for lawn care? This guy.

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After interviewing enough tech startups in San Diego, a pattern has emerged around the male founder archetype. He is usually the graduate of a prestigious university, a confident and charismatic speaker and a devoted networker.

Jeremy Yamaguchi, the founder of fast-growing tech startup Lawn Love, is an exception. Self-educated and a bit of a ...Read more

Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg: 'I did not know' about discrediting efforts

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The drama and fallout over this week's New York Times investigation into Facebook continued Friday as Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg defended herself against allegations she knew about company efforts to discredit critics of the social networking giant.

In a post on her Facebook page late Thursday, Sandberg said she was unaware that ...Read more