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Darden Restaurants reduces corporate staff as sales remain down during pandemic

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Darden Restaurants revealed Thursday it has cut 11% of its corporate workforce at its Orlando headquarters and in other leadership positions as the owner of Olive Garden continues to endure slower sales during the coronavirus pandemic.

The company, which also owns LongHorn Steakhouse and other chains, said Thursday that same-restaurant sales ...Read more

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Many Amazon delivery drivers say tips have disappeared, even though customers say they've been added

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SEATTLE - Many of Amazon's contract delivery drivers have not been paid tips from customers for grocery deliveries, some for as long as 10 days, leaving them out several hundred dollars with no explanation from the company.

It's the third time this year an apparent glitch in Amazon's system has deprived perhaps tens of thousands of workers of ...Read more

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Column: Trump's 'order' protecting people with preexisting conditions is a total nothingburger

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After promising for weeks to produce an executive order protecting Americans with preexisting medical conditions from losing their health coverage, President Trump on Thursday delivered ... nothing.

The executive order unveiled at an event in Charlotte, N.C., does absolutely nothing to safeguard healthcare for those Americans. Trump introduced ...Read more

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Epic Games is rallying major developers against Apple's App Store

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CARY, N.C. - Epic Games, the maker of Fortnite, and some of the world's largest app developers have joined together to create the Coalition for App Fairness, a group attempting to pressure Apple into changing its policies on the App Store.

Epic is embroiled in an intense battle of lawsuits with Apple. Epic has labeled the iPhone maker as a ...Read more

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Powell hints small business, unemployment aid most important

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Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell indicated that aid to small businesses and support for the unemployed should be prioritized if Congress were to reallocate money away from backstopping the central bank's emergency-lending programs.

Powell, responding during Congressional testimony to a question from Louisiana Republican John Kennedy, said an...Read more

El Nuevo Herald managing editor resigns

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MIAMI - Nancy San Martin, the managing editor of el Nuevo Herald, resigned on Thursday, according to the vice president of news for McClatchy, the parent company that also publishes the Miami Herald.

San Martin leaves "after years of powerful, award-winning work for this newsroom and the community it serves," Kristin Roberts said in an email ...Read more

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Amazon tries to make it easier to identify green products with new 'Climate Pledge Friendly' label

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SEATTLE - "Time is fleeting," Amazon tells shoppers who click on its new Climate Pledge Friendly label, an hourglass with wings. It began appearing next to about 25,000 items for sale on its website Wednesday that meet at least one of 19 sustainability standards.

The standards, including one related to packaging issued by Amazon itself, cover a...Read more

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You can't look up Philly property owners by name anymore. City cites 'security matters.'

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Philadelphia officials have reprogrammed the city's property-search website to remove the ability to look up properties by the names of their owners, citing undisclosed security concerns.

Under the change implemented about a week ago, users of the search at property.phila.gov can still find out who owns a property by inputting an address. But ...Read more

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Tiktok judge tells US to decide by Friday on ban delay

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The Trump administration was ordered to postpone a U.S. ban on TikTok set for Sunday or respond by Friday to a request by the video-sharing app's Chinese owner for a court order temporarily blocking the ban.

The owner, ByteDance Ltd., is seeking a preliminary injunction on the ban even as it continues to pursue approvals from the administration...Read more

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Consumer Confidential: The switch to 5G wireless could shut down SOS buttons in millions of cars

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Telecom companies want people to focus on the benefits of state-of-the-art 5G wireless technology: faster speeds, greater reliability.

But for possibly millions of car owners, the transition to 5G may mean you'll be losing something you value: your on-board emergency-contact system.

Simi Valley, Calif., resident Patrick O'Bryan received an ...Read more

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Pay cuts become permanent for many Americans during pandemic

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Pay cuts introduced by U.S. employers in the early days of the coronavirus pandemic - meant to stave off layoffs and retain key employees - have proved less temporary than perhaps originally envisioned.

The majority of workers who took a reduction as the virus brought the economy to a halt are still earning less than they were prior to the ...Read more

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Let the bidding begin: San Diego looks to auction off San Diego's electric and gas services

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A future San Diego City Council meeting may resemble a session at an auction house. Or maybe it won't.

Under an Invitation to Bid process outlined by Mayor Kevin Faulconer on Wednesday, it is hoped that multiple energy companies will compete with each other to win the city's franchise agreement - that is, the right to supply gas and electric ...Read more

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Real estate Q&A: Who should repair water damage caused by HOA's vendor?

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Q: A vendor working on the common area of our building knocked a hose bib out of the wall, causing a flood in our home. I checked with the association management, and they had no insurance information on file for the vendor. Who is responsible for repairing the damage caused by this vendor's negligence? - Bob

A: Because the flood was caused by ...Read more

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Real estate info site Zillow is hiring its first agents

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After insisting for years that it had no plans to hire any agents, Seattle-based Zillow has reversed course and will open a residential real estate brokerage - though on a very limited basis.

Agents in the new division, called Zillow Homes, have a narrow purview: acquiring and listing homes for the company's home-flipping division, Zillow ...Read more

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Ex-Nikola CEO mysteriously vanishes from social media after abrupt resignation

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One day after his abrupt resignation from Nikola Corp., former Chairman and CEO Trevor Milton ghosted his Twitter followers and vanished from public view.

Why he did it is a bit of a mystery. But his disappearing act, to some, points to guilt or cowardice in the fallout from a report that accused the company he founded of "intricate fraud."

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Quibi may be for sale. But what is it worth, and who would buy it?

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Quibi can't catch a break, even after becoming a two-time Emmy-winner.

Less than six months after Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman launched their short-form video streaming startup, the company's drama "#FreeRayshawn" nabbed acting trophies for stars Laurence Fishburne and Jasmine Cephas Jones.

The accolades from the television academy ...Read more

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Motormouth: Power window problem

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Q: I have a 2002 Buick Century Limited in excellent condition. I literally bought it two years ago from a little old lady who had only driven it 11,000 miles. It, however, has a vexing problem. The power windows only work occasionally. The rear ones will not go down, the passenger side window usually does, and the driver's window only seems to ...Read more

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Whether a restaurant survives the pandemic could depend on an uneasy dance with the landlord

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CHICAGO - Restaurants, their receipts less than a third of what they customarily would take in, are unable to pay rent. Landlords, with mortgages and property-tax bills due, can't survive without income.

Since the coronavirus pandemic hit, resulting in the forced closure six months ago of restaurants and bars across the country, restaurateurs ...Read more

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Air Force, SpaceX mum about sky-high rocket costs

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Five years ago, Elon Musk, the multibillionaire CEO of the SpaceX rocket company, smashed his way into the business of launching U.S. military and intelligence satellites, a lucrative market that had been cornered for nearly a decade by United Launch Alliance.

Musk, one of the world's richest men, publicly promised in 2014 to launch Air Force ...Read more

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Volkswagen seeks to leave Dieselgate behind with all-electric compact SUV, the ID.4

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Volkswagen unveiled its new battery-electric ID.4 compact SUV on Wednesday, the linchpin in its effort to move past the Dieselgate emissions cheating scandal and into a zero-emissions future.

Significantly, the car will not be marketed as any kind of Tesla-killer.

"We don't go all out to compete head to head with the other EVs out there," said...Read more