Business

Starbucks to close stores for an afternoon for bias training

Starbucks Black Men Arrested-2

Starbucks, moving swiftly to confront a racially charged uproar over the arrest of two black men at...

Business

After air accidents, survivors grapple with flying again

Plane Accidents Flying Again

Hundreds of hands grappling with oxygen masks. Flight attendants warning passengers to brace for impact. The plane hurtling toward the unforgiving ground. Survivors of air accidents often proclaim that their survival was a miracle. But what follows is another kind of miracle: Many survivors manage...


Business

Mnuchin expresses optimism for resolution of trade fights

Global Finance

WASHINGTON (AP) — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin expressed cautious optimism Saturday over efforts to resolve trade tensions that have rattled financial markets and clouded the global economic outlook. Mnuchin held a string of meetings over the past three days with financial officials from China,...


Business

After Facebook scrutiny, is Google next?

After Facebook-Who’s Next

MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) — Facebook has taken the lion’s share of scrutiny from Congress and the media about data-handling practices that allow savvy marketers and political agents to target specific audiences, but it’s far from alone. YouTube, Google and Twitter also have giant platforms awash in...


Business

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's shifting rationale for firing Comey

Fact Check Week

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump offered a shifting rationale this past week for his firing of FBI Director James Comey and joined other Republicans in exaggerating how much simpler it will become for Americans to file their taxes next time. He also erred, though by just a hair, in claiming...


Business

Saudi Arabia uses ancient tourist site to alter its history

Saudi Tourism

DIRIYAH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Just outside Saudi Arabia’s capital Riyadh, a group of elementary school children are on a field trip at Diriyah, where engineers and construction workers are busy restoring a 17th-century fortress, mosques and clay-colored structures that were once the ruling family’s...


Business

When a work emergency strikes, this tool will get you out of bed

(c) 2018, Bloomberg. As the corporate world reckons with an always-on work culture, some of the world’s biggest companies are turning to a tool made by a Silicon Valley startup that automatically alerts employees to issues round-the-clock. PagerDuty Inc. got its start as a service for companies to...


Business

Old Wall Street strategies turn hugely profitable in China

(c) 2018, Bloomberg. Stock pickers may have to reconsider the way they think about China. Dismissed by many as a casino after its wild boom and bust in 2015, the country’s $7.6 trillion equity market has quietly turned into a place where fundamentals matter. Chinese shares with the most attractive...


Business

Cities beat back Silicon Valley's great scooter boom of 2018

(c) 2018, Bloomberg. Bird, a startup that deploys electric scooters with location trackers on city sidewalks and rents them through an app, trumpeted two weeks ago that it was bringing its service to San Francisco. The company, run by a former honcho at both Uber and Lyft, said it was determined to...


Government

Science Says: Amount of straws, plastic pollution is huge

Science Says Plastics Pollution

WASHINGTON (AP) — Cities and nations are looking at banning plastic straws and stirrers in hopes of addressing the world’s plastic pollution problem. The problem is so large, though, that scientists say that’s not nearly enough. Australian scientists Denise Hardesty and Chris Wilcox estimate, using...


Business

AT&T and Verizon are under federal investigation for potential collusion

(c) 2018, The Washington Post. The Department of Justice is investigating potential efforts by AT&T and Verizon to hamstring a technology that could someday make it easier for consumers to seamlessly switch their wireless carriers, according to three people familiar with the matter. The probe...


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