Washington state nonprofit files lawsuit saying Fox News misled viewers about coronavirus
SEATTLE — A little-known Washington nonprofit has filed a lawsuit against Fox News in King County Superior Court, claiming the news station, its parent companies and owners violated the state’s Consumer Protection Act and acted in bad faith by disseminating false information about the novel coronavirus through its television news broadcasts and minimized the danger posed by the virus as COVID-19 began to explode into a pandemic.The suit, filed on behalf of the Washington League for Increased Transparency and Ethics (WASHLITE), alleges Fox News engaged in unfair or deceptive acts by representin...
The Seattle Times
GM partners with Honda to make two new electric vehicles at GM plants
DETROIT — GM and Honda have agreed to jointly develop two all-new electric vehicles for Honda.The vehicles will be on GM’s global EV platform powered by proprietary Ultium batteries, but Honda will design the exteriors and interiors. The platform will be engineered to match the way Honda vehicles handle.For GM this is “another step” toward its vision of an all-electric future and will provide a profitable EV business “through increased scale and capacity utilization,” said Doug Parks, GM executive vice president of Global Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain.About a month ago, GM C...
Detroit Free Press
Judge tosses DraftKings bettors' lawsuit against Astros and Red Sox, but takes swings at each team
NEW YORK — The Houston Astros and Boston Red Sox disgraced baseball — but the cheating teams did not defraud fantasy baseball bettors, a judge ruled Friday.The decision by Manhattan Federal Judge Jed Rakoff took swings at both franchises for the sign-stealing scandal that rocked Major League Baseball, but said the teams’ lies did not rise to a breach of consumer protection laws.“In 2017 and thereafter, the Houston Astros, and somewhat less blatantly the Boston Red Sox, shamelessly broke that rule, and thereby broke the hearts of all true baseball fans. But did the initial efforts of those team...
New York Daily News
DePaul basketball coach Dave Leitao gets a contract extension through 2023-24
DePaul men’s basketball coach Dave Leitao received a contract extension through 2023-24, the school announced Thursday.Financial terms were not released. Leitao’s contract was set to expire after the 2019-20 season.The athletic department announced in September it was working on contract extension for Leitao, who finished his fifth season in his second stint with DePaul. He previously coached at DePaul from 2002-05, leading the Blue Demons to their most recent NCAA Tournament appearance in 2005.DePaul is 64-98 in Leitao’s second stint.“We are happy to reach an agreement to continue the improve...
Next 100 days: Ford, GE Healthcare will team up to produce 50,000 ventilators in Michigan
Ford Motor Co. and GE Healthcare announced on Monday plans to produce 50,000 ventilators in the next 100 days with the support of 500 UAW members in Michigan to help in the battle against the novel coronavirus.A new simple ventilator design, licensed by GE Healthcare from Florida-based Airon Corp., operates on air pressure without the need for electricity, the parties explained during a conference call.“The reduction in complexity allows us to move more swiftly,” said Jim Baumbick, vice president of Enterprise Product Line Management at Ford.The two companies will “leverage” the design of Airo...
Detroit Free Press
Honda CR-V Hybrid makes geek great
Honda hybrids used to be soooo nerdy.The Japanese automaker’s first hybrid debuted 20 years ago. Costing $28,932 in today’s dollars ($18,800 in 2000), the wee front-wheel drive, three-door hatchback looked like a college science project.Shaped like a doorstop, it was optimized for 647-mile range — assuming a semi-truck didn’t run over it first as its 72 horses struggled to get up to interstate speeds. It came standard with a manual transmission. Its bicycle-thin rear tires were covered by fender slats to increase aerodynamics. It sold like granola in a candy shop. Not well.How far hybrids have...
The Detroit News
Commentary: Invest in farmers for the future
The COVID-19 pandemic has shuttered many restaurants, factories and stores, causing the U.S. economy to grind to a halt. As Congress works to deliver a massive stimulus package, let’s not forget rural America and the American farmer.This is our opportunity to bring about a rural renaissance, characterized by fair incomes, competitive markets and a new generation of farmers.In fact, the reinvigoration of small-scale American farming is one of the primary ways that we can guard against future pandemics.The new coronavirus is emphatically not a “Chinese virus,” as President Donald Trump has claim...
Tribune News Service
Burr faces lawsuit as fallout continues over his sale of up to $1.7 million in stock
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Fallout continued this week over revelations that U.S. Sen. Richard Burr dumped up to $1.7 million in stock after private briefings about the coronavirus, including a personal lawsuit against him.Politico reported the shareholder suit against Burr in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia even as the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission this week issued a stern warning against insider trading.Last week ProPublica and the Center for Responsive Politics reported that Burr sold the stocks in mid-February just before the market collapsed.As chairman of the Senate Int...
The Charlotte Observer
Eagles sign free-agent linebacker Jatavis Brown to 1-year contract
PHILADELPHIA — The Eagles signed free-agent linebacker Jatavis Brown to a one-year contract Saturday, his agent Drew Rosenhaus said.Brown, 26, spent his first four NFL seasons with the Chargers. He started in 23 of 56 games played over that span but only one last season as he was used less on defense. In his first three seasons, Brown tallied 255 tackles, 4 1/2 sacks, 14 tackles for loss and 12 passes defensed.He played primarily on special teams last season.He’s battled various injuries over his career — a foot sprain in 2017 and an ankle sprain in 2018. Brown was placed on injured reserve ne...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Now streaming: New movies available to watch at home during coronavirus
Jane Austen — meet Elisabeth Moss in a fight for her life against something she can’t even see.The quarantined citizen’s home streaming life just got a little more interesting, and crowded, with the unprecedented early online viewing availability of some major 2020 titles. The films, to varying degrees, were laid low by COVID-19 and the cumulative global shutdown of movie theaters, along with virtually everything else.Here you go, and there you have them.‘ONWARD’A manic, moderately diverting babysitter of a Pixar movie, “Onward” does gets there by the end — “there” being the place where the fr...