Editorial: Lawsuit against its ex-CEO keeps #MeToo on the menu at McDonald's
Last November, McDonald’s fired CEO Steve Easterbrook after discovering he had engaged in a consensual, nonphysical relationship with an unidentified employee. Easterbrook lost his job for violating company policies and showing poor judgment, but he was allowed to walk away with a nearly $42 million severance package because he hadn’t lied about his actions or done anything illegal.Now McDonald’s has more to say about Easterbrook’s departure. The fast-food giant is suing Easterbrook to recoup the money, alleging that a deeper investigation determined he covered up other inappropriate activitie...
Mercedes to spend billions to settle US diesel emissions cases
Mercedes-Benz and its parent company, Daimler, say they will pay more than $2 billion to settle diesel emissions cases in the United States.The German automaker announced Thursday it has reached a deal with U.S. authorities and a separate agreement to settle U.S. class action litigation over its diesel emission scandal.The tentative settlements are just the latest piece in the ongoing diesel emissions cheating saga involving automakers following the Volkswagen Dieselgate case. Other companies, including Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Ford and General Motors, have also faced accusations, with FCA i...
Detroit Free Press
Commentary: What artificial intelligence is telling us about US-China relations
Recent weeks were eventful in U.S.-China relations, to put it mildly. Spies were allegedly uncovered, consulates were closed after some resistance, TikTok and WeChat are being banned in the United States and China’s fighter jets flew over the Taiwan Strait when Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar made the highest-profile visit by a U.S. official to the island in over four decades. All of this on top of a pandemic and worsening trade ties. While some may debate whether this is the beginning of a new Cold War, it would be misguided to presume that such a war would necessarily remain co...
Tribune News Service
Dahleen Glanton: What did we learn from the murder of George Floyd? The police shooting in Chicago shows not very much
After months of protests and civil unrest over the police shooting of George Floyd, Chicagoans were tested Monday on what we have learned.We failed miserably.In our collective anger over the looting that occurred in the aftermath of a police shooting in the Englewood neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side, we lost focus on the most important thing — human life.Police shot another Black man on Sunday. This time it wasn’t fatal, but we all know it could have been. Many African Americans are rightfully angry.It is understandable why others are upset that one of the most beautiful parts of our city ...
A new depression in the Atlantic could become Tropical Storm Josephine this week
MIAMI — A tropical depression traveling west through the Atlantic could strengthen into Tropical Storm Josephine this week, according to the National Hurricane Center.The depression is about 1,220 miles east-southeast of the Northern Leeward Islands and is traveling west with maximum sustained winds of 35 mph and higher gusts, according to the hurricane center’s advisory at 5 p.m. EDT Wednesday.The system is then expected to begin moving west-northwest later, according to forecasters. By Friday, winds could reach 60 mph before weakening again.The forecast shows the storm moving north of the Le...
Ford recalls include some F-150s because of fire risk
DETROIT — Ford is warning that a number of 2020 F-150 pickups could catch fire because of a battery connection issue. At the same time, the company announced a recall of more than half a million Edges with potential brake problems.The company said it’s recalling 431 F-150s in the United States. The recall, one of three announced by Ford Wednesday, affects only trucks built from June 30-July 1 at the Kansas City Assembly Plant, and Ford said it is not aware of any fires, crashes or injuries related to any of the recall issues.The trucks “may have been built with an improper attachment nut used ...
Detroit Free Press
Lowe's ramps up faster home delivery nationwide with more distribution centers
Lowe’s is expanding for faster home delivery nationwide.Over the next 18 months, the North Carolina-based home improvement company will open 50 delivery terminals, seven distribution centers and four e-commerce fulfillment centers, Lowe’s announced Wednesday.The goal is to enable faster e-commerce shipping with more same-day and next-day delivery across the country, the company said in a news release said.“Opening these new facilities will allow our stores to operate more efficiently … and improve the customer experience with more predictable deliveries, better in-stock rates and faster fulfil...
The Charlotte Observer
Fabiola Santiago: Magical Florida: Deloitte delivers a broken unemployment system and wins $135 million!
Stand aside, Disney World.The real magic in Florida happens in Contractilandia, the place where you can be an epic failure — and the government will reward you with another $135 million contract to take another shot at messing things up!To borrow from Mickey Mouse: Meeska, Mooska, Gov. Ron DeSantis, let’s give Deloitte Consulting another contract!The carnival of incompetence is a thrilling ride, unless you’re on the receiving end of needed services, like Florida’s unemployed or Medicaid recipients.Then, you pay the price for the negligence of not one, but two governors.There’s Rick Scott, who ...
Medtronic hopes to expand share of diabetes management market with new acquisition
Medtronic is buying Companion Medical, a San Diego-based firm makes the only smart insulin pen with an integrated diabetes management app approved by the Food and Drug Administration.Terms of the deal announced Tuesday were not disclosed.The FDA in June expanded Companion Medical’s InPen for use in all people over 7 years of age. Through use of the app, patients can receive custom doses of insulin through a more manageable and reusable pen.“This acquisition is an ideal strategic fit for Medtronic as we further simplify diabetes management and improve outcomes by optimizing dosing decisions for...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Qualcomm wins reversal of antitrust verdict in long-running battle with the FTC
Qualcomm has won its appeal to overturn last year’s antitrust verdict in a case brought by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, potentially ending a bitter saga that threatened the San Diego company’s lucrative patent licensing business.A three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday reversed U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh’s ruling last year that Qualcomm violated anti-monopoly laws in the way it licenses patents.The panel also threw out Koh’s worldwide permanent injunction prohibiting Qualcomm from certain business practices, which could have reduced the company’s incentives to...
The San Diego Union-Tribune