Becerra’s nomination to lead health agency heads to Senate floorWASHINGTON — California Attorney General Xavier Becerra’s nomination to become Health and Human Services secretary is headed to the Senate floor after the Finance Committee deadlocked Wednesday in a party-line vote. Senate rules now allow Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., to bring the nomination to the full Senate. After two hearings failed to stymie Becerra’s progress or convince Democrats not to support him, he appeared on track for approval. Republicans had zeroed in on derailing Becerra’s confirmation, critici...
Tribune News Service
Amazon tried to 'destroy' Parler, social network says in new lawsuit
Parler, a social network embraced by right-wing groups, launched a new lawsuit against Amazon in King County, Wash., Superior Court, two weeks after Parler's relaunch rendered moot its original accusation in federal court that Amazon had effectively killed its business. Parler's new lawsuit, filed late Tuesday, alleges a host of contractual offenses, as well as deceptive and unfair trade practices and defamation. The complaint casts Parler as a "victim of Amazon's efforts to destroy an up-and-coming technology through deceptive, defamatory, anticompetitive, and bad faith conduct." Parler is se...
The Seattle Times
GM extends production shutdown into April due to semiconductor chip shortage
General Motors will keep three of its assembly plants shuttered until at least mid-April and will idle a fourth due to a severe shortage of semiconductor chips used in various vehicle parts. But the automaker is doing everything it can to protect the production of its full-size pickups and SUVs, which are its big profit makers. Demand for semiconductor chips is up in part because of the coronavirus pandemic and increased demand for laptop computers and other personal electronics that use the chips. Cars also use them in a variety of parts and infotainment systems. In fact, one car part could u...
Detroit Free Press
Bankrupt Philadelphia Energy Solutions blames 'mislabeled' pipe for big blast that led to refinery's closure
The bankrupt former operator of a South Philadelphia refinery has blamed the supplier of an allegedly mislabeled elbow section of pipe for the 2019 leak and explosion that led to the permanent closure of the plant. Philadelphia Energy Solutions Refining and Marketing LLC, along with the trust that is liquidating the company's remaining assets, has sued Babcock & Wilcox Co. for allegedly mislabeling the pipe, whose failure authorities say led to the catastrophic accident. The pipe was installed 46 years before the explosion when the refinery was owned by Gulf Oil. "B&W inadequately and defectiv...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Stellantis UAW workers will get $8,010 profit-sharing checks
Stellantis UAW workers are to receive profit-sharing checks this year of $8,010. The announcement of the payouts to about 43,000 UAW-represented workers came early Wednesday, the same day the company released its first earnings report since it was created in January from the merger of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Peugeot-maker PSA Group. The checks represent an increase from the $7,280 checks FCA workers received last year. The Free Press reported earlier that Ford workers are getting $3,625 and those at General Motors are receiving $9,000 this year. Workers should get their payments on March...
Detroit Free Press
Family guide to new movie releases
This week on Netflix, enjoy the new Lego short (22 minutes), “Lego Marvel Spider-Man: Vexed by Venom.” Rated TV-Y, it features Spider-Man and a wall-crawling friend team up to stop the one-two punch of the Green Goblin and Venom. That dropped Monday. Also on Netflix, a new animated family series called “City of Ghosts” (not to be confused with the documentary about Syrian journalists), follows the Ghost Club as they adventure around Los Angeles, interviewing ghosts, solving problems, and learning about the city’s history. Season one debuts on Friday. On HBO Max this month there are a couple of...
Tribune News Service
Ex-etiquette: Trouble with a family business
Q. My partner and I met a few years ago. He had been married for a few years and continues to share a business with his ex after they divorced. Over the past year his ex split from her boyfriend and it appears to me that my partner and his ex are now far too close for comfort. He refers to her as “gorgeous” to his friends, fixes her plumbing without telling me, and invited her to the hospital when our baby boy was born. When she bent over the bed to see our baby, he stuck his toe up her bum. He did have something to drink and said it was a joke, but I didn’t think it was very funny. I started ...
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Uncertainty, anger, joy: Businesses react to Texas governor dropping mask mandate
Business operators in Austin and throughout Central Texas expressed a mix of uncertainty, anger and relief after Gov. Greg Abbott's announced that he's lifting the mask mandate in Texas and allowing businesses to return to 100% capacity beginning March 10. That news drew criticism from some in the business community, who said dropping the mask order would increase the risk of workers and consumers contracting COVID-19 – but it won praise from others, who said recent declines in cases justify the decision to allow businesses to get back to more normal operations. Laura Huffman, CEO of the Great...
6 Dr. Seuss books will halt publication over depictions deemed 'hurtful and wrong'
SAN DIEGO — Six Dr. Seuss books originally published decades ago will no longer be sold because they "portray people in ways that are hurtful and wrong," the San Diego-based company that controls the late La Jolla author's catalog said Tuesday. The decision, announced on what would have been Theodor Seuss Geisel's birthday, includes his first book, "And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street," which came out in 1937 and depicts a "Chinaman" wearing a pointed hat and carrying chopsticks and a bowl of rice. Also being dropped are "If I Ran the Zoo," from 1950, which has drawings of nose-ring ...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott lifts COVID-19 mask mandate, allows businesses to open at 100%
FORT WORTH, Texas — Gov. Greg Abbott says it’s time to reopen businesses in Texas and remove the state’s mask mandate. “It is now time to open Texas 100%,” Abbott said in Lubbock, joined by Lubbock business leaders at Montelongo’s Mexican Restaurant. “Everybody who wants to work should have the opportunity. Every business that wants to be open should be open.” Abbott, a Republican, pointed to the state’s “abundance” of personal protective equipment, testing capabilities and antibody therapeutic drugs to treat the virus as reasons why businesses can fully reopen. He also maintained “Texans have...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram