56% of US millennials think binary gender notions are outdated, survey finds
NEW YORK — The future feels fluid. A new study released this week found that more than half (56%) of millennials in the United States see notions of binary gender as outdated. The same is true for about half of young Generation Z adults, according to a study conducted by Orlando-based advertising agency Bigeye. According to the Pew Research Center, Generation Z is defined as those born after 1996, colloquially referred to as Zoomers. Millennials, also known as Generation Y, were born between 1981 and 1996. In the Bigeye study, which was released Wednesday, researchers set out to gauge consumer...
New York Daily News
Hot-selling 2021 Ford Bronco Sport gets second recall, this time for rollover risk
Ford Motor Co. is recalling its popular 2021 Bronco Sport for a second time, now for an incorrect lower control arm that could result in reduced vehicle stability and increase the risk of a rollover crash at maximum roof load. This recall involves 106 vehicles built on Dec. 9; Ford estimated 50% are defective. Ford Bronco Sport was just launched in November. Ford had sold 13,170 Bronco Sports in the U.S. through January, according to its sales reports. The recall is posted on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website dated Feb. 16 with Ford documents attached. The company did ...
Detroit Free Press
Ford introduces first-ever Explorer King Ranch luxury package for popular midsize SUV
Customers told Ford Motor Co. they wanted more luxury. So Ford responded with a first-ever King Ranch package for its popular Explorer SUV that includes hand-stitched "premium touches" and mahogany-colored Del Rio leather trimmed seats with perforated front and second rows with the legendary King Ranch Running logo, along with leather door trim rollers, Sapele wood instrument panel appliques and leather-wrapped steering wheel with a Sapele wood insert, according to a news release last week. And there's more. Inside, it will also include multi-contour seats with massaging capabilities, a 10.1-i...
Detroit Free Press
Costco to raise its minimum wage to $16 an hour
Costco waded into the debate over the federal minimum wage Thursday by announcing its wage floor will rise to $16 an hour. The update directly applies to about a fifth of the more than 160,000 Costco employees who work hourly, accounting for 90% of Costco's U.S. workforce, CEO Craig Jelinek said at a U.S. Senate committee hearing on how large companies pay their workers. The pay bump, which takes effect next week, pegs baseline wages at the Issaquah, Wash.-based wholesale club above those at competitors Amazon and Target, which have instituted $15 wage floors in recent years. The minimum wage ...
The Seattle Times
Michigan attorney general will close inquiry into Larry Nassar unless MSU releases 6,000 documents
DETROIT — Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel will close her office's investigation into who at Michigan State University was aware of former university doctor Larry Nassar's sexual assaults of patients unless the university releases roughly 6,000 withheld documents. Nessel acknowledged Thursday that she sent a letter to the college's Board of Trustees a day earlier, asking one last time for the board to release the documents so her team can review them. If the board doesn't agree, she said the investigation that began more than three years ago will end. The board is withholding the document...
The Detroit News
Texas manufacturing accelerates despite uncertainty over Biden, snowstorm and oil
A key measure of Texas manufacturing suggested productivity sharply accelerated in February as it notched one of its best scores since the start of pandemic. The Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas’ latest survey of manufacturing executives across the state also found marked upticks in the number reporting increases in new orders, shipments and capacity usage after a brief dip in January that followed another uptick in December. A measure of manufacturing jobs slipped some from January, but Emily Kerr, a senior business economist at the bank, noted in an analysis that it still indicated increased h...
Long Island cemetery worker buried alive, dies inside open grave
A Long Island cemetery worker died at the bottom of an empty grave Thursday in a freak accident, Suffolk County Police said. Rodwin Allicock, 42, of Coram, was on the job around 8:30 a.m. when the seven-foot deep grave collapsed as he worked inside the excavation, according to police. As the cascading dirt filled the grave, his co-workers at Washington Memorial Park in Mount Sinai tried frantically but unsuccessfully to dig Allicock out. The fatal accident drew first responders from the county police Emergency Service Section and four local fire departments, with none able to rescue the doomed...
New York Daily News
Hit hard by Roundup and dicamba payouts, Bayer posts billions in losses
Special payments linked to Bayer's crop science business cost the German company more than 20.4 billion euros in 2020 — equal to about $25 billion, today — according to year-end financial results released Thursday, ahead of a call with investors. The payouts included sums from agreements reached in lawsuits surrounding glyphosate and dicamba, the chemicals featured in marquee weedkiller products sold by Bayer. The crop science expenditures accounted for a dominant portion — nearly 90% — of more than 23 billion euros in "special charges" identified by the company as losses. The costs helped anc...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Rocket Companies reports record $9 billion profit for 2020
Quicken Loans' parent Rocket Companies reported Thursday that it did a record amount of mortgage business in 2020 and likely had the most profitable year ever for the 36-year-old mortgage lender. Boosted by the boom in mortgage refinancing activity, the Detroit-based company had $15.7 billion in total revenue, or more than triple its $5.1 billion revenue in 2019. Its net income, or profit, skyrocketed to $9.4 billion from just under $1 billion the year before. And the company increased its closely watched gain on sale margin by 127 basis points year-over-year to 4.46%. In just the fourth quart...
Detroit Free Press
Commentary: The hard work of being poor
As Congress advances a COVID-19 relief package that calls for a $15 national minimum wage by 2025, I am aware that some people think that being poor is a personal choice, or something that reflects personal failings. It isn’t and it doesn’t. I’m a coal miner’s daughter — no one has to teach me about hard work. My four siblings and I grew up in a West Virginia coal camp. Hard-working people were the foundation of our lives, even as the air we breathed was polluted with coal dust. The mines offered good work for a while, but they took a terrible toll. Our communities and water were contaminated....
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