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Soon-To-Be Proposed Sugary Drink Tax In Seattle Won’t Apply To Starbucks

Seattle could soon be joining the ranks of Philadelphia, Chicago, Boulder, CO, Albany, Berkeley, CA, and a handful of other cities in charging consumers a little extra when they purchase a sugary drink. But the home of Starbucks will reportedly provide some relief for java lovers, as coffee shops will be exempt from a proposed rule on sweet beverages.
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Tesla Wants To Bundle Car Sales With Insurance And Maintenance

Tesla Wants To Bundle Car Sales With Insurance And Maintenance

Usually when you purchase a new vehicle, you know you’ll have to buy insurance separately, and — depending on the terms of the sale — pay for maintenance costs somewhere down the proverbial and literal road. Tesla says it’s planning to eventually bundle all of that together for one price. [More]

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Lyft Making Major Push Into The Midwest With Biggest Expansion To Date

Congratulations, residents of Eau Claire, WI; Kankakee, IL; and Mankato, MN — you will soon have another way to get from point A to point B: Lyft is adding more than 50 cities to its lineup, its largest expansion to date. [More]

Judge Blocks California Law Prohibiting IMDb From Publishing Actors’ Ages

Judge Blocks California Law Prohibiting IMDb From Publishing Actors’ Ages

After nearly two months of refusing to comply with a recently enacted California law that requires it remove information about actors’ ages and birthdays, Internet Movie Database (IMDb) received a bit of reprieve this week when a federal judge granted the company’s motion for an injunction, blocking the state from enforcing the new law. [More]

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Google Launches New Tool To Fight Toxic Trolls In Online Comments

“Don’t read the comments” is perhaps the most ancient and venerable of all internet-era axioms. Left untended, or even partially tended, internet comments have a way of racing straight to the bottom of the vile, toxic, nasty barrel of human hatred. But now, Google says it’s basically training a robot how to filter those for you, so human readers and moderators can catch a break. [More]

Former USPS Worker Joins Carrier Hall Of Shame With Mail Hoard Dating Back To 2000

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We’ve all had a hard time keeping up at work at some point, maybe you get overwhelmed and things just pile up. But one former U.S. Postal Service worker admitted that he failed to deliver thousands of pieces of mail to residents over at least 14 years.

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Taco Bell Ditching Naked Chicken Chalupa In March

Taco Bell dropped its fried chicken shell Chalupa on customers nationally less than a month ago and the fast food giant is already preparing to remove the Naked Chicken Chalupa from its menu in March. [More]

Over 126,300 Chicken Salad Bowls Recalled For Possible Listeria

Over 126,300 Chicken Salad Bowls Recalled For Possible Listeria

A refrigerated pre-packaged salad makes a nice and healthy lunch, even if it has a few cheese curls on top as a garnish. It’s definitely not a healthy lunch if it can possibly make you sick with Listeriosis, and that’s the case for 30 tons of salad bowls that used cheese that’s part of the Deutsch Kase Haus recall. [More]

Amazon Hasn’t Turned Over Echo Recordings Related To Murder Investigation

Amazon Hasn’t Turned Over Echo Recordings Related To Murder Investigation

Nearly two months after police investigating a homicide in Arkansas served Amazon with search warrants, requesting any information that may have been stored on an Echo speaker located inside the suspect’s home. They wanted to know if the device’s “Alexa” virtual assistant had recorded any evidence of the murder, but Amazon has thus far refused to turn this information over to authorities. [More]

Uber Driver Claims Company Keeps More Money Than It’s Supposed To

Uber Driver Claims Company Keeps More Money Than It’s Supposed To

When you hail an Uber car, the driver of that vehicle is supposed to get a set percentage of the total fare you pay. However, one driver claims that Uber is breaking its agreement with drivers by basing their cut on an amount that is lower than what the passenger is charged. [More]

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Norwegian Air Will Sell Tickets For Flights To Europe Starting At $65

Is that thunder we hear? Because Norwegian Air Shuttle is bringing the rain it promised back in 2015, by way of flights between the U.S. and Europe starting at only $65.
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Calphalon Recalls 2M Kitchen Knives Because Blades Shouldn’t Break Off And Cut You

There are safe ways and unsafe ways to use a knife in the kitchen. But no matter how you’re holding it, the blade shouldn’t ever pop out of the handle and cut your hand on its way. And yet, kitchen stalwart Calphalon is now recalling two million pieces of cutlery because of exactly that problem. [More]

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The Right To Zombify The Limited Sells For $26.8M

The Limited closed its retail stores and its online presence earlier this year, but don’t worry: A well-known brand never stays dead for long. Sycamore Partners, a private equity firm that owns other familiar, once-troubled retail brands like Belk, Coldwater Creek, Hot Topic, Jones New York, Talbots, and Torrid, purchased the brand’s intellectual property and online presence. [More]

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18 Attorneys General Ask Education Secretary DeVos To Not Go Soft On For-Profit Colleges

A number of high-profile for-profit educators shut down or scaled back operations in recent years, among accusations of overcharging and under-educating students, and new rules intended to hold schools accountable. However, these companies’ fortunes began to turn after the election of Donald Trump and his naming of pro-industry Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. That’s why a group of 18 state attorneys general are calling on the administration to not ease up on these controversial schools. [More]

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Buying Up Dying Malls Can Be A Viable Business

We hear so often about the fading of brick-and-mortar retail that it might seem hard to believe that there are companies out there in the market to buy more malls. Yet there are buyers for distressed malls, even when the owners are about to walk away. Yet there are companies that specialize in this kind of thing, and they aren’t tearing them all down or turning them into apartments. [More]

Adidas Accuses Puma Of Swiping Its Stripes For New Soccer Cleats

Adidas Accuses Puma Of Swiping Its Stripes For New Soccer Cleats

Perhaps more than any other piece of apparel, sneaker brands are often closely associated with their well-known logos. Nike’s got the swoosh, Adidas has its three stripes, and Puma has, well… a puma. However, Adidas now claims that Puma’s latest soccer cleats cross the trademark infringement line by allegedly copying the Adidas stripes. [More]

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HomeGoods Parent Company Opening New Home Goods Store That Won’t Be Called HomeGoods

TJX Companies — better known as the parent company of TJMaxx and Marshall’s — already has a well-known furnishings and decor store called HomeGoods, but the company apparently believes there’s room for a new, entirely separate set of stores that also sell stuff you might want for your home. [More]

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One Closing Macy’s Is Selling Off Its Terrifying Animatronic Holiday Decorations

Has your home been missing something, but you just can’t put your finger on it? Would a giant, animatronic elf, a pair of ballet dancers, or donkeys do the trick? If so, then Macy’s has a deal for you: The struggling retailer is selling seasonal displays that were once used at its soon-to-be-closed downtown Minneapolis store. [More]