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Clicking 'checkout' could cost more after Supreme Court case

Supreme Court Sales Tax

The Supreme Court is hearing a case this week that could affect how much customers pay for online...

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Plastic makers' credit ratings may be hit by pollution rules

(c) 2018, Bloomberg. Plastic packaging makers may be less credit-worthy in the future as governments try to curb marine litter, Moody’s Corp. said in a report. “There’s a risk” that these actions will “have direct impact on these companies,” said Tobias Wagner, senior analyst at the rating agency...


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The Latest: Southwest sought more time to inspect engines

Southwest Airlines Victim

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Latest on the Southwest Airlines plane that made an emergency landing in Philadelphia (all times local): 12:45 p.m. Southwest Airlines sought more time to inspect fan blades like the one that snapped off during one of its flights and caused an engine breakup that left a...


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2 black men arrested at Starbucks get an apology from police

Starbucks Black Men Arrested

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Rashon Nelson initially brushed it off when the Starbucks manager told him he couldn’t use the restroom because he wasn’t a paying customer. He thought nothing of it when he and his business partner, Donte Robinson, were approached at their table and were asked if they needed...


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The Latest: Police chief apologizes to men from Starbucks

Starbucks Black Men Arrested

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Latest on two men arrested at Philadelphia Starbucks (all times local): 12:20 p.m. Philadelphia’s police commissioner is apologizing to two black men who were arrested at a Starbucks in the city. Commissioner Richard Ross, who is black, apologized to the two men on Thursday...


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Unilever, Nestle woo investors with cash amid pricing squeeze

(c) 2018, Bloomberg. Unilever, Nestle and other consumer giants are wooing investors with cash rewards as they lose the pricing power that’s historically driven sales growth and predators circle the industry. Unilever, the maker of Hellmann’s mayonnaise and Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, said Thursday...


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Anatomy of a PR response: How Starbucks is handling its Philadelphia crisis

(c) 2018, The Washington Post. Starbucks’ decision to close all 8,000 company-owned stores for an afternoon to hold “racial-bias” training raises an important question for companies wrestling with how to respond to crises amid racial tension in an era of social media: Can something be a grand...


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Alabama mayor: 'Poop train' finally empty; sludge gone

Southern Dumping Grounds

ATLANTA (AP) — The last train car full of New York City sewage sludge that has stunk up a small Alabama community for more than two months has finally been emptied, the town’s mayor said this week. For more than two months, the sludge has blown an unbearable stench throughout the tiny town of...


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Tech companies help pull US stocks lower in morning trade

Financial Markets Wall Street

U.S. stocks moved lower in morning trading Thursday, weighed down by losses in technology companies and makers of consumer products. Banks bucked the trend, rising along with bond yields. Energy stocks also rose as a rally in oil prices continued, bringing crude to the highest level in more than...


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Review: Scooters might revolutionize urban transport - if it wasn't for stupid humans

(c) 2018, The Washington Post. You’ll find them obstructing sidewalks in Austin, draped on trash cans in San Francisco and tipped over like dominoes in Los Angeles. In Washington, D.C., National Park Service workers dredged two of them from where Rock Creek flows into the Potomac. They’re Internet-...


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Unilever's got the ingredients for a shareholder revolt

(c) 2018, Bloomberg. Just when shoppers are putting more jars of coffee and bottles of shampoo into their baskets, there’s another worry for the big consumer goods groups: they don’t want to pay more for them. On Thursday both Nestle and Unilever announced a return to volume growth in the first...


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