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Trump’s Labor Department Backtracks On Obama-Era Stance On Gig Businesses

The Department of Labor (DOL) issued an “opinion letter” Monday recognizing a gig business’s workers as contract labor, a favorable sign for other companies built on the gig economy business model. A gig business is a company that uses a tech platform based online or on a smartphone app to connect customers to service providers. A couple of popular examples ...

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California Utility’s Plan To Prevent Wildfires Will Shut Power To 5 Million People

PG&E, California’s largest utility, is considering shutting off power to as much as an eighth of Californians during times of high fire danger, The Wall Street Journal reports. PG&E’s service area covers 5.4 million people in fire prone areas. The utility may initiate a blackout to keep its electric lines sparking and starting fires during high winds. The plan is ...

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Robots Track, Fire Thousands Of Amazon Employees Every Year, Report Suggests

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Amazon warehouse workers are monitored by tracking systems that measure each employee’s productivity, issue warnings for workers that lag and fire those consistently behind, according to documents obtained by The Verge. Amazon offers a base $15 an hour wage and its warehouses, called fulfillment centers, are often competitive to work at. The company is continuously replacing slow performing employees with ...

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Young Americans Are Still Flocking To College Despite A Ton Of Open Jobs

The rate of high school graduates enrolling in higher education increased from 2017 to 2018 despite record levels of open jobs in the U.S., The Wall Street Journal reports. Roughly 69 percent of all high school graduates enrolled in some form of higher education by October 2018, according to Labor Department data analyzed by WSJ. The rate is about a ...

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Is Tesla On Its Way To Crashing And Burning? Electric Car Company Posts Huge Losses In 2019

Tesla’s first quarterly earnings report of 2019 showed the company took a massive financial hit after losing a $7,500 electric vehicle tax credit on Jan. 1, Greentech Media reports. Tesla released its Q1 earnings report Wednesday, showing losses greater than the already pessimistic predictions from analysts. The electric car company posted a $702 million net loss, according to Generally Accepted ...

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Union Strike Costs Northeast’s Stop And Shop Supermarket $100 Million

The owners of Stop & Shop, the largest grocery chain in New England, are expecting to take a roughly $100 million hit due to a 10-day strike by workers. About 31,000 Stop & Shop employees started picketing outside roughly 240 stores across Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut on April 11. The strike, organized by the United Food & Commercial Workers ...

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IG Launches Ethics Investigations Into Six Senior Interior Department Staff

The Inspector General for the Department of the Interior is investigating ethics complaints made against six senior staff members at the department, CNN reports. The nonpartisan watchdog Campaign Legal Center (CLC) filed a complaint to the Interior IG in February alleging six senior DOI executives violated ethics rules by working on projects that could potentially benefit their former clients or ...

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Sri Lanka Says Easter Bombings Were ‘Retaliation’ For Christchurch Shooting

The terrorists who carried out the Sri Lanka Easter bombings were likely acting in “retaliation” for a New Zealand mosque shooting in March, Sri Lanka’s government said according to The Wall Street Journal. “The preliminary investigations have revealed that what happened in Sri Lanka [on Sunday] was in retaliation for the attack against Muslims in Christchurch,” Sri Lankan defense minister ...

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Minimum Wage Hikes Are Costing California Jobs, Study Says

California’s minimum wage increase has cost the state thousands of jobs worth of growth in the state’s booming restaurant industry, according to a recent study by the University of California Riverside. California passed a bill in 2016 to bring the state’s minimum wage up to $15 an hour. For businesses with more than 25 employees, the state’s minimum wage rose ...

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Michael Bloomberg Is Pumping Millions Into The UN’s Climate Arm After Trump Cut It Off

Billionaire Michael Bloomberg is donating $5.5 million to the United Nations to help meet the goals of the Paris Climate Accord, Bloomberg’s charity Bloomberg Philanthropies announced Monday. Bloomberg, a former three-term mayor of New York City, began donating to the U.N. climate change department after President Donald Trump began pulling the U.S. out of the Paris climate agreement in June ...

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Sri Lanka Blames Easter Bombings On Local Jihadis

Sri Lanka government officials are blaming National Thowheed Jamath, a local jihadist group, for a cooridinated series of attacks carried out across the country Easter Sunday, Bloomberg reports. The attacks consisted of seven suicide bombers that targeted Christian churches and hotels frequented by foreign tourists. The death toll from the blasts is sitting around 290, while those injured number at ...

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More Than 750 Arrested At Climate Change Protests In London

Police in London have arrested more than 750 environmental activists protesting across the city in the past week in the lead up to Earth Day on April 22, Reuters reported. The protesters have gathered at some of the city’s most famous landmarks, such as the Marble Arch and Waterloo Bridge, disrupting traffic and businesses. The activists are pushing London Mayor ...

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Obama-Era Judge Slams The Brakes On Trump Order To Open Fed Lands To Coal Mining

A federal judge in Montana delayed a Trump administration attempt to open up more federal lands to coal mining Friday, The New York Times reports. U.S. District Court judge Brian Morris ruled that the Trump administration illegally overturned a moratorium placed on coal mining on federal lands by former President Barack Obama. Obama instated the policy in 2016 as part ...

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North Korea Tests A ‘New-Type Tactical Guided Weapon,’ State-Run Media Claims

North Korea announced Wednesday that it has tested a “new-type tactical guided weapon,” the first such test since the failed U.S.-North Korea summit in February, The Associated Press reported. North Korea dictator Kim Jong Un witnessed the test, according to state-run media. The AP could not independently verify that the test took place. The reported weapons test is likely not ...

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