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A consumer watchdog agency sued Texas pawn shop operator FirstCash Inc. on Friday, alleging the company and a subsidiary gouged military families by charging annual interest rates as high as 200% on … more
An unprecedented number of Americans quit their jobs in September, highlighting how persistent churn is undercutting employers’ efforts to fill a near-record level of vacancies. A record 4.4 … more
Consider the plight of Xu Yaping’s flimsy swords and knockoff Barbies. Exported from the International Trade City here, a wholesale market the size of 1,000 football … more
A new survey captures in excruciating detail the ordeal faced by first-time homebuyers across the country as they deal with housing shortages. Whether it’s missing days of work, spending … more
Uber Technologies Inc. was sued by the Biden administration for charging a “wait-time” fee to passengers with disabilities and allegedly refusing their refund requests, making them feel … more
Home prices can’t keep going up forever. Can they? During the COVID-19 contagion, Americans proved willing to pay a premium for homes — so much so that home prices shattered all … more
President Joe Biden’s requirement for employees at companies with more than 100 workers to get COVID-19 vaccinations or regular testing is on solid legal ground, presidential … more
Elon Musk’s social media followers have spoken: The Tesla Inc. chief should sell 10% of his stake in the electric carmaker. A majority of 3.5 million Twitter users said they’d support … more
Texas Republicans on Saturday claimed an early victory after a U.S. federal appeals court temporarily blocked the Biden administration from mandating that companies with more than 100 employees … more
It took 16 years, a local election and a global pandemic for Jonathan Holtfreter to secure his right to teach tuba in peace. The retired music teacher, a resident of Ann Arbor, Michigan, had for … more
Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg took paternity leave and, while he nested, the critics feasted. “Loser” and “a little weird”" were among the more printable … more
President Joe Biden took several steps to address supply-chain problems as he met leaders from major global economies, including the European Union, to address recent disruptions. He issued an … more
American Airlines has canceled nearly 700 flights so far Sunday, adding to more than 1,000 already called off as the airline struggled to recover from slowed operations caused by … more
Not content to wait for Congress to pass a big infrastructure spending bill, Gavin Newsom and Pete Buttigieg moved on Thursday to inject $5 billion in loan money to help modernize California’s … more
Amazon’s profit in the third quarter of this year fell by nearly 50% compared with the same period in 2020, to $3.2 billion, driven by higher wage and shipping costs as well as a massive … more
As more workplaces initiate a vaccine mandate policy for employees, nearly 5% of unvaccinated workers have decided to quit their jobs in protest, a new survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation … more
U.S. economic growth slowed more than expected in the third quarter to the softest pace of the pandemic recovery period as snarled supply chains and a surge in COVID-19 cases throttled spending and … more
Mark Zuckerberg missed the mark for many social media users. Online commenters mocked Zuckerberg on Thursday after the billionaire announced his overarching Facebook company has been rebranded as … more
In a move that signals the company's growing focus on augmented and virtual reality projects, Facebook — which owns the photo sharing app Instagram, the virtual reality company Oculus and the … more
Facebook Inc. is re-christening itself Meta, decoupling its corporate identity from the eponymous social network mired in toxic content, and highlighting a shift to an emerging computing platform … more
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