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SpaceX’s Inspiration 4 crew was in orbit, but that doesn’t mean they’ll get astronaut wings
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SpaceX’s Inspiration 4 crew was in orbit, but that doesn’t mean they’ll get astronaut wings

The four people aboard SpaceX’s Inspiration 4 mission flew higher than the International Space Station, but that still may not be enough to earn them their official commercial astronaut wings from the federal government. Astronaut wings don’t have any significance beyond their symbolic value, but they are quickly becoming the extraterrestrial equivalent of a verified…

Shoppers are still spending despite the Delta variant
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Shoppers are still spending despite the Delta variant

US retail sales increased last month as consumers continued to dish out on clothing, furniture and groceries despite rising cases of the Covid-19 Delta variant. Sales beat economists’ expectations, increasing 0.7% in August from the month prior, the Census Bureau said Thursday. Economists surveyed by Refinitiv had forecast a 0.8% drop for the month. Sales…

Marks & Spencer blames Brexit as it closes stores in France
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Marks & Spencer blames Brexit as it closes stores in France

Marks & Spencer is closing 11 of its stores in France because of supply chain problems related to Brexit. The UK retailer on Thursday said “lengthy and complex” export processes introduced after Brexit had made it difficult to get fresh products such as sandwiches and salads from Britain to Europe. It expects to close the…

Retailers are gearing up for a huge holiday season
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Retailers are gearing up for a huge holiday season

Weary retailers continue to battle pandemic uncertainty as the Delta variant causes new spikes in coronavirus infections. But for now, at least, expectations for a merry holiday season remain intact. What’s happening: Data published Thursday is expected to confirm that US retail sales declined for the second straight month in August. But new forecasts from…

Cigarette group takes control of asthma inhaler maker
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Cigarette group takes control of asthma inhaler maker

Cigarette giant Philip Morris International has taken control of UK inhaler maker Vectura despite objections from health care charities. The producer of Marlboro and Parliament cigarettes said in a statement on Thursday that it had secured nearly 75% of Vectura’s shares, making it the majority shareholder. More than 45% of Vectura shareholders accepted the takeover…

Rivian beats Tesla, GM and Ford to build the first electric pickup truck
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Rivian beats Tesla, GM and Ford to build the first electric pickup truck

There is a winner in the race to build the first consumer ready electric pickup truck, and it isn’t Tesla, Ford or General Motors. It’s Rivian. Who? The startup truck maker’s first R1T pickup come off the line in a former Mitsubishi plant in Normal, Illinois on Tuesday, company CEO RJ Scaringe announced in a…

Mega mansion once worth $500 million defaults on $100 million in debt, forcing a sale
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Mega mansion once worth $500 million defaults on $100 million in debt, forcing a sale

A gargantuan residence in Los Angeles dubbed “The One” by its developer is now on track to be sold after the owner defaulted on more than $100 million in loans and debt, according to court documents. In an Instagram post last summer, Nile Niami, the project’s developer, pitched the 105,000-square-foot home as having seven pools,…

High stakes union election is a big boost to labor organizing in digital media
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High stakes union election is a big boost to labor organizing in digital media

A contentious union election that determines the fate of future newsroom organizing came to an end Tuesday night. The results of the election for the Writers Guild of America, East council favored candidates who endorsed future organizing of and support for the digital media industry, prompting digital media workers to rejoice. “[T]here is no better…

US mask makers say they are being clobbered by cheaper competition from China
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US mask makers say they are being clobbered by cheaper competition from China

When the pandemic first hit last year, Brian Wolin was working as a chiropractor, and his brother-in-law, Evan Shulman, ran a business making luxury retail displays for brands, such as Gucci and Chanel. But once the lockdowns began, they both found themselves unable to work. That’s when they decided to launch Protective Health Gear, turning…

Clubhouse has hired an NPR vet as head of news
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Clubhouse has hired an NPR vet as head of news

Live audio app Clubhouse boomed during the early months of the pandemic as people craved social connections and entertainment while spending most of their time isolated and inside. Felecia Wellington Radel joined the app last December and that same day tweeted, “Listening to people talk about Spider-Man for the past hour in Clubhouse while I…

Chevron’s low-carbon push still puts it behind the curve
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Chevron’s low-carbon push still puts it behind the curve

Chevron, the $186 billon US oil giant, is taking steps to diversify its business away from fossil fuels as concerns about the climate crisis grow. What’s happening: This week, the company announced that it will spend $10 billion through 2028 on low-carbon energy sources like renewable diesel fuel and hydrogen, more than triple prior guidance…

Casino stocks crash as Macao considers crackdown on gambling
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Casino stocks crash as Macao considers crackdown on gambling

One of the world’s top gambling hubs may be staring at a dramatic overhaul — and investors are worried. On Tuesday, Macao announced a 45-day public consultation that observers fear will lead to tighter regulations on the lucrative gambling industry in an extension of the recent crackdown on private business by Chinese authorities. Stocks in…

Car prices are about to soar again. Blame Hurricane Ida
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Car prices are about to soar again. Blame Hurricane Ida

Just when car prices looked like they were edging down from their record highs, they’re heading skyward again. It’s Hurricane Ida’s fault. Ida caused widespread flooding from Louisiana, where it came ashore as a hurricane on August 29, to the heavily populated Northeast, where its remnants hit hard a few days later. It killed at…

UK inflation spikes at record rate in August
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UK inflation spikes at record rate in August

UK inflation rose at the fastest rate in at least 24 years in August as the price of transportation, restaurant meals and used cars spiked dramatically. The annual rate of inflation rose by 3.2% in August, up from 2% in the 12 months to July, Britain’s Office for National Statistics (ONS) said Wednesday. The month-on-month…

The Delta variant has hit China’s economy hard. Now a property crunch is looming
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The Delta variant has hit China’s economy hard. Now a property crunch is looming

China’s dramatic steps to contain the coronavirus this summer have taken a toll on consumer confidence in the country and are fueling concerns about the strength of the world’s second largest economy. Retail sales struggled in August, increasing just 2.5% compared to a year earlier, according to government statistics released Wednesday. That was much weaker…

White House praises Fox for its new Covid policy, encourages network to ‘convey to their audience’ why it’s effective
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White House praises Fox for its new Covid policy, encourages network to ‘convey to their audience’ why it’s effective

A version of this article first appeared in the “Reliable Sources” newsletter. You can sign up for free right here. Fox is earning some rare praise from the White House after essentially admitting on Tuesday that it will follow the protocols pushed by the Biden administration to limit the spread of the coronavirus. In a…

Conservative radio host who swore off Covid-19 vaccine dies after contracting virus, co-host says
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Conservative radio host who swore off Covid-19 vaccine dies after contracting virus, co-host says

Conservative radio host Pastor Robert “Bob” Enyart, who swore off Covid-19 vaccines, has died from complications due to the virus, his co-host announced on social media Monday. “It comes with an extremely heavy heart that my close friend and co-host of Real Science Radio has lost his battle with Covid,” said co-host Fred Williams on…

6 signs it’s time to quit your job
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6 signs it’s time to quit your job

Millions of workers have left their jobs in recent months. Some found new roles, while others walked away without having anything lined up. So how do you know if it’s time for you to start looking for a new role? “Many of us have bad days, don’t like our jobs at times and have frustrations…

This legislation is an attack on the free press in Poland
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This legislation is an attack on the free press in Poland

Freedom of the press is under attack in Poland. A new media ownership bill that could become law should be on the radar of everyone who cares about freedom of speech and democracy all around the globe. Earlier this year, members of parliament from Poland’s ruling coalition, Law and Justice (PiS), proposed an amendment to…

Elizabeth Warren wants the Fed to break up Wells Fargo
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Elizabeth Warren wants the Fed to break up Wells Fargo

Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren is calling on the Federal Reserve to break up Wells Fargo following years of scandal at America’s most troubled big bank. The push from Warren marks an escalation in her long-running campaign to hold Wells Fargo accountable for ripping off customers. “Every single day that Wells Fargo continues to maintain these…

Britain delays Brexit border checks as food industry warns of permanent shortages
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Britain delays Brexit border checks as food industry warns of permanent shortages

The British government has once again delayed the introduction of checks on imports from the European Union as the food and drink industry warns that shortages caused by Brexit and the coronavirus pandemic could become permanent. Checks on food products from the European Union have been pushed back by another six months, and will now…

Britain was a world leader in travel. Not anymore
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Britain was a world leader in travel. Not anymore

Britain’s strict Covid-19 testing requirements for overseas visitors and Brits wishing to holiday abroad had a “devastating impact” on the UK travel industry this summer, causing it to fall behind European rivals and putting thousands of jobs at risk. That’s according to Britain’s Travel Association, which said Tuesday that more than two thirds of its…