• The 50 coolest new businesses in America

    Published: Wed, Apr 6, 2016

    Dozens of cool, innovative businesses pop up across the US every day, bringing new technologies, entertainment options, and services to their local communities. Throughout the year, we've highlighted several of these small, independent businesses that have opened over the past five years or so in New York City , San Francisco , Houston , Portland , Boston , New Orleans , Los Angeles , and Chicago , and now we've scoured the rest of the country for inventive new ventures. From a pizza oven on wheels to a boutique where everything's free — with a catch, of course — there are plenty of smart places to check out.

  • San Francisco just became the first U.S. city to offer parents fully paid leave

    Published: Wed, Apr 6, 2016

    Following a national push for workplace policies that better support families, San Francisco just became America's first city to require businesses to offer new parents fully paid leave, The Washington Post reports. The measure, unanimously approved Tuesday by the city’s Board of Supervisors, will provide mothers and fathers six weeks of time off with sustained income — a rare benefit in the United States, available most often to high-income workers and those in the technology sector. 

  • Gap apologizes for racially insensitive ad

    Published: Wed, Apr 6, 2016

    Clothing retailer Gap apologized on Tuesday after receiving criticism that an ad for the company’s children’s clothing line was racially insensitive, USA TODAY reports. The ad featured four members of the Le Petit Cirque group, an "all-kid humanitarian cirque company," comprised of performers ages 5 to 14. In the ad, an older white girl rests her elbow on top of a young black girl’s head, while two other white girls hold poses.

  • PayPal makes it official: North Carolina's anti-LGBTQ law will cost the state jobs

    Published: Wed, Apr 6, 2016

    Businesses have been increasingly critical of North Carolina's recently passed anti-LGBTQ law. Now, it looks like one big company — PayPal — is officially pulling its business from the state in a move that may cost North Carolina more than 400 jobs. North Carolina's law bans nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ people and stops transgender people in schools and government buildings from using the bathroom that corresponds with their gender identity. It has been described by LGBTQ advocates as the most sweeping anti-LGBTQ law in the country.

  • Mississippi gov. signs law allowing service denial to gays

    Published: Wed, Apr 6, 2016

    Mississippi's governor signed a law on Tuesday that allows public and private businesses to refuse service to gay couples based on the employers' religious beliefs. Gov. Phil Bryant signed House Bill 1523, despite opposition from gay-rights groups and some businesses who say it enables discrimination. Some conservative and religious groups support the bill.

  • Insulin cost in U.S. more than doubles between 2002-2013

    Published: Wed, Apr 6, 2016

    (Reuters Health) - The cost of the hormone insulin, one of the most important treatments for diabetes, rose nearly 200 percent between 2002 and 2013, according to a new study. While other diabetes medications also increased in price, total spending on insulin in 2013 was greater than the combined spending on all those other drugs, researchers report in JAMA.

  • Internet 'nutrition labels' will help customers compare prices, speed and data caps

    Published: Tue, Apr 5, 2016

    Consumers will be better able to determine if they're getting a sweet deal on high-speed Internet access and avoid indigestion when they open their bills by using nutrition-like labels for broadband service unveiled Monday by federal regulators. Modeled on the rectangular Nutrition Facts labels on food products, the new broadband labels replace information on calories, sugar and cholesterol with details on price, speed and data caps. “If you’re going to get competition, competition, competition, you need information, information, information," said Tom Wheeler, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission .

  • The worst mistake you can make when negotiating your salary — and what to do instead

    Published: Tue, Apr 5, 2016

    Claudia Telles scored a $30,000 raise at a Chicago-based hospital. The 28-year-old went from making $41,000 on the business-operations team to $72,000 as a quality specialist — and she plans to double her new compensation in the next two years . A crucial part of negotiating such a substantial raise was steering clear of a common yet costly mistake : disclosing your current salary.

  • 10 apps you should use every day to be more productive

    Published: Tue, Apr 5, 2016

    We hear a lot about the hazards of digital technology. But there are thousands of apps that can help you get things done more efficiently and effectively . We picked 10 of the best that you should be using daily, including one that helps you keep track of your to-dos and one that visually tracks your focus and concentration.

  • Construction worker hangs Mexican flag atop Trump tower in Vancouver

    Published: Tue, Apr 5, 2016

    A Mexican flag hung from the Trump International Hotel and Tower in Vancouver over the weekend. The flag  was placed atop the nearly complete building by Mexican-born construction worker Diego Saul Reyna, according to a Facebook post published Sunday. The post seems to reference Trump’s comments from last year, when he characterized Mexican immigrants as rapists and criminals.

  • BP to pay US government $20.8 billion for Gulf oil disaster

    Published: Tue, Apr 5, 2016

    A federal judge has approved BP’s $20 billion settlement over its 2010 oil spill, the Associated Press reports. First reached in October, the final settlement amount accounts for civil claims against the company set forth by the Department of Justice and five Gulf states. US Attorney General Loretta Lynch previously called the settlement "the largest with a single entity in American history."

  • Disneyland Worker Found Dead In Haunted House

    Published: Tue, Apr 5, 2016

    Police are investigating after a member of staff at Disneyland Paris was reportedly found dead in the theme park's haunted house. The 45-year-old technician is thought to have been electrocuted in the Phantom Manor on Saturday morning between 8am and 9am, just before the park opened to the public.

  • Millionaires are leaving Chicago, report says

    Published: Tue, Apr 5, 2016

    Millionaires are leaving Chicago more than any other city in the United States on a net basis, according to a new report. About 3,000 individuals with net assets of $1 million or more, not including their primary residence, moved from the city last year, with many citing rising racial tensions and worries about crime as factors in the decision, according to research firm New World Wealth. That represented about 2 percent of the city's high net worth individuals.

  • Keystone pipeline shut down as possible leak investigated near Freeman, SD

    Published: Tue, Apr 5, 2016

    TransCanada Corp. has shut down the Keystone pipeline while it investigates a possible spill in southeastern South Dakota. The company says the potential leak was first reported Saturday afternoon. Crews sent to the scene in Hutchinson County found signs of oil on what the company says is a "small surface area" about 4 miles from its Freeman pump station.

  • Icelanders Protest in Their Thousands as PM Snubs Calls to Quit

    Published: Tue, Apr 5, 2016

    Thousands of Icelanders took to the streets to express their anger against the government after leaked documents suggested that Prime Minister Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson allegedly benefited from offshore investment accounts in tax havens. Police erected barricades around the parliament in Reykjavik to protect lawmakers from protesters who were beating drums, throwing eggs and yogurt and pounding barricades surrounding the legislature. Police estimated almost 10,000 people gathered while organizers said the figure was twice as high. Opposition lawmakers on Monday put forward a motion of no confidence and called on the prime minister to resign.

  • Tesla seriously underestimated Model 3 demand

    Published: Mon, Apr 4, 2016

    It won't shock you to hear that Tesla low-balled demand for the Model 3, but by how much? Er... quite a bit, actually. Elon Musk has revealed that his company expected "1/4 to 1/2" of the pre-orders it got (252,000 worldwide as of this writing) for its first semi-affordable electric car. While he'd expected lineups at Tesla stores, he figured that there would be "maybe 20-30 people" in queue at a given shop -- not the hundreds that showed up at some places. As a token of appreciation, Tesla plans to give those in-person customers an extra reward on top of what every pre-order customer will get.

  • Tesla unveils its $35,000 Model 3

    Published: Fri, Apr 1, 2016

    Tesla CEO Elon Musk has stated on many occasions that introducing high-end vehicles was a means to eventually bring an affordable electric vehicle to market. Today the automaker finally unveiled the physical manifestation of that plan. The $35,000 (before federal tax credits) Model 3 sedan made its world debut at an event in Los Angeles. On stage, Elon Musk announced that the car will have at least 215 miles of range, 0-60 in under six seconds, and every single one will have Supercharging as a standard feature. Even before the car was unveiled, Elon says pre-orders have already topped 115,000.