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Black men arrested at Starbucks take $2 settlement … plus $200K for entrepreneur program

PHILADELPHIA — Two black men arrested for sitting at a Philadelphia Starbucks without ordering anything settled with the city Wednesday for a symbolic $1 each and a promise from officials to set up a $200,000 program for young entrepreneurs. The men and their lawyer told The Associated Press the settlement was an...

 

National Small Business Week Goes Digital in 2018

As part of National Small Business Week, April 29-May 5, 2018, the U.S. Small Business Administration highlights the impact of outstanding entrepreneurs, small business owners, and others from all 50 states and U.S. territories through a series of mostly digital events, like Twitter chats, award ceremonies, and...

 

'It's just not what people want anymore': Subway to close hundreds of US restaurants

Subway Restaurants, home of the ubiquitous $5 footlong, plans to shutter hundreds of U.S. stores as consumers lose their appetite for lunch meats. The world’s largest restaurant chain says it will close about 500 of its 26,000 locations nationwide this year. Last year, Subway closed more than 800 U.S. stores....

 

Ford will stop selling most of its cars in North America

If there was any doubt that the auto industry is rapidly changing, Ford just delivered proof. The industry pioneer is scaling back its North American small car lineup in North America to just two vehicles, the Mustang and the unrevealed Focus Active crossover, in the "next few years." The rest of its range will be...

 

Hard Rock Hotel in Palm Springs to cease operations

PALM SPRINGS, Calif.- - 6 months before its 5 year anniversary in Palm Springs, the Hard Rock Hotel brand will be leaving for good. It was announced today that the Hard Rock Hotel in Palm Springs will be ceasing operations, according to a news release from the Zimmerman agency. "Due to circumstances outside of Hard...

 

Omaha's barley boys launch malthouse to supply local breweries

Like the pioneers of old, Zach Davy and his business partner, Bill Hall, are stepping into virgin territory in Nebraska. And they are discovering that in plowing new ground, you hit a few stumps. http://www.omaha.com/news/nebraska/omaha-s-barley-boys-launch-malthouse-to-supply-local-breweries/articl...

 

The American Oil Giant Turning Canadians Against Trudeau

In Canada, we often hear from our neighbours to the south how lucky we are in our leaders. When Trump was declared President, we felt a warm glow of pride at the envious looks directed at us and our prime minister, Justin Trudeau. Eloquent, a self-proclaimed feminist and champion of the environment, Trudeau had become...

 

Starbucks to close more than 8,000 stores for racial-bias training

Starbucks, trying to tamp down a racially charged uproar over the arrest of two black men at one of its stores in Philadelphia, plans to close more than 8,000 U.S. stores for several hours next month to conduct racial-bias training for its nearly 175,000 workers. The announcement Tuesday comes after the arrests...

 

CBC goes to court to get Chevron to unseal documents in $9.5B US environmental battle

CBC News has filed a motion to the Ontario Superior Court of Justice to force Chevron Corp. to unseal court records in a decades-long environmental battle with approximately 30,000 Indigenous Ecuadorian villagers. An appeal hearing in Toronto on Tuesday will continue to hear arguments with significant implications and...

 

Indian Country moves closer to the sun; takes Saga Solar with it

Northern Minnesota’s Indian Country is reaching out to the sun for clean energy and is finding innovative ways to get it. In the most recent development, upstart photovoltaic solar panel manufacturer Saga Solar SBC will move from St. Paul to Cass Lake in the second week of December to become the first...

 

Third Circuit Finds Agreement To Arbitrate Unenforceable Because Arbitration Was Directed To An Illusory Forum

Where a Loan Agreement’s arbitration provision stated disputes “will be resolved by Arbitration, which shall be conducted by the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Nation by an authorized representative in accordance with its consumer dispute rules and the terms of this Agreement,” the Third Circuit Court held, on...

 

Menominee sawmill has $37 million annual economic impact for tribe, focus is sustainability

NEOPIT - It’s red oak day at the Menominee Tribal Enterprises sawmill. Red oak and white pine. Workers are cutting oak and pine logs into boards, boards long and short, some 4 inches wide, others 24 or more inches wide. https://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/story/news/2018/04/05/menominee-sawmill-h...

 

MLSs Take Giant Step Forward with Launch of Innovative Real Estate Data Platform: The MLS Grid

SALT LAKE CITY, April 05, 2018 -- The MLS Grid is thrilled to announce its official launch within its first market. The MLS Grid platform removes barriers related to accessing multiple listing service data for real estate brokers and their vendors by providing a consolidated source of IDX and VOW information with a...

 

Facebook scandal affected more users than thought: up to 87M

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook revealed Wednesday that tens of millions more people might have been exposed in the Cambridge Analytica privacy scandal than previously thought and said it will restrict the user data that outsiders can access. Those developments came as congressional officials said CEO Mark Zuckerberg will...

 

Illume Holding Co. Adding Jobs in Maple Grove

ST. PAUL – Home fragrance and personal care products company Illume Holding Co. said it will invest nearly $10.6 million in Maple Grove. Illume plans to move into a new 288,000-square-foot leased facility in the Arbor Lakes Business Park in Maple Grove. The move will enable the company to consolidate its operations...

 

Polaris to pay $27M penalty for not immediately reporting RZR and Ranger defects

Polaris will pay a $27.3 million settlement to the Consumer Product Safety Commission over problems with its RZR and Ranger recreational off-road vehicles catching fire. The deal settles charges that the Medina-based company didn’t immediately report defects that could “create a substantial product hazard.”...

 

Apple and iPad are underdogs in a fight with Google for classroom dominance

Apple, maker of iPads and other shiny tech gadgets, last week chose an unusual venue for its latest press event — an inner-city Chicago magnet high school called Lane Tech College Prep. The Silicon Valley tech company could just as well have selected St. Paul’s Central High School or another district school for...

 

Judge Proposes Franchisee Pay Hard Rock Café $732K in Attorney Fees, Costs

In a long, hard-fought legal dispute between franchisee and franchisor, a Florida federal judge recommended that the franchisee pay Hard Rock Café a total of $732,224 in legal fees and costs for successfully defending itself against allegations that it violated Florida's unfair trade practices law. Law360 reported...

 

Seneca cigarette tax dispute causes businessman to build possible new Thruway exit in Western NY

If you drive on the New York Thruway often, you might notice some construction on the side of the road about six miles south of the Angola Travel Plaza. A crew is working to build an off-ramp nowhere near an exit. It does not include an overpass and connects only to one side of the highway. http://w...

 

Head of CFPB Won't Sue in Payday Loan Collector Case

Mick Mulvaney, who serves as interim head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), has opted not to pursue a lawsuit against a payday loan collector, CNBC reported. He is also deciding whether he’ll move ahead with possible lawsuits involved three other payday lenders. Mulvaney was appointed to his...

 

Red Indian ice cream at Jonesville business called 'blatantly racist'

JONESVILLE, MI - A Red Indian ice cream flavor, marketed specially last week at a Jonesville restaurant, has roiled some and sparked a slew of sometimes vicious social media remarks. "If you look at all the major Native organizations, using redskin to describe Indians is frowned upon at the very least, and it is...

 

The Amazon HQ2 scramble: Minnesota's failed bid, in 3 short chapters

Amazon HQ2 won’t be in Minnesota. But not for a lack of trying. On Sept. 7, the Seattle-based online retail behemoth publicly announced it wanted to build a 50,000-employee second corporate headquarters in a major North American city and would entertain pitches. The deadline: Oct. 19. https://www....

 

Bemidji Pioneer: Wells Fargo branch in Blackduck to close

BLACKDUCK—One of the two banks in Blackduck is preparing to close its doors after approximately a century in business. Wells Fargo, 17 Summit Ave. E, will officially close at noon on Wednesday, May 16. According to Wells Fargo representative John Hobot, the local closure is one of more than 200 Wells Fargo branch...

 

Retailers hooked on Sault inventor's ice fishing device

After years spent developing his ice fishing device The Trigger, Brendan Syrette was browsing the aisles at Canadian Tire one day when he came face to face with his own product. For the self-described “bushman,” seeing his vision come to life, available for sale at one of Canada’s most iconic retailers, was an...

 

Mattel in dispute over unibrow-less Frida Kahlo Barbie

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Toy-maker Mattel was in a dispute Thursday with a distant relative of the late Mexican artist Frida Kahlo over rights to a Frida Barbie doll released as part of the company's Inspiring Women series. Kahlo's great-niece Mara de Anda Romeo said Mattel doesn't have the rights to use Kahlo's image....

 

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