21st Century

Why Vinyl’s Boom Is Over - WSJ

Folk music duo Gillian Welch and David Rawlings were frustrated by the quality of vinyl LPs being produced today. So they decided to cut their records themselves.<p>“What people do nowadays is take a digital file and just run vinyl off that,” says Mr. Rawlings, a lanky musician who plays a 1935 …

Vinyl Records

Our World is in Need of Conscious 21st Century Leaders: Are You A Pioneer?

There are masses of people trying to help, coach and fix others, when our opportunity is to start with ourselves. What is your question? Do you know? Are <i>you</i> a leadership pioneer?<p><i>"There’s only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self." – Aldous Huxley</i><p>In …

Australian man dies in faulty air bag crash

(Reuters) - An Australian man who died in a Sydney car crash may be the 18th death linked to faulty Takata air bags, after police said he was killed when hit in the neck by shrapnel from an air bag.<p>Police did not say the air bag in the Honda CRV was from manufacturer Takata, whose faulty air bags …

Airbags

EU's car regulator warns against car diesel ban in cities

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Banning diesel cars in European cities could hamper automakers' ability to invest in zero-emission vehicles, the European Union's commissioner for industry has warned the bloc's transport ministers.<p>In a letter seen by Reuters, Commissioner Elzbieta Bienkowska said there would …

Climate

President Trump Defends His Power to Pardon Individuals

Blames Democrats for health-care legislation failure, presses Republican-controlled Senate to pass a bill<p>President Donald Trump defended his “complete power to pardon” individuals who may be guilty of a federal offense, but said Saturday that the “only crime so far” has been leaks of sensitive …

Donald Trump

Is That Pool Really Sanitary? New Chemical Approach Has Answers

Checking for levels a common sweetener is one way to see how clean and healthy a pool is<p>An artificial sweetener found in more than 4,000 foods, beverages and pharmaceutical products turns up in swimming pools in unusually high concentrations.<p>That’s intriguing until you learn how it gets there. Then …

Why Financial Firms Want to Keep You Out of Court - Bloomberg

When consumers sign up for a new credit card or checking account, often buried in the fine print of the contract is an arbitration clause. Invented …

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Second Coding Boot Camp Plans to Close as Industry Retrenches

Both schools had backers but struggled to sustain growth<p>Two high-profile coding boot camps have announced plans to close in as many weeks, signaling a shakeout in the fast-growing market that aims to turn liberal-arts graduates and others into entry-level computer programmers.<p>The Iron Yard, a …

Education

Amazon, Whole Foods Look to Head Off Lengthy Deal Review

The ecommerce giant plans to re-file documents next week to seeking government approval of its $13.7 billion acquisition including debt<p>WASHINGTON—Amazon.com Inc. and Whole Foods Market Inc. are giving U.S. antitrust enforcers more time to complete an early review their planned tie-up, a strategy …

Amazon.com Inc

The Final Anniversary of the Failed Dodd-Frank

Posted: Jul 21, 2017 9:59 AM<p>Seven years after its launch in 2010, the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act has done nothing for …

Conservative POV

Ford, Mazda Say Some Vehicles’ Air Bags Needn’t Be Recalled

Two auto makers want to be excluded from an expanded recall of nearly three million Takata safety devices<p>Two auto makers want to be excluded from an expanded recall of nearly three million Takata Corp. air bags that the Japanese supplier has warned could one day rupture, U.S. traffic safety …

News (U.S.)

Senate Republicans Aim to Block New Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Rule

Cordray's bureau filed a new rule on July 10 that would stop banks, credit card companies, and payday lenders from using arbitration to settle …

Government

Jared Kushner Discloses Dozens More Assets in Revised Financial Filing

Ivanka Trump disclosed $2.5 million in salary and severance from her father’s businesses<p>WASHINGTON—Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and a senior White House adviser, on Friday released a revised version of his personal financial disclosure showing his initial filing omitted dozens …

Donald Trump

Protection for vulnerable workers a must for modernizing Ontario’s economy, labour advocates say

Robust protections for vulnerable workers are critical to modernizing Ontario’s economy, advocates told government Friday at a packed committee …

Canadian News

Ban on E-Cigarettes on Commercial Flights Upheld by U.S. Appeals Court

Transportation Department argued law prohibiting airline passengers from smoking tobacco products also covers vaping<p>A divided federal appeals court Friday upheld a federal regulation banning the use of e-cigarettes on commercial flights.<p>The U.S. Department of Transportation finalized the rule last …

U.S. Department of Transportation

What Chimps Understand About Reciprocity

A new study suggests that one of our closest ancestors can show intuitions of fairness<p>When someone does something nice for you, do you return the favor? Most of us do, and not just because our mothers said we should.<p>Basic fairness is probably written into our genetic code. Human societies depend on …

Volkswagen Ordered to Pay $125 Million in Legal Fees Over Emissions Scandal

A federal judge on Friday approved $125 million in fees and costs for lawyers who sued Volkswagen AG on behalf of U.S. owners of 88,000 3.0 liter …

Business

Wal-Mart, Amazon Rivalry Spreads to Forklifts

After one retailer agrees to buy machines from Plug Power and invest in the fuel-cell maker, the other does too<p>The rivalry between Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Amazon.com Inc. has reached down to the warehouse forklift.<p>Wal-Mart has agreed to invest in Plug Power Inc. and buy more of its …

Walmart

U.S. Regulators Say They Won’t Enforce ‘Volcker Rule’ for Foreign Banks

Agencies show flexibility while they review the Dodd-Frank regulation<p>U.S. regulators have told foreign-owned banks that they won’t enforce rules barring them from holding certain types of investments for the next year during a review of the regulation dubbed the “Volcker rule.”<p>The move shows the …

News (U.S.)

U.S. Puts Chinese Deals on Ice

Backers of several high-profile transactions have failed to get approval amid tougher scrutiny of Chinese investment<p>The U.S. is toughening its scrutiny of Chinese deals, throwing a number of high-profile takeover bids into question and helping spur a huge case backlog, according to people familiar …

News (U.S.)

The GOP's Labor Project

With health care consuming most of Congress’s bandwidth, Republicans may need to multi-task to achieve other legislative successes this session. Perhaps they could start with reforms to U.S. labor law.<p>The 1935 National Labor Relations Act hasn’t undergone substantive revisions in 70 years, while …

Opinion

U.S. Drops Case Against ‘London Whale’ Traders

Manhattan U.S. Attorney’s office cites collapse in credibility of a lead witness, Bruno Iksil<p>Federal prosecutors said they will drop charges against two former J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. traders at the center of the 2012 “London Whale” saga, ending the last U.S. criminal case against traders involved …

News (U.S.)

Plaintiffs Seek Vehicle Buybacks From Fiat Chrysler in Emissions Case

Plaintiffs’ lawyers demanded Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV buy back diesel-powered vehicles that allegedly used illegal software to cheat on U.S. emissions tests and leveled accusations that one of the auto maker’s suppliers conspired to play a key role in the suspected deception, according to a …

Law

NASA’s Work to Head Off Battery Blazes in Space Finds Uses on Earth

Technology to prevent lithium-ion battery fires will be used in home robots, audio gear and other electronics<p>NASA research to prevent catastrophic fires in vehicles or space suits in orbit soon is expected to make personal robots, audio gear and other electronics safer on the ground.<p>Researchers, …

NASA

JPMorgan Whistle-Blowers Set to Reap Record $61 Million Bounty - Bloomberg

Two whistle-blowers are set to share a record $61 million award from the Securities and Exchange Commission for helping make the case that JPMorgan …

JPMorgan Chase & Co

GOP lawmakers introduce measures to repeal consumer bureau arbitration rule

Senate and House lawmakers introduced companion measures on Thursday to repeal the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) recently issued …

Government

Donald Trump halts hundreds of regulations, raises concerns among environmentalists, labour unions

<b>Washington:</b> The Trump administration has withdrawn or delayed 860 proposed regulations in its first five months, the beginnings of a regulatory …

Donald Trump

$370,000 fine for group after claiming workers had disabilities

A not-for-profit business in northern NSW inadvertently underpaid 18 employees a total of more than $370,000 after incorrectly classifying each of …

Fashion (Australia)

Trump administration reveals first regulatory agenda

The Trump administration for the first time is mapping out its plans to cut down on the nation's regulatory rulebook with the release of its first …

Clean Power Plan

Unilever Reassures Investors With Strong Earnings

Anglo-Dutch company posts sharp rise in first-half profit in wake of rejecting Kraft Heinz takeover approach<p>LONDON—Unilever PLC on Thursday reported a sharp rise in first-half profit and forecast better-than-expected margins for the full year, making good for now on its promise to improve its …

Markets