Commerce “Sharpiegate” report finally released without redaction

Enlarge / Hurricane Dorian on September 3, 2019. (credit: NASA EO) Recent weeks have seen some additional drama over last September’s hurricane dust-up between President Trump and the National Weather Service. Last week, the Commerce Department’s Inspector General was crying foul over leadership stonewalling the release of her report on any legal issues arising from …

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Florida men charged with selling bleach as COVID-19 cure, threatening “a Waco”

Enlarge / Bottles of MMS, the bleach product that Genesis II Church of Health and Healing was ordered to stop selling. (credit: Genesis II Church of Health and Healing) Four members of the infamous “Church of Bleach”—a father and his three adult sons—are facing fraud and contempt charges in Florida in connection to selling industrial …

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Tesla rival Rivian raises $2.5 billion to make electric trucks and SUVs

Enlarge / Rivian’s R1T at the New York Auto Show in 2019. (credit: Jonathan Gitlin / Ars) Upstart electric vehicle maker Rivian has added $2.5 billion to its war chest, the company announced on Friday. It’s Rivian’s fifth fundraising round in just 18 months. The company raised $2.85 billion in four previous fundraising rounds between …

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Apple’s AirPods and wireless charging case are down to their lowest Amazon price

Enlarge (credit: Ars Technica) Today’s Dealmaster is headlined by a return of the best price we’ve seen on Apple’s AirPods and Qi wireless charging case combo, which is now down to $150 on Amazon. For reference, Apple’s MSRP for this configuration is $199, though we typically see it go for $169 on Amazon. The wireless charging …

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French parliament passes porn age-verification legislation

Enlarge / French President Emmanuel Macron. (credit: LUDOVIC MARIN/POOL/AFP via Getty Images) The French parliament has agreed to pass a new law requiring age verification on pornographic websites to prevent access by children under 18, Politico reports. The initiative has the support of President Emmanuel Macron, who called for such a measure in January. The French …

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To beat COVID-19, working families need a national paid leave program

As the Senate considers the Heroes Act—a $3 trillion stimulus bill recently passed by the House to stem the spread of COVID-19 and stave off a full-fledged depression—millions of families across America continue to suffer the health and economic impacts of the pandemic. And during this unprecedented time, working families across the country are speaking …

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Muji U.S. joins the growing list of companies filing for bankruptcy during the coronavirus pandemic

Our mission to help you navigate the new normal is fueled by subscribers. To enjoy unlimited access to our journalism, subscribe today. Retailers are feeling the pain. On Friday the U.S. subsidiary of Japanese retailer Muji, operated by Ryohin Keikaku Co., became the latest household name to announce it would file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. …

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