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Foxconn or Foxgone? Tariffs, Wisconsin, and iPhone fires

The South China Morning Post reported yesterday that Foxconn is investigating expanding its factories to Vietnam in order to avoid tariffs. Makes sense, and I have some calls this week and next trying to suss out how much hardware supply chains have really changed in response to the trade conflict. That decision though isn’t just […]

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France suspends planned fuel tax increase after violent protests

France’s prime minister said Tuesday the government was suspending the fuel tax increase for six months following nationwide protests in recent weeks. The planned increase was supposed to take effect in January. No tax is worth putting the nation’s unity in danger, Philippe added. This announcement comes a few days after violent protesters clashed with […]

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Walmart in-store shoppers can now order and pay for online orders

Walmart this morning announced a new plan to help its retail store customers complete their purchases – even if the items they want aren’t available on the store’s shelves. The retailer says it will arm its sales associates with a new in-store app that will allow them to assist shoppers by helping them find and […]

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eBay will now authenticate luxury jewelry items

eBay this morning announced it’s expanding the capabilities of its eBay Authenticate service – its luxury goods verification program – to now include luxury jewelry. Timed to coincide with the launch, eBay is also listing over 45,000 luxury jewelry items for sale, including both diamonds and other gemstones which have been verified by professional jewelers. […]

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As White House debates validity of climate report, local officials already at work

The area of Virginia known as Hampton Roads has already been experiencing some of the worst conditions on the East Coast attributed to climate change, as rising sea levels contribute to worsening flooding and struggling infrastructure. Residents experience frequent “nuisance flooding” that covers roads, including in some cases the only way in and out of […]

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Congress, White House on the brink of another government shutdown

Washington is on the brink of another government shutdown, with Democrats and Republicans sparring over funding President Donald Trump’s signature (and unfulfilled) campaign promise, with government funding set to expire on Dec. 7 at midnight. Trump wants $5 billion in funding to construct a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border as part of any agreement to […]

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Schedule for George H.W. Bushs funeral includes trip to Capitol, burial in Texas

The official schedule for ceremonies honoring the late George H.W. Bush was released on Saturday. The four-day tribute includes lying in state at the U.S. Capitol for parts of three days, a funeral at the Washington National Cathedral and eventual burial at the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum. The official schedule for ceremonies honoring […]

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Dozens injured as 22 tornadoes reported in central Illinois

A rash of tornadoes broke out Saturday afternoon and evening across central Illinois, injuring at least 30 people and turning homes into piles of splintered wood. There were 22 tornadoes reported to the National Weather Service on Saturday, all in central Illinois. The offices in Lincoln, Illinois, and St. Louis, Missouri, will conduct storm surveys […]

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Lake County’s small township road districts could be eliminated as part of bill on governor’s desk

The Illinois House and Senate have both passed a bill that calls for the abolishment of township highway districts that maintain less than 15 miles of road.

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Residents ‘not opposed to Aldi,’ but raise concerns about traffic and flooding as Gurnee nears approval of new store

The village board is set to receive a zoning report Monday recommending approval of the annexation of a lot on Grand Avenue for construction of an Aldi. Residents of the unincorporated neighborhood behind the site are concerned about the safety of area children, who play and wait at bus stops near an entrance delivery trucks […]

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Facebook exempts news outlets from political ads transparency archive

Facebook pissed off journalists earlier this year when it announced that ads run by news publishers to promote their articles involving elected officials, candidates, and national issues would have to sport “paid for by…” labels and be included alongside political campaign ads in its ads transparency archive that launched in June, albeit in a separate section. […]

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South Korea indicts group for allegedly leaking Samsung flexible display tech to Chinese company

Prosecutors in South Korea have indicted the chief executive and eight other employees of Toptec Co for allegedly selling information about Samsung’s flexible OLED displays to a Chinese company. The charges detail that the company received more than $13.8 million for the information, Prosecutors in South Korea have indicted the chief executive and eight other […]

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Honda recalls minivans because doors can open unexpectedly

Honda is recalling 122,000 minivans worldwide because the sliding doors can open while the vans are moving. The recall covers Odyssey vans from 2018 and 2019. Honda says some parts in the power door rear latches can stick and stop the doors from fastening securely. The company says it…

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Police seek identity of suspect in two Grayslake-area armed robberies in three days

Authorities are asking for help in identifying a suspect in two armed robberies near Grayslake.

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More than 20 local attorneys vie for Lake Circuit Court judge seat

The vacancy has been created by the announced retirement of Associate Judge Margaret A. Marcouiller, effective Dec. 14.

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House debate devolves into death wishes

A Democratic lawmaker wished legionella on the family of a Republican lawmaker during debate on a veto override attempt of legislation that would increase the cap on claims the state

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