He was fired after an encounter with a ‘racist’ customer. After sharing his story, Home Depot changed its mind.

A Home Depot store in Bellingham, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File) After a man last Thursday approached the checkout at a Home Depot in Albany, N.Y., staff member Maurice Rucker asked him to leash his dog. That’s when the man exploded. Rucker, a 60-year-old black man, claimed he was fired Tuesday after defending himself from a…

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Stocks end day and week mostly flat as Trump stokes fresh worry on trade, monetary policy

U.S. stocks finished Friday’s trade pretty much where they started the session and the week as losses in consumer-discretionary and energy sectors offset a rise in staples and financials, ahead of an earnings season that is set to kick into high gear next week. Friday’s action was mostly colored by concerns wrought by President Donald…

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Salads from McDonald’s have now sickened 163 people in 10 states, health officials say

More than 160 people have now become ill from a multistate outbreak of parasitic illness traced to McDonald’s salads, federal health officials say. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday that 163 people across 10 states have been sickened by the cyclospora parasite after eating McDonald’s salads, which were pulled last week from about…

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GE beats on EPS but trims cash flow target; shares fall

(Reuters) – General Electric Co reported a smaller-than-expected drop in profit on Friday, but cut a key financial target, raising questions about its full-year outlook and sending shares sharply lower. The 126-year-old industrial conglomerate, whose power and financial-services units are struggling, said it expects to generate perhaps $1 billion less free cash flow than expected…

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Passengers complain of bed bug infested seats on international flights from Newark

Passengers have been bitten by bed bugs on multiple Air India flights out of Newark Liberty International Airport in the past week, according to a passenger accounts and a published report. Pravin Tonsekar said that the business class seats he, his wife and children had for a 17-hour flight to Mumbai on Tuesday were infested with bed bugs.…

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Briggs: Indianapolis couldn’t ban scooters while chasing Amazon, but they might still fail

CLOSE Watch what happens when electric scooters become self-aware. Stephen J. Beard, stephen.beard@indystar.com Buy Photo Lime and Bird were the first two e-scooter companies to launch in Indianapolis. (Photo: Robert Scheer/IndyStar)Buy Photo In the Great Scooter War, the Battle of Indianapolis was won without a shot fired. All the electric scooters had to do was…

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Facebook Suspends Analytics Firm on Concerns About Sharing of Public User-Data

Facebook Inc. suspended another company that harvested data from its site and said it was investigating whether the analytics firm’s contracts with the U.S. government and a Russian nonprofit tied to the Kremlin violate the platform’s policies. Crimson Hexagon, based in Boston, has had contracts in recent years to analyze public Facebook data for those…

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