Home Depot: Maurice Rucker was fired after an encounter with a ‘racist’ customer.

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 […]

Sales of Essure birth control implant to be halted by Bayer; U.S. last to sell controversial device

(Courtesy of Bayer) Pharmaceutical giant Bayer said Friday that it will halt sales of its controversial Essure birth-control device in the United States at the end of the year, bringing to a close a protracted battle over an implant that thousands of women blame for serious health problems, including persistent pain and perforations of the uterus […]

Trump Blasts Fed, China and Europe for Putting U.S. Economy at a Disadvantage

President Trump accused China and the European Union of manipulating their currencies and continued to criticize the Federal Reserve for raising interest rates, saying those moves are putting the United States at a disadvantage. In a flurry of early-morning Twitter posts, Mr. Trump complained that the Fed’s rate increases and a “stronger and stronger” United […]

Stock futures fall after Trump says he’s ‘ready to go’ to $500 billion in tariffs on China

U.S. stock index futures declined on Friday after President Donald Trump went after the Federal Reserve again for raising rates. In a tweet, Trump said: “The United States should not be penalized because we are doing so well. Tightening now hurts all that we have done. The U.S. should be allowed to recapture what was […]

Europe Stocks Decline After Asian Gains as Yuan Weakens

July 20, 2018 4:01 a.m. ET European stocks edged down on Friday after Asian indexes mostly gained as a falling Chinese yuan and trade uncertainty continued to weigh on global markets. The Stoxx Europe 600 was 0.1% lower in early morning trading, with the auto and basic resources sectors leading declines. The Shanghai Composite Index […]

Rupert Murdoch’s summer of good fortune

Rupert Murdoch is having a great summer. Three times this summer, government regulators have had to make major decisions regarding media ownership. Three times, the decision has gone the way that Murdoch and his company, 21st Century Fox, would have wanted. Murdoch is known to speak regularly with President Donald Trump. And some of the […]

Microsoft’s Revenue Gets Lift From Cloud

Updated July 19, 2018 7:48 p.m. ET Microsoft Corp. MSFT -0.68% topped $100 billion in annual revenue for the first time as the software giant remakes itself from a legacy software provider into a power player in cloud computing. Much of that growth has come from persuading customers who run Microsoft’s software in their own […]

Auto industry tells Commerce Department to ditch tariff proposal

The procession of industry groups and foreign governments lining up to oppose President Donald Trump’s car tariffs is starting to look like a rush-hour traffic jam. Armed with the latest impact studies, a wide spectrum of auto interests are warning at a U.S. Commerce Department hearing today that raising auto tariffs would severely harm the […]

Chick-fil-A is killing its Cow Calendar, sparking backlash

Chick-fil-A is making another change, and customers don’t seem happy about it. Hollis Johnson/Business Insider Chick-fil-A is killing its Cow Calendar — and customers seem furious. The fast-food chain alerted customers via email on Wednesday that 2018 would be the last year it would release its bovine-themed calendar, which features deals for every month of […]

Jobless claims sink to 48-year low

Getty Images Americans can party like it’s 1969. Layoffs have fallen to the lowest level in 49 years. The numbers: Initial jobless claims, a proxy for layoffs in the U.S., sank in mid-July to the lowest level since the end of 1969. New claims dropped by 8,000 to 207,000 in the seven days ended […]

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