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  • WASHINGTON, Nov 28- The U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on Monday released guidance on how companies should use incentives to get higher productivity out of workers, showing it is making good on its promise to scrutinize possibly compromising practices after the Wells Fargo scandal. The CFPB, a consumer watchdog, and other regulators in September...

  • ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— Federal authorities charged a man on Monday with using an explosive device to damage an Old Navy store in Albuquerque, where a string of overnight fires and vandalism during the busiest shopping weekend of the year damaged Starbucks shops, a Barnes& Noble, and other establishments in New Mexico's largest city. Albuquerque police arrested...

  • The new Massachusetts protocols establish a "national standard" for screening those who drive for the ride-hailing firms, Baker said. The criminal background checks, to be conducted by a newly created division of the Department of Public Utilities, will include verification that the driver is not a registered sex offender. Boston cabbies, who are...

  • PHILADELPHIA— The nation's three busiest commuter railroads— which together serve nearly 1 million riders in the New York City area each day— continue to lag behind their smaller West Coast counterparts in installing sophisticated train-control technology that's seen as an antidote to crashes involving speeding and other human factors, federal...

  • Hackers attack San Francisco Muni line

    Riders greeted with surprise after hackers compromise transportation system.

  • Joseph Morelle, the number two Democrat in the New York State Assembly, said he has been talking about portable benefits with such companies, which use occasional workers to provide rides, deliveries, house-cleaning and other services through websites and apps. In advance of that effort, online home-cleaning company Handy has circulated a draft bill, seen by...

  • LOS ANGELES, Nov 28- Drivers for ride service company Uber will join planned nationwide protests on Tuesday, when activists and low-wage workers renew their call for better pay and the right to join a union in the wake of Donald Trump's U.S. presidential election win, organizers said. Hundreds of Uber drivers in two dozen cities, including San Francisco, Miami and...

  • San Francisco Municipal Railway riders got a surprise this weekend after the system's fare systems were apparently hacked, The Verge reports.

  • SYDNEY, Nov 28- The ability of Australian telecoms company Telstra Corporation to offset the fall in its traditional revenue streams by diversifying into a range of technology and other businesses is in doubt. In particular, high hopes for a $330 million investment in tech startup Ooyala, a video platform, have all but faded, with Telstra mostly writing off in...

  • California currently bars attorneys from coercing a client into sex or demanding sex in exchange for legal representation. A state bar commission has spent months crafting and amending 70 rules under goals set by the California Supreme Court. Still another change would bring California in line with other states by subjecting prosecutors to discipline for...

  • Wells Fargo& Co. wants a federal court judge in Utah to order that customers suing the banking giant over improper sales practices submit their claims to binding arbitration. The San Francisco- based company's request applies to a class-action lawsuit filed initially by three Utah residents who at one time had accounts with the bank. Wells Fargo also faces...

  • ZURICH/ FRANKFURT, Nov 25- U.S. healthcare company Johnson& Johnson said on Friday it was in preliminary talks with Actelion about a potential takeover of Europe's largest biotech firm, currently valued at about $20 billion. Actelion shares surged nearly 19 percent to a peak of 187.70 Swiss francs on Friday, valuing the company at around $20 billion.

  • The proposed class-action lawsuit, filed on Tuesday in federal court in Minnesota, accused the third-largest U.S. bank of "self-dealing and imprudent investing" by steering 401 contributions to its Wells Fargo Dow Jones Target Date funds. The lawsuit, filed by employees led by John Meiners, from St. Louis, seeks to recoup excess fees and unrealized profits...

  • MADRID, Nov 24- Barcelona fined homesharing websites Airbnb and Homeaway 600,000 euros each for advertising and renting out apartments to tourists without a license, the Catalan regional government said on Thursday. The fine was leveled by left-wing Barcelona mayor Ada Colau in a crackdown on unregulated tourism in the city where home rental sites have...

  • Nov 23- A California federal jury on Wednesday handed down a $55 million verdict against Wal-Mart Stores Inc for failing to pay about 850 of its truck drivers all of the compensation to which they were entitled. District Judge Susan Illston in San Francisco previously ruled that Wal-Mart violated California law for not paying its truck drivers minimum wage...

  • SAN FRANCISCO— The Latest on the lawsuit against Wal-Mart on behalf of California truck drivers:. Randy Hargrove said in a statement Wednesday that Wal-Mart believes its drivers are paid in compliance with California law and often in excess of what's required. An attorney for Wal-Mart truck drivers in California says awarding the drivers $54 million in...

  • A Wal–Mart trucker delivers and picks–up loads at the Rosemead store.

    A federal jury has found Wal-Mart failed to pay hundreds of truck drivers the minimum wage and has awarded the drivers $54 million.

  • PRAGUE— The Czech Justice Ministry says Russia has joined the United States in seeking the extradition of a Russian man who faces charges in the United States of hacking and stealing information from computers at LinkedIn, Dropbox and other San Francisco Bay Area companies. The Justice Ministry said Wednesday that Russia wants Yevgeniy Nikulin of Moscow...

  • SAN FRANCISCO— Wal-Mart intentionally failed to pay hundreds of truck drivers in California the minimum wage for duties such as inspecting and washing their vehicles, a federal jury decided Wednesday, awarding the workers more than $54 million in damages and opening up the retail giant to additional penalties. A spokesman said Arkansas- based Wal-Mart...

  • Nov 22- Breitbart News, the outlet once led by U.S. AppNexus deactivated Breitbart News after an audit of the site's content determined that it violates the advertising exchange's code of conduct banning hate speech, spokesman Joshua Zeitz said on Tuesday. Trump's appointment of Bannon was denounced by civil rights organizations and minority groups...