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  • WASHINGTON— Despite the sheer size and society-spanning impact of the $1.5 trillion tax overhaul, the quickest and most potent political victory that Republicans would savor by pushing the bill through Congress next week may be what it averts: another big GOP legislative crash in the age of Trump. Another flop would have infuriated GOP backers and donors...

  • Anita Hill

    Hollywood executives and other major players in entertainment have established a commission to be chaired by Anita Hill that intends to combat sexual misconduct and inequality across the industry.

  • LOS ANGELES— Hollywood executives and other major players in entertainment have established a commission to be chaired by Anita Hill that intends to combat sexual misconduct and inequality across the industry. The chief executives of nearly every major Hollywood studio, TV network and record label attended the meeting and agreed to found and fund the group.

  • SAN FRANCISCO— A federal judge has unsealed an inflammatory letter in which a former Uber security specialist accused the ride-hailing service of corporate espionage. The letter alleges Uber dispatched a team of spies to steal its rivals' trade secrets and take other shady actions to thwart competition. Former Uber manager Richard Jacobs has testified that...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 15- A compromise Republican tax bill released late Friday does not eliminate a $7,500 electric vehicle tax credit as Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives had previously proposed. Consumers under current law are eligible for a $7,500 tax credit to defray the cost of plug-in electric vehicles. After an automaker hits that point, the...

  • For years, the X-Men and the Fantastic Four have battled bad dudes from the studios of 20th Century Fox. THE MOUSE THAT ATE THE FOX. The combined company will account for more than a third of theatrical revenues in the U.S. and Canada, an $11 billion business last year, not to mention a huge chunk of the global theater-going pie, according to Daniel Ives, chief strategy...

  • MENLO PARK, Calif.— It's not quite like tobacco companies warning about the dangers of smoking, but Facebook is acknowledging something many already know: Using social media can be bad for your health. Facebook's Director of Research David Ginsberg and research scientist Moira Burke cite a study in the Journal of Experimental Psychology that found University...

  • DETROIT— The Detroit Free Press fired Stephen Henderson, its managing director of opinion and commentary, after finding what it called credible allegations of inappropriate behavior with female colleagues, the newspaper announced Friday. Free Press Editor and Vice President Peter Bhatia announced Henderson's termination in a story that said the...

  • MENLO PARK, Calif.— Amazon is angling for a truce in its two-year battle with Apple and Google over streaming gadgets: It says it is preparing to put Apple TV and Chromecast back on sale. A spokeswoman for Amazon confirmed Friday it is preparing to sell the devices. Amazon's decision to start reselling Google's Chromecast comes after the search giant had stepped up...

  • WASHINGTON— Randal Quarles, who is vice chairman for supervision at the Federal Reserve, says he will recuse himself from participating in matters specific to Wells Fargo& Co.. He said he was taking the step in light of the history his extended family members had with San Francisco- based Wells Fargo which involved the sale of their interest in a bank.

  • Among major oil- and gas-producing states, Pennsylvania gained three rigs and North Dakota and Wyoming each added one. New Mexico and Texas each lost two rigs while Louisiana declined by one. Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Kansas, Ohio, Oklahoma, Utah and West Virginia were unchanged.

  • Dec 15- Luxury automaker Karma Automotive on Friday named Liang Zhou as its new chief executive replacing Thomas Corcoran. Wanxiang Group, a major Chinese auto parts supplier, bought the assets of California- based plug-in hybrid carmaker Fisker Automotive and later changed Fisker's name to Karma Automotive. Zhou will be based in the Karma Automotive's...

  • LAKE BUENA VISTA, Florida, Dec 15- Just outside the operating theater, the organizers of a medical conference wore Minnie Mouse ears. They were part of a so-called cadaver lab and the setting was a Florida resort. In this case, doctors practiced nerve root blocks and other procedures on cadavers in one of the Grand Harbor ballrooms salons at Disneys Yacht& Beach Club...

  • Dec 15- The 2018 U.S. IPO market is expected to see the debut of some of the most anticipated unicorns companies that have reached $1 billion in valuation without tapping the stock markets. The short-term home rental service, founded in 2008 in San Francisco, has clashed with hoteliers and authorities in cities including New York, Amsterdam, Berlin and Paris, which...

  • LAKE BUENA VISTA, Florida, Dec 15- LAKE BUENA VISTA, Florida Just outside the operating theater, the organizers of a medical conference wore Minnie Mouse ears. They were part of a so-called cadaver lab and the setting was a Florida resort. In this case, doctors practiced nerve root blocks and other procedures on cadavers in one of the Grand Harbor ballrooms salons at...

  • Dec 15- After years of double-digit growth, home solar installations in the United States are poised to fall for the first time this year, according to a report released on Thursday by GTM Research. An analysis of installation data suggests that most of the slowdown is traceable to a single company: Tesla Inc, which acquired sister company SolarCity about a year...

  • LOS ANGELES— "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" is off to a death star-sized start at the box office. It's set to play on 4,232 screens in North America. Rian Johnson wrote and directed "The Last Jedi," which stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega and Adam Driver.

  • A maker of lithium batteries is promising to provide an economic jolt to the Appalachian region, announcing plans Friday to relocate from California to Kentucky and build a factory employing hundreds of workers in an area reeling from the coal industry's decline. EnerBlu Inc. announced it will invest $372 million and create 875 full-time jobs in eastern...

  • CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.— SpaceX racked up another first on Friday, launching a recycled rocket with a recycled capsule on a grocery run for NASA. It was NASA's first use of a reused Falcon rocket and only the second of a previously flown Dragon. At SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California, cheers erupted outside the company's glassed-in Mission Control, where...

  • Dec 15- After years of double-digit growth, home solar installations in the United States are poised to fall for the first time this year, according to a report released on Thursday by GTM Research. An analysis of installation data suggests that most of the slowdown is traceable to a single company: Tesla Inc, which acquired sister company SolarCity about a year...