California Fires: Poor Air Quality Postpones 'Big Game' Between Cal and Stanford

Fans of the annual Big Game between Stanford University and UC Berkeley (aka Cal), the San Francisco Bay Area’s biggest football rivalry, will have to wait a few weeks for the rivalry’s next installment. The game is being postponed for the first time in 55 years due to poor air quality from California’s fires, according …

Bernie Sanders Dangles a New Incentive to Get Walmart to Pay $15 Minimum Wage

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders is announcing a bill on Thursday that would force big companies to pay their lowest-earning workers before shareholders. The details echo his campaign to get Amazon to pay its workers at least $15 an hour, but this time the main target is Walmart, the Washington Post reports. The new legislation, dubbed …

Massive Hot Water Heater Recall Due to Fire Risk Puts AO Smith on Hot Seat

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is recalling more than 616,000 water heaters made by A. O. Smith due to a fire hazard risk when the units are installed on a combustible surface. The recall includes both natural or propane gas-fired water heaters made by the 144-year-old Milwaukee-based manufacturer, the nation’s largest manufacturer of water …

From a Utah Basement to SAP's $8 Billion Acquisition: The 2 Brothers Behind

The tech industry’s newest billionaires are a pair of brothers who started a software company in their parents’ basement in Utah. Now Ryan and Jared Smith are selling Qualtrics International Inc. to European giant SAP SE for $8 billion—and they’ll get to keep running the business. Ryan, 40, is the chief executive and public face …

Alibaba Logs $1.44 Billion of Singles' Day Sales in Minutes

Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. logged 10 billion yuan ($1.44 billion) of sales volume in the opening minutes of its annual Singles’ Day extravaganza, outpacing last year’s start as shoppers around the world swarmed the e-commerce giant’s online bazaars. China’s largest company, which is trying to drum up business via a concurrent televised entertainment spectacle featuring …

Federal Judge Blocks Construction of Keystone XL Pipeline

U.S. District Judge Brian Morris Thursday froze construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, which would link Canada to the Gulf of Mexico and carry up to 830,000 barrels a day (the U.S. produced 11.3 million barrels per day in August 2018). Morris wrote that the present administration’s permit ignored previous factual findings on climate …