How tipping got out of hand in the United States

How tipping got out of hand in the United States

When was the last time you bought something and weren’t asked for a tip? Not only are requests for tips for purchased goods and services becoming more common, the size of the traditional tip has also been on the rise for decades. In the 1950s, people usually tipped 10% of the bill. By the 1970s … Read more

UN food chief: Billions needed to prevent unrest and famine

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Without additional billions of dollars to feed millions of hungry people, the world will see mass migration, destabilized countries and starving children and adults over the next 12 to 18 months, the head of the Nobel Prize-winning UN World Food Program warned Friday. David Beasley praised the increased funding from the … Read more

Many electric vehicles lose major tax benefits with new rules

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fewer new electric vehicles qualify for a full $7,500 federal tax credit later this year, and many will get just half, under rules proposed Friday by the US Treasury Department. The rules required under last year’s Inflation Reduction Actare likely to slow consumer adoption of electric vehicles and could delay President Joe … Read more

Pirates take an oil tanker crew hostage off the coast of West Africa

Six crew members of a Liberian-flagged tanker taken aboard by pirates in the West African Gulf of Guinea earlier this month are taken hostage By means of JAN M. OLSEN Associate Press Mar 31, 2023, 5:23 am ET • 2 min read COPENHAGEN, Denmark — Six members of the 16-man crew on a Liberian-flagged tanker … Read more

Petstocks are a hit after Covid lockdowns, says Jim Cramer

A Covid hangover is upon us, which means we’re just not doing the things we did during the lockdown, CNBC’s Jim Cramer said Friday. We’re buying fewer PCs and spending less on our homes – prioritizing travel and leisure instead. Pets can be subtle victims of the current “long on money, little time” spending mode, … Read more

An iguana’s taste for cake leaves a young girl with a mysterious illness

CNN — The bump on a young California girl’s hand was mysterious — and growing. It wasn’t until she saw two doctors and had a biopsy that her family realized the cause: the child had gotten in the way of a hungry iguana with a sweet tooth, possibly causing the first documented infection of a … Read more

EPA approves California rules phasing out diesel trucks

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Biden administration on Friday paved the way for California’s plan to phase out a wide variety of diesel trucks, part of the state’s effort to dramatically cut the planet’s warming emissions. reduce and improve air quality in high traffic areas such as ports along the coast. The U.S. Environmental Protection … Read more

Google founder, former Disney exec gets subpoenas in JPMorgan Epstein lawsuit

Google founder Sergey Brin, former Disney executive Michael Ovitz and two other billionaires will be subpoenaed in a lawsuit against JPMorgan Chase by the US Virgin Islands government in connection with sex trafficking by Jeffrey Epstein. The subpoenas were first reported by The Wall Street Journal. In addition to Brin and Ovitz, subpoenas are being … Read more

DWAC, BBBY, NKLA and more

An exterior view of a Bed Bath & Beyond store on February 7, 2023 in Clifton, New Jersey. Kena Betancur | Corbis News | Getty Images Check out the companies making headlines during midday trading. Bed Bath & Beyond — Stocks continued to fall during Friday’s session, falling 22.8%. On Thursday, the company again warned … Read more

Nikola NKLA Share Sale Priced Below Market

Nikola announced plans on Thursday for a $100 million secondary stock offering. The offering was 20% off until Thursday’s close, sending shares of the truck maker lower on Friday morning. Nicholas Motor Company Source: Nikola Motor Company Electric heavy-duty truck maker Nikola said its planned $100 million secondary stock offering, announced on Thursday after US … Read more