Updated U.S. List Highlights Tougher NAFTA Demands

MEXICO CITY — The United States has published an updated list of NAFTA negotiating objectives to reflect some of its tougher-than-anticipated demands in a reminder of the difficult hoeing ahead as parties seek fertile ground for a deal. The U.S. trade czar’s office released the new list on Friday just as the three chief negotiators began meeting in Mexico City for their first encounter after an acrimonious round revealed huge differences. Sources say Canada and Mexico will start the months-long task of probing the U.S. for signs of willingness to compromise, though they expect little progress on the toughest sticking points for another few rounds. A new document from the… Read More

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Updated U.S. List Highlights Tougher NAFTA Demands

MEXICO CITY — The United States has published an updated list of NAFTA negotiating objectives to reflect some of its tougher-than-anticipated demands in a reminder of the difficult hoeing ahead as parties seek fertile ground for a deal. The U.S. trade czar’s office released the new list on Friday just as the three chief negotiators began meeting in Mexico City for their first encounter after an acrimonious round revealed huge differences. Sources say Canada and Mexico will start the months-long task of probing the U.S. for signs of willingness to compromise, though they expect little progress on the toughest sticking points for another few rounds. A new document from the… Read More

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Renting In Oakland: How Far Does $2,200 Get You?

Curious just how far your dollar goes in the Oakland’s competitive rental market? We’ve rounded up the latest rental offerings from listing site Zumper to get a sense of what to expect if you’re hunting down housing with a budget of $2,200/month. 3427 Laurel Ave. First is this 2-bedroom, 1-bathroom apartment in the Diamond District that’s listed for $2,200/month. Located on the top floor of a 4-plex, the unit boasts a large living room with a galley kitchen. There’s plenty of closet space, and there’s an assigned parking space. (See the complete listing.) 118 Athol Ave., #301 This 700-square-foot 1-bedroom, 1-bathroom apartment, located near Lake Merritt, is listed for $2,150/month.… Read More

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TED talks empire has been grappling with sexual harassment complaints

SAN FRANCISCO – When Gretchen Carlson, a former Fox News anchor who now campaigns against sexual harassment, took the stage at a TED event this month, she described 2017 as a tipping point in the fight against workplace misconduct. But behind the scenes, TED owner Chris Anderson and other senior officials had been grappling with accusations for much of the year that their own conferences, famed for turning short speeches by leading figures into viral videos, had not been a safe place for women – and that the atmosphere of predatory male behavior was getting worse. At least five people, including a past main stage speaker, told TED officials that… Read More

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Stitch Fix comes undone as IPO disappoints; Apple delays its HomePod release

A Stitch In How Much Time?: Stitch Fix tried to sew up a healthy public stock debut Friday. But, instead, the San Francisco-based provider of online-based personal shopping and clothing found out just what happens when you pull long enough at a loose thread. Stitch Fix priced 8 million shares of its stock at $15 a piece, and at that point, the company had to know its shares weren’t going to be a good fit for everyone. The company had earlier set a price range of $18 to $20 a share for its IPO, with plans to put 10 million shares up for sale. However, it had to cut the… Read More

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Tesla’s debut of road-rocket Roadster and electric semi-truck raise big questions

PALO ALTO — A day after Tesla CEO Elon Musk unveiled a $200,000 supercar and an electric semi-truck, questions were swirling about whether the infamously tardy company can meet its own delivery deadlines. In a performance resembling theater Thursday night near Los Angeles, Musk revealed an electric semi-truck and — surprise — inside it was a new edition of the firm’s first vehicle, the Roadster. The car, he said, sets world speed records, and the truck outperforms diesel in every way. But skepticism met Musk’s claims that the truck would be available in 2019 and the Roadster in 2020. In the company’s most recent earnings report, Musk admitted that production… Read More

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