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Cops Find Thousands of Undelivered Amazon Packages in Home

2 delivery drivers have been arrested

(Newser) - Police in Oklahoma say they have recovered thousands of stolen Amazon packages—and the suspects are delivery drivers, not Blackbeard-level porch pirates. In a Facebook post Wednesday, police in Luther, around 30 miles northeast of Oklahoma City, said three suspects were arrested after a home was searched and thousands of...

Stores Now Able to Up Prices of at-Home COVID Tests

3-month White House agreement with Walgreens, Kroger, Amazon has expired

(Newser) - It's pretty impossible to find an at-home COVID test in many places. More expensive, too. A three-month agreement the Biden administration made with Walmart, Amazon, and Kroger to sell at-home COVID tests at cost—$14, reports the Wall Street Journal —expired last month. "This is ... up to...

Mom: My Girl Asked Alexa a Question, Got Dangerous Reply

When asked to suggest a challenge, Alexa told her to touch penny to exposed prongs

(Newser) - Ask Alexa to tell you a joke and she'll comply. Ask her to give you a challenge and she could seriously harm you—or so claims the mom of a 10-year-old girl. Kristin Livdahl wrote on Twitter that she and her daughter were making a day of crummy weather...

Tornado May Have Broken World Record

Meanwhile, candle factory survivors would be 'miracle'

(Newser) - Saturday's devastating Kentucky tornado carved an over 200-mile track that could rival the longest on record as the stormfront smashed apart a candle factory, crushed a nursing home and flattened an Amazon distribution center, all while killing upwards of 70 people.
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Survivor Describes &#39;a Roaring Train&#39;
Tornado Survivors
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Tornado Survivors Describe Destruction

Rescuers, including inmates, search for survivors as families await word

(Newser) - Crews were digging through rubble Saturday for survivors after powerful storms and tornadoes tore through six states. The death toll was rising, the New York Times reports. Gov. Andy Beshear said that at least 70 people were killed in Kentucky and that the final count could top 100. In Mayfield,...

FTC Orders Walmart, Amazon to Explain 'Sky-High Prices'

9 companies asked to turn over information on supply chain woes

(Newser) - Walmart, Amazon, and Kroger will have 45 days to answer to the Federal Trade Commission for their "empty shelves and sky-high prices." With the holiday shopping season now underway, the FTC has ordered nine large retailers, wholesalers, and suppliers including Procter & Gamble Co., Tyson Foods, Kraft Heinz...

Amazon Pressured Union Voters, US Official Says
Ruling Orders
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Ruling Orders Revote on Amazon Union

NLRB official finds company pressured employees to oppose organizing

(Newser) - Update: After a finding that Amazon exerted improper pressure on employees at an Alabama warehouse, a federal labor official has ordered another vote on whether to authorize a union there. The company said it will appeal the ruling by an official of the National Labor Relations Board, NPR reports. A...

Protesters Pressure Amazon With Black Friday Actions

Various groups call for treating employees better, paying taxes, cutting emissions

(Newser) - A coalition of organizations protested at Amazon buildings in the US and Europe on Friday, causing scattered disruptions on one of the company's busiest days. Separately, the environmental group Extinction Rebellion blocked access to distribution centers in the UK, the BBC reports, and said at least 30 of its...

Amazon Settles With California Over COVID Notification Bill

Retail giant will pay only $500K

(Newser) - Accused of concealing COVID case numbers from its warehouse workers, Amazon has settled with California for half a million dollars. The agreement, just in time for the holiday shopping season, requires the retail giant to notify workers of cases in their workplace within a day and local health agencies within...

Amazon Adds a $9.95 Fee, So Walmart Gives Members $9.95
Amazon Adds a $9.95 Fee, So
Walmart Gives Members $9.95
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Amazon Adds a $9.95 Fee, So Walmart Gives Members $9.95

Whole Foods deliveries will now cost Prime subscribers $9.95

(Newser) - Amazon Prime members used to be able to get Whole Foods orders delivered for free. Not anymore: Amazon this week started charging $9.95 for delivery, though Prime members still get discounts at the grocery store as well as free pickup for orders over $35. In response to the new...

Musk Widens Richie-Rich Gap, Trolls Bezos

SpaceX CEO tweets a silver medal at space race rival

(Newser) - Elon Musk is pulling further ahead of Jeff Bezos as the world's richest man, and trolling all the way. Privately-held SpaceX saw its valuation rise to $100.3 billion this week as insiders agreed to sell up to $755 million in stock to new and existing investors at $560...

Macy's Sues to Keep Amazon Off Giant NYC Billboard

Retailer wants to block competitor from taking over space next to flagship store

(Newser) - Macy's has filed a lawsuit against the company that owns the giant billboard next to its flagship Manhattan store, fighting to prevent Amazon from taking over the advertising space that carried Macy's name for almost 60 years. In the lawsuit, filed last week in state Supreme Court in...

'Dead-Fart Leggings': Go Inside LuLaRoe's Rise and Fall

'LuLaRich' is now available to watch on Amazon

(Newser) - If you're captivated by the rise and fall of LuLaRoe , Amazon is here to feed your curiosity. The four-part docuseries LuLaRich is now available to watch, and it's getting plenty of coverage. It tells the story of the multilevel marketing (MLM) company found in 2012 by DeAnne and...

GOP Governors on Mandates: We'll Fight 'to the Gates of Hell'

Republican National Committee also vows to sue over vaccine mandates

(Newser) - Republican leaders had a strong reaction to President Biden's announcement of coronavirus vaccine mandates to affect two-thirds of the US workforce: "See you in court," tweeted South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, one of several Republican governors threatening to fight back. South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster tweeted "...

Amazon Ups Ante in Hiring, to Full Tuition

In a new hiring incentive, four-year degrees will be covered

(Newser) - Amazon's chief financial officer said this summer that to keep staffing up during the pandemic, "We're spending a lot of money on signing and incentives." The cost of staying hired up will be going up, after Amazon announced Thursday that it will pay the full cost...

Amazon Is Hiring 40K Tech, Corporate Workers in US

'There are so many people who are thinking about different and new jobs,' Jassy says

(Newser) - Amazon is going on another hiring spree. The company said Wednesday that it plans to hire 55,000 people around the world, with about 40,000 of those roles in the US, the AP reports. Amazon said all the open roles are for tech jobs and corporate positions. Separately, the...

Amazon to Change Direction, Move Into Actual Stores

Plans call for spaces smaller than old-school department store locations

(Newser) - After disrupting the business of department stores for years, Amazon has decided to join them. The company plans to open department stores that will be much larger than the 4-star stores it already operates but about one-third the size of a typical Sears, the Wall Street Journal reports. There's...

Amazon Makes Big Change to Complaints Policy

It will now compensate customers injured by faulty third-party products

(Newser) - Amazon is no longer trying to stay completely out of the process when people are injured by faulty products sold on its website by third parties. In a change to the company's return and complaints policy announced Tuesday, Amazon said that people who are injured or have their property...

Office Workers Don&#39;t Have to Return Soon: Amazon
Amazon Postpones
Return to Offices

Amazon Postpones Return to Offices

Masks, but not vaccinations, will be required for employees

(Newser) - The increase in new coronavirus cases has changed Amazon's plans to bring office employees back next month. Tech and corporate workers in the US and some foreign offices now don't have to return until Jan. 3, the Seattle Times reports. Other companies, some in the tech field, have...

Bezos' Nod to Amazon Workers Does Not Go Over Well

Space flight indulgence came as Amazon delivery drivers are without health insurance, critics say

(Newser) - After his quick trip to space on Tuesday, Jeff Bezos had some people to thank. "I want to thank every Amazon employee, and every Amazon customer because you guys paid for all this," the world's richest man said at a news conference, per CBS News . That comment...

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