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U.S. states enlist medical, nursing students to give out COVID-19 vaccine

U.S. states enlist medical, nursing students to give out COVID-19 vaccine

By , NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. states, facing a backlog in administering coronavirus vaccines, are asking medical and nursing students, and even firefighters, to help give the shots and free up healthcare workers battling a raging pandemic at overcrowded hospitals.At least seven state health departments are seeking volunteers for their vaccination sites, some partnering with local universities or nursing schools to offer incentives such as tuition discounts and hands-on training. Others are teaching first responders to administer shots.The national rollout of COVID-19 vaccines are the best...

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Dec 24
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As U.S. companies push to get workers vaccinated, states disagree on who's essential

As U.S. companies push to get workers vaccinated, states disagree on who's essential

By , NEW YORK/CHICAGO (Reuters) - Companies and industry groups lobbying to get their U.S. workers to the front of the line for COVID vaccination are running into a patchwork of state plans and confusion over who is essential, and who is not.Inoculation against the disease caused by the novel coronavirus is key to safely reopening large parts of the economy and reducing the risks of illness at crowded meatpacking plants, factories and warehouses.But before one needle has entered the arm of an American worker, confusion has broken out over who exactly is considered essential during a...

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California's new coronavirus curfew does not apply to Tesla workers -state health dept

California's new coronavirus curfew does not apply to Tesla workers -state health dept

By (Reuters) - Workers at Tesla Inc’s California vehicle factory are deemed essential and are not impacted by the state’s latest restrictions to curb a new surge in coronavirus infections, the California health department said on Friday.Tesla and local California officials in March engaged in a heated months-long standoff over restrictions imposed to curb the first wave of infections, which culminated in the company’s chief executive, Elon Musk, defying health orders, suing local officials and threatening to leave the state.California’s governor on Thursday imposed a curfew on social...

Nov 20
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California voters to decide fate of gig economy workers

California voters to decide fate of gig economy workers

By , (Reuters) - Trend-setting California votes on the future of the gig economy on Tuesday, deciding whether to back a ballot proposal by Uber and its allies that would cement app-based food delivery and ride-hail drivers’ status as independent contractors, not employees.The measure, known as Proposition 22, marks the culmination of years of legal and legislative wrangling over a business model that has introduced millions of people to the convenience of ordering food or a ride with the push of a button.Companies describe the contest as a matter of ensuring flexibility for a new generation...

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Nov 3
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California drivers sue Uber over in-app messages asking to support ballot measure

California drivers sue Uber over in-app messages asking to support ballot measure

By The lawsuit says Uber is unlawfully pressuring drivers via the app to support the Nov. 3 company-sponsored ballot measure, known as Proposition 22, via the app.Uber rejected those claims.“This is an absurd lawsuit, without merit, filed solely for press attention and without regard for the facts,” Uber said in a statement, adding that the vast majority of its drivers supported Prop 22.Uber and Lyft say such changes would force them to reduce their California driver base by more than 75% and prevent the majority of its drivers from enjoying their current flexibility and income...

October 22, 2020
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California drivers sue Uber over in-app messages asking to support ballot measure

California drivers sue Uber over in-app messages asking to support ballot measure

By The lawsuit says Uber is unlawfully pressuring drivers via the app to support the Nov. 3 company-sponsored ballot measure, known as Proposition 22, via the app.Uber rejected those claims.“This is an absurd lawsuit, without merit, filed solely for press attention and without regard for the facts,” Uber said in a statement, adding that the vast majority of its drivers supported Prop 22.Uber and Lyft say such changes would force them to reduce their California driver base by more than 75% and prevent the majority of its drivers from enjoying their current flexibility and income...

October 22, 2020
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Tesla's value drops $50 billion as Musk's promised cheaper battery three years away

Tesla's value drops $50 billion as Musk's promised cheaper battery three years away

By , , Tesla’s market cap dropped $20 billion in just two hours after trading closed Tuesday, as Musk and other Tesla executives presented their new battery and manufacturing strategies. Shares closed down 5.6% and dropped another 6.9% after hours.“Nothing Musk discussed about batteries is a done deal,” said Roth Capital Partners analyst Craig Irwin. “There was nothing tangible.”Investors had expected two significant announcements at Musk’s oft-touted “Battery Day”: The development of a “million mile” battery good for 10 years or more, and a specific cost reduction target -- expressed in...

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September 22, 2020
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Tesla's Elon Musk promises dramatic cuts in electric car costs, shares plunge

Tesla's Elon Musk promises dramatic cuts in electric car costs, shares plunge

By , All told, Tesla’s market capitalization plunged $50 billion from its Monday close, as investors wiped out $20 billion of that in just two hours after trading closed Tuesday.Musk acknowledged that Tesla does not have its ambitious new vehicle and battery designs and manufacturing processes fully complete. Tesla has frequently missed production targets.Tesla expects to eventually be able to build as many as 20 million electric vehicles a year. This year, the entire auto industry expects to deliver 80 million cars globally.Tesla shares, which closed Tuesday down 5.6%, fell another 7% in...

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September 22, 2020
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Modern driver-assistance technology 'far from reliable': AAA study

Modern driver-assistance technology 'far from reliable': AAA study

United States (Reuters) - Advanced driver assistance technology automating steering and braking in a growing number of vehicles is not providing reliable safety benefits, a new study by the American Automobile Association showed on Thursday. Researchers at AAA, a federation of North American motor clubs, found the systems recorded disruptions and disengaged roughly every eight miles, encountering situations they were not equipped to handle. That creates dangerous situations if drivers rely too much on the technology and stop paying attention to the road, the AAA researchers said, adding...

August 6, 2020
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EV rollout will require huge investments in strained U.S. power grids

EV rollout will require huge investments in strained U.S. power grids

By , (Reuters) - During several days of brutal cold in Texas, the city of Austin saw its fleet of 12 new electric buses rendered inoperative by a statewide power outage. That problem will be magnified next year, when officials plan to start purchasing electric-powered vehicles exclusively.The city’s transit agency has budgeted $650 million over 20 years for electric buses and a charging facility for 187 such vehicles. But officials are still trying to solve the dilemma of power interruptions like the Texas freeze.“Redundancy and resiliency when it comes to power is something we have long...

Mar 5
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