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OnStar Backs Up On Tracking Ex-Clients

DETROIT, Sept. 28 (UPI) — U.S. automobile navigation service OnStar said it would reverse direction concerning a policy of keeping track of former customers. OnStar, which is owned by General Motors, wrote to customers that it would track former clients unless they notified the company they preferred not to be tracked, the New York Daily […]

Lawsuit Filed Over Obese Worker’s Firing

HOUSTON, Sept. 28 (UPI) — A U.S. worker fired because of his obesity was terminated illegally, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission says in court papers. BAE Systems, which manufactures vehicles for the military, fired material handler Ronald Kratz II in October 2009 after noting that he was having trouble walking from the parking lot to […]

GDP Back At 1.3 Percent For Second Quarter

WASHINGTON, Sept. 29 (UPI) — The Commerce Department revised the U.S. real gross domestic product for the second quarter back to show 1.3 percent growth on Thursday. The department started with an estimate of 1.3 percent growth in July, then revised that down to 1 percent growth in August. Thursday’s estimate is the final estimate […]

Pending Home Sales Down A Touch

WASHINGTON, Sept. 29 (UPI) — Pending U.S. home sales fell in August for the second consecutive month after two months of gains, the National Association of Realtors said Thursday. The Pending Home Sales Index, measuring contracts that will likely close in October, fell 1.2 percent to 88.6, the trade group said. Region by region, the […]

Gambler Sues Casino Over Losses

LAS VEGAS, Sept. 29 (UPI) — A gambler allegedly down $1.3 million to a Las Vegas casino is suing the casino, Wynn Las Vegas, for allowing him to lose more than $250,000, court paper say. Konstantin Zoggolis from Germany is suing under the premise that he had a prior agreement with Wynn Las Vegas to […]

Lockheed Cutting Workforce

FORT WORTH, Texas, Sept. 27 (UPI) — More than 500 Lockheed Martin Aeronautics division workers in three U.S. states are losing their jobs as the company tries to improve operational efficiency. The company said the greatest effects are at sites in Fort Worth, Texas; Marietta, Ga.; and Palmdale, Calif. About 540 employees will be affected […]

Home Prices Up Month-To-Month

NEW YORK, Sept. 27 (UPI) — U.S. home prices rose for the fourth consecutive month in July, a closely watched housing index showed Tuesday. The Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller Home Price Index found prices rose 0.9 percent in the month in both a 10-city index and a 20-city index compared with June. The chairman of the […]

Facebook Challenged By Privacy Group

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 27 (UPI) — A privacy watchdog group said it was warning the U.S. Federal Trade Commission that changes on Facebook had a flaw of not giving consumers any choice. “It’s getting really difficult to evaluate the changes that Facebook makes, and I say that as a privacy professional,” said Marc Rotenberg, executive […]

Premiums For Family Heathcare Up 9 Percent

WASHINGTON, Sept. 27 (UPI) — Family health insurance costs for U.S. employers rose higher than they have since 2005 this year, two non-profit groups announced Tuesday. Family insurance premiums rose on average from $13,770 per family to $15,053, the Kaiser Family Foundation and Health Research & Education Trust said. The increase of more than 9 […]

In Europe, Five Bailout Votes This Week

BRUSSELS, Sept. 27 (UPI) — The international rescue package for Greece is facing five votes in various European parliaments this week. Votes are expected in Germany, Finland, Slovenia, Estonia and Austria on whether or not to ratify changes to the $600 billion European Financial Stability Facility, which European leaders agreed to in July, the EUobserver […]

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