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    Tuesday Could Be the Beginning of the End of Philadelphia’s Soda Tax

    Tuesday Could Be the Beginning of the End of Philadelphia’s Soda Tax


    William Butcher, a Philadelphia resident, shopping for soda at Acme Markets in Bala Cynwyd, Pa., where he can avoid Philadelphia’s soda...

    A slew of opponents of the tax are running in the city’s election Tuesday and beverage industry has spent more than $600,000 on ads aiming to turn public opinion against it.

    Tech Stocks Sink After Google Cuts Huawei Off Android Support


    Selling was especially heavy among semiconductor stocks, as investors grappled with the prospect that the administration order cuts off the flow of crucial microchips to Huawei, a major...

    Selling was especially heavy among semiconductor stocks, as investors grappled with the prospect that the administration order cuts off the flow of crucial microchips to Huawei, a major customer.
    Yes, African-Americans Drink Bourbon. You’d Never Know It From the Marketing.

    Yes, African-Americans Drink Bourbon. You’d Never Know It From the Marketing.


    Chris Morris, the master distiller for Brown-Forman, pouring whiskey samples for Samara Rivers and other members of the Black Bourbon Society during a recent tour of the Woodford Reserve distillery outside Frankfort,...

    Groups like the Black Bourbon Society have formed to share an appreciation of the whiskey, and distillers are finally starting to pay attention.
    Wealth Matters: Is an Opportunity Zone the Right Investment for You?

    Wealth Matters: Is an Opportunity Zone the Right Investment for You?


    Martin Muoto, the founder and managing partner at SoLa Impact, which is raising a fund to invest in housing in low-income neighborhoods in Los Angeles. When considering an opportunity zone, investors should consider their strategy: whether to maximize...

    Offering the chance of outsize returns on the back of a huge tax break, opportunity zones are attractive to investors. But there is a catch.
    What Is a Reward Point Worth? It Depends

    What Is a Reward Point Worth? It Depends


    Some 2.75 trillion points and miles are earned each year, with many more options on where to spend them. Airline tickets and hotel rooms may be the best...

    Some 2.75 trillion points and miles are earned each year, with many more options on where to spend them. Airline tickets and hotel rooms may be the best choices.
    Job Cuts at Ford Motor to Total 7,000 by August

    Job Cuts at Ford Motor to Total 7,000 by August


    Jim Hackett, Ford’s chief executive, told employees that the company would cut 7,000 jobs by the end of...

    The company, which has struggled with slowing sales globally, said it was cutting salaried workers to speed up decision making and increase profits.
    Why High-Class People Get Away With Incompetence

    Why High-Class People Get Away With Incompetence


    In several experiments, researchers found that people who came from a higher social class were more likely to have an inflated sense of their skills — even when tests proved that they were...

    People who came from higher social classes were more likely to have an inflated sense of their skills, a new study found. This overconfidence was interpreted by strangers as competence.
    Amazon Faces Investor Pressure Over Facial Recognition

    Amazon Faces Investor Pressure Over Facial Recognition


    Demonstrators with images of Amazon’s chief executive, Jeff Bezos, during a protest last year at the company’s headquarters over the company’s facial recognition...

    Shareholders are voting on whether to push the tech giant to examine the human rights and financial risks of the surveillance technology.
    Mediator: Kissing Babies, Loving Scrapple, Fighting Viral Hoaxes: ’20 Race’s New Routine

    Mediator: Kissing Babies, Loving Scrapple, Fighting Viral Hoaxes: ’20 Race’s New Routine


    Donald Trump surrounded by Secret Service agents after a protester rushed the stage during a campaign event in 2016 in Dayton, Ohio. Soon after, an anonymous Twitter account posted a doctored video that falsely linked the protestor to...

    When it comes to disinformation, all signs suggest the 2020 presidential campaign will make 2016 look like a mere test run, our columnist writes.

    Grumpy Cat, Internet Celebrity With a Piercing Look of Contempt, Is Dead at 7


    The frowning feline whose permanent scowl spoke for all of us in our darkest moments died in the arms of her “mommy” on Tuesday, her family...

    The frowning feline whose permanent scowl spoke for all of us in our darkest moments died in the arms of her “mommy” on Tuesday, her family said.
    A.I. Took a Test to Detect Lung Cancer. It Got an A.

    A.I. Took a Test to Detect Lung Cancer. It Got an A.


    A colored CT scan showing a tumor in the lung. Artificial intelligence was just as good, and sometimes better, than doctors in diagnosing lung tumors in CT scans, a new study...

    Artificial intelligence may help doctors make more accurate readings of CT scans used to screen for lung cancer.
    DealBook Briefing: Tech’s Cold War Just Started

    DealBook Briefing: Tech’s Cold War Just Started


    Google, Qualcomm and Broadcom are among the companies that have reportedly frozen their supply of components and software to...

    Google, Qualcomm and Broadcom are among the companies that have reportedly frozen their supply of components and software to Huawei.
    Deutsche Bank Staff Saw Suspicious Activity in Trump and Kushner Accounts

    Deutsche Bank Staff Saw Suspicious Activity in Trump and Kushner Accounts


    Tammy McFadden, a former Deutsche Bank employee, saw potentially suspicious transactions involving the company of Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law and adviser, she...

    Anti-money-laundering specialists proposed filing “suspicious activity reports” about transactions connected to President Trump and Jared Kushner. Bank managers said no.
    Whitney Houston’s Estate Plans a Hologram Tour and a New Album

    Whitney Houston’s Estate Plans a Hologram Tour and a New Album


    Whitney Houston, who had 11 No. 1 hits, died seven years ago. Last week, her estate signed a deal with Primary Wave Music Publishing, a music and marketing...

    The family of the singing star, who died seven years ago, has reached a deal with the marketing company behind the posthumous resurgence of Bob Marley.
    In a Surprise, Japan’s Economy Grew in the First Quarter, Despite a Slowdown in China

    In a Surprise, Japan’s Economy Grew in the First Quarter, Despite a Slowdown in China


    A Toyota assembly line at the company’s plant in Motomachi, Japan. The country’s economic growth in the first quarter came despite a decline in export figures that began in December on weakening demand from China and...

    But the strong figure masks lingering weakness, giving Prime Minister Shinzo Abe a mixed bag as he tries to strike a trade deal with the U.S.
    Rain Much on Your Vacation? One Italian Island Offers Hotel Refunds

    Rain Much on Your Vacation? One Italian Island Offers Hotel Refunds


    A beach on Elba, perhaps best known as the island where Napoleon spent almost 10 months in exile more than two centuries...

    Tourists who visit Elba, off the coast of Tuscany, get one night back for every day during which it rains for more than two hours at a time.
    As ‘Rocketman’ Prepares to Take Off, Hollywood Holds Its Breath

    As ‘Rocketman’ Prepares to Take Off, Hollywood Holds Its Breath


    Taron Egerton as Elton John in “Rocketman.” How the film performs at the box office will be a measure of his star...

    Depending on ticket sales, the R-rated musical fantasia about Elton John could have ripple effects for its star, its studio and the wider film industry.
    Tech Jobs Lead to the Middle Class. Just Not for the Masses.

    Tech Jobs Lead to the Middle Class. Just Not for the Masses.


    Brittney Ball moved into a career as a software engineer in North Carolina after training with Year Up, a nonprofit...

    The great hope for people without a bachelor’s degree hasn’t yet spread beyond small-scale success stories.
    Running Scared: Network TV in the Streaming Age

    Running Scared: Network TV in the Streaming Age


    Viewers are fleeing for Netflix. The ones who stay are older than the group prized by advertisers. Here’s a look back at the troubled 2018-19...

    Viewers are fleeing for Netflix. The ones who stay are older than the group prized by advertisers. Here’s a look back at the troubled 2018-19 season.
    I.M. Pei, Master Architect Whose Buildings Dazzled the World, Dies at 102

    I.M. Pei, Master Architect Whose Buildings Dazzled the World, Dies at 102


    I.M. Pei in 1989 outside the glass pyramid he designed at the Louvre in Paris, one of his most famous commissions. “If there’s one thing I know I didn’t do wrong, it’s the Louvre,” he...

    Mr. Pei, a committed modernist, was one of the few architects equally attractive to real estate developers, corporate chieftains and art museum boards.
    Corroded Well Lining Caused Aliso Canyon Gas Leak That Displaced Thousands, Report Says

    Corroded Well Lining Caused Aliso Canyon Gas Leak That Displaced Thousands, Report Says


    SoCalGas’s Aliso Canyon storage facility near the Porter Ranch neighborhood of Los Angeles, where a methane leak more than three years ago forced the evacuation of more than 8,300...

    An inquiry found that SoCalGas had not meaningfully investigated more than 60 leaks before the one in October 2015 that became the largest leak of methane in United States history.
    Pub Work Gives a Royal Carpet Maker an Unwelcome Image (and It’s Sticking)

    Pub Work Gives a Royal Carpet Maker an Unwelcome Image (and It’s Sticking)


    Barry Searle of Axminster Carpets adjusting thread at its factory in Axminster, England. The company, founded in 1755, had built a bespoke reputation. Who knew its work was also underfoot in a chain of British...

    Axminster has Buckingham Palace’s seal of approval. But thanks to social media, its best-known client is a chain of cut-price bars.
    In Cities Where It Once Reigned, Heroin Is Disappearing

    In Cities Where It Once Reigned, Heroin Is Disappearing


    William Glen Miller Sr. has been using heroin since he was 13 years old. He lost one leg to a heroin-related infection and now lives in a nursing home in...

    The rise of the more potent fentanyl in its place has put a generation of older users, who had managed their addiction, at far greater risk of overdose.
    As Trade War Rages, China’s Sway Over the U.S. Fades

    As Trade War Rages, China’s Sway Over the U.S. Fades


    A Chinese automotive assembly line in Beilun in Zhejiang Province, China. China’s economic slowdown, which could hinder growth globally, is a major reason that Beijing’s influence has...

    Beijing once could count on allies in business and politics to help get its way. Now many of its old allies are staying on the sidelines.
    Boeing 737 Max Simulators Are in High Demand. They Are Flawed.

    Boeing 737 Max Simulators Are in High Demand. They Are Flawed.


    Boeing said on Thursday that it had completed its fix to the 737 Max. The updates are not expected to include training on...

    The flight simulators are unable to accurately replicate the difficult conditions created by a malfunctioning system on the jet, which played a role in two fatal crashes.
    Economic View: Why a Tax the U.S. Hasn’t Embraced Has Found Favor in Much of the World

    Economic View: Why a Tax the U.S. Hasn’t Embraced Has Found Favor in Much of the World


    A store in Santiago, Chile. A study found that an effort by the country’s tax authority to determine the extent of fraud in value-added tax collections confirmed the system’s self-enforcing...

    Value-added taxes are popular in many countries, especially those that are less affluent. The great advantage is a built-in feature that deters tax evasion, an emerging body of research shows.
    United States Reaches Deal to Lift Metal Tariffs on Canada and Mexico

    United States Reaches Deal to Lift Metal Tariffs on Canada and Mexico


    A steel maker in Finland. The Trump administration is expected to lift tariffs on metals imported from Canada and Mexico, but the move does not guarantee passage of a new trade...

    The move will help end a yearlong standoff that has heightened North American tensions but does not guarantee passage of a new trade deal.
    Luckin Coffee, Chinese Rival to Starbucks, Jumps in Its U.S. Trading Debut

    Luckin Coffee, Chinese Rival to Starbucks, Jumps in Its U.S. Trading Debut


    Staff of Luckin Coffee at the company’s initial public offering on the Nasdaq exchange. Luckin’s shares ended their debut day of trading in New York on Friday up 20...

    The successful initial public offering by the rising coffee company bucks the recent trend of weakness among tech start-ups in China.
    Amazon to Invest in Deliveroo, a Rival to Uber in Food Delivery

    Amazon to Invest in Deliveroo, a Rival to Uber in Food Delivery


    A rider for Deliveroo in London in 2016. The meal delivery company has expanded beyond Britain to 13 other markets, including Australia, France, Hong Kong and...

    The $575 million investment strengthens one of the biggest overseas rivals to Uber’s food-delivery division, which the ride-hailing company considers a key business.

    Book Entry: Review: ‘Power Trip’ Ably Guides Us Through the History of Energy


    Michael E. Webber’s new book examines humanity’s relationship to energy over time and how each transition affected not just what we produce but how we...

    Michael E. Webber’s new book examines humanity’s relationship to energy over time and how each transition affected not just what we produce but how we live.
    How Xi’s Last-Minute Switch on U.S.-China Trade Deal Upended It

    How Xi’s Last-Minute Switch on U.S.-China Trade Deal Upended It


    President Xi Jinping of China risks being backed into a corner in the trade war with the United...

    Xi Jinping miscalculated President Trump’s willingness to accept a changed deal. Now angry rhetoric could complicate efforts to return to negotiations.
    Caught in the Middle of #MeToo: Unions That Represent Accusers and Accused

    Caught in the Middle of #MeToo: Unions That Represent Accusers and Accused


    Amar Ramasar performing with fellow New York City Ballet dancer Sara Mearns in 2015. On Saturday they will dance together again after an arbitrator ordered Mr. Ramasar...

    From the shop floors of factories to ballet’s grandest stages, unions are rethinking how they balance their responsibilities in sexual harassment cases.
    Your Money Adviser: Interest Rates on New Federal Student Loans Will Dip Slightly

    Your Money Adviser: Interest Rates on New Federal Student Loans Will Dip Slightly


    The rates, which will take effect on July 1, won’t make a big difference in monthly payments. But given the cost of college, one expert says, “this is a bit of good...

    The rates, which will take effect on July 1, won’t make a big difference in monthly payments. But given the cost of college, one expert says, “this is a bit of good news.”
    Pinterest Posts Narrower Loss, but Falls Short of Wall St. Estimates

    Pinterest Posts Narrower Loss, but Falls Short of Wall St. Estimates


    Pinterest’s chief executive, Ben Silbermann, left, and its chief product officer, Evan Sharp, on the day the company went public last month. Its first earnings report since then came out...

    The digital pinboard company’s stock price tumbled in after-hours trading after its first earnings report as a public company.