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'Jeopardy!' champ Chu unseated after 12-day run PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by FRAZIER MOORE, AP Television Writer   
Thursday, 13 March 2014 06:35

NEW YORK (AP) — "Jeopardy!" champ Arthur Chu, who won big money while taking heat for his renegade style, has been defeated.

Chu finished in third place with zero dollars on Wednesday's edition of the syndicated quiz show. He had reigned for 12 days. His total winnings were $297,200.

"A great run," summed up host Alex Trebek.

Chu was unseated by Diana Peloquin of Ann Arbor, Mich., who led for the day with $15,700.

Chu had struggled for much of the show when, in Final Jeopardy, he risked, and lost, his entire day's bankroll — $6,400 — on the question: "He was the last male monarch who had not previously been Prince of Wales."

Only Peloquin had the correct response: George VI.

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Herbalife facing FTC inquiry; shares plunge PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by SARAH SKIDMORE SELL, AP Business Writer   
Thursday, 13 March 2014 06:28

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Herbalife Ltd. says that it is facing an inquiry from the Federal Trade Commission.

The nutrition and supplement company's shares initially plunged more than 12 percent following a brief halt in trading pending the announcement.

Herbalife said that it received the civil investigative demand from the FTC on Wednesday. The FTC's website says that these are used to investigate possible "unfair or deceptive acts or practices." A representative from the FTC was not immediately available to elaborate.

The company, which has faced accusations of operating a pyramid scheme, said that it welcomes the inquiry given "tremendous amount of misinformation in the marketplace" about its business.

Herbalife says it believes it is in compliance with all laws and regulations and plans to cooperate fully.

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GM excluded crash deaths from ignition inquiry PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by TOM KRISHER, AP Auto Writer   
Thursday, 13 March 2014 06:34

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors excluded the Saturn Ion from a Feb. 13 recall for faulty ignition switches after engineers inexplicably failed to look at fatal crashes involving the compact car.

The cars were recalled two weeks later, after another inquiry found four crashes involving 2004 Ions that killed four people, according to a GM chronology of the recall posted on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website Wednesday night.

According to the chronology, GM employees were told about most of the Ion crash deaths within two weeks of when they occurred. So GM knew about the deaths but still failed to consider them until this year.

The exclusion of the crash deaths will likely be scrutinized by two congressional committees and the Justice Department, all of which are investigating why it took so long for GM to recall the cars. The company has acknowledged knowing about deadly ignition switches at least a decade ago, yet it failed to recall 1.6 million compact cars until last month. In addition, NHTSA is investigating whether GM withheld information from the safety agency or didn't disclose it as quickly as required by law.

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50 cents, $1 or $2? Starbucks adding digital tips PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer   
Thursday, 13 March 2014 06:27

NEW YORK (AP) — Starbucks will soon let customers leave tips with its mobile payment app, which raises the question — how often do people tip their baristas?

The coffee chain says the mobile tipping option, which it announced more than a year ago, will be available on its updated app for iPhones starting March 19. The rollout comes as the company's app has surged in popularity, with roughly one out of every 10 purchases now made with a mobile device.

After paying with the app, Starbucks says customers will be able to leave a tip of 50 cents, $1 or $2 anytime within two hours of the transaction. The tipping option will only be available at the 7,000 of the roughly 11,000 Starbucks locations in the U.S. that are owned by the company.

The move puts a spotlight on what can be a sensitive topic for customers, workers and even Starbucks, which has faced lawsuits over how it divvies up the contents of tip jars among workers. Some customers are happy to tip for friendly service, knowing that baristas don't earn that much. Others say that they already fork over enough money and shouldn't be made to feel like they should throw money into a tip jar as well.

Zee Lemke, who has worked as a Starbucks barista in Wisconsin for more than three years, said most customers nevertheless leave a tip of some sort. She said tips generally add between $1.50 and $2 to her hourly pay of $9.05. But she noted that there's no rule on how much baristas can expect to earn from tips.

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