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Ford Seeks New Trial After $1.7 Billion Jury Verdict in Truck Rollover Lawsuit

In new court filings Monday, Ford said it was unfairly precluded from providing evidence that would have demonstrated the truck involved in the fatal incident was safe and the roof structure was stronger than many of its peers. The trial is over a 2014 crash that killed two members of the plaintiffs’ family. The family … Read more

Small Businesses Get Creative as They Still Struggle With Hiring

The challenges are prompting some entrepreneurs to seek more creative ways to fill labor shortages at a time when they might have expected hiring to get easier. Lindsay Goodson, owner of Keith McDonald Plumbing in Milledgeville, Ga., hasn’t been able to find enough experienced plumbers. So she spent $700 to build a camera system that … Read more

Ford’s Latest Supply-Chain Problem: a Shortage of Blue Oval Badges

Ford F -3.60% Motor Co. has delayed deliveries of certain vehicles because it didn’t have the blue oval badges that go on them, in another example of how supply-chain challenges have hit auto makers. The car company has run into supply constraints with the brand-name badges and the nameplates that specify the model, according to … Read more

Dow down nearly 500 points as Fed decision looms over market

U.S. stocks finished lower on Tuesday as Treasury yields climbed and traders appeared skittish about opening new long positions ahead of the conclusion of the Federal Reserve’s September policy meeting. What happened The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -1.01% dropped 313.45 points, or 1%, to close at 30,706.23, after falling nearly 550 points earlier in … Read more

Ford stock drops more than 4% as supply costs to jump by $1 billion, parts shortages to leave more cars unfinished

Ford Motor Co. shares dropped more than 4% in the extended session Monday after the company said inflation and parts shortages will leave it with more unfinished vehicles than it had expected, reminding Wall Street supply-chain snags are far from over for auto makers. Ford F, +1.43% said it expects to have between 40,000 and … Read more

The Books Briefing: ‘The Crown,’ Hilary Mantel

When Queen Elizabeth II died on September 8, production temporarily stopped on the sixth season of Netflix’s popular historical drama The Crown, which charts the second Elizabethan age in the United Kingdom. It was done out of respect, a Netflix source said, but it also highlights the strange relationship the real crown has with The … Read more

The Books Briefing: Pat Barker, Neil Gaiman

Works of fiction don’t always appear out of thin air. Sometimes writers draw from older stories—myths, histories, ancient epics—when crafting new ones. One might find in that rewriting an opportunity to recast a celebrated figure as a villain, as in Daisy Lafarge’s novel, Paul, which “uses the thoroughly contemporary story of a traumatized graduate on … Read more

The Books Briefing: Octavia Butler, W. E. B. Du Bois

In Corinne Hoex’s Gentlemen Callers, sex is a dream. The book’s protagonist floats between abstract, ethereal trysts. When she visits a gas-station attendant in her sleep, she is a soapy sponge in his hands. Caressed by a pet groomer, she purrs; she’s his cat. Her liaisons are absurd and illicit—yet, crucially, never dangerous. Gentlemen Callers … Read more

The Books Briefing: David McCullough, Eve Babitz

Earlier this month, the Pulitzer Prize– and National Book Award–winning author David McCullough died. Over five decades, he wrote many books about American history, including ones about the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge and the 1889 Johnstown, Pennsylvania, flood, but he was especially known for two presidential biographies, Truman and John Adams. Both were best … Read more

Ford Stock Falls After $1.7 Billion Verdict in Fatal Rollover Case

Ford Motor Co. ’s shares slid roughly 5% Monday, following news of a $1.7 billion jury verdict involving a fatal rollover accident in one of its older-model heavy-duty trucks. A jury in Georgia on Friday reached the verdict after a three-week trial, determining punitive damages should be imposed on Ford F -5.04% for selling 5.2 … Read more