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NEW ORLEANS, LA - MARCH 19: A patron uses a pen wrapped in paper to sign a credit card receipt at Angelo Brocato's Italian Ice Cream Parlor due to the coronavirus (COVID-19)
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Susan Leigh Taylor
May 26, 2020 - 9:08 pm
In parts of the country that have begun to open up, some businesses are adding “COVID-19 surcharges" to the bill. These are typically for additional cleaning or protective gear.
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Empty sanitizer shelves at Peninsula CVS store
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KCBS Radio Morning News
March 02, 2020 - 6:32 am
Bay Area shoppers swarm stores to stock up on supplies, fearing coronavirus quarantines Holly Quan/KCBS Radio
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Internet Companies Want California Officials To Delay Consumer Privacy Act
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Matt Bigler
January 30, 2020 - 9:54 am
Internet companies now ask that California officials delay enforcement of the state's new Consumer Privacy Act, which reveals to consumers what personal information has been shared to other sources.
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A selection of smart speakers and other devices.
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Matt Bigler
December 05, 2019 - 3:44 pm
Do you have a smart speaker at home? The devices from Amazon, Google and others are expected to be hot holiday stocking stuffers this season, despite growing safety concerns.
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Christmas trees lined up for sale
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All News KCBS Radio
December 02, 2019 - 2:01 pm
If you want an environmentally responsible Christmas tree, here are some suggestions from an industry insider.
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AP News
November 22, 2019 - 8:15 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. health officials on Friday told people to avoid romaine lettuce grown in Salinas, California, because of another food poisoning outbreak. The notice comes almost exactly one year after a similar outbreak led to a blanket warning about romaine. Officials urged Americans not to...
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A selection of smart speakers and other devices.
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Holly Quan
November 05, 2019 - 2:19 pm
Privacy advocates already worry about the vulnerabilities in smart speakers, like Amazon's Alexa, Google Home or Apple's Siri. Now, scientists have shown they can hack the devices using just a laser pointer or a flashlight.
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October 03, 2018 - 3:04 am
A group of investors is planning a comeback for Toys R Us, in the latest twist for the troubled retail brand. The group, made up of secured lenders, said Tuesday it's scrapping an auction for intellectual property assets because it didn't receive any bids that were better than its own. The...
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Rents continued to rise in San Francisco, despite a Zillow report saying they held steady across the country.
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Matt Bigler
September 28, 2018 - 2:09 pm
Rents have stopped rising across the country for the first time since the Great Recession. According to Zillow, an online real estate database, median rent is unchanged nationally from a year ago.
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Advocates for the homeless say that the shuttered San Jose City Hall should be turned into housing.
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Matt Bigler
September 26, 2018 - 2:07 pm
For San Jose officials to accomplish their stated goal of building 10,000 affordable homes by 2022, they only need to see 9,946 more constructed.
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