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microsoft shareholders defeat 2 activist proposals

Microsoft’s shareholders have defeated two proposals by activist investors calling for the company to add a rank-and-file employee on its board of directors and report on gender disparities in company salaries. The company said Wednesday that neither proposal got enough support, according to preliminary vote tallies. Boston-based investment firm NorthStar Asset Management pushed for getting a non-management employee on the board. It cited internal dissent over Microsoft’s immigration and military contracts as a reason for more employee representation. Microsoft asked investors to defeat the proposal, arguing that all board candidates should be evaluated using the same criteria. The company said preliminary vote results showed NorthStar’s proposal getting less than 5% support. A separate proposal to require the company to address pay disparity concerns received more votes but not enough to pass. The company’s preliminary…

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airbnb introduces new rules to rein in parties, nuisances

Airbnb is taking more steps to crack down on parties and nuisance guests in the wake of a Halloween shooting at an Airbnb rental in a San Francisco suburb. The company said Thursday it’s banning “open invite” parties at all of its accommodations. Those are parties open to anyone and advertised on social media, for example. Airbnb says boutique hotels and professional event venues will be exempt from the new rule. The San Francisco-based company is also banning large parties at apartment buildings and condos. “This policy does not impact parties that are authorized by hosts and convened respectfully by guests,” the company said in a news release. “Instead, our goal with this new policy is to address the small number of guests who act irresponsibly and those rare hosts whose homes become persistent…

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businesses added just 67,000 jobs in november

US companies added just 67,000 jobs in November, a private survey found, barely half the gain of the previous month. Payroll processor ADP said that manufacturers, construction firms and mining companies cut 18,000 jobs combined. Companies with fewer than 20 employees also slashed their payrolls. November’s job gain is the fewest in six months and suggests that hiring could be weakening, economists said. Yet job gains frequently fluctuate from month-to-month, so last month’s meager increase could also be a one-time blip. It typically takes roughly 100,000 or so new jobs a month to absorb population growth and keep the unemployment rate from rising. If November’s modest increase were to continue, the jobless rate could rise from its currently very low level of 3.6%. The ADP data aren’t affected by the GM workers’ strike, which…

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deadly defect found in another version of takata airbags

A new and distinct problem has been discovered in air bags made by the now bankrupt company Takata which has led to at least one death. The recently discovered malfunction is different than the defect that led to at least 24 deaths and hundreds of injuries worldwide, though the result, like the earlier issue, leads to air bags that can explode and hurl shrapnel, killing or injuring people. Takata is adding about 1.4 million front driver inflators to recalls in the U.S., according to government documents posted this week. BMW is warning owners of some older 3-series cars to stop driving them. A driver in Australia was killed by an airbag malfunction, while another Australian and a driver in Cyprus were injured, according to government documents. Included in the recall Wednesday are more than 116,000…

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judge tosses lawsuit over california nuclear plant fuel

A federal judge has thrown out a lawsuit that tried to halt the transfer of used nuclear fuel at the San Onofre nuclear power plant in Southern California. The San Diego Union-Tribune reports that the judge dismissed the suit with prejudice on Tuesday, meaning the same complaint can’t be refiled. San Onofre closed in 2013 but it remains home to 3.5 million pounds of spent fuel and nuclear waste. The waste is being transferred from storage pools to concrete storage holes. The group Public Watchdogs sought an injunction to halt the transfers. Southern California Edison, which operates the plant, says it’s pleased with the judge’s decision. Public Watchdogs Executive Director Charles Langley says there is a “looming waste disaster” at the plant and the group will ask its attorneys to look into an appeal.…

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department of energy, university to research carbon capture

A federal energy agency has announced plans to partner with the University of Wyoming for further research on how to trap carbon dioxide before it leaks into the atmosphere. The Casper Star-Tribune reported that the U.S. Department of Energy and university researchers plan to study the economics and technology behind carbon capturing at two of the state’s coal-fired power plants. Officials say research would begin at the Dave Johnston power plant in Glenrock and the Naughton power plant in Kemmerer. Republican state Gov. Mark Gordon says he has remained committed to the state’s coal assets as it produces about 40% of the nation’s coal despite declining demand nationwide and increasing interest in renewables and natural gas. Gorden says he encouraged the state Legislature in January to support advancements in post-combustion carbon dioxide reduction technologies. Officials…