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Erin Bird is the news writer for Bergen Newspaper Group. She writes about politics, health, and travel—and she's been doing it for years. She started her career as an intern at a local newspaper while in college and has been writing ever since.

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Abrupt shutdown of financial middleman Synapse has frozen thousands of Americans' deposits

NEW YORK — The bank accounts of tens of thousands of U.S. businesses and consumers have been frozen in the aftermath of the abrupt shutdown and bankruptcy of financial technology company Synapse, which acts as a middleman between financial technology companies and banks. Synapse filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in April and has shut […]

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VF Corp Misses Quarterly Revenue Estimates, Posts Loss

VF Corp posted a fourth-quarter loss and reported revenue below analysts’ estimates on Wednesday as sales declined across its brands, reflecting choppy demand for its apparel and footwear amid strained consumer spending. Shares of the North Face owner, which have declined 34.5 percent so far this year, were down nearly 8 percent in extended trading. The

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A collection of stories covering Harvard University’s 373rd Commencement. A class of 23 new military officers took their oath of service at Harvard’s Memorial Hall on Wednesday against a backdrop of sacrifice and honor. Surrounded by family and friends, along with plaques honoring Harvard’s Civil War dead, the officers were sworn in during a commissioning

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TJX Posts Upbeat Q1, Lifts Annual Profit View on Robust Demand

TJ Maxx parent TJX Cos posted better-than-expected first-quarter results and raised its annual profit forecast on easing costs and strong demand for its affordable products, sending its shares up 6 percent on Wednesday. Lower prices compared to department stores and cooling inflation have allowed shoppers more room to shop outside just essentials, boosting demand across

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Nebraska sues TikTok for allegedly targeting minors with "addictive design"

Nebraska is sueing social media giant TikTok and its parent company ByteDance, claiming the platform targets minors with “addictive design” and is “fueling a youth mental health crisis.” “TikTok has shown no regard for the wreckage its exploitative algorithm is leaving behind,” Attorney General Mike Hilgers said in a statement.  The lawsuit, filed in state

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FCC to consider rules for AI-generated political ads on TV, radio

The head of the Federal Communications Commission introduced a proposal Wednesday that would require political advertisers to disclose when they use AI-generated content in broadcast TV and radio ads. The proposal, if adopted by the commission, would add a layer of transparency that many lawmakers and artificial intelligence experts have been calling for as rapidly

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Indian Beauty Retailer Nykaa Posts Near Three-Fold Jump in Q4 Profit

India’s FSN E-Commerce Ventures, parent of online beauty products seller Nykaa, reported a nearly three-fold jump in quarterly net profit attributable to shareholders on Wednesday as consumers were drawn to the heavy discounts it offered. The company also announced an investment of up to 200 million rupees ($2.4 million) in unit FSN International, which is

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