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Fashion model Alexsandrah poses with a computer showing an AI generated image of her, in London, Friday, March 29, 2024. The use of computer-generated supermodels has complicated implications for diversity. Although AI modeling agencies -- some of them Black-owned -- can render models of all races, genders and sizes at the click of a finger, real models of color who have historically faced higher barriers to entry may be put out of work.

AI-generated models could bring more diversity to the fashion industry — or leave it with less

Fashion model Alexsandrah poses with a computer showing an AI generated image of her, in London, Friday, March 29, 2024. The use of computer-generated supermodels has complicated implications for diversity. Although AI modeling agencies -- some of them Black-owned -- can render models of all races, genders and sizes at the click of a finger, real models of color who have historically faced higher barriers to entry may be put out of work.

April 15, 2024, 8:36am Business

London-based model Alexsandrah has a twin, but not in the way you’d expect: Her counterpart is made of pixels instead of flesh and blood. Read story

FILE - The logo of the Samsung Electronics Co. is seen during a media tour at Samsung Electronics&rsquo; headquarters in Suwon, South Korea, June 13, 2023. The Biden administration has reached an agreement to provide up to $6.4 billion in direct funding for Samsung Electronics to develop a computer chip manufacturing and research cluster in Texas. The funding announced Monday, April 15, 20204, by the Commerce Department is part of a total investment in the cluster that, with private money, is expected to exceed $40 billion.

Biden administration agrees to provide $6.4 billion to Samsung for making computer chips in Texas

FILE - The logo of the Samsung Electronics Co. is seen during a media tour at Samsung Electronics&rsquo; headquarters in Suwon, South Korea, June 13, 2023. The Biden administration has reached an agreement to provide up to $6.4 billion in direct funding for Samsung Electronics to develop a computer chip manufacturing and research cluster in Texas. The funding announced Monday, April 15, 20204, by the Commerce Department is part of a total investment in the cluster that, with private money, is expected to exceed $40 billion.

April 15, 2024, 8:21am Business

The Biden administration has reached an agreement to provide up to $6.4 billion in direct funding for Samsung Electronics to develop a computer chip manufacturing and research cluster in Texas. Read story

A shopper looks at clothes at a Walmart store in Secaucus, N.J., on March 25, 2024. On Monday, April 15, 2024, the Commerce Department releases U.S.

Retail sales surge 0.7% in March with Americans seemingly unfazed by higher prices

A shopper looks at clothes at a Walmart store in Secaucus, N.J., on March 25, 2024. On Monday, April 15, 2024, the Commerce Department releases U.S.

April 15, 2024, 8:21am Business

Americans boosted spending at a hotter-than-expected pace in March, underscoring how shoppers remain resilient despite inflationary pressures and other economic challenges. Read story

A shopper finds a last-minute bargain at the Spring Hill Mall in West Dundee, Illinois, which is closing after 43 years, on March 20, 2024. (E.

Zombie malls and other retail centers getting extreme makeovers to keep up with the times

A shopper finds a last-minute bargain at the Spring Hill Mall in West Dundee, Illinois, which is closing after 43 years, on March 20, 2024. (E.

April 15, 2024, 6:00am Business

Denise Richardson took her kids to Spring Hill Mall in West Dundee, Illinois, so often that at Christmas time, the Santa Claus there recognized them by name. She remembers when department stores moved out of Elgin, then a city of 64,000 people in the exurbs of Chicago, to the mall… Read story

Amazon's immense multi-level warehouse, called a fulfillment center, in Kent, Washington.

WA has one of the highest workplace injury rates in the U.S. But is that really a problem?

Amazon's immense multi-level warehouse, called a fulfillment center, in Kent, Washington.

April 15, 2024, 6:00am Business

At first glance, Washington’s workplace injury numbers are alarming. According to the Bureau of Labor statistics, the state saw 3.9 injuries and illnesses for every 100 full-time workers, tied for the second highest rate of any state in the country. When you factor in government workers, that number rises to… Read story

A supervisor looks up at a worker pulling honey crisp apples off trees during a thinning operation June 16 at an orchard in Yakima.

‘Gone for good.’ U.S. workers flee farms, leaving WA growers struggling under old rules

A supervisor looks up at a worker pulling honey crisp apples off trees during a thinning operation June 16 at an orchard in Yakima.

April 15, 2024, 6:00am Business

The beating heart of Washington’s agriculture industry is in danger, but a central Washington lawmaker has a plan to help shore up the most critical issue farmers are facing — a disappearing workforce dependent on migrant labor. Read story

Boeing CEO Jim McNerney speaks during a visit by President Barack Obama to the Everett widebody jet plant in 2012. McNerney led Boeing for 10 years, during which he fought the unions and set up the company&Ccedil;&fnof;&Ugrave;s East Coast manufacturing facilities.

Boeing’s long fall, and how it might recover

Boeing CEO Jim McNerney speaks during a visit by President Barack Obama to the Everett widebody jet plant in 2012. McNerney led Boeing for 10 years, during which he fought the unions and set up the company&Ccedil;&fnof;&Ugrave;s East Coast manufacturing facilities.

April 14, 2024, 6:05am Business

The intense backlash against Boeing after the near catastrophe aboard an Alaska Airlines 737 Max in January wasn’t a reaction to an isolated manufacturing error but to a yearslong decline of safety standards. Read story

The 777 factory line, left, is seen next to the 787 line, right, at Boeing&Ccedil;&fnof;&Ugrave;s Everett Production Facility on June 15, 2022, in Everett, Washington.

New Boeing whistleblower alleges serious structural flaws on 787 and 777 jets

The 777 factory line, left, is seen next to the 787 line, right, at Boeing&Ccedil;&fnof;&Ugrave;s Everett Production Facility on June 15, 2022, in Everett, Washington.

April 14, 2024, 6:04am Business

A Boeing quality engineer went public Tuesday with damaging allegations that the jet-maker took manufacturing shortcuts to increase production rates that leave potentially serious structural flaws on its 787 and 777 widebody planes. Read story