New Mario Kart Ride at Universal Studios Hollywood has visitors wondering if they’re too big to fit

Universal Studios Hollywood’s newest ride, Mario Kart: Bowser’s Challenge, takes visitors on a classic Nintendo game using augmented reality and animatronics. He also warns that they might not be allowed to ride if their waistline measures 40 inches or more. The ride, one of many at the California park with this warning, illustrates how theme … Read more

DOJ seeks to ban Sam Bankman-Fried from contacting FTX employees

On Friday, the Department of Justice asked a federal judge to bar FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried from communicating with current and former employees of the collapsed crypto exchange without an attorney present after the Prosecutors alleged he had recently contacted a potential witness in his criminal case. Mr. Bankman-Fried, who faces federal charges related to … Read more

CVS and Walmart to reduce pharmacy hours as staff shortages continue

CVS, the largest U.S. drugstore chain by revenue, in March plans to reduce or move hours of operation at about two-thirds of its roughly 9,000 U.S. locations. Walmart plans to reduce drugstore hours by closing at 7 p.m. instead of 9 p.m. in most of its approximately 4,600 stores by March. Walgreens Boot Alliance Inc. … Read more

FDA withdraws Evusheld because it is not effective against subvariants

Injection of Evusheld (tixagevimab and cilgavimab), a new COVID-19 treatment that people can take before becoming symptomatic. (Chris Sweda/Chicago Tribune/Tribune News Service via Getty Images) Chris Sweda | Tribune News Service | Getty Images The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday withdrew its approval for Astra Zeneca‘s Evusheld, an antibody injection that people with weakened … Read more

Energy giants set to break annual profit records

US President Joe Biden previously pointed the finger at Exxon Mobil for making “more money than God” last year. Brandon Bell | Getty Images Some of the world’s biggest oil and gas companies are poised to report record annual profits, raking in extraordinary revenues after a year of volatile fossil fuel prices amid Russia’s assault … Read more

Southwest Airlines profits hit by $220 million loss after holiday slump

The largest U.S. domestic passenger carrier said Thursday it expects further loss in the first quarter as customer cancellations surged earlier in the year and bookings slowed. Southwest cut more than 16,700 flights from Dec. 21 to Dec. 31 as the impact of winter storms rippled through its network. It was one of the most … Read more

Elon Musk meets Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy and Hakeem Jeffries

CNN — Twitter and Tesla CEO Elon Musk met with House Speaker Kevin McCarthy and Democratic Leader Hakeem Jeffries at the US Capitol in Washington on Thursday evening. McCarthy, leaving the meeting with Musk in his office, declined to comment other than to say, “He came for my birthday.” The California Republican turned 58 on … Read more

Elon Musk meets Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy and Hakeem Jeffries

CNN — Twitter and Tesla CEO Elon Musk met with House Speaker Kevin McCarthy and Democratic Leader Hakeem Jeffries at the US Capitol in Washington on Thursday evening. McCarthy, leaving the meeting with Musk in his office, declined to comment other than to say, “He came for my birthday.” The California Republican turned 58 on … Read more

BuzzFeed will use ChatGPT Creator OpenAI to help create quizzes and other content

BuzzFeed Inc. BZFD 183.01% said it would leverage ChatGPT creator OpenAI to improve its quizzes and personalize some content for its audience, becoming the latest digital publisher to embrace artificial intelligence. In a memo to staff sent Thursday morning, which was reviewed by The Wall Street Journal, chief executive Jonah Peretti said he intends for … Read more

Manchin pushes to delay electric vehicle tax credits

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bolstering his criticisms, Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin decided on Wednesday to delay new tax credits for electric vehiclesa key part of President Joe Biden’s landmark climate law. Manchin said the guidelines issued by the Treasury Department allow manufacturers in Europe and other countries to circumvent requirements that significant parts of electric vehicle … Read more