Empty pavilions, taxis without passengers: A quieter Barcelona reveals the damaging reach of coronavirus

Autocars Esteve S.L. is a family-owned company on the outskirts of Barcelona in Sant Boi de Llobregat. For one week each February, business booms as techies converge on the nearby Catalan capital for Mobile World Congress, the world’s biggest trade … Read more…

Parts of Hanford nuclear waste site have not been inspected in 50 years, audit shows

Companies responsible for cleaning up a decommissioned plutonium plant in rural Washington state failed to conduct comprehensive safety checks at facilities containing nuclear waste, even after a 2017 tunnel collapse put surrounding communities on lockdown, government auditors reported. Business BEST … Read more…

2.18.20 Reverse mortgages are disastrous; Fake high-interest bank accounts; Money-saving travel tips

Reverse mortgages have been a caller topic for Clark for 2 decades. When people are house rich and cash poor, reverse mortgage -wherein the mortgage company sends you a check every month while you still live in the home, appears to … Read more…

Bayer is facing a new wave of herbicide lawsuits—and this time it’s not over Monsanto’s Roundup

The first U.S. trial over a herbicide called dicamba has landed Bayer AG and its German rival BASF SE with another potentially multi-billion-dollar problem. Jurors in federal court in Cape Girardeau awarded $ 265 million Saturday to a Missouri farmer who … Read more…

Juul bought ads on Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon to target kids, lawsuit claims

Electronic cigarette maker Juul intentionally advertised its nicotine products on kid-friendly websites, including Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network, internal documents obtained by the Massachusetts attorney general show. Attorney General Maura Healey filed a suit Wednesday against the e-cigarette maker, which has … Read more…

Strong dollar, cheap oil—the twin shocks that could roil markets well beyond coronavirus

Welcome to Bull Sheet, a no-BS newsletter on what’s moving markets. Today, global finance and investing editor Bernhard Warner discusses oil, the dollar and some markets milestones to watch. What else would you like to see from us? Write to bullsheet@fortune.com or … Read more…

2.13.20 Insurance companies are ripping teachers off; Bitcoin ponzi scheme; Jobs that don’t require a college degree

Teachers, non-profit workers and some hospital workers are shuttled into inferior 403b retirement plans. 401ks have gotten more affordable with steadily lower costs for employees, lead by Vanguard and Fidelity. Teachers on the other hand get cheated repeatedly. 403b plans … Read more…

U.S. charges China’s Huawei with racketeering and conspiracy to steal U.S. trade secrets in new indictment

Adding to charges already made against the company, the indictment accuses Huawei of violating the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act by, among other actions, offering employees bonuses for obtaining confidential information from competitors. Business BEST DEAL UPDATE:

Long relationship with Jeffrey Epstein sparks fresh regulatory probe into Barclays CEO Jes Staley

Barclays Plc said British regulators are probing Chief Executive Officer Jes Staley’s account of his ties to Jeffrey Epstein, the financier and convicted sex offender who died last year. It’s Staley’s second run-in with U.K. regulators since joining the bank … Read more…

2.11.20 T-Mobile and Sprint Merger; Businesses profit sharing; Password management tools

The merger between wireless giants T-Mobile and Sprint has cleared a major hurdle as a federal judge ruled in favor of the deal. Clark explains his take for consumers, including information about the impact on home internet service. Today, we pause to salute companies … Read more…