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American Airlines to Offer ‘Basic Economy’ Fares

American Airlines to Offer ‘Basic Economy’ Fares

American Airlines(NEW YORK) — American Airlines has joined other carriers in offering customers “Basic Economy” fares.In a press release Wednesday, the airline said the new, lower fares will be available starting Feb. 10 in select markets and expandin…

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General Motors Jobs Touted by Trump Were in Works for Years

General Motors Jobs Touted by Trump Were in Works for Years

General Motors Jobs Touted by Trump Were in Works for YearsBill Pugliano/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Plans announced Tuesday by automotive giant General Motors to add or keep 7,000 American jobs and invest $1 billion in United States manufacturing — later touted by President-elect Donald Trump on Twitter as part of a “big jobs push back into the U.S.” — were actually “years in the making,” according to the company.

In a statement, GM said the investments will “cover multiple new vehicle, advanced technology and component projects,” culminating in 1,500 of the jobs, a combination of new and existing positions. The Detroit-based manufacturer said it also intends to shift some production work from Mexico back to the U.S.

The timing of the announcement raised suggestions that claims by Trump contributed to the company’s actions. Throughout his presidential campaign and ensuing transition, Trump made the collapse of American manufacturing and outsourcing of jobs — particularly to Mexico and China — a focal point of his platform and his administration’s plans.

Just two weeks ago, Trump criticized GM — whose brands include Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac — on Twitter, writing that the company was “sending Mexican made model of Chevy Cruze to U.S. car dealers-tax free across border,” and threatened a tariff if it did not choose to make the cars in the U.S.

General Motors is sending Mexican made model of Chevy Cruze to U.S. car dealers-tax free across border. Make in U.S.A.or pay big border tax!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 3, 2017

But a GM spokesperson said that “product development decisions are made well in advance” and that “[Tuesday’s] announcement is no different.”

When questioned what role Trump played in the development, the spokesperson added that “all of the decisions behind [Tuesday’s] announcement are good business decisions and they have been in the works for some time.”

Nevertheless, over two tweets this morning, Trump appeared to take credit for the action. “With all of the jobs I am bringing back into the U.S. (even before taking office), with all of the new auto plants coming back into our….. country and with the massive cost reductions I have negotiated on military purchases and more, I believe the people are seeing ‘big stuff,'” he wrote.

With all of the jobs I am bringing back into the U.S. (even before taking office), with all of the new auto plants coming back into our…..

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 17, 2017

country and with the massive cost reductions I have negotiated on military purchases and more, I believe the people are seeing “big stuff.”

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 17, 2017

This afternoon, he specifically called attention to GM’s announcement in an additional tweet, writing, “Thank you to General Motors… for starting the big jobs push back into the U.S.!”

Thank you to General Motors and Walmart for starting the big jobs push back into the U.S.!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 17, 2017

In reference to a Trump tweet from January 3, GM said that Tuesday’s “announcement has no bearing on the Cruze.” The company previously insinuated that the president-elect’s tweet was factually incorrect, saying it assembles the Cruze sedan in the United States for the domestic market and the hatchback version in Mexico for foreign markets.

Despite Trump’s previous criticism, domestic job creation and investment are not entirely new developments for the company. In the release, GM notes that it announced a previous $2.9 billion investment in 2016 and has put $21 billion into its domestic operations since 2009.

Further, in the last four years, the company has “created 25,000 jobs in the U.S.” and “added nearly $3 billion in annual wages and benefits to the U.S. economy,” according to their statement.

“As the U.S. manufacturing base increases its competitiveness, we are able to further increase our investment, resulting in more jobs for America and better results for our owners,” said GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra in a press release. “The U.S. is our home market and we are committed to growth that is good for our employees, dealers, and suppliers and supports our continued effort to drive shareholder value.”

Back in December however, GM said it would reduce its workforce by 1,300 at a plant in Detroit come March 2017, and would temporarily cut production at additional U.S. factories in January.

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WORLD NEWS

Earthquake Reported in Italy, Tremors Felt in Rome

Earthquake Reported in Italy, Tremors Felt in Rome

iStock/Thinkstock(ROME) — A 5.3-magnitude earthquake struck central Italy on Wednesday morning, a representative from the Civil Protection Department confirmed on Italy’s RAI TV.According to the country’s National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanolo…

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SPORTS NEWS

Scoreboard Roundup — 1/18/17

Scoreboard Roundup — 1/18/17

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the latest scores and winners: NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATIONCharlotte 107, Portland 85Philadelphia 94, Toronto 89Washington 104, Memphis 101NY Knicks 117, Boston 106Houston 111, Milwaukee 92New Orleans 118…

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Report: Texans Will Not Replace Offensive Coordinator

Report: Texans Will Not Replace Offensive Coordinator

Houston Texans head coach Bill O’Brien (Allen Kee / ESPN Images)(HOUSTON) — Come next season, Houston Texans head coach Bill O’Brien will reportedly be calling the plays when it comes to offense.Sources confirm to ESPN that Houston will not hire a rep…

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