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US gas stations run out of fuel

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The cyberattack on one of America’s Colonial Pipeline is starting to impact consumers and businesses across the United States.

Gas stations across the US have begun reporting fuel shortages, primarily because of what analysts say is being caused on unwarranted panic-buying among drivers.

Panicked drivers have been seen banking up their cars in long lines at petrol stations across America’s East Coast, as they rushed to fill their cars amid fear supply could soon temporarily run out.

The pipeline supplies the East Coast of America with about 45 percent of its fuel but has now been offline for four days after a cyber attack.

The Governments Response

Government officials have acted swiftly to waive safety and environmental rules to speed the delivery of fuel by truck, ship or rail to motorists and airports, even as they sought to assure the public that there was no cause for alarm.

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In some good news, a large part of the pipeline has now resumed operations manually and Colonial hopes that it will begin restarting most of its operations by the end of the week, US Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm said.

Motorists may still feel a crunch because it takes a few days to ramp up operations, but she said there is no reason to panic-buy fuel.

“We know that we have gasoline; we just have to get it to the right places”

S&P’s Oil Price Information Service put the number of gas stations encountering shortages at more than 1,000.

Why the country’s biggest fuel pipeline system has shutdown:

One of the United States’ major fuel pipeline operators has shut its entire network following a cyber attack that involved ransomware.

Colonial Pipeline, the source of nearly half of the US east coast’s fuel supply, said they had engaged a cyber security firm to help the investigation and contacted law enforcement and federal agencies after the attack.

The biggest U.S. gasoline pipeline won’t resume full operations for at least several more days due to a ransomware cyberattack blamed on a shadowy criminal network called DarkSide.

The attack on the Colonial Pipeline is one of the most disruptive digital ransom schemes ever reported.

The cyber attack on one of America’s Colonial Pipeline is starting to impact consumers and businesses across the United States.

Gas stations across the US have begun reporting fuel shortages, primarily because of what analysts say is being caused on unwarranted panic-buying among drivers.

Panicked drivers have been seen banking up their cars in long lines at petrol stations across America’s East Coast, as they rushed to fill their cars amid fear supply could soon temporarily run out.

The pipeline supplies the East Coast of America with about 45 percent of its fuel but has now been offline for four days after a cyber attack.

North Carolina issues State of Emergency due to fuel supply issues

North Carolina governor Roy Cooper declared a state of emergency to help ensure adequate supplies are delivered.

“Today’s emergency declaration will help North Carolina prepare for any potential motor vehicle fuel supply interruptions across the state and ensure motorists are able to have access to fuel” 

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper speaks during a briefing at the Emergency Operations Center in Raleigh, N.C., Tuesday, June 2, 2020. (Ethan Hyman/The News & Observer via AP)

Aviation Impact

American Airlines says it has been impacted by the shutdown of the Colonial Pipeline

The airline says it has added a stop on two long-haul flights out of Charlotte North Carolina, because of a fuel supply shortage due to the recent colonial pipeline outage

Anthony Lucas is reporter, presenter and social media producer with ticker News. Anthony holds a Bachelor of Professional Communication, with a major in Journalism from RMIT University as well as a Diploma of Arts and Entertainment journalism from Collarts. He’s previously worked for 9 News, ONE FM Radio and Southern Cross Austerio’s Hit Radio Network. 

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Reports of discrimination against pregnant and disabled workers at Amazon

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Amazon is under fire for allegedly discriminating against some of its pregnant workers and workers with disabilities

New York’s Division of Human Rights filed a complaint against the company with Governor Kathy Hochul announcing the move on Wednesday.

Amazon is being accused of failing to provide these workers with the correct pay, forcing them to take unpaid leaves of absence.

There are multiple reports that the company did not follow guidelines with its workers, one pregnant worker was initially given approval to avoid lifting packages over 11 kilograms, but was then made to lift heavy items anyway by a manager.

Amazon did not provide this worker with accommodation after they were injured and instead placed them on indefinite unpaid leave, according to the complaint.

The company is being examined for its failure to accommodate these workers, and allowing managers to override safety recommendations.

Such actions are against breach New York’s Human Rights Law which protects pregnant and disabled workers from discrimination within a workplace.

Amazon is now being urged to “pay civil fines and penalties to the State of New York” and to fix its discriminatory practices.

Amazon’s spokesperson has denied its wrongful conduct saying the company offers “the best available options to accomodate” such employees.

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New York man sues McDonalds for burgers not looking like photos on ads

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Those late night McDonalds ads with the crispy lettuce and soft bun, makes the mouth water…. but one New York man has beef to pick

The man says McDonalds and Wendy’s have misleading adverts that are unfair and deceptive.

He says make their burgers look much bigger than they actually are.

In a proposed class-action lawsuit, he is seeking $50 million in damages for himself and other similarly duped customers.

The chains did not comment immediately on the suit.

Rival Burger King was hit with a similar lawsuit in Florida in March, by the same law firms representing New Yorker Justin Chimienti.

While Burger King has yet to respond in court, an amended complaint shows that more unhappy customers have signed onto the suit.

According to complaints quoted in the BBC, the companies’ adverts are “unfair and financially damaging consumers as they are receiving food that is much lower in value than what is being promised.”

The “actions are especially concerning now that inflation, food, and meat prices are very high and many consumers, especially lower income consumers, are struggling financially,” they add.

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U.S. stocks plunge – markets have biggest daily drop in 2 years

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U.S. markets have had their biggest daily drop in almost two years, as investors evaluate the impacts of higher prices on earnings and the possibility of monetary policy tightening

The S&P 500 dropped by 4 per cent, while the Nasdaq fell the most amongst other major benchmarks.

Meanwhile, retailer Target down was down more than 20 points in its worst performance since 1987, and Apple and Amazon.com both slid.

The U.S. dollar rose against all Group-of-10 counterparts, except the yen and Swiss franc.

The S&P is slowly emerging from its longest slump since 2011, but rebounds are fragile amid tightening policy, the war in Ukraine and lockdowns in China.

It comes as Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell warns U.S. central bank will raise interest rates until there is “clear and convincing” evidence inflation is in retreat.

Looking to other parts of the world, and Europe saw new-vehicle sales shrink for a 10th month in a row.

Over in the United Kingdom, inflation rose to its highest level since Margaret Thatcher’s reign 40 years ago.

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