Business Briefs – June 14, 2017

Vintage Typewriters Gain Fans Amid ‘Digital Burnout’

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Vintage typewriters are making a comeback in the U.S. with a new generation of fans gravitating to machines that once gathered dust in attics and basements. Organized “type-ins,” where people try different vintage machines, have been held at public places in Phoenix, Los Angeles, Seattle, Philadelphia and elsewhere. And a new documentary on typewriters featuring some famous people is set for release this summer.

China Approves 9 Trump Trademarks Previously Rejected

SHANGHAI (AP) – Beijing has reversed itself on 9 Trump trademarks, granting preliminary approval for marks covering salon services and socks, among other things, that it initially rejected. Dozens more Trump trademarks have been formally registered in recent weeks, bringing to 39 the total number of Trump trademarks China has formally approved since the inauguration. Trump’s expanding collection of Chinese trademarks has sparked sharp criticism and several lawsuits over alleged constitutional violations.

VA Warns of Surprise Budget Gap, Insists No Delays in Care

WASHINGTON (AP) – In a surprising revelation, the Department of Veterans Affairs says a program that offers veterans private-sector health care will run out of money much sooner than expected. It is trimming back on some services that lawmakers worry could cause delays in medical treatment. VA Secretary David Shulkin made the disclosure Wednesday at a Senate hearing.

Experts: Uphill Fight Against Age-Related Job Discrimination

WASHINGTON (AP) – Aging experts and advocates are telling a government commission that age-related discrimination in the workplace still exists 50 years after the enactment of legislation designed to prevent it. The acting chair of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission says the commission will work to ensure that job opportunities are based on ability not age.

Foxconn, Assembler of iPhones, Eyes Wisconsin for Plant

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A Taiwanese company that assembles Apple’s iPhones and other electronics is considering building a plant in Wisconsin that could employ thousands of people. A person with direct knowledge of the negotiations who was not authorized to speak publicly confirmed to The Associated Press on Wednesday that the state is in talks with Foxconn. At least one other state, Michigan, is also pursuing the plant.