The great potato giveaway: U.S. farmers hand out spuds to avoid food waste

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AUBURN, Wash. (Reuters) – When Tina Yates pulled her truck up to a mall in western Washington state on Thursday, workers waved her past hundreds of cars waiting to pick up free russet potatoes.

People queue for handouts of excess potatoes, that would otherwise go to waste due to coronavirus-related supply chain blockages, in an event organized by the Washington Potato Commission in Auburn, Washington, U.S. May 7, 2020. REUTERS/David Ryder

“You get a VIP pass!” Yates, a bus driver in her 50s, said the workers hollered, as she loaded 1,800 pounds (816 kg) of potatoes into her gray Chevy

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TripAdvisor, Motorola, Roku and more

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An airline pilot walks in front of a Tripadvisor store in Toronto Pearson airport. (Photo by Geovien So/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

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Check out the companies making headlines after the bell.

Booking Holdings — The travel booking service’s stock whipsawed in extended trading after the company released its first-quarter earnings. Booking Holdings said it had earnings of $3.77 per share excluding some items with revenue of $2.29 billion, while analysts estimated earnings of $5.64 per share on revenue of $2.23 billion, according to Refinitv.  

Roku — Shares of the streaming

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Fed’s Harker warns about reopening the economy too quickly

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Patrick Harker, President of Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank, during the Fed’s annual Jackson Hole symposium in Wyoming.

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Philadelphia Federal Reserve President Patrick Harker warned Thursday that reopening the economy too quickly could have grave consequences.

The central bank official posed two scenarios:

  • The “more optimistic” one where the economy reopens in June, there is ample technology to control the coronavirus spread and there is no feared second wave in the fall. In that case, he sees a much-expected severe contraction in the second quarter followed by a “significant rebound” in the second half that is nonetheless
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US stock futures rise slightly after Nasdaq Composite claws back 2020 losses, jobs report ahead

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A man wearing a mask walks by the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on March 17, 2020 at Wall Street in New York City.

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U.S. stock futures rose slightly Thursday night after more gains in tech led to the Nasdaq Composite erasing all of its losses for 2020.

Dow Jones Industrial Average futures rose just 32 points, or about 0.1%. S&P 500 and Nasdaq 100 futures traded just above the flatline. 

The tech-heavy Nasdaq rose 1.4% during the cash session, finishing up nearly 0.1% year to date. Gains from Facebook, Amazon Alphabet and

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