Business Briefs: Florence, robots in the workplace, Beetle

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As Hurricane Florence hits the mid-Atlantic, people are stepping up to help those in need. Airbnb has activated its open homes program. It allows hosts to offer free accommodations to people escaping the winds and rain. According to Cheddar, hosts in the Carolinas and Georgia have already started listing rooms for rescue workers and evacuees to stay in free of charge.

Some have worries over robots taking over the workforce. A study done by Pew Research Center finds 65 percent of people in the United States say they believe robots will do more work than humans within the next 50 years. And it's not viewed as a way to make life easier - instead, people say it will make it harder to find a job. The report says it would cost, on average, $4 an hour to operate a robot compared to $36 an hour for humans.

Volkswagen says that after 80 years it will discontinue the iconic Beetle. In 2017, VW sold only 15,000 Beetles - that's down from more than 400,000 a year in the 60s thanks in part to the film "Herbie the Love Bug." The move reflects consumers' overall shift to SUVs over smaller sedans.

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