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  • U.S. indexes inch higher as energy stocks claw back some steep losses

    U.S. indexes inch higher as energy stocks claw back some steep losses

    U.S. stock indexes nudged higher Friday after energy companies clawed back some of their sharp losses from earlier in the week. After meandering up and down through the day, the Standard & Poor's 500 rose 3.80 points, or 0.2%, to end at 2,438.30. The Dow Jones industrial average slipped 2.53 points,...

  • Travis Kalanick is no longer Uber’s CEO, but drivers still want him on the hook in lawsuit

    Travis Kalanick is no longer Uber’s CEO, but drivers still want him on the hook in lawsuit

    Recent scandals have put Uber on such shaky ground that a lawyer representing aggrieved drivers has filed a lawsuit against Travis Kalanick and Garrett Camp — the ride-hailing firm's co-founders — in case the company doesn't survive long enough to defend itself. Describing the lawsuit filed Thursday...

  • SpaceX again launches and lands a used rocket booster

    SpaceX again launches and lands a used rocket booster

    SpaceX launched a commercial communications satellite Friday with a previously used first-stage booster and then landed the rocket on a floating sea platform, marking a repeat accomplishment for the company. The satellite was deployed to a geostationary transfer orbit about 35 minutes after launch....

  • Tesla wants to develop its own music service

    Tesla wants to develop its own music service

    It may not be enough for the electric car company Tesla to take on the giants of Detroit, like General Motors and Ford. The Palo Alto-based automaker is said to be exploring its very own music streaming service too, a move that would pit the company against market leader Spotify, and the aggressive...

  • This weekend will test SpaceX's ability to step up its launch pace

    This weekend will test SpaceX's ability to step up its launch pace

    SpaceX has a busy weekend ahead. And its outcome could signal whether the company is closing in on a crucial milestone. Starting Friday morning, the Hawthorne space company is planning two satellite launches from opposite coasts with only about 48 hours in between. If the launches come off as planned,...

  • Sears to close 20 more stores

    Sears to close 20 more stores

    Sears is closing an additional 20 stores as the ailing retailer tries to turn around its business. Real estate investment trust Seritage, which owns the 20 properties, confirmed the closings — 18 Sears stores and two Kmart stores — in a government filing Friday. In 2015, Sears Holdings Corp. sold...

  • Should you ditch your financial advisor and hire a robot?

    Should you ditch your financial advisor and hire a robot?

    If you’ve ever wished for a robot to clean your house or walk your dog, you’ll likely understand the appeal of a robo-advisor. These services offer a relatively hands-off way to manage your investments. Also known as automated investing or online advisors, robo-advisors use computer algorithms...

  • The number of new female board members dropped last year

    The number of new female board members dropped last year

    The push to get more women onto corporate boards of directors is getting a lot of attention lately: Investors have been urging companies to make it a priority, Uber came under fire after a director cracked a joke about more women in the boardroom and a Wall Street statue of a little girl aimed...

  • Qatar Airways seeks 10% stake in American Airlines amid Middle East dispute

    Qatar Airways seeks 10% stake in American Airlines amid Middle East dispute

    State-owned Qatar Airways has made an offer to buy a 10% stake in American Airlines, the Fort Worth-based carrier that has been a vocal critic of Qatar and other Middle Eastern airlines. American said in a regulatory filing Thursday that the bid was unsolicited, but that the CEOs of both airlines...

  • YouTube CEO announces new mobile, VR features at VidCon

    YouTube CEO announces new mobile, VR features at VidCon

    YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki announced new features to the company’s mobile and desktop platforms Thursday at the eighth annual VidCon conference in Anaheim. Wojcicki introduced two new mobile capabilities, including a feature that automatically reformats videos shot vertically or in square to render...

  • A new generation of senior housing is making 'elderly islands' obsolete

    A new generation of senior housing is making 'elderly islands' obsolete

    Recently retired, Pam Watkins wanted a new lifestyle. The former school principal saw her Dana Point neighborhood “turning over,” increasingly populated with young families busy with kids or work. She wanted more people her own age to “play with,” but didn’t want to live in a “grave-yardish” retirement...

  • Conservative commentator Hugh Hewitt gets a show in MSNBC's weekend expansion

    Conservative commentator Hugh Hewitt gets a show in MSNBC's weekend expansion

    MSNBC is expanding its live news programming lineup, including a new Saturday show hosted by conservative commentator Hugh Hewitt. Hewitt, best known as a host for the right-leaning Salem Radio Network, will have a half-hour Saturday morning program airing at 8 a.m. Eastern. The move is likely...

  • Tesla explores setting up a factory in China

    Tesla explores setting up a factory in China

    Tesla Inc. is working with the city of Shanghai to “explore the possibility” of opening a factory in the area, the maker of electric cars confirmed Thursday. Sales in China generate a hefty chunk of Tesla’s revenue, and moving some manufacturing near those buyers would slash some costs. “While...

  • Snap acquires French start-up Zenly for location-sharing app

    Snap acquires French start-up Zenly for location-sharing app

    A pricey acquisition last month appears to have helped Snapchat maker Snap Inc. bolster its newest feature just before launch. The Los Angeles tech company committed around $300 million in cash and stock to a French start-up that had developed a mapping app that shows people the precise locations...

  • Ritz-Carlton plans to put its brand on luxury cruise ships

    Ritz-Carlton plans to put its brand on luxury cruise ships

    Ritz-Carlton is a brand that defined luxury in the lodging industry. Now, that name will be emblazoned on a new cruising and yachting venture aimed at upscale vacationers. The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Co., a subsidiary of the hospitality giant Marriott International Inc., announced Thursday that it is...

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  • 5 big changes for today's small businesses

    5 big changes for today's small businesses

    A generation ago, the notion of a small business owner meant something very different. You pictured a person who owned their own storefront, often named after themselves, and every day they were the first to arrive and the last to leave. They worked tirelessly for their customers, and their reward...

  • 5 steps to creating happiness in your workplace

    5 steps to creating happiness in your workplace

    Each workday, the average American spends 8.8 hours at work or on work-related activities, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That’s even more time than people spend sleeping. And because we spend so much time at work, it's in your and your employer’s best interest to make workplaces...

  • 6 pet-related businesses you can start today

    6 pet-related businesses you can start today

    Starting your own business can nurture your entrepreneurial spirit, earn you some money and give you the opportunity to spend more time with your family — including your pets. So what job can you do that doesn't necessarily require a degree, affords you time flexibility, is in a growing industry...

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