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  • Stocks decline for a second straight day, and oil prices fall

    Stocks decline for a second straight day, and oil prices fall

    Technology companies led U.S. stocks lower Wednesday, giving the market its biggest loss since early September. Grocery stores and packaged foods and beverage companies also accounted for much of the decline. Energy stocks fell as the price of crude oil slipped further the day after its biggest...

  • Some GOP senators raising doubts about revised Republican tax overhaul

    Some GOP senators raising doubts about revised Republican tax overhaul

    A gambit by Senate Republicans to make a large corporate tax cut permanent by having benefits for individuals expire at the end of 2025 created new problems for the legislation Wednesday as lawmakers were still grappling with the controversial decision to add the repeal of a key Obamacare provision....

  • Papa John's apologizes for criticizing NFL anthem protests

    Papa John's apologizes for criticizing NFL anthem protests

    Papa John's apologized Tuesday night for comments made by Chief Executive John Schnatter blaming sluggish pizza sales on NFL players kneeling during the national anthem. The company is a major NFL sponsor and advertiser, and Schnatter said on an earnings call Nov. 1 that "NFL leadership has hurt...

  • Airbus to sell 430 planes to Indigo for $49.5 billion; Boeing to sell 225 aircraft to FlyDubai

    Airbus to sell 430 planes to Indigo for $49.5 billion; Boeing to sell 225 aircraft to FlyDubai

    Airbus signed a $49.5-billion deal on Wednesday to sell 430 airplanes to the Phoenix-based private equity firm that owns Frontier Airlines, striking the European aerospace company's biggest deal ever at the Dubai Air Show. Meanwhile, Boeing reached an agreement with low-cost carrier FlyDubai to...

  • Stocks fall modestly as oil prices slide

    Stocks fall modestly as oil prices slide

    Energy companies led U.S. stocks modestly lower Tuesday, erasing the small gains the market made a day earlier. The biggest drop in crude oil prices since October weighed on oil producers and other energy stocks. Disappointing results or outlooks from retailers and other companies also weighed...

  • Mattel stock jumps more than 20% after a report of Hasbro's takeover offer

    Mattel stock jumps more than 20% after a report of Hasbro's takeover offer

    Mattel Inc. stock soared more than 20% on Monday after a report that rival Hasbro Inc. made a takeover offer for the El Segundo toy maker. The Wall Street Journal first reported the takeover offer Friday, citing unnamed sources. It said that terms of the possible deal were not available and that...

  • Senate Republicans must still figure out how to eliminate tax bill's deficit after 10 years

    Senate Republicans must still figure out how to eliminate tax bill's deficit after 10 years

    As Republicans race to enact a tax overhaul this year, most of the focus as been on the affects of the cuts and other proposed changes over the next decade. But as the action starts shifting to the Senate this week, the biggest hurdle to passing a tax bill could be what happens in year 11.

  • Space start-up Xcor Aerospace fails to find a backer, files for bankruptcy

    Space start-up Xcor Aerospace fails to find a backer, files for bankruptcy

    Once a darling of the Mojave aerospace start-up scene, space plane builder Xcor Aerospace has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. A court document filed last week with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of California says the company has more than 100 creditors and assets estimated...

  • The fastest-growing jobs in America pay about $22,000 a year

    The fastest-growing jobs in America pay about $22,000 a year

    The largest two categories of America's fastest-growing jobs offer some of the country's lowest wages and weakest benefits. Over the next 10 years, analysts expect to see 1.2 million more jobs for home health aides and personal care aides, according to a recent report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics....

  • Retailers' wish lists feature early holiday shopping

    Retailers' wish lists feature early holiday shopping

    Most consumers haven’t bought their Thanksgiving turkey yet, but it’s already the holiday shopping season in the minds of many retailers. Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Target Corp. and others are aggressively advertising holiday specials online and in stores to get a jump on the spending spree that remains...

  • Hasbro reportedly makes a takeover bid for struggling rival Mattel

    Hasbro reportedly makes a takeover bid for struggling rival Mattel

    Hasbro Inc. reportedly made an offer to buy beleaguered rival Mattel Inc., the latest chapter in the long-running speculation that the two major U.S. toy makers would join forces. Hasbro approached El Segundo-based Mattel recently with a takeover offer but terms of the proposal were not available,...

  • Queen Mary's new ghost tour adds high-tech special effects

    Queen Mary's new ghost tour adds high-tech special effects

    The Queen Mary, a retired ocean liner that has become a floating hotel in the Long Beach harbor, has turned to the type of special effects made famous in Hollywood to try to boost visitor numbers. For more than 15 years, the ship has offered a ghost tour — dubbed the Ghosts and Legends Tour — to...

  • Stocks slip, breaking eight-week win streak

    Stocks slip, breaking eight-week win streak

    Stocks fell Friday for the second day in a row, which hadn't happened in a month, as Amazon put a scare into yet another industry: medical device and healthcare equipment companies. Those companies slumped after an analyst for Citi Investment Research said Amazon might be on the verge of shaking...

  • Here are the 5 major differences between the House and Senate versions of the GOP tax plan

    Here are the 5 major differences between the House and Senate versions of the GOP tax plan

    Republicans repeatedly have noted that it’s been more than 30 years since Congress enacted a major tax overhaul, and this week they unintentionally demonstrated why. As a House committee passed a tax bill Thursday, Republicans on a Senate panel unveiled their own legislation with key differences.

  • California bans use of some farming pesticides near schools on weekdays

    California bans use of some farming pesticides near schools on weekdays

    California will restrict farmers’ use of certain pesticides near schools and day-care centers under a new rule announced this week that regulators said is among the toughest in the U.S. Under the new rule, California farmers will be prohibited from spraying pesticides within a quarter of a mile...

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  • Make holiday shopping for your clients easy this year

    Make holiday shopping for your clients easy this year

    The holidays are known as the most wonderful time of the year, but they're also a great opportunity for reflection, particularly in a business setting. This is the time of year when you can look back on the last 12 months and appreciate everyone who helped make the year a success for your business....

  • Small businesses have struggled to find funding: Not anymore

    Small businesses have struggled to find funding: Not anymore

    In business, dreams are easy. Finding the money to make them happen, however, can be difficult. Even established, successful businesses can get turned away for loans at banks. This was the case for Sole Bicycles, a popular maker of stylish, high-performance bikes based in Venice Beach, California....

  • 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...

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