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Airfare deals pop up as airlines wage limited fare wars

ABOARD AMERICAN AIRLINES FLIGHT 1223 — Airline fare wars are making a comeback. Don’t expect widespread sales or cheap flights home for Thanksgiving. But a number of cities are seeing ridiculously low prices at off-peak hours — prices the industry has spent the years trying to eliminate. Fliers have been able to fly Chicago to […]

With the force of ‘Star Wars,’ Disney tightens grip on toy universe

Disney chief Bob Iger recently announced his media-and-merchandising juggernaut would soon be launching one of its biggest theme-park expansions in history: A “jaw-dropping new world,” sprawled across Disney’s parks in Florida and California, exploring the Big Mouse’s newly purchased mega-franchise, “Star Wars.” He didn’t say when the elaborate 14-acre expansions would open, but analysts agree […]

Review: Stand-alone gadgets trump all-in-one devices

Anick Jesdanun   NEW YORK — When Apple announced new iPod music players a few weeks ago, many people asked why anyone would need iPods when smartphones can play music and more. I had that question myself – until I remembered I’ve been carrying an iPod almost every day, mostly for my runs. There are times […]

BC Juvenile to be worth double points in Ky Derby series

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Breeders’ Cup Juvenile will be worth double points in the 35-race series that determines which horses qualify for the Kentucky Derby. Churchill Downs announced the change Wednesday. Points awarded to the top four finishers in the BC Juvenile, to be run Oct. 31 at Keeneland, will be awarded on a 20-8-4-2 basis, twice the […]

Videos of racism in English soccer can be uploaded to app

LONDON — Fans and players in England who experience or witness racism or discrimination at soccer games or on social media will be able to upload videos and pictures of incidents via a mobile phone application. Anti-discrimination group Kick It Out says is enhancing the ability of people to confidentially report incidents to ensure there is more […]

Software turns smartphones into tools for medical research

SAN FRANCISCO — Jody Kearns doesn’t like to spend time obsessing about her Parkinson’s disease. The 56-year-old dietitian from Syracuse, New York, had to give up bicycling because the disorder affected her balance. But she still works, drives and tries to live a normal life. Yet since she enrolled in a clinical study that uses […]

Railroad safety: Few likely to meet deadline for technology

  WASHINGTON — Only a handful of railroads are close to meeting a deadline this year to install safety technology that can prevent many crashes, including derailments due to excessive speed like the deadly Amtrak crash in Philadelphia in May, according to a government report released Friday. Only three railroads have submitted safety plans to […]

Dog-sitting gets a makeover in the on-demand age

Uber’s headquarters is in a bunker-like former bank building on Market Street, San Francisco’s unwelcoming main drag. To get in you must pass through a security gauntlet and sign electronic documents. Inside it’s more relaxed but still feels as if it’s on a war footing. Which it should be: it’s a controversial company, doing battle […]

Families face tough decisions as cost of elder care soars

NEW YORK — Doris Ranzman had followed the expert advice, planning ahead in case she wound up unable to care for herself one day. But when a nursing-home bill tops $14,000 a month, the best-laid plans get tossed aside. Even with insurance and her Social Security check, Ranzman still had to come up with around […]

July 26, 2015 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

Fed survey finds economic growth in all regions of country

WASHINGTON — The U.S. economy was expanding in all regions of the country in the late spring, aided by strong sales of autos and other consumer goods. In its latest survey of business conditions, the Federal Reserve said last week that some of its regions reported that lower energy prices were encouraging consumers to shop and […]

July 19, 2015 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

Like gym memberships, enthusiasm for fitness trackers drops

NEW YORK — Deepak Jayasimha’s fitness tracker is now with his father-in-law in India, where it sits unused. Annabel Kelly foisted hers off on the kids. Virginia Atkinson took hers off to charge the battery and hasn’t picked it up since February. Although sales of Fitbit and other fitness trackers are strong, many of their […]

July 19, 2015 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

Google’s new self-driving cars cruising Silicon Valley roads

SAN FRANCISCO— The latest models of Google’s self-driving cars are now cruising the streets near the Internet company’s Silicon Valley headquarters as an ambitious project to transform the way people get around shifts into its next phase. This marks the first time that the pod-like, two-seat vehicles have been allowed on public roads since Google […]

July 12, 2015 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

Vibrating, rollicking 4-D seats in theaters growing

LOS ANGELES — Mike Koenig sat back in his seat for a recent screening of “Mad Max: Fury Road.” But this was no ordinary theater chair. As the theater darkened and death machines rumbled across the desert on screen, Koenig’s chair rumbled with them. As bullets whizzed by Furiosa, the movie’s heroine played by Charlize […]

July 12, 2015 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

Amid Brazil’s economic crisis, consumers struggle with debt

RIO DE JANEIRO — Francisco Xavier emerges from a payday loan shop, his brow more furrowed with worry than when he entered. His loan request was denied, and he has no idea how he is going to pay out-of-control bills, including credit card payments that gobble up nearly half his monthly income. Xavier, a taxi […]

June 28, 2015 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

Small talk: Marcus Lemonis: There’s hope for every struggling company

Joyce M. Rosenberg NEW YORK — According to Marcus Lemonis every struggling company can be saved. As star the CNBC program “The Profit,” Lemonis invests in troubled businesses and works with his new co-owners to fix every aspect of the companies. That could mean changing every product and service. And it also may require that […]

June 28, 2015 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

More older Americans are being buried by housing debt

WASHINGTON — Al and Saundra Karp have found an unconventional way to raise money and help save their Miami-area home from foreclosure: They’re lining up gigs for their family jazz band. They enjoy performing. But it isn’t exactly how Al, an 86-year-old Korean War vet, or Saundra, 76, had expected to spend their retirement. Of all […]

June 14, 2015 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

Top California oilfield permitting regulator resigns

SAN FRANCISCO — A top California oil and gas regulator has resigned amid questions about oilfield contamination of the state’s water supplies. Mark Nechedom, head of the Department of Conservation during an intensifying review of his agency’s oilfield permitting by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, submitted his resignation Wednesday, and the state confirmed it Friday. […]

June 07, 2015 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,
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