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Governments boycotting Nike or considering it are mounting

A Rhode Island town is considering asking its departments to refrain from purchasing Nike products, and the American Civil Liberties Union is objecting.


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 17, 2018, 2:16 p.m.

Coca-Cola is eyeing the cannabis market

Coca-Cola may be the next industry giant to jump into the cannabis drinks business.


Report: Trump going ahead with plans for new China tariffs

President Donald Trump is going ahead with plans to impose new tariffs on about $200 billion of Chinese imports, the Wall Street Journal reported Saturday.


American eating habits are changing faster than fast food can keep up

Restaurants are getting dinged by the convenience of Netflix, the advent of pre-made meals, the spread of online grocery delivery, plus crushing student debt and a focus on healthy eating.


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 14, 2018, 3:25 p.m.

Men’s earnings have fallen since 1970s, Census says

Earnings for men have fallen in the decade since the recession, and are even below levels for much of the 1970s and 1980s.


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 14, 2018, 4:33 p.m.

U.S. retail sales up just 0.1 percent after previous strong gain

U.S. retail sales barely rose in August as consumers slowed their spending after a robust month of shopping in July.


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 14, 2018, 4:32 p.m.

U.S. industrial production rose a solid 0.4 percent in August

U.S. industrial production rose by a healthy 0.4 percent in August, boosted by gains in the production of autos, oil and natural gas.


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 13, 2018, 12:26 p.m.

Bank of England holds rates as it awaits Brexit developments

The Bank of England has kept its main interest rate on hold at 0.75 percent as policymakers await developments in Britain’s looming exit from the European Union.


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 13, 2018, 6:04 p.m.

Bezos pledges $2 billion to help homeless families and launch a network of preschools

Jeff Bezos, the world’s richest man, on Thursday announced he was starting up philanthropic organizations focused on providing help to homeless families and preschools for low-income communities, a later start …


Walmart’s Jet.com to sell Nike sneakers ahead of holidays

Walmart-owned Jet.com will soon sell Nike products on its site as it seeks to catch up with Amazon ahead of the holiday shopping season.


Booming sales for Woodward’s ‘Fear,’ Trump presidency book

Bob Woodward’s “Fear” is spreading quickly.


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 12, 2018, 9:33 p.m.

U.S. ‘likely’ has taken over as the world’s top oil producer

The United States may have reclaimed the title of the world’s biggest oil producer sooner than expected.


Walt Disney banned alcohol, but now theme parks say ‘drink up’

For the first time, Disneyland will break its prohibition on alcohol and begin selling drinks to the general public, the California theme park recently announced.


Amazon’s business-to-business unit turns into a $10 billion business

Amazon.com is having some luck getting buyers of corporate office supplies to shop like teenagers armed with their parents’ credit card.


The explosive problem with recycling iPads, iPhones and other gadgets: They catch fire.

What happens to gadgets when you’re done with them? Too often, they explode.


Apple expected to unveil bigger, pricier iPhone on Wednesday

Apple is expected to unveil its biggest and most expensive iPhone on Wednesday as part of a lineup of three new models aimed at widening the product’s appeal amid slowing …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 11, 2018, 6:28 p.m.

Missoula Independent ceases operations

Early Tuesday morning, Missoula Independent staffers came to their doors only to find them locked and a sign taped to the glass: The Independent has closed its office and ceased …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 11, 2018, 6:33 p.m.

As job openings reach unprecedented levels, so does quitting

U.S. employers advertised the most jobs on record in July, and the number of workers quitting their jobs also hit a new all-time high.


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 11, 2018, 6:34 p.m.

What’s in the Amazon box? Maybe a real 7-foot Christmas tree

Watch out for the 7-foot box on the doorstep. Amazon plans to sell and ship fresh, full-size Christmas trees this year.


JPMorgan slashes its stake in Papa John’s

JPMorgan Chase & Co., which held more than 5 percent of Papa John’s shares at the end of last year, has cut its holdings on behalf of clients to 2.4 …


Trial begins in $10B investor lawsuit against Volkswagen

Trial proceedings have begun in the lawsuit brought against Volkswagen by investors alleging the company did not give them timely notice of its scandal over cars rigged to cheat on …


Google case set to examine if EU data rules extend globally

Google is going to Europe’s top court in its legal fight against an order requiring it to extend “right to be forgotten” rules to its search engines globally.


Alibaba’s Jack Ma to step down as chairman in September 2019

Jack Ma, who founded e-commerce giant Alibaba Group and helped launch China’s e-commerce boom, announced Monday he will step down as the company’s chairman next September.


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 10, 2018, 2:03 p.m.

China’s trade surplus with U.S. hits record $31 billion

China’s trade surplus with the United States widened to a record $31 billion in August as exports surged despite American tariff hikes, potentially adding fuel to President Donald Trump’s battle …


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 9, 2018, 6:27 p.m.

CBS’ Les Moonves quits after new sex misconduct charges

CBS Chief Les Moonves resigned Sunday, just hours after six more women accused the long-time television executive of sexual misconduct.


Convenience shops go healthy as millennials choose wellness

In convenience stores spawned by the wellness wave, kombucha slushies take the place of corn-syrupy treats infused with red dye, tortilla chips are made of cassava flour instead of corn …


Apple faces Trump’s ire after company says its products would be hurt by tariffs

President Donald Trump on Saturday took aim at Apple after the tech giant said the White House’s proposed tariffs on China could result in price increases on popular consumer devices …


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 9, 2018, 2:28 p.m.

Riot exec tells esports fans he’s going to keep spending

The head of North American esports operations for Riot Games has a message for concerned League of Legends fans: “We’re not cutting budget.”


Trump: Apple can avoid tariffs by shifting production to U.S.

President Donald Trump concedes that some Apple Inc. products may become more expensive if his administration imposes “massive” additional tariffs on Chinese-made goods, but he says the tech company can …


‘Broken’ economics for preschool workers, child care sector

A dire child care workforce crisis amid a booming U.S. economy is compelling many industry players to turn to business tactics more closely resembling Wall Street than “Sesame Street” – …