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Big shareholder at Yelp wants a board reshuffle

Saying it’s lost patience with missteps and earnings shortfalls, a large shareholder at Yelp is seeking a board reshuffle at the online review site.


Prosecutors indict Nissan’s Ghosn for underreporting pay

Prosecutors have charged Nissan Motor Co.’s former chairman Carlos Ghosn, another executive and the automaker itself for allegedly violating financial laws by underreporting income.


GM fights to retain key tax credit amid plant closing plans

General Motors is fighting to retain a valuable tax credit for electric vehicles as the nation’s largest automaker tries to deal with the political fallout triggered by its plans to …


At NPR, an army of temps resents a workplace full of anxiety and insecurity

For decades, the public broadcaster has relied on a cadre of temporary journalists to produce its hourly newscasts and popular news programs. Without temporary workers – who are subject to …


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 7, 2018, 6:36 p.m.

U.S. just became a net oil exporter for the first time in 75 years

The shift to net exports is the dramatic result of an unprecedented boom in American oil production, with thousands of wells pumping from the Permian region of Texas and New …


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 6, 2018, 8:29 p.m.

EKG, other heart health features come to Apple Watch

Apple Watch is now fulfilling its promise to let people take EKGs of their heart and notify them of any irregular heartbeat.


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 5, 2018, 7:11 p.m.

Facebook allegedly offered advertisers special access to users data, activities

Internal Facebook documents released by a U.K. parliamentary committee offer the clearest evidence yet that the social network has used its enormous trove of user data as a competitive weapon, …


Lion Air leader talks of slashing Boeing jet orders

The co-founder of Indonesian low-cost carrier Lion Air is furious at Boeing for what he sees as an effort to deflect blame toward the airline for the Oct. 29 crash …


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 4, 2018, 8:04 a.m.

Christmas lights start and end their lives in China, and face rising costs

When the Christmas lights go out, you can recycle them, beginning a trans-Pacific journey that’s poised to get more expensive thanks to the U.S.-China trade war.


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 3, 2018, 5:08 p.m.

Where are the drones? Amazon’s customers are still waiting

The day may not be far off when drones will carry medicine to people in rural or remote areas, but the marketing hype around instant delivery of consumer goods looks …


GlaxoSmithKline to spend $5.1B on cancer drugmaker Tesaro

Shares of Tesaro soared Monday after GlaxoSmithKline said it would pay about $5.1 billion in cash to buy the cancer drugmaker.


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 3, 2018, 3:35 p.m.

China gets US tariff delay but movement on tech unclear

The agreement by President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping on a cease fire on tariffs postpones the threat of more disruption for China’s exporters and their Asian …


UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 2, 2018, 6:25 p.m.

Venture capitalists are taking $18-an-hour jobs to understand the gig economy

Jamison Hill is a senior principal at Bain Capital Ventures, and by working a temporary laundry job he joins the ranks of a significant number of investors embedding themselves in …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 29, 2018, 3:37 p.m.

No, McDonald’s touch screens are not contaminated with feces

“Poo found on every McDonald’s touch screen tested,” so says a tabloid headline. No, there is no poop on McDonald’s touch screens. There are, however, bacteria – a lot of …


Why Ford will keep plants humming and Trump happy

Ford and General Motors both need to overhaul their U.S. manufacturing base to cope with consumers’ drastic switch to SUVs from sedans. Only Ford is poised to make that adjustment …


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 28, 2018, 5:42 p.m.

Powell: U.S. economy healthy, rate increases aren’t automatic

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell cast a bright picture of the U.S. economy Wednesday and appeared to suggest that the Fed might consider a pause in its interest rate hikes …


China’s growth slows, as does tourist spending at Tiffany’s

There was something missing at the luxury jeweler Tiffany & Co. in recent months: Chinese tourists.


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 27, 2018, 3:09 p.m.

Trump threatens GM over plant closures, layoffs

President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he was “very disappointed” that General Motors was closing plants in the United States and warned that the White House was “now looking at …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 27, 2018, 4:28 p.m.

Cyber Monday sales increase by nearly 20 percent

With consumers already shopping more online, Cyber Monday is expected to bring in record e-commerce sales as retailers’ digital operations face their first major test of the season.


Apple to tutor women in tech in bid to diversify industry

Apple is launching a new program designed to address the technology industry’s scarcity of women in executive and computer programming jobs.


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 26, 2018, 2:33 p.m.

GM to lay off up to 14K workers, close as many as five plants

General Motors will cut up to 14,000 workers in North America and put five plants up for possible closure as it abandons many of its car models and restructures to …


Justices to hear antitrust case over sale of iPhone apps

Apple is at the Supreme Court to defend the way it sells apps for iPhones against claims by consumers that the company has unfairly monopolized the market.


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 20, 2018, 6:57 p.m.

Tech giants plunge again, pushing market into red for year

Stocks dropped again Tuesday as losses mounted for the world’s largest technology companies. Retailers also fell, and energy companies plunged with oil prices as the market sank back into the …


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 19, 2018, 3:45 p.m.

Volatile stock market spooking some older workers, retirees

The recent turbulence in the U.S. stock markets is spooking some older workers and retirees, a group that was hit particularly hard during the most recent financial crisis.


Preparing the airport for takeoff: Tony Bean coordinated the $142.5 million effort to update Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport runway

When Tony Bean arrived in Pullman in 2011, the future of the airport was uncertain. Backed by his board, Bean has procured about $131 million in federal dollars to realign …


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 19, 2018, 6:41 p.m.

Nissan chair Ghosn arrested in probe of financial misconduct

Nissan Motor’s chairman Carlos Ghosn has been arrested and will be dismissed for alleged under-reporting of his income and misuse of company funds, the company said Monday.


Sears gets court OK to pursue sale of its best stores

Sears Holdings Corp. can begin trying to sell its best-performing stores after receiving court approval last week for its plans to auction off assets.


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 15, 2018, 5:17 p.m.

FAA evaluates a potential design flaw on Boeing’s 737 MAX after Lion Air crash

Analysts, including former Boeing flight controls experts, are concerned that a new automated flight control system on Boeing’s 737 MAX may be flawed and that the way it changed the …


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 14, 2018, 7:10 p.m.

Ford, Walmart test self-driving grocery delivery service

Ford and Walmart are teaming up to test a self-driving grocery delivery service.


Police think Alexa may have witnessed a New Hampshire double slaying – now they want Amazon to turn her over

Alexa might have been listening, as she almost always is, when Christine Sullivan was stabbed to death in the kitchen of the Farmington, New Hampshire, home where Sullivan lived with …