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UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 23, 2018, 7:16 p.m.

An ideal niche product for baseball fans who want to put their heads together

He doesn’t make bobbleheads. He makes display cases that you put your bobbleheads in.Talk about a niche business.


Twitter finds software privacy bug affecting direct messages

Twitter says it found a software bug that may have sent some private messages to the wrong people.


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 21, 2018, 5:53 p.m.

JetBlue founder says his new startup will cut fares, add legroom

Serial airline entrepreneur David Neeleman is determined to make his next carrier stand out in a market where rivals large and small shoehorn budget-minded travelers into cramped cabins.


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 21, 2018, 9:48 p.m.

Is $1,100 too much for an iPhone? Get an older one for less

The $1,100 price tag on Apple’s latest iPhone turned heads when the company announced it last week. But for less than half as much, you can still get a good …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 21, 2018, 3:55 p.m.

Credit freeze free nationwide as of Friday

Consumers can now freeze their credit for free under a new federal law.


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 21, 2018, 5:30 p.m.

Rising oil prices haven’t hurt the U.S. economy so far

America’s rediscovered prowess in oil production is shaking up old notions about the impact of higher crude prices on the U.S. economy.


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 20, 2018, 7 p.m.

Stocks at records; Dow beats all-time high from January

Wall Street delivered another set of milestones Thursday as a wave of buying sent U.S. stocks solidly higher, driving the Dow Jones Industrial Average above the all-time high it closed …


Get ready for ‘Bongzilla,’ selfie frenzy at Vegas pot museum

Las Vegas’ newest attraction – and Instagram backdrop – is a museum celebrating all things cannabis.


Today’s active-adult communities are stepping up their games

Remember the scene in “It’s a Wonderful Life,” when the retractable floor over the gym swimming pool slides open during a dance? Residents at Trilogy at Tehaleh, an active-adult community …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 20, 2018, 5:41 p.m.

U.S. home sales were flat in August

U.S. sales of existing homes were unchanged in August, as a shortage of houses priced at less than $250,000 – a level considered to be affordable for the middle class …


AutoNation chief, after 20 years, is turning over the keys

Mike Jackson is stepping down after almost two decades leading AutoNation, the largest dealership chain in the U.S.


Delta joins airlines in era of $30 bag fee

Delta Air Lines raised its fee for a first checked bag to $30, following in competitors’ footsteps as U.S. carriers expand efforts to offset stubbornly higher fuel prices.


UK lawmakers: ‘Wild West’ cryptocurrencies need regulation

British lawmakers have backed calls for greater regulation of cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin in order to bring an element of control to a market that more resembles the “Wild West.”


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 19, 2018, 10:52 a.m.

EU opens investigation into how Amazon uses data

European authorities said Wednesday they have opened a preliminary antitrust investigation into Amazon over the e-commerce giant’s treatment of smaller merchants on its website.


Criminal investigation could hurt Tesla fundraising and recruitment

The Justice Department is investigating whether public statements made by Elon Musk and Tesla – the electric car company he runs – were misleading enough to constitute criminal fraud, the …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 18, 2018, 4:51 p.m.

Los Angeles takes step toward banning sale of fur products

Los Angeles, one of the world’s major fashion centers and long a symbol of glitz and glamour, is taking steps to ban the sale of new fur products, a move …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 18, 2018, 6:10 p.m.

ACLU: Facebook allows gender-biased job ads on its platform

Facebook is allowing job ads on its platform that exclude women, according to the American Civil liberties Union.


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 18, 2018, 6:15 p.m.

Tilray first Canadian company to import medical pot to U.S.

In a rare move, the U.S. government has approved the importation of marijuana extracts from Canada for a clinical trial, highlighting a new avenue for American researchers who have long …


FedEx downplays US-China trade spat’s impact on its business

Shortly before the Trump administration announced a new round of tariffs against Chinese goods, FedEx Corp. leaders tried to assure investors Monday that a widening trade war will have little …


1st private moon flight passenger to invite creative guests

Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa said Monday that he plans to blast off on the first-ever commercial trip around the moon and will invite six to eight artists, architects, designers and …


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.