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Wage chief: Shoring up gig economy risky

Subscriber onlyPresident Barack Obama's outgoing wage and hour enforcement chief says fellow Democrats who want to revamp labor laws to accommodate a market increasingly populated with short-term contract and freelance workers in the so-called the gig economy are making a big mistake. Continue reading...

Roush division making inroads with propane-powered vehicles

Subscriber onlyDETROIT -- Tucked away in an industrial part of suburban Detroit is Roush CleanTech, a division of Roush Enterprises that has been making propane buses, vans and heavy-duty pickups since 2010. Continue reading...

Walgreens testing FedEx-hub service

Subscriber onlyCHICAGO -- By the end of next year, most Walgreens customers will be able to pick up prescriptions and packages in a single stop. Continue reading...

Analyst: Sales not in the bag at Prada, others

Subscriber onlyHandbag-makers are busy battling waning demand and markdowns at stores, and that may have diverted their attention from what could make them successful in the long run: creativity. Continue reading...

Cash flow tenuous for many businesses

In JPMorgan study, half of enterprises had reserves to cover 27 days or less

Subscriber only- When Rafael Romis started his website design company five years ago, he kept enough cash on hand to last about two weeks. That worked well until the company's income taxes had to be paid. Continue reading...

Restaurants serve up perks to draw, keep workers

Subscriber onlyLisa Aragon just couldn't get the headhunter to take no for an answer. Five times in a month, she turned down enticements, including higher pay and four weeks of paid vacation. Continue reading...

Ski resorts woo millennials to replace baby boomers on slopes

Subscriber onlyWhen Aaron Kellett peers out the window of his office at Whiteface Mountain, these days he's usually smiling. Continue reading...

Lentil prices rebounding after tough Canadian harvest

Subscriber onlyThe lentil market has gone from boom to bust, and back to boom again. Continue reading...

In U.S. deal, air-bag maker to lay out $1B

Takata will admit to hiding defects; 3 ex-execs charged

Subscriber onlyDETROIT -- Takata Corp. has agreed to plead guilty to a criminal charge and will pay $1 billion in fines and restitution for a yearslong scheme to conceal a deadly defect in its automotive air-bag inflators. Continue reading...

Agency: Vehicle economy rules set

EPA move irks auto industry

Subscriber onlyThe U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Friday announced it's keeping vehicle efficiency standards intact through the 2025 model year, shoring up a key piece of President Barack Obama's environmental legacy against a challenge by the incoming administration. Continue reading...

Retail sales up 0.6% in December

Uptick follows reports that pay, buyer confidence on rise

Subscriber onlyWASHINGTON -- Americans stepped up their auto buying and online shopping in December, a sign of confidence after the election and a solid increase in pay. Continue reading...

Profits at 2 big banks climb in '16

JPMorgan, Bank of America optimistic for ’17 with Trump

Subscriber onlyNEW YORK -- Profits at JPMorgan Chase and Bank of America surged last year, the banks said Friday as the industry enjoyed a stock market rally that accelerated after the presidential election. Continue reading...

Auto shows roll out concepts

Prototypes aim at excitement; reaching assembly line is iffy

Subscriber onlyDETROIT -- Car companies don't just show current models at auto shows. They also unveil prototypes that could be built in the future. These so-called concept cars help them gauge the public's reaction to new designs or technology. They can also amp up excitement about a company's future. Continue reading...

Takata pleads guilty, to pay $1 billion for hiding air bag defect

DETROIT — Takata Corp. has agreed to plead guilty to a single criminal charge and will pay $1 billion in fines and restitution for concealing a deadly defect in its air bag inflators. Continue reading...

Amazon sets plan to add 100,000 jobs

New warehouses get many of them

Subscriber onlyAmazon said Thursday that it plans to hire 100,000 people across the U.S. over the next 18 months. Continue reading...

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