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FBI keeps eye on waterway threats

Mississippi River vulnerabilities would have wide effect

Subscriber only Giant cranes loading and unloading gargantuan barges. Oil tankers, supply vessels and pipelines serving a vital energy industry. Flood control structures. Chemical plants. Cruise ships. Drinking water sources. All computer-reliant and tied in some way to the Internet. All of them vulnerable to cyber thieves, hackers and terrorists. Continue reading...

Feisty China now showing a humble face

Country seen trying to allay notion it’s a global threat

Subscriber only By President Donald Trump's account, China is an economic behemoth, out to destroy the United States. Continue reading...

Immense building boon transforming crusty old Oakland

Subscriber onlySleek new condos rise up amid the graffiti-covered warehouses, artist's studios and homeless encampments of West Oakland. Construction cranes dot the downtown skyline, and scaffolding-shrouded towers march down Broadway into Temescal. Continue reading...

Startups in line for investors' big bucks

Subscriber onlyIn late April, when Mike Massaro set out to get $40 million to $75 million in funding for his payments startup, Flywire, he contacted a small group of investors he already knew. But word quickly got around, and other investors flooded his inbox with $200 million of investment offers, half of which he turned down. Continue reading...

Staff turnover painful in tight market

Feedback, mentoring among steps taken by companies to retain employees

Subscriber onlyA tight labor market and a shrinking pool of talented workers make "I'm quitting" some of the most dreaded words a small-business owner can hear. Continue reading...

Interview of Musk zaps stock

Subscriber onlyTesla Inc. shares plunged Friday, capping the company's worst week since 2016, after Elon Musk told The New York Times that no one saw or reviewed his tweet about the plan to take the company private before he posted it. Continue reading...

U.S.-China trade hopes lift stocks

Subscriber onlyStocks rose late in the day Friday as investors welcomed signs of progress in resolving the trade dispute between the U.S. and China. The Wall Street Journal reported that the countries hope to have a resolution by November. Continue reading...

Stocks climb on trade outlook

China talks set; Dow rises 396.32;

Subscriber onlyU.S. stocks jumped Thursday as China and the U.S. said they will hold their first trade discussions in months, a potential sign of progress toward ending their trade war. Continue reading...

U.S., China to restart trade talks

Beijing analyst says meetings this month will be ‘lower level’

Subscriber onlyU.S. and Chinese officials said the two nations will resume lower-level trade talks this month in hopes of resolving an escalating battle over tariffs that threatens to damage both economies. Continue reading...

As Penney slashes inventory, shares fall to lowest since 1980

Subscriber onlyJ.C. Penney Co. plunged 27 percent to a historic low after forecasting a surprise loss for the year during clearance sales to get rid of a pile of unsold items. Continue reading...

Google's China site under fire internally

Subscriber onlyHundreds of Google employees, upset at the company's decision to secretly build a censored version of its search engine for China, have signed a letter demanding more transparency to understand the ethical consequences of their work. Continue reading...

FDA approves generic EpiPen

Many critical of injectable allergen fighter’s high cost

Subscriber onlyThe Food and Drug Administration approved the first generic version of EpiPen on Thursday, a move that will bring new competition for the lifesaving allergy injection that helped spark public furor over high drug prices. Continue reading...

Senators seek probe of big insurer deals

Subscriber onlyBlockbuster health care acquisitions involving two Connecticut insurers could reduce competition in prescription drug pricing and deal a blow to consumers, Sen. Charles Grassley, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said as he asked the U.S. Department of Justice to take a closer look at the corporate deals. Continue reading...

Business news in brief

Subscriber onlyRates fall for 15-, 30-year mortgages Continue reading...

On solar tariffs, China turns to WTO

Subscriber onlyChina said it is challenging a U.S. tariff increase on solar panels before the World Trade Organization, adding to its sprawling conflicts with President Donald Trump over trade and technology. Continue reading...

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