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Net streaming services strive to defend turf

As rivals grow, established firms key on programming

Subscriber onlyNetflix, Amazon and Hulu have suddenly found themselves playing a new role: the establishment. Continue reading...

Drug research focuses on rare diseases

Subscriber onlyTRENTON, N.J. -- The global pharmaceutical industry is pouring billions of dollars into developing treatments for rare diseases, which once drew little interest from major drugmakers but now point the way toward a new era of innovative therapies and big profits. Continue reading...

Morgan Stanley's chief finance officer headed to Google

Subscriber onlySAN FRANCISCO -- Google has lured away Morgan Stanley's chief financial officer, Ruth Porat, to be its CFO at a time when the Internet search leader and its Silicon Valley peers are under fire for hiring and promoting too few women. Continue reading...

Etsy seeks balance of growth, keeping 'handmade ethos'

Subscriber onlyDepending on whom you ask, Alicia Shaffer, owner of the hit Etsy store Three Bird Nest, is a runaway success story -- or an emblem of everything that has gone wrong with the fast-growing online marketplace for handmade goods. Continue reading...

Business news in brief

Subscriber onlyJBS talks revival of U.S. branch's IPO Continue reading...

Centers near port thrive in Georgia

Subscriber onlyGARDEN CITY, Ga. -- The business of marine transport in Garden City at the nation's fourth-largest container port is a study in numbers. Continue reading...

Toys R Us to add in-store play areas

Subscriber onlyNEW YORK -- Toys R Us Inc., after years of losing ground to online rivals and discount chains, plans to revamp its stores to be places where kids come to play. Continue reading...

Mercedes-Benz plans midsize pickup

Subscriber onlyMercedes-Benz plans to make its first pickup, extending a push by manufacturers of upscale vehicles to invade territories traditionally dominated by mass-market competitors. Continue reading...

Economy continues slow climb

But gradual gains can extend recovery, economist says

Subscriber onlyWASHINGTON -- The U.S. economy expanded at a 2.2 percent annualized pace in the fourth quarter, led by the biggest gain in consumer spending in eight years, the Commerce Department reported. Continue reading...

Dow strikes $5B deal on chlorine with Olin

Part of CEO’s plan to sell off assets

Subscriber onlyDow Chemical Co. agreed to sell almost all of its chlorine business, the world's largest, to Olin Corp. in a $5 billion deal as it pares less-profitable products. Continue reading...

China-led bank fight isolates U.S.

S. Korea latest ally to join after European nations sign up

Subscriber onlyWASHINGTON -- U.S. resistance to a Chinese-led Asian regional bank has left it isolated among its Asian and European allies and given some heft to China's frequent complaints that Washington wants to contain its rise as a world power. Continue reading...

Crude-hauling railroads backtrack as oil tumbles

Subscriber onlyThe slowdown that North American railroad companies had been bracing for in crude oil shipments has turned into a rout, with volumes falling faster than executives had predicted. Continue reading...

After 4-day skid, stocks advance

Subscriber onlyNEW YORK -- A tough week on the stock market ended quietly Friday. Continue reading...

Business news in brief

Subscriber onlyIndia carrier lacks planes, officials say Continue reading...

Jobless-aid claims drop by 9,000

Dip said to signal payroll gains despite economic setbacks

Subscriber onlyWASHINGTON -- Fewer people sought U.S. unemployment benefits last week, evidence that strong hiring should continue despite signs of slower economic growth at the start of 2015. Continue reading...

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