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U.S. auto sales surge 5% in July

Cheap loans, low gas prices, more stable job market cited

Subscriber onlyNew vehicle sales rose 6.4 percent in July for General Motors, 6 percent for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and 5 percent for Ford as low interest rates, falling gasoline prices and an improving job market kept showroom traffic brisk. Continue reading...

It's last call for city's pay phones, except at jail

Subscriber onlyA pay telephone on a busy Detroit street corner could once net $200 a week in just coins. But that was 30 years ago. Continue reading...

Consumers cool down June buying

Subscriber onlyConsumer spending in June rose by the smallest amount in four months as shoppers cut back on purchases of cars and other big-ticket items. Continue reading...

Partnership will acquire 7 pipelines

Subscriber onlyNextEra Energy Partners LP, the wind and solar power generator controlled by NextEra Energy Inc., has agreed to buy seven natural gas pipelines in Texas for $2.1 billion. Continue reading...

Oil slump drags on stock market

Subscriber onlyAnother bad day for the energy sector pulled down stocks Monday. The Standard & Poor's 500 index dropped 5.80 points, or 0.3 percent, to 2,098.04. Continue reading...

Uber protest reignites in Mexico

Crowd smashes cars suspected of queuing up near airport

Subscriber onlyA crowd attacked Uber drivers and their vehicles with clubs and stones outside the Mexico City airport, the company said last week, as licensed taxi drivers demonstrated to demand a "total halt" to app-based ride-sharing services in the capital. Continue reading...

Amazon leads push to create traffic rules for delivery drones

Subscriber onlyThe first wave of long-range commercial drones should be allowed to operate in a narrow, low-altitude band and must agree to be tracked, according to Amazon.com's vision of the future. Continue reading...

Software transforms smartphones into new tools for medical research

Subscriber onlyJody Kearns doesn't like to spend time obsessing about her Parkinson's disease. The 56-year-old dietitian from Syracuse, N.Y., had to give up bicycling because the disorder affected her balance. But she still works, drives and tries to live a normal life. Continue reading...

Entrepreneur rebounds from misstep

After being fired from his first venture, he’s trying again with new startup

Subscriber onlyAfter he was fired from the company he started, Marc Barros found therapy in writing. Continue reading...

Barge dents base of offshore wind farm

Subscriber onlyA barge accident off the coast of Rhode Island has dented the foundation of what will be the nation's first offshore wind farm. Continue reading...

Bacon’s cost low, eateries pile it on

Pork prices fall 40% in past year

Subscriber onlyMore than half the meat budget at Gabe Garza’s barbecue restaurant in Chicago normally goes to pork. This year, he’s buying even more. Continue reading...

Collectibles now filling investor portfolios

Subscriber onlyBruce Marchant said he’s found the protection he needs against stock market gyrations — in the arms of an Amazon in a white bikini. Continue reading...

‘Smart safes’ make handling money obsolete at retailers

Subscriber onlyIt’s a tedious ritual for many store managers and cashiers: At the end of the workday they count the cash from the day’s sales, try to correct any errors and put the money in a store safe. Every couple of days an armored car company stops by to pick up cash, or an employee takes it to a bank. Continue reading...

Proposed ivory rules don’t faze California shops

Subscriber onlyIvory dealers in San Francisco’s Chinatown stood in their shop doors next to windows full of carved ivory tusks and trinkets, unfazed by proposed federal rules that the White House says go as far as possible to ban the U.S. trade of ivory from the world’s endangered elephants. Continue reading...

Despite brisk hiring, rise in pay slowest since '82

Subscriber onlyU.S. wages and benefits grew in the spring at the slowest pace in 33 years, evidence that stronger hiring isn't lifting paychecks much for most Americans. The slowdown also reflects a sharp drop-off in bonus and incentive pay for some workers. Continue reading...

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