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East, West coasts stew over tomatoes

Subscriber onlyFlorida and Mexico are having a food fight over tomatoes and other fresh produce. Fears have been raised that farmers in California and Washington will get caught in the crossfire. Continue reading...

Saudis in plan to take Tesla private

No deal yet, Musk says amid reports of scrutiny from SEC

Subscriber onlySaudi Arabia's sovereign wealth fund would be the main source of money for Tesla CEO Elon Musk's grand plan to take the company private, but the deal isn't done yet, Musk disclosed in a blog on Monday. Continue reading...

Bayer feeling verdict's impact

Legal fight trails its Monsanto buy

Subscriber onlyTwo months after clinching its $66 billion purchase of Monsanto Co., Bayer AG faces a protracted legal battle over the U.S. company's Roundup weedkiller -- a prospect that wiped more than $11 billion off the German conglomerate's market value. Continue reading...

Google watches your every move

Apps automatically store location data without asking

Subscriber only Google wants to know where you go so badly that it records your movements even when you explicitly tell it not to. Continue reading...

Clothier VF spinning off jeans brands

Subscriber onlyVF Corp., which rose to prominence on the strength of its Lee and Wrangler jeans, wants to pivot away from denim to focus on the faster-growing trends such as "athleisure" and outdoor apparel. Continue reading...

Trump's tariffs set off crisis for WTO

Subscriber onlyPresident Donald Trump's embrace of sweeping tariffs has frustrated allies, lawmakers and businesses across the globe. But its most lasting effect could be to hobble the World Trade Organization. Continue reading...

California justices rule that loan rates can be 'unconscionably' high

Subscriber onlyCalifornia's high court has ruled that interest rates on consumer loans can be so high that they become "unconscionable" and, therefore, illegal -- a decision that could upend the state's subprime loan market. Continue reading...

Business news in brief

Subscriber onlyU.S. economy set to grow 3.1% in '18 Continue reading...

Smaller banks facing hurdles to stay afloat in state

Customer loss, consolidation are threats to many

Subscriber onlySmall banks with less than $500 million in assets that wish to remain independent face several challenges, Julie Stackhouse, executive vice president of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, said in a recent interview focused on Arkansas banks. Continue reading...

Southern California logging proposal rekindles debate

Subscriber onlyLogging has long been among California's most divisive environmental issues, and the controversy shows little chance of cooling as the Trump administration pushes new efforts to thin forests. Continue reading...

Arizona firm buys west LR convalescent health center for $11.1M

Subscriber onlyAvenir Memory Care @ Little Rock LP, a Scottsdale, Ariz., limited partnership, invested $11.1 million last month to buy the Clarity Pointe convalescent health center at 8401 Ranch Blvd. in west Little Rock. Continue reading...

Women soar in aerospace, defense

Formerly male-dominated sphere undergoes change at top

Subscriber onlyThe already small roster of Fortune 500 companies led by women will shrink even further after PepsiCo Inc. Chief Executive Officer Indra Nooyi steps down from her role this year. But in one sector that has been male-dominated, gender balance seems to be moving in the opposite direction. Continue reading...

Siri not an eavesdropper, Apple says

Subscriber onlyApple does not eavesdrop on iPhone users, the company said last week in response to an inquiry by a congressional committee about the company's privacy practices. Continue reading...

Earnings outlook on modest upswing for top tier of U.S. malls

Subscriber onlyMall landlords, battered for the past two years by the rise of online shopping, are trying to push a new narrative of improving sales and increased demand for empty space at their properties. Continue reading...

Consumer prices up by most in 10 years; inflation-adjusted wages flat in July

Subscriber onlyA gauge of U.S. consumer prices jumped by the most in a decade in July, eating into wage gains that have barely budged in the past four months and strengthening the case for the Federal Reserve to keep raising interest rates gradually. Continue reading...

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