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Startups try new models for local online news

NEW YORK -- A few new startups are tackling a thorny problem that AOL couldn't solve: How to cover local news in different cities without going broke. Continue reading...

Ferris wheel adorns Branson's main drag

At 15 stories, riders’ views of resort city are sweeping

Subscriber onlyBRANSON -- A 15-story Ferris wheel that until recently called Chicago home now is towering over Branson's main drag, just in time for tourism season. Continue reading...

Cities say 1970s' skywalks worked too well, now streets are deserted

Subscriber onlyDES MOINES, Iowa -- In a city where cranes and construction barriers mark a surge in new downtown apartments, hotels and offices, the sidewalks in Des Moines' core can be strangely quiet. Continue reading...

NYC cabbies say mayor now cowed by Uber

Subscriber onlyThe last time New York Mayor Bill de Blasio tangled with Uber Technologies Inc. and other mobile-device, ride-hailing companies, a campaign against his policies to limit their growth forced him to back down. Continue reading...

McDonald's says buttery muffin rollout shows its new agility

Subscriber onlyThe slowest part of fast food? Adding new menu items or changing existing ones. Continue reading...

Dow drops 610 as stocks sink globally on exit vote

Subscriber onlyStocks plunged in the U.S. and worldwide Friday after Britain voted to leave the European Union. The referendum result stunned investors, who reacted by rushing to the safety of gold and U.S. government bonds as they wondered what's next for Britain, Europe and the global economy. Continue reading...

Some PreCheck fliers held at gate

Airlines, TSA target errors that prevent sped-up screening

Subscriber onlyThousands of fliers enrolled in trusted traveler programs such as PreCheck aren't getting the expedited screening they paid for because of clerical errors with their reservations. Continue reading...

Insurer restricts patients' choices

Firm makes deal on insulin pumps

Subscriber onlyStephanie Rodenberg-Lewis wasn't happy with her insulin pump and switched two years ago to another brand. Now her health insurer is pushing her to go back. Continue reading...

Karma's return set for California

Assemby plant almost ready for Tesla rival’s revival

Subscriber onlyA premium luxury sedan born from the ashes of the Fisker Karma -- a Tesla rival that wowed the automotive world before collapsing into bankruptcy three years ago -- will soon begin rolling off a production line at California's newest car factory. Continue reading...

Senator seeks data on panel's Rx ties

Subscriber onlyA high-ranking Senate Democrat is pushing for more answers on why doctors and patient advocates with financial ties to the pharmaceutical industry came to serve on a panel that advises the federal government on pain issues. Continue reading...

Exec bilked investors of $80M, SEC says

Lawsuit: $30M spent on ‘decadence’

Subscriber only A Texas energy company chief executive officer dubbed the "frack master" is charged with defrauding investors of about $80 million, including misappropriating at least $30 million for personal expenses, including private jets and gentlemen's clubs, to "maintain a lifestyle of decadence and debauchery," according to a lawsuit filed Friday by federal regulators. Continue reading...

Consumers less upbeat, lowering monthly index

Subscriber onlyAmerican consumers became slightly more downbeat at the end of June than earlier in the month on concerns about the economy's progress even before the U.K.'s decision to leave the European Union. Continue reading...

Yankee Stadium bonds win upgrade

Even as team struggles, Moody’s lifts rating up a notch, cites ‘loyal attendance’

Subscriber onlyYankee Stadium bondholders have something to cheer about, even if fans of the floundering team don't. Continue reading...

Shares up 22% as Finish Line's sales beat mark

Subscriber onlyShares of Finish Line Inc. surged the most in more than seven years Friday after beating first-quarter expectations in a weak retail environment, helped by strong sales of Adidas brand shoes. Continue reading...

Business news in brief

Subscriber onlyU.S. oil, gas rig count down by 3 to 421 HOUSTON -- The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. declined by three this week to 421, snapping three weeks of gains after a slide that lasted months and pushed the count to record-low levels amid depressed energy prices. Continue reading...