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Deere making tractors smarter

Company pushes add-ons to upgrade old machinery

Subscriber onlyDeere & Co. would like to sell farmers all the equipment needed to make their older tractors smart. Continue reading...

Whole Foods said to take stake in Instacart

Subscriber onlyAs more Whole Foods customers choose to avoid the store and get groceries delivered to their homes through Instacart, the high-end supermarket chain is taking a stake in the 4-year-old startup. Continue reading...

Workers say goal of bank: Sell, sell

Wells Fargo set quotas, they say

Subscriber onlyNEW YORK -- It began with the constant and compulsive pressure to sell. Then came stress-induced health problems. Wells Fargo employees, current and former, say they spent every day frantically trying to persuade customers to open more accounts -- not for any bonuses, but simply to keep their jobs. Continue reading...

Marriott closes on Starwood buy

30 brands, 1.1 million rooms make it world’s largest chain

Subscriber onlyNEW YORK -- Several of the best-known names in travel are now united in one hotel company. Continue reading...

Concerns continue for Yahoo's future after new data hack

Subscriber onlySAN FRANCISCO -- Yahoo has been struggling for years to keep people coming back to its digital services such as email. That challenge just got more daunting after hackers stole sensitive information from at least 500 million accounts. Continue reading...

Canada oil pipelines near capacity

U.S. imports set record; analysts predict turn to rail

Subscriber onlyCanada is sending a record amount of oil to the U.S., filling pipelines to capacity and threatening to push more crude into rail cars. Continue reading...

Flight attendants to vote on contract

Subscriber onlySouthwest Airlines Co.'s 14,500 flight attendants will decide whether to approve a tentative contract agreement after "intense discussion and debate" by leaders of their union. Continue reading...

Obama vetoes 9/11 bill, possible override by Congress looms

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama nixed a bill Friday that would have allowed the families of 9/11 victims to sue the government of Saudi Arabia, arguing it undermined national security and setting up the possibility that Congress might override his veto for the first time of his presidency. Continue reading...

Marriott buys Starwood, becoming world's largest hotel chain

NEW YORK — Several of the best-known names in travel are now united in one hotel company. Continue reading...

Wal-Mart suers granted class action

Subscriber onlyA federal judge granted class-action status to Wal-Mart Stores Inc. shareholders who filed a lawsuit in 2012 alleging the retailer defrauded investors by covering up a bribery scheme in Mexico. Continue reading...

Home resales fall 0.9% in August

Inventory shrinkage pushes prices up, discouraging buyers

Subscriber onlyWASHINGTON -- Americans retreated from home buying in August as a worsening inventory shortage appeared to be hurting sales and pushing prices higher. Continue reading...

Airbnb quick to sue cities to ensure rules don't kink its growth

Subscriber onlySAN FRANCISCO -- As cities around the country attempt to regulate the growing home-sharing industry, Airbnb is going on the offensive with a barrage of lawsuits intended to kill local rules it doesn't like. Continue reading...

Luxury stores trying harder to suit

Chauffeured rides, personal services lure, keep customers

Subscriber onlyNEW YORK -- Buying some suits at Ralph Lauren might mean being offered a chauffeured ride home in a BMW. New clothes from Saks could lead to a Mercedes-Benz van carrying a customized wardrobe pulling up to a home, hotel or office. Continue reading...

Week's jobless claims fall to lowest level since April

Subscriber onlyFilings for U.S. unemployment benefits dropped last week to match the lowest level since April. Continue reading...

2 fishermen sue, say kept on boat 7 years

Subscriber onlySAN FRANCISCO -- Two Indonesian fishermen who fled from a Honolulu-based tuna and swordfish vessel when it docked at San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf are suing the boat's owner for tricking them into accepting dangerous jobs that they say they weren't allowed to leave. Continue reading...