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Store labels ascend in apparel, dimming name-brands allure

Subscriber onlyA few months ago, Amazon.com Inc. representatives met with fashion designer Jackie Wilson as part of the expansion of Amazon's surging apparel business. Continue reading...

Yellen finale at hand, odds are Fed to raise interest rates

Subscriber onlyWASHINGTON -- Investors seem certain about this: The Federal Reserve is going to raise interest rates this week for the third time this year. Continue reading...

White House push to kill regulations falls short of boasts

Subscriber onlyWASHINGTON -- As the Trump administration nears its one-year mark, White House officials are touting cuts to regulations as one of their top achievements. Continue reading...

U.S. distiller takes page from Scots

Peat from a bog burned to dry malted barley in Seattle

Subscriber onlySEATTLE -- Matt Hofmann walks along a small brown pond, the earth of its bank springing underfoot like a muddy mattress. Continue reading...

Once seen as relic, steel-maker rises

Owner optimistic on turnaround for 107-year-old company

Subscriber onlyWinter is coming and Stelco Holdings' steel plant on the Canadian shore of Lake Erie is stocking up for the stormy months ahead. Iron ore from Minnesota and Appalachian coal are streaming off ships on conveyor belts toward the blast furnace and coke ovens. Behind the docks, 25-ton coils of steel are lined up for shipment, still radiating heat three days after they were produced. Continue reading...

Retailers face labor dilemma in fight to challenge Amazon

Subscriber onlyBrick-and-mortar retailers hoping to fend off Amazon.com Inc. need to deploy the one weapon that could set them apart: top-notch customer service, provided by actual humans. Continue reading...

Toil up, frazzling delivery drivers

Online shopping overwhelms UPS

Subscriber onlyNEW YORK -- At lunchtime Thursday, Miguel Lopez paused on his rounds in Elmhurst, N.Y. He got hired part-time for United Parcel Service when he was 23. That was two decades ago. A small startup mail order company called Amazon was then in its early days selling books online, a blip that became a behemoth. The part-time job has ballooned so much that what is part-time is his life outside work. Continue reading...

FERC head asks for vote delay

Trump plan to bail out coal uncertain under new chief

Subscriber onlyThe Trump administration's latest bid to bail out coal country appears to be faltering amid opposition and disagreement among the nation's top energy regulators. Continue reading...

Gun sales fall as rule fears fade

Subscriber onlyA bad dream for U.S. firearms producers has become reality: The fear-based motivation for gun purchases has evaporated and is being replaced by bargain hunting. Continue reading...

Fans of Net neutrality getting vocal

Subscriber onlyNEW YORK -- Net neutrality is a simple concept but a dense and often technical issue that has been argued over for years in tech and telecom circles. Now everyday people are talking about it. Continue reading...

Fannie, Freddie overhaul bill jells

2 senators ready for others’ input

Subscriber onlyCongress still has a long way to go before resolving the most significant overhang that remains from the 2008 financial crisis. But a consensus is emerging around principles for overhauling Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the U.S. mortgage-finance system. Continue reading...

GE power unit to lose 12,000 jobs

Company cites renewables, fast evolving energy market

Subscriber onlyNEWARK, N.J. -- General Electric Co. will cut 12,000 jobs in its power division as alternative energy supplants demand for coal and other fossil fuels, and energy demand declines overall. Continue reading...

Plan allows restaurants to divvy tips

Subscriber onlyOne of the most contentious issues in restaurants, at least in higher-end restaurants, is the pay disparity between the tipped servers and hourly cooks. The U.S. Department of Labor has just proposed new regulations to help narrow that gap, but critics say the rules go too far: They would allow employers to control all tips, potentially legalizing a practice that is now considered wage theft under the law. Continue reading...

Pot aid for pets' pain in limbo

DEA classifies cannabidiols as illegal drug, stalls research

Subscriber onlyBEND, Ore. -- Dr. Byron Maas surveys a supply of marijuana products for dogs that lines a shelf in his veterinary clinic. The products are selling well. Continue reading...

Firms adapt to insurer changes

Owners looking at options, costs

Subscriber onlySmall businesses are getting notices about their premium and coverage changes for 2018, and some are making adjustments because of that. Continue reading...