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Taxicabs use Uber tactics to compete

Law tweaks give companies hope

Subscriber onlyTaxi companies across the United States waged a bitter, high-profile battle to keep Uber Technologies Inc. and Lyft Inc. from bringing the sharing economy to cabs. Continue reading...

Keeping staff flexible hard at Christmas

Subscriber onlyNEW YORK -- Before the holiday season, employees at Andrea Correale's catering business get an email reminder that in December, "we need all hands on deck." Continue reading...

Flak for AT&T an ill wind for mergers

Subscriber onlyMedia executives dreaming of megamergers got a wake-up call this week: The Trump administration isn't the rubber stamp they'd once thought it would be. Continue reading...

J.C. Penney bright spot among retailers

Subscriber onlyJ.C. Penney delivered some encouraging news Friday: It reported a solid rise in sales at established stores, reversing four-straight quarters of declines. It also posted a smaller-than-expected loss for the third quarter, all news that sent its shares soaring. Continue reading...

IBM scores in quantum development

Subscriber onlyIBM is increasing the pressure on Google in the battle to commercialize quantum computing technology. Continue reading...

China's jetliner orders for show

Boeing deal has mostly old buys

Subscriber onlyThe announcement Thursday by President Donald Trump and President Xi Jinping in China of an order for 300 Boeing Co. jets with a list price of $37 billion is the usual fanfare out of China tied to state visits. Continue reading...

Digital assistants allow no-hands electronic game playing

Subscriber onlyWe just played Animal Trivia, World Foods Trivia and What's Your Nickname without touching a phone, computer or board game. We used Google Home, the digital assistant. We paid $130 when it first came out, but now there's a new version called the Mini, which you can get for $49. This matches the price for Amazon's Alexa. Continue reading...

Stocks on two-day losing streak

Subscriber only Stocks fell for the second day in a row Friday, which hadn't happened in a month, as Amazon put a scare into yet another industry: medical device and health care equipment companies. Continue reading...

Business news in brief

Subscriber onlyU.S. oil, gas rigs increase by 9 for week Continue reading...

Macy's sales fall for 11th quarter

Retailer’s profit rises on inventory control, sale of stores

Subscriber onlyDepartment store chain Macy's said Thursday that sales slipped in the third quarter, the 11th consecutive quarterly sales decrease for a company struggling to find its footing in a rapidly shifting retail landscape. Continue reading...

Insurer's policy raises ER-bill fears

Anthem sticks patients with tab if visit is deemed unneeded

Subscriber only Alison Wrenne was making waffles for her two young children one morning when abdominal pain forced her to the floor. A neighbor who is a physician assistant urged her to go to the emergency room. Continue reading...

Asia-Pacific nations look for trade treaty without U.S. aboard

Subscriber onlyTalks aimed at salvaging a Pacific Rim trade pact rejected by U.S. President Donald Trump continued Thursday on the sidelines of a regional summit, but prospects for an agreement remain uncertain. Continue reading...

Trump on hand, U.S., China sign deals totaling $253.4B

Subscriber only China on Thursday signed business deals it said totaled $253.4 billion with American companies during President Donald Trump's visit in a tradition aimed at blunting criticism of Beijing's trade policies. Continue reading...

Tax-cut doubts depress markets

Subscriber only U.S. stocks skidded Thursday after Senate Republicans surprised Wall Street by proposing a delay in cutting corporate taxes. Industrial and technology companies fell the most, but stocks regained some of their losses before the closing bell. Continue reading...

Business news in brief

Subscriber onlyJobless-aid sign-ups up 10,000, still low Continue reading...