CHICAGO -- Plush-toy maker Ty has created a "Cecil the Lion" Beanie Baby as an animal rights fundraiser in response to a Minnesota hunter who faces worldwide scorn and potential extradition to Africa after illegally killing a protected lion named Cecil in Zimbabwe.
"Hopefully, this special Beanie Baby will raise awareness for animal ...Read more
ATLANTA --Delta Air Lines said Monday it has banned shipment of lion, leopard, elephant, rhinoceros and buffalo trophies as freight.
Up until today, Atlanta-based Delta had accepted hunting trophies if customers provided appropriate documentation to U.S. customs officials and if the animal in question was not a protected species.
The move ...Read more
SAN LEANDRO, Calif. -- About 180 Compass Transportation drivers who shuttle workers at six Silicon Valley tech companies and Amtrak could get a pay bump and more benefits this year.
Shuttle bus drivers, who are also members of Teamsters Local 853, met at the union's office on Saturday and unanimously voted to approve a new three-year contract ...Read more
LOS ANGELES -- CIT Group Inc. said Monday it completed its $3.4 billion acquisition of OneWest Bank, based outside Los Angeles in Pasadena.
OneWest, with 70 retail branches in Southern California, will continue operating under that name as a unit of CIT's CIT Bank. CIT Bank also will be based at OneWest's Pasadena headquarters.
CIT, based in ...Read more
MIAMI -- Norwegian Cruise Line will venture farther than it ever has before.
The Miami-based cruise line on Monday announced deployment plans for late 2016 and early 2017 that include itineraries in the Persian Gulf and India, where Norwegian ships have never sailed.
Norwegian Star, a 2,348-passenger ship that was built in 2001 and renovated ...Read more
Growth in spending by consumers significantly cooled in June despite another solid gain in incomes, the Commerce Department said Monday.
Personal consumption expenditures increased 0.2 percent, the smallest in four months, compared to a downwardly revised 0.7 percent jump in May.
The decline came as Americans spent less on cars and other long-...Read more
Three major automakers signaled their commitment to automated cars late Sunday with an agreement to buy mapping technology from Nokia for just over $3 billion.
The three companies -- BMW, Audi and Daimler, all German -- will each take one-third ownership of Nokia Here, which will remain operationally independent.
Here is a map-data leader for ...Read more
PITTSBURGH -- In a move that has been rumored for weeks, Virginia-based coal miner Alpha Natural Resources Inc. filed for bankruptcy protection Monday citing an "unprecedented period of distress" for the centuries-old coal industry.
Alpha operates more than 50 underground and surface mines across four Appalachian states and Wyoming.
Under ...Read more
The Helios RainPeter Glassman
Air Force Major Dr. Mathew Collins is the sole survivor of his special operations unit in Afghanistan after chemical attack by Iranians. The Helios Rain is an Iranian paralytic chemical agent activated by the sun’s rays, yet Collins is alive with above normal muscle strength. The U.S. fears...
DETROIT -- New vehicle sales rose 6.4 percent in July for General Motors, 6 percent for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and 5 percent for Ford as low interest rates, falling gas prices and an improving job market kept showroom traffic brisk.
With gas prices falling again, sales of pickup trucks, SUVs and crossovers continued at a torrid pace while ...Read more
LONDON -- A massive sell-off of stocks in Greece on Monday underscored the uncertainty that still surrounds the Mediterranean nation as its government tries to secure a new international bailout to avoid a disastrous default.
The Athens stock exchange plummeted by more than 22 percent upon opening Monday before recovering somewhat to end the ...Read more
Never mind smartphones, biotechnology and streaming video. If you wanted to handily beat the stock market over the last decade, you should have bought WD-40 Co.
The San Diego maker of the decidedly unglamorous WD-40 lubricant, rust protector and squeak eliminator keeps growing steadily, notably in foreign markets.
Its stock keeps rising in ...Read more
DETROIT -- A pay telephone on a busy Detroit street corner could once net $200 a week in just coins. But that was 30 years ago.
These days, Greg Andrick is lucky to find $5 or $6 in a pay phone's change box every couple months when making his service rounds. His company, Great Lakes Telephone, once operated more than 6,000 rectangular metal pay...Read more
Young parents can hear shocking statistics -- such as that some private schools could cost about $450,000 for four years by the time today's newborn heads to college -- and give up on saving any money.
It's overwhelming to consider that cost of college has tripled in roughly 18 years.
But giving up means you're throwing away the chance to ...Read more
You may be counting on Social Security as a mainstay of income in your looming retirement. But when you take those benefits and how long you continue to work are both factors that can shrink that monthly check.
When you receive Social Security benefits before your full retirement age -- 67 if you were born in 1960 or later -- an earnings test ...Read more
You'll soon be able to download an electronic version of your Social Security statement, but chances are it won't enhance your retirement one bit.
That's because you probably won't change your claiming date based on what you find, according to academic studies that have looked at claiming behavior.
Few workers made changes to their benefit ...Read more
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Say goodbye to your stock broker and financial planner. No more trips to Wells Fargo -- you can get your home loan refinanced on your iPad.
The financial tech boom is in full force, driven by Silicon Valley entrepreneurs creating Web and mobile technology to offer personal and business loans, manage IRAs and college savings ...Read more
Maybe you hear rumors that the mega-rich made fortunes off just one stock, or that tech or real estate is the only sector worth your time this year. Ask yourself: Does the same team win the Super Bowl or World Series year after year? Here's why your portfolio ought to follow multiple contenders.
I grew up in the New York area, a region with ...Read more
PITTSBURGH -- In May 2006, Claire Senita was a 14-year-old eighth-grader performing routine warmup exercises during a gymnastics program when her life took a tragic turn.
"It was just a tumbling class for fun," she said. "I did a dive roll and the next thing I knew I was staring at the ceiling. I couldn't move. It was quick."
Kara Cook was 12 ...Read more
Back-to-school is the second-biggest shopping event of the year for retailers, but paying full retail prices in the typical "mall haul" is for suckers, say expert shoppers and cheapskates.
Americans will spend $68 billion during this year's back-to-school season, including back-to-college, according to the National Retail Federation. That's an ...Read more
In the alphabet soup of retirement plans, the 403(b) doesn't get as much attention as its peer, the 401(k). But it is no less worthy, and a new study takes a look at the latest 403(b) trends.
First, a primer: The 403(b) is a retirement plan that certain types of employers -- universities, public schools, hospitals, the government, churches and ...Read more