Disneyland annual pass with no blackout days now costs more than $1,000

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As Disneyland ponders how to deal with hordes of visitors during peak seasons, it raised the prices of annual passes on Sunday, introducing one that costs more than $1,000.

In the biggest change, Disney stopped selling a pass that let users attend its two Anaheim, Calif., theme parks any day of the year, replacing it with two pricier options.

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Gail MarksJarvis: Investment envelopes likely to arrive filled with red ink

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Beware of the mail that's arriving from your 401(k) or other investment accounts.

If you open it, red ink is likely to pour out of the envelope and may soil your view of your financial future.

Almost any mutual fund or exchange-traded fund that contains stocks became a loser in the third quarter of this year. The average fund that invests in ...Read more

Virgin America teams with Netflix for binge watching at 30,000 feet

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Fans of "House of Cards" and "Orange Is the New Black" can now catch up on their favorite series while flying on Virgin America.

The Burlingame, Calif.-based airline has announced a partnership with Netflix to let members of the on-demand media provider watch movies and shows for free on the airline's two new A320 jets, equipped with high-speed...Read more

SolarCity to produce higher-efficiency rooftop panels

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- SolarCity is scheduled to begin production on new, high-efficiency solar panels this month at its Silicon Valley factory.

The company said Friday the new product, built with a denser collection of solar cells and more efficient panel structure, would generate more power per square foot than any other rooftop panels on the ...Read more

Chick-fil-A readies for Manhattan debut

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NEW YORK -- Sweet tea, buttered biscuits and a little "my pleasure" with a Southern twang has come to the Big Apple and Kerri Loudis couldn't be happier.

With her office just two blocks away from the chain's new store in the fashionable Garden District, Loudis, 37, knows how she'll start her day before going to work.

"I can get a biscuit every...Read more

Stocks recover slightly after taking steep tumble on jobs data

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Stocks recovered Friday morning after taking a steep tumble on jobs data that came in weaker than expected, sparking unease about the health of the U.S. economy and even more uncertainty about the Federal Reserve's expressed preference for raising interest rates this year.

The blue-chip Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped more than 200 points,...Read more

Three takeaways from September's dismal jobs report

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WASHINGTON -- September hiring fell well short of consensus expectations and previous economic growth was less robust than thought, new Labor Department statistics say in a dismal monthly report that painted a picture of an economy in downshift mode.

Employers added a disappointing 142,000 jobs in September, the Labor Department said Friday, ...Read more

Analysis: Trump killing NAFTA could mean big hit to US firms, consumers

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MEXICO CITY -- Donald Trump has pledged to renegotiate or terminate the North American Free Trade Agreement, saying it's been a disaster for the U.S.

And the billionaire front-runner for the Republican nomination isn't the first presidential candidate to bash the deal: Since its inception (Ross Perot warned of a "giant sucking sound" pulling ...Read more

Job growth slows sharply to 142,000; unemployment rate stays at 5.1 percent

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WASHINGTON -- The U.S. economy added just 142,000 net new jobs in September and average wages fells slightly, surprising signs that labor market growth has stalled amid global economic troubles.

Job growth in August also was revised down sharply to 136,000, the Labor Department said Friday.

Economists had expected an upward revision for August...Read more

Mark Phelan: GM showcases employees' collectible cars

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The people who work for car companies don't just build, design and develop cars from 9-5. When they get home, many of them lavish their time and talent on private collectible cars -- sometimes cars that have been in the family for generations.

For instance, when powertrain calibration specialist Jane Wells learned her father mentioned that he ...Read more

The Week Ahead: Shifting the focus

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If a stock's price is the reflection of the company's earnings potential, as investors are told, then next week's market action will be important. And investors have been led to believe corporate earnings won't be that bad.

Expectations are about as important as a company's actual financial results, at least in the short term. The financial ...Read more

At MLB Advanced Media, a push to stay ahead in the streaming arena

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NEW YORK -- Baseball is ahead of the curve when it comes to streaming video.

With the Major League Baseball season coming to a close, the league will see 20 percent to 25 percent growth in the number of subscribers for its Internet and mobile services, bringing the total to about 3.5 million. Some of them pay up to $129.99 per season for its ...Read more

Larry Printz: 90 years, and a number of noteworthy Chryslers

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It's been 90 years since Walter Chrysler, Chairman of Maxwell Motors, introduced the Chrysler Six. In the decades since, the company that bares his name has turned out a number of noteworthy cars. Let's go for a ride.

--1934 Chrysler Airflow

Upon discovering that their cars were more aerodynamic when backing up, Chrysler engineers, at the ...Read more

The fight for the GOP's soul rages on in the business community

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WASHINGTON--The U.S. Chamber of Commerce plans to shatter its previous political spending records during the 2016 elections in a campaign aimed not only at defeating Democrats but also at winning back the soul of the Republican Party.

The nation's largest business lobby has set out to exceed its $70 million tab from the 2014 elections with as ...Read more

Auto review: Nissan Maxima: Style, but no substance

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The 2016 Nissan Maxima (I give it two out of four stars) traffics in style, not substance. Nissan says it's a large "four-door sports car," but it has less passenger and luggage room than Nissan's midsize Altima sedan and is no match for truly sporty sedans like the BMW 3-series, Cadillac ATS and Chrysler 300.

The Maxima isn't exactly ...Read more

Consumers slow to adopt newest safety features

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Existing technologies already available on new vehicles could prevent about one-third of the traffic deaths annually in the U.S., and save a quarter-trillion dollars, but consumers are very slow to pay the current price for these features, based on a study released this week by the Boston Consulting Group and the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers ...Read more

Kohl's testing small cafes as part of moves to re-energize sales

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MILWAUKEE -- Kohl's Corp. is testing small cafes in two of its department stores, another step by the big retailer as it seeks to drive traffic and re-energize revenue growth.

Now serving up cinnamon lattes, caramel macchiatos and all the other fancy versions of the once-humble cuppa joe that have entrenched themselves with American consumers ...Read more

Could ride-sharing services slow US car sales?

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DETROIT -- Global new car sales will soar from 70 million in 2010 to 125 million by 2025, but the way those cars are used and who will own them is going to change rapidly according to a new report from the McKinsey consulting firm.

Urban Mobility at a Tipping Point is a 22-page discussion of the trends such as in-vehicle connectivity, ...Read more

Auto review: Is the HR-V's roominess, fuel efficiency enough to win over customers?

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The 2016 Honda HR-V (I give it three out of four stars) is a face in the crowd, somebody you met at a party but remember only vaguely. Honda's new subcompact SUV fails to make a strong impression, despite delivering good fuel economy and a roomy interior.

The HR-V lacks any distinguishing style, features or personality to establish it as a ...Read more

Auto review: Toyota Tacoma is quiet, plush

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After three days of city and highway driving, I was ready to dismiss the 2016 Toyota Tacoma pickup as a very nice, very tall sedan. One of those citified trucks.

It's so quiet, cushy and comfortable that it hardly seemed to be a truck at all. The plush seats, lush suspension, refined interior and single-finger steering lulled me into a ...Read more