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Toys R Us to carry selection of American Girl dolls

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For years, an American Girl's standalone store has been the only place in the U.S. where people could show up and buy the dolls.

The stores are positioned as places not just to shop, but also to experience. Many have eateries where girls can dine with their dolls and salons where stylists do the dolls' hair and pierce the dolls' ears.

There's ...Read more

Stone Brewing names new CEO

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ESCONDIDO, Calif. -- Stone Brewing's new CEO, Dominic Engels, knows his beverages -- or at least his pomegranate juice.

Engels, the current president of POM Wonderful, will succeed the Escondido brewery's founding CEO, Greg Koch, Stone confirmed Wednesday. Co-founder and president Steve Wagner insisted that Engels, while a craft beer rookie, is...Read more

McDonald's US president, key architect of transformation, to leave at year-end

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CHICAGO -- McDonald's kicked its transformation into high gear Wednesday, announcing plans to replace the president of its U.S. business.

Mike Andres, a key architect of the fast-food giant's attempt to reinvent itself through initiatives like all-day breakfast, is retiring at year-end. He will be replaced by Chris Kempczinski, a former Kraft ...Read more

McDonald's US president, key architect of transformation, to leave at year-end

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CHICAGO -- McDonald's kicked its transformation into high gear Wednesday, announcing plans to replace the president of its U.S. business.

Mike Andres, a key architect of the fast-food giant's attempt to reinvent itself through initiatives like all-day breakfast, is retiring at year-end. He will be replaced by Chris Kempczinski, a former Kraft ...Read more

Tesla Autopilot upgrade is imminent, Elon Musk says

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Tesla Motors Inc. will announce "major improvements" for its Autopilot semi-autonomous driving system Wednesday, according to Chief Executive Elon Musk.

The improvements will come "primarily through advanced processing of radar signals," Musk said in a series of tweets. He promised more details later in the day.

The Autopilot feature includes ...Read more

Twitter jumps after co-founder says company must ponder its options

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Shares of Twitter soared on Wednesday after a company co-founder said in an interview that the social network must ponder options such as a takeover, even though he believes the company is in a "strong position."

Twitter jumped 4.5 percent Wednesday after co-founder Ev Williams told Bloomberg TV that the company has to consider...Read more

How LinkedIn's search engine may reflect a gender bias

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SEATTLE -- Search for a female contact on LinkedIn, and you may get a curious result. The professional networking website asks if you meant to search for a similar-looking man's name.

A search for "Stephanie Williams," for example, brings up a prompt asking if the searcher meant to type "Stephen Williams" instead.

It's not that there aren't ...Read more

New United president cashes in with move from American

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CHICAGO -- New United Airlines President Scott Kirby's move from competitor American Airlines didn't bring a change in title but did bring a large payday.

Chicago-based United will pay Kirby an annual base salary of $875,000, the airline said in a regulatory filing Tuesday. He is also eligible for incentive pay and received a sign-on award of ...Read more

Brown-Forman sales drop 5 percent as Tennessee Fire sales fizzle

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LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Investors in Brown-Forman, parent of Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey, may need a stiff drink -- the Louisville-based company reported Wednesday that net sales fell 5 percent to $661 million for the first quarter.

Some of the heartburn came from double-digit declines in U.S. sales of Tennessee Fire.

For the quarter, diluted ...Read more

US companies add a solid 177,000 new jobs, ADP says

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WASHINGTON -- Private-sector employers added 177,000 net new jobs in August, payroll processing firm Automatic Data Processing said Wednesday, signaling that the labor market is continuing the steady growth that could soon lead to a Federal Reserve interest rate hike.

The figure was down from an upwardly revised 194,000 net new jobs added in ...Read more

Union decline has taken big bite out of nonunion paychecks, report says

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You don't have to be in a union for your paycheck to feel the impact of organized labor's long decline.

A new report from the Economic Policy Institute, a research group that advocates on behalf of low- and middle-income workers, calculates how much more nonunion private-sector workers would have earned in 2013 had private-sector union ...Read more

Tech Q&A: When a browser becomes malware

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Q: How can I get rid of the Chromium browser on my laptop? It's pervasive and intrusive.

--Tom Urban, Toledo, Ohio

A: The original Chromium browser is neither intrusive nor difficult to uninstall. What you probably have is an altered Chromium browser that can tamper with web searches and admit malicious software.

The original Chromium browser...Read more

Troy Wolverton: 8 simple steps to secure your devices and data

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It's not easy protecting your devices and data these days.

Ransomware, email scams, identity theft, hacking attacks, massive data breaches -- the news is filled with stories of the security threats consumers, businesses and governments face. When even the National Security Agency can't keep its crucial information secure, you may rightly wonder...Read more

Lifetouch adjusting its lens to the digital age

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Executives at Lifetouch Inc. like to describe their $1.5 billion company as the best-kept secret in the Twin Cities. To millions of parents and students, however, the brand is a household name.

The company is far and away the nation's largest producer of school photos and IDs. It also publishes yearbooks, operates more than 600 ...Read more

How geeks took over TV, from Netflix to 'Mr. Robot' to Intel reality show

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Hollywood and Silicon Valley are having a love fest.

HBO earns rave reviews for its geeks-gone-wild take on the tech world's stomping ground. Intel and Apple jump in with their own reality TV shows, while a slew of YouTube and web-TV projects suss out the valley's zeitgeist.

As Hollywood looks north for inspiration, the ...Read more

Christopher & Banks does not meet its own expectations in second quarter

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Switching to a new e-commerce system hurt Christopher & Banks' second-quarter results, but the company's CEO said the change was needed for the women's retailer to progress in the long term.

After the company reported worse-than-expected results Tuesday, shares of its stock plunged 21.4 percent, closing at $1.62.

Results for the...Read more

Tribune Media inks deal to sell Tribune Tower to developer

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CHICAGO -- Los Angeles-based developer CIM Group has agreed to buy Tribune Tower for up to $240 million, marking the end of media ownership for the historic building and the beginning of a new chapter, likely as part of a mixed-use redevelopment.

Chicago developer Golub & Co partnered with CIM to buy the tower and adjacent property from Tribune...Read more

Callaway Golf to acquire Toulon Design

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SAN DIEGO -- Callaway Golf said it's buying Toulon Design, a premium putter maker owned by former TaylorMade club guru Sean Toulon.

The move brings Toulon, who has more than 80 patents, to Callaway as a senior vice president and general manager of its Odyssey putter brand.

"Sean is one of the most experienced and knowledgeable leaders in the ...Read more

Lyft and Uber launch programs to cater to seniors

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Uber and Lyft spent the last four years cornering the millennial market. Now they're going after a new demographic: senior citizens.

Both ride-hailing companies recently announced partnerships with service providers that allow older customers to book rides through a phone operator, bypassing smartphone apps entirely.

The ...Read more

SEC awards $22 million to Monsanto whistleblower

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ST. LOUIS -- A former Monsanto financial executive who blew the whistle on the company's accounting practices has been awarded a $22.4 million share of the government's settlement with Monsanto, according to his lawyer.

The executive, who was not named, told the Securities and Exchange Commission about misleading accounting surrounding sales of...Read more