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Quest for affordable housing drives people away from the coasts, new figures show

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WASHINGTON -- The high cost of housing seemed to sap Americans' taste for coastal cities last year as cities in Texas and Arizona gained more population than New York City or Los Angeles for the first time in a decade, according to census population estimates released Thursday.

"What started as a promising decade for big cities is starting to ...Read more

Delta plans to restart flights to Mumbai

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Delta Air Lines said it plans to restart nonstop flights from the United States to Mumbai next year.

Atlanta-based Delta made the announcement in the wake of U.S. agreements reached earlier this year with Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.

The agreements with Qatar and the U.A.E. were aimed at addressing concerns Delta, United and American ...Read more

Elon Musk wants to rate journalists' credibility. But how's his credibility?

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Stung by a series of news articles delving into safety issues at Tesla Motors' Fremont factory, Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk has tweeted that he's thinking of starting a website that would score journalists for "credibility."

If he's looking for a model, he might start with the numerous articles that have scored him for credibility. But he ...Read more

United taps FAA's first female leader as airline's first female board chairman

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The United Continental Holdings board has chosen Jane Garvey, the first female administrator of the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration, as its new chairman -- a role that was once promised to CEO Oscar Munoz.

Garvey, 74, will be the first woman to chair the Chicago-based airline's board. United announced her appointment Thursday in a note to ...Read more

Corker, U.S. Chamber blast Trump threat of auto tariffs

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WASHINGTON -- Some policymakers and powerful business groups on Thursday criticized President Donald Trump's threatened tariffs on imported autos and auto parts into the U.S. on national security grounds, suggesting Trump is abusing his authority.

U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tennessee, who serves as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations ...Read more

After chilly spring, beer industry hopes Memorial Day weekend will kickstart sales

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A lagging beer industry hopes a strong Memorial Day weekend can help make the glass look half full again.

So far, 2018 has not been kind to beer-makers, in part because of the uncooperative weather. When the sun is blazing, beers are swilled on golf courses, boats and patios across the country. But after a chilly start to the year, particularly...Read more

Trump signs bipartisan bill rolling back some Dodd-Frank bank regulations

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WASHINGTON -- President Trump on Thursday signed bipartisan legislation rolling back some of the Dodd-Frank financial rules put in place after the 2008 financial crisis, touting another victory for his deregulatory agenda.

But the bill fell well short of his campaign call to dismantle the 2010 Dodd-Frank law, leaving key pillars unchanged, ...Read more

California lead paint initiative comes under fire

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- In dramatic fashion, state lawmakers on Wednesday ripped into a California ballot initiative to have taxpayers, not paint companies, pay for lead-paint cleanup while overturning a landmark court ruling that made three manufacturers liable for the cost.

After hearing a panel of paint company representatives and initiative ...Read more

Amazon's finance ambitions are said to draw attention from Fed

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WASHINGTON -- U.S. banks are keeping a watchful eye on the ambitions of Amazon.com Inc. and other technology giants to break into the world of finance. So is the Federal Reserve.

Fed Vice Chairman Randal Quarles, the U.S.'s most influential banking watchdog, is monitoring the potential for disruption to the industry and has expressed concern ...Read more

Google village in downtown San Jose would connect local neighborhoods, company vows

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Google's proposed transit-oriented village would be a catalyst to connect people and nature with an array of experiences, a grand plan that would integrate the game-changing project with numerous adjacent neighborhoods, according to a presentation by the company Wednesday night.

The search giant sketched a vision of an ...Read more

Massive Detroit riverfront property has incredible potential

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DETROIT -- One of Detroit's biggest parcels of available land on the waterfront, DTE Energy's old Conners Creek power plant site, will soon go out for redevelopment bids.

At 75 acres, the plant site offers one of the largest parcels available for reuse in the city and along the river.

DTE's real estate consultant, RCLCO of Washington, D.C., ...Read more

Analysts: Trump doesn't get the auto industry; tariffs hurt consumers

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DETROIT -- Auto industry analysts and advocates say American consumers will be hurt if President Donald Trump follows through on using "national security" concerns about declining manufacturing jobs to justify adding a major tax on imported trucks, cars and auto parts.

They say his call for tariffs reflects a lack of understanding of the ...Read more

The Mortgage Professor: What are “qualified mortgages”, and what purpose do they serve?

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In 2013, the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act introduced the qualified mortgage concept, which was designed to eliminate the market abuses that had led to the financial crisis a few years earlier. Like most crisis-induced legislation, Dodd/Frank is replete with flaws, and the qualified mortgage concept (henceforth QM) is...Read more

Real estate Q&A: Can condo board bar me from using attic?

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Q: I live in a two-story condo on the second floor. I have access through a trap door in the ceiling of my unit to the attic. I placed a small deck of plywood and use the space in the attic to store holiday decorations. The fire marshal said it was OK to use the area for noncombustible items. Our board members now say we cannot store anything ...Read more

Consumer Confidential: Businesses really, really don't like this privacy bill, which is why you should

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It's my experience that the more fuss businesses kick up about consumer-related legislation, the more likely it is such a bill is needed and would be an effective deterrent to bad practices.

That seems to be the case with a bill scheduled to be heard this week in the California Senate, SB 1121, which would make it potentially very costly for ...Read more

Swapping fryers for fitting rooms: Chicago looks to regulate mobile boutiques

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CHICAGO -- After years of contentious efforts to regulate food trucks, Chicago is tackling a new kind of mobile business: trucks that swap fryers for fitting rooms and hawk merchandise, not meals.

The city in 2016 gave about a half-dozen mobile boutiques -- selling apparel, shoes and artwork -- permission to hit the streets for a two-year trial...Read more

Farmers nervously await outcome of trade talks

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WASHINGTON -- Perhaps no group of U.S. farmers has more to lose from a trade war with China than soybean growers.

This planting season, the farmers have been watching the headlines as carefully as the weather, hoping that China won't act on its threat to impose a 25 percent tariff on U.S. imports and thus restrict access to the largest soybean ...Read more

Bird's scooters have flooded the streets of major cities. But can the start-up control misbehaving riders?

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Scooter rental start-up Bird wants customers to know its electric gadgets are not toys. It has produced educational videos and in-app notices to remind people to ride safely. It has given away helmets to anyone who wants one. And before a customer can even unlock a scooter, he or she has to agree to follow the rules of the road....Read more

Trump suggests 'big news' for US autoworkers involves NAFTA

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump suggested Wednesday afternoon that his "big news" for U.S. autoworkers could have to do with plans to rewrite -- or withdraw from -- the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Wednesday morning, Trump posted a cryptic message on Twitter, saying there would be "big news coming soon for our great American ...Read more

Amazon, Starbucks pledge $25,000 each to campaign for referendum on Seattle head tax

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SEATTLE -- Amazon and Starbucks are among companies that have promised to cut large checks to a campaign collecting signatures for a referendum on Seattle's head tax.

Both Seattle-based global giants have pledged $25,000 to the "No Tax on Jobs" effort, according to a report filed Wednesday with the city's elections commission.

The report ...Read more