WASHINGTON -- Twenty-four hours before taking the oath of office, President Donald Trump strutted into the presidential ballroom of the Trump International Hotel to toast congressional leaders, top donors and the people he had picked to fill out his Cabinet.
Trump joked that "a total genius must have built this place," underscoring the message:...Read more
You don't have to be Warren Buffett to be richer.
Nor do you need to have him hold your hand to get there.
Yet, a recent study shows most Americans are deeply uncertain about handling their money, and they'd like Warren Buffett to help them figure it out.
If you are among them, take a deep breath and reassure yourself. Remember, you don't ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Jared Kushner relinquished control of his family's multibillion-dollar real-estate business in January to eliminate conflicts of interest when he became a top White House adviser to his father-in-law, President Donald Trump.
Yet Kushner Cos. has apartment buildings with more than $500 million in government-backed mortgages ...Read more
LOS ANGELES--Paramount Pictures Chairman Brad Grey is preparing to leave his job, ending months of speculation about his future as Viacom Chief Executive Bob Bakish moves aggressively to revive the long struggling studio.
Grey, who has led the storied movie company for 12 years, is in negotiations with Paramount Pictures parent Viacom Inc. to ...Read more
SEATTLE -- Starbucks says it will host 100 "Coffee with a Cop" events within the year, deepening its commitment to the events designed to foster conversations between community members and police.
The Coffee with a Cop program was begun in 2011 by the police department in Hawthorne, Calif., with a mission of breaking down the barriers between ...Read more
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ST. LOUIS -- Like many farmers across southeastern Missouri and in states beyond, Steven and Dee Landers faced heavy crop damage last summer, losing nearly half of their yields and taking a financial hit that crept into six figures.
They think illegal use of the drift-prone herbicide dicamba is what afflicted their soybeans and corn. Now the ...Read more
MINNEAPOLIS -- A whistleblower lawsuit alleges that UnitedHealth Group and health plans that hire a subsidiary of the insurer have overbilled the federal Medicare program by submitting risk adjustment claims in ways that wrongly boost payment rates.
If true, the scheme could have caused hundreds of millions, if not billions, of dollars in ...Read more
PITTSBURGH -- Kraft Heinz is on the acquisition trail again, with the food giant confirming Friday it offered to buy the consumer packaged goods company Unilever but had its offer quickly rejected.
The talks between the two companies came as a bit of a shock to traders, who had expected Kraft Heinz, dually headquartered in Pittsburgh and ...Read more
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FORT WORTH, Texas -- Southwest Airlines has asked a federal court to stop an illegal work action by its mechanics, who have been engaged in a group boycott of overtime shifts.
The Dallas-based airline alleges that a significant number of mechanics have been refusing to work overtime shifts since Feb. 10 at its Dallas Love Field maintenance ...Read more
SAN FRANCISCO -- Fewer customers opened checking accounts at Wells Fargo in January and more closed checking accounts, an indication that the embattled financial behemoth still faces challenges arising from a scandal linked to bogus accounts at the bank, the company reported Friday.
During January compared with the same month the year before, ...Read more
For a company that builds some very quick cars, Honda sometimes moves with glacial slowness.
The 2017 CR-V compact SUV (I give it four out of four stars) is a prime example. After years of complaints about its over-reliance on touch screen controls, Honda gave the new SUV's audio system a volume dial but inexplicably retained the annoying touch...Read more
When two members of President Donald Trump's Cabinet visit Mexico in the week ahead, the issue of immigration may dominate the headlines, but discussion of the countries' trade relations will pervade the talks.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly are scheduled to visit Mexico on Thursday. It...Read more
Volkswagen's design team focused on passenger comfort and visually emphasizing width when they created the new 2018 Tiguan SUV at company design headquarters in Wolfsburg, Germany.
The North American and Chinese versions of the Tiguan are 10.7 inches longer than the old Tiguan and 8.6 inches longer than the new European model that went into ...Read more
CHICAGO -- To the many who succumb to late-night cravings, McDonald's drive-thru can be a beacon of fast-food hope. But without a car, the dreams of indulging in that burger desire are dashed.
A blind man from Louisiana wants the fast-food giant to come up with another solution for those who physically can't drive through a drive-thru.
Scott ...Read more
ATLANTA -- Free meals in coach class are coming back to Delta -- on some routes, anyway.
After a test of free meals late last year, Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines is rolling out complimentary meals in the main cabin on some transcontinental flights. During last year's test, Delta said it "saw a significant increase" in customer satisfaction ...Read more
CHICAGO -- Old favorites are getting new life under the Golden Arches.
Last month, McDonald's rolled out two new sizes of Big Macs -- the Grand Mac and the Mac Jr. -- and a few weeks ago, it added to its annual Shamrock Shake offer with four new mint-flavored drinks. Other riffs on menu staples are being offered in regions around the country, ...Read more
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Duke Energy reported $2.1 billion in 2016 earnings Thursday, a 23 percent drop from the $2.8 billion of the previous year, but reached the high end of its earnings per share target.
The company said it would expand its capital spending over the next five years to invest heavily in updating its grid, measures that can improve ...Read more
LOS ANGELES -- Snap Inc. set a starting price range of $14 to $16 per share for its initial public offering, which at the top end could value the Los Angeles technology company at more than $22 billion.
The IPO of the Snapchat mobile app developer is expected to be the largest ever for a Los Angeles firm and the biggest since Alibaba and ...Read more
SAN FRANCISCO -- What happens inside Tesla Inc.'s electric car factory in Fremont, Calif., this year will torque Tesla toward a sustainable future or send it on a road to ruin.
Everything at Tesla depends on the success of the Model 3, a mid-priced electric car the company plans to churn out by the hundreds of thousands each year. The Model 3 ...Read more
LOS ANGELES -- Puppeteer Art Vega has worked in the "Disney Junior -- Live on Stage!" show at Disney California Adventure for 14 years, delighting children with performances featuring Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy.
But his work is scheduled to end April 9, when Walt Disney Co. plans to close the current version of the long-running show, ...Read more