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In U.S. lawsuits, VW tab at $15B

posted: 06/28/2016 1:59 a.m. Discuss

Volkswagen AG's price tag to settle lawsuits in the U.S. over its rigging of diesel emissions tests has jumped to more than $15 billion -- $5 billion more than previously reported, sources said Monday.

Warm seas put heat on fishermen

posted: 06/28/2016 1:58 a.m. Discuss

SEABROOK, N.H. -- The cod isn't just a fish to David Goethel. It's his identity, his ticket to middle-class life, his link to a historic industry.

Report tries to estimate Uber drivers' earnings

posted: 06/28/2016 1:57 a.m. Discuss

Nearly two-thirds of Uber drivers use the ride-hailing service to collect additional income to supplement full- and part-time jobs. But in three large metropolitan cities, drivers make far less than the national average, about $20 per hour, after expenses.

Reselling swanky goods reaps profits

posted: 06/28/2016 1:56 a.m. Discuss

CARLSBAD, Calif. -- Tucked away in a nondescript office park, the luxury resale business Designer Vault recently opened a chic, chandeliered, appointment-only showroom to market what it claims to be the largest collection of vintage Chanel in the nation -- more than 1,500 handbags and accessories worth an estimated $2 million.

At Hulu, ads given a role in shows

posted: 06/27/2016 2:02 a.m. Discuss

LOS ANGELES -- Car commercials are the kind of thing that Mindy Lahiri, the titular character on The Mindy Project, might impatiently fast-forward through or ignore while watching a bad reality-TV show. The Hulu comedy offered an alternative earlier this month for viewers of the latter mindset.

Startups try new models for local online news

posted: 06/27/2016 1 a.m. Discuss

NEW YORK -- A few new startups are tackling a thorny problem that AOL couldn't solve: How to cover local news in different cities without going broke.

Ferris wheel adorns Branson's main drag

posted: 06/26/2016 2:21 a.m. Discuss

BRANSON -- A 15-story Ferris wheel that until recently called Chicago home now is towering over Branson's main drag, just in time for tourism season.

Cities say 1970s' skywalks worked too well, now streets are deserted

posted: 06/26/2016 2:18 a.m. Discuss

DES MOINES, Iowa -- In a city where cranes and construction barriers mark a surge in new downtown apartments, hotels and offices, the sidewalks in Des Moines' core can be strangely quiet.

NYC cabbies say mayor now cowed by Uber

posted: 06/26/2016 2:13 a.m. Discuss

The last time New York Mayor Bill de Blasio tangled with Uber Technologies Inc. and other mobile-device, ride-hailing companies, a campaign against his policies to limit their growth forced him to back down.

McDonald's says buttery muffin rollout shows its new agility

posted: 06/26/2016 1 a.m. Discuss

The slowest part of fast food? Adding new menu items or changing existing ones.

Dow drops 610 as stocks sink globally on exit vote

updated: 06/25/2016 3:16 a.m. Discuss

Stocks plunged in the U.S. and worldwide Friday after Britain voted to leave the European Union. The referendum result stunned investors, who reacted by rushing to the safety of gold and U.S. government bonds as they wondered what's next for Britain, Europe and the global economy.

Some PreCheck fliers held at gate

posted: 06/25/2016 1:49 a.m. Discuss

Thousands of fliers enrolled in trusted traveler programs such as PreCheck aren't getting the expedited screening they paid for because of clerical errors with their reservations.

Insurer restricts patients' choices

posted: 06/25/2016 1:48 a.m. Discuss

Stephanie Rodenberg-Lewis wasn't happy with her insulin pump and switched two years ago to another brand. Now her health insurer is pushing her to go back.

Karma's return set for California

posted: 06/25/2016 1:46 a.m. Discuss

A premium luxury sedan born from the ashes of the Fisker Karma -- a Tesla rival that wowed the automotive world before collapsing into bankruptcy three years ago -- will soon begin rolling off a production line at California's newest car factory.

Senator seeks data on panel's Rx ties

posted: 06/25/2016 1:45 a.m. Discuss

A high-ranking Senate Democrat is pushing for more answers on why doctors and patient advocates with financial ties to the pharmaceutical industry came to serve on a panel that advises the federal government on pain issues.

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