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In Hollywood, 'Anything Goes' Becomes 'You're Fired'

Sun, 22 Jul 2018 11:03:55 EDT

Hollywood’s longstanding say-anything, do-anything culture is rapidly turning into one where the wrong words can kill careers.


Mickey Mouse, Meet Homer and the 'Avatar' Crew

Sun, 22 Jul 2018 02:34:34 EDT

With its deal to acquire entertainment assets from 21st Century Fox, Disney is close to snaring popular properties including ‘The Simpsons’ and ‘Avatar.’ Here is a look at marquee Fox properties and what Disney might do with them.


Air Taxis and Self-Driving Aircraft: Aviation Industry Faces Its Future

Sun, 22 Jul 2018 06:39:30 EDT

The Farnborough International Airshow in England this past week highlighted technology of the near future, including autonomous aircraft and urban flying vehicles that don’t need an airport.


WPP in Talks to Sell Minority Stake in Chinese Unit

Sat, 21 Jul 2018 16:15:01 EDT

WPP has held talks to sell a minority stake in its operations in China, as the world’s largest advertising company reviews its business after founder Martin Sorrell’s exit.


Trump's Emerging Economic Policy: Picking Winners and Losers

Sat, 21 Jul 2018 09:48:43 EDT

The president’s unorthodox approach to economic policy could harm some U.S. industries with tariffs, but it also includes concrete plans to maintain America’s technological edge.


U.S. to Toughen Foreign-Investment Reviews Amid Trade Fight With China

Thu, 19 Jul 2018 22:34:23 EDT

Congress is poised to strengthen the procedures for vetting both foreign investments in the U.S. and overseas transactions involving cutting-edge American technology.


Now for Sale: The Empty Space Inside Retailers' Packages

Sun, 22 Jul 2018 09:00:08 EDT

Saks Fifth Avenue, Zulily and Barnes & Noble College are among several businesses that have joined a new marketplace allowing advertisers to buy and insert paper ads in customers’ boxes.


Swings and Misses for U.S. and China in Trade Dispute

Sun, 22 Jul 2018 02:29:05 EDT

In the escalating trade fight between the U.S. and China, both sides are targeting plenty of products they don’t actually import from one another.


U.S. Jobless Claims Hit Lowest Level Since 1969

Fri, 20 Jul 2018 22:06:10 EDT

The number of Americans claiming new unemployment benefits fell last week to the lowest level in nearly five decades.


2.5 Billion Pounds of Meat Piles Up in U.S. as Exports Slow

Sun, 22 Jul 2018 13:38:35 EDT

Meat is piling up in U.S. cold-storage warehouses, fueled by a surge in supplies and trade disputes that are eroding demand.


America Is Running Out of Family Caregivers, Just When It Needs Them Most

Sun, 22 Jul 2018 02:42:36 EDT

Family members have long been the backbone of the nation’s long-term care system. But smaller, more far-flung families mean fewer of these unpaid helpers to attend to the rising population of elderly Americans. “Are you really my daughter?”


China Woos U.A.E. With Trade, Balancing Concerns Over Iran Ties

Fri, 20 Jul 2018 20:30:30 EDT

The Chinese president wrapped up three-day meeting in U.A.E with flurry of business agreements, bolstering economic ties with a key ally of Saudi Arabia, just as Beijing is emerging as a critical partner for an increasingly isolated Iran.


America's Factory Towns, Once Solidly Blue, Are Now a GOP Haven

Fri, 20 Jul 2018 10:14:43 EDT

In one generation, manufacturing districts have flipped from Democratic strongholds to Republican ones. The swing is remaking both parties on issues from trade to social policy—and could shape the midterm elections.


New CEO to Replace Ailing Marchionne Atop Fiat Chrysler

Sat, 21 Jul 2018 18:14:49 EDT

Fiat Chrysler appointed a new chief executive Saturday in an unexpected move to replace the ailing Sergio Marchionne, who has led the company for nearly a decade.


Costs Are Crashing the Party for Manufacturers

Sun, 22 Jul 2018 09:09:18 EDT

Industrial firms are booking more orders and delivering higher profits. But costs are rising as well, threatening the outlook for the sector.


Papa John's Board to Weigh 'Poison Pill'

Sun, 22 Jul 2018 12:30:11 EDT

Papa John’s board members are planning to discuss and possibly vote Sunday on whether to adopt a “poison pill” to prevent its controversial founder from gaining control of the pizza chain.


Not Just Fur: Fashion Houses Scramble to Drop Animal Skins

Thu, 19 Jul 2018 12:28:34 EDT

Luxury brands that have long relied on fur and animal skins to drive sales are scrambling to impose animal-welfare standards on their supply chains.


China Targets Apple With Push Into Advanced Screens

Sun, 22 Jul 2018 11:29:11 EDT

China’s campaign to become a global power in advanced manufacturing is playing out at a high-tech factory in Sichuan province, where BOE Technology Group is aiming to supply display screens for Apple’s top-tier iPhones.


Share of U.S. Employees Offered Health Care Through Work Rises

Fri, 20 Jul 2018 14:54:21 EDT

For the first time in six years, the portion of U.S. workers offered health insurance through their employer has risen, a sign a tighter labor market is prompting businesses to offer more generous benefits.


With Acquisition, French IT Firm Targets Broader Access to U.S.

Sun, 22 Jul 2018 10:11:02 EDT

France’s Atos is nearing a multibillion deal to acquire Syntel, a U.S.-based information-technology company, a move that would give it access to some of the biggest U.S. financial-services companies.


Trump Continues Fed Criticism, Renews Threat on China Imports

Fri, 20 Jul 2018 21:57:53 EDT

President Trump continued his criticism of the Federal Reserve, saying higher rates hurt the U.S. economic expansion, and accused China and Europe of manipulating their currencies to hurt the U.S. on trade.