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Patriots, Chiefs, Saints can earn playoff spots

The Los Angeles Rams already have won the NFC West and could have some company in the playoffs by the end of Sunday’s play. Plus, the Rams can clinch a first-round bye with a victory at Chicago in the night game. New Orleans will win the NFC South by beating or tying Tampa Bay or … Continue reading Patriots, Chiefs, Saints can earn playoff spots

JERUSALEM | Israeli sues Airbnb over West Bank settlement listing ban

JERUSALEM— An Israeli settler is suing Airbnb over its ban on West Bank settlement listings, heeding the call of Israeli officials to challenge the decision. Ma’anit Rabinovich, who advertised her settlement apartment on Airbnb, filed a lawsuit against the company at a Jerusalem court on Thursday. She argues that the decision represents a “grave, offensive … Continue reading JERUSALEM | Israeli sues Airbnb over West Bank settlement listing ban

TOKYO | Sony quarterly profit rises on games, financial services

TOKYO— Japanese electronics and entertainment company Sony Corp.’s net profit rose 32 percent in the last quarter, helped by healthy video game sales and its financial services business, the company said Tuesday. Tokyo-based Sony’s profit totaled 173 billion yen ($1.5 billion) in July-September, up from 131 billion yen the year before. Quarterly sales totaled 2.18 … Continue reading TOKYO | Sony quarterly profit rises on games, financial services

NEW YORK  | Southwest 3Q profit rises on more passengers, flights

NEW YORK  — Southwest Airlines is reporting profits rose more than 16 percent during the third quarter as it booked more passengers on more flights. The company earned $615 million, or $1.08 per share, beating estimates by 2 cents, according to a survey by Zacks Investment Research. Revenue rose 5.1 percent to $5.58 billion, also … Continue reading NEW YORK  | Southwest 3Q profit rises on more passengers, flights

NEW YORK | Defense contractors Harris, L3 Technologies to merge

NEW YORK — Defense contractors Harris Corp. and L3 Technologies are combining to form one of the world’s largest defense companies. The new company, L3 Harris Technologies Inc., will have annual sales of around $16 billion this year. That would make it the sixth-largest U.S. defense contractor and one of the top 10 globally. The … Continue reading NEW YORK | Defense contractors Harris, L3 Technologies to merge

CHICAGO | Lyric Opera musicians go on strike, threatening opera season

CHICAGO — Musicians with the Lyric Opera of Chicago have walked off the job. The musicians set up a picket line outside the Civic Opera House on Tuesday. They cite the company’s proposal to cut the number of orchestra musicians by five. The opera company also wants to cut the pay of remaining musicians by … Continue reading CHICAGO | Lyric Opera musicians go on strike, threatening opera season

SEATTLE | Amazon raising minimum wage for US workers to $15 per hour

SEATTLE — Amazon is boosting its minimum wage for all U.S. workers to $15 per hour starting next month. The company said Tuesday that the wage hike will benefit more than 350,000 workers, which includes full-time, part-time, temporary and seasonal positions. It includes Whole Foods employees. Amazon’s hourly operations and customer service employees, some who … Continue reading SEATTLE | Amazon raising minimum wage for US workers to $15 per hour

NEW YORK | CBS subpoenaed by Manhattan district attorney on Moonves

NEW YORK — CBS said Friday that a New York City prosecutor has subpoenaed the company for information related to sexual misconduct allegations that led to the ouster of longtime chief Les Moonves. The company said in a regulatory filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission that it received subpoenas from the Manhattan District Attorney … Continue reading NEW YORK | CBS subpoenaed by Manhattan district attorney on Moonves

LONDON | Aston Martin valued at $6.7 billion in IPO pricing

LONDON— Aston Martin Lagonda, the maker of James Bond‘s favorite sports car, plans to raise as much as 1.27 billion pounds ($1.67 billion) when it sells shares to investors for the first time. The luxury carmaker says it will sell a 25 percent stake for between 17.50 pounds and 22.50 pounds a share, valuing the … Continue reading LONDON | Aston Martin valued at $6.7 billion in IPO pricing

BERLIN | Germany’s 2 main department store chains set to merge

BERLIN — Germany’s two main department store chains are set to merge in a deal under which Canada-based Hudson’s Bay Co. will form a joint venture with Austria’s Signa. The deal announced Tuesday will bring together Karstadt, owned by Signa, and Kaufhof, owned by HBC. It also includes HBC Europe’s other retail holdings, among them … Continue reading BERLIN | Germany’s 2 main department store chains set to merge

NEW YORK | Kate Spade, the company, honors Kate Spade, the fashion icon

NEW YORK — A rosy hue washed over a room at the New York Public Library as models wearing vibrant pinks, greens and blues followed a winding silver line of glitter on a pink carpet. The shimmering line was an homage to late designer Kate Spade at the New York Fashion Week show of her … Continue reading NEW YORK | Kate Spade, the company, honors Kate Spade, the fashion icon

MILAN | Will espresso-loving Italy embrace country’s 1st Starbucks?

MILAN — Will the country that gave us espresso embrace the company that gave us grande Frappucinos? Starbucks is about to find out as it opens its first store in Italy on Friday. Residents of Milan, the city whose coffee bars inspired Howard Schultz’s vision for the chain decades ago, have mostly greeted the news … Continue reading MILAN | Will espresso-loving Italy embrace country’s 1st Starbucks?

LONDON | Burberry to drop real fur from fashion line

LONDON — The British luxury fashion brand Burberry will stop using real fur in its products. The company said Thursday there will be no real fur in its London Fashion Week catwalk show later this month. It will also phase out existing real fur products. The company has made only limited use of real fur … Continue reading LONDON | Burberry to drop real fur from fashion line

Major opioid maker to pay for overdose-antidote development

A company whose prescription opioid marketing practices are being blamed for sparking the addiction and overdose crisis says it’s helping to fund an effort to make a lower-cost overdose antidote. OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma announced Wednesday that it’s making a $3.4 million grant to Harm Reduction Therapeutics, a Pittsburgh-based nonprofit, to help develop a low-cost … Continue reading Major opioid maker to pay for overdose-antidote development

NEW YORK | LeBron James says in Kaepernick reference: I stand with Nike

NEW YORK  — Clutching his young daughter in his arms, LeBron James said he stands with Nike, a clear reference to the company’s Colin Kaepernick ad campaign. The basketball superstar — and new Los Angeles Laker — made the remarks as he received an award Tuesday for both his style and his philanthropy, from Harlem’s … Continue reading NEW YORK | LeBron James says in Kaepernick reference: I stand with Nike

NEW YORK | Amazon is 2nd US company to reach $1 trillion market value

NEW YORK— Amazon on Tuesday became the second publicly traded company to be worth $1 trillion, hot on the heels of iPhone maker Apple. Launched as an online bookstore in 1995, Amazon.com has changed the way people shop for toilet paper, TVs and just about anything else. In its two decades, the company has expanded … Continue reading NEW YORK | Amazon is 2nd US company to reach $1 trillion market value

WASHINGTON | Twitter CEO says company isn’t biased, wants healthy debate

WASHINGTON — Twitter’s CEO says the company isn’t biased against Republicans or Democrats and is working on ways to ensure that debate is healthier on its platform. In prepared testimony released before a House hearing Wednesday, Jack Dorsey says he wants to be clear about one thing: “Twitter does not use political ideology to make … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Twitter CEO says company isn’t biased, wants healthy debate

LONDON | Caffeine hit for Coca-Cola as it buys Costa coffee chain

LONDON — Coca-Cola is hoping to give itself another caffeine-fueled boost. The company said Friday it will buy the Costa coffee brand from British firm Whitbread for 3.9 billion pounds ($5.1 billion) in cash. Costa is Britain’s biggest coffee company with over 2,400 coffee shops in the U.K. and another 1,400 in more than 30 … Continue reading LONDON | Caffeine hit for Coca-Cola as it buys Costa coffee chain

NEW YORK | The Latest: Google acts against Iranian influence operation

NEW YORK  — The Latest on tech companies and election interference (all times local): 2:45 p.m. Google says it has disabled dozens of YouTube channels and other Google accounts linked to a state-run Iranian broadcaster for a political influence campaign. The company said Thursday that it disabled 39 YouTube channels, as well as six blogs … Continue reading NEW YORK | The Latest: Google acts against Iranian influence operation

CINCINNATI | Kroger to phase out plastic bags at all stores

CINCINNATI — The nation’s largest grocery chain will phase out the use of plastic bags in its stores by 2025. Kroger Co. orders about 6 billion bags each year. The company, based in Cincinnati, operates 2,779 stores in 35 states and the District of Columbia, serving almost 9 million people daily through two dozen different … Continue reading CINCINNATI | Kroger to phase out plastic bags at all stores

January US auto sales expected to rise only a little

DETROIT/February 01, 2018(AP)(STL.News)— U.S. auto sales in January are expected to grow slightly as rebates and other deals wane after a December buying spree. Cox Automotive and J.D. Power predicted that sales will rise around 1 percent to roughly 1.15 million vehicles. Cox predicted that automakers would cut back on rebates and other incentives after … Continue reading January US auto sales expected to rise only a little

Pfizer, riding tax changes, puts up huge 4Q profit

January 30, 2018(AP)(STL.News)-Pfizer’s fourth-quarter profit soared to $12.27 billion thanks to a huge tax benefit related to the U.S. tax system overhaul. The biggest U.S. drugmaker on Tuesday reported an $11.34 billion benefit, mainly from recalculating deferred tax liabilities. Pfizer also said it will take a charge of approximately $15 billion, payable to the Treasury … Continue reading Pfizer, riding tax changes, puts up huge 4Q profit

CEO says company working to stop ‘Tide pod challenge’

NEW YORK/January 23, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — Procter & Gamble says it’s working to stop the “Tide Pod challenge,” a social media-fueled trend in which teenagers eat single-load laundry detergent packets. The American Association of Poison Control Centers warned last week that it had seen a spike in teenagers eating the detergent pods, which it says can cause … Continue reading CEO says company working to stop ‘Tide pod challenge’

Hope, fear as Puerto Rico moves to privatize power company

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico/January 23, 2018(AP)(STL.News)— The announcement that Puerto Rico’s governor is moving to privatize the U.S. territory’s public power company has many on the island of 3.3 million people asking whether this will finally bring them more affordable electric bills and more reliable service. More than 30 percent of customers are still without … Continue reading Hope, fear as Puerto Rico moves to privatize power company