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  • California agency to eye bigger whale tanks at SeaWorld
    08 October
    LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) - A California agency is expected to consider a $100 million proposal by SeaWorld for a major expansion of the tanks its uses to hold killer whales in San Diego. The plan is opposed by animal rights activists who say breeding…
  • Amazon challenges Etsy with Amazon Handmade
    08 October
    NEW YORK (AP) - Amazon is launching a site for handcrafted goods called Amazon Handmade, hoping to capitalize on shoppers' appetite for homemade items ahead of the holiday season. At launch, Amazon Handmade will include about 5,000 sellers from 50 states and 60 countries offering…
  • NYC passes law to keep store doors closed when AC is on
    08 October
    NEW YORK (AP) - A new law requires that New York City stores and restaurants keep their front doors closed when their air conditioning is on. The bill, which Mayor Bill de Blasio signed into law on Wednesday, goes into effect next summer. The New…
  • Holiday sales seen rising 3.7 percent, slower than last year
    08 October
    NEW YORK (AP) - The largest U.S. retail trade group says Americans will spend at a slower pace than last year during the crucial winter holidays because of sluggish wage growth and other factors. The National Retail Federation predicted Thursday that holiday spending will rise…
  • Conference brings together technology, entertainment, design
    07 October
    DETROIT (AP) - A conference that brings together innovators in technology, entertainment and design is taking place this week in Detroit. TEDxDetroit is Thursday at the Fox Theatre. It features hands-on labs where visitors can learn about 3D printing and see the technology behind scary…
  • Pandora says it will buy Ticketfly for $450M
    07 October
    NEW YORK (AP) - Streaming music company Pandora says it will buy Ticketfly for $450 million in a move that takes the company beyond music sharing and into ticket sales and marketing. Pandora runs a free music streaming service and says 80 million people use…
  • Cash-strapped group says it'll sell historic ship for scrap
    07 October
    PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A historic cruise ship moored in Philadelphia could be destined for the scrap heap if a group trying to save it doesn't get an infusion of cash. The SS United States Conservancy sent a virtual SOS to supporters Wednesday, saying ongoing expenses…
  • US forecast calls for lower heating bills this winter
    06 October
    PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Heating bills should drop this winter for most U.S. households, thanks to a combination of lower energy prices and warmer weather across most of the country. The U.S. Energy Department's annual prediction Tuesday calls for lower energy costs than the past…