Toys R Us revs up for holiday hiring

NEW YORK (AP) — Toys R Us may have filed for Chapter 11 reorganization this week, but the toy chain is revving up its holiday hiring. The Wayne, New Jersey-based chain said Thursday it will be accepting job applications for part-time holiday positions at stores and...

Toys R Us revs up for holiday hiring

NEW YORK (AP) — Toys R Us may have filed for Chapter 11 reorganization this week, but the toy chain is revving up its holiday hiring. The Wayne, New Jersey-based chain said Thursday it will be accepting job applications for part-time holiday positions at stores and...

ATM at 50: An oddity then, but it changed consumer behavior

NEW YORK (AP) — An automated teller machine. The cash machine. In Britain, a cashpoint. ATMs, known for spitting out $20 bills (and imposing fees if you pick the wrong one), turn 50 years old this year. They’re ubiquitous – and possibly still a necessity,...

Businessman put on notice after rant against Kathy Griffin

NEW YORK (AP) — One of the nation’s biggest homebuilders is putting its top executive on notice after a vulgar rant against comedian Kathy Griffin was caught on tape and went viral. KB Home CEO Jeffrey Mezger, who is a neighbor of Griffin’s in California, was...

WTO sharply upgrades forecast for trade growth in 2017

GENEVA (AP) — The World Trade Organization has revised sharply upward its forecast for world trade growth this year to 3.6 percent, citing “resurgence in Asian trade flows” and a rebound in North American import demand. WTO had previously forecast a growth of...

Business ties complicate Muslim states' response to Rohingya

AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — When Rohingya Muslims fled persecution and slaughter in Myanmar in past decades, tens of thousands found refuge in Saudi Arabia, home to Islam’s holiest sites. This time around, Muslim leaders from the Persian...

Standard & Poor's cuts China credit rating, citing debt

BEIJING (AP) — The Standard & Poor’s rating agency cut China’s credit rating Thursday due to its rising debts, highlighting challenges faced by Communist leaders as they cope with slowing economic growth. The downgrade added to mounting warnings about the...

Republicans see political necessity in health care effort

AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s divisive and difficult, but the Republican drive to erase the Obama health care overhaul has gotten a huge boost from one of Washington’s perennial incentives: Political necessity. In the two months since...

Google buys HTC's Pixel team in $1.1B bet on devices

AP Photo/Johnson Lai SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google is biting off a big piece of device manufacturer HTC for $1.1 billion to expand its efforts to build phones, speakers and other gadgets equipped with its arsenal of digital services. It’s buying the HTC engineering team...

Google bites off big piece of HTC in $1.1B bet on devices

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google is biting off a big piece of device manufacturer HTC for $1.1 billion to expand its efforts to build phones, speakers and other gadgets equipped with its arsenal of digital services. The deal announced Thursday underscores how serious Google is...