Business

5:08pm

Thu October 31, 2013
Business

Delta CEO: Washington's Fiscal Gridlock Is Holding U.S. Back

Originally published on Thu October 31, 2013 6:01 pm

With economic uncertainties in Washington, how is big business planning for the future? Robert Siegel talks to Delta Airlines CEO Richard Anderson about whether he's planning to grow his company or put off investments until the economy evens out.

5:08pm

Thu October 31, 2013
Economy

Economic, Political Volatility Cloud Housing Recovery

Originally published on Thu October 31, 2013 8:30 pm

Despite a strong housing market this year, experts say the recent economic drama has contributed to less stability in real estate.
Steven Senne AP

Housing has been one of the bright spots in the economy this year. This week, a report showed that home prices in the top 20 cities continued their robust upward march in August. There are also far fewer foreclosure sales and other signs of distress in the market.

But the Federal Reserve expressed concern Wednesday about the slowing housing market. Pending home sales fell far more than expected. And housing experts are bracing for some volatility.

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4:12pm

Thu October 31, 2013
Parallels

Thinking Of Working Abroad? Read This

Originally published on Fri November 1, 2013 11:33 am

This is one reason why Thailand is so popular with expats: Michal Navratil of the Czech Republic dives during the 2013 Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series in Krabi, Thailand, last week.
Dean Treml Red Bull/Getty Images

Thinking of living and working abroad for the experience? For those already doing it, Asia seems to be the preferred destination.

The HSBC 2013 Expat Survey asked 7,000 expatriates in 100 countries to rate nations on three factors: economics, experience and raising children.

China topped the list, followed by Germany, Singapore, Cayman Islands and Australia. The U.S. was No. 12.

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4:11pm

Thu October 31, 2013
Parallels

The Billionaire Who Personified Brazil's Boom Goes Bust

Originally published on Thu October 31, 2013 6:14 pm

Batista appears with Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff during a ceremony in celebration of the start of oil production by OGX, Batista's oil and gas company, in 2012. The company filed for bankruptcy Wednesday.
Ricardo Moraes Reuters /Landov

He was boastful, he was brash and he came to represent a booming Brazil that was finally taking its place as an economic powerhouse on the world stage.

Eike Batista had the cars: a Mercedes McLaren worth a quarter of a million dollars parked in his living room; the boat, called "the Pink Fleet," and the women: He was married to a former Playboy model and a Carnival queen.

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3:08pm

Thu October 31, 2013
The Salt

Candy Sales Are Flat; The Industry Blames The Weather

Halloween candy is offered for sale at a Walgreens store on September 19, 2013 in Wheeling, Illinois.
Scott Olson Getty Images

Halloween candy sales have been flat over the last few years. And candy makers point to several reasons, including one I hadn't thought of: bad weather.

"The past two years have been plagued with major weather disruptions in key celebration regions," Jenn Ellek of the National Confectioners Association tells us in an email.

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11:09am

Thu October 31, 2013
The Two-Way

FAA Says Fliers Can Safely Use Most Electronics

Leonardo Patrizi iStockphoto.com

Saying it has "determined that airlines can safely expand passenger use of Portable Electronic Devices (PEDs) during all phases of flight," the Federal Aviation Administration announced Thursday that it is advising airlines they can let fliers use their much-loved e-books, tablets and other handhelds "gate-to-gate."

Cellphone calls, however, would still be prohibited.

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9:08am

Thu October 31, 2013
The Two-Way

Jobless Claims Dip For Third Straight Week

Originally published on Thu October 31, 2013 10:37 am

The number of Americans filing first-time claims for unemployment insurance fell by 10,000 last week, to 340,000 from 350,000 the week before, the Employment and Training Administration said Thursday.

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7:41am

Thu October 31, 2013
The Two-Way

Book News: Jane Austen Bank Note Dinged As 'Airbrushed Makeover'

Originally published on Thu October 31, 2013 9:48 am

The governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, displays the concept design for the new 10-pound banknote featuring author Jane Austen.
Getty Images

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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6:50am

Thu October 31, 2013
Business

Nintendo Reports More Losses

Originally published on Thu October 31, 2013 7:22 am

Nintendo, the world's largest video game company, reported its third quarterly net loss in a row — the latest was just over $81 million. The Wii U gaming console's disappointing sales are the main culprit. It has sold just 5 percent of what Nintendo had projected a year ago.

4:01am

Thu October 31, 2013
Business

Providence Kindles Love Of Horror Writer H.P. Lovecraft

Originally published on Wed November 6, 2013 11:42 am

An artists's rendition of pulp-fiction writer H.P. Lovecraft is just one example of the author's growing popularity.
The Lovecraft Anthology

Pulp-fiction writer Howard Phillips "H.P." Lovecraft has for decades terrified an underground following of readers with horror stories about monsters and aliens. He's known to some as a bad writer, and to many as a racist. Even during the author's lifetime, his readership was limited.

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