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FINRA fines 10 banks over Toys R Us IPO conduct

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority is fining 10 banks a total of $43.5 million, saying they tried to win roles in the initial public offering of Toys R Us by offering the company favorable analyst coverage.

White House swings behind huge $1.1T spending bill

House Republican leaders narrowly quelled a revolt among their conservatives Thursday, then worked to overcome Democratic opposition to legislation to provide $1.1 trillion in government spending and chart a new course for selected, highly shaky pension plans.

Labor board OKs personal use of company e-mail

In a victory for unions, the National Labor Relations Board ruled Thursday that employees can use their company email accounts for union organizing and other workplace-related purposes, if they do it on their own time.

Spanish news to vanish from Google News globally

Google is locking Spanish publishers out of its popular Google News service in response to a new Spanish law that imposes fees for linking to the headlines and news stories on other websites.

Retail sales report boosts US stock market

Good news on U.S. retail sales lifted the stock market Thursday, although worries about the latest plunge in oil prices kept the gains in check.

Developers want South Side TIF amended

Tax revenues falling short of projections

With sales and property tax revenues in Jefferson City’s South Side falling short of projections made five years ago, the developers of Dunklin Street Properties LLC intend to soon propose amended terms to the South Side Tax Increment Financing (TIF) district.

Driving while black? App developers aim to help

Though the developers of the soon-to-be released "Driving While Black" smartphone application want motorists to download their product, there is a time when they definitely don't want users searching for it.

USDA sees higher corn, soybean demand

Aside from increased demand for corn to make food sweeteners and a boost in soybean exports, the U.S. Department of Agriculture made few adjustments to Wednesday’s crop update.

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Tech summit addresses industry's lack of diversity

Civil rights leader Jesse Jackson spent most of this year pressuring the technology industry into facing up to the glaring scarcity of women, blacks and Latinos at companies renowned as great places to work. Now comes Diversity 2.0 — finding ways to reverse a deep-rooted problem that isn't going to be as easy to fix as writing new lines of code for a computer bug.

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People working to change the face of the tech industry

Despite all their wealth and brainpower, technology companies realize they need help identifying and recruiting more women, blacks and Latinos who can write computer code, design websites and build mobile applications.

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Is rider safety the real Achilles heel for Uber and Lyft?

The growth of ride-hailing companies such as Uber and Lyft so far has not been hindered by limits from government regulators and campaigns by taxi cab competitors. A bigger threat to the new industry's impressive start could come from customers — if enough people stop using the services over fears that drivers aren't safe.

Appeals court deals blow to US in insider cases

A federal appeals court dealt a blow to the government's success in insider trading prosecutions Wednesday by reversing two convictions with a decision that also jeopardizes a third — and attempts to further define how far prosecutors can push the law in their quest to clean up Wall Street.

US stocks slide the most in two months

Oil resumed its slide on Wednesday and took the stock market down with it.

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Government: Gas to average $2.60 next year

The Energy Department again slashed its prediction for next year’s average price of gasoline across the U.S., this time to $2.60 a gallon.

Takata says recall decision is up to automakers

Japan's Takata Corp. refused to comply with a U.S. government demand for an expanded recall of its air bags that can explode and shoot out shrapnel, and instead passed along the crucial decision to automakers.

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What you need to know about Takata air bag recall

Japanese air bag maker Takata Corp. and 10 automakers have recalled 14 million vehicles worldwide for a problem with both driver and passenger side air bags, including 8 million in the U.S.

Nissan recalls 470K vehicles for fuel leak problem

Nissan is recalling about 470,000 cars and SUVs worldwide to fix a problem that can cause fuel leaks.

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Exxon sees abundant oil, gas far into future

North America, once a sponge that sucked in a significant portion of the world's oil, will instead be supplying the world with oil and other liquid hydrocarbons by the end of this decade, according to ExxonMobil's annual long-term energy forecast.

US stocks mostly spared from a global sell-off

The U.S. stock market ended slightly lower Tuesday, avoiding the sharp declines in Europe and Asia thanks to a rally in beaten-down energy companies.

Pickier customers leave Big Mac hurting

Hold the pickles, onions and special sauce. The Big Mac is becoming a victim of finicky tastes.