From corn to Apple: What's behind the US-China standoff

WASHINGTON (AP) — To hear the Americans tell it, the Chinese have gone on a commercial crime spree, pilfering trade secrets from seed corn to electronic brains behind wind turbines. China has stripped...

Popular Japanese discount supply store Don Quijote coming to Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Japanese discount store chain, Don Quijote, announced plans to increase its presence across Asia on Feb. 20, with new stores to be launched in Taiwan, Thailand, Hong Kong,...

Failing Payless to honor gift cards, store credit into March

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The failing Payless ShoeSource chain will honor gift cards and store credit until March 11 as the company liquidates all operations. The Topeka, Kansas, company, ...

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___ I owe how much? Americans shocked by impact of new tax law NEW YORK (AP) — The first tax filing season under the new federal tax law is proving to be surprising...

Benetton makes its Milan runway debut with Lagerfeld tribute

MILAN (AP) — Milan Fashion Week promised to be a running tribute to Karl Lagerfeld, who died Tuesday as collateral events got unde way. French designer Jean Charles de Castelbajac, w...

Walmart tops 4Q expectations all around

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Walmart is beating expectations on profit and revenue, and e-commerce sales surged during the fourth quarter. Shares moved sharply higher before the opening ...

Learning to appreciate a modern miracle - Taiwan: William Stanton

It is not surprising that many, perhaps most, people around the world do not know about Taiwan. After all, China -- with the support of more and more countries -- has isolated Taiwan diplomatically fo...

Payless ShoeSource to shutter all of its remaining US stores

NEW YORK (AP) — Paylesss ShoeSource is shuttering all of its 2,100 remaining stores in the U.S. and Puerto Rico, joining a list of iconic names like Toys R Us and Bon-Ton that have been shuttered in t...

Amazon's stormy week will blow over, but debris will stay

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — It's been a complicated few weeks for Amazon, what with its abrupt pullout from a massive New York City development, extortion claims related to intimate photos taken by its found...

Amazon's exit could scare off tech companies from New York

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon jilted New York City on Valentine's Day, scrapping plans to build a massive headquarters campus in Queens amid fierce opposition from politicians angry about nearly $3 billion i...

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___ Amazon dumps NYC headquarters and its promised 25,000 jobs NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon says it will not be building a new headquarters in New York, a stunning revers...

What people are saying about Amazon dumping NYC HQ plans

NEW YORK (AP) — E-commerce giant Amazon ditched plans to build a new headquarters in New York City, citing opposition from some state and local officials. Amazon has a market cap of about $800 billion...

Humbug holidays: US retail sales drop 1.2 pct. in December

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. retail sales fell in December, posting the biggest drop since September 2009 and delivering more evidence that last year's holiday sales fizzled unexpectedly. Even e-commerce su...

Exxon, Chevron gain on results, Amazon falls on forecast

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily on Friday: Amazon.com Inc., down $92.50 to $1,626.23 The e-commerce giant gave a weak outlook for ...

Solid jobs report sends stocks mostly higher on Wall Street

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are mostly higher in early trading on Wall Street Friday after a surge in hiring in January was tempered by a weak revenue forecast by Amazon. The positive job...