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  • The problem is clear: Traffic congestion will become significantly worse and more widespread without big changes in how people and products get around. The possible solutions are many, but none is easy or cheap. The nation's driving capital, Los Angeles, is making a multibillion-dollar investment in building or extending five rail lines.

  • ORLANDO, Fla.— Don't bring your selfie stick to Disney World. Spokeswoman Kim Prunty told the Orlando Sentinel selfie-sticks have become a "growing safety concern for both our guests and cast." Selfie sticks will also be banned at Disneyland Resort in California on Tuesday and at Disney's parks in Paris and Hong Kong starting July 1.

  • NEW YORK, June 25- The U.S. hospital and health insurance industries breathed a collective sigh of relief on Thursday after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld subsidies for individuals under President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law. Health economists have estimated $15 billion to $22 billion in healthcare spending was at risk with the decision.

  • Mario and his Mushroom Kingdom hopping into theme parks Thursday, 25 Jun 2015 | 1:46 PM ET

    and "Donkey Kong" spent most of his trip to last week's Electronic Entertainment Expo touting such upcoming Nintendo games as "Super Mario Maker" and "Star Fox Zero," Miyamoto was also enthusiastic about a totally different undertaking. "We've come to the point where the kids who grew up playing Nintendo games are now parents who have their own kids," said the veteran...

  • NEWARK, N.J.— A high school student from New York has filed a lawsuit after a printing error forced parts of the June 6 SAT to be thrown out. The lawsuit, filed in federal court in New Jersey, echoes others filed in New York and Florida against the creators and administrators of the test. The New York student, Jennie Whalen, alleges throwing out the sections is unfair to...

  • June 25- Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA on Thursday announced flights between the United States and two islands in the French Caribbean, hinting that more routes and heightened competition with U.S. carriers are to come. Bilateral agreement allows Norwegian to fly between the United States and any point in European Union territory. Norwegian has expanded rapidly...

  • Subway CEO's sister named president of sandwich chain Thursday, 25 Jun 2015 | 8:55 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Suzanne Greco will officially take over as president at Subway as her brother, the co-founder of the sandwich chain, is treated for leukemia. Subway, which is based in Milford, Connecticut, and has about 44,000 locations around the world, is privately held and doesn't disclose its financial results. Subway said at the time that its senior management team...

  • Connecticut surgery centers worried about tax proposal Wednesday, 24 Jun 2015 | 2:38 PM ET

    HARTFORD, Conn.— Operators of surgery centers across Connecticut are working to persuade state lawmakers to scrap a new tax in the Democratic budget they claim will prompt some facilities to close. The Connecticut Association of Ambulatory Surgery Centers says about 15 of the group's 61 member centers will be forced to close if the 6 percent "provider tax"...

  • Bill to permit smaller Atlantic City casinos advances Wednesday, 24 Jun 2015 | 11:31 AM ET

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J.— New Jersey is moving forward with its plan to allow smaller casinos in Atlantic City. The changes come as Atlantic City lost four of its 12 casinos last year. "High-end casinos with a price tag of $1 billion or $2 billion have gone extinct in Atlantic City, crushing the economy and forcing thousands of workers into unemployment," said Deputy...

  • June 24- Lennar Corp, the second-largest U.S. homebuilder, reported a better-than-expected jump in quarterly profit as it sold more homes at higher prices across the United States, especially in the West and Southeast Florida markets. Homebuilders Meritage Homes Corp, KB Home, PulteGroup Inc, D.R. Horton Inc and many of the sector's other stocks were trading 1-3...

  • Lennar 2Q results top Street as housing market rebounds Wednesday, 24 Jun 2015 | 6:06 AM ET

    MIAMI— Lennar's fiscal second-quarter results beat Wall Street's expectations as the housing market continues to rebound. Lennar's home deliveries rose 21 percent in the quarter, with new orders up 18 percent. The average estimate of nine analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 65 cents per share.

  • New TAP Air Portugal owners vow expansion in US, Brazil Wednesday, 24 Jun 2015 | 6:03 AM ET

    LISBON, Portugal— TAP Air Portugal's new owners said Wednesday they intend to expand operations to 10 more U.S. destinations and eight more in Brazil, while bringing more passengers from those countries into Europe. David Neeleman, whose Gateway consortium is paying 354 million euros for a 61 percent stake in the flag carrier, said at the formal signing ceremony...

  • Tips for starting a boutique fitness studio Wednesday, 24 Jun 2015 | 4:30 AM ET

    Opening a studio can cost as little as $30,000, says health club consultant Bryan O'Rourke, but can soar to as much as $500,000. Kari Saitowitz, the owner of The Fhitting Room in New York, paid more than she expected on soundproofing the company's first location, which is on the first floor of a residential building. ClassPass is a subscription service that charges...

  • Trim gym trend turning fitness fans into business owners Wednesday, 24 Jun 2015 | 4:30 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Slim one-room gyms are in, and the low cost of starting them is turning gym rats and workout instructors into entrepreneurs. Classes can be pricy, at about $30 each, but that's not keeping people away. "We started this with zero dollars," says Brittany Blum, co-owner of yoga studio Ritual San Francisco.

  • Republican-led US Congress hands Obama major win on trade Wednesday, 24 Jun 2015 | 3:10 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— In a triumph of divided government, the Republican-controlled Congress passed major trade legislation Wednesday that was long-sought by President Barack Obama but vehemently opposed by most lawmakers in his party. The measure to strengthen Obama's hand in global trade talks cleared the Senate on a vote of 60-38, and will go to the White House...

  • SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico— The worst drought in five years is creeping across the Caribbean, prompting officials around the region to brace for a bone dry summer. From Puerto Rico to Cuba to the eastern Caribbean island of St. Lucia, crops are withering, reservoirs are drying up and cattle are dying while forecasters worry that the situation could only grow worse in the...

  • *Retailers including Amazon and Wal-Mart stop selling flag. COLUMBIA, S.C., June 23- An initiative to remove the Confederate flag from the South Carolina State House grounds picked up steam on Tuesday, a week after the massacre of nine black church members, and criticism over the emblem long associated with slavery spread to other U.S. southern states.

  • NEW YORK— New York City has agreed to pay $6.25 million to a man who spent nearly 25 years in prison before being exonerated in a killing that happened while he was more than 1,000 miles away vacationing at Disney World, the city comptroller said Tuesday. "We cannot give back the time that he served, but the city of New York can offer Jonathan Fleming this compensation...

  • MIAMI, June 23- Richard Branson's Virgin Cruises will take delivery of three ships capable of carrying nearly 3,000 passengers each starting in early 2020, the British entrepreneur told reporters during a news conference on Tuesday. Virgin Group announced the Bain Capital- backed project last December. "We go against the grain," said Virgin Cruises Chief...

  • June 23- U.S. auto safety regulators said on Tuesday their estimate for the millions of vehicles affected by the Takata Corp air bag recall will likely be revised because cars with two front air bags were double-counted. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has come under fire for failing early on to catch the defective Takata air bag inflators,...