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  • Fast-food labor organizers plan actions for April 15 Tuesday, 31 Mar 2015 | 10:22 AM ET

    At an event announcing the actions in front of a McDonald's in New York City's Times Square, organizers said home health care aides, airport workers, adjunct professors, child care workers and Wal-Mart workers will be among those turning out in April. Terrence Wise, a Burger King worker from Kansas City, Missouri, and a national leader for the Fight for $15 push, said...

  • *China Vanke also eyeing e-commerce. China's biggest commercial property developer by sales is looking at France and Germany to add to its six projects in the United States, United Kingdom, Spain and Australia. "Policy change won't alter the market's fundamental trend; it will only accelerate or prolong cycles of rising or falling prices," President Yu Liang of...

  • SYRACUSE, N.Y.— A lawsuit filed against the popular Dinosaur Bar-B-Que restaurant chain claims the Syracuse- based business doesn't pay tipped workers fair wages. According to a report in The Post-Standard of Syracuse, the lawsuit filed in federal court last week by the New York City law firm Fitapelli and Schaffer says the company failed to properly use the "...

  • TALLAHASSEE, Fla., March 26- A bill to create two casino gambling "destination resorts" in south Florida divided the Republican-controlled statehouse on Thursday, with the expansion of craps, slot machines and high-stakes gaming opposed by family-oriented tourist attractions. Proponents argue that Florida is losing billions in tourism revenue to Caribbean...

  • LAS VEGAS— When a $415 million casino-hotel needed its immigration visa applications sped through for foreign investors in order to keep the business deal alive, Nevada Sen. Harry Reid leaned on the director of the agency overseeing the visa program to make it happen, according to a Homeland Security inspector general's report released Wednesday.

  • Heinz Co, backed by Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc and Brazilian private equity firm 3 G Capital, will combine with Kraft Foods Group Inc to create the third-largest North American food company, executives said on Wednesday. The deal deepens Buffett's hold on leading U.S. food brands, as well as that of 3 G founder Jorge Paulo Lemann, Brazil's richest man.

  • The world's hottest travel spots: TripAdvisor Tuesday, 24 Mar 2015 | 1:19 PM ET

    TripAdvisor has released its seventh annual Travelers' Choice awards. Heading the list this year? Marrakech, Morocco.

  • Pierce County sheriff's spokesman Ed Troyer tells The News Tribune newspaper in Tacoma that detectives are investigating it as an assault. Fast-food workers looking into what appeared to be a building blaze on March 12 found a 46- year-old transient man on fire outside the business in the Tacoma suburb of Spanaway. Information from: The News Tribune,...

  • Taco Bell serves up breakfast with 'Biscuit Taco' Tuesday, 24 Mar 2015 | 12:01 AM ET
    Taco Bell’s Biscuit Taco

    A year ago, Taco Bell made a run outside its border and gambled on breakfast. Now it's doubling down. Get ready for the Biscuit Taco.

  • Why HSH remains positive on Myanmar   Sunday, 22 Mar 2015 | 8:38 PM ET
    Why HSH remains positive on Myanmar

    Clement Kwok, CEO at Hong Kong & Shanghai Hotels, says Myanmar remains one of the most exciting developing markets.

  • HSH CEO: Pleased with 2014 earnings   Sunday, 22 Mar 2015 | 8:33 PM ET
    HSH CEO: Pleased with 2014 earnings

    Clement Kwok, CEO at Hong Kong & Shanghai Hotels, says the hotelier saw "gains across the board" despite a mixed scene in global markets last year.

  • BERLIN/ LONDON, March 22- Driven by the demands of a new plugged-in generation seeking "authentic" travel experiences with a local feel, the world's biggest hoteliers are moving into a new sector in Europe- the "lifestyle" boutique hotel. After many years focused on baby boomers and business travellers, brands such as Marriott, Hilton, Starwood and InterContinental...

  • March 20- Darden Restaurants Inc said on Friday it was looking at how to "create value" from its real estate, as management installed after last year's activist investor-led coup fights to turnaround its flagship Olive Garden business. Shares in Darden were up 3.6 percent at $67.21 in midday trading on the New York Stock Exchange. During their standoff with...

  • ORLANDO, Fla.— Darden Restaurants' fiscal third-quarter earnings climbed on improving sales at Olive Garden and its other chain restaurants. Olive Garden reported a 2.2 percent gain, while The Capital Grille posted a 6.1 percent rise. The Orlando, Florida- based company earned $133.8 million, or $1.05 per share, for the period ended Feb. 22.

  • Lawmakers consider a raise for the state's tipped workers Thursday, 19 Mar 2015 | 12:07 PM ET

    PROVIDENCE, R.I.— Lawmakers are considering whether to give thousands of restaurant employees, hotel housekeepers and other tipped workers in Rhode Island a raise. The Providence Democrat has introduced a bill to raise the hourly rate from $2.89 to $4.50 in 2016. It would reach $9 in 2019, and be comparable with the regular minimum wage in 2020..

  • Cruise lines stop Tunisia visits after museum attack Thursday, 19 Mar 2015 | 8:31 AM ET

    ROME— Two cruise lines suspended visits to Tunisia on Thursday after 17 passengers from their ships were killed in the museum attack, delivering an immediate economic blow to the North African country. On Thursday morning, both the MSC Splendida and Costa's Fascinosa ship left Tunisia with their remaining passengers, bound for Barcelona and Palma de Mallorca,...

  • LOS ANGELES— A much-hailed law that restricted the opening of new stand-alone fast-food restaurants in one of the poorest sections of Los Angeles did not curb obesity or improve diets, a new study found. The research by the Rand Corp. think tank found that obesity rates in South Los Angeles continued to rise after passage of the law. "It's not just about limiting...

  • What shareholders think about Starbucks' race idea Wednesday, 18 Mar 2015 | 4:54 PM ET
    A woman walks past a Starbucks cafe in New York, Sept. 18, 2013.

    Shareholders in Seattle discuss their thoughts on airing out a touchy subject like race while serving up coffee.

  • March 18- Starbucks Corp will begin offering delivery in New York City and Seattle later this year, when it also plans to expand mobile order and pay services across the United States. The new efforts, announced at Starbucks' annual meeting on Wednesday, come as U.S. restaurant chains ranging from McDonald's Corp to Panera Bread Co turn to technology to increase...

  • March 18- Starbucks Corp will begin offering delivery in New York City and Seattle later this year, when it also plans to expand mobile order and pay services across the United States. The new efforts, to be announced at Starbucks' annual meeting on Wednesday, come as U.S. restaurant chains ranging from McDonald's Corp to Panera Bread Co turn to technology to...