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  • 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...

  • Supporters of higher minimum wage hail judge's ruling Wednesday, 18 Mar 2015 | 12:13 AM ET

    SEATTLE— Supporters of higher pay for minimum wage workers hailed a federal judge's decision clearing the way for Seattle's new minimum wage law to take effect as planned next month. "This is a great day for Seattle's fast food franchise workers," Seattle Mayor Ed Murray said in a statement Tuesday night. Ashley Bach, a spokesman for the International Franchise...

  • Smashburger CEO: IPO an option at some point Tuesday, 17 Mar 2015 | 5:21 PM ET
    Smashburger CEO Scott Crane

    While Smashburger may consider going public "at some point," right now it has big plans to grow, CEO Scott Crane told CNBC.

  • ANDERSONVILLE, Tenn.— If you're looking for pizza along a lonely southern highway, your best bet may be the same place you fill your car with gas. It has installed its pizza ovens at so many gas stations and convenience stores that it has more U.S. locations than either Domino's or Pizza Hut. The Hunt Brothers outlet at the Rightway Foodmart in Andersonville,...

  • Selfie much? The best bars for St Patrick's Day Monday, 16 Mar 2015 | 4:00 PM ET
    St Patrick's Day revelers leave a pub after attending St Patrick's Day parade on Fifth Avenue in New York.

    Global Wireless measured the reception quality at 20 of Manhattan's best Irish bars to see where it will be best to party on St. Patrick's Day.

  • St Paddy's Day = dentists' pot of gold Monday, 16 Mar 2015 | 4:00 PM ET
    Dental surgery spike after St. Patrick's Day.

    Data from Sikka Software show that emergency visits to the dentist go up 64 percent on March 18.

  • Bankruptcy Court judge on Friday declined to approve the proposed sale of the shuttered Revel Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey, for $82 million because she said she lacked jurisdiction. Judge Gloria Burns in Camden, New Jersey, said she could not approve the sale because it would interfere with an appeal being pursued by casino tenants who argue that the...