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  • This is our biggest challenge: Wolfgang Puck Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 6:05 PM ET
    Wolfgang Puck

    Finding and keeping talent is one of the top issues facing his business, celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck said.

  • McDonald's boosts dividend by 5 percent Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 4:47 PM ET

    NEW YORK— McDonald's says it's raising its quarterly dividend by 5 percent to 85 cents per share. The world's biggest hamburger chain said the dividend will be payable Dec. 15 to shareholders of record Dec. 1. Shares of McDonald's Corp. edged up 31 cents to $93.79 in after-hours trading.

  • Oregon minimum wage increases by 15 cents Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 12:12 PM ET

    PORTLAND, Ore.— More than 140,000 Oregon workers will get a pay raise when the minimum wage goes up the first of the year, the state Bureau of Labor and Industries said Wednesday. It will affect 141,822 people, roughly 8 percent of Oregon's workforce. The increase means Oregon will have the nation's second-highest minimum wage behind Washington.

  • Robot bartender—hard drinks from hardware Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 9:53 AM ET
    Makr Shakr

    Royal Caribbean is introducing a robot bartender, but the experience just isn't the same, says Issac from 'The Love Boat.' NBC News reports.

  • EDINBURGH, Sept 18- Scotland's independence vote is too close to call, but the owners of hotels, pubs and restaurants are already jubilant as thousands of journalists and tourists descended on the ancient streets of Edinburgh.

  • Inland American to sell 52 hotels for $1.1 billion Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 9:10 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Inland American Real Estate Trust Inc., which is in the process of spinning off its hotel business, said Thursday that is selling 52 of its hotels to a joint venture for about $1.1 billion. The buyers are real estate investment trusts NorthStar Realty Finance Corp. and Chatham Lodging Trust.

  • Sept 17- Two Republican lawmakers on Wednesday asked a U.S. labor agency for more information about a recent finding that fast-food chain McDonald's Corp could be held liable for the labor practices of franchisees, a view that has alarmed many businesses.

  • Pizza Hut testing 'skinny slice' Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 12:29 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Pizza Hut is testing out a lighter pizza in two U.S. markets as it seeks to freshen up its menu and regain its footing against competitors. The pies simply use less of the same dough used for regular pies and are lighter on the toppings, said Doug Terfehr, a Pizza Hut spokesman. The test by Pizza Hut comes as the chain fights to win back market share.

  • LONDON, Sept 17- Shares in Russian oil-to-telecoms conglomerate Sistema tumbled on Wednesday after its head Vladimir Yevtushenkov was accused by Russian investigators of money-laundering in connection with the company's acquisition of oil producer Bashneft.

  • Stiffed restaurant sells NFL star receipt on eBay Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 1:42 PM ET
    Receipt signed by LeSean McCoy as shown on eBay

    The restaurateur who publicly blasted LeSean McCoy for leaving a 20-cent tip told CNBC he won't apologize for starting the controversy.

  • Travel honchos seek clout to fight wage hikes Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 1:37 PM ET
    Shawnta Brown worked a summer job at Skyline Sightseeing in New York City, getting paid commission only to sell bus tickets to tourists.

    The travel industry has taken a deep dive into the debate of whether new jobs created since the recession are worse than the old jobs.

  • TORONTO, Sept 16- McDonald's Corp is making its McCafe ground coffee available in Canadian grocery stores this month, the fast-food giant said on Tuesday, part of its broader campaign to win market share in a country long dominated by rivals like Tim Hortons Inc and Starbucks Corp..

  • Pimco's best investment ideas right now Monday, 15 Sep 2014 | 4:30 PM ET
    A Pacific Investment Management Company advertisement is displayed on a building in Hong Kong, China.

    Here are the names that Pimco's Mark Kiesel believes are the best investment opportunities right now.

  • Judge OKs auction for closed $2.4B Revel casino Monday, 15 Sep 2014 | 3:37 PM ET

    CAMDEN, N.J.— A bankruptcy court judge on Monday approved a Sept. 24 auction for the failed $2.4 billion Revel Casino Hotel in Atlantic City after a Florida developer offered $90 million cash for the closed building. Judge Gloria M. Burns approved the auction date along with a $3 million breakup fee that Straub would be paid if the sale to him doesn't go through.

  • Sept 15- The bankrupt Revel casino hotel in Atlantic City will go to auction on Sept. 24, a judge ruled on Monday, after the only bidder clashed with creditors who wanted to slow the rushed sale.

  • Egypt says will boost security at tourist sites Monday, 15 Sep 2014 | 10:49 AM ET

    CAIRO— Egypt plans to increase the number of security cameras at hotels and popular tourist destinations as part of a series of new security measures aimed at buoying the flagging tourism sector following three years of political turmoil, the country's tourism minister said.

  • TORONTO, Sept 15- Canadian coffee and doughnut chain Tim Hortons Inc on Monday reported strong same-store sales growth in both the United States and Canada for the third quarter to date.

  • TORONTO, Sept 15- Canadian coffee and doughnut chain Tim Hortons Inc on Monday reported strong quarterly same-store sales growth in both the United States and Canada.

  • Envelopes in Marriott hotels invite tips for maids Monday, 15 Sep 2014 | 2:34 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Do you leave a tip in your hotel room for the maid? Marriott is launching a program with Maria Shriver to put envelopes in hotel rooms to encourage tipping. Some 750 to 1,000 hotels will participate from Marriott brands like Courtyard, Residence Inn, J.W. Marriott, Ritz-Carlton and Renaissance hotels.

  • Shangri-La CEO: Chinese still want luxury Sunday, 14 Sep 2014 | 11:02 PM ET

    Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts remains committed to luxury despite growing concerns about weak fundamentals in the Chinese hotel market.