Marriott's New Envelope For Room Tips Stirs Debate

An initiative launched with Maria Shriver's input is raising questions over how the hotel company pays its staff — and whether guests should be expected to tip.

Like It Or Not, Scotland's Drama May Hit Your Wallet

Some economists say this Thursday's vote on Scotland's independence could have wide-ranging economic impacts. They fear a breakaway from the U.K. could trigger another global financial upheaval.

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Coca-Cola Revives Surge, A Citrus-Flavored Soda

Introduced as a competitor to Pepsi's Mountain Dew, Surge was discontinued in 2003 due to poor sales. It maintained an outspoken, cult-like following

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With Debt Collection, Your Bank Account Could Be At Risk

A 1968 federal law allows debt collectors not only to garnish wages but to take from a debtor's bank account. Consumer advocates say the outdated law is overly punitive and out of touch with reality.

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With U.S. Oil Supply Climbing, Some Call For End To Export Ban

Much of the U.S. oil industry wants to lift a ban that followed the 1970s energy crisis. But those worried about the possibility of higher gas prices and climate change want to keep the ban in place.

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Minecraft's Business Model: A Video Game That Leaves You Alone

Microsoft is buying the company that created the video game Minecraft, which has a loyal following in part because of the freedom it allows players — including freedom from pressure to buy add-ons.

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GM Ignition-Switch Defect Now Linked To 19 Deaths

A special compensation fund for victims of the faulty ignition switch has issued its first report, which makes clear GM will pay claims for more than the 13 deaths it says were linked to the defect.

With Minecraft, Microsoft Buys A Doorway To Millions Of Players

Microsoft paid $2.5 billion for Mojang, the company behind the hit building-block video game Minecraft that is played by millions. But it might have gained a lot more than just a popular franchise.

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With Turmoil Roiling Abroad, Why Aren't Oil Prices Bubbling Up?

Conflict in oil-producing regions usually sends oil prices higher. But the cost of oil has actually dropped, despite turmoil in the Middle East. Economists say it's a matter of supply and demand.

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Minecraft Purchase Gives Microsoft New Foothold

Microsoft announced on Monday that it will pay $2.5 billion for the Swedish software company Mojang AB, developer of the popular Minecraft franchise.

Rising Income Inequality Linked To State Tax Revenues Decreasing

September 16, 2014
States rely on sales tax and income tax for the bulk of their revenues. But the growing income gap means states are more dependent on wealthy people for income tax collection, making planning future budgets more difficult. (alancleaver/Flickr)

A new report shows that growing income inequality is contributing to a decline in state tax revenues.

Gaming Commission Proposes New Traffic Mitigation Requirement

September 16, 2014

On Tuesday the state gaming commission resumes deliberations over awarding the Greater Boston casino license and finds out whether there are still two applicants.

4th Atlantic City Casino Closes

September 16, 2014
The Trump Plaza Hotel Casino closed its doors at 6 a.m. Tuesday. (Mel Evans/AP)

Trump Plaza joins the Atlantic Club, the Showboat and Revel, each of which has closed this year.

Mass. High Court Rules For Tesla Over Auto Dealers

September 15, 2014

The ruling means Tesla can continue to sell its electric cars directly to consumers, rather than through franchise dealerships.

Regional Airlines Get Pinched

September 15, 2014
A United Airline check-in counter at O'Hare International Airport, pictured on Nov. 15, 2012. Regional airlines are not enjoying the success of their larger parent companies. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Small airlines that often fly under the banner of the legacy carriers have been losing money amid rising costs.

Would You Pay To Get Your Kid Into A Top College?

September 15, 2014
Memorial Hall at Harvard University. A San Francisco company analyzes the likelihood a student will get into the university of their choice, and charges parents based on the odds. NKCPhoto/Flickr)

A San Francisco company charges parents for a consulting package based on the odds their student will get into a certain university, with prices up to a million dollars.

Massachusetts Gas Prices Down 2 Cents

September 15, 2014

The price of a gallon of gasoline in Massachusetts still lags behind the national average.

Roman Catholic Bishops Support Casino Law Repeal

September 15, 2014

Roman Catholic leaders say the gambling industry threatens local businesses, “weakens the moral fabric of society” and “fundamentally alters communities.”

Wynn, Mohegan Sun Respond To Casino Regulators

September 15, 2014
A rendering of the proposed Mohegan Sun casino at Suffolk Downs in Revere, left, and of the proposed Wynn Harbor Park in Everett (Courtesy of the gambling companies)

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission has rated Wynn’s $1.6 billion resort casino plan for a former chemical plant in Everett higher than Mohegan Sun’s in a number of critical categories as it prepares to award the lucrative gambling license sometime this week

RadioShack May File For Bankruptcy

September 12, 2014
RadioShack may file for bankruptcy without outside intervention, or be forced to liquidate. (Mike Mozart/Flickr)

RadioShack says it may file for bankruptcy without outside intervention or be forced to liquidate.

Nevada Gov. Signs Record $1.25 Billion Tesla Deal

September 12, 2014
Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors, and Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval during a press conference on September 4, 2014 in Carson City announcing a plan to build a Tesla Gigafactory to produce batteries for electric vehicles. Sandoval last night signed off on the deal. (Max Whittaker/Getty Images)

Governor Brian Sandoval of Nevada last night signed a record deal green lighting Tesla Motors’ bid to build an electric car battery factory to the state.

MailOnline: Divining The Appeal Of The Most Popular News Website In The World

September 12, 2014
Mark Leccese: "Celebrity gossip! Lurid stories of death and dismemberment! Kids and animals doing whacky things!" (Marcelo Trasel/flickr)

Celebrity gossip! Lurid stories of death and dismemberment! Kids and animals doing whacky things!

Is Apple Pay The Future Of Mobile Payments?

September 11, 2014
Apple CEO Tim Cook introduces Apple Pay on Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014, in Cupertino, Calif. (AP/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

We discuss Apple’s forthcoming mobile payment system, Apple Pay, with experts from the technology and payments industries.

Regulators Won’t Decide Boston License This Week

September 10, 2014

The Gaming Commission is giving Wynn Resorts and Mohegan Sun time to respond to requirements the state wants to impose on the winning bidder.

8 Ways To Diversify Transportation In Neighborhoods Like Somerville’s Union Square

September 10, 2014

The future of America’s cities has a lot to do with the future of transportation — and with what some people call a “mobility revolution,” which is changing the way we live, work and play in our cities.

What Are The Implications of ‘Apple Pay’?

September 10, 2014
Apple CEO Tim Cook introduces the new Apple Pay product on Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014, in Cupertino, Calif. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

Apple says its new mobile payment system would be more secure than credit card transactions, but questions about security persist.

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