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Fears Of Marijuana 'Monopoly' In Ohio Undercut Support For Legalization

Ohio will vote this fall on whether to legalize marijuana. The measure allows 10 growing sites; 10 groups of big investors already have dibs. Some would-be pot proponents are crying foul.

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For A Baltimore Boutique Owner, A 'Joyous' Reopening After The Riots

Baltimore clothing shop Flawless Damsels is one of the more than 400 businesses damaged in last spring's riots. The shop recently reopened and was bustling, though that's not the case everywhere.

From Dock To Dish: A New Model Connects Chefs To Local Fishermen

Prominent chefs are signing up for restaurant-supported fisheries: They commit to buying fresh-caught seafood, whatever the species, from local small fishermen. A pilot program launched in California.

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Fall In Shipping Commodities Threatens Commercial Railroad Industry

After decades of growth, some railroads are cutting staff because some of the most lucrative businesses for railroads — shipping commodities such as coal, crude oil and ore — have fallen off steeply.

Class-Action Suit Alleges Chipotle's GMO-Free Campaign Is Deceptive

The campaign claims the chain has removed all ingredients made with genetically modified organisms from its menu, with few notable exceptions. A lawsuit says the campaign amounts to false advertising.

McDonald's: You Deserve A Hash Brown All Day

Every McDonald's restaurant in the U.S. will offer breakfast menu items all day, starting Oct. 6.

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How A Suit Against Uber Could Redefine The Sharing Economy

A federal judge has allowed some drivers to proceed with a class-action suit against the ride-hailing service. The case could affect other companies in the sharing economy such as Airbnb and Lyft.

Google Logo Gets A Reboot

A new typeface is the most noticeable change.

U.S. Stock Markets Tumble By Nearly 3 Percent As China Worries Renew

The Dow Jones index is now down nearly 10 percent in 2015, after falling 469 points Tuesday to close at 16,058.

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Huge Fish Farm Planned Near San Diego Aims To Fix Seafood Imbalance

The aquaculture project would be the same size as New York's Central Park and produce 11 million pounds of yellowtail and sea bass each year. But some people see it as an aquatic "factory farm."

ConocoPhillips To Slash 10 Percent Of Global Workforce

September 2, 2015
A truck drives into the ConocoPhillips refinery, Tuesday, May 1, 2012, in Trainer, Pa. Delta Air Lines Inc. Monday, said it will buy the refinery as part of an unprecedented deal that it hopes will cut its jet fuel bill. (Matt Rourke/AP)

The Houston-based oil giant is cutting 1,800 jobs – most in North America – as the industry struggles to weather a downturn in oil prices.

In Corporate America, Public Scrutiny’s Protective Bubble

September 2, 2015
Compared to mistreated workers at under-the-radar small businesses, it can be argued that the threat of bad publicity insulates some corporate employees. In this Nov. 11, 2010 file photo, Ricardo Sandoval places packages in the right shipping boxes at an Amazon.com fulfillment center, in Phoenix. (Ross D. Franklin/ AP)

Compared to mistreated workers at under-the-radar small businesses, it can be argued that the threat of bad publicity insulates some corporate employees.

Former PIMCO CEO Mohamed El-Erian On The Wild Week In Markets

August 28, 2015
Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on August 24, 2015 in New York City. As the global economy continues to react from events in China, markets dropped significantly around the world on Monday. The Dow Jones industrial average briefly dropped over 1000 points in morning trading. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

The chair of President Obama’s Global Development Council discusses the Fed and China’s economic impact on the U.S.

Global Turmoil Spurs Decline In Commodities

August 27, 2015
The large copper mining operation covers several hillside digs at the Phelps Dodge copper mining facility Thursday, Aug. 23, 2007 in Morenci, Ariz. (Ross D. Franklin/AP)

Key commodities like oil and copper continue to slide, and could have big implications on domestic and world markets.

How Insulated Is U.S. Economy From Volatility In China?

August 26, 2015
Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on the morning of August 26, 2015 in New York City. After a volatile week of fluctuations, the Dow Jones opened 400 points higher this morning. (Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

China’s main index closed down again today, in what has been a very turbulent week for markets in that country and around the world.

Small Investors Try To Stomach Big Roller Coaster Stock Market

August 26, 2015
A specialist working on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange watches U.S. stocks Tuesday. (Richard Drew/AP)

As stocks continue their tumble, people in Boston said they were having a hard time keeping their eyes off the slide. Some even said they felt anxious and sick about it, worried their retirement investments might suffer dramatically.

Amazon Exposé Shines A Light On Corporate Nature Vs. Nurture

August 26, 2015
In this June 16, 2014, file photo, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos walks onstage for the launch of the new Amazon Fire Phone, in Seattle. A New York Times article portrayed Amazon’s work culture as “bruising” and “Darwinian” in part because of the way it uses data to manage its staff. Amazon’s CEO said in a memo to staff on Monday, Aug. 17, 2015, that the article doesn’t accurately describe the company culture he knows. (Ted S. Warren/ AP)

The New York Times’ controversial feature begs the question of how business values drive business valuation.

What China’s Stock Market Crash Means For The Tech Industry

August 25, 2015
A sign is posted on the exterior of the Twitter headquarters on February 5, 2014 in San Francisco, California. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Investors have cautioned young startups that there could be changes coming – like valuing profits more than growth.

Even If U.S. Economy Weathers Chinese Downturn, Emerging Markets May Get Hit

August 25, 2015
An investor gestures in front of screens showing share prices at a securities firm in Hangzhou, in eastern China's Zhejiang province on August 24, 2015. Shanghai shares nosedived 8.49 percent on August 24 as Beijing's latest market intervention failed to restore confidence, with concern mounting about the stalling economy (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

Indonesia, South Africa and Brazil are a few of the countries that depend on Chinese demand for cheap goods and commodities.

Mass. Home Sales Soar In July

August 25, 2015

Home sales jumped about 20 percent, when compared with the same month last year.

How You Should Respond To A Stock Market Plunge

August 24, 2015
Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on August 24, 2015 in New York City. As the global economy continues to react from events in China, markets dropped significantly around the world on Monday. The Dow Jones industrial average briefly dropped over 1000 points in morning trading. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Business analyst Jill Schlesinger looks at what’s happening with the markets, and how individuals with investments should respond.

The Original ‘Black Monday’ And Other Stock Market Crashes In History

August 24, 2015
A picture taken on October 19, 1987, shows a trader holding his head on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange when the Dow Jones dropped over 500 points, as panic selling swept Wall Street. (Maria Bastone/AFP/Getty Images)

Amid a massive sell-off in stock markets around the world, we look at other stock market crashes in history, including 1987 and 1929.

China’s ‘Black Monday’ Sends Global Stock Markets Tumbling

August 24, 2015
An investor gestures in front of screens showing share prices at a securities firm in Hangzhou, in eastern China's Zhejiang province on August 24, 2015. Shanghai shares nosedived 8.49 percent on August 24 as Beijing's latest market intervention failed to restore confidence, with concern mounting about the stalling economy (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

Diane Swonk, chief economist at Mesirow Financial, discusses the stock market plunge and whether there’s an end in sight.

Direct Flights To Logan Credited With Boosting International Travel To Boston

August 22, 2015
The view ofaA view of Boston before landing at Logan Airport. (Amy Gorel/WBUR) Boston before landing at Logan Airport. (Amy Gorel/WBUR)

More than 1.4 million overseas visitors came to explore Boston in 2014, a 10.1 percent boost over the previous year, according to the GBCVB.

Global Stocks Tumble After China Slowdown Sparks Fear

August 21, 2015
An investor observes the stock market at an exchange hall on August 21, 2015 in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province of China. (ChinaFotoPress/Getty Images)

A week after Beijing made the surprise move to devalue its currency, new numbers show China’s factory activity fell to a six-year low.

Buick Wants To Move More Production To China

August 21, 2015
A mechanic works on a Buick at a General Motors dealership in Shanghai on December 6, 2011. (Peter Parks/AFP/Getty Images)

The majority of Buicks are already produced and sold in China, where it doesn’t have the same image problem as in the U.S.

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