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Nasdaq Composite up 0.3%

Dow up 0.1%; S&P 500 index rises 0.2%

U.S. stock indexes hold slight gains after economic data Wednesday

IHS Markit U.S. flash services PMI falls to 64.8 in June from 70.4

IHS Markit U.S. flash manufacturing PMI rises to 62.6 in June from 62.1

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Beware America’s soaring public debt

There's no free lunch: Biden ignores history and economics by keeping the spigot on long after the COVID crisis is resolved

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Americans are still hesitant about getting on a plane

Airfares and coronavirus variants are putting some passengers off traveling, experts say.

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Some 48 million Americans will travel on July 4 — but they’ll pay through the nose for rental cars and gas

If you're one of them, expect to pay 14-year record high gas prices over the holiday weekend.

Amazon's Prime Day event kicks off the back-to-school shopping season with 600,000 backpacks and 240,000 notebooks sold

Amazon.com Inc.'s Prime Day event has kicked off the back-to-school shopping season with 600,000 backpacks, 240,000 notebooks, 40,000 calculators, and 220,000 Crayola products sold. As in most years, technology was a hot ...

Stocks open slightly higher as Nasdaq builds on record close

Stocks opened slightly higher Wednesday, with the Nasdaq Composite building on the previous session's record close and the S&P 500 traded near record territory a day after Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell emphasized ...

EA to purchase WarnerMedia's Playdemic gaming studio for $1.4 billion

Electronic Arts Inc. plans to acquire mobile-gaming studio Playdemic, which is currently owned by AT&T Inc.'s Warner Media, for $1.4 billion in cash. Playdemic, which developed the game "Golf Clash," will factor into EA'...

Nasdaq Composite up 0.2%

Dow up less than 0.1%; S&P 500 rises 0.1%

U.S. stocks open higher and Nasdaq aims to extend record climb early Wednesday

UPDATE: Carnival to add two ships to fleet by 2023, resumes sailings in U.S., Caribbean and Europe

Carnival Cruise Line, part of Carnival Corp. , said Wednesday it will two ships to its fleet by 2023, by taking the delivery of an Excel-class ship previously intended for its sister line AIDA Cruises that is expected to a...

Study: There were at least 17 million undiagnosed COVID-19 cases in the U.S. through July 2020

There were likely up to 17 million undiagnosed cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. through July 2020, based on new research that says the number of COVID-19 cases in the U.S. most likely exceeded the number of reported cases. Th...

Carnival Cruise to add two ships to fleet by 2023

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How much income tax will Biden and Harris pay under their proposed hikes?

Three accountants crunched the numbers using the president and vice president's tax returns.

Sabre delivers upbeat outlook as travel landscape improves

Sabre Corp. said Wednesday that it expects better sequential revenue performance in the second quarter relative to the first quarter as the travel landscape improves. The company, which makes software for the travel indus...

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NFL player Carl Nassib has advice on compound interest, index funds — and managing your own money

Approximately 16% of NFL players go bankrupt within 12 years of retirement, one study concluded.

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Southwest Airlines CEO to Leave Post in February

Chief Executive Gary Kelly, who has served as CEO since 2004, will be replaced by Robert Jordan, executive vice president of corporate service.

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U.K. Denies Russia Fired Warning Shots at Warship

Russia’s Defense Ministry said its armed forces fired warning shots at a British destroyer that was violating its territorial waters near Crimea, but the U.K. government denied that such events took place.

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Stocks Edge Up After Nasdaq Hits Record

The technology-heavy Nasdaq Composite Index was on track to notch another all-time high as stocks ground higher ahead of services, manufacturing data.

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Biden’s Tax Pledge Limits Options for Infrastructure Deal

Republicans’ tax opposition and the president’s push for a corporate-tax increase leave little room for bipartisan agreement on revenue.

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Iran Says It Foiled Attack on Another Nuclear Facility

The sabotage attempt is the latest in a series of attacks on the country’s nuclear facilities and the killing of one its top nuclear scientists, as well as the recent election of a hard-line cleric as president.

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Best Books for Kids: Our Reviewer’s Picks for Summer Reading

A guide to books ideal for long car rides, the camp duffel bag or rainy days.

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Where to Find Rare Business-Class and First-Class Deals

As airlines work to recover from the pandemic, they’re selling some high-end seats abandoned by business travelers for 70% off.

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‘Millionaire Yang’ Was China’s First Stock-Trading Hero

Yang Huaiding, who started trading bonds and stocks before China had real exchanges, died at the age of 70.

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Record-Smashing Teen Leaps From High School to Olympic Trials

Last month, 18-year-old Hobbs Kessler smashed Jim Ryun’s 1,500-meter American junior record, which stood for 55 years. Now Kessler is aiming for the Tokyo Games.

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North Korea Gives the U.S. the Cold Shoulder on Nuclear Talks

The Kim Jong Un regime has rebuked the Biden administration’s outreach for engagement, extending a diplomatic stalemate.

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OPEC Alliance Considers Boosting Production Amid Uneven Recovery

The Saudi-led organization and its allies are considering boosting the group’s collective output by some 500,000 barrels a day when they meet next week, delegates said, representing a modest boost to the world’s supply of ...

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Formula 1’s Future Is an All-Women’s Series

The world of Formula 1 has long been known as a billionaire boy’s club. Can the W Series—the world’s first international female-only motorsport championship—change that?

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Race Between Covid-19 Vaccines and Delta Variant Plays Out in U.K.

The Delta variant is generating rapidly rising caseloads in the U.K., but smaller increases in hospitalizations and fatalities, in a hopeful sign that mass vaccination can prevent a repeat of the heavy toll of sickness and...

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Uber, Lyft Drivers Race to Apps That Make Contract Work a Better Gig

Gig workers are adopting apps to track pay, monitor events and dispute complaints amid a patchwork of regulatory efforts.

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For Ever Given, Ship That Blocked Suez, It Could Soon Be Anchors Aweigh

The owner and insurers of the ship reached a preliminary deal with the Suez Canal Authority to release the vessel, according to the U.K. insurance group helping lead negotiations.

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Hong Kong Pro-Democracy Newspaper to Close Under Pressure

The popular Apple Daily’s demise comes after the government froze its funds, seized computers and arrested executives, ending an era of unfettered reporting critical of Beijing in the city’s mainstream print media.

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SoftBank Latin America Fund Leads $28 Million Atom Finance Funding Round

The deal, a bet on the retail investing boom, values the startup around $150 million.

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Manatees Are Dying in Florida, and the U.S. Wants to Know Why

A federal investigation is under way and a Republican lawmaker is urging the Fish and Wildlife Service to designate the sea mammal as endangered, rather than threatened.

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Summer Travel Guide: Five Cities From New York to Los Angeles

Urban areas are adding outdoor performance spaces and dining options in a bid to attract visitors. What’s new in New York, Washington, Detroit, Los Angeles and Portland, Ore.

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Alley-Oops, Free Throws and the Biggest Shots of the NBA Playoffs

Giannis Antetokounmpo’s foul shots. Trae Young’s floaters. The Suns in the mid-range and the Clippers behind the arc. These plays will decide the next NBA champion.