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Wary Corporate Chiefs Keep an Ear Tuned to Trump’s Messages
Initially aiming to pressure companies like Ford and Carrier to keep factory jobs at home instead of moving them to Mexico, Mr. Trump has increased the stakes.... More >>

Donald Trump Is Said to Intend to Keep a Stake in His Business
The president-elect is said to be considering turning over his company to his two adult sons, but planning to resist calls to divest.... More >>

Trump Picks Scott Pruitt, Climate Change Denialist, to Lead E.P.A.
Mr. Pruitt, the Oklahoma attorney general, has been a key architect of the legal battle against President Obama’s climate change policies.... More >>

Michael Jordan Owns Right to Name in Chinese Characters, Too, Court Rules
The lawsuit that Mr. Jordan brought, against a company he accused of using his name, could set a precedent for foreign companies pursuing similar cases in China.... More >>

E.C.B. Expected to Extend Measures to Contain Interest Rates
The central bank is expected to say it will keep buying bonds six months longer than planned. But tensions on the Governing Council are rising.... More >>

Tied to Europe, Britain’s Car Industry Is Vulnerable After ‘Brexit’
After becoming an efficient industry with deep links to the Continent, it must grapple with the impact of the country’s vote to leave the European Union.... More >>

Surge in Dollar Provokes Jitters in Emerging Markets Around World
Countries that have been binging on cheap dollar debt for more than a decade now face a spike in debt servicing costs and elevated debt burdens.... More >>

Portland Adopts Surcharge on C.E.O. Pay in Move vs. Income Inequality
Oregon’s largest city will charge companies whose chief executives make over 100 times the median pay of the company’s rank-and-file workers.... More >>

Lawmakers Change Their Tone on AT&T and Time Warner Deal
The telecom giant and media behemoth defended their proposed $85.4 billion merger in a Senate hearing.... More >>

New Orleans Becomes New Model for Airbnb to Work With Cities
Agreements between Airbnb and the city reflect a move by the company to be more conciliatory with local governments, especially after tough regulatory battles globally.... More >>

Automated Assistants Will Soon Make a Bid for Your Finances
Companies are vying to create automated financial assistants that employ artificial intelligence; one was directly inspired by science fiction.... More >>

Despite Sanctions, Russia Finds Buyers for $11 Billion Stake in Rosneft
Defying doubt about marketability, the government said it would sell 19.5 percent of the state oil group to the commodity trading firm Glencore and a Qatari fund.... More >>

Tata Steel Makes a Deal to Stay in Britain, Saving Up to 11,000 Jobs
If the deal is approved, Tata Steel’s plant will remain in South Wales — a relief to an already shaken economy.... More >>

New Mexico Businessman Accused of Deceiving Low-Income Home Buyers
Officials said he misrepresented the condition of poorly maintained homes sold to Spanish-speaking families, and sometimes sold houses he didn’t own.... More >>

Gun Control Advocates Find a Deep-Pocketed Ally in Big Law
Offering free legal services to the gun control groups, law firms say they are hoping to match the resources, coordination and power of the gun lobby.... More >>

Tiny Snail Defeats Donald Trump in Battle Over Irish Sea Wall
The president-elect’s real estate organization has abandoned plans to build a long barrier off the west coast of Ireland to protect its golf course there.... More >>

Health Insurers List Demands if Affordable Care Act Is Killed
One of two large trade groups publicly outlined for the first time what its members want if they are to stay in the state marketplaces.... More >>

Nonprofit Journalism Groups Are Gearing Up With Flood of Donations
Whether the blossoming fund-raising is because of the election of Donald J. Trump or other factors, watchdog news groups are gaining new public support.... More >>

Supreme Court Case Has Bankruptcy World on Edge
In a widely watched case, some fear a decision could lead to situations where stronger creditors gang up to squeeze out others... More >>

China Nov Exports, Imports Rise Unexpectedly, Commodity Purchases Soar
China's imports grew at the fastest pace in more than two years in November, fuelled by its strong thirst for commodities from coal to iron ore, while exports also unexpectedly rose, reflecting a pick-up in both domestic and global demand.... More >>

Japan Third Quarter GDP Slashed as Capex, Inventories Shrink
Japan's economy grew much slower than initially estimated in the third quarter, revised data showed, as capital expenditure dried up and companies ran down inventories - renewing concerns about Japan's growth prospects.... More >>

After Meeting Trump, Japanese Mogul Pledges $50 Billion Investment in the U.S.
Masayoshi Son, the founder of SoftBank, says a previously announced fund will create some 50,000 jobs by investing in American start-ups.... More >>

Roberta’s, Popular Brooklyn Restaurant, Is Pulled Into ‘Pizzagate’ Hoax
It received threatening phone calls after a YouTube video and online rumors linked it to a baseless conspiracy theory that swirling around a Washington pizzeria.... More >>

Linde of Germany to Resume Merger Talks With Praxair
Combining the companies would create a giant supplier of industrial-gas products with more than $30 billion in annual revenue.... More >>

E.U. Fines Three Banks About $520 Million for Interest Rate Collusion
Crédit Agricole, HSBC and JPMorgan Chase are the latest to be penalized by the bloc’s regulators for manipulating the cost of borrowing.... More >>

Donald Trump Is Time’s Person of the Year, to No One’s Surprise
The magazine called Mr. Trump the “president of the divided states of America” and named Hillary Clinton its runner-up.... More >>

State of the Art: The Gadget Apocalypse Is Upon Us
Remember gadgets? They were wonderful, and now they’re no more.... More >>

Tech Fix: Worried About the Privacy of Your Messages? Download Signal.
Signal, an encrypted chat service, is a must in an era when companies collect ever more information about users and government surveillance may expand.... More >>

Deal Professor: In Abbott’s Bid to Halt Purchase of Alere, the MAC Makes a Comeback
Delaware courts have been tough to convince on material adverse change clauses, but this is one deal where the buyer might very well prevail.... More >>

In News, What’s Fake and What’s Real Can Depend on What You Want to Believe
Fake news has become a partisan tool, but people differ widely on their ability to discern what is real and what is fabrication.... More >>

White Collar Watch: Supreme Court Shores Up Insider Trading Law
Justices reaffirmed a broad approach to proving insider trading on tips, in contrast with a ruling by New York’s circuit court.... More >>

Your Money Adviser: Still Have a Health-Account Balance? Time for That 11th-Hour Eye Exam
Some employers still impose a New Year’s deadline for exhausting the balance of a flexible health spending account or forfeiting what’s left.... More >>

Public Health: An Obamacare ‘Delay’ Plan Could Backfire
Republicans may try to “repeal and delay” Obamacare. But controlling the timing of the program’s demise could be tricky.... More >>

The Comet Ping Pong Gunman Answers Our Reporter’s Questions
A soft-spoken Edgar M. Welch described from jail his thoughts leading up to his decision to fire a military-style assault rifle inside the pizzeria.... More >>

Camilo Cienfuegos Journal: In Cuban Town That Hershey Built, Memories Both Bitter and Sweet
A sugar-refinery village founded a century ago by the American chocolate baron has since lost much of its luster. But local pride lingers.... More >>

Economic Scene: A Dilemma for Humanity: Stark Inequality or Total War
Drawing on history, Walter Scheidel of Stanford argues in a coming book that only all-out war might fundamentally alter how resources are distributed.... More >>

A Bigger Economic Pie, but a Smaller Slice for Half of the U.S.
In 35 years, the U.S. economy has more than doubled, but new research shows close to zero growth for working-age adults in the bottom 50 percent of income.... More >>

What It’s Like to Apply for a Job in Donald Trump’s White House
Mr. Trump’s approach to filling his cabinet is much like the way he runs his business, according to those who have interviewed to be in his administration.... More >>

Wells Fargo Killing Sham Account Suits by Using Arbitration
As the bank reels in the court of public opinion, it has been able to stop lawsuits from defrauded customers by moving the cases to arbitration.... More >>

Deal Professor: How an Everything-Must-Go Trump Sale Might Look
Selling Donald J. Trump’s business assets to deal with potential conflicts of interest would be time-consuming and difficult, but it could be done.... More >>

Girl Posting to Twitter From Aleppo Gains Sympathy, but Doubts Follow
Bana al-Abed, 7, has more than 220,000 followers on Twitter, where she chronicles the deprivations of a child in war-torn Syria. But she has also raised questions of authenticity.... More >>

What It Takes to Open a Bookstore
This may be the ultimate book nerd’s fantasy, but it’s also hard work. We talked to some Brooklyn experts.... More >>

App Smart: Make Your Phone a Valuable Holiday Shopping Companion
Gift-buying season has arrived, and there are plenty of apps to help make you a smarter shopper.... More >>

Op-Ed Contributor: Will the Next Deepwater Horizon Be in Mexico?
Opening its waters to oil-and-gas companies is a disaster waiting to happen.... More >>

How Big Banks Are Putting Rain Forests in Peril
Global lenders, sometimes flouting their own policies, have financed projects in Indonesia and elsewhere that destroy ecosystems and contribute to climate change.... More >>

From Michael Lewis, a Portrait of the Men Who Shaped ‘Moneyball’
The best-selling author studied the work of two psychologists and chronicled their unusual partnership of ideas in the book “The Undoing Project.”... More >>

Fair Game: Trump Treasury May Mean Independence for Fannie and Freddie
By suggesting that the companies would be freed from government control, Steven Mnuchin backed an approach that would benefit small lenders and borrowers.... More >>

Editor, John C. DePrez Jr.; Executive Editor, Carol Rogers; Publishers: IBRC and IAR

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