Californians to see increase in health plan costs

| |Thursday, Jul. 31, 2014

Californians buying individual health plans on the state's exchange will see their premiums rise by an average of 4.2 percent in 2015, about half the increase the industry has seen in the past three years, officials announced Thursday.

Met Opera asks mediator to resolve labor gridlock

| |Thursday, Jul. 31, 2014

It's a drama worthy of the Metropolitan Opera: Frantic, last-minute labor negotiations aimed at averting a lockout that threatens an immediate halt to pay and benefits for thousands of singers, musicians, stagehands and other workers.

Tucson OKs building permit to lure car maker Tesla

|Thursday, Jul. 31, 2014

Tucson officials are hoping a pre-approved building permit will help persuade electric car company Tesla to build its planned battery plant in the city, the mayor said Thursday.

Snyder: Fewer than 100 child immigrants in state

|Thursday, Jul. 31, 2014

Fewer than 100 unaccompanied children have arrived in the state in the aftermath of the immigration crisis along the United States' southern border, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder said Thursday as he renewed his call for an overhaul of laws to make the U.S. more immigration friendly.

Tesla posts 2Q loss, prepares Nevada factory site

| |Thursday, Jul. 31, 2014

Electric car maker Tesla Motors widened its loss in the second quarter as it prepared for the launch of a new SUV and started work on a massive new battery plant.

How the Dow Jones industrial average did Thursday

|Thursday, Jul. 31, 2014

The Dow Jones industrial average had its worst one-day drop since February, erasing its gain for the year, as traders worried about weak corporate earnings and the looming end of economic stimulus from the Federal Reserve. The slide interrupted a prolonged advance in the market which brought the Standard & Poor's 500 index to its latest record high close just one week ago.

Top 20 Concert Tours from Pollstar

|Thursday, Jul. 31, 2014

The Top 20 Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows in North America. The previous week's ranking is in parentheses. The list is based on data provided to the trade publication Pollstar by concert promoters and venue managers.

1,100 layoffs planned at Alpha coal mines in W.Va.

| |Thursday, Jul. 31, 2014

One of the nation's largest coal producers said Thursday it expects to lay off 1,100 workers at 11 southern West Virginia surface coal mines by mid-October, citing dismal markets and federal regulation.

WTC steel company CEO arrested on fraud charges

| |Thursday, Jul. 31, 2014

The Canadian owner of a company that won nearly $1 billion in contracts to provide steel for the construction of the World Trade Center's tallest building and a transit center was arrested Thursday on charges he defrauded a program meant to benefit minority- and women-owned businesses.

Marathon Petroleum 2Q profit rises 44 percent

|Thursday, Jul. 31, 2014

Marathon Petroleum Corp. (MPC) on Thursday reported earnings that rose by 44 percent in its second quarter, and topped analysts' expectations.