Articles by Michael Smith, Josh Eidelson, Lauren Etter and Hassan Kanu

McDonald’s Has Friends in High Places in High-Stakes Labor Fight

In a television commercial that’s become part of the lore surrounding Donald Trump’s affinity for McDonald’s Corp., he embraced a purple, lumpy denizen of the fast-food chain’s “McDonaldland” and said, “Together, Grimace, we could own this town.” He was talking …

Florida ‘Dodged a Cannon’ as Irma Swerved and Weakened

Florida is drenched, tattered — but fortunate. Hurricane Irma weakened as it moved past Tampa on Monday, leaving in its wake a state that avoided the worst predictions of its destruction by sea and storm. By one estimate, the cost …

New York’s ‘Sixth Borough’ with Trophy Condos in Hurricane Irma’s Path

Beyond the bar and the palm-fringed pool, past the gold-leafed columns and floor-to-ceiling murals, workers at the grand Faena Hotel Miami Beach prepared for Hurricane Irma’s fury. Their unusual assignment: fortify the four layers of bullet-proof glass encasing a gilded, …

Rolls-Royce, Qantas Settle A380 Engine Dispute for $100 Million

Rolls-Royce and Qantas have reached a settlement over an Airbus A380 engine explosion last year that forced a jet with 469 people on board to make an emergency landing and grounded much of the airline’s fleet. Qantas said the out-of-court …

BofA Sells Balboa Insurance Portfolio to Australia’s QBE

Bank of America agreed to offload its Balboa insurance portfolio to Australia’s QBE Insurance for more than $700 million, the latest in a string of asset sales by the U.S. lender as it recovers from the global credit crisis. Bank …

Qantas Aiming to Settle with Rolls-Royce over A380 Engine Failure

Australia’s Qantas Airways is working towards a commercial settlement with Rolls-Royce over last year’s mid-air engine explosion, its chief executive said, as the airline rebuilds its image tarnished by the incident which temporarily grounded its fleet of A380 aircraft. Alan …

Insurers, Industries Affected by Australia’s Floods

Australia’s mining industry has borne the brunt of the economic impact from massive floods in Queensland state, but agriculture, construction, transport, tourism and retail have also been hit. Following is a list of sectors and companies affected: INSURERS The Insurance …

EU Safety Regulator Orders A380 Engine Inspection

Europe’s aviation regulator said fire from an oil leak was the likely cause of last week’s engine failure of a Qantas A380 plane and ordered stringent inspections on super jumbos using Rolls-Royce engines. Qantas said on Thursday it expected its …

Qantas Grounds A380s for 3 More Days to Inspect Engines

Australia’s Qantas Airways has grounded its A380 fleet for at least another three days as it investigates oil leaks as a possible cause of the explosion which tore apart one of the super jumbo’s engines last week. Qantas shares fell …

Tight Market Drives Australian Companies into Deals Abroad

Cash rich Australian companies are being forced to search offshore for takeover targets as the small local market has become too consolidated to get deals past the competition watchdog. With the Aussie dollar at a 28-year high, now would be …