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Bidders jockeying for Toys ‘R’ Us? > 115 companies interested in brand?; Audi resuming crisis talks after CEO arrest; Uber experimenting w/letting riders wait longer in exchange for cheaper rides; Coca-Cola, Nestlé and Kraft Heinz eyeing GSK’s Horlicks, the beloved malted drink brand; Spirit Airlines expanding service internationally [NoPo says NoWay]: AT&T exploring more acquisitions; ‘Mini-retirement’ – just as rewarding as early retirement?; An important Apple iOS update (will include automatic location sharing w/911 centers); Phil Mickelson’s futuristic fro-yo investment; Dunkin’s new line of chocolates; Worst tippers in America; Money & happiness (contrary findings); World Wealth Report.

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Troubled sandwich giant Subway taps Bain to plot future–maybe get it ready for a sale??; ‘Incredibles 2’ crushes animation box office record; Amtrak modernizes café menu; MillionaireMatch.com introduces new “recall” feature for love gone wrong; Former tennis star Boris Becker battles against bankruptcy; Bitcoin — could break the internet??; JetBlue founder raising funds for new low-cost carrier focused on secondary airports in U.S.; Ford planning to remake Detroit’s most famous ruin; Wall Street winning big from merger mania; Everything you need to know about Elon Musk’s (Not So) Boring Company; More recalls (Del Monte Fresh Produce vegetable trays and Kellogg’s Honey Smacks); MillerCoors vs. Pabst; Bond King Bill Gross’ “stinky” divorce; Taco Bell’s new watermelon freeze

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Are we getting…dumber??; Fed rate hike adds $2.2 billion in credit card interest rate charges (and this is just the beginning, FYI); Elon Musk, who just got green light to build high-speed train to Chicago’s airport, buys another $25 million worth of Tesla stock as he pushes for profit; House flipping start-up Opendoor lands $325 million to expand across U.S.; Average millennial expects to become millionaire at some point and retire at age…56??; Comcast going all-in to win 21st Century Fox; Sprint ending $15/month unlimited promotion tomorrow (too much demand); Chef’d bringing its meal kits to Walgreens, Duane Reade; Bitcoin prices fallllllllling; Vanilla nearly as expensive as silver (ut oh–ice cream, cookies, etc. $$); Credit cards w/100,000-point welcome bonuses; Best taco trucks in America; Measuring made easy; Foot-long Doritos.

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Fed all but certain to raise interest rates at conclusion of its two-day meeting today…question is–central bank going to keep its forecast for a total of three hikes this year or bump it up?; Tesla cuts 3600 workers (9% workforce) in bid to boost profits; Toyota pours $1-billion into ride-hailing firm Grab; Vase found in attic sells for $19 million??!; Melissa Rivers, the only child of late comedian Joan Rivers, selling posh Pacific Palisades property for $6.2 million; JetSmarter making private jets more accessible; Landlords practically giving malls away; Fauchon…hotel?; Trader Joe’s new summer items; Personal pensions – pros & cons; Cheap Aldi whisky (named among best in world again); Record high, used car prices; Loaded Cheesy Taco Cheez-It Grooves (now); Ben & Jerry’s limited edition Banana Stand Sundae (only until the 17th); M&A mania (ahead); PotCoin.

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Whole Foods offering discounts to Prime members in 10 more states; Uber applying for patent that would detect drunk passengers; Airbnb testing new service that lets hosts offer their homes during emergencies; MoviePass adding family and bring-a-friend plans; How to plan for next round of interest rate hikes; What student debt is doing to your mind; Cryptocurrency auction for Andy Warhol’s artwork; Super-cool RV models; Global email scams; Pool floats for food lovers; The million-dollar lottery winner who picks up check in emoji mask

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The Fed has surprise in store that could mean an early end to interest rate hikes?; Kia recalls 500,000 cars in US due to airbag glitch; ‘Ocean’s 8’ opens in top spot at box office; Amazon drops Amazon name from Prime; Sonic debuts new pickle juice…slush; America’s lobster bonanza-about to go bust?; Uber and Lyft racing to own every mode of transportation; Amazon getting ready to crush LaCroix; A look inside the Malibu home Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber just sold for $45 million; Ongoing money battle, Spears vs. Federline; Justify’s breeding rights $$$$; Flamethrower deliveries (now); IHOP to IHOb (today); Ben & Jerry’s latest ‘Phish’ flavor (anytime)…

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Toys ‘R’ Us might have white knight after all?; Uber drops $500 million on “sorry” ads; Airline tickets about to get more expensive; Emirates looks to windowless planes; Billionaires and breeders chomping at bit before Belmont Stakes; Iconic Chipwich making comeback this summer [We weren’t aware they had disappeared, either]; Netflix, already up 90% this year, could soon crack the $400 mark?; Cell phone account fraud – the latest threat to your finances (not to mention sweepstakes and lottery scams!); Survival guide to booking w/Airbnb; Grilling season’s best marinades; Summer’s steamiest beach reads; Panera bacon mac and cheese.

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Tesla shareholders strike down proposals to remove Musk as chairman and shake up board; IHOP announces mysterious name change; JetBlue tightens policy on emotional support animals; Ikea recalls all Sladda bikes (mechanical defect), and ends program entirely; Walmart raises glass w/private wine label; Recently sold mega chain Pret wants its customers to ‘eat like bears’??; Payday lenders making bank on high-interest products; Oprah getting own exhibit; Apple dissing competitors; Google searches for bitcoin — down whopping 75% since beginning of year?!; Products that don’t repel mosquitoes even though people swear by them; Best cash-back card if you like to keep things simple; United’s “new” boarding process; MyHeritage hack; Disney’s Oreo-covered funnel cake; Blue Bell’s Southern Blackberry Cobbler ice cream; Whiskey shortage.

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Timing Is Everything: Just as Starbucks looks to regain mojo as reputation hits 10-year low, Howard Schultz, the company’s outspoken executive chairman, says he’s outta there!!; Apple shares hit record on first day of developer conference; JPM analyst says GE needs to cut dividend…again; A1 steak sauce candles — already sold out for Father’s Day?!?!?!; Google starting to phase out old Gmail design; McDonald’s making big bet on self-service kiosks; Chipotle giving out free burritos to nurses today; Twitter joining S&P 500; Playboy’s exclusive new NYC club for…millennials?; The app that gives you day access to luxury pools and spas on the cheap; A Netflix series for Dolly Parton; Tori’s taxing problems (Spelling, that is…); Oreo’s five new flavors; Strawberry Frappuccino.

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American Airlines warning of fare increases if oil remains high; Microsoft acquiring GitHub (a move that takes it back to its roots); Lyft thisclose to buying company behind Citi Bike; HelloFresh meal kits heading to grocery stores; Rich people buying dinosaurs because museums can’t afford them; Sake gearing up to be the sip of summer?; The Ferrari that just became most expensive car ever sold; Everything to expect from Apple’s huge developers conferenceTicketfly’s data breach (26 million customers!); More trouble for Facebook; Corona’s new look; Groupon/Costco deal; Chocolate Caramel Yoohoo.

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