USA TODAY: Economy (106)

Mercedes to invest $1B in Alabama to make electric SUVs, batteries

Mercedes-Benz plans to invest $1 billion in the Tuscaloosa, Ala. area to add production of electric vehicles and build a new battery factory.        

KB Home CEO Jeffrey Mezger censured after rant about neighbor Kathy Griffin

Company also cut Jeffrey Mezger's bonus by 25% after vulgar rant directed at neighbor Kathy Griffin over her noise complaint to police went viral.        

Worried about your online information? Use a virtual credit card

Some credit card issuers, like Bank of America and Citibank, offer virtual card numbers to help you protect your credit card info when you shop online.        

Lawrence O'Donnell meltdown: MSNBC host apologizes for leaked profane tirade

The apology comes after the clip released Wednesday shows O'Donnell cursing and yelling at his staff over an earpiece malfunction.        

Ask a Fool: Are stocks too risky for retirees to invest in?

In retirement you do need to take a more conservative approach to asset allocation. But not too conservative.        

Changing retail: Is everything you know about 'retail apocalypse' wrong?

Well-known chains are closing stores, but that's not the whole story.        

Standard & Poor’s cuts China credit rating, citing debt

Chinese economic growth fell from 14.2% in 2007 to 6.7% last year.        

Want booze delivered with your food? Your wait is over.

TGI Friday's will let Dallas customers order alcohol with their food, starting in November. The chain plans to expand to other markets later.        

I spent $150 on an Xbox controller, and it was totally worth it

When I became a man, I put away childish things—and picked up the Elite.        

Fed to remove economy's crutch, shrink $4.5T holdings

The move could slowly increase borrowing costs for consumers and businesses.        

Bad news for retirement savers: A key rule that protects your finances is facing delays

Fiduciary rule to protect investors from unscrupulous financial planners delayed.        

Fiat Chrysler, UAW officials accused of laundering money through hospice

Auto executives and union leaders laundered money through a fake hospice center, federal authorities alleged in a new court filing.        

SEC discloses hackers penetrated EDGAR, profited in trading

The Securities and Exchange Commission says it occurred in 2016.        

MSNBC host Lawrence O'Donnell explodes during profane leaked tirade, later apologizes

The apology comes after the clip released Wednesday shows O'Donnell cursing and yelling at his staff an ear piece malfunction.        

Flying motorcycles may hit the skies by next year

CEO of Kitty Hawk says we could see flying motorcycles as early as next year. TC Newman has the details!        

CVS to limit opioid drug prescriptions amid national epidemic

The CVS pharmacy benefits division will limit opioid distribution in an effort to combat an epidemic wreaking havoc on the lives of millions.        

Psychiatric exam sought for jailed 'Pharma Bro' Martin Shkreli

The motion for the psychiatric exam was filed in recent days in New York federal court, records for his criminal case there indicate.        

Looking for auto insurance? Here are 6 things you need to know

Let's break down the basics of car insurance so you’re better able to find the right coverage for you. Here are six things you need to know.        

Fiat Chrysler recalls 494,000 Ram trucks for fire hazard

Fiat Chrysler recalls almost half a million Ram medium- and heavy-duty pickup trucks over a water pump issue that could cause a fire.        

Fast-food chains pressured to revamp kids' meals

Sales from kids meals is 1%-2%, according to Pentallect. The one exception is McDonald's.        

Walmart's solution to holiday crush: Fewer temps, more overtime

Walmart relies on its own workers for the holidays        

Fiat Chrysler, UAW officials accused of laundering money through fake hospice center

Auto executives and union leaders laundered money through a fake hospice center, federal authorities alleged in a new court filing.        

Pfizer accuses Johnson & Johnson of 'anticompetitive practices' in lawsuit

Pfizer filed a lawsuit against fellow pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson over "anticompetitive practices" with the drug Remicade.        

494,000 Ram trucks recalled for fire hazard

Fiat Chrysler recalls almost half a million Ram medium- and heavy-duty pickup trucks over a water pump issue that could cause a fire.        

The one big thing economist Shiller says is preventing a 1929-like stock market crash

The stock market bears striking similarities to 1929. Economist Robert Shiller is not predicting an epic stock market crash and is instead optimistic.        

Consumer sentiment stat hints that bull market may be stalling out

65% of people believe stock prices will go up in the next year, according to a consumer sentiment survey. That's the highest level on record.        

Need to send something from Amazon back? Some Kohl's to offer free returns

Kohl's will start accepting returns for Amazon at some of its stores in Los Angeles and Chicago starting next month.        

U.S. home sales off 1.7%, hurt by Hurricane Harvey and low supply

U.S. home sales fell 1.7% in August, pulled down by the effects of Hurricane Harvey and a worsening shortage of available properties.        

As retailers close, thrift stores and consignment reach customers on Facebook, Instagram

The resale market is resilient as stores use Facebook and Instagram to connect with shoppers.        

Apple Watch review: Ditch the iPhone

The new Apple Watch Series 3 clocks in with cellular.        

Budget, save, even win money with today's prepaid cards

Prepaid cards can be used for budgeting and saving money as well as spending.        

Retailers could have a Merry Xmas after a rough year

Consultancy Deloitte is forecasting that retail sales — not counting cars and gasoline — will increase 4% to 4.5% from November to January.        

Toys R Us' post-bankruptcy plan is to make stores 'interactive' play spaces

Toys R Us plans to close some stores and remake others into "interactive spaces," remaking its image after filing for bankruptcy protection.        

The Toys R Us bankruptcy means great holiday deals for toy buyers

As Toys R Us files for bankruptcy, shoppers should prepare for holiday deals        

Southwest Florida's tourism industry still hurting from Irma

Most tourism-related enterprises hope to be back in business by Oct. 1, if not sooner, in Collier County.        

N.J. firm fined for allegedly scamming NFL vets, 9/11 first responders

Top Notch Funding and its officials misled borrowers about the cost of loans and how quickly the funds would be available, consumer watchdog alleged        

International Energy Agency: Oil price spike coming in 2020

The world could be heading for an oil supply crunch in a few years due to the sharp fall in industry spending.        

Fox News seeks dismissal of suit with contributor claims of fake news in Seth Rich case

Fox News is seeking dismissal of a suit by a longtime commentator who alleged the network involving Wikileaks and the death of DNC staffer Seth Rich.        

Toys R Us outlines survival strategy after bankruptcy: stores to get overhaul

Toys R Us plans to close some stores and remake others into "interactive spaces," remaking its image after filing for bankruptcy protection.        

Toys R Us bankruptcy: Should I use my gift card and other questions, answered

Will stores be closing? Will my gift card still be accepted? We have the answers.        

Fox News commentator Hughes alleges network retaliated after her rape accusation

A former Fox News guest analyst has sued Fox and, in the suit, accused Fox Business host Charles Payne of rape.        

At 35, a young dad strives to save $4,000 a month

Adam Ligman, who works in sales, says the 'extras' can wait, but savings won't.        

Grandparents, beware this despicable scam

Don't let your loved ones fall for this scam targeted at the elderly.        

Low returns? 4 ways to earn more interest on your money

With a little searching you can earn a much more competitive rate of return. Here’s how.        

IEA: Oil price spike coming In 2020

The world could be heading for an oil supply crunch in a few years due to the sharp fall in industry spending.        

The 25 highest-paying jobs in America

Students looking to bring home the best pay throughout their careers may want to consider careers in law, medicine or engineering.        

Your next worry after the Equifax breach: Fake tax returns

Tax-related identity theft is one of the IRS "Dirty Dozen" top tax scams. Getting organized now can help you file your return earlier next year.        

Toys R Us files for bankruptcy

The move comes on the cusp of the all-important holiday season, a period in which many retailers earn nearly half of their annual revenue.        

Loan creditor fined $19M for suing students with 'false' legal documents

The National Collegiate Student Loan Trusts has been aggressively suing students.        

You might be more qualified for that job than you think

You can thank the tight labor market.