Retail optimism: Kohl's holiday hiring to rise by a third

Kohl's says it will hire more than 67,000 seasonal workers nationwide for the holiday shopping season, about a third more than last year's 50,000.
 
Family Dollar has told shareholders to reject an unsolicited, $9.1 billion takeover bid from its rival, Dollar General.
 
 
Growth in online shopping is boosting profit at FedEx, and the company plans to hire more than 50,000 extra workers to handle what is shaping up as another record year for holiday-season package deliveries.
 
 
Sony expects its annual loss to swell to $2 billion and has canceled dividends for the first time in more than half a century after writing down the value of its troubled smartphone business.
 
 
Newly released emails that show top officials with the Public Utilities Commission working closely with PG&E executives on the choice of a judge to hear a critical rate-hike case sparked calls from critics Tuesday to scrap the proceeding and start over.  
 
Chevron's attempts to turn plants into alternative fuels for profitable, large-scale production have failed.  
 
IPhone and iPad enthusiasts, contain yourselves: iOS 8 is ready for download Wednesday.  
 
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Today: Netflix debuts in Germany a day after France launch, but will U.S.-centric shows such as new Apatow purchase play well in Europe? Also: Tesla leads tech stocks to a rebound.  
 
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The University of California on Monday announced plans for a $250 million venture capital fund to finance startups created by students and faculty, signaling a growing interest to cash in on companies created in dorm rooms and classrooms.
 
 
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NASA is a giant step closer to launching Americans again from U.S. soil. On Tuesday, the space agency announced it has picked Boeing and SpaceX to transport astronauts to the International Space Station in the next few years.  
 
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Review: 'This is Where I Leave You' gets it right

The dysfunctional family tale 'This Is Where I Leave You' does the ensemble dramedy right, successfully juggling a top-notch cast with the demands of its multiple characters.