Nation & World
1 World Trade Center opens
Thirteen years after the 9/11 terrorist attack, the resurrected World Trade Center has again opened for business – marking an emotional milestone for both New Yorkers and the nation. Some staffers of publishing giant Conde Nast began working at 1 World Trade Center on Monday. The 104-story, $3.9 billion skyscraper, the tallest in the city, dominates the Manhattan skyline. It’s the centerpiece of the 16-acre site where the decimated twin towers once stood and where more than 2,700 people died on Sept. 11, 2001.
Online holiday shopping to expand
This year more Americans than ever are expected to make their lists, check them twice, and then click the “add to cart” button. Forrester Research said Monday that it expects U.S. consumers to spend $89 billion online by Christmas. That’s up 13 percent, or about $10 billion, from a year ago.
Sears, Kmart opening on Thanksgiving day
Sears and Kmart say they will open on Thanksgiving day again this year with extended hours to draw shoppers. Sears will open at its earliest time ever – letting shoppers in at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving. The retailer decided two years ago to open on Thanksgiving and nudged up its opening time by two hours this year. Kmart will open its doors at 6 a.m. on Thanksgiving and stay open for 42 hours straight.
Feds investigating Honda deaths, injuries
Federal regulators are investigating whether Honda Motor Co. failed to report deaths and injuries that occurred in its vehicles. Federal law requires automakers to submit quarterly reports on deaths and injuries, warranty claims and other incidents. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says Honda may have failed to report incidents related to Takata air bags as well as other defective parts.
Korean automakers to pay penalty for overstate gas mileage figures
Korean automakers Hyundai and Kia will pay the U.S. government a $100 million civil penalty to end a two-year investigation into overstated gas mileage figures on window stickers on 1.2 million vehicles. The penalty, announced Monday by the Justice Department and the Environmental Protection Agency, is the first under new rules aimed at limiting the amount of heat-trapping gases cars are allowed to emit.
Dunkin’ spicing up the holidays
Starbucks isn’t the only coffee shop chain serving new drinks for the holidays. Starting Monday, Dunkin’ Donuts is selling snickerdoodle and sugar-cookie lattes, both new for this year, said John Costello, president of global marketing and innovation. Starbucks’ U.S. customers have to wait until Nov. 12 for its new holiday beverage: the chestnut praline latte. That drink took about three years to create.
• Carnival Corporation announced Monday it will offer a long-range, broadband wireless Internet network on all of its 101 ships across nine cruise line brands.
• U.S. construction spending fell .4 percent in September as a slight rebound in housing was offset by further declines in nonresidential building and in government projects.