Nation & World
West Coast labor woes delay shipments
Labor woes at major West Coast seaports have slowed the export of a record crop of Washington apples and endangered big Christmas season shipments of the fruit to Central American nations. Delays have also hit shipments of autos, smartphones and numerous other products as longshoremen and shippers try to hammer out a new contract involving work at 29 West Coast ports.
Super Smash Bros. a super smash hit
Advance orders for Super Smash Bros., being released by Nintendo this month, are at a record and may lift sales of the struggling Wii U console during the holidays, a company official said. Presales of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, which reaches stores on Nov. 21, have surpassed Mario Kart 8, Reggie Fils-Aime, president and chief operating officer of Nintendo of America, said Tuesday.
More records for Dow, S&P
Tiny gains were enough to push major U.S. stock indexes to record highs. Home builders advanced Tuesday after The Standard & Poor’s 500 index edged up a point to 2,039. The Dow Jones industrial average also rose a point to 17,614. The Nasdaq composite rose nine points, or 0.2 percent, to 4,660. It was the fifth straight record high close for the S&P 500 index and the 40th this year. The Dow also closed at a record.
U.S.-China deal to eliminate high-tech tariffs close
President Barack Obama says the United States and China have reached an “understanding” in negotiations to eliminate tariffs on high-tech goods. Obama said Tuesday the breakthrough would help bring talks on the Information Technology Agreement to a “rapid conclusion.” Obama made the announcement during a meeting with leaders attending an Asia-Pacific economic summit in Beijing.
Memorabilia dealer wins round in Eli Manning case
A sports memorabilia dealer who sued the New York Giants and quarterback Eli Manning for allegedly doctoring equipment to make it appear game-worn has scored a legal victory. A federal judge in Newark ruled Tuesday that Eric Inselberg can proceed with his lawsuit in state court. The Giants had sought to have the case moved to federal court, claiming part of Inselberg’s lawsuit involves federal patent issues.
Wal-Mart to roll out holiday deals slowly
Wal-Mart will slowly open the spigot on its Black Friday deals this year instead of flooding customers with them all at once, a strategy that reflects consumers’ changing holiday-shopping behavior. The nation’s largest retailer will launch its first round of in-store Black Friday deals at 6 p.m. Thanksgiving Day. Followed by deals at 8 p.m. Thursday and 6 a.m. Friday. Online deals will be available on Wal-Mart’s Web site beginning at 12:01 a.m. Thanksgiving Day.