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5 Winners and Losers of the Week in Business

Among the wins and losses in business this week: the well-timed announcement of a bar-raising new Royal Caribbean cruise ship and a painful computer failure American Airlines.

Billionaires Set to Return NBA to Seattle - Without the Big Tax Bill

Seattle may be about to get an NBA basketball team again -- and this time, its citizens might not have to pick up part of the tab. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and hedge fund manager Chris Hansen are reportedly teaming up to move the hapless Sacramento Kings to Washington state.

Northeast Air Travel Still Stalled, Thousands of Flights Cancelled

Hurricane Sandy grounded more than 18,000 flights, and it will be days before travel gets back to normal. Authorities closed the three big New York airports, and the ripple effects from the shutdown of the nation's busiest airspace are dramatically affecting travelers in cities far and wide.

Microsoft and NBC Cut Ties on MSNBC.com

Microsoft is pulling out of the joint venture that owned MSNBC.com, freeing the world's largest software maker to build its own online news service. NBC is buying Microsoft's 50% interest in the website and will rebrand it NBCNews.com.

Is an Amazon Store in the Real World a Good Idea?

Soon, you might be able to buy a new Kindle at an actual, brick-and-mortar Amazon Store. The e-commerce giant is reportedly opening its first pilot store in Seattle. It's an intriguing idea, but the real question is: Why would Amazon want to?

Venti, Meet Vino: Starbucks Spikes Its Drink Menu

Starbucks is renowned for its caffeinated drinks, but it isn't above spiking its beverage menu here and there. The coffee giant is adding wine and beer at up to a dozen cafes in the Southern California and Atlanta markets.

One Sign That the Housing Market Has Hit Bottom

It has been a rough few years for homeowners, and an even worse time for real estate developers. But in a small encouraging sign, luxury homebuilder Toll Brothers is acquiring Seattle-based CamWest Development.

Costs of Aging: Retiring Frugally vs. Finding Love

Planning for a happy retirement takes foresight, a lifetime of saving money and little luck. But planning for love? That might cost you. The choices for how we spend our golden years -- and how much we spend -- have a big impact on our social lives, and our chances of discovering new love.

The 10 U.S. Cities Where Parking Is Most Expensive

City dwellers know that finding an affordable downtown parking spot involves cutthroat competition. And in some urban centers, even the winners pay through the nose for a place to stash their cars. Find out where the rates are worst (and the high price we all pay for "free" parking.)

Microsoft May Make New Round of Job Cuts

Microsoft may make a new round of job cuts, according to Seattle technology news site Tech Flash. The technology giant may axe workers as soon as tomorrow, Tech Flash reported without naming its sources. The company often adjusts its product teams at the start of the new fiscal year.

BMW Plans Electric Car With Lightweight Carbon Fiber Shell

BMW AG (BAMXF) plans to build a battery-powered city car with a lightweight shell made out of the same material used to protect Formula One drivers, Bloomberg News reported. The car will be cocooned in hardened carbon fiber supported by an aluminum frame, the company%u2019s development chief Klaus Draeger said. The carbon fibers will be made of 50,000 filaments that are each one-seventh the thickness of a human hair.

Fired for Playing Fantasy Football?

A 26-year-old employee at Fidelity Investments was fired for playing fantasy football while at work, violating company rules against gambling. The incident raises an interesting question: Do younger workers, raised on the Internet, understand the difference between work and play?