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Tim Cook Is 'Disappointed' in Indiana's Religious Objections Law

fortune.com — Apple CEO Tim Cook, the most prominent openly gay executive, assailed a new Indiana law that critics say could make it legal for businesses there to discriminate against gays and lesbians. But he stopped short of saying his company would boycott the state as some of his peers have.

Apple's CEO slams Indiana's new "religious freedom" law

fortune.com — Apple CEO Tim Cook, the most prominent openly gay executive, assailed a new Indiana law that critics say could make it legal for businesses there to discriminate against gays and lesbians. But he stopped short of saying his company would boycott the state as some of his peers have.

Carnival, Royal Caribbean double down on China as cruise market soars

fortune.com — Move over, Miami. Here comes Shanghai. Buoyed by the explosive growth of the cruise industry in China, the world's two largest cruise operators, Royal Caribbean and Carnival are redoubling their presence there.

Kay, Zales report strong holiday season sales

fortune.com — Middle-of-the-road jewelry is the very definition of discretionary spending. Who needs to spend $300 on a necklace when unemployment is high, especially when such trinkets aren't really seen as investments that will keep their value over time and have no prospects of living on as family heirlooms? So the holiday quarterly results from Signet Jewelers , which operates the mall-based Kay Jewelers and Zales chains, as well as their higher end sister chain, Jared, show just how far the U.S.

Macy's takes a closer look at China

fortune.com — Macy's is a quintessential All-American brand: its Fourth of July and Thanksgiving Day parades are touchstones of U.S. culture, and its Manhattan flagship store a must-see on any tourist's list alongside the Statue of Liberty. But the U.S.

How the Heinz deal could help Kraft

fortune.com — When it was spun off from Mondelez International in 2012, the maker of Velveeta cheese and Oscar Mayer meats was left alone to try to squeeze sales out of a saturated North American market with its classic - and arguably tired - brands, while Mondelez was free to try and conquer emerging markets with brands such as Oreo and Trident gum.

China luxury slowdown only temporary

fortune.com — For years, French, Italian and American luxury brands have thrived as China's middle class developed a taste for high-end fashion and jewelry. But that sales boom is ebbing based on the disappointing results many Western luxury retailers have reported of late, though much suggests this slowdown will be short-lived.

Starbucks race initiative cut short

fortune.com — Less than a week after Starbucks announced its ambitious "Race Together" initiative aimed at stoking dialog about the hot-button issue, the coffee company is ending a key part of the program.

Tag Heuer, Google challenge Apple Watch with device launch in 2015

fortune.com — Swiss watch maker Tag Heuer will launch a smartwatch in partnership with Google sometime in 2015 in a bid to challenge Apple's upcoming device, marking the arrival of the largest luxury player so far in the nascent market.

J.Crew has a plan to fix its business

fortune.com — J.Crew had an annus horribilis in 2014, with its namesake brand coming in for a particularly bad beating as women stayed away in droves. But the fashion brand was unusually candid on its earnings call on Wednesday, and laid out a plan for getting out of its funk, putting emphasis on J.Crew's outlet stores, its Madewell stores, international expansion, and, it hopes, better fashion for women.
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Mar 29, 2015

RT @A_CookieMonster: Me NO politician, me head hurts thinking big thougts, so me keep it simple. Love is ALLWAYS a good thing! OH! And Cookie...Me love Cookie!

Mar 29, 2015

@globeandmail: Air Canada plane crashes at Halifax airport, injuring 23 trib.al/Q12YuHg” after landing during a snowstorm- jeez

Mar 29, 2015

@zhanover: Selfie culture must be destroyed pic.twitter.com/Bbx9Ke7Ztk” so embarrassed to admit the selfie stick is a Canadian invention. Sorry

Mar 28, 2015

@heather_muse @mikeburmeister great cat. If I sent him a little Canadiens sweater will you let him wear it, or burn it? ;-)

Mar 28, 2015

@NBA: Joint Statement from NBA, @WNBA, @Pacers and @IndianaFever pic.twitter.com/rXk0IAIwRf” re Indy's "religious freedom" act

Mar 28, 2015

@BeyondBlunt their poutine was sooooooooo good. It was an honorary outpost of Quebec

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