PAWTUCKET, R.I. â¿¿ Scottie dog has a new nemesis in Monopoly after fans voted in an online contest to add a cat token to the property trading game, replacing the iron. It's the first time in more than four decades that toy maker Hasbro has unveiled a new game token. By Rodrique Ngowi.
TRAVEL-CRUISE INDUSTRY-CONCORDIA IMPACT
NEW YORK â¿¿ Cruise watchers looking back at the industry's past year say the Concordia disaster affected everything from prices to safety drills to first-time cruisers, but bookings appear to be picking up as the 2013 cruise booking season gets under way. By Travel Editor Beth J. Harpaz.
LONDON â¿¿ U.S. and U.K. authorities have fined the Royal Bank of Scotland more than $610 million for its role in the manipulation of a key global interest rate. RBS, the third major bank caught up in the international LIBOR scandal, pledged to make the rate-riggers and their managers fit the bill. LIBOR provides the basis for trillions of dollars in contracts around the world, including mortgages, bonds and consumer loans. By Danica Kirka.
NEW YORK â¿¿ Women small business owners: Shame on you! That's the message from Barbara Kasoff to women who run small companies and whine and complain about government policies being unfair. A business owner herself, Kasoff founded Women Impacting Public Policy, a lobbying group for women business owners in 2001. Since then, she's been taking on members of Congress and government agencies and says that women in business for themselves need to get educated about the issues and speak up. By Business Writer Joyce M. Rosenberg.
â¿¿ SMALLBIZ-KASOFF-BIO BOX â¿¿ A few details about Barbara Kasoff.
MARKETS & ECONOMY:
NEW YORK â¿¿ Stocks end flat on Wall Street as the latest round of earnings reports failed to give investors an impetus to push the market's recent rally forward. By Business Writer Steve Rothwell.