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Features by Gigi Douban

Boutique gyms bulk up with specialized training

Fitness industry growth is not only in niche studios, but also discount gyms.
Posted In: fitness, gym, equipment
Natural gas is flared off at a plant outside of the town of Cuero, Texas.

One fossil fuel won't lower its emissions: natural gas

Natural gas produces only half the carbon-dioxide emissions as coal, but its emissions will grow as it continues to replace coal.
Posted In: Obama administration, carbon-dioxide emissions, natural gas
Victoria's Secret Angel Elsa Hosk attends a charity event at SoulCycle in New York City on July 8, 2015.

SoulCycle pedaling hard toward IPO

A question for investors: How much can a fitness fad grow?
Posted In: SoulCycle, IPO, sales
Yelp lost $1.3 million in this year's second quarter.

Shareholders' review of Yelp? Not five stars.

The platform's stock sank 25 percent after a second disappointing earnings report.
Posted In: Yelp, quarterly report, losses
Visitors look at Volkswagen cars at a Volkswagen Group showroom.

How did Volkswagen conquer the world?

For the first time, Volkswagen edges out Toyota as the world's biggest car maker.
Posted In: Volkswagen, carmakers, auto sales
A sign at a Mobil gas station in Pismo Beach, California.

Oil is cheap, but gas is still expensive in California

Shortages of the state's special blend causes prices to spike, but this feels different.
Posted In: gas prices, oil prices, california, refineries

Some schools are still testing students for drug use

The tests are legal, but their effectiveness is questionable.
Posted In: drug testing, schools, Alabama

Amazon wants you to celebrate its birthday by shopping

As it turns 20, the online retailer promotes its fee-based Prime membership.
Posted In: Amazon Prime, Amazon, anniversary
Katy Perry in an ad for CoverGirl. The cosmetics brand is one of the beauty lines Procter & Gamble will be selling to Inc.

P&G gets better looking by dumping its beauty lines

Procter & Gamble's beauty brands brought in a lot of revenue, but not much profit.
Posted In: Procter & Gamble, coty, beauty, covergirl

Philadelphia: the largest city to legalize Airbnb

Just in time for the Democratic National Convention ... and the pope.
Posted In: airbnb, Philadelphia, rental market

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