Business Briefs

Business Briefs

China hints it will choke off U.S. 'rare earths' access. But it's not that easy.

The crusher, where the stone is broken down before getting milled, is shown at the Mountain Pass Mine. (Ricky Cariotti/The Washington Post)

Mountain Pass is the only mine in the United States that harvests rare-earth elements, the raw ingredients used to produce high-tech products such as smartphones, wind turbines, electric vehicles and fighter jets.

Back-and-forth trade moves leave businesses uncertain, wary

In this June 7, 2019, photo, Jeff Schwager , president of Sartori Cheese poses for a picture at their plant in Plymouth, Wis. Schwager’s company, Sartori, faced retaliatory tariffs as President Donald Trump reopened a trade battle with Mexico to pressure the country into stopping the flow of Central American migrants to the U.S. border. The Plymouth, Wis.-based company already had to deal with 10 months of retaliatory tariffs from Mexico last year, and is also paying tariffs on sales to China. (Morry Gash/AP Photo)

President Donald Trump's unpredictable trade moves are making some small businesses increasingly uncertain about foreign trade




Attorney general's office helping former InHealth patients seeking records

State coming to aid of former patients of InHealth Connecticut, which recently closed doctor's offices in Mystic, Norwich and Willimantic.

Waterford Target among stores hit with checkout glitch

Customers wait on a long check out line at a Target store in San Francisco on Saturday, June 15, 2019. Target suffered a technological glitch that stalled checkout lines at its stores worldwide Saturday, exasperating shoppers and eating into sales at a prime time for retailers. The outage periodically prevented Target’s cashiers from scanning merchandise or processing transactions. Self-checkout registers also weren’t working at times, causing massive lines in some stores. (AP Photo/Michael Liedtke)

A glitch stalled checkout lines at Target stores worldwide Saturday, exasperating shoppers and potentially eating into sales at a prime time for retailers, the day before Father's Day

Norwich mayor: Marina owner is in default of lease

Boat slips sit empty Friday, June 14, 2019, at Marina at American Wharf in Norwich.  (Dana Jensen/The Day)

Norwich officials say the marina owner has failed to pay rent, make repairs and maintain the marina property, which sits on city-owned land.