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America's Deadliest Place to Bike

Trung Huynh used a marked crosswalk with flashing yellow lights when he rode his bike across busy, six-lane Park Boulevard in Pinellas Park, Fla., one morning in June.
 The 18-year-old didn't make it to the median.
 A white Chevy Malibu going an estimated 45 mph slammed into him and his bike, police said. Mr. Huynh died at the scene.
 The collision added to the already-high cyclist death toll in Pinellas County. Its per capita cyclist death rate for the past decade ranks No. 1 among the four counties in the Tampa Bay

Uber Wins Appeal In Drivers' Lawsuit

Uber Technologies Inc. scored a legal victory over drivers on Tuesday after a federal appeals court dismantled the class-action status of a lawsuit that sought to reclassify independent contractors as employees, with possible broader implications for the so-called gig economy.
 A panel of judges at the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that some 240,000 ridehail drivers who had sought to be certified as a class to challenge their worker classification would have to pursue their claims individually in arbitration.

Owner of Luxury Hotels Seeks Buyer

A London-based company that owns and operates dozens of famous hotels, from the Cipriani in Venice to the Copacabana Palace in Rio de Janeiro, is up for sale after years of rebuffing its many suitors.
 The move by Belmond Ltd. to explore the market now is the latest sign that luxury travel is booming after an extended downturn, when many leisure travelers and businesses shunned paying up for high-end accommodations.

UK funerals market faces double probe

The UK's consumer markets watchdog and Treasury have announced separate reviews of competition and price transparency in the £ 2 bnfuneralsmarket.
 The Competition and Markets Authority said it would investigate whether the information provided by funeral directors on prices and services is clear enough. It will also assess how and why prices have changed.
 The Treasury is to examine regulation in the pre-paid funerals market, to “stop grieving families from being ripped off”. The government will consult on tougher regulation and propose

Marriott takes on Airbnb with new homesharing website

The largest hotel company in the world is putting Airbnb, HomeAway, and Booking.com on notice — along with fellow hoteliers AccorHotels and Hyatt.

Marriott International today is launching its official foray into the homesharing market via a six-month pilot in partnership with London-based home rental management company, Hostmaker.

Kroger Aims to Sell Convenience Stores

Kroger Co. said it may sell its convenience stores and cut other costs, as the nation's largest traditional grocer battles Amazon.com Inc. and other new competitors.
 The nearly 800 convenience stores, most of which sell gas, will likely fetch Kroger a higher return than profits delivered to the company currently, executives told investors at an annual meeting Wednesday at the New York Stock Exchange.