Economists find that as women grow more self-reliant, marriages become more about wanting commitment than needing it.
But founder Joe Francis says he isn't losing his shirt in his nasty fight with casino owner Steve Wynn.
Founder Joe Francis (pictured) has put the franchise into bankruptcy to protect it from the long arms of casino mogul Steve Wynn, CEO of Wynn Resorts (WYNN). Wynn was none too happy after a wild weekend in 2007 in which Francis allegedly ran up a $2 million debt at Wynn's Las Vegas resort.
The disagreement between the two escalated into a slander suit that Wynn filed -- and won -- against Francis. A judge last April awarded $7.5 million to Wynn and his resort, Bloomberg reported.
Instead of targeting Francis for collection, Wynn's lawyers began looking at the Girls Gone Wild assets, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Parent company Darden is trying to revamp the Italian food chain with a new look, updated logo, new uniforms and healthier fare.
Welcome to The O.G. In an attempt to turn around the flagging performance of its Olive Garden chain, parent company Darden International (DRI) is tearing down the stone-and-wood archways that have been in place since 2000 and sprucing up the logo.
After installing new Olive Garden President Dave George in January, cutting quarterly expectations for both its Olive Garden and Red Lobster chains and suggesting to The Associated Press that fewer Olive Gardens will open in the next year, a struggling Darden is getting ready to gut its Italian dining cornerstone down to the bottlomless breadsticks.
Its parent company claims the higher payroll tax and gas prices are responsible for slumping sales -- just like Red Lobster and Olive Garden.
Because the Greek chorus of casual-dining establishments shrieking blame for slumping sales apparently wasn't loud enough, Chili's and parent company Brinker International (EAT) have joined the fray. On Wednesday, the restaurant and its ownership group cut expectations for 2013 like a serrated knife hacking fat from a parmesan-crusted steak. The company now says earnings per share will be on the low end of the $2.30-to-$2.45 range and that sales would grow at a near-stagnant 1% pace.
Why? Brinker fingered the lapsed Social Security payroll tax cut, rising gas prices and delayed federal tax refunds for its dour quarterly outlook.
The company is also booting the apple walnut salad. Is there anything good left to eat?
Judging from the outcry on Twitter, the answer seems to be no.
"McDonald's discontinued Chicken Selects. . . My life is officially over," wrote one dismayed customer on the social-media site. "I guess I'll never be eating McDonald's ever again just (because) they are no longer making Chicken Selects," another customer wrote.
The company touts its Chicken Selects as "premium finger food for picky people." They were made from chicken breast filets and ran about 380 calories for a three-piece serving.
New Mexico may pass a tax-credit law to lure more productions like 'Breaking Bad,' and it wouldn't be the first. Do these schemes really work?
The state's House recently passed a measure known as the "Breaking Bad" bill, which would increase tax incentives for TV and movie companies that film in New Mexico.
According to the Los Angeles Times, the bill would require TV productions to film at least six episodes in New Mexico, make a good faith effort to hire New Mexicans on those productions and contribute to local job training programs in order to receive a 30% tax rebate.
It seems like consumers are getting socked on every side by higher prices. Now, even kids' lost teeth cost more.
If it seems like you can't get out of bed without the cost of gas, food or services going up, now comes news that the going rate for lost baby teeth has also spiked.
The Tooth Fairy last year left an average of $2.42 per lost tooth, a jump of 15.2% from 2011, according to a poll from insurance company Delta Dental. That rise comes after the Tooth Fairy hit on tough times in 2011, when the per-tooth gift declined.
The higher rates for lost baby teeth might not be all bad news, however. Dental Dental says its "Original Tooth Fairy Poll" actually correlates to the Standard & Poor's 500 Index ($INX), with the poll and the stock index moving in tandem in nine of the last 10 years.
Last year, the S&P 500 jumped 13.4%, almost matching the Tooth Fairy's 15.2% gain, the poll says.
Google co-founder Sergey Brin says the handheld devices -- whose ads are key to Google's growth plans -- are 'emasculating.'
Would you rather walk around looking down at a smartphone in your hand or with a set of "augmented-reality" eyeglasses wrapped around your head?
If you're Google (GOOG) co-founder Sergey Brin, the answer is obvious. Smartphones are "emasculating," he said in a TED talk on Wednesday that was meant to promote his company's new Google glasses, according to the conference's blog.
"Is this what you’re meant to do with your body?” he said, referring to how people hunch over their smartphones. TED, or the Technology, Entertainment and Design conference, is known for featuring speakers with innovative, sometimes world-changing ideas such as conservationist Jane Goodall and celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, who wants to make school lunches healthier.
Investors have lost patience as the daily deal site's results keep missing, and the board could be mulling a change already.
Shares of Groupon (GRPN) plunged 21% in afternoon trading Thursday following the daily-deal site's latest earnings disappointment as investors continue to doubt CEO Andrew Mason's strategy. Worse, it appears the company's board is also concerned enough to be considering his ouster.
The Chicago company reported a net loss in the latest quarter of $81.1 million, or 12 cents a share, from $65.4 million, or a 12-cent loss, a year earlier. Revenue rose 29.7% to $638.3 million. Wall Street expectations were for a loss of 2 cents on sales on sales of $640 million. Not surprisingly, Groupon also issued disappointing earnings guidance.
Mason, the founder who has run Groupon since its inception in 2008, seems to be living on a different planet than his investors.
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