As musicians play more live shows to make up for diminished album sales, booking agents are moving into the spotlight—and earning more. New duties include creating offbeat venues, events and stunts that will help an artist stand out, especially as record companies do less.
General Motors is spending about $1 million a day providing loaner cars and insurance, according to cost data provided by dealers, to 30,000 U.S. customers awaiting replacement parts for their vehicles.
In Canada, it is now legal for any licensed company to grow and ship medical marijuana to patients—and illegal for patients to grow their own. The industry is drawing investments from hedge funds and private-equity firms in the U.S. and Canada.
A major footwear maker in southern China has offered to make disputed social-insurance payments to settle a four-day strike that had disrupted production at the key supplier for some of the world's best-known shoe brands.