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The widening of the Panama Canal is expected to have wide-ranging consequences for the flows of global trade, panelists in Charlotte said Thursday, and it could shape how goods move to and from Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas.
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Blue Cross and Blue Shield, the state’s largest health insurer, said Thursday that about 42,000 customers around the state received insurance renewal letters with incorrect rates, some showing cost increases of more than 100 percent. The affected customers are on grandfathered Blue Advantage Plan A policies with $15 deductibles.

Wells Fargo & Co. must pay customers $203million for manipulating debit-card transactions to boost overdraft fees, a federal appeals court in San Francisco held, upholding a lower-court ruling.

Salisbury-based Food Lion said Thursday that President Beth Newlands Campbell is leaving the company this week. She will be replaced by the grocer’s third top executive in less than two years.

Asian stocks climbed Friday after strong U.S. economic growth and upbeat earnings sent Wall Street higher. The dollar continued to strengthen after the Fed signaled a rate hike earlier this week.

Charlotte-based manufacturer Curtiss-Wright said executive chairman Martin Benante will retire Jan. 1, part of a previously announced succession plan for the company veteran.

The U.S. economy powered its way to a solid annual growth rate of 3.5 percent from July through September, outpacing most of the developed world and appearing on track to extend its momentum through this year and beyond.

The Charlotte City Council had been set to consider regulations that would have required drivers for Uber, its competitor Lyft and similar services to pass city-conducted background checks and have their cars inspected. Taxi drivers protested because they said the proposed regulations were too loose and put them at a disadvantage against the new smartphone-based services.

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