LivingSocial, an online marketer, to hire 50 here

LivingSocial, an online marketplace for local deals, is looking to hire 50 full-time employees in its Tucson customer-care call center at 250 S. Williams Blvd.

The center now employs more than 300 staff members. The new positions will include customer- service representatives and supervisors. Staff at LivingSocial handle consumer and merchant queries, and educate members on deals.

To apply, visit the company's career page online at corporate.livingsocial.com/careersoverview.

Arizona Daily Star


Economy looks weaker after subpar retail sales

The U.S. economy appears to be weaker than many economists had thought after a report Monday showed consumers spent cautiously in June at retail businesses.

Americans bought more cars and trucks, furniture and clothes. But they cut back almost everywhere else. They spent less at restaurants and bars, reduced purchases at home improvement stores and bought fewer computers and electronics.

Overall retail spending rose 0.4 percent in June from May, the Commerce Department said. But excluding volatile spending on autos, gasoline and building supplies, so-called core retail sales rose just 0.15 percent. That's the weakest gain since January.

Twinkies are back, but seem to be downsized

Twinkies are back, but they may be a bit smaller than you remember. The new boxes hitting shelves this week list the spongy yellow cakes as having 270 calories and a weight of 77 grams for two cakes, or 135 calories and 38.5 grams for one cake.

Right before it went out of business, the predecessor company told The Associated Press that Twinkies were 150 calories per cake. Photos of past boxes online also indicate the weight to have been 42.5 grams per cake.

A spokeswoman for Hostess, Hannah Arnold, said Monday that the size change was made in "mid-2012" by the predecessor company. That would mean it happened in the months leading up to its bankruptcy.

Safety inquiry over lights in C-Class Mercedes

DETROIT - U.S. safety regulators are investigating about 218,000 Mercedes C-Class luxury cars because the rear lights can fail and even catch fire.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said the inquiry affects cars from the 2008 and 2009 model years.

The agency said it has 21 reports of the brake lights or turn signal lights dimming or failing to light. In many cases the drivers reported a burning smell or melting of electrical parts. Some reported smelling smoke or seeing burn marks in the trunks.

Maker of 787 transmitter joining UK fire probe

Honeywell said Monday that it has joined the investigation into last week's fire on a Boeing 787 airliner at London's Heathrow Airport amid reports that investigators are looking at whether its emergency transmitter played a role.

The transmitter sends a signal with the plane's location if it's involved in a crash to help rescuers find the plane.

The fire on a parked Ethiopian Airlines 787 Friday brought back memories of two smoldering lithium-ion batteries in January that caused authorities to ground the 787 worldwide for more than three months. Boeing redesigned the systems that include those large, powerful batteries to win government approval so 787s could fly again.

Business stockpiles up a modest 0.1 percent

U.S. businesses increased their stockpiles only slightly in May, by 0.1 percent, despite a solid sales increase of 1.1 percent, the Commerce Department said Monday. The figures suggest economic growth has slowed but could pick up in the second half of the year.

Staff and wire reports