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Skylanders swoop into Happy Meals

Updated: 2013-04-11T04:49:50Z

New ‘Happy’ toys

Tree-Rex just might be in your next Happy Meal.

Video game creator Activision said it would package toys based on the Skylanders series with McDonald’s Happy Meals starting Friday. Meals will include one of nine Skylanders figures and a $10 coupon for a starter pack of figures for the game Skylanders Giants.

Buckle up

More pollution is likely to mean bumpier flights for trans-Atlantic travelers, researchers say, predicting increased turbulence over the North Atlantic as carbon dioxide levels rise. University of East Anglia climate expert Manoj Joshi said scientists had long studied the effect of the carbon-heavy aviation industry on climate change, but he took a new tack. “We looked at the effect of climate change on aviation,” the British researcher said.

American adds LA service

American Airlines is adding nonstop flights to more cities from Los Angeles, where it’s battling United, Southwest and other airlines for dominance. American said Wednesday that it would begin service to Eugene and Bend, Ore., on June 12; and Pittsburgh, Indianapolis, Columbus, Hartford, Conn., and Bentonville, Ark., on Aug. 27. It began flights between Los Angeles and Raleigh-Durham, N.C., last week.

Save more for retirement

Fidelity Investments, the largest provider of retirement investment services in the U.S., called on lawmakers to pass legislation that would push Americans to save more for retirement. Congress should amend the 2006 Pension Protection Act to double the default contribution of workers enrolled in savings programs to 6 percent from 3 percent, and make individual retirement accounts available from birth, Ronald P. O’Hanley, head of Fidelity’s investment management unit, said Wednesday in Washington.

Mortgage apps

Mortgage applications in the U.S. rose last week as more homeowners sought to refinance. The Mortgage Bankers Association’s index increased 4.5 percent in the period ended April 5. The purchase gauge fell 1.3 percent, its first decline in three weeks. The refinance index rose 6.3 percent.

Smarter,

safer cars

Ford Motor Co., expecting record U.S. sales of its hybrid vehicles this year, said buyers were equipping those cars with technology and safety options more frequently than models with conventional powertrains. Ford delivered 21,080 hybrid vehicles in the year’s first three months, the first time that the automaker exceeded 20,000 such sales in a quarter, the company said. Of Fusion Hybrid sedan sales, 70 percent are equipped with the optional MyFord Touch technology system, compared with less than half for the conventional Fusion.

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