Business highlights

Twitter CEO: Company isn’t biased, wants debate

Twitter’s CEO said the company isn’t biased against Republicans or Democrats and is working on ways to ensure that debate is healthier on its platform.

In testimony released before a House hearing today, Jack Dorsey said he wants to be clear about one thing: “Twitter does not use political ideology to make any decisions, whether related to ranking content on our service or how we enforce our rules.” The testimony comes amid complaints that conservatives have been censored on social media.

Cars start cruising down monthly subscription road

If you already subscribe to digital services like Netflix to binge on TV shows and Spotify to groove to music, it might be time to consider joining the early wave of motorists who pay a monthly fee to bundle cars, insurance and maintenance into a single package.

These still-developing car subscription programs are gaining traction among motorists who don’t want to be locked into the hassles of car ownership or multiyear leasing commitments, but still want a vehicle available whenever they want.

US factories grew at faster pace in August

U.S. factories grew at a faster pace in August as American industry continued to show robust health. The Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of purchasing managers, said its manufacturing index jumped last month to 61.3 from 58.1 in July.

Anything over 50 signals growth, and U.S. manufacturing is on a 24-month winning streak. Sixteen of 18 manufacturing industries expanded in August, led by makers of electronic equipment, clothing, textiles and paper products.

NYC fines unpaid by Kushner Cos.: Over $500K

The Kushner family real estate firm has amassed over half a million dollars in unpaid fines for various New York City sanitation and building violations.

City figures compiled for The Associated Press by a tenant watchdog group show that most of the fines to the Kushner Cos. stretched over the past five years. The firm said the figures are misleading because many fines are the fault of tenants illegally renting their apartments and businesses in its buildings not cleaning up properly.

Alaska village experiences boom in polar bear tourism

A tiny Alaska Native village has experienced a boom in tourism in recent years as polar bears spend more time on land than on diminishing Arctic sea ice.

Alaska’s Energy Desk reported more than 2,000 people visited the northern Alaska village of Kaktovik on the Beaufort Sea last year to see polar bears in the wild. Jennifer Reed of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge said the village had less than 50 visitors annually before 2011.

US construction spending rose 0.1 percent in July

Spending on U.S. construction projects ticked up 0.1 percent in July, led by an increase in homebuilding and the publicly funded building of schools and highways.

The Commerce Department said the slightly July increase brought total construction spending to a seasonally-adjusted annual rate of $1.32 trillion, 5.8 percent higher than a year ago.

Health and technology stocks dip; banks rise

U.S. stocks finished slightly lower as health care and technology companies suffered losses, but banks rose and Amazon climbed again.