Business Beat for Monday, November 24, 2014

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Wish granted: Same-day delivery for the holidays

A procrastinator’s holiday wish come true: Presents ordered at the last minute can now show up under the Christmas tree that same day.

Budweiser gives Clydesdales holiday pink slip

The horses will not appear in Budweiser’s traditional holiday advertising this year, but will be featured in spots promoting responsible drinking.

United gets into the mobile payment business

United Airlines is launching a test of mobile payment for some members of its MileagePlus program.

ALSO: United adds Chicago-Dublin route

Church’s Chicken putting Oreos in its biscuits

The chicken chain is putting Oreo pieces in its honey-butter biscuits, then covering the whole thing with vanilla icing glaze.

ALSO: Mondelez adds Aramark chairman to board

Lettuce Entertain You to open 2 restaurants on Navy Pier

The Chicago-based restaurant company plans to open Frankie’s Pizza by the Slice and Big Bowl Chinese Express in a new dining area, [Crain’s]

Merry marijuana: Pot sellers woo holiday shoppers

The burgeoning marijuana industry in Colorado is rolling out new strains and gift sets to get a piece of the holiday shopping dollar.

A blood test without the scary needle?

Theranos lab services are available at Walgreens drugstores in the Phoenix area and Palo Alto, California, and are expected to roll out nationwide.

Redbox’s DVD rental rates to jump 25%

The price to check out a DVD from one of Redbox’s nearly 44,000 in-store kiosks will climb from $1.20 per day to $1.50 effective Dec. 2.

Sears plans more store closings, 8,000 layoffs total: report

The Hoffman Estates-based retailer is planning store closings into 2015 and jobs cuts total about 8,000. [SeekingAlpha]

US stocks inch further into record territory

The stock market stayed at record levels Monday as investors remained confident the world’s central banks would help revive global economic growth.

Merck, Iowa firm sign Ebola vaccine licensing deal

Merck & Co., a leading developer of vaccines, has partnered with a small drug developer to research and manufacture a potential Ebola vaccine.

HealthSouth to spend $750M on home health business

HealthSouth will spend about $750 million on the privately held owner of Encompass Home Health and Hospice.

United Technologies CEO retires, succeeded by CFO

Louis Chenevert abruptly retired as CEO and stepped down as board chairman of the aerospace and building systems giant.

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