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Some dealerships are dressing up car-loan applications with inflated incomes, while many lenders have cut back on safeguards that could catch forged applications. The result? Borrowers are walking away with cars they can’t afford.

Business

Boeing’s woes mounted as a long-awaited launch of its space capsule failed to reach the planned orbit and it emerged that the aerospace giant had ordered its biggest supplier to halt work on the 737 MAX.

My Ride

A 1990 BMW 325i was ready for the junkyard when this engineer bought and refurbished it into a street-legal vehicle ready for racing.

Slideshow

A California businessman shows off his 1990 325i, a car that was all but abandoned before he decided to buy it and make it fit for racing.

Business

Delta Air Lines is buying a minority stake in Wheels Up, a private-jet operator, that will extend the Atlanta-based carrier’s operations to more premium passengers.

The Middle Seat

Air-traffic control experts warn of brutal delays during the summer of 2020 thanks to bureaucratic clashes, overloaded schedules and labor issues.

My Ride

A car-lover’s detective work uncovers the history of her family’s 1953 R-Type and its ties to a Rolls-Royce that belonged to Elizabeth II.

Business

For the first time, U.S. manufacturing workers with college degrees will soon outnumber those without. It’s part of a shift to automation that has increased factory output, opened opportunities for women and reduced prospects for the nation’s lowest-skilled workers.

Business

Scott Kirby and Doug Parker spent two decades working together to drive consolidation in the airline industry. Now they are about to square off atop two of the largest U.S. carriers.

U.S.

The financially troubled Loop Trolley in St. Louis will close Dec. 29, according to the company operating the $52 million project.

Business

United Airlines said Chief Executive Oscar Munoz will become executive chairman in May, with President Scott Kirby taking the CEO post.

THE MIDDLE SEAT

Tracking new routes and flights is one of the last old-school tricks to lower ticket prices that still works. Expect plenty of deals to Hawaii in 2020.

Business

United Airlines struck a deal to buy 50 long-range Airbus jets to replace its aging fleet of Boeing 757s, which are due to be retired in coming years.

My Ride

This 300B has taken a father and son on long group rides through Arizona and Montana.

My Ride

The owner of this Koenigsegg Agera RS Final Edition is part of a small band of devotees of the fastest street-legal customer car.