Aviation

Spirit website goes down for several hours

Spirit Airlines’ website was down for several hours Wednesday, leaving customers unable to book flights online directly with the carrier. The discount airline’s site failed before 11 a.m. Central time but appeared to be functioning normally about four hours later. A Spirit spokesman said flights were not affected. He said he did not know the cause of the outage. Spirit, which flies in and out of Minneapolis-St. Paul International, is based in Miramar, Fla. It is a low-fare carrier that relies heavily on extra fees for revenue and primarily serves leisure travelers.

Food and Drink

Boy with Down syndrome is Gerber’s baby

One-year-old Lucas Warren’s contagious smile won over executives at Gerber baby food who have made him their “spokesbaby” this year. Lucas is Gerber’s first spokesbaby with Down syndrome in the company’s 91-year history. His photo was chosen out of more than 140,000 submissions. He will receive $50,000, and the Dalton, Ga., boy’s image will be featured in the company’s social media posts.

Manufacturing

P&G plans 500 job cuts at Iowa plant

Procter & Gamble has announced plans to cut 500 jobs over about two years at an Iowa plant as it shifts production to a new factory in West Virginia. The Press-Citizen reported that the Iowa City plant’s production of shampoos, conditioners and body washes will be transferred to the new plant in Tabler Station, W.Va. Production of mouthwashes and toothbrushes will remain in Iowa City. The company said about 700 workers will remain in Iowa City, where P&G operates three facilities. The company said it is also closing its plant in Kansas City, Kan., as part of the production change.

Transportation

Harley-Davidson recalls motorcycles

Under pressure from U.S. safety regulators, Harley-Davidson is recalling more than 250,000 motorcycles worldwide because the brakes might fail. Documents posted Wednesday by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration say the recall covers more than 30 models from the 2008 through 2011 model years. Harley said deposits can form on brake parts if the fluid isn’t changed every two years as specified in the owner’s manual. That can cause a valve in the anti-lock brake control unit to stick.

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