NEW YORK (AP) - Black Friday was no match for Superstorm Sandy. Major retailers from Target to Macy's reported weak November sales as the strong start to the holiday shopping season - including a good showing on the day after Thanksgiving - wasn't enough to fully offset the damage caused by Sandy earlier in the month. The storm stunted enthusiasm among shoppers during the first couple of weeks of November just as stores were preparing ...
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• Drought threatens to close Mississippi to barges: ST. LOUIS (AP) - After months of drought, companies that ship grain and other goods down the Mississippi River are being haunted by a potential nightmare: If water levels fall too low, the nation's main inland waterway could become impassable to barges just as the harvest heads to market.
WASHINGTON (AP) - A pickup in consumer spending and steady home sales helped lift economic growth from October through early November in most parts of the United States, according to a Federal Reserve survey released Wednesday. The one exception was the Northeast, which was slowed by Superstorm Sandy.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration put a stop to new federal contracts with BP on Wednesday, admonishing the British oil company for a "lack of business integrity" and also disqualifying it indefinitely from winning new leases to drill on taxpayer-owned lands.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Former Baltimore Orioles all-star Doug DeCinces and three others were indicted Wednesday on insider trading charges involving the use of information prior to the takeover of a medical device company in California, authorities said.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Striking workers shut down the largest terminal at the Port of Los Angeles for a second day Wednesday, and the job action later widened to close three terminals at the Port of Long Beach, threatening to paralyze the nation's busiest port complex.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Microsoft believes the latest version of its Windows operating system is off to a great start, but it's going to take more than that to prove the revamped software will win over enough people to revive the slumping personal computer market.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - A New York man claiming part ownership of Facebook indicated Tuesday that his lawyer wants off the case because he's received threats, but he opposed the lawyer's motion to withdraw.
NEW YORK (AP) - ConAgra Foods is set to become the nation's biggest maker of store-brand foods, with a $5 billion purchase of Ralcorp that expands its stake in the growing market for cereals, crackers and other packaged foods sold under private labels.
NEW YORK (AP) - Stocks slumped on Wall Street Tuesday after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said he was frustrated by the lack of progress in talks over the U.S. budget impasse in Washington.
BANGKOK (AP) - Lack of progress in negotiations for a deal to avoid a U.S. budget crisis before a January deadline sent Asian stock markets lower on Wednesday.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - More than 100 domain names were seized in an international crackdown on websites that sell counterfeit merchandise, federal authorities said Monday, just in time for the biggest online shopping day of the year.
NEW YORK (AP) - Facebook's stock is climbing after an upgrade from an analyst who believes Wall Street is underestimating the company's potential to grow revenue.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Hewlett-Packard now has a legal headache to compound its misery as the company tries to recover from a series of setbacks that have hammered its stock price and raised doubts about its future.
HARTLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - Kristopher Oswald said he did the right thing when he interrupted the assault of a woman in a Michigan Wal-Mart parking lot, even though it violated the national retailer's policies for employees. And after firing Oswald from the Hartland Township store, northwest of Detroit, Wal-Mart has decided to give him his job back. "We looked into the situation, reviewed the facts, talked to witnesses," Brooke Buchanan, a spokeswoman for Wal-Mart ...
NEW YORK (AP) - J.C. Penney is opening its doors on Thanksgiving evening to kick off the holiday shopping season, as the beleaguered retailer hopes to get back in the game for the crucial selling period.
PLEASANTON (AP) - Grocery store operator Safeway is boosting its stock repurchase program by $2 billion. Its stock gained nearly 5 percent in Friday premarket trading. Safeway Inc. said Friday that it had about $800,000 remaining under its previously authorized buyback through the end of the third quarter. Last week the chain announced that it plans to exit the Chicago market by early next year. Safeway said that shedding its Dominick's stores in the Chicago ...
NEW YORK (AP) - LG says it will start selling a tablet with a high-definition screen starting Nov. 3 in the U.S. for $350, putting the price in line with Apple and Samsung tablets of similar size. The G Pad 8.3 was selling for more than $500 in South Korea. The device has a screen that measures 8.3 inches diagonally. It's in full HD, similar to Google's Nexus 7 and Amazon.com Inc.'s Kindle Fire HDX. ...
\OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Union Pacific said its third-quarter profit rose 10 percent as higher shipping rates helped the railroad offset flat volume overall and the traffic disruptions caused by last month's flooding in Colorado.
NEW YORK (AP) - Verizon's third-quarter net income jumped 40 percent to beat Wall Street expectations as it continued to add more wireless devices to its network.
MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - Google's third-quarter results may have proven that a deepening decline in the Internet search leader's average ad prices matters less than how frequently people are clicking on the commercial pitches.
DENVER (AP) - An organization that gave away free marijuana cigarettes as a way to protest possible taxes in Colorado has filed an unusual campaign finance report, after a watchdog group said the pot qualified as a campaign contribution. The group No Over Taxation reported Tuesday that the joints were worth a total of $1,250 and were paid for by a lawyer funding its campaign. The filing came in response to a complaint from Colorado ...
WASHINGTON (AP) - For the first month alone, the Obama administration projected that nearly a half million people would sign up for the new health insurance markets, according to an internal memo obtained by The Associated Press. But that was before the markets opened to a cascade of computer problems.
ENTERPRISE ENTERS MOTORCYCLE RENTAL BIZ IN VEGAS: LAS VEGAS (AP) - Enterprise Rent-A-Car is taking a leap into the motorcycle business with a new, Las Vegas-based fleet of Harley-Davidsons.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Microsoft is releasing its long-awaited Windows 8.1 upgrade as a free download starting Thursday. It addresses some of the gripes people have had with Windows 8, the dramatically different operating system that attempts to bridge the divide between tablets and PCs.