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Stocks rise and fall with twists in budget talks

NEW YORK (AP) - Optimism that a budget deal will be reached in Washington sent stocks modestly higher Thursday. A pair of economic reports also brightened the mood.

November 29, 2012 | | Nationwide


Retailers report weak sales gains for November

NEW YORK (AP) - Black Friday was no match for Superstorm Sandy.

November 29, 2012 | | Nationwide


11 hot cars at the LA Auto Show

The Los Angeles Auto Show opens to the public Friday. Here are some of the most talked-about vehicles that will be making their world debuts at the event:

November 29, 2012 | By DEE-ANN DURBIN AP Auto Writers | Nationwide


Biz Buzz

• 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.

November 29, 2012 | | Nationwide


Fed survey: US economy growing at steady pace

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.

November 28, 2012 | | Nationwide


BP barred from new US gov't contracts, land leases

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.

November 28, 2012 | | Nationwide


DeCinces indicted for insider trading

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.

November 28, 2012 | | Nationwide


Strike idles busiest Port of Los Angeles pie

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.

November 28, 2012 | | Nationwide


Microsoft: Windows 8 selling well despite PC slump

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.

November 28, 2012 | | Nationwide


NY man suing Facebook wants his lawyer to stay

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.

November 28, 2012 | | Nationwide


ConAgra gobbles up store brands with Ralcorp deal

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.

November 27, 2012 | | Nationwide


Stocks slide on 'fiscal cliff' warning

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.

November 27, 2012 | | Nationwide


Asia stocks fall as talks over US budget stall

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.

November 27, 2012 | | Nationwide


Feds seize 132 domain names to stop knockoff sales

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.

November 27, 2012 | | Nationwide


Facebook stock climbs after upgrade

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.

November 27, 2012 | | Nationwide


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NYC to host smartphone hunt for giant Easter eggs

NEW YORK (AP) - New York City is getting ready for an old-fashioned Easter egg hunt with a 21st-century twist: The public will hunt for the eggs as part of an interactive contest using a smartphone app.

March 17, 2014 | | Nationwide


Nakamoto hires lawyer in Newsweek bitcoin fight

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The man Newsweek claimed is the creator of bitcoin has hired a lawyer in an attempt to clear his name, repeating a denial he made to The Associated Press more than a week ago that he has never had anything to do with the digital currency.

March 17, 2014 | | Nationwide


BUSINESS NEWS

• SAN FRANCISCO UPS TOTAL IT WILL LEND TO HOMEBUYERS: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco will now lend as much as $200,000 to some homebuyers toward a down payment on their first house or condominium.

March 17, 2014 | | Nationwide


Last call: Obamacare’s March 31 deadline

NEW YORIK (AP) - Uninsured Americans face an important deadline at the end of this month, and many don't realize it.

March 10, 2014 | | Nationwide


Colorado collects $2M in recreational marijuana taxes

DENVER (AP) - Colorado made roughly $2 million in marijuana taxes in January, state revenue officials reported Monday in the world's first accounting of the recreational pot business.

March 10, 2014 | | Nationwide


Fresh air or smoke and mirrors?

NEW YORK (AP) - On the edge of the SoHo neighborhood downtown, The Henley Vaporium is an intimate hipster hangout with overstuffed chairs, exposed brick, friendly counter help - but no booze.

March 10, 2014 | | Nationwide


2 percent of Americans have new hips, knees

ATLANTA (AP) - It's not just grandma with a new hip and your uncle with a new knee. More than 2 of every 100 Americans now have an artificial joint, doctors are reporting.

March 10, 2014 | | Nationwide


SILICON VALLEY BOOM

SAN JOSE (AP) - Arwin Buditom guards some of the most successful high-tech firms in America. Joseph Farfan keeps their heat, air and electric systems humming. But these workers and tens of thousands like them who help fuel the Silicon Valley's tech boom can't even make ends meet anymore. Buditom rooms with his sister an hour's drive from work. Farfan gets his groceries at a food pantry.

March 06, 2014 | | Nationwide


Apple dials up effort to meld iPhone, cars

CUPERTINO (AP) - Apple is accelerating the race to make smartphone applications easier and safer to use in cars.

March 03, 2014 | | Nationwide


Dish, Disney deal envisions Internet TV

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Dish Network and Disney have reached a landmark deal that envisions the day when Dish will offer a Netflix-like TV service to people who'd rather stream TV over the Internet than put a satellite receiver on their roof.

March 03, 2014 | | Nationwide


Gates back on top of billionaire rankings

NEW YORK (AP) - Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates is once again the world's richest person.

March 03, 2014 | | Nationwide


Collapse of exchange spells trouble for bitcoin currency

TOKYO (AP) - The sudden disappearance of one of the largest bitcoin exchanges only adds to the mystery and mistrust surrounding the virtual currency, which was just beginning to gain legitimacy beyond the technology enthusiasts and adventurous investors who created it.

February 25, 2014 | | Nationwide


Telsa S top Consumers selection

DETROIT (AP) - The Tesla Model S electric sedan is Consumer Reports' top pick in this year's automotive rankings.

February 25, 2014 | | Nationwide


Panel faults federal government for failing to go after offshore tax evasion

WASHINGTON (AP) - Billions of dollars in U.S. taxes are going unpaid because Americans are exploiting Swiss bank accounts, and the U.S. government has failed to aggressively pursue Switzerland's second-largest bank, a Senate investigation has found.

February 25, 2014 | | Nationwide


Feds: Cut out junk food ads on football scoreboards, elsewhere in public schools

WASHINGTON (AP) - It's not just about what America's kids are getting in the lunch line.

February 25, 2014 | | Nationwide


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