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US coal mines nearing record low in worker deaths

December 21, 2014 • BusinessComments Off

FILE – In a Tuesday July 17, 2012 file photo, Robert Dinsmore, project designer for Chapman Technical Group, gets his first look up close before a granite before a granite memorial honoring 29 miners killed in the 2010 explosion of the Upper Big Branch mine is lifted into place in Whitesville, W.Va. Coal mines are [&hellip...

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US companies eager to embrace Cuba face hurdles

December 21, 2014 • BusinessComments Off

FILE – In this Aug. 4, 2011 file photo, signs are displayed at the Cargill turkey processing plant in Springdale, Ark. American businesses have begun imagining ways to capitalize on last week’s announcement that the United States will restore...

Belarus’ president promises help for Ukraine

December 21, 2014 • BusinessComments Off

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, center right, talks with Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, second left, during their meeting in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Mykola Lazarenko, Pool) MOSCOW (AP) — Belarus’ authoritarian...

California puzzles over safety of driverless cars

December 21, 2014 • BusinessComments Off

FILE – In this Tuesday, May 13, 2014 file photo, a screen shows what a Google self-driving car sees through the window of one of the cars on exhibit at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif. California’s Department of Motor Vehicles...

NY farmers lament lost opportunity for gas riches

December 21, 2014 • BusinessComments Off

FILE – In this Feb. 14, 2013 file photo, Judi Whittaker poses at her family’s farm in Whitney Point, N.Y. Whittaker, who has a 550-cow dairy in Whitney Point, had hoped to use gas-lease money to pay property taxes. While environmental groups are...

Rising anger as Nicaragua canal to break ground

December 21, 2014 • BusinessComments Off

FILE – In this Dec. 10, 2014 file photo, farmers shout slogans against the construction of the planned inter-oceanic canal as they arrive for a national protest march in Managua, Nicaragua. The project is slated to open a huge waterway over what is now...

Tourism suffers in winter of EU-Russia discontent

December 21, 2014 • BusinessComments Off

FILE – In this Jan.18, 2003 file photo, the Belle Plagne ski resort (2,050 meters) in the Savoie region, French Alps. Russia’s tensions with the West over Ukraine and a slump in the ruble are echoing in the French Alps, just in time for ski...

North Korea proposes joint probe over Sony hacking

December 20, 2014 • BusinessComments Off

An exterior view of the Sony Pictures Plaza building is seen in Culver City, Calif., Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. President Barack Obama declared Friday that Sony “made a mistake” in shelving the satirical film, “The Interview,” about a plot...

Falling oil prices worry Algeria

December 20, 2014 • BusinessComments Off

This Sept. 29, 2010 photo shows a traffic jam in Algiers, Algeria. With oil prices at their lowest in five years, North Africa’s hydrocarbon giant Algeria is feeling the pinch and may have to re-examine generous and massive public spending to confront...

Moran: Obama can ease regulations on wheat exports to Cuba

December 20, 2014 • BusinessComments Off

FILE- In this June 24, 2013 file photo, Lester Reimer harvests wheat on his farm near Lebo, Kan. Updated government estimates of the size of this year’s crop is expected later today. Normalization of trade relations with Cuba could be a boon to the...