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Microsoft reports weak results despite turnaround effort

April 21, 2016 • BusinessComments (0)

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Microsoft reported a surprise drop in sales and profit for the first three months of the year, a sign the tech giant is still trying to find its way in the post-PC era. Wall Street was expecting the company to show positive results from a series of changes that CEO Satya [&hellip...

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Starbucks expresses confidence in rewards overhaul

April 21, 2016 • BusinessComments (0)

NEW YORK (AP) — Starbucks expressed confidence Thursday that an overhaul of its rewards program will drive up sales over the long term, but warned that the transition could be bumpy. The comments came after the company reported sales growth for the first...

Asian stocks rise, buoyed by US stocks’ gains and weaker yen

April 20, 2016 • BusinessComments (0)

Trader William McInerney, left, works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Wednesday, April 20, 2016. U.S. stock indexes are narrowly mixed in early trading on Wall Street as investors absorb the latest round of company earnings reports. (AP...

Petrochemical plant blast kills 3, injures dozens in Mexico

April 20, 2016 • BusinessComments (0)

In this video grab a large plume of smoke rises from the Mexican State oil company Petroleos Mexicanos’ petrochemical plant after an explosion in Coatzacoalcos, Mexico, Wednesday, April 20, 2016. The explosion killed several people, injuring dozens and...

The Latest: Thousands puff for legal pot at 4/20 parties

April 20, 2016 • BusinessComments (0)

A man smokes a marijuana joint at a party celebrating weed Wednesday, April 20, 2016, in Seattle. Fans of the drug have long marked April 20 as a day to roll weed or munch on pot-laced brownies, and call for increased legal access to it. This year’s...

Japan exports, imports fall as economic doldrums persist

April 19, 2016 • BusinessComments (0)

In this Feb. 18, 2016 file photo, a port worker walks through the piled containers in Tokyo. Japan’s exports fell in March, sapped by weak shipments of machinery and chemicals, though a sharper decline in imports helped push the trade surplus to its...

Barn fire kills an estimated 3,100 pigs

April 19, 2016 • BusinessComments (0)

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — About 3,100 pigs were killed in a barn fire at a religious community in Montana. The fire was reported about 5:45 p.m. Monday in the Milford Colony, Augusta volunteer firefighter Brad McBratney told the Great Falls Tribune. The...

Senate panel blocks bill targeting ride-hailing app pricing

April 19, 2016 • BusinessComments (0)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California Senate on Tuesday blocked legislation aimed at preventing ride-hailing services Uber and Lyft from adjusting their prices based on demand, a practice known as “surge pricing” that is at the heart of the...

Asian stocks mostly higher, Japan rallies as yen weakens

April 18, 2016 • BusinessComments (0)

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Asian stock markets were mostly higher on Tuesday led by a rally in Japan as investor sentiment was boosted by Wall Street reaching the highest levels in recent months. A weakening of the Japanese yen against the dollar boosted...

Should woman go on $10 bill or $20 bill?

April 18, 2016 • BusinessComments (0)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Should Andrew Jackson, America’s seventh president, be worried? Is it true that his days on the $20 bill may be numbered? At the moment, Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew is keeping details of his decision close to the vest while...