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Italy’s PM says he intends to quit over crisis

December 9, 2012 • BusinessComments Off

Prime Minister of Italy Mario Monti gestures during the World Policy conference in Cannes, southern France, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012.(AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau) ROME (AP) — Premier Mario Monti told the Italian president Saturday he is resigning soon, saying he can no longer govern after Silvio Berlusconi’s party withdrew crucial support. It paves the...

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Unions prepare for protest at Michigan Capitol

December 9, 2012 • BusinessComments Off

Community activist Lisa Fithian, left, teaches SEIU (Service Employees International Union) Healthcare Michigan member Frank Shaft, 26, of Lansing, and other attendees how to peacefully interact with police officers on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012 at UAW Local 600...

USDA to allow more meat, grains in school lunches

December 9, 2012 • BusinessComments Off

FILE – In this Sept. 12, 2012, file photo, side salads await the students of Eastside Elementary School in Clinton, Miss. The Agriculture Department is responding to criticism over new school lunch rules by allowing kids to eat more grains and meat in...

UN conference adopts extension of Kyoto accord

December 9, 2012 • BusinessComments Off

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Seeking to control global warming, nearly 200 countries agreed Saturday to extend the Kyoto Protocol, a treaty that limits the greenhouse gas output of some rich countries, but will only cover about 15 percent of global emissions. The...

‘Borderlands 2,’ ‘Dishonored’ win at Spike VGAs

December 8, 2012 • Business, EntertainmentComments Off

Host Samuel L. Jackson speaks onstage at Spike’s 10th Annual Video Game Awards at Sony Studios on Friday, Dec. 7, 2012, in Culver City, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) LOS ANGELES (AP) — The cartoony post-apocalyptic shoot-’em-up...

IBM shifts 401(k) policy to once-a-year matches

December 8, 2012 • BusinessComments Off

FILE – In this Jan. 17, 2012 file photo, a car passes the IBM offices in San Jose, Calif. IBM will begin making lump-sum matching contributions to employees’ 401(k) accounts on an annual basis, rather than contributing each time a worker gets a...

Pilots approve new contract with American Airlines

December 8, 2012 • BusinessComments Off

Keith Wilson, president of the Allied Pilots Association, announces results of the vote on a new contract with American Airlines in the lobby of the union headquarters on Friday, Dec., 7, 2012 in Dallas. Pilots at American Airlines approved a new labor...

Bus driver not guilty of manslaughter in NY crash

December 8, 2012 • BusinessComments Off

FILE–In this photo from Saturday, March 12, 2011, emergency personnel investigate the scene of a bus crash on Interstate-95 in the Bronx borough of New York. A verdict has been reached in a manslaughter case against the bus driver Ophadell Williams,...

Academy Award maker plans layoffs in Chicago

December 8, 2012 • BusinessComments Off

FILE – In this Jan. 26, 2009 file photo, an Oscar statue is sanded and buffed at R.S. Owens & Co., in Chicago. The company said it will be laying off 95 workers on Dec. 17, 2012. The cuts come a month after R.S. Owens announced it was being...

Legal pot complicates drug-free work policies

December 8, 2012 • BusinessComments Off

Brandon Coats works on his computer at his home in Denver on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012. The Colorado case of Brandon Coats is giving employers pause. Coats, 33, was a telephone operator for Dish Network. Paralyzed as a teenager in a car crash, he’s also...