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HK firm says ferry in tragedy passed inspection

October 3, 2012 • BusinessComments Off

Relatives of the victims cry Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012 as they pay tribute to the ill-fated people aboard a boat that sank Monday night near Lamma Island, off the southwestern coast of Hong Kong Island. The boat packed with revelers on a long holiday weekend collided with a ferry and sank off Hong Kong, killing [&hellip...

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Calif. sporting groups leery of dept. name change

October 3, 2012 • BusinessComments Off

Andy Heape of the California Department of Fish and Game replaces one of retaining boards on a fish screen at the Nimbus Fish Hatchery in Gold River, Calif., Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012. Gov. Jerry Brown recently signed legislation replacing “Game” with...

Oracle CEO to experiment on his Hawaiian island

October 3, 2012 • BusinessComments Off

Oracle CEO Larry Ellison gestures while giving a keynote address at Oracle OpenWorld in San Francisco, Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012. Ellison says he plans to turn the Hawaiian island that he recently bought into a laboratory for experimenting with more...

American says installation job caused seat snafu

October 3, 2012 • BusinessComments Off

In this photo provided by WBZ-TV and WFXT-TV seats from an American Airlines 757 are carried before receiving “Main Cabin Extra Refurbishment” Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012, at Logan International Airport in Boston. American Airlines says passenger seats...

Warm spring, late freeze crimps Mass. apple crop

October 3, 2012 • BusinessComments Off

Worker Eustes Francis, of Jamaica, picks apples at Carlson Orchards, in Harvard, Mass., Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012. Many orchards across New England are facing shortages after a warm spring and late April freeze killed early blossoms. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)...

Hallmark Cards to close Topeka, Kan., plant

October 3, 2012 • BusinessComments Off

Pete Burney, a senior Hallmark Cards Inc. vice president, discusses the company’s plan to close its manufacturing plant in Topeka, Kan. during a news conference, Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012, at the plant. The company expects to shrink its total Kansas work...

Cash-strapped states weigh tax policy on drilling

October 2, 2012 • BusinessComments Off

ADVANCE FOR THURSDAY, OCT. 4, 2012, AND THEREAFTER – This photo taken Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012, shows a drill rig in Carrollton, Ohio. Rural Carroll County boasts more active oil and gas wells than any other county in Ohio, and the tax dollars are...

Huge tax increase looms at year-end ‘fiscal cliff’

October 2, 2012 • BusinessComments Off

FILE-In this Monday, April 18, 2011, file photo, Max Martinez, dressed as the Statue of Liberty, tries to alert motorists on the final day to file taxes. A typical middle-income family making $40,000 to $64,000 a year could see its taxes go up by $2,000 in...

Bernanke makes strong defense of Fed rate policies

October 2, 2012 • BusinessComments Off

FILE-In this Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012, file photo, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke speaks during a news conference in Washington. Chairman Ben Bernanke is offering a sharp defense Monday, Oct. 1, 2012, of the Federal Reserve’s bold policies to...

Stocks rise following expansion in manufacturing

October 2, 2012 • BusinessComments Off

FILE- In this Sept. 20, 2012, file photo, trader Andrew Silverman, left, works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. European stocks edged higher on Monday, Oct. 1, 2012, as investors cautiously welcomed the result of stress tests of Spain’s...