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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 force by about 300 people. (AP Photo/John Hanna) TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Hallmark Cards [&hellip...

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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...

Court seems unclear on house versus boat question

October 2, 2012 • BusinessComments Off

The Supreme Court is seen in Washington, Monday, Oct. 1, 2012. The Supreme Court is embarking on a new term that could be as consequential as the last one with the prospect for major rulings about affirmative action, gay marriage and voting rights. (AP...

Honda recalls 600,000 Accords to fix faulty hoses

October 2, 2012 • BusinessComments Off

FILE-In this Sunday, Sept. 17, 2006, file photo, a handful of leftover 2006 Honda Accord sedans sit on the lot of a Honda dealership in the south Denver suburb of Littleton, Colo. Honda announced Monday, Oct. 1, 2012, that it is recalling 600,000 Accord...

South Africa starts investigating mine violence

October 2, 2012 • BusinessComments Off

A group of protestors holds placards as a large crowd followed retired judge Ian Farlam and his team as they inspected the area where the bodies of mine workers were found after the shootings at Lonmin’s platinum mine in Marikana near Rustenburg, South...

MSU getting $45 million to educate 185 Africans

October 1, 2012 • BusinessComments Off

This undated handout photo released by Michigan State University in East Lansing, Mich., shows Rebecca Nassimbwa of Uganda, left, and Mavis Dome of Ghana. They are graduate students and MasterCard Foundation Scholars at the school. Michigan State University...

Next cold war? Gas drilling boom rattles Russia

October 1, 2012 • BusinessComments Off

FILE – This Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2009 file photo shows capped wells in the foreground as Anadarko Petroleum Corp., drills a series of wells on a pad on a Weld County farm near Mead, Colo. in the northeastern part of the state. The drilling process called...