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Prison factories caught in private biz debate

November 5, 2012 • BusinessComments Off

In this Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012 photo, apparel worker Misti Keeton sews military apparel in Fayette, Ala. Her employer, American Power Source, is laying off about 50 workers at her plant and another one in Columbus, Miss., after losing a contract to make Air Force exercise garb to Unicor. “I’m terrified,” Keeton said. “I’ve got [&hellip...

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Lucas plans ‘little personal films’ in future

November 5, 2012 • Business, EntertainmentComments Off

FILE – In this March 13, 2008 file photo, director/producer George Lucas poses for portrait in Las Vegas. Lucas wrote and produced the upcoming movie “Star Wars: The Clone Wars.”There’s no mistaking the similarities. A childhood on a dusty...

2012 ad blitz: big money, smaller audience

November 5, 2012 • BusinessComments Off

A woman holds a U.S. flag as she and others listen to a speech by Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, during a campaign rally in Greenwood Village, Colo. in south Denver on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012. (AP Photo/Brennan...

Fight intensifies over NW coal exports

November 4, 2012 • BusinessComments Off

In this photo taken Oct. 23, 2012, a ship is seen in the distance moored at the BP oil refinery in the Strait of Georgia just beyond the location of a proposed coal exporting terminal in Ferndale, Wash., near Bellingham, Wash. The progressive college town of...

Mood of the Nation: Some optimism amid struggles

November 3, 2012 • BusinessComments Off

In this undated photo, Jay Baker, 69, poses in his home in Boca Raton, Fla. Baker owns a flooring business whose revenue dropped after the housing bust. Recently, though, Baker has begun to enjoy a recovery. Polls consistently find that the economy is the top...

4 on Japan nuclear safety team took utility money

November 3, 2012 • BusinessComments Off

Japanese nuclear regulators examine the beach at the Ohi nuclear power plant in Ohi, Fukui prefecture, western Japan, Friday, Nov. 2, 2012. They inspected ground structures at the country’s only operating nuclear plant to examine if an existing fault...

FACT CHECK: It’s a perfect storm of Frankenfacts

November 3, 2012 • BusinessComments Off

FILE – In this Nov. 1, 2012 file photo, President Barack Obama gestures while speaking at a campaign event at Austin Straubel International Airport in Green Bay, Wis. And now, to conclude, a few parting misstatements. Come Wednesday, or sometime after...

Fierce finish: Romney, Obama sharpen closing lines

November 3, 2012 • BusinessComments Off

President Barack Obama speaks during a campaign rally at Springfield High School, Friday, Nov. 2, 2012 in Springfield, Ohio. (AP Photo/The Springfield News-Sun, Bill Lackey) WEST CHESTER, Ohio (AP) — Down to a fierce finish, President Barack Obama accused...

Fuel shortage means gridlock in lines for gasoline

November 3, 2012 • BusinessComments Off

A cab driver pushes his taxi cab forward in a line for gasoline in the Brooklyn borough of New York, Friday, Nov. 2, 2012. In parts of New York and New Jersey, drivers face another day of lining up for hours at gas stations struggling to stay supplied....

When working from home goes wrong

November 3, 2012 • BusinessComments Off

FILE – In this Oct. 31, 2012 file photo, morning commuters walk and bicycle across New York’s Brooklyn Bridge. On the Brooklyn Bridge, closed earlier because of high winds, joggers and bikers made their way across the span before sunrise. Car...