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Crisis, separatism dominate Spanish elections

October 22, 2012 • BusinessComments Off

Laura Mintegi, center, leader of Euskal Herria Bildu, the new pro independence Basque Party, celebrates with supporters in Bilbao, northern Spain, Sunday Oct. 21, 2012. Almost 4.5 million people went to the polls Sunday in regional elections in Spain’s turbulent Basque region and in northwestern Galicia. In the Basque region the Basque Nationalist...

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Voters in RI, Ore., Md. to vote on casinos

October 22, 2012 • BusinessComments Off

In this Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012 photo a female patron plays a slott machine at the Newport Grand slott parlor in Newport, RI. Voters in Rhode Island, Oregon and Maryland will decide Nov. 6 whether to expand their states’ gambling offerings as states...

Dairy farm safety net dies with farm bill

October 22, 2012 • BusinessComments Off

Farmer Sally Goodrich talks about her farm on Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012 in Danville, Vt. Congress’ failure to act on a farm bill before the election recess has put small dairy farms in limbo. Already strapped by soaring feed and fuel costs that are putting...

Caterpillar CEO says company will stay in Illinois

October 20, 2012 • BusinessComments Off

FILE – In this Nov. 11, 2011 file photo, Caterpillar, Inc. CEO Doug Oberhelman speaks at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Honolulu. On Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012, Oberhelman told the Economic Club of Chicago that the heavy equipment maker...

Thefts of cell phones rise rapidly nationwide

October 20, 2012 • BusinessComments Off

In this photo taken Sept. 21, 2012, Kevin Mahaffey, chief technology officer and co-founder, poses for a portrait at the Lookout Mobile Security headquarters in San Francisco. A woman riding a city bus is punched in the face, then her cell phone is snatched....

London protesters bash Britain’s austerity drive

October 20, 2012 • BusinessComments Off

Demonstrators take part in an anti-austerity protest march entitled “a future that works” through central London, with Big Ben’s clock tower in background, Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012. The march Saturday was organized by Britain’s TUC...

Unions shift political might to state, local races

October 20, 2012 • BusinessComments Off

FILE – In a Tuesday, March 8, 2011 file photo, potestors stand outside the state Capitol in Lansing, Mich. objecting to proposed legislation that would authorize emergency financial managers to throw out union contracts. Unions are supporting a 2012...

Obama promotes positive signs in housing market

October 20, 2012 • BusinessComments Off

President Barack Obama waves as he walks out of the White House in Washington, Friday, Oct., 19, 2012, before his departure on Marine One helicopter for a trip to the presidential retreat at Camp David, Md., to spend the weekend preparing for his final...

Questions for Medicare in meningitis outbreak

October 20, 2012 • BusinessComments Off

FILE – In this May 15, 2012 file photo, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius speaks in Bethesda, Md. Medicare, overseen by Sebelius’ department, is coming under scrutiny in the meningitis outbreak that has rekindled doubts about...

Draft order would give companies cyberthreat info

October 20, 2012 • BusinessComments Off

FILE In this Oct. 10, 2012 file photo, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta speaks at NATO headquarters in Brussels. The military is ready to retaliate if the nation is hit by cyber weapons, according to Panetta, as an executive order is being prepared for...