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1st night of DNC bests RNC in TV ratings race

September 6, 2012 • BusinessComments Off

First lady Michelle Obama addresses the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) NEW YORK (AP) — Michelle Obama has bragging rights over Ann Romney in one early measurement — television ratings. The Nielsen Co. said about 26.2 million people watched the opening night of the Democratic [&hellip...

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Phone makers jockey for edge ahead of new iPhone

September 6, 2012 • BusinessComments Off

The new Droid Razr M is reviewed during a press conference on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012. It’s one of three new smartphones unveiled by Motorola since it became a part of Google. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews) NEW YORK (AP) — Nokia and Motorola have...

In fall Apple season, rival phone makers struggle

September 6, 2012 • BusinessComments Off

The new Droid Razr HD is reviewed during a press conference on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012. It’s one of three new smartphones unveiled by Motorola since it became a part of Google. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews) NEW YORK (AP) — It’s shaping up to be a...

Bankruptcy judge throws out AMR pilots’ contract

September 5, 2012 • BusinessComments Off

In this Wednesday, Aug. 1 2012 photo, American Airlines airplanes are at parked at the gate at JFK International airport in New York. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Sean H. Lane on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012 threw out the union contract of American Airlines’ pilots...

McDonald’s to beef up in India with meatless menu

September 5, 2012 • BusinessComments Off

This undated image provided by McDonald’s Corp. shows an item available in it’s soon to open vegetarian-only restaurants in India. The company already offers menu items that cater to local tastes, such as the Maharaja Mac, which is a Big Mac except...

Facebook co-founder sells 450,000 more shares

September 5, 2012 • BusinessComments Off

FILE-In this Thursday April 26, 2012, file photo, Dustin Moskovitz co-founder of the collaborative software company Asana, poses outside of his office in San Francisco. Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz has been selling 150,000 shares of Facebook stock a...

Pickup trucks drive US auto sales to 3-year high

September 5, 2012 • BusinessComments Off

In this Sunday, July 8, 2012, photo, Chrysler’s Fiat cars are seen at an auto dealership in Springfield, Ill. Chrysler’s U.S. sales rose 14 percent in August on strong demand for Ram pickup trucks. The Ram, which had its best August in five years,...

Gadget makers jockey for edge in holiday lineups

September 5, 2012 • BusinessComments Off

FILE-In this Monday, June 11, 2012, file photo, Apple CEO Tim Cook walks on stage during the Apple Developers Conference in San Francisco. Makers of consumer electronics are refreshing their products for the holiday shopping season. Apple’s rivals are...

ECB chief is wielding even more sway than Bernanke

September 5, 2012 • BusinessComments Off

FILE-In this Friday, April 11, 2008, file photo, Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke, left, and Mario Draghi arrive for a group photo with G7 finance ministers and central bank governors at the Treasury Department in Washington. Draghi, the European...

Global manufacturing weakness hurts US factories

September 5, 2012 • BusinessComments Off

In this Tuesday, July 24, 2012, photo, tire inspector Buddy Rice checks for defects in the tire verification area at a Michelin manufacturing plant in Greenville, S.C. U.S. factory activity shrank for the third straight month in August as new orders,...