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Squirrel population boom frustrates fruit growers

October 17, 2012 • BusinessComments Off

In this Oct. 5, 2012 photo, a gray squirrel sits in Montpelier, Vt. Biologists say a variety of natural forces have combined to produce an overabundance of squirrels throughout Vermont and some adjoining states, devastating at least some apple orchards. It’s expected the population could crash as rapidly as it grew.(AP Photo/Toby Talbot) MONTPELIER,...

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Brown pushes college students to support tax hike

October 17, 2012 • BusinessComments Off

California Gov. Jerry Brown joins students at a rally promoting Prop. 30 in the upcoming election in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012. Prop 30 would raise taxes, directing the money toward education. (AP Photo/Nick Ut) LOS ANGELES (AP) — Facing a...

Hurricane Paul weakens to tropical storm off Baja

October 17, 2012 • BusinessComments Off

This NOAA satellite image taken Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at 11:00 AM EDT shows Hurricane Paul over Baja Peninsula with maximum sustained winds 90mph. Rain showers associated with a cold front moves into the Northern Rockies. (AP PHOTO/WEATHER UNDERGROUND)...

Microsoft becomes friend and foe to PC partners

October 17, 2012 • BusinessComments Off

FILE-In this June 18, 2012, file photo, Microsoft Corp.’s new Surface tablet computer is displayed at Hollywood’s Milk Studios in Los Angeles. Microsoft’s first tablet computer, the Surface, will start at $499 when it goes on sale Oct. 26....

Target to match some rivals’ online prices

October 17, 2012 • BusinessComments Off

FILE – In this Tuesday, July 16, 2011 photo, a customer leaves a Target store in Los Angeles. In the latest effort to beat Amazon.com at its game, Target says that for the first time it will match prices that customers find on identical products at...

IBM’s 3Q earnings flat, revenue slides 5 percent

October 17, 2012 • BusinessComments Off

FILE – In this Monday, April 18, 2011, file photo, a scientist displays use of the IBM Internet Security Systems Proventia Network, which provides preemptive network security, at the IBM Alamden Research Center in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma,...

In a surprise, Pandit steps down as Citigroup CEO

October 17, 2012 • BusinessComments Off

FILE- In this Wednesday, Feb 11. 2009, file photo, Citigroup Chief Executive Officer Vikram Pandit testifies before the House Financial Services Committee in Washington. Pandit abruptly severed his ties with Citigroup on Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012, stepping down...

Survivors, captain hear Italian shipwreck evidence

October 16, 2012 • BusinessComments Off

Lawyer John Arthur Eaves, representing a group of Costa Concordia survivors, is interviewed outside Teatro Moderno theater where the first hearing of the trial for the Jan. 13, 2012 tragedy, where 32 people died after the luxury cruise Costa Concordia was...

APNewsBreak: Johnny Depp starting book imprint

October 16, 2012 • Business, EntertainmentComments Off

FILE – In this Sept. 8, 2012 file photo, actor Johnny Depp participates in a photo call and press conference for the film “West of Memphis” at TIFF Bell Lightbox during the Toronto International Film Festival, in Toronto. HarperCollins...

ACLU says Morgan Stanley over subprime loans

October 16, 2012 • BusinessComments Off

Rubbie McCoy, a plaintiff in a lawsuit filed against Morgan Stanley, reacts while describing her housing situation during a news conference, Monday, Oct. 15, 2012 in New York. McCoy and four other Detroit homeowners are represented by the American Civil...