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Asia stocks rise over US budget deal optimism

December 18, 2012 • BusinessComments (0)

A man checks the electronic stock board of a securities firm in Tokyo, Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012. Asian stock markets were mostly higher Tuesday, boosted by signs China’s recovery is gaining traction and hopes for a new stimulus in Japan. (AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye) BANGKOK (AP) — Asian stock markets rose Wednesday after U.S. political leaders [&hellip...

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Cliff talks hit a lull with Boehner’s ‘Plan B’

December 18, 2012 • BusinessComments (0)

Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, joined by Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, left, and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., right, as they finish a news conference about the fiscal cliff negotiations after a closed-door GOP strategy session, at the...

Gregoire proposes new fuel tax to fund education

December 18, 2012 • BusinessComments (0)

Gov. Chris Gregoire discusses her state budget proposal on Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012, in Olympia, Wash. She says that any budget without new revenue would force the closure of parks, eliminate food assistance programs and cause additional cuts in education. (AP...

Teacher sole heir of $7.4M gold coin fortune

December 18, 2012 • BusinessComments (0)

This Monday, Dec. 17, 2012 photo shows the Carson City, Nev. home of Walter Samaszko Jr. A crew sent to clean out Samaszko’s house found more than $7.4 million worth of gold coins, bars and bullion left behind in the garage after his death in June. A...

Oracle 2Q earnings rise 18 pct to top Street view

December 18, 2012 • BusinessComments (0)

FILE – In this Tuesday, March 20, 2012, file photo, a plane flies over Oracle headquarters in Redwood City, Calif. Oracle’s latest quarterly earnings rose 18 percent as companies splurged on more software and other technology toward the end of the...

Instagram says users’ photos won’t appear in ads

December 18, 2012 • BusinessComments (0)

FILE – In this Monday, April 9, 2012, file photo, Instagram is demonstrated on an iPhone, in New York. Instagram, the popular photo-sharing service that Facebook bought this year, is the target of a storm of outrage on Twitter and other sites after the...

Too big to jail? Execs avoid laundering charges

December 18, 2012 • BusinessComments (0)

FILE – In this Dec. 11, 2012, file photo, Lanny Breuer, center, Assistant Attorney General of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, addresses a news conference in New York’s Brooklyn borough to announce British bank HSBC agreed to pay...

Asia stocks gain on Japan hopes, China recovery

December 17, 2012 • BusinessComments (0)

A woman walks by a world stock index display of a securities firm in Tokyo Monday, Dec. 17, 2012. Japan’s Nikkei 225 index jumped 1.6 percent to 9,891.15, its highest level since April, after the country’s Liberal Democratic Party swept back into...

Rock blasting set on drought-plagued Miss. River

December 17, 2012 • BusinessComments (0)

In this Dec. 12, 2012 photo provided by the United States Coast Guard, barges crowd one of the busiest fleeting areas, where barges are stored, loaded and unloaded, on the Mississippi River South of St. Louis. Barge operators along a key stretch of the...

Job and a party as hospital hires 1,000th employee

December 17, 2012 • BusinessComments (0)

Ashley Wharton, a physician assistant at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital, on right, is welcomed by Employment Specialist Mary Ann Heinen, on her first day of work on Monday, Dec. 17, 2012 in Grand Rapids, Mich. Wharton is the 1,000th employee to be...