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US service firms grow more slowly in October

November 6, 2012 • BusinessComments (0)

FILE – In this Monday, Oct. 8, 2012 file photo, Anthony Cavallo, owner of the restaurant Vintage 50, mounts a potato cutter in his restaurant in Leesburg, Va. U.S. service companies grew at a slightly slower pace in October than September because of a decline in new orders. But a measure of employment rose, indicating [&hellip...

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New oil workers key bloc in ND Senate race

November 5, 2012 • BusinessComments (0)

In this Oct. 29, 2012 photo, Patty Caldwell, right, a former Oregon resident and owner of a cleaning business in New Hradec, N.D., and her daughter, Amanda Caldwell, who also works in the business, stand outside the Dunn County courthouse in Manning, N.D.,...

Apple paid only 1.9 pct tax on earnings outside US

November 5, 2012 • BusinessComments (0)

FILE – In this Friday, Nov. 2, 2012, file photo, a staff member of Apple Inc. hands a iPad Mini to a customer in Hong Kong. Apple Inc. paid a rate of only 1.9 percent income tax on its earnings outside the U.S. in its latest fiscal year, a regulatory...

Post-storm construction hiring may aid US economy

November 5, 2012 • BusinessComments (0)

A electrical worker cleans wiring at a substation on Harrison and 2nd Street as surrounding neighborhoods remain without power due to damage caused by Superstorm Sandy, Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012, in Hoboken, New Jersey. Hiring in the long-depressed U.S....

Prison factories caught in private biz debate

November 5, 2012 • BusinessComments (0)

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...

Lucas plans ‘little personal films’ in future

November 5, 2012 • Business, EntertainmentComments (0)

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 (0)

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 (0)

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 (0)

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 (0)

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...