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License plates, fireworks on tap for Mich. in 2012

January 2, 2012 • BusinessComments Off

This photo provided by the Michigan Senate shows Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder signing a bill in Lansing, Mich., on June 28, 2011, to create a fundraising license plate recognizing the Boy Scouts of America. Behind and to the left of Snyder is state Sen. Sen. Roger Kahn, A Saginaw Township Republican and the bill’s sponsor. [&hellip...

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Iran navy tests surface-to-air missile in drill

January 2, 2012 • BusinessComments Off

Iranian navy speed boats attend a drill in the sea of Oman, on Friday, Dec. 30, 2011. Iran’s navy chief has reiterated for a second time in less than a week that his country can easily close the strategic Strait of Hormuz at the mouth of the Persian...

Bright spots, dark clouds _ Obama seeks right tone

January 2, 2012 • BusinessComments Off

FILE – In this Dec. 21, 2011 file photo, President Barack Obama and his dog Bo shop at PetSmart in Alexandria, Va. A bullish, yet wary Obama is highlighting recent economic bright spots while taking care not to overstate a recovery that still has not...

2012 Medicare debate is all about the baby boomers

January 2, 2012 • BusinessComments Off

FILE – In this Dec. 7, 2011 file photo, House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis. gestures during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. Baby boomers take note: Medicare as your parents have known it is headed for big changes no...

It’s never been safer to fly; deaths at record low

January 1, 2012 • BusinessComments Off

FILE – In this Dec. 23, 2011 file photo, travelers check their luggage at a United Airlines express check-in area at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago. Boarding an airplane has never been safer. In the last 10 years, there were 153...

Daniels readies final test in conservative lab

January 1, 2012 • BusinessComments Off

FILE – In this Dec. 29, 2011 file photo, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels responds to a question during an interview at the Statehouse, in Indianapolis. Daniels has pushed through sweeping changes in seven years in office including the nation’s broadest...

New amusement park boss looks beyond big thrills

January 1, 2012 • BusinessComments Off

This undated photo provided by the Cedar Fair Entertainment Co. shows Matthew Ouimet. Ouimet, the incoming chief executive of the nation’s third biggest amusement park chain, wants to bring a little Disney magic to the company’s parks in the...

AC in ’12: Reveling in comeback or still slumping?

January 1, 2012 • BusinessComments Off

In this July 6, 2011 photo, gamblers at the Tropicana Casino and Resort in Atlantic City, N.J., wait for numbers to be drawn from a lotto-type contest the casino sponsored. Keeping those customers, and adding new ones, are key challenges for Atlantic City in...

State revenue rises, but not enough to offset cuts

January 1, 2012 • BusinessComments Off

In this Oct. 20, 2011, photo, Sarah Comito, a recipient of child care aid, and her, son Matthew, 3, are outside their home in Oxnard, Calif. Advocates of welfare reform in California often cite one statistic as they have pressed for cuts and changes to the...

In 2012, Obama to press ahead without Congress

January 1, 2012 • BusinessComments Off

FILE – In this Dec. 20, 2011 file photo, President Barack Obama speaks in the White House briefing room in Washington. Leaving behind a year of bruising legislative battles, President Barack Obama enters his fourth year in office having calculated that...