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State, local policies emerge on illegal immigrants

December 13, 2011 • BusinessComments Off

FILE – In this file frame grab from dashboard video provided by the Vermont State Police, troopers stop a vehicle with migrant workers in September 2011 on Interstate 89 in Middlesex, Vt. With more illegal immigrants moving beyond the border states following jobs and and a lack of national immigration reform, some states and communities [&hellip...

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Stocks fall as rating agencies knock euro deal

December 13, 2011 • BusinessComments Off

In this Dec. 9, 2011 photo, trader Anthony Satriale, center, works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Enthusiasm for riskier assets such as stocks and the euro faded Monday, Dec. 12, 2011, as investors worried that Europe’s new pact aimed at...

Why should you get your air ducts cleaned?

December 12, 2011 • Local Business ReviewComments Off

You can tell if your heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system needs cleaning by one of two easy ways. To inspect your air ducts, first, with a screwdriver, remove a floor or wall register. Then, 1) Use a small mirror and flashlight      -or-...

China inflation drops to 4.2 pct in November

December 11, 2011 • BusinessComments Off

A woman buys vegetables at a market Friday Dec. 9, 2011 in Shanghai, China. China’s chronically high inflation rate fell to a lower than expected 4.2 percent in November, allowing wider leeway for Beijing to ease credit to support growth. (AP Photo)...

Obama presses GOP on consumer watchdog delay

December 11, 2011 • BusinessComments Off

FILE – In this Nov. 3, 2010, file photo then-Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray speaks in Columbus, Ohio. Senate Republicans have blocked Cordray, President Barack Obama’s choice to head the consumer protection agency that was created after the...

Civil rights activists in NY protest voting rules

December 11, 2011 • BusinessComments Off

Rep. Charles B. Rangel, right, and New York City Comptroller John C. Liu join a rally and march to the United Nations headquarters, Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011, in New York. Civil rights activists protested stricter voting laws Saturday with a march from the New...

UK Treasury chief defends Cameron’s EU treaty veto

December 11, 2011 • BusinessComments Off

A montage of the front pages of British national newspapers in London, Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011. The newspaper reports cover the veto by Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron on an EU treaty change aimed at dealing with the eurozone crisis, and...

Ga. farmers out to bring back homegrown olive oil

December 11, 2011 • BusinessComments Off

In this June 27, 2011 photo, an olive branch with olives soon ready to be harvested are seen on an olive farm in Lakeland, Ga. There’s not much of it, but owners of a Georgia farm are giving a taste of the state’s first homegrown olive oil in more...

Helicopter tour sales slow in Vegas after crash

December 11, 2011 • BusinessComments Off

Brochures for helicopter tours are displayed on the countertop of a tour ticket booth along The Strip, Friday, Dec. 9, 2011, in Las Vegas. As helicopter operators have tried to move forward with normal flight schedules since a helicopter crash that killed...

Saving the Amazon, from forest floor up

December 11, 2011 • BusinessComments Off

In this Sept. 23, 2011 photo, smoke rises from the ovens of a legal charcoal-producing plant in Paragominas, northern state of Para, Brazil. Paragominas has become a pioneering “Green City,” a model of sustainability with a new economic approach...