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Make 'em laugh: Emmy marketing campaigns try humor

June 15, 2012 • Business, EntertainmentComments Off

This undated image released by IFC shows Carrie Brownstein, left, and Fred Armisen as “Gil & Merrill” in a scene from “Portlandia.” Movie campaigns for Oscar nominations tend toward earnest snoozers, but not so pleas for Emmy glory. Two cases in point: “Family Guy” sent an eye-popping mailer to TV academy voters, with...

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BART service restored between SF and Oakland

June 15, 2012 • BusinessComments Off

People check the aftermath near the West Oakland station after a fire caused the shutdown of BART transbay service in Oakland, Calif., on Thursday, June 14, 2012. About 400,000 people take BART trains on a weekday, the transit agency said, but more commuters...

EPA sets tighter standards for soot pollution

June 15, 2012 • BusinessComments Off

FILE – In this June 15, 2011, file photo Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa Jackson testifies before the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works regarding the Clean Air Act and Public Health on Capitol Hill in Washington....

American drivers turn to smaller, better engines

June 15, 2012 • BusinessComments Off

FILE- This Sept. 16, 2008 file photo shows the engine compartment of Scott Pierce’s 1969 Oldsmobile F-85 with the W-31 engine performance package, in MEriden, Conn.Back when gas was cheap, Americans bought cars with V-8 engines like the Big Block, Cobra...

US Olympic uniforms could shave time off sprints

June 15, 2012 • BusinessComments Off

This product illustration released by Nike shows a Turbospeed suit, the official apparel for the USA Track & Field team for the London Summer Olympics. U.S. Olympic track and field athletes will wear the uniforms at the London Olympics that Nike says...

Panel OK's bill to keep gas drill waste out of NJ

June 15, 2012 • BusinessComments Off

Environmental activists Janice Rapp, left, of Jackson, N.J., and Kathy Ottmer, of Ocean Gate, N.J., hold signs and shout at passing motorists outside the Statehouse in Trenton, N.J., Thursday, June 14, 2012, as they stand with a group hoping to keep...

Coke to enter Myanmar for first time in 60 years

June 15, 2012 • BusinessComments Off

FILE- In this April 20, 2009, file photo, a customer walks by cases of Coca-Cola at JJ&F Market in Palo Alto, Calif. Coca-Cola, the world’s biggest soft drink maker said Thursday, June 14, 2012, it will start doing business in Myanmar as soon as the...

Businesses dominate bids for Internet suffixes

June 14, 2012 • BusinessComments Off

Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, ICANN, President and Chief Executive Rod Beckstrom speaks on expanding the number of domain name suffixes during a press conference, London, Wednesday June 13, 2012. Proposals for Internet addresses ending...

Lower gas prices not enough to lift US economy

June 14, 2012 • BusinessComments Off

FILE- In this May 6, 2012, file photo, shoppers carry their purchases along 33rd Street in New York. U.S. retail sales declined in April and May, pulled down by a sharp drop in gas prices. But even after excluding volatile gas sales, consumers increased their...

Australia creates largest area of marine reserves

June 14, 2012 • BusinessComments Off

This November, 2002 photo provided by Queensland Tourism, a diver snorkels in the Great Barrier Reef off Australia’s Queensland state. Australia announced Thursday, June 14, 2012, the creation of the world’s largest network of marine reserves...