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Debt from Big Dig hampers Mass. transportation

April 9, 2012 • BusinessComments Off

In this April 5, 2012 photo, demonstrators hold a vigil in front of the Statehouse in Boston, as they protest MBTA service cuts and fare hikes. The tunnels and bridges have long since been built, but Boston’s massive and oft-maligned Big Dig project has left a legacy of debt in Massachusetts that many contend is [&hellip...

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Political, legal fights over school vouchers' fate

April 9, 2012 • BusinessComments Off

FILE – In this March 16, 2011 file photo, Heather Coffy, right center, leaves the St. Monica School with her children, left to right, Delano Coffy, 15, Alanna Marshall, 8, and Darius Coffy, 11, in Indianapolis. Students like Delano are at the heart of...

Contracts expire for many at AT&T; talks continue

April 9, 2012 • BusinessComments Off

FILE – This July 19, 2010, file photo, shows the AT&T logo displayed on the side of a corporate office in Springfield, Ill. Union contracts for thousands of AT&T workers in America expired at midnight but officials said Sunday, April 8, 2012,...

Fang Lizhi, who inspired Chinese dissidents, dies

April 8, 2012 • BusinessComments Off

FILE – This June 4, 1999 file photo shows University of Arizona Physics Professor Fang Lizhi at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Ariz. Fang, one of China’s best-known dissidents whose speeches inspired student protesters throughout the 1980s,...

App aims to spare whales from ships in Atlantic

April 8, 2012 • BusinessComments Off

FILE – In this April 10, 2008 file photo, a North Atlantic right whale dives in Cape Cod Bay near Provincetown, Mass. The International Fund for Animal Welfare led the development of a new Whale Alert app for iPhones and iPads, which uses information...

Phoenix Walmart manager killed during robbery

April 8, 2012 • BusinessComments Off

These Saturday, April 7, 2012 images made from surveillance camera and provided by the Phoenix Police Department show a suspect in a robbery and shooting entering and leaving a Phoenix Wal-Mart store. Police said a worker at the store was shot and killed...

Maine co. makes wooden Easter eggs for White House

April 8, 2012 • BusinessComments Off

This April 1, 2012 photo shows one of the wooden eggs at Wells Wood Turning & Finishing in Buckfield, Maine, that was manufactured for this year’s White House Easter celebration in Washington. For six years, the company has made the official...

Calif high speed rail drops Anaheim from $68B plan

April 8, 2012 • BusinessComments Off

FILE – This image provided by the California High Speed Rail Authority shows an artist’s rendering of a high-speed train station. State rail officials say they’re going to shorten the route of this planned Bay Area-to-Southern California...

Apple's 'iPad' is the only tablet people know

April 8, 2012 • BusinessComments Off

Companies trip over themselves to make their brands household names. But only a few brands become so engrained in the lexicon that they’re synonymous with the products themselves. This so-called “genericization” can be both good and bad for companies...

Neb. nuke plant improving but won't restart soon

April 8, 2012 • BusinessComments Off

Officials from the Omaha Public Power District, left, and officials from the NRC, right, hold a public hearing in Blair, Neb., Wednesday, April 4, 2012. Federal regulators said it’s unlikely the Fort Calhoun nuclear power plant will restart before fall...