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Greek parties vow bailout changes as votes come in

May 7, 2012 • BusinessComments Off

Former conservative Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis casts his ballot in Thessaloniki, northern Greece Sunday May 6, 2012. Greeks cast ballots on Sunday in their most critical _ and uncertain _ election in decades, with voters set to punish the two main parties that are being held responsible for the country’s dire economic straits. (AP Photo/Giorgos...

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San Franciscans bring startup approach to homeless

May 5, 2012 • BusinessComments Off

In this photo taken Thursday, May 3, 2012, an old streetcar passes a display for an Apple iPad near Twitter’s new headquarters in San Francisco. With Twitter’s new headquarters set to open there soon, residents of a San Francisco neighborhood...

Murdoch scandal follows classic media baron script

May 5, 2012 • BusinessComments Off

FILE – In this July 23, 2010 file photo, former media mogul Conrad Black arrives at the federal courthouse for a hearing in Chicago.If the phone hacking scandal gripping Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. empire has a familiar ring, it might be because...

Costa launches new safety measures after grounding

May 5, 2012 • BusinessComments Off

An interior view of the euro 510-million ($670-million) Costa Fascinosa cruise ship, that with a capacity of 3,800 passengers is now the largest Italian-flagged cruise ship, is seen on the occasion of its unveiling in Venice, Italy, Saturday, May 5, 2012....

Thousands march as Japan shuts off nuclear power

May 5, 2012 • BusinessComments Off

Participants gather at a rally protesting against the usage of nuclear energy in Tokyo Saturday, May 5, 2012. Thousands of Japanese marched to celebrate the last of this nation’s 50 nuclear reactors switching off Saturday, shaking banners shaped as...

Cruise failure leaves Mobile with looming debt

May 5, 2012 • BusinessComments Off

The empty Alabama Cruise Terminal is seen on the Mobile River in downtown Mobile, Ala. on Thursday, May 3, 2012. Carnival Cruise Lines pulled out of the seven-year-old terminal last fall, leaving Mobile with a looming debt problem. (AP Photo/Press-Register,...

Goats tackle invasive species too tough for mowers

May 5, 2012 • BusinessComments Off

In this May 3, 2012, photo, Brian Knox, owner of Eco-Goats, a Maryland business that uses goats to help landowners clear invasive species and problem plants, checks up on one of his goats as his herd clears vegetation at Chesapeake Montessori School in...

GOP, Democratic consultants form unlikely alliance

May 5, 2012 • BusinessComments Off

Republican consultants Jeff Timmer and Mark Pischea of The Sterling Corp., pose for a photo Friday, May 4, 2012, in Lansing, Mich. Timmer and Pischea have joined in an unusual partnership with Democratic consultants at Byrum & Fisk Advocacy Communications...

Wash. students face another big tuition hike

May 5, 2012 • BusinessComments Off

Eastern Washington University students make their way across the rainy Cheney, Wash., campus between classes during the noon hour, Thursday, May 3, 2012. (AP Photo/The Spokesman-Review, Dan Pelle) SEATTLE (AP) — People celebrated last month when the...

Argentine president names YPF leader

May 5, 2012 • BusinessComments Off

Argentina’s President Cristina Fernandez speaks after signing into law the takeover of the YPF oil company in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Friday, May 4, 2012. Fernandez signed into law her expropriation of Spanish-owned Repsol’s controlling stake in...