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Ireland faces popular revolt over new property tax

April 1, 2012 • BusinessComments Off

Phyllis O’Toole joins an estimated 5,000 demonstrators in the streets of Dublin, Ireland, Saturday March 31, 2012, during protests against Ireland’s new property tax. Ireland faces a public revolt as more than 1 million of Ireland’s 1.6 million households have failed to pay the new property tax. (AP Photo/Shawn Pogatchnik) DUBLIN (AP) —...

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Lawmakers give final passage to lean state budget

March 31, 2012 • BusinessComments Off

Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo talks to the media following the passage of the budget Friday March 30, 2012, at the Capitol in Frankfort, Ky. Lawmakers have given final approval to a two-year, $19 billion state budget that will require sharp cuts to most...

Detroit unions face challenges in consent deal

March 31, 2012 • BusinessComments Off

Gov. Rick Snyder discusses the city consent agreement with the media Monday, March 26, 2012 at his office in Detroit. A deal aimed at rescuing Detroit before it goes broke appeared imminent Monday after city and state negotiators reported major progress in...

Etch A Sketch launches ad campaign

March 31, 2012 • BusinessComments Off

This undated image provided by the Ohio Art Company, makers of Etch A Sketch, shows a detail of one of the ads for a new politics-themed ad campaign. The company is launching the campaign after making headlines nationwide when an aide for Mitt Romney compared...

Obama gets made-in-Maine New Balance sneakers

March 31, 2012 • BusinessComments Off

This photo released Friday, March 30, 2012 by Rep Mike Michaud, D-Maine, and New Balance, shows details of a pair of New Balance running shoes, customized for President Barack Obama, at the company’s Norridgewock, Maine, facility. Michaud had the...

Spinach could be weapon against citrus scourge

March 31, 2012 • BusinessComments Off

This orange grove in San Juan, Texas shown on Wednesday March 28, 2012, is where the first case of citrus greening in the state was confirmed in January. Several infected trees were cut down and await removal to avoid spreading the disease, which has ravaged...

Obama: Oil supply enough to keep squeeze on Iran

March 31, 2012 • BusinessComments Off

President Barack Obama rolls up his sleeves as he speaks at a campaign fundraiser at the University of Vermont in Burlington, Vt., Friday, March, 30, 2012. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama said Friday he was...

Ford CEO Mulally made $29.5 million in 2011

March 31, 2012 • BusinessComments Off

FILE – In this Jan. 11, 2012 file photo, Ford CEO Alan Mulally speaks during a Power Panel discussion at the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Mulally’s compensation rose 11 percent to $29.5 million in 2011. It was a year...

Detroit council to study state financial proposal

March 30, 2012 • BusinessComments Off

Councilman Kwame Kenyatta discusses a financial stability agreement at a 4 p.m. council meeting in Detroit on Thursday, March 29, 2012. Recently negotiated labor contracts could be nullified under terms of a financial stability agreement between the city of...

APNewsBreak: $7M spaceport runway extension OK'd

March 30, 2012 • Business, State NewsComments Off

FILE – This Oct. 22, 2010, image shows Virgin Galactic’s White Knight Two mothership on the runway at Spaceport America in Upham, N.M. The nearly two-mile-long runway at Spaceport America in southern New Mexico will have to be extended to...