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Cleveland gets first roll of casino dice in Ohio

December 26, 2011 • BusinessComments Off

In this photo made Dec. 22, 2011, pedestrians walk past the old Higbee Co. building, scene of the 1983 film “A Christmas Story.” Ralphie, the movie’s star, would not recognize the interior of the iconic department store when it opens as the Horseshoe Casino Cleveland in March 2012. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan) CLEVELAND (AP) — Visitors...

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Little snow delays northern NE snowmobile season

December 26, 2011 • BusinessComments Off

In this Dec. 16, 2011 photo, a sign warns of damage to a snowmobile trail in East Montpelier, Vt. A near snowless December has tens of thousands of Vermont snowmobilers wishing for a blizzard. Snowmobiling pumps hundreds of millions of dollars a year into...

Pros see stocks up in 2012, but big risks, too

December 26, 2011 • BusinessComments Off

FILE – In this Aug. 2, 2011 file photo, specialist Patrick King, second from right, and others watch President Barack Obama’s remarks on a television monitor the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The good news is that Wall Street experts think...

Mead Johnson: No bacteria found in infant formula

December 26, 2011 • BusinessComments Off

This photo provided Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011, by the Holman Howe Funeral Home, shows Avery Cornett of Lebanon, Mo., who died Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011. Federal health agencies are testing samples of liquid and powdered infant formula and some distilled water used...

NKorean heir’s uncle plays key role

December 25, 2011 • BusinessComments Off

A North Korean mourner receives hot drinks at a tent set up for people braving the cold to gather and pay their respects around a portrait if the late leader Kim Jong Il, at the April 25 People’s Army House of Culture in Pyongyang, North Korea on...

Last-minute buyers top off strong shopping season

December 25, 2011 • BusinessComments Off

A last-minute shopper leaves the Toys R Us flagship store in New York’s Times Square, Saturday, Dec. 24, 2011. As the clock counts down to Christmas Day, retailers have begun a big push to snare procrastinating shoppers searching frantically for...

In 2012 race, both sides seek middle-class voters

December 25, 2011 • BusinessComments Off

President Barack Obama salutes as he steps off of Air Force One at Hickam Air Force Base in Friday, Dec. 23, 2011, in Honolulu. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) WASHINGTON (AP) — Fighting to win over unhappy American voters, President Barack Obama and his...

Gov. Snyder focuses on bottom line during 1st year

December 25, 2011 • BusinessComments Off

ADVANCE FOR SUNDAY, DEC. 25- Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder answers questions during an interview Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011, in Lansing, Mich. Snyder may have added a bit of political polish during his first year in office, but the former businessman at heart remains...

Cuba wraps up dramatic year of economic change

December 25, 2011 • BusinessComments Off

In this Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2011 photo, student Joan Martinez trains with Maria Regla Saldivar, a 52-year-old black belt in Taekwondo, unseen, in her home in Havana, Cuba. Saldivar says making business decisions for herself has increased her self-esteem, and...

New Air Jordans cause nationwide shopping frenzy

December 25, 2011 • BusinessComments Off

Shoppers waiting to buy Nike’s newly released Air Jordan 11 Retro Concords argue outside the Trax shoe store Charlotte, N.C. Friday, Dec. 23, 2011. The release of the new basketball shoes caused a frenzy at stores across the nation Friday as scuffles...