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EU seeks to save the euro, but S&P isn’t convinced

December 6, 2011 • BusinessComments Off

France’s President Nicolas Sarkozy awaits German Chancellor Angela Merkel to discuss Europe’s financial crisis at the Elysee Palace in Paris, Monday , Dec. 5, 2011. The leaders of Germany and France will try to agree on Monday on a cohesive plan to help save the euro through stricter oversight of government budgets. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)...

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Former HP chair Dunn, 58, dies after cancer bout

December 6, 2011 • BusinessComments Off

FILE – In this March 30, 2005 file photo, Hewlett-Packard Company’s Patricia Dunn speaks during a news conference at HP headquarters in Palo Alto, Calif. Dunn, the former Hewlett-Packard Co. chairwoman who authorized a boardroom surveillance probe...

Obama prods GOP on payroll tax cut

December 6, 2011 • BusinessComments Off

A middle class tax increase countdown clock is seen behind White House Press Secretary Jay Carney as he briefs reporters after President Barack Obama made a statement in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Dec. 5,...

Haslam urges quicker permitting for chicken farms

December 6, 2011 • BusinessComments Off

Gov. Bill Haslam speaks with reporters after a speech to the Farm Bureau in Franklin, Tenn., on Monday, Dec. 5., 2011. The Republican governor said his administration is looking to speed up wastewater permits for chicken farms to help spur job creation on...

Feds to allow use of Medicare data to rate doctors

December 6, 2011 • BusinessComments Off

FILE – In this Dec. 12, 2005, file photo, Marilyn Tavenner is seen at a news conference in Richmond, Va. Picking a specialist for a risky medical procedure could soon get easier. The government announces that Medicare will finally allow its extensive...

Threat to European ratings deflates a stock rally

December 6, 2011 • BusinessComments Off

Specialist Bradley Kessler, left, and trader Gordon Charlop, right, work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Monday, Dec. 5, 2011. Stocks rose broadly in early trading Monday on hopes for a plan to restore long-term confidence in the euro. (AP...

Chevron exits as sponsor of Woods’ event

December 5, 2011 • BusinessComments Off

Tiger Woods tees off on the 9th hole during the Chevron World Challenge golf tournament at Sherwood Country Club, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011, in Thousand Oaks, Calif. Woods closed with clutch birdie putts, including holing a 6-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole for...

Tougher rules hit fishermen, industry hard

December 5, 2011 • BusinessComments Off

Two men fish near the south pier of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge Nov. 14, 2011, in St. Petersburg, Fla. The tourists are staying away from hiring fishing charters mostly because they can’t catch and keep the fish they want. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)...

Postal cuts to slow delivery of first-class mail

December 5, 2011 • BusinessComments Off

FILE – In this Sept. 6, 2011, file photo Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe speaks before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee as the panel examines the economic troubles of the Postal Service, a self-funded federal agency, on...

Opposition expected to win Croatian vote

December 5, 2011 • BusinessComments Off

A voter casts his ballots at a polling station in Zagreb, Croatia, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011. Croatians voted Sunday in a parliamentary election expected to unseat long-dominant conservatives and empower a center-left coalition just as the country prepares to join...