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NY legislators cite tax-records privacy concerns

February 7, 2012 • BusinessComments Off

New York State Department of Taxation and Finance Commissioner Thomas Mattox testifies during a joint legislative budget hearing on taxes in Albany, N.Y., on Monday, Feb. 6, 2012. (AP Photo/Mike Groll) ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A quiet decision by Gov. Andrew Cuomo involving the ability of his appointed inspector general to access private tax records [&hellip...

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Calif. ballot could be crowded with tax-hike plans

February 7, 2012 • BusinessComments Off

Molly Munger, a wealthy attorney and civil rights advocate, outlined her proposed ballot initiative to raise income taxes for school funding during an appearance at the California Parent Teacher Association’s annual meeting in Sacramento, Calif.,...

Corporate profits aren’t what they seem

February 7, 2012 • BusinessComments Off

FILE – In this March 25, 2011 file photo, customers wait outside the Apple store in Munich before the start of sales of the iPad2. While the economy has struggled to recover over the past two years, big U.S. companies have not only generated profits but...

APNewsBreak: Union, Golden Nugget OK new contract

February 7, 2012 • BusinessComments Off

The Golden Nugget Atlantic City, shown here on Sept. 13, 2011, has reached a tentative deal on a new contract with the main casino workers’ union in Atlantic City N.J. The pact was to be voted on by workers from Local 54 of the Unite-HERE union on Feb....

Yum Brands posts 30 percent 4th-qtr profit rise

February 7, 2012 • BusinessComments Off

File – This Nov. 22, 2011 file photo provided by Yum Brands, shows the Pizza Hut Big Dinner filled with two medium rectangular one-topping pizzas, eight wings and five breadsticks. Yum Brands releases quarterly financial results Monday, Feb. 6, 2012,...

Greece caves in on civil service firings

February 7, 2012 • BusinessComments Off

A homeless man holds up a sign that reads “I’m Hungry” in front of an empty shop near Athens’ main Syntagma Square, on Monday, Feb. 6, 2012. Parties backing Greece’s coalition government will hold a second day of emergency talks...

Just a bluff? Fears grow of Israeli attack on Iran

February 6, 2012 • BusinessComments Off

FILE- This March 14, 2007, file photo provided by the Defense Threat Reduction Agency shows crews loading a bomb, the massive ordnance penetrator, in a test at White Sands Missile Range in southern New Mexico. The conventional 30,000-pound penetrating bomb is...

ALBA countries to pool funds in joint bank

February 6, 2012 • BusinessComments Off

Cuba’s President Raul Castro listens during a session of the Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas, ALBA, trade block summit at Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas, Venezuela, Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos) CARACAS, Venezuela...

Greek crisis talks for debt deal pushed to Monday

February 6, 2012 • BusinessComments Off

IMF chief debt inspector Poul Thomsen, bottom left, European Commission official Matthias Mors, right and Klaus Masuch of the European Central Bank, top center, representatives of the so-called troika of Greece’s creditors _ the European Union, the...

‘Chronicle’ edges Radcliffe’s ‘Woman’ with $22M

February 6, 2012 • BusinessComments Off

In this film image released by 20th Century Fox, Dane DeHaan is shown in a scene from “Chronicle.” (AP Photo/20th Century Fox, Alan Markfield) LOS ANGELES (AP) — Some unknown kids with superpowers have nudged out the actor who plays the...