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Ga. farmers out to bring back homegrown olive oil

December 11, 2011 • BusinessComments Off

In this June 27, 2011 photo, an olive branch with olives soon ready to be harvested are seen on an olive farm in Lakeland, Ga. There’s not much of it, but owners of a Georgia farm are giving a taste of the state’s first homegrown olive oil in more than a century. (AP Photo/The Valdosta [&hellip...

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Helicopter tour sales slow in Vegas after crash

December 11, 2011 • BusinessComments Off

Brochures for helicopter tours are displayed on the countertop of a tour ticket booth along The Strip, Friday, Dec. 9, 2011, in Las Vegas. As helicopter operators have tried to move forward with normal flight schedules since a helicopter crash that killed...

Saving the Amazon, from forest floor up

December 11, 2011 • BusinessComments Off

In this Sept. 23, 2011 photo, smoke rises from the ovens of a legal charcoal-producing plant in Paragominas, northern state of Para, Brazil. Paragominas has become a pioneering “Green City,” a model of sustainability with a new economic approach...

NY, California hitting up millionaires, again

December 11, 2011 • BusinessComments Off

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, right, listens to State Senate Minority Leader John Sampson during a conversation, before a jobs bill signing ceremony held at Medgar Evers College on Friday, Dec. 9, 2011 in Brooklyn, N.Y. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews) ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) —...

Lack of ECB bond-buying plan sends stocks lower

December 9, 2011 • BusinessComments Off

FILE – In this Dec. 5, 2011 file photo, specialist Bradley Kessler, left, and trader Gordon Charlop, right, work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Markets were subdued Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011, in the run-up to a crucial summit of European...

Jerry Robinson, Batman’s Joker artist, dies in NY

December 9, 2011 • BusinessComments Off

In this undated photo provided by DC Comics, the issue 11 cover of “Batman” is shown. Jerry Robinson, the artist who helped create “The Joker” in the Batman series has died on Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011 in New York City. He was 89. (AP...

More drivers texting at wheel, despite state bans

December 9, 2011 • BusinessComments Off

FILE – In this Sept. 20, 2011 file photo, a phone is held in a car in Brunswick, Maine. Texting while driving increased 50 percent last year and two out of 10 drivers say they’ve sent text messages or emails while behind the wheel despite a rush...

Jobless benefit backers hold protests in Michigan

December 9, 2011 • BusinessComments Off

Shanti Devi, 58, of Norton Shores, holds a sign outside Rep. Bill Huizenga’s Muskegon, Mich. office during a rally on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011 calling to extend unemployment insurance benefits, which are set to expire on Dec. 31. Approximately 50 people...

Corzine distances himself from firm’s downfall

December 9, 2011 • BusinessComments Off

Former New Jersey Gov. and Sen. Jon Corzine prepares to testify on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011, before the House Agriculture Committee hearing regarding the collapse of MF Global. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) WASHINGTON (AP) — Summoned...

Smithfield Foods 2Q profit slides 16 percent

December 9, 2011 • BusinessComments Off

In this June 14, 2011 photo, a package of Smithfield Sliced Maple Flavor Boneless Ham, is posed, in Montpelier, Vt. Smithfield Foods Inc. said Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011, its fiscal second-quarter net income slid 16 percent compared with last year’s...