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State revenue rises, but not enough to offset cuts

January 1, 2012 • BusinessComments Off

In this Oct. 20, 2011, photo, Sarah Comito, a recipient of child care aid, and her, son Matthew, 3, are outside their home in Oxnard, Calif. Advocates of welfare reform in California often cite one statistic as they have pressed for cuts and changes to the program in recent years: The state has one-eighth of [&hellip...

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In 2012, Obama to press ahead without Congress

January 1, 2012 • BusinessComments Off

FILE – In this Dec. 20, 2011 file photo, President Barack Obama speaks in the White House briefing room in Washington. Leaving behind a year of bruising legislative battles, President Barack Obama enters his fourth year in office having calculated that...

Hugh Hefner, Playboy ready for their next chapters

December 31, 2011 • BusinessComments Off

In this Oct. 13, 2011 photo, American magazine publisher, founder and Chief Creative Officer of Playboy Enterprises, Hugh Hefner is seen surrounded by books at his home at the Playboy Mansion in Beverly Hills, Calif. (AP Photo/Kristian Dowling) LOS ANGELES...

GM recalling Chevrolet Sonics to check brake pads

December 31, 2011 • BusinessComments Off

FILE – In this Aug. 3, 2011 photo made available by General Motors Co., a 2012 Chevrolet Sonic sedan is driven around the test track at the GM Milford Proving Ground in Milford, Michigan. General Motors Co. said on Friday, Dec. 30, 2011, that it is...

Markets in Europe, Asia end 2011 down but US up

December 31, 2011 • BusinessComments Off

A trader walks by others monitoring screens during the afternoon trading at the Tokyo Stock Exchange in Tokyo Friday, Dec. 30, 2011. Japan’s Nikkei 225 index lost nearly a fifth of its value over the past year. It nose-dived right after the March 11...

In a first, gas and other fuels are top US export

December 31, 2011 • BusinessComments Off

FILE – In this Nov. 10, 2010 file photo, oil refineries are shown in this aerial view, in Deer Park, Texas. For the first time, the top export of the United States, the world’s biggest gas guzzler, is _ wait for it _ fuel. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip,...

Slave labor targeted in Calif. law, social media

December 31, 2011 • BusinessComments Off

In this photo taken Dec. 21, 2011, Justin Dillon is photographed at the Fair Trade office in Oakland, Calif. Dillon, a Bay Area rocker, has become a big name in the anti-slavery movement by working with the State Department in a new social media campaign...

Harsh winters, habitat loss hurts Plains hunting

December 31, 2011 • BusinessComments Off

FILE – In this Sept. 2004 file photo released by the South Dakota Department of Tourism, hunters Chris Hull, left, Lee Harstad, both from Pierre, S.D. hunt for pheasant near Highmore, S.D. Hunters in the northern Plains who’ve grown accustomed to...

Uninsured turn to daily deal sites for health care

December 31, 2011 • BusinessComments Off

This screen shot shows eyewear coupons for the New York City area offered by Groupon.com. Daily deal sites such as Groupon and LivingSocial, best known for discounts at local restaurants and spas, are helping some people fill holes in health insurance...

Boston discount retail institution shuts down

December 31, 2011 • BusinessComments Off

This Dec. 29, 2011 photo shows Filene’s Basement shopper Stella Wong departing on the last day of the store’s Boylston Street location in Boston. Edward A. Filene opened the original Filene’s Basement in 1909 to sell extra merchandise from...