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Lawmaker declines to comment on shoplifting charge

January 5, 2012 • BusinessComments Off

Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi, D-Castro Valley, left, talks with her seatmate, Assemblywoman Cathleen Galgiani, D-Livingston, at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012. Hayashi currently faces a felony shoplifting charge for allegedly shoplifting $2,500 worth of merchandise from the San Francisco’s Neiman Marcus store. (AP Photo/Rich...

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No longer a Hilton: Las Vegas casino loses brand

January 4, 2012 • BusinessComments Off

The marquee outside the Las Vegas Hotel and Casino no longer carries the Hilton brand name, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012, in Las Vegas. The Las Vegas Hilton hotel-casino is no longer affiliated with the Hilton following a name change to take the chain’s brand...

Ohio quakes could incite fracking policy shift

January 4, 2012 • BusinessComments Off

This photo made Jan. 2, 2012 shows the site of a brine injection well owned by Northstar Disposal Services LLC in Youngstown, Ohio. The company has halted operations at the well, which disposes of brine used in gas and oil drilling, after a series of small...

Factories, builders boost economy at end of year

January 4, 2012 • BusinessComments Off

In this Dec. 14, 2011 photo, Greg Yates works at JV Northwest, in Canby, Ore. JV Northwest manufactures stainless steel vessels. Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in December for the 29th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew...

Dry start to winter leaves Sierra without snow

January 4, 2012 • BusinessComments Off

Frank Gehrke, chief of snow surveys for the Department of Water Resources, walks across a barren field, normally covered in snow, after conducting the first snow survey of the new year at the Phillips Station near Echo Summit Calif., Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012....

High salaries for Italian lawmakers stirs anger

January 4, 2012 • BusinessComments Off

FILE – In this Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2010 file photo, Italian Lawmakers attend a voting session at the lower chamber in Rome. A government-mandated report has confirmed, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012, what many Italians long suspected: The €11,000 ($14,300) that...

Ind. House Speaker plans fast start for labor bill

January 4, 2012 • BusinessComments Off

Speaker of the House Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, poses in the House chamber at the Statehouse in Indianapolis, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012. Bosma is leading the effort to pass right-to-work legislation in the upcoming session. Gov. Mitch Daniels has been actively...

Bank fires employee over leak of SNB chief’s data

January 4, 2012 • BusinessComments Off

FILE – In this Sept. 6, 2011 file photo Philipp Hildebrand, president of the Swiss National Bank (SNB), as he gives a statement in Bern, Switzerland. The Swiss National Bank president faces scrutiny over a currency trading deal in which his wife...

Allison’s Professional Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning says ‘Clean carpets last longer’

January 3, 2012 • Local Business ReviewComments Off

Chelsie Allison (left) and Glenn Allison, of Allison’s Professional Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning, stand with one of their two service trucks. Now would be a great time to get your carpets and tile cleaned. So call Allison’s Professional Carpet...

Top Greek tax official threatened with prosecution

January 3, 2012 • BusinessComments Off

A man walks outside a shuttered Pharmacy in central Athens, on Monday, Jan. 2, 2012. Greece is already seeing its first strike of the year, with pharmacists and doctors walking off the job to protest government plans to trim their profits by cutting the...