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$1.4T in states’ pension fights foreshadowed in RI

October 8, 2012 • BusinessComments (0)

In this Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012 photo retiree Jamie Reilly, of North Providence, R.I., drives her car in North Attleboro, Mass. Reilly left her job as a secretary at age 50, thinking her 30 years of state employment would mean good benefits during her later years. But now she said she may be forced to [&hellip...

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Iran rulers eye currency mess from protected perch

October 8, 2012 • BusinessComments (0)

Iranians shop at Tehran’s old main bazaar in downtown Tehran, Iran, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012. Iran’s parliament on Sunday abandoned its planned impeachment of a Cabinet minister over the free-fall of the country’s currency, opting instead to...

Anti-austerity protests grip 56 Spanish cities

October 8, 2012 • BusinessComments (0)

A citizen puts on her shirt a sticker against the Spanish Government’s cutbacks plans, in Pamplona, northern Spain, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012. Thousands of people called by 150 organizations are marching in 56 Spanish cities to protest punishing austerity...

Some in Vt. not sweet on standard syrup grading

October 8, 2012 • BusinessComments (0)

FILE-In this Oct. 27, 2011, file photo, bottles used to grade maple syrup sit in a window in East Montpelier, Vt. Vermonters have grown accustomed to their “fancy” “amber” and “grade B” types of maple syrup but new consumers may not be so sweet on...

NY anti-frackers get win but inside view less rosy

October 7, 2012 • BusinessComments (0)

FILE – In this Sept. 19, 2012 file photo New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks during a news conference in the Red Room at the Capitol in Albany, N.Y. Environmental groups fighting fracking say Cuomo’s order for a new public health study is a sign he...

Thousands march to protest austerity cuts in Spain

October 7, 2012 • BusinessComments (0)

Protestors hold a banner reading “public healthcare for everyone” and “general strike” as they march against healthcare austerity measures announced by the Spanish government and to defend the public healthcare system in Madrid, Spain,...

Somalia president appoints a new prime minister

October 7, 2012 • BusinessComments (0)

The new Somali Prime Minister Abdi Farah Shirdon speaks during a ceremony in Mogadishu, Somalia, Saturday Oct,6, 2012. Somalia’s president has appointed a new prime minister, a businessman who worked as a government economist in the 1980s. Abdi Farah...

NY’s Pratt marks 125 years with 125 cultural icons

October 7, 2012 • BusinessComments (0)

This April 4, 2012 photo shows the Chrysler Building in New York. The art deco landmark was designed by William Van Alen who studied at New York’s Pratt Institute. The renowned college of art, design and architecture, is marking its 125th birthday by...

Entergy power plant purchases stalled by inquiry

October 7, 2012 • BusinessComments (0)

This Oct. 3, 2012 photograph shows cooling towers at the KGen Power Corporation natural gas-fired plant in Jackson, Miss. The plant may one day be owned by the New Orleans-based utility, Energy Corporation, as part of larger purchase, if allowed by the U.S....

Rural outsourcer brings hope to remote village

October 7, 2012 • BusinessComments (0)

This Aug. 23, 2012 photo shows the B2R offices across the street from a new eatery that has sprung up to cater to its employees in Simayal, India. While workers in the Delhi suburbs make about 8,000 rupees (US$160) a month, B2R’s start at about 4,700...