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Warm spring, late freeze crimps Mass. apple crop

October 3, 2012 • BusinessComments (0)

Worker Eustes Francis, of Jamaica, picks apples at Carlson Orchards, in Harvard, Mass., Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012. Many orchards across New England are facing shortages after a warm spring and late April freeze killed early blossoms. (AP Photo/Steven Senne) BOSTON (AP) — Phil Rymsha is turning away apple pickers and cider lovers from his northern [&hellip...

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Hallmark Cards to close Topeka, Kan., plant

October 3, 2012 • BusinessComments (0)

Pete Burney, a senior Hallmark Cards Inc. vice president, discusses the company’s plan to close its manufacturing plant in Topeka, Kan. during a news conference, Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012, at the plant. The company expects to shrink its total Kansas work...

Cash-strapped states weigh tax policy on drilling

October 2, 2012 • BusinessComments (0)

ADVANCE FOR THURSDAY, OCT. 4, 2012, AND THEREAFTER – This photo taken Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012, shows a drill rig in Carrollton, Ohio. Rural Carroll County boasts more active oil and gas wells than any other county in Ohio, and the tax dollars are...

Huge tax increase looms at year-end ‘fiscal cliff’

October 2, 2012 • BusinessComments (0)

FILE-In this Monday, April 18, 2011, file photo, Max Martinez, dressed as the Statue of Liberty, tries to alert motorists on the final day to file taxes. A typical middle-income family making $40,000 to $64,000 a year could see its taxes go up by $2,000 in...

Bernanke makes strong defense of Fed rate policies

October 2, 2012 • BusinessComments (0)

FILE-In this Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012, file photo, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke speaks during a news conference in Washington. Chairman Ben Bernanke is offering a sharp defense Monday, Oct. 1, 2012, of the Federal Reserve’s bold policies to...

Stocks rise following expansion in manufacturing

October 2, 2012 • BusinessComments (0)

FILE- In this Sept. 20, 2012, file photo, trader Andrew Silverman, left, works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. European stocks edged higher on Monday, Oct. 1, 2012, as investors cautiously welcomed the result of stress tests of Spain’s...

Court seems unclear on house versus boat question

October 2, 2012 • BusinessComments (0)

The Supreme Court is seen in Washington, Monday, Oct. 1, 2012. The Supreme Court is embarking on a new term that could be as consequential as the last one with the prospect for major rulings about affirmative action, gay marriage and voting rights. (AP...

Honda recalls 600,000 Accords to fix faulty hoses

October 2, 2012 • BusinessComments (0)

FILE-In this Sunday, Sept. 17, 2006, file photo, a handful of leftover 2006 Honda Accord sedans sit on the lot of a Honda dealership in the south Denver suburb of Littleton, Colo. Honda announced Monday, Oct. 1, 2012, that it is recalling 600,000 Accord...

South Africa starts investigating mine violence

October 2, 2012 • BusinessComments (0)

A group of protestors holds placards as a large crowd followed retired judge Ian Farlam and his team as they inspected the area where the bodies of mine workers were found after the shootings at Lonmin’s platinum mine in Marikana near Rustenburg, South...

MSU getting $45 million to educate 185 Africans

October 1, 2012 • BusinessComments (0)

This undated handout photo released by Michigan State University in East Lansing, Mich., shows Rebecca Nassimbwa of Uganda, left, and Mavis Dome of Ghana. They are graduate students and MasterCard Foundation Scholars at the school. Michigan State University...