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Blast of winter weather can’t faze US employers

March 8, 2014 WASHINGTON — Brutal winter weather snarled traffic, canceled flights and cut power to homes and factories in February. Yet it didn’t faze U.. more »»

Samsung introduces free streaming radio service

March 8, 2014 NEW YORK — Samsung on Friday unveiled a new free music service for its phones that it touts as a significant improvement from the apps already on the market. more »»

Man denies he’s Bitcoin founder

March 7, 2014 LOS ANGELES — The man Newsweek claims is the founder of Bitcoin denied he had anything to do with the digital currency. more »»

Stock and housing gains put US net worth at record

March 7, 2014 WASHINGTON — A surging stock market and rebounding home prices boosted Americans’ wealth to a record in the final three months of last year, though both trends have slowed so far in 2014. more »»

Facebook to delete illegal gun sales

March 6, 2014 ALBANY, N.Y. — Under pressure from gun control advocates, Facebook agreed Wednesday to delete posts from users seeking to buy or sell weapons illegally or without a background chec. more »»

Dish, Disney deal envisions Internet-delivered television

March 5, 2014 LOS ANGELES — Dish Network and Disney have reached a landmark deal that envisions the day when Dish will offer a Netflix-like TV service to people who’d rather stream TV over the Internet than put a... more »»

RadioShack closing 1,100 stores as troubles grow

March 5, 2014 NEW YORK — There will soon be about 1,100 fewer places to buy batteries. RadioShack said Tuesday that it plans to close up to 1,100 stores, or about a fifth of its U.S. locations. more »»

Cold weather heats up sales for some companies

March 4, 2014 NEW YORK — The harsh winter has been rough for some businesses, but for a lucky few, the frigid weather means more cold, hard cash. more »»

Names & Notes

March 2, 2014 ServiceMaster techs earn new certification ServiceMaster of Marshalltown is proud to announce that two employees, Alex Ribby and Alan Naughton, qualified by service and examination for the IICRC... more »»

Hopes up for sunnier US economy once winter fades

March 2, 2014 WASHINGTON — When the weather warms up, so, too, will the U.S. economy. more »»

Contracts to buy US homes barely budged in January

March 1, 2014 WASHINGTON — The number of Americans who signed contracts to buy homes was essentially flat in January, a possible sign of a softening real estate market. more »»

Yellen: Fed monitoring recent weaker economic data

February 28, 2014 WASHINGTON — Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen noted Thursday that recent economic data have pointed to weaker-than-expected gains in consumer spending and job growth. more »»

New food labels aim to make healthy shopping easy

February 28, 2014 WASHINGTON — Ice cream lovers beware: The government knows you’re unlikely to stop after half a cup. more »»

GOP tax plan lowers rates, repeals popular breaks

February 27, 2014 WASHINGTON — A sweeping House Republican plan to overhaul the nation’s tax laws would wipe out a slew of popular tax breaks to help pay for lower overall tax rates, a politically risky move in an... more »»

Incentives are coming for payments by phones

February 27, 2014 BARCELONA, Spain — Many people use their smartphones to watch video, play games and wake them up in the morning. Some even use them to generate digital boarding passes to fly. more »»

Phone makers look to emerging markets for growth

February 26, 2014 BARCELONA, Spain — Here’s the rub for companies: A good part of the key markets they serve already own smartphones and use them to connect various Internet services. more »»

Gov’t: Cut out junk food ads in schools

February 26, 2014 WASHINGTON — It's not just about what America's kids are getting in the lunch line. more »»

EBay responds to Icahn, says sticking with PayPal

February 25, 2014 NEW YORK — EBay and activist shareholder Carl Icahn are continuing their war of words over PayPal. The billionaire has been pressuring the e-commerce company to spin off the online payment business. more »»

Zuckerberg takes long view with WhatsApp, Internet

February 25, 2014 NEW YORK — Mark Zuckerberg, known for his outsized ambitions for Facebook, is applying a similar long-term vision to bringing the Internet to the billons of people around the world who don’t... more »»



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