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Google phone service challenges major carriers

April 23, 2015 SAN FRANCISCO — Google is trying to shake up the wireless phone industry with a low-priced service designed to pressure major carriers into making it more affordable for people to get online and use... more »»

Blue Bell says it’s still trying to pinpoint listeria cause

April 22, 2015 HOUSTON — A massive recall has brought more attention and put more pressure on a century-old Texas ice cream company that has been searching to discover how its products became linked to a deadly... more »»

Sales at Taco Bell, KFC help Yum top 1Q profit forecast

April 22, 2015 LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Yum Brands Inc.'s first-quarter profit fell but still topped Wall Street expectations as global sales jumped at its Taco Bell and KFC brands. more »»

Verizon defends new cable deals

April 22, 2015 NEW YORK — Verizon is defending its new, cheaper cable packages that let customers choose groups of channels as media companies protest. more »»

A small victory for fliers: summer domestic fares fall $2.01

April 21, 2015 After years of steadily-rising airfare, travelers this summer can expect a tiny bit of relief — $2.01 in savings to be exact. more »»

US businesses expect sales rebound, more hiring

April 21, 2015 WASHINGTON — U.S. businesses expect their sales will rebound in the next three months after a sluggish first quarter, and they also plan to boost hiring and pay, according to a survey released Monday. more »»

ESPN says Verizon’s new FiOS TV packages violate agreements

April 21, 2015 NEW YORK — Breaking up the cable-TV bundle won’t be easy. ESPN is objecting to how Verizon is giving its FiOS TV customers more choice. more »»

Group urges govt. to move on speed limiters

April 21, 2015 DETROIT — The nation’s largest trucking industry group wants the government to get moving on a rule requiring electronic speed-limiting devices on big rigs. more »»

Bird flu confirmed at Iowa farm with 5.3 million chickens

April 21, 2015 DES MOINES — The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the bird flu virus has been found at a farm holding nearly 10 percent of Iowa’s egg-laying chicken. more »»

German train drivers’ union calls for strike

April 21, 2015 BERLIN — A union representing German train drivers has called its members out on strike Wednesday and Thursday in a long-running dispute with the national railway operator. more »»

World finance leaders see threats ahead for global economy

April 20, 2015 WASHINGTON — The world’s financial leaders see a number of threats facing a global economy still on an uneven road to recovery with U.S. more »»

Names & Notes

April 19, 2015 Fink chosen to receive Elijah Watt Sells Award Patrick Fink, son of John and Sue Fink, of Marshalltown, has been notified that he will receive a 2014 Elijah Watt Sells Award for his exceptional... more »»

After Alps crash, some experts ponder flights without pilots

April 19, 2015 NEW YORK — To improve airline safety, maybe we need to remove the pilots. That radical idea is decades away, if it ever becomes a realit. more »»

Spain PM says fraud probe into ex-minister damages his party

April 19, 2015 MADRID — An investigation into an ex-minister and former International Monetary Fund chief over alleged fraud and money laundering is damaging Spain’s ruling Popular Party, which faces a general... more »»

Finance officials see rising risks to economic recovery

April 19, 2015 WASHINGTON — World finance officials said Saturday they see a number of threats on the horizon for a global economy still clawing back from the deepest recession in seven decades, and a potential... more »»

China: New bank to enhance international finance system

April 19, 2015 WASHINGTON — China’s proposed infrastructure bank for Asia is intended to complement, not replace, existing lenders dominated by the U.S. and Japan, a senior Chinese official said Friday. more »»

Senator: Decade-old Gulf oil leak is ‘unacceptable’

April 18, 2015 BATON ROUGE, La. — A U.. more »»

Verizon slices up the bundle, lets customers choose

April 18, 2015 NEW YORK — Under pressure from an expanding number of cheaper online video services, the long-dominant bundle of channels offered by pay-TV companies is becoming a bit more flexible. more »»

Toy maker Mattel plots comeback

April 18, 2015 Mattel, the toy company behind the plastic dolls, said there were some signs of improving demand for Barbie ahead of its planned makeover of the brand, including Barbie dolls with different skin... more »»

Mylan skeptical of rumored Teva bid

April 18, 2015 NEW YORK — Generic drugmaker Mylan, citing media speculation that Teva Pharmaceutical may be eyeing it as a takeover target, says it doubts that regulators would approve such a deal and is committed... more »»



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