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PlayStation network still out; Xbox back online

December 27, 2014 SAN FRANCISCO — Sony’s PlayStation network remains offline in an outage that began as video game players unwrapped new consoles on Christmas. more »»

US economy accelerates and helps lift Dow to 18K

December 24, 2014 WASHINGTON — A surge in U.S. economic growth lifted stocks Tuesday to record highs and showed that the United States is putting distance between itself and struggling economies around the world. more »»

US consumer spending up solid 0.6 pct. in November

December 24, 2014 WASHINGTON — U.S. consumer spending rose at the fastest pace in three months in November, while income posted the best gain in five months — both encouraging signs for economic growth. more »»

Natural gas down 29 pct in a month

December 24, 2014 NEW YORK — Natural gas, the nation's most prevalent heating fuel, is getting cheaper just as winter is arriving because of mild temperatures and plentiful supplies. more »»

NY court: Argentina must disclose to US creditors

December 24, 2014 NEW YORK — Argentina must reveal information about the nation's assets to U.S. bondholders who are owed about $1. more »»

Russia bails out bank following ruble slide

December 23, 2014 MOSCOW — Russia has bailed out a mid-sized bank for about $500 million to save it from bankruptcy— a clear sign that the slide in the value of the ruble in the wake of falling oil prices is strainin... more »»

Online shopping safety tips

December 23, 2014 As convenient as Internet shopping can be (stores never close, no parking problems, no cranky salespeople), there are as many hazards. more »»

Focusing on the middle class and job training

December 23, 2014 It has been observed that a good number of school children think the first day of the year is sometime in late August when they return to school. more »»

Pleasing to the eye

December 23, 2014 Should a new police station have a more modern design aesthetic? What about windows? A pitched roof? Any consideration for modern art as part of the landscape? Wilson Estes Police Architects (WEPA)... more »»

FAA, industry launch drone safety campaign

December 23, 2014 WASHINGTON — Alarmed by increasing encounters between small drones and manned aircraft, drone industry officials said Monday they are teaming up with the government and model aircraft hobbyists to... more »»

Orpheum Coffee Shop slated to open Jan. 5

December 23, 2014 The IVCCD Orpheum Theater Center Coffee Shop will be back in business. Rob and Peggy White are the new proprietors after the IVCCD Board of Directors approved a one-year lease agreement last week. more »»

Spain hands out $3B in biggest lottery ever

December 23, 2014 MADRID — Spaniards and Latin American immigrants who bought lottery tickets in an upper middle class Madrid neighborhood hit the jackpot on Monday, cracking open bottles of champagne on the streets... more »»

TripAdvisor fined $600,000 by anti-trust

December 23, 2014 MILAN — Italy’s antitrust authority has fined travel planning website TripAdvisor 500,000 euros ($600,000) following complaints of improper business practices lodged by a national hoteliers’... more »»

Family transforms old barn in Webster County into art

December 23, 2014 DAYTON — For motorists who have noticed the large bearded portrait recently painted onto the end of a barn a few miles east of Dayton on Iowa Highway 175 and guessed at who it might be — Abraham... more »»

North Korea experiencing severe Internet outages

December 23, 2014 WASHINGTON — North Korea experienced sweeping and progressively worse Internet outages extending into Monday, with one computer expert saying the country’s online access is “totally down. more »»

Battered NY mayor calls for temporary protest halt

December 23, 2014 NEW YORK — As the New York Police Department mourns two of its own, Mayor Bill de Blasio pleaded for a pause in protests and rancor amid a widening rift with those in a grieving force who accuse him... more »»

Going it alone, Obama rocked the boat in 2014

December 23, 2014 HONOLULU — President Barack Obama rang in 2014 by declaring a “year of action,” vowing to strengthen the nation by focusing on fairness, competitiveness and the power of American diplomacy. more »»



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