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Amazon closing Kansas distribution plant

October 2, 2014 WICHITA, Kan. — Amazon.com plans to close a distribution center in southeast Kansas in February, a move that will affect hundreds of workers in this rural area, the online retailer said Wednesday. more »»

Truck deals boost US auto sales in September

October 2, 2014 DETROIT — Big discounts on pickup trucks kept U.S. auto sales strong in September. General Motors Co. and Chrysler Group led the industry with 19-percent sales increases over last September. more »»

US issues final minimum wage rule for contractors

October 2, 2014 WASHINGTON — Labor Secretary Thomas Perez issued a final rule on Wednesday raising the minimum wage for employees of federal contractors to $10.10 an hour. more »»

School spending by affluent is widening wealth gap

October 1, 2014 WASHINGTON — Education is supposed to help bridge the gap between the wealthiest people and everyone else. Ask the experts, and they’ll count the ways: Preschool can lift children from poverty. more »»

EU says Apple gets illegal tax benefits in Ireland

October 1, 2014 BRUSSELS — Apple risks having to repay Ireland tax rebates worth billions of dollars after the European Union’s competition watchdog said Tuesday the company appears to be benefiting from illegal ta... more »»

US stocks head lower, following drops overseas

September 30, 2014 NEW YORK — The U.S. stock market drifted lower to start the week, following European markets down. more »»

ATM fees keep climbing, survey says

September 30, 2014 LOS ANGELES — The penalty for using an ATM that is not affiliated with your bank rose 5 percent over the past year. The average fee for using an out-of-network ATM climbed to a new high of $4. more »»

Air France pilots end strike after 14 days

September 29, 2014 PARIS — Despite no deal in sight, Air France’ s main pilots union on Sunday unilaterally ended a 14-day strike that grounded roughly half of the airline’s flights, stranded passengers worldwide, cos... more »»

Transparency? Are you kidding?

September 29, 2014 Senate Democrats recently attempted to overturn Citizen’s United but were blocked when all Senate Republicans voted in favor of Citizen’s United. I called Se. more »»

Bankruptcy’s end more clear than Orr’s future

September 29, 2014 DETROIT — Kevyn Orr’s success in shepherding Detroit through its historic bankruptcy will leave him unemployed, at least temporarily, when and if his task in the Motor City is complete. more »»

You cannot trust Ernst

September 29, 2014 I wish to reply to a recent letter endorsing the Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate, Ms. Joni Ernst. Just like the candidate and the letter writer, I also grew up on a far. more »»

Why rate hikes are good news for stocks

September 27, 2014 NEW YORK — It’s no surprise that the prospect of a Federal Reserve rate hike worries stock investors. more »»

Economy’s Q2 rebound was even faster than thought

September 27, 2014 WASHINGTON — The U.S. economy’s bounce-back last quarter from a dismal winter was even faster than previously thought, a sign that growth will likely remain solid for rest of the yea. more »»

Investor pushes Yahoo to buy rival AOL

September 27, 2014 SAN FRANCISCO — Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer is getting some unsolicited advice on how to turn around the long-struggling Internet company, just like some of her predecessors who tangled with investors... more »»

Prices at the pump head below $3 in much of US

September 26, 2014 NEW YORK — The price of a gallon of gasoline may soon start with a “2’’ across much the countr. more »»

Average US mortgage rate at 4.20 percent

September 26, 2014 WASHINGTON — Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates declined slightly this week, after marking their largest one-week gain of the year the previous week. more »»

Middle-class squeeze: From day care to health care

September 25, 2014 WASHINGTON — Three years ago, Jason Prosser was stunned to discover the cost of child care for his newborn son — so much so that he and his wife postponed having a second child. more »»

Wal-Mart’s mobile checking account nixes fees

September 25, 2014 NEW YORK — Wal-Mart is the latest company to get rid of fees that traditional banks charge customers who don’t have enough money in their accounts to cover purchases. more »»

Struggling BlackBerry releases new phone

September 25, 2014 TORONTO — BlackBerry launched a new smartphone Wednesday as the embattled Canadian company hopes for a comeback. more »»

Sales of US new homes soar in August

September 25, 2014 WASHINGTON — U.S. sales of new homes surged in August, led by a wave of buying in the West and Northeas. more »»

 
 
 

 

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