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More people are opening bank accounts

April 16, 2015 NEW YORK — Africans using cellphones, older Chinese, and Indians getting a push from their government have fueled an unprecedented surge of people opening their first bank account. more »»

This year’s fight for the tech industry: Patent trolls

April 15, 2015 WASHINGTON — The same week that Alex Haro and Chris Hulls raised $50 million for their mobile app, Life360, the business partners got a letter. more »»

Government proposes rules for brokers on retirement accounts

April 15, 2015 WASHINGTON — Brokers who manage Americans’ retirement accounts may soon be required to put investors’ interests first under new restrictions proposed by the U.S. government. more »»

IMF cuts forecast for US economy

April 15, 2015 WASHINGTON — The International Monetary Fund, citing the consequences of a strong dollar, is downgrading its outlook for the U.S. economy but raising its forecast for Europe and Japan. more »»

Wells Fargo net income falls slightly from 2014

April 15, 2015 NEW YORK — Wells Fargo, the third-biggest U.S. bank by assets, said Tuesday that its first-quarter earnings fell slightly from the same period a year earlier. more »»

Proposed rules as 5-year anniversary of oil spill nears

April 14, 2015 WASHINGTON — A week shy of the fifth anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the Obama administration proposed new regulations Monday aimed at strengthening oversight of offshore oil drillin... more »»

Eggs-ecutives sentenced to 3 months for salmonella

April 14, 2015 SIOUX CITY — Two former egg industry executives were sentenced to three months in jail Monday for their roles in a major 2010 salmonella outbreak that sickened thousands. more »»

What’s in a hotel name? Guests try to decipher the mystery

April 14, 2015 NEW YORK — Today’s traveler faces a bewildering choice of hotel brands with similar-sounding and confusing names. Want to stay at a Hyatt? Take your pick. more »»

GM ignition switch death toll rises to 84

April 14, 2015 DETROIT — Families of at least 84 people killed in crashes caused by defective General Motors ignition switches will get compensation from the company. more »»

Pepsi to replace Coke in NBA marketing

April 14, 2015 NEW YORK — The National Basketball Association is trading Coke for Pepsi. more »»

Volatile start to year in markets could help profits

April 14, 2015 NEW YORK — Wild swings in the stock, bond and currency markets in the first three months of the year are likely to translate into bigger profits for big U.S. banks, analysts say. more »»

What’s the goal?

April 13, 2015 Dear Dave, We have two girls in competitive gymnastics, and it’s costing $12,000 to $15,000 a year at a professional gym to do all this. more »»

Cars and Coffee returns to Marshalltown Mall

April 12, 2015 Marshalltown Mall has announced that its monthly “Cars and Coffee” get together will make its debut from 8-10 a.m. on April 18 in the shopping mall’s parking lot. more »»

Bird flu outbreak spreads to 3 more Midwest turkey farms

April 12, 2015 SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — A bird flu outbreak that has puzzled scientists spread to three more Midwest turkey farms, bringing the number of farms infected to 23 and raising the death toll to more than 1. more »»

Clorox apologizes for ‘emojis’ tweet

April 12, 2015 SAN FRANCISCO — Clorox has apologized for a social media misstep after the household products company sparked outrage by tweeting “where’s the bleach” in reference to last week’s introduction of new... more »»

Movie men propose Russian fast-food alternative chain

April 12, 2015 MOSCOW — Two of Russia’s best-known movie directors are aiming to create a chain of fast-food restaurants that would be an alternative to Western-style operations such as McDonald’s. more »»

GE pares off financial unit, returns to industrial roots

April 11, 2015 General Electric is leaving the lending business, a major source of both profit and risk, as it continues to whittle its focus down to an industrial core. more »»



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