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Jobless rates fall in 29 US states last month

March 29, 2014 WASHINGTON — Unemployment rates fell in most states in February and two-thirds of the states reported job gains, evidence that most of the country is benefiting from slow but steady improvement in... more »»

Why economists say 2014 could prove breakout year

March 28, 2014 WASHINGTON — Once this year’s harsh weather has faded, the U.S. economy could be poised for a breakout year — its strongest annual growth in nearly a decade. more »»

Taco Bell’s ads star real-life Ronald McDonalds

March 28, 2014 NEW YORK — Taco Bell is name-dropping an unlikely clown to promote its new breakfast menu — Ronald McDonal. more »»

Visionary or looney?

March 27, 2014 NEW YORK — Facebook’s latest multibillion dollar acquisition of virtual reality headset maker Oculus is prompting some people to wonder if CEO Mark Zuckerberg is already living in an alternate... more »»

Fed blocks Citigroup from raising dividends

March 27, 2014 WASHINGTON — Citigroup cannot raise its dividend or buy back its own stock because it needs better plans to cope with a severe recession, the Federal Reserve ruled Wednesday, a disappointing reversa... more »»

HHS grants extra time to enroll for health care

March 26, 2014 WASHINGTON — People who’ve started applying for health insurance but aren’t able to finish before the March 31 enrollment deadline will get extra time, the Obama administration announced Tuesda. more »»

Facebook buys virtual reality co. Oculus for $2B

March 26, 2014 NEW YORK — Facebook has agreed to buy Oculus for $2 billion, betting that its virtual reality technology may be a new way for people to communicate, learn or be entertained. more »»

Disney to buy YouTube video producer Maker Studios

March 25, 2014 LOS ANGELES — Disney said Monday that it is buying YouTube channel operator Maker Studios for at least $500 million as the family entertainment giant aims to stay in front of younger audiences who... more »»

Scotland’s Vikings go own way in independence vote

March 24, 2014 GULBERWICK, Scotland — In the late winter dusk, hundreds of Vikings are marching down to the beach, bearing flaming torches. more »»

Health law birth control coverage before justices

March 24, 2014 WASHINGTON — The Obama administration and its opponents are renewing the Supreme Court battle over President Barack Obama’s health care law in a case that pits the religious rights of employers... more »»

Names & Notes

March 23, 2014 Open house to honor Lawler An open house will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. March 26 to honor Marilee Lawler in her retirement from the Iowa River Hospice. more »»

US appeals court upholds Fed’s cap on ‘swipe’ fees

March 22, 2014 WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court has handed a defeat to a coalition of retail groups that challenged as too high the Federal Reserve’s cap on how much banks can charge businesses for handling... more »»

Wal-Mart's new tool gives competitors prices

March 22, 2014 NEW YORK — The "Every Day Low Price" king is trying to shake up the world of pricing once again. more »»

Health care law has uneven impact on companies

March 21, 2014 Sarah Curtis-Fawley will have to offer insurance to her workers at Pacific Pie Co. more »»

Starbucks to add beer, wine to more cafes

March 21, 2014 NEW YORK — Starbucks plans to turn more of its cafes into a destination for beer and wine in the evenings. more »»

Fed clarifies guidance on short-term rates

March 20, 2014 WASHINGTON — Janet Yellen tried at her first news conference as Federal Reserve chair to clarify a question that’s consumed investors: When will the Fed start raising short-term interest rates from... more »»

Toyota to pay $1.2B to settle criminal probe

March 20, 2014 WASHINGTON — Toyota agreed to pay $1.2 billion to settle an investigation by the U.S. more »»

Fast-food protests shift focus to ‘wage theft’

March 19, 2014 NEW YORK — Organizers of the fast-food protests for higher pay on Tuesday shifted their attention to another issue: “wage theft. more »»



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