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  • Business

    Giant ships in West Coast ports' future

    With a bitter battle over a dockworkers' contract tentatively resolved, West Coast ports and their terminal operators are back dealing with an even bigger challenge -- the mega-ship.

    By Pete Carey pcarey@mercurynews.com|

  • nation-world

    Firm agrees to refund to settle suit over weight-loss pills

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) A Salt Lake City-based company has agreed to pay refunds to consumers who purchased its weight-loss tablets to settle a class-action lawsuit that claimed its advertising slogan, "Eat All You Want & Still Lose Weight," was...

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  • Business

    Identity theft spreads to tax refunds: Cybercriminals file with others' ID

    MILWAUKEE -- April 15 is still a ways away, but a growing number of Americans may be surprised to learn that someone has already filed their tax returns for them -- and also made off with their tax refunds.

    By Joe Taschler Milwaukee Journal Sentinel|

  • nation-world

    Moody's downgrades Chicago's rating over pensions

    CHICAGO (AP) Moody's Investors Service has downgraded Chicago's credit rating to two levels above junk status, citing the city's $20 billion mountain of unfunded pension liabilities.The agency said Friday that it lowered the rating on $8.3...

    By Jason Keyser, Associated Press|

  • nation-world

    Annual report offers new clues about Buffett's successor

    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) Billionaire Warren Buffett is proud of what he's built as Berkshire Hathaway's CEO over the past 50 years, but he's also willing to admit making a few costly mistakes along the way.Buffett used his annual shareholder letter...

    By Josh Funk, AP Business Writer|

  • Business

    Rubicon Project holds lead among competitors in advertising technology

    LOS ANGELES -- In the fragmented and competitive world of digital advertising, a Los Angeles company is putting up some impressive numbers, but still looking to turn a profit.

    By Ronald D. White Los Angeles Times|

  • nation-world

    Dallas-area ice forces cancellation of nearly 1,000 flights

    DALLAS (AP) Freezing rain that coated parts of Texas and Oklahoma for the second consecutive day left highways slick and forced the cancellation of another 1,000 flights Saturday at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, one of the nation's...

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  • nation-world

    Hyundai recalls 263,000 cars due to power-steering problem

    NEW YORK (AP) Hyundai is recalling about 263,000 cars in the U.S. and Canada because a sensor problem could cause drivers to lose power-assisted steering.The company has not reported any injuries or accidents. A representative for Hyundai Motor...

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  • nation-world

    Upstate New York towns consider seceding to Pennsylvania

    CONKLIN, N.Y. (AP) Plenty of people leave New York state but in a job-hungry stretch of upstate, folks talk about staying put and seceding to Pennsylvania.Local officials stung by a recent decision to ban natural gas fracking have raised the...

    By Michael Hill, Associated Press|

  • nation-world

    FairPoint more attractive to buyers with new labor pact

    PORTLAND, Maine (AP) A Wall Street analyst says FairPoint shareholders are pressing for a sale of the company now that it has negotiated a new labor pact with workers in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.Barry Sine from New York-based brokerage...

    By David Sharp, Associated Press|

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