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  • 5 things small businesses need to know this fall

    NEW YORK (AP) — What do small business owners need to pay attention to this fall? Heath care, Internet Security and new technology make the list. Here are five things that small businesses need to be on top of over the next several months: HEALTH CARE Small business owners who bought employee...

  • Railway wants to build second bridge in Idaho

    SANDPOINT, Idaho (AP) — Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad wants to build a second bridge in northern Idaho to handle an expected increase in traffic that includes coal and oil trains. The one bridge now at Sandpoint handles about one train every half-hour, a bottleneck for BNSF's busy...

  • Meijer to pay $2M for selling recalled products

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Midwest retailer Meijer (MY-er) Inc. will pay $2 million to settle charges that the firm knowingly sold and distributed hundreds of recalled products. The Consumer Product Safety Commission says Meijer distributed at least a dozen different recalled products — from toys to...

  • Kohl's holiday hiring to rise 15 pct

    NEW YORK (AP) — Kohl's Corp. plans to hire more than 67,000 seasonal workers nationwide for the holiday shopping season, which the company said is a 15 percent increase over last year. The department store operator declined to specify how many seasonal workers it hired last year other than to...

  • 'NBA 2K15' drafts 3-D face mapping for latest game

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — "NBA 2K15" is angling for a slam dunk with an innovative new way to put players in the game. The developers of the interactive basketball franchise are adding the option for gamers to digitally graft lifelike 3-D renditions of their faces onto virtual players in the series'...

  • Pizza Hut testing 'skinny slice'

    NEW YORK (AP) — Pizza Hut is testing out a lighter pizza in two U.S. markets as it seeks to freshen up its menu and regain its footing against competitors. The tests of the "Skinny Slice" pies began this week at several dozen restaurants in Toledo, Ohio, and West Palm Beach, Florida. The pies...

  • Nike suspends deal with Adrian Peterson

    BEAVERTON, Ore. (AP) — Nike has suspended its sponsorship deal with Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson following child abuse allegations. The Beaverton-based shoemaker issued a statement Wednesday morning that said Nike "in no way condones child abuse or domestic violence of any...

  • Investors buy German debt at negative rates

    FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Investors have bought billions of euros in German treasury notes that pay negative interest — meaning the purchasers agreed to pay a small fee for the privilege of lending the German government their money. The negative yield is a sign of the stresses in the 18-country...

  • Rounds says he didn't know details of EB-5 revamp

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Former South Dakota Gov. Mike Rounds said he was aware in 2007 that a state investment-for-green card program was being privatized, but he wasn't aware of the specifics. Rounds told the Argus Leader (http://argusne.ws/1s6ykKx ) that he didn't know that Joop Bollen, who...

  • Cobo Center enjoying rise in summer show bookings

    DETROIT (AP) — Cobo Center officials say the convention center in downtown Detroit continues to see an increase in bookings for conferences and meetings. The venue held 65 shows between June and August. Twenty-six shows were held there during the same period in 2013. Three major trade shows...

  • US stocks rise at midday ahead of Fed statement

    NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are rising in midday trading ahead of a Federal Reserve announcement that might signal when the central bank will raise interest rates. The Fed releases its statement at 2 p.m. Eastern time Wednesday. The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose one point to 2,000 as 12:08...

  • Production to resume at renewable diesel plant

    NARCO, La. (AP) — The Diamond Green Diesel facility in Norco is expected to return to production next week. That's according to joint-venture partner Darling Ingredients. The facility has been shut down since an explosion and fire on Aug. 3. The Advocate reports (http://bit.ly/1s6F6A0 ) the...

  • Laments, long lines amid Air France pilots' strike

    PARIS (AP) — "I'm going to cry!" groaned Stephanie Leon, parking a palm on her forehead in distress as she walked into Charles de Gaulle airport and saw the departures board: Her Air France flight to the Dominican Republic had been cancelled. Hers was but one of the untold thousands of travails...

  • Bankruptcy judge OKs $2.9M W.Va. spill settlement

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A federal bankruptcy judge in West Virginia has approved a $2.9 million settlement to benefit 300,000 people whose water was contaminated in a January chemical spill. Judge Ronald Pearson filed the order Tuesday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Charleston. A U.S. District...

  • Redesigned 2015 Escalade remains breed all its own

    Cadillac's flagship Escalade sport utility vehicle keeps its bold, distinctive style and immense proportions after a major redesign for 2015. The luxury, full-size SUV adds more tech features, a more powerful V-8, a quieter interior and power-folding rear seats for the first time while taking...



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