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University of Iowa embarks on $1.7 billion fundraising campaign

IOWA CITY – On Thursday at the Old Capitol on the campus of the University of Iowa, university leadership, students, and donors announced For Iowa. Forever More: The Campaign for the…

Mortgage activity rises with rates mostly lower

WASHINGTON, May 1 (UPI) — U.S. mortgage activity rose modestly last week as long-term interest rates were mostly lower, the Mortgage Bankers Association said Wednesday. The association said mortgage activity…

Employees report improved hiring activity

PRINCETON, N.J., May 1 (UPI) — Survey firm Gallup said its monthly U.S. job creation index was positive in April, coming in at the high end of an established, long-term…

Fed leaves monetary policy in place

WASHINGTON, May 1 (UPI) — The U.S. Federal Reserve said Wednesday it will keep its monetary policy intact, leaving security purchases and interest rates where they are for now. The…

Windows 8 market share not measuring up to Windows 7 history

SAN FRANCISCO, May 1 (UPI) — Windows 8 is advancing in the desktop operating system market but has yet to match the milestone Windows 7 had reached at the same…

Mozilla says spyware sold to governments masquerading as Firefox

REDMOND, Wash., May 1 (UPI) — Mozilla says it has sent a cease-and-desist letter to a British company it alleges sells spyware disguised as its Firefox browser to governments. A…

NASA extends Lockheed support contract

HOUSTON, May 1 (UPI) — NASA has exercised a $168 million contract option with Lockheed Martin for facilities development and operations. Services under the one-year option will be performed at…

Manufacturing growth slows to a crawl

TEMPE, Ariz., May 1 (UPI) — U.S. manufacturing activity expanded in April but at a slower pace than March, a research firm reported Wednesday. “Business can be described as flat…

Construction spending declined in March

WASHINGTON, May 1 (UPI) — Construction spending dropped 1.7 percent from February to March, the U.S. Census Bureau News reported Wednesday. Total construction spending in February was revised lower to…

Caterpillar workers turn down contract proposal

MILWAUKEE, May 1 (UPI) — United Steelworkers Local 1343 in Milwaukee said its members turned down a proposed contract with Caterpillar Inc. that would have frozen wages for six years.…

Markets have an off day Wednesday

NEW YORK, May 1 (UPI) — U.S. stocks turned south Wednesday after a disappointing jobs report from Automatic Data Processing Inc. The payroll firm said the private sector added 119,000…

Best Buy to quit doing business in Europe

RICHFIELD, Minn., April 30 (UPI) — U.S. retail giant Best Buy Co. said Tuesday it had agreed to a $775 million deal to allow it to back out of doing…

Cyberattacks on U.S., other banks seen to be mounting

WASHINGTON, April 30 (UPI) — Cyberattacks on U.S. and other financial institutions are rising amid growing discontent among bank officials over perceived government inaction or inadequate countermeasures, analysts said. Increasingly…

Blackstone to hire 50,000 veterans

NEW YORK, April 30 (UPI) — Private equity firm Blackstone Group said it had set a goal of hiring 50,000 U.S. military veterans in the next five years. The target…

Winnebago expands product line

Winnebago expands product line

FOREST CITY – Winnebago Industries, Inc. on Monday unveiled new 2014 models to the Company’s Winnebago, Itasca, SunnyBrook and Winnebago Touring Coach dealer partners at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas,…

White House: U.S. businesses have hired 290,000 vets and spouses

WASHINGTON, April 30 (UPI) — The White House said Tuesday U.S. businesses have hired or trained 290,000 veterans or military spouses and have committed to hiring 435,000 more by 2018.…

Stocks notch another month of gains

NEW YORK, April 30 (UPI) — The Dow Jones index notched a fifth consecutive winning month and the Standard & Poor’s 500 and Nasdaq indexes their sixth winning month Tuesday.…

Stocks notch another month of gains

NEW YORK, April 30 (UPI) — The Dow Jones index notched a fifth consecutive winning month and the Standard & Poor’s 500 and Nasdaq indexes their sixth winning month Tuesday.…

Most in U.S. know homeowner’s insurance won’t cover flood

NEW YORK, April 30 (UPI) — More than 4-in-5 U.S. adults say they know a standard homeowner’s insurance policy doesn’t cover flood damage, a survey indicates. The Federal Emergency Management…

Google bans self-updating apps from its Play Store

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., April 29 (UPI) — Google says self-updating Android apps are being banned from its Google Play Store as potentially dangerous hotbeds of malware and hacks. The search…