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Google overhauls its privacy policies

By Mike Swift, San Jose Mercury News – SAN JOSE, Calif. — As Google increasingly seeks to meld what were once separate services into a single overall experience, the Internet giant…

Stocks deflated by Europe; Nasdaq up

By Kate Gibson, MarketWatch – NEW YORK — U.S. stocks closed with losses for two of three main indexes as investors mulled a European standoff over Greece’s debt and the latest…

Apple’s earnings far exceed Wall Street expectations

By David Sarno, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Apple Inc. is selling a whole lot of just about every product it makes — and investors are loving it. The…

European recession predicted to hinder global economy

By Jim Puzzanghera, Los Angeles Times – WASHINGTON — The International Monetary Fund predicted Europe would fall into a mild recession this year, helping drag down global economic growth to a…

Top car brands’ lead shrinks in consumer perception survey

By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — The top car brands seem to be losing their importance in the eyes of consumers as competition across the industry heats…

Jass named warehouse, distribution and production control manager for Winnebago

Jass named warehouse, distribution and production control manager for Winnebago

FOREST CITY, IOWA, January 23, 2012 – Winnebago Industries, Inc. has announced the appointment of Todd Jass to the position of warehouse, distribution and production control manager. Jass replaces Ron…

Peosta, Iowa manufacturer to add 23 jobs

Dave DeWitte, CR Gazette – A Peosta company that makes tracks for outdoor equipment and snowmobile garments is planning an expansion that will create 23 jobs. Camoplast Rockland was awarded $168,000…

Diesel thirst fueling exports, pressuring prices

By Jeffrey Tomich, St. Louis Post-Dispatch – ST. LOUIS — You don’t need to be able to find the Strait of Hormuz on a map to understand the global nature of…

The Week Ahead: The Fed and its crystal ball

By Tom Hudson, McClatchy Newspapers – A Super Bowl-bound coach would not be so bold as to predict the final score. Yet on Wednesday, the head coaches of the economy will…

Alliant Energy chairman retiring, president appointed successor

George C. Ford, The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa – The president and chief operating officer of Alliant Energy has been appointed to succeed William Harvey as chairman, president and chief executive…

Gov. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Reynolds welcome Southwest Airlines to Iowa

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry E. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds today welcomed the news that Southwest Airlines, along with its wholly-owned subsidy, AirTran Airways, confirmed today the intent…

House members call for probe into Lap-Band safety, marketing

By Stuart Pfeifer, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Members of Congress are calling for an investigation into the 1-800-GET-THIN weight-loss surgery marketing campaign and the safety and effectiveness of…

The Week Ahead: The Fed and its crystal ball

By Tom Hudson, McClatchy Newspapers – A Super Bowl-bound coach would not be so bold as to predict the final score. Yet on Wednesday, the head coaches of the economy will…

Investing in beaten-down sectors could be a good bet this year

By Stuart Pfeifer, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Investors placing their bets for 2012 are faced with the classic dilemma: Stick with market sectors that performed best last year,…

Pricey counterfeit labels proliferate as China wine market booms

By David Pierson, Los Angeles Times – BEIJING — The lamb chops were cooked to perfection. Fine wines flowed. Then came the piece de resistance — a 1997 Chateau Petrus Pomerol…

Woman fired for working during lunch wins court battle

By Steve Schmadeke, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — Growing up on Chicago’s South Side, Sharon Smiley was taught by her father that success is born out of hard work, and he…

Iowa getting USDA funds to repair lands damaged by 2011 disasters

Dave DeWitte, CR Gazette – Iowa was among 33 states awarded additional USDA disaster assistance Wednesday to help restore lands damaged by widespread natural disasters in 2011. Secretary of Agriculture…

Your Office Coach: With new attitude, a poor work past won’t matter

By Marie G. McIntyre, McClatchy-Tribune News Service – QUESTION: In my previous job, I basically committed career suicide. I gossiped, backstabbed and yelled at important people. I assumed my co-workers were…

How to live with unbearable meetings

By Rex Huppke, Chicago Tribune – If the workplace were a person, meetings would be the unidentifiable, gooey stuff stuck to that person’s shoe. Loathed almost universally, meetings gobble up time…

U.S. Bancorp profits jump 39 percent

U.S. Bancorp profits jump 39 percent

Jackie Crosby, Star Tribune, Minneapolis – U.S. Bancorp saw profit jump 39 percent in the fourth quarter, boosted by growth in commercial lending as conditions in the credit market continue to…

Wikipedia, Reddit to go black Wednesday in protest against proposed laws

Jessica Bernstein-Wax, The Marin Independent Journal, Novato, Calif. – Anyone planning to look up Paul Revere’s birthday on Wikipedia or scan Reddit for cute photos of baby dolphins will be out…

Silicon Valley flexing muscle in push against Web piracy bills

By Jim Puzzanghera and Richard Verrier, Los Angeles Times – WASHINGTON — Until this week, entertainment industry executives thought they had the votes for new federal legislation cracking down on foreign…

Q&A: Set aside anger after workplace accusation

By Liz Reyer, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – QUESTION: I felt recently that my integrity was challenged at work. It’s a value that I hold central and that has never been questioned.…

China’s economy grows at slowest rate in more than two years

China’s economy grows at slowest rate in more than two years

By David Pierson, Los Angeles Times – BEIJING — In the final quarter of 2011, China’s economy grew at its slowest pace in 2 1/2 years because of shrinking exports, tighter…

Wells Fargo earnings beat expectations, Citi falls short

By E. Scott Reckard, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Wells Fargo & Co. reported a 20 percent jump in fourth-quarter profit, with better-than-expected returns from its giant mortgage business,…

France’s Sarkozy: ‘We must respond with calm’ to downgrade

By Barbara Kollmeyer, MarketWatch – MADRID — French President Nicolas Sarkozy brushed aside on Monday the recent downgrade of France’s triple-A credit standing, saying rating agencies don’t set the economic policy…

Cyber attack hits shoe retailer Zappos.com

By Andrea Chang, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Zappos.com, the popular shoe website, was the victim of a cyber attack that exposed customer information on the company’s internal network…

Iowa Tourism Office release 2012 Iowa Travel Guide

(Des Moines, Iowa) – Iowa’s premier showpiece, the 2012 Iowa Travel Guide, is now available to assist travelers planning an Iowa vacation. The guide is free and may be ordered…

BRIEF: Majority of Iowa corn crop stored on farm, only 44% of soybeans

George C. Ford, CR Gazette – Iowa corn producers are primarily using on-farm storage to hold their 2011 crop, according to a report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Sixty-four…

Aon to move corporate headquarters to London

Becky Yerak, Chicago Tribune – Aon Corp. said Friday it will move its corporate headquarters to London from Chicago. Chicago will continue as headquarters of the Americas for Aon. Aon, which…

Trade war with China could claim U.S. solar industry jobs as a casualty

MCT FORUM, By Jigar Shah – Six decades ago, Gen. Omar Bradley warned that expanding the Korean War into China would be “the wrong war, at the wrong place, at the…

The Week Ahead: Apple may return to education roots

By Tom Hudson, McClatchy Newspapers – Years before today’s i-mania of Apple, the company relied on its education business to stay alive. On Thursday, Apple is expected to take on the…

Rockwell Collins to be part of pursuit of big NextGen contract

Dave DeWitte, CR Gazette – Rockwell Collins will be on a ITT Excelis-led team in the pursuit of the next major contract to build the FAA’s new satellite-based air traffic control…

Retail sales rise scant 0.1 percent in December

By Greg Robb, MarketWatch – WASHINGTON — Sales at U.S. retailers increased 0.1 percent in December from the month before, the government said Thursday, in a report that bucked expectations of…

Chamber backs off attack on consumer protection panel

By Kevin G. Hall, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — After doggedly opposing the creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in 2010, then fighting all last year to change its composition,…

Winnebago Industries Unveils New 2012 Winnebago Journey and Itasca Meridian 42E

Winnebago Industries Unveils New 2012 Winnebago Journey and Itasca Meridian 42E

FOREST CITY, Iowa, Jan. 12, — Winnebago Industries, Inc., (NYSE: WGO) a leading United States(U.S.) recreation vehicle manufacturer, introduces the new tag-axle 42E to its 2012 Winnebago Journey and Itasca Meridian Class A diesel…

Winnebago recognized by Ford

FOREST CITY, IOWA, January 10, 2012 – Winnebago Industries, Inc. (NYSE:WGO), a leading United States (U.S.) recreation vehicle manufacturer, was recognized by Ford Motor Company for receiving the “fully meets”…

Rockwell Collins eliminating 100 more positions due to defense cuts

Dave DeWitte, CR Gazette – CEDAR RAPIDS — Rockwell Collins eliminated 100 positions companywide in its third round of workforce reductions related to cutbacks in domestic defense spending. The position…

Treasury emails outline Countrywide’s mortgage crisis

By Kirsten Valle Pittman, McClatchy Newspapers – CHARLOTTE, N.C. — As Bank of America Corp. finalized plans to buy the ailing Countrywide Financial Corp., government officials traded emails about the mortgage…

Bain Capital tied to bankruptcy, closing of KC steel plant

By Dave Helling, McClatchy Newspapers – KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Bain Capital, a company once operated by GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney, was involved in the 2001 bankruptcy and closing of…