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Google wins approval to offer video services in Kansas City, Mo.

By Jessica Guynn, Los Angeles Times – SAN FRANCISCO — Google Inc. has been given the green light to offer video services to residents of Kansas City, Mo., which could…

The Week Ahead: Fed more open, but no less unpredictable

By Tom Hudson, McClatchy Newspapers – When does a possibility become a promise? For three years the Federal Reserve has said it expects the economy to remain so weak it…

Apple denied permission to sue bankrupt Kodak

By Nathan Olivarez-Giles, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Apple Inc. has been denied permission to file a patent-infringement lawsuit against Eastman Kodak by the film-maker’s bankruptcy judge. Judge…

Chinese inflation falls to 20-month low

By David Pierson, Los Angeles Times – BEIJING — China’s annual inflation rate fell to a 20-month low in February, giving policymakers room to ease lending at a time of…

Quest to go private in $2 billion deal

By Andrea Chang, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Technology firm Quest Software Inc. has agreed to go private in a deal valued at $2 billion. The Aliso Viejo,…

Ashley Inn Motel making modest improvements

Ashley Inn Motel making modest improvements

MASON CITY – No more noisy parties at the Ashley Inn Motel. Four years ago, when new managers Rob Peterson and Kelly Helgeland took over, things started to change for…

Lang says Legislature must make universities a priority

Jermaine Pigee, The Hawk Eye, Burlington, Iowa – Iowa Board of Regents President Craig Lang wants everyone to know how important state colleges are. “Our public universities attract students from all…

Airfares climb, routes disappear as fuel prices rise

By Hugo Martin, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Airfares are rising, planes are packed, and carriers are abandoning less-profitable routes. What’s to blame? Climbing fuel prices. And there…

Treasury Announces Public Offering of AIG Common Stock, Agreement with AIG to Repay the Government’s Remaining $8.5 Billion Preferred Equity Investment

WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury (Treasury) announced that it has launched an offering of $6 billion of its American International Group (AIG) common stock. AIG has indicated…

European recession fears put US stock rally at risk

By Nathaniel Popper, Los Angeles Times – NEW YORK — Renewed fears of a European recession are threatening to derail the stock market’s 2012 rally. Stock indexes around the world experienced…

Pinterest co-founder bemused at site’s meteoric rise

By Peter Delevett, San Jose Mercury News – SAN JOSE, Calif. — It’s half an hour before the CEO of Silicon Valley’s hottest social network is set to take the stage,…

Web Wealth: Steps to take to avoid an audit

By Reid Kanaley, The Philadelphia Inquirer – Can you avoid an IRS audit by staying on the straight and narrow when preparing your tax return? There’s no guarantee, but some forethought…

Older workers are exiting fast, shrinking the labor force, study says

By Kevin G. Hall, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — New research challenges the conventional wisdom that the unemployment rate is falling because workers have given up looking for a job and…

Apple’s new iPad will be faster and prettier, company says

By Jeremy C. Owens, San Jose Mercury News – SAN JOSE, Calif. — Apple unveiled the third generation of its popular iPad tablet computer Wednesday, with a host of upgraded features…

USDA Provides Disaster Recovery Assistance in 20 States

WASHINGTON, March 6, 2012—Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced $19.7 million of financial and technical assistance to help communities rebuild and repair damages caused by flooding, drought and other natural…

Statement by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on New WTO Dispute Against India’s Prohibition on U.S. Poultry

WASHINGTON, March 6, 2012–Today, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack issued the following statement after U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk announced that the U.S. Government is requesting consultations with the Government of…

Alliant helps Center Point School District build with energy in mind

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – The new high school in Center Point is a new example of how energy-efficient planning can really save money. The building was recently finished with help…

Assistant Secretary Mary Miller on Wall Street Reform

By Erika Gudmundson 3/5/2012 This morning, Treasury Assistant Secretary for Financial Markets Mary Miller discussed continued progress on implementation of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act at…

2012 Top Projects named by Sukup Manufacturing Co.

2012 Top Projects named by Sukup Manufacturing Co.

SHEFFIELD, Iowa – Two projects in Iowa and one in Ontario, Canada, have been chosen 2012 Top Project Award winners by Sukup Manufacturing Co. The projects and the dealers who…

Airport retailers bent on getting most out of captive shoppers

By Shan Li, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Cafeteria. Camping ground. Transportation hub. Travelers know that airports can take on many identities. Now, around the country, they are taking…

CEO Ettinger reflects on community, Hormel’s future

Adam Harringa, Austin Daily Herald, Minn. – This story is originally appeared in Progress 2012, which published Sunday, Feb. 26. From the time Jeff Ettinger started at Hormel Foods Corp. 21 years…

China reduced US Treasury holdings last year

By David Pierson, Los Angeles Times – BEIJING — China, the largest foreign holder of U.S. government debt, reduced its holdings of federal securities last year, according to revised data released…

Chevrolet Volt production halts to match low demand

By Brent Snavely, Detroit Free Press – DETROIT — General Motors Co. has told 1,300 employees at its Detroit Hamtramck plant that they will be temporarily laid off for five weeks…

Apple says it has created half a million US jobs

By John Boudreau, San Jose Mercury News – SAN JOSE, Calif. — Apple, which relies on Asian contractors to manufacture its iPhones and iPads, said in a report released Friday that…

General Mills makes Cheerios a serial business

Mike Hughlett, Star Tribune, Minneapolis – The cereal tinkerers who invented Cheerios 71 years ago needed only one variety, the yellow-box original that remains a staple of American breakfast tables. They…

Nobel-winning economist says wealth gap is bad for growth

By Andrew Tangel, The Record (Hackensack N.J.) – HACKENSACK, N.J. — Joseph Stiglitz, a Nobel Prize-winning economist, offered a sobering outlook this week on Europe’s debt crisis, predicting the euro in…

Stocks retreat along with energy sector

By Kate Gibson, MarketWatch – NEW YORK — U.S. stocks edged lower Friday, cementing the Dow Jones industrial average’s third weekly loss this year. Energy firms fell the most among the…

China hedging its bets on US government debt, data show

By David Pierson, Los Angeles Times – BEIJING — China’s massive holdings of U.S. government debt have bolstered the American economy by keeping interest rates low. Now signs are emerging that…

Enterprise discusses auto-recall policy with US regulators

By Rick Montgomery, McClatchy Newspapers – KANSAS CITY, Mo. — You can rent a car today that is under a safety recall and not know it. Cally Houck — whose two…

Foreclosure-prevention funds largely go untapped

By E. Scott Reckard and Alejandro Lazo, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — A $7.6 billion federal program to help unemployed homeowners stave off foreclosure has provided little relief two…

Yelp leaps out from starting gate with strong IPO

By Jeremy C. Owens and Peter Delevett, San Jose Mercury News – SAN JOSE, Calif. — San Francisco reviews website Yelp received five stars from investors in its stock market debut…

Just the Facts: Government Investments in Private Companies, the Tax Code and Taxpayers’ Interests

By: Emily McMahon Recent press reports have glossed over a number of central facts when describing how federal tax laws were applied to companies that received government assistance during the…

Real Estate Q&A: The 4 keys to mortgage modification

By Gary M. Singer, Sun Sentinel – QUESTION: My dad passed away four years ago, and my mom was scraping by working at a department store until recently, when she had…

Retail sales climb robust 4.7% in February

By Shan Li, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Drawn by unseasonably warm weather across much of the country, shoppers hit the malls in February with their wallets open and…

White-collar criminals’ code: ‘It’s not my fault’

MCT FORUM, By Barry Goldman – I mediated a case some years ago between a small general contractor and a carpenter. The carpenter had done some work for the contractor, and…

Costco Wholesale planning June 29 opening for Coralville store

George C. Ford, CR Gazette – CORALVILLE — Costco Wholesale, the world’s largest wholesale membership club, has set a June 29 opening date for its Coralville location in a former…

New chips, faster networks to improve phone audio

By Steve Johnson, San Jose Mercury News – SAN JOSE, Calif. — Smartphone owners can surf the Web, pay bills, watch videos, enjoy music and send email. But while their gadgets…

Commentary: Amazon’s offices reveal shifting vision

By Brier Dudley, The Seattle Times – SEATTLE — Step into Amazon.com’s gleaming new headquarters in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood, and you may wonder if the place is still under…

Many nonprofits lack financial knowledge, survey finds

By Corilyn Shropshire, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — A new survey of mid-sized nonprofits with revenues ranging between $1 million and $5 million found that they lag in financial knowledge and…

Profits up, revenue down as banks lumber along

By Kevin G. Hall, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — U.S. banks ended 2011 on a roll, a government regulator reported Tuesday, with profits up sharply from a year earlier and over…