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The Computer Guy: A computer doctor who still makes house calls

The Computer Guy: A computer doctor who still makes house calls

Story by Jody Spear and Kelly Meyer – In this time of self-service, there are still those with the “old school” way of thinking.  Give the best service you can…

Iowa awash in negative campaign ads

By Robin Abcarian and Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times – DES MOINES, Iowa — With no snow on the ground in this unseasonably warm state, the only blizzard Iowans are facing…

To keep payroll tax low, mortgage fees will rise

By Jim Puzzanghera, Los Angeles Times –   WASHINGTON — The new mortgage fee to fund the temporary extension of the payroll tax cut could damp the still-sluggish real estate market…

Spending rises only slightly, but still outstrips income

By Don Lee, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — Despite the ballyhooed record retail sales over Thanksgiving, consumer spending for all of November turned out to be rather ho-hum. Personal spending…

S&P 500 enters positive territory for the year

By Walter Hamilton, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — The Standard & Poor’s 500 will enjoy a merry Christmas after all. The broad blue-chip index turned positive on the year,…

BRIEF: $43 million emissions control contract awarded for Ottumwa Generating Station

Dave DeWitte, The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa The Babcock and Wilcox Co. has been awarded a $43 million contract to engineer and supply a major emissions control systems for Alliant Energy’s…

Iowa ethanol production hits record on growth of exports

Iowa ethanol production hits record on growth of exports

George C. Ford, The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa – Driven by export demand, Iowa ethanol production hit a record 3.7 billion gallons this year, up 200 million gallons from 3.5 billion…

Jobless data buoy hopes for recovery

Jobless data buoy hopes for recovery

By Jim Puzzanghera, Los Angeles Times – WASHINGTON _ Just a few months ago, the economy seemed to be skidding toward another recession. Now, a continued drop in jobless claims,…

$1.34 million grant awarded to Fort Madison

WASHINGTON – U.S. Commerce Secretary John Bryson today announced a $1.34 million Economic Development Administration (EDA) investment to the city of Fort Madison, Iowa to make sanitary sewer infrastructure improvements…

Advertisers have their hands, or cookies, in your browser

By David Sarno, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Your computer’s appetite for cookies would put the Cookie Monster to shame. Without letting you know, your Internet browser gulps down…

Justice Dept. Statements Regarding AT&T’s Abandonment of Its Proposed Acquisition of T-Mobile

WASHINGTON – Deputy Attorney General James M. Cole and Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Antitrust Division Sharis A. Pozen issued the following statements today after AT&T Inc. abandoned its…

Realtors group says it overestimated home sales for 3 years

By Alejandro Lazo, Chicago Tribune – LOS ANGELES — A national real estate group sharply revised down the number of homes it calculated were sold from 2007 to 2010, revealing a much…

New FAA rules give pilots more rest between shifts

By Kim Geiger, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — Commercial airline pilots will be entitled to shorter shifts and longer rests under a new set of rules issued Wednesday by the Federal…

Speak and these apps will listen and transcribe

By Reid Kanaley, The Philadelphia Inquirer – Voice recording for memos, interviews and lectures has moved — like so many tasks — to the smartphone. These applications help you save,…

Bank of America to settle fair-lending case for $335 million

Bank of America to settle fair-lending case for $335 million

By Katherine Skiba, Chicago Tribune –   WASHINGTON — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and federal officials on Wednesday announced a $335 million national settlement with Bank of America Corp. stemming…

New construction up sharply in November

By Alejandro Lazo, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — New construction on homes and apartments increased sharply in November, a bright spot for the beleaguered U.S. real estate market. New…

Deere confirms expansion in Des Moines metro area

Moline, Illinois (December 19, 2011) – Deere & Company today confirmed it plans to expand the manufacturing capacity at the John Deere Des Moines Works following the actions taken by the Iowa Economic…

Lap-Band ads to make risks clearer

By Stuart Pfeifer, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — The 1-800-GET-THIN marketing company, under scrutiny by federal and local authorities, has pledged to change the way it advertises Lap-Band weight-loss…

Industry around government information booms

By Kevin McDermott, St. Louis Post-Dispatch – SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — From Springfield to Jefferson City to Washington, government today has more electronic windows into its soul than ever before. Consider…

BRIEF: Rockwell Collins working on NASA data link to enable unmanned air vehicles in U.S. airspace

Dave DeWitte – The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa – Rockwell Collins is collaborating with NASA on a data link that will enable unmanned aircraft to safely operate in the national…

C.R. jumps to 13, I.C. to 8 on Milken ‘Best Performing Cities’ lists

Dave DeWitte, The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa – Cedar Rapids and Iowa City ranked near the top in the annual Milken Institute ranking of cities by economic performance for 2011, according…

MidAmerican takes 49% of big Arizona solar project

by Dave DeWitte MidAmerican Energy Holdings has agreed to buy 49 percent of a $1.8 billion solar photovoltaic project under development in Arizona. The Des Moines-based company said it will…

SEC suits target 6 former Fannie, Freddie executives

WASHINGTON — More than three years ago, the government rescued the nation’s housing finance giants, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, from collapse in the wake of the mortgage market meltdown.…

IBM’s Watson computer to help doctors

By Ricardo Lopez LOS ANGELES — IBM’s Watson supercomputer may be best known for handily beating “Jeopardy!” game show champs. Now it’s being harnessed to help doctors at Cedars-Sinai’s cancer…

Iowa State provost Elizabeth Hoffman still being considered as president of UNM

James Monteleone, Albuquerque Journal, N.M. A group of University of New Mexico faculty members argued Friday that two of the five presidential finalists are a bad fit for UNM and…

At FedEx, no elves but plenty of workers and tech to move gifts

At FedEx, no elves but plenty of workers and tech to move gifts

By Ricardo Lopez, Los Angeles Times LOS ANGELES — With Christmas less than two weeks away, it’s crunch time at the nation’s shipping companies. (PHOTO: Packages are sorted at the…

Insurance industry entering age of innovation

By Becky Yerak, Chicago Tribune CHICAGO — The insurance industry hasn’t been known for innovation. But imagine if you could file a claim after an auto accident by simply snapping…

Competition for pet medicines could drive up vet prices

By Barry Shlachter, McClatchy Newspapers FORT WORTH, Texas — Veterinarians, who have traditionally derived about a fifth of their gross income from pet medicines, face ever-new rivals scrambling for a…

Stock indexes end two-week win streak

By Kate Gibson, MarketWatch NEW YORK — U.S. stocks on Friday finished with weekly losses after a rating agency warning on Europe pulled the plug on what began as an…

Competitors hot on Japanese automakers’ heels

The Yomiuri Shimbun TOKYO — What worries Manish Sahay, the sales manager of Star Hyundai-Bayside, a New York City dealership in Queens for South Korean automaker Hyundai Motor Co., is…

Pay phones follow in footsteps of car phones, 8-tracks

Pay phones follow in footsteps of car phones, 8-tracks

By Paul Hampel, St. Louis Post-Dispatch ST. LOUIS — At 62, Jim Nesselhauf is not sure which will come first, retirement or the demise of his business — pay phones.…

Casinos, online poker get state attention

By Pamela M. Prah, Stateline.org WASHINGTON — Football fans in New England and Miami could go from the stadium straight to a slot machine next door if plans to launch…

SEC sues former Fannie and Freddie execs for fraud

WASHINGTON _ The Securities and Exchange Commission announced a dramatic lawsuit on Friday alleging that six former top executives of mortgage finance titans Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac committed fraud…

Home-care aides get boost from Obama

By Noam N. Levey, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama circumvented Congress and moved Thursday to require that home-care aides be paid minimum wage and overtime, giving the…

Chinese duties on U.S. cars heat up trade tension

By Don Lee, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — U.S.-China trade tensions are starting to heat up, an especially ominous development as global export growth is slowing and both countries face…

Iowa Transportation Commission approves grant for Coralville

AMES, Iowa – Dec. 13, 2011 – Today, the Iowa Transportation Commission approved a Revitalize Iowa’s Sound Economy (RISE) Immediate Opportunity grant application submitted by the city of Coralville. Up…

China to levy tariffs on U.S. automakers for sedans, SUVs

By Todd Spangler, Detroit Free Press WASHINGTON — China’s Commerce Ministry announced Wednesday it will levy tariffs on U.S. automakers for imports of sedans and SUVs, touching off bipartisan criticism…

Lee files bankruptcy plan with most creditors’ support

By Lisa Brown, St. Louis Post-Dispatch ST. LOUIS — With nearly all of Lee Enterprises’ creditors backing a refinancing plan, the publisher that owns the St. Louis Post-Dispatch should be…

Ford F-150 named Motor Trend Truck of the Year

By Greg Gardner, Detroit Free Press DETROIT — Motor Trend magazine named Ford’s F-150 the Truck of the Year, edging out the Nissan NV commercial van, the Ram HD Laramie…

Lowe’s faces backlash over pulling ads from ‘All-American Muslim’

By Shan Li, Los Angeles Times LOS ANGELES — Home improvement giant Lowe’s Cos. continues to come under heavy criticism from activists, some politicians and customers after pulling its ads…