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Business melted away: This year’s warmer winter hurt small companies

NEW YORK (AP) — The big snowstorm in the U.S. Midwest and East last week was a respite for some small business owners, after a generally mild winter that has nipped into the revenue of many companies and forced them to rethink their cold-weather strategies. Retailers who sell winter clothing or snow shovels have had [...]

By | Friday, March 24, 2017|

Federal court gives students chance to parry with judges

SAN FRANCISCO — Arguing a case before a panel of federal appeals-court judges can be daunting even for experienced lawyers. Their clients often have much at stake, and the judges can be relentless, interrupting with questions to point out weaknesses and even occasionally to scold. So Helen Andrews was understandably anxious when, as a third-year [...]

By | Friday, March 24, 2017|

Sears has ‘substantial doubt’ about its future as cash evaporates

NEW YORK — Sears, once the monolith of American retail, says that there is “substantial doubt” that it will be able to keep its doors open. Sears has been a member of the retail dead pool for years, but until this week the company had not openly acknowledged its tenuous existence, said Ken Perkins, who [...]

By | Friday, March 24, 2017|

As water level rises, so does cost of living on coast

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — When Julia Lundblad lies in bed at night in her Titlow Beach home, she can hear the water sloshing up under her house. It took some getting used to, but she loves it. And she said her neighbors are used to a little water flooding into their kitchens when conditions are [...]

By | Thursday, March 23, 2017|

Rare poll finds Cuban citizens favor better U.S. relations, more business ownership

WASHINGTON (AP) — A rare poll of Cuban public opinion has found that most of the island’s citizens approve of normal relations with the United States and large majorities want more tourists to visit and the expansion of private business ownership. In a poll of 840 people taken in Cuba late last year by the [...]

By | Thursday, March 23, 2017|

Target revamps stores for those in a rush, those who ramble

NEW YORK — In a move to bring shoppers back to its stores, Target is embarking on an ambitious redesign aimed at helping people who need to dash in for milk to get out quickly while encouraging those who want to wander the aisles to linger. The new layout was unveiled by CEO Brian Cornell [...]

By | Thursday, March 23, 2017|

Saffron growers look to get a foothold in the US

BURLINGTON, Vt. — As spring crocus blooms begin, some growers have visions of a fall-flowering crocus that produces saffron, the world’s most valuable spice. University of Vermont researchers have been raising the exotic spice now grown primarily in Iran and are encouraging growers to tap into what they hope will be a cash crop. It’s [...]

By | Thursday, March 23, 2017|

Wind energy firm trying again for OK of cross-country line

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — A renewable energy company again faced opposition from landowners this week as it tried for the second time to win one of the final pieces of regulatory approval needed to carry wind power east from the nation’s heartland over one of the country’s longest transmission lines. Missouri utility regulators began hearing [...]

By | Thursday, March 23, 2017|

Analysis: Reality catching up with Trump on Russia following FBI disclosures

WASHINGTON — Reality is catching up with President Donald Trump. Hours after Trump dismissed reports that his campaign associates were being scrutinized for colluding with Russia as “fake news,” FBI Director James Comey confirmed the investigation is real. The FBI chief also repeatedly insisted there was no evidence to back up Trump’s explosive claim that [...]

By | Thursday, March 23, 2017|

Team building? Of course there’s an app for that

It seems counterintuitive that the smartphone, often blamed for causing its operator to direct his gaze downward, ignoring the environs around him and anyone inhabiting them, could be used as a team building tool. But that’s exactly what app developers have done. The much maligned small screen often muted and assigned to a desk drawer [...]

By | Wednesday, March 22, 2017|