Project helps Alaskans spice up soil

PALMER, Alaska – While Alaska has abundant natural resources, soil that’s good for gardening isn’t among them.To help residents create better dirt and grow vegetables to supplement their hunting,...

DATE: July 31, 2010 | CATEGORY: Business

Competitive lockpicking grows

SOMERVILLE, Mass. – Schuyler Towne took a gleaming brass lock, inserted a small bent piece of flat steel into the keyhole and gently applied finger pressure. Then he slid in a lockpick and...

DATE: July 31, 2010 | CATEGORY: Business

ATM hacker shows flaws

LAS VEGAS – A hacker has discovered a way to force ATMs to disgorge their cash by hijacking the computers inside them.The attacks demonstrated Wednesday targeted stand-alone ATMs. But they...

DATE: July 31, 2010 | CATEGORY: Business

When Double Dippers become downers

WASHINGTON – They’re a minority, but a vocal one, and they are hovering like storm clouds over a brittle recovery.They are the Double Dippers – the politicians, economists and analysts who foresee...

DATE: July 31, 2010 | CATEGORY: Business

Adult entertainment sees iPorn potential

NEW YORK – It’s a maxim of technology: Invent the newest gadget, and the porn industry will find a way to cash in.So when Apple Inc. launched the iPhone 4 and its FaceTime videoconference feature,...

DATE: July 31, 2010 | CATEGORY: Business

New rule limits debt settlement firms

NEW YORK – Companies that promise to reduce or eliminate credit-card balances and other debt for customers no longer will be allowed to charge an upfront fee.The Federal Trade Commission said...

DATE: July 31, 2010 | CATEGORY: Business

Mortgage rates slide lower, hit 4.54 percent

NEW YORK – Mortgage rates are the most affordable in decades for those who can qualify for a loan.For many, the opportunity to buy a home or refinance at this time is lost because of the tough...

DATE: July 31, 2010 | CATEGORY: Business

Toyota recalls 412,000 cars

NEW YORK – Toyota is recalling nearly half a million cars, most of them large sedans sold in the U.S., for problems that can cause the steering wheel to lock up. It’s the latest indication that the...

DATE: July 31, 2010 | CATEGORY: Business

Dow ticks up 7 percent in July

NEW YORK – Stocks had a fitting end to a choppy July as prices seesawed their way to a narrowly mixed finish. The market still had its best month in a year.Investors had an ambivalent response...

DATE: July 30, 2010 | CATEGORY: Business

Vendors enjoy mobile trade

A time-honored tradition of small businesses is local vendors who – with the help of a table or trailer – transport their wares directly to the people to win customers one pizza, bar of soap or...

DATE: July 27, 2010 | CATEGORY: Business

BP hopes to turn page with new CEO

NEW ORLEANS – Battered BP began reinventing itself in the shadow of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill Tuesday, naming its first American CEO as it reported a record $17 billion quarterly loss. Its...

DATE: July 27, 2010 | CATEGORY: Business

Hayward to get new job at BP’s Russian venture

MOSCOW – Tony Hayward is poised to move to a new job as a non-executive board member with few direct responsibilities at BP PLC’s Russia venture, TNK-BP.He would not even need to spend much time in...

DATE: July 27, 2010 | CATEGORY: Business