business and finance

Gold thefts prompt police to monitor sellers

MILWAUKEE – Law enforcement and local governments are scrambling to shut down a shadow industry that has grown up around the booming cash-for-gold business nationwide: Thieves are snatching...

DATE: Aug. 17, 2010 | CATEGORY: Business

Feds start talks about mortgages

WASHINGTON – Talk of shrinking the government’s involvement in the mortgage market is growing. Just don’t expect action any time soon.A conference Tuesday at the Treasury Department is the first of...

DATE: Aug. 17, 2010 | CATEGORY: Business

Heat brings early harvests in New England, Midwest

BOSTON – Warm weather has many fruits and vegetables ripening early this year, and on some farms, fall crops will be ready well before Labor Day.Early apples already are ripe for picking in the...

DATE: Aug. 17, 2010 | CATEGORY: Business

N.M. chile seeds preserved in global vault

SANTA FE (AP) – Seeds from a spicy little red chile grown for generations at Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo, N.M., have traveled a long way in the last 20 years – to Arizona, Colorado and now to a “doomsday”...

DATE: Aug. 17, 2010 | CATEGORY: Business

Stocks rise on economic reports

NEW YORK – Investors regained some enthusiasm for stocks Tuesday, sending prices sharply higher after reports showed a slight improvement in the housing market and a big jump in industrial...

DATE: Aug. 17, 2010 | CATEGORY: Business

Colo. wheat harvest may hit $562M

DENVER – Colorado has another above-average winter wheat harvest this year, with what’s projected to be a record-setting average yield, according to a forecast Thursday from the U.S. Department of...

DATE: Aug. 14, 2010 | CATEGORY: Business

How did the friendly skies get so unfriendly?

NEW YORK – Robb Dougherty, a Texas hairstylist, used to be a frequent flier on the Lubbock to San Antonio route. But he couldn’t stand the nasty travelers he’d constantly encounter – people who...

DATE: Aug. 14, 2010 | CATEGORY: Business

Elvis Week hits stride amid buyout talks

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Elvis Presley is in play.CKx Inc., owner of the “American Idol” television program and 85 percent of Elvis Presley Enterprises, is mulling at least two offers to buy the company....

DATE: Aug. 14, 2010 | CATEGORY: Business

Website sponsors gambling on grades

LAS VEGAS – Think you’re going to ace freshman year? Want to put money on that?A website called Ultrinsic is taking wagers on grades from students at 36 colleges nationwide starting this month.Just...

DATE: Aug. 10, 2010 | CATEGORY: Business

Utah cookie bakery finds Doughboy packs a punch

MINNEAPOLIS – A tiny Salt Lake City cookie bakery has discovered the giggly Pillsbury Doughboy can pack quite a punch.Tami Cromar, owner of My Dough Girl, agreed to find a new name for her...

DATE: Aug. 10, 2010 | CATEGORY: Business

Fed takes small steps to recovery

WASHINGTON – More worried about the strength of the economic recovery, the Federal Reserve took a small step Tuesday to give it a boost.Wrapping up a one-day meeting, the Fed said it will use the...

DATE: Aug. 10, 2010 | CATEGORY: Business

Stocks cut losses on Fed’s economic stimulus plans

NEW YORK – The stock market had a half-hearted comeback Tuesday after the Federal Reserve announced it would take small steps to stimulate the economy.The Dow Jones industrial average, down about...

DATE: Aug. 10, 2010 | CATEGORY: Business

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