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  • LL Bean: No bonus after tough year, more jobs to be cut

    FREEPORT, Maine (AP) — L.L. Bean’s sales dipped slightly over the past year, forcing the elimination of worker bonuses for the first time since 2008, but the CEO told workers on Friday that changes adopted in recent months are putting the company on a “path to a more prosperous future.” The Maine-based outdoors retailer announced […]
  • Restraining order against striking Frontier workers granted

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia judge has granted a telecommunications company a temporary restraining order against its protesting employees. Roughly 1,400 Frontier Communications employees in West Virginia and Ashburn, Virginia, represented by the Communication Workers of America have been striking since March 4 after union leaders and the company failed to reach a […]
  • US and French companies form venture for nuke waste storage

    HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — A Dallas company and a France-based multinational corporation are forming a joint venture to license an interim storage site in West Texas for high-level nuclear waste. Orano USA and Waste Control Specialists announced on Tuesday their intent to form the joint venture as a competing group tries to promote its proposal […]
  • Trump wildlife protection board defends trophy hunting

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Big-game hunters tapped by the Trump administration to help rewrite federal rules for importing the heads and hides of African elephants and lions as trophies defended the practice Friday, arguing that threatened and endangered species would go extinct without the anti-poaching programs funded in part by the fees wealthy Americans pay to […]
  • EU releases list of US products that could face tariffs

    BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union on Friday published a list of U.S. products it plans to introduce duties on if the 28-nation bloc is not exempted from President Donald Trump’s steel and aluminum tariffs. The list contains dozens of products including breakfast foods, kitchenware, clothing and footwear, washing machines, textiles, whiskey, motorcycles, boats and […]
  • Girlfriend waits for word of missing chemical plant worker

    CRESSON, Texas (AP) — Amber Gutierrez repeatedly dialed the cellphone number of her boyfriend on Friday, hoping that the man missing after a Texas chemical plant exploded would answer or rescuers would hear the sound and find him. Dylan Mitchell’s phone still rings a day after the blasts, giving her hope that he is alive, […]
  • US job openings soar to record high of 6.3 million

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers sharply ramped up their demand for workers in January, advertising 6.3 million jobs at the end of the month, the most on records dating back 17 years. The number of job opening soared 645,000 in January, the Labor Department said Friday, the largest one-month increase in 2½ years. The number […]
  • A media giant in the balance: AT&T antitrust trial kicks off

    NEW YORK (AP) — On Monday, AT&T squares off against the federal government in a trial that could shape how you get — and how much you pay for — streaming TV and movies. AT&T says it needs to gobble up Time Warner if it’s to have a chance against the likes of Amazon, Netflix […]
  • A look at the 8 candidates in Russia’s presidential election

    MOSCOW (AP) — There are eight candidates in Sunday’s Russian presidential election, including President Vladimir Putin. With his approval rating topping 80 percent and rivals trailing far behind, Putin is set to easily win a fourth term. Putin’s most vocal critic, the 41-year-old opposition leader Alexei Navalny, was barred from the race due to a […]
  • US stocks inch higher as banks and industrial companies rise

    NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks edged higher Friday as gains from energy companies, industrial firms and smaller companies helped the market end a modest losing streak. Oil and gas companies climbed along with the price of oil Friday while industrial companies recovered some of the losses they sustained earlier this month. Beauty products retailer […]
  • Markets Right Now: Stocks end sluggish week with small gains

    NEW YORK (AP) — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local): 4 p.m. The stock market eked out a small gain but still ended the week lower after several days of losses. Energy companies rose Friday along with the price of crude oil. ConocoPhillips gained 1.7 percent. Banks and industrial companies also […]
  • US factory output jumped 1.2 percent in February

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. factory output jumped last month, led by big gains in the production of cars, computers and furniture. The Federal Reserve said Friday that manufacturing output rebounded 1.2 percent in February, the most since October and following three months of weak or negative readings. Factory production has increased a healthy 2.5 percent […]
  • Prestigious college to again offer undergrads free tuition

    NEW YORK (AP) — A prestigious private college where Abraham Lincoln and Barack Obama spoke when they were presidential candidates plans to reverse course and again become tuition-free for all undergraduates. Trustees of the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York City approved a plan Wednesday that aims to provide […]
  • US February housing starts fell 7 pct after January surge

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. homebuilders broke ground on fewer apartment complexes in February, causing overall housing starts to fall 7 percent. The Commerce Department said Friday that housing starts last month were at a seasonally adjusted annual pace of 1.24 million, a decline that was anticipated after construction surged in January to 1.33 million. February’s […]
  • Former Siemens exec pleads guilty in US-Argentina case

    NEW YORK (AP) — A former Siemens executive has pleaded guilty to his role in a conspiracy to pay $100 million in bribes to Argentina government officials in exchange for a $1 billion contract to produce national identity cards. The Wall Street Journal says the plea Thursday by Eberhard Reichert is the second by an […]