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Starbucks to add beer, wine to more cafes

March 21, 2014 NEW YORK — Starbucks plans to turn more of its cafes into a destination for beer and wine in the evenings. more »»

Fed clarifies guidance on short-term rates

March 20, 2014 WASHINGTON — Janet Yellen tried at her first news conference as Federal Reserve chair to clarify a question that’s consumed investors: When will the Fed start raising short-term interest rates from... more »»

Toyota to pay $1.2B to settle criminal probe

March 20, 2014 WASHINGTON — Toyota agreed to pay $1.2 billion to settle an investigation by the U.S. more »»

Fast-food protests shift focus to ‘wage theft’

March 19, 2014 NEW YORK — Organizers of the fast-food protests for higher pay on Tuesday shifted their attention to another issue: “wage theft. more »»

Barra apologizes for deaths tied to recalled cars

March 19, 2014 DETROIT — The top executive of General Motors apologized for deaths linked to the delayed recall of 1. more »»

Another GM recall: 1.18M SUVs for air bag issue

March 18, 2014 DETROIT — General Motors issued a new recall of 1.5 million vehicles Monday, part of an effort to assure buyers that it’s moving faster to fix safety defects in its cars and trucks. more »»

Yellen to put Fed’s new leadership on display

March 18, 2014 WASHINGTON — The Janet Yellen era at the Federal Reserve begins in earnest this week with a two-day meeting, a policy statement and fresh economic forecasts. more »»

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba gears for US IPO

March 17, 2014 HONG KONG — Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group said Sunday that it will go public on a U.S. more »»

Names & Notes

March 16, 2014 Bearden tapped for state board of education Michael Bearden, of Gladbrook, was appointed to the Iowa Board of Education by Gov. Terry Branstad. more »»

China widens currency’s fluctuation against dollar

March 16, 2014 BEIJING — China announced on Saturday a modest easing of exchange rate controls that have been criticized by Washington and other trading partners, adding to a flurry of reform initiatives aimed at... more »»

US producer prices dip 0.1 percent in February

March 15, 2014 WASHINGTON — The prices companies receive for their goods and services fell slightly in February, the latest sign that inflation is tam. more »»

Greek unemployment rises to 27.5 percent

March 15, 2014 ATHENS, Greece — Official figures show the unemployment rate in Greece increased to 27.5 percent in the fourth quarter of 2013 as the economy struggled to emerge from a protracted recession. more »»

McDonald’s hit by lawsuits over worker pay

March 14, 2014 NEW YORK — McDonald’s workers in three states filed lawsuits against the fast-food chain this week, saying the company engages in a variety of illegal practices to avoid paying them what they’re owed. more »»

IMF: Income disparities can hurt economies

March 14, 2014 WASHINGTON — The International Monetary Fund warned Thursday that wide income inequality can slow economic growth and is proposing ways to reduce it. more »»

Airlines hurt as Ukraine crisis lifts oil price

March 13, 2014 GENEVA — The global airlines industry on Wednesday lowered its profit forecast for this year after the Ukrainian crisis caused a spike in the price of fuel. more »»

California pushes to finish driverless car rules

March 13, 2014 LOS ANGELES — California is trying to do something unusual in this age of rapidly evolving technology — get ahead of a big new development before it goes public. more »»

US employers posted more open jobs in January

March 12, 2014 WASHINGTON — U.S. employers advertised slightly more jobs in January than in December, a sign that hiring should remain steady in coming months. more »»

A bid of $1.8B suits Jos A Bank just fine

March 12, 2014 NEW YORK — Looks like the best suitor won. After an extended chase that included overtures on both sides and flirtations with other parties, Men's Wearhouse and Jos. A. more »»

Health law cited as US uninsured rate drops

March 11, 2014 WASHINGTON — The share of Americans without health insurance is dropping to the lowest levels since President Barack Obama took office, but sign-ups under his health care law lag among Hispanics — a... more »»



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