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Firms report rising sales, hiring

2nd quarter leaves U.S. businesses optimistic into fall

Subscriber onlyRising sales helped improve hiring and wages at U.S. businesses in the second quarter, and companies are optimistic that the trends will continue this fall, according to a survey by the National Association for Business Economics. Continue reading...

U.S. craft brewers setting up in Europe

Subscriber onlyHelping to quench a growing thirst for American craft beer overseas, some of the United States' largest craft breweries are setting up shop in Europe, challenging the very beers that inspired them on their home turfs. Continue reading...

As SpaceX seeks launch work, Air Force probes anomalies

Subscriber onlyThe Air Force is examining several anomalies that occurred during three Space Exploration Technologies Corp. rocket launches as part of its review of billionaire Elon Musk's quest to begin launching military satellites. Continue reading...

AIG boss: Tax cut keeps firms in U.S.

Subscriber onlyAmerican International Group Inc. Chairman Steve Miller said Monday that lawmakers should bring U.S. corporate tax rates in line with other nations' to halt firms from switching their legal address to cut obligations. Continue reading...

China expired-meat probe cites U.S. firms

Subscriber onlyMcDonald's and KFC in China faced a new food safety scare Monday after a Shanghai television station reported a supplier sold them expired beef and chicken. Continue reading...

Politics, short results hit stocks

Subscriber onlyThe stock market started the week with a slight loss on Monday as investors weighed a mixed batch of corporate earnings against mounting political turmoil. Continue reading...

Business news in brief

Subscriber only3 at UA to lead at animal-science group Three academics at the Dale Bumpers College of Agriculture, Food and Life Sciences at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville have been appointed to positions with the American Society of Animal Science. Continue reading...

Telecoms war with app firms in Caribbean

Cut-off spurs VoIP callers to talk back in rising outcry

Subscriber onlyAt least once a day, Roxane Ledan chatted with her daughter at college in Canada using free call- and video-conferencing applications on her cellphone. Three weeks ago, the connection went dead. Continue reading...

Toyota touts hydrogen car for '15

Prius maker confident consumers will warm to technology

Subscriber onlyTOKYO -- Rocket science long dismissed as too impractical and expensive for everyday cars is getting a push into the mainstream by Toyota, the world's top-selling automaker. Continue reading...

Group pushes to get families access to dead's online assets

Subscriber onlyWASHINGTON -- A group that urges states to adopt similar laws is pushing for new rules to allow families to gain easier access to a deceased loved one's emails, Web albums and other online accounts Continue reading...

Inventor makes solar-panel roads

Surface lights up, is heatable, can convey messages

Subscriber onlySPOKANE, Wash. -- The solar panels that Idaho inventor Scott Brusaw has built aren't meant for rooftops. They are meant for roads, driveways, parking lots, bike trails and, eventually, highways. Continue reading...

Payments site gets industry attention

Subscriber onlyCompanies around the world are wondering how they can harness the power of smartphones to gain a competitive edge at a time of quickly changing mobile technology. Continue reading...

N.Y. moves to regulate virtual currency

Subscriber onlyNew York regulators on Thursday proposed establishing rules for firms involved in receiving, transmitting and storing virtual currency, as well as retail conversions. Continue reading...

Samsung to open a plant in South Africa

Subscriber onlySamsung Electronics Co., the world’s largest smartphone maker, will open a plant in South Africa, a Trade and Industry Department official said. Continue reading...

Technology news in brief

Subscriber onlyGoogle-Novartis aim: Smart contact lens Continue reading...

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