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Exploding oil trains an increasing threat

Lobbying delays new regulations

Subscriber onlyA week after a CSX train hauling crude oil derailed and exploded 30 miles southeast of Charleston, W.Va., on Feb. 16, its mangled, charred tank cars were being hauled from the crash site. Continue reading...

Shark Tank exposure sweet, deal or no deal

Subscriber onlyNEW YORK -- With the cameras rolling, Daniel and Stephanie Rensing accepted an offer from a Shark Tank investor. But after they had time to think about it, they changed their minds. Continue reading...

Still a lot of life -- and cash -- in bank ATMs

Subscriber onlyCHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The automated teller machine is sometimes viewed as an old and clunky piece of banking technology. But don't count it out just yet. Continue reading...

Timing bad for key California crops

Citrus, almonds held in limbo for months during West Coast labor dispute

Subscriber onlyLOS ANGELES -- An end to labor strife at West Coast ports should speed up cargo operations, but it may be too late to help California's drought-weary nut and citrus farmers. Continue reading...

Economic growth weakens in 4Q

Analysts still bullish on 2015 despite 2.2% GDP showing

Subscriber onlyWASHINGTON -- The U.S. economy slowed more sharply in the final three months of the year than initial estimates, reflecting weaker business stockpiling and a bigger trade deficit. Continue reading...

Detente stokes Cuba cigar makers

With U.S. thaw, officials expect on-island sales to double

Subscriber onlyHAVANA -- Over six decades rolling premium cigars with his small, wrinkled hands, Arnaldo Alfonso has taken pride in seeing his "habanos" sampled by visiting heads of state and other dignitaries. Continue reading...

Brand names go stealth to entice hip consumers

Subscriber onlyHUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. -- At a taco shop in Southern California, milkshakes are served in mason jars and a chalkboard menu lists "The 1%er" made with lobster meat. Continue reading...

Stocks slip to end bumper month

Subscriber onlyFebruary was a strong month for U.S. stocks, even though it ended in downbeat fashion. Continue reading...

Business news in brief

Subscriber onlyWhole Hog to serve fliers at LR airport Continue reading...

Getting it straight

Subscriber onlyThe Democrat-Gazette wants its news reports to be fair and accurate. We correct all errors of fact. If you know of an error, write: Frank Fellone Deputy Editor P.O. Box 2221 Little Rock, Ark. 72203 or call 378-3475 during business hours Monday through Friday. Continue reading...

FCC adopts Net neutrality

Broadband classified as public utility

Subscriber onlyThe Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday to regulate broadband Internet service as a public utility, a milestone in regulating high-speed Internet service. Continue reading...

Loss hits $159M at Sears; sales fall

For year, red ink widens to $1.68B

Subscriber onlyNEW YORK -- Sears Holdings on Thursday posted a $159 million fourth-quarter loss as store closings and asset sales shrank the company and reduced revenue. Continue reading...

Consumer prices plummet 0.7%

January index driven by cheap gas; core prices rose 0.2%

Subscriber onlyWASHINGTON -- A plunge in gasoline prices last month lowered consumer prices by the most in six years. But excluding the volatile food and energy costs, prices rose. Continue reading...

Vandals cut Arizona cities' digital lifeline

One sliced cable shut down Internet

Subscriber onlyFLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -- Computers, cellphones and landlines in Arizona were knocked out of service for hours, ATMs stopped working, 911 systems were disrupted and businesses were unable to process credit card transactions -- all because vandals sliced through a fiber-optic Internet cable buried under the rocky desert. Continue reading...

Budweiser sales ailing, owner to boost marketing 9%

Subscriber onlyAnheuser-Busch InBev NV is stepping up a campaign to revive its flagship Budweiser brand after poking fun at microbrew drinkers as mustachioed fans of pumpkin- and peach- flavored beer in a Super Bowl ad. Continue reading...

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