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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...

Upswing of Chinese visa users raises risk

U.S. investments said fraud targets

Subscriber onlyWASHINGTON -- Chinese investors seeking green cards to live in America run the risk of being defrauded under a loosely regulated visa program, according to a report Thursday from a federal watchdog. Continue reading...

Dow, S&P fade along with oil prices

Subscriber onlyU.S. stocks drifted to a slightly lower finish Thursday, weighed down by falling energy stocks as the slump in oil prices deepened. Continue reading...

Business news in brief

Subscriber onlyState bank assets up 5.3% to $65.4B Continue reading...