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Three States Set To Join Foreclosure Deal

WASHINGTON, Feb. 8 (UPI) — Arizona, Florida and Michigan are set to join at least 40 other states in a settlement over foreclosure abuses by nationwide lenders, officials said. Twincities.com, the online version of the St. Paul, Minn., Pioneer Press, reported Wednesday that officials with direct knowledge of the deal making said Arizona and Florida […]

Bridge-In-A-Box System Tested For Military

SAN DIEGO, Feb. 8 (UPI) — Testing of a mobile, bridge-in-a-box system that can handle a 30-ton vehicle has been successfully completed, California’s ATA Engineering reports. The prototype of the system, called ARCS, consists of six segments of interleaved aluminum modules and can be adapted for varying bridging lengths and loads. ATA Engineering said technologies […]

CFOs: Humor A Key Part Of Workplace ‘Fit’

MENLO PARK, Calif., Feb. 6 (UPI) — A sense of humor is important for fitting into a company’s corporate culture and may be key to getting — or staying — employed, a U.S. survey says. The survey, developed by Accountemps, conducted by an independent research firm, was based on interviews with more than 1,400 chief […]

ABC-TV, Univision May Start News Channel

NEW YORK, Feb. 7 (UPI) — ABC-TV and Univision Communications Inc. are in talks to start a 24-hour cable-news channel for English-speaking U.S. Latinos, The Wall Street Journal reported. The unnamed channel would combine the resources of ABC News and Univision’s news division to compete against established U.S. cable channels CNN, Fox News Channel and […]

Air France Grounds Flights Due To Strike

PARIS, Feb. 7 (UPI) — Air France said Tuesday a significant percentage of flights could be canceled due to a strike by pilots, flight attendants and ground crew. The airline said it would only guarantee half of its long-distance flights. In addition, 30 percent of its shorter flights could be canceled, Radio France International reported. […]

Retail Sales Rise In Unseasonable Week

WASHINGTON, Feb. 7 (UPI) — U.S. retail sales receipts at chain stores rose 1.8 percent in the week ending Saturday, the International Council of Shopping Centers said Tuesday. The week-to-week gain came with a weekly average temperature that was 12.9 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than a year earlier and 9 degrees warmer than the weeks’ long-term […]

Two Tacks For Fighting Airline Fees Emerge

WASHINGTON, Feb. 6 (UPI) — A senator from Louisiana and a congressman from North Carolina said bills attempting to curb excessive airline fees would likely receive bipartisan support. Sen. Mary Landrieu and Rep. Larry Kissell, both Democrats, have introduced bills to force airlines to roll back excessive fees. Landrieu said passengers should be able to […]

Sign Of The Times: Knockoffs Get Humble

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 4 (UPI) — Be it ever so humble, even knockoffs in California are trading down these days, fashion and retail experts said. What used to be limited to a parasitic relationship with exclusive brands has spread to lower-shelf merchandise, experts said. “Even lower-priced brands feel like a stretch in this economy, and […]

Hormel To Phase Out Gestation Crates

AUSTIN, Minn., Feb. 4 (UPI) — U.S. meat producer Hormel Foods Corp. said it would give up constricting gestation crates for its pigs by 2017. The company is following in the footsteps of meat producers Tyson, Triumph, Smithfield Foods Inc., and Seaboard to phase out the crates, the Los Angeles Times reported. Hormel raises pigs […]

Apple Alters iBooks Agreements

CUPERTINO, Calif., Feb. 4 (UPI) — U.S. technology giant Apple said the content created with iBooks Author software belongs to the author, not to the company. The original agreement had provoked some concern that Apple appeared to be saying in its iBooks End-User License Agreement that the content written with the easy-to-publish program was owned […]

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