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Author Archives: Associated Press

Va. instructors: Yoga regulations unconstitutional (access required)

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The state of Virginia wants to make sure that if you learn to be a yoga instructor, the people who teach you the Half Moon, the Sleeping Vishnu and the Upward Facing Dog poses know what they’re ...

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More consumers late on auto loan payments in 3Q

More people were late with their auto loan payments in the third quarter as job losses continued, but amid rising delinquencies there are positive signs for the economy in certain states. The auto delinquency rate — the rate at which ...

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Bloomberg completes purchase of BusinessWeek

Bloomberg LP said Tuesday it has completed its purchase of McGraw-Hill’s BusinessWeek magazine. The financial data and news company had agreed to buy the business magazine in October. McGraw-Hill Cos. has said that it was getting $5 million in cash ...

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Northrop may drop out of tanker competition

Defense company Northrop Grumman says it will drop out of the running for a major Air Force tanker project valued at $35 billion unless the government changes its request for bids. Northrop Grumman President and Chief Operating Officer Wes Bush ...

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Judge gives Tribune more time for bankruptcy plan

A Delaware bankruptcy judge on Tuesday granted the Tribune Co. more time to submit a Chapter 11 reorganization plan. Judge Kevin Carey agreed to extend the period under which Tribune has exclusive rights to file a plan to Feb. 28, ...

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High-tech mushroom house sprouts in Cecil County

WARWICK, Md. — Phillips Mushroom Farms, an 82-year-old third-generation mushroom grower headquartered in Kennett Square, Pa., has opened a 235,000-square-foot growing facility in Cecil County. The facility, which produces 180,000 pounds of white button mushrooms each week, contains no wood ...

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Recession slows plan to build bunker data centers

The precise spacing between the mounds of earth that decorate miles of central Nebraska farmland east of Hastings hint at their original purpose as Naval ammunition bunkers during World War II. After the base closed in 1966, more than half ...

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Administration plans new efforts on foreclosures

The Obama administration, battling a foreclosure crisis that shows no signs of relenting, will step up pressure on mortgage companies to do more to help people remain in their homes, officials said Saturday. The administration will announce its expanded program ...

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For-profit colleges haul in gov’t aid

Students aren’t the only ones benefiting from the billions of new dollars Washington is spending on college aid for the poor. An Associated Press analysis shows surging proportions of both low-income students and the recently boosted government money that follows ...

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Holiday shopping off to mildly encouraging start

After shoppers gave retailers a somewhat encouraging start to the holiday shopping season, stores now turn their attention to the online promotions known as Cyber Monday and bringing back customers the rest of the season. The good news is that ...

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