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Thursday, March 13, 2014

California seeks to remove toxic chemicals from consumer goods

California took steps to reduce the toxins found in furniture, mattresses and building supplies Thursday, when regulators announced they would pressure manufacturers to eliminate chemicals known to cause cancer that have long been used as fire retardants. Regulators with the California Department of Toxic Substances Control unveiled the top priority chemicals ... .

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Calling it “ridiculous” and “baseless,” IBM on Monday dismissed a report that said the technology giant plans to lay off 1 in 4 of its workers, or 100,000 people. ... more...


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MOSCOW (AP) — After a top ratings agency cut Russia’s credit grade to “junk” status, the government in Moscow on Tuesday announced a plan that it said would see the economy return to a budget surplus ... more...


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KANSAS CITY (AP) — Kansas City Power & Light is planning to spend about $20 million to install 1,001 public electric car chargers that will make the Kansas City region one of the best places in th ... more...


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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Facebook said the outage that made its social media sites inaccessible worldwide for about an hour Tuesday was self-inflicted. ... more...


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Cable TV is about to get more expensive for millions of consumers because of a bidding war between networks and the country’s most powerful sports leagues. ... more...


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By Paula Burkes, Business Writer Kyle Coke, new co-site director for the Dell Oklahoma City Business Center, has had a ringside view of the hub’s metamorphous from a computer sales call center to a full-service sales, technical support and services company. Coke moved here from Austin, Texas, to take a sales manager’s ... more...


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By Josh Wallace, For The Oklahoman MOORE – The city of Moore has announced plans to build a new hazard mitigation wall between Interstate 35 and the Southmoor neighborhood. Director of Community Development Elizabeth Jones said the wall would serve to increase security for residents and act as a sound barrier. Read more ... more...


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By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer Two new tax increment finance districts, one which could help finance a convention hotel and parking garage south of downtown, could become a reality later this year. Cathy O’Connor, president of The Alliance for Economic Development of Oklahoma City, proposed the two districts as more than $1 ... more...


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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer is spinning off the company's $39 billion stake in China's Alibaba Group Holding in a move that wards off a potential shareholder rebellion. The highly anticipated decision announced Tuesday will enable Yahoo to avoid paying billions of dollars in future taxes while intensifying ... more...


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SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Legislative Republicans are threatening to block a proposed transportation package if Democrats move forward with legislation aimed at combating greenhouse gases. Senate President Peter Courtney said Tuesday the development makes him pessimistic about the prospects for a gas tax increase to pay for transportation projects. "I'm pretty depressed ... more...


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Legoland sues county tax collector over $92,000 delinquent tax penalty. ... more...


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Method of more easily growing hair cells is announced by Sanford-Burnham scientists. ... more...


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Officials declared states of emergency and ordered bans on travel starting Monday night, as the northeast braced for a potentially historic blizzard that was expected to bury the area in as much as 3 feet of snow. ... more...


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U.S. President Barack Obama joined Indian leaders on the reviewing stand at a military parade in New Delhi in a display of strengthened ties between the world’s largest democracies as an increasingly assertive China shifts Asia’s power balance. ... more...