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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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Courtesy: The Salt Lake Tribune


Utahns head into the Labor Day weekend more optimistic than they’ve been in some time about the stability of their jobs and the strength of the state’s economy. Released earlier this week, Zions Bank’s Consumer Attitude Index rose 2.0 points from July to August, boosting the gain over the past 12 ... more...


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New Albany, Ohio • The Abercrombie & Fitch logo has lost the power it once wielded. Shares of Abercrombie & Fitch Co. fell Thursday after the retailer reported weak sales as more teens shop elsewhere. The company is trying to stock trendier clothing — and it turns out that means ... more...


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New York • JPMorgan Chase, the nation’s biggest bank by assets, is working with law enforcement officials to investigate a possible cyberattack, said a person familiar with the situation who spoke on condition of anonymity, though the bank isn’t currently seeing any unusual fraud activity at the time. Jamie Dimon, the ... more...


Courtesy: Miami Herald


Labor Day weekend travel is expected to hit highs not seen since since the recession cut into vacation budgets, fueled in part by low gas prices. Relief at the pump is welcome news for South Florida destinations, which depend on drive-market travelers during the summer months. “We always project for the summer ... more...


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HONOLULU -- Hawaii tourism officials said Thursday they were tempering their expectations, but they still anticipate continued growth for the state's biggest industry. The Hawaii Tourism Authority expects 8.2 million visitors to come to the islands this year, followed by 8.4 million next year, said David Uchiyama, the state agency's vice ... more...


Courtesy: Bradenton Herald


Raul Garcia has a question for Kevin McCarthy, the House's No. 2 Republican: "While we are waiting for you on immigration reform, who should be harvesting America's food?" Click to Continue » ... more...


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Nevada gambling revenue rose less than 1 percent in July compared with the same month last year, with nearly a 5 percent gain on the Las Vegas Strip offsetting declines… Click to Continue » ... more...


Courtesy: The Washington Post


Google on Thursday announced that it has been testing a small fleet of drones in the Australian outback, looking into ways to use self-flying robots to deliver goods. The drones, in development by Google's "moonshot" laboratory Google X, is called Project Wing. The company has been looking into developing a ... more...


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Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti stepped up to the plate in the Great Dodgers Blackout this week, calling on federal regulators to look into why most people in the area can't watch their favorite team on TV. ... more...


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A look at the 10 biggest volume decliners on New York Stock Exchange at the close of trading: American Strategic Income Portfolio : Approximately 100 shares changed hands, a 98.8 decrease from its 65-day average volume. ... more...


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A look at New York Stock Exchange 10 most-active stocks at the close of trading: Bank of America Corp. fell 1.2 percent to $16.01 with 60,296,800 shares traded. ... more...


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MOUNTAIN VIEW -- Google has been working on a secret project to develop unmanned flying drones that could one day deliver packages to consumers or supplies to people in remote areas. The project was officially unveiled Thursday by Google's X division, a unit of the giant Internet company that is also ... more...


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After success passing a law that bars private employers from demanding social media passwords from employees and job applicants, San Jose Assemblywoman Nora Campos has suspended efforts to extend those protections to government workers. "We have decided to the park the bill for the year," Campos spokesman Steve Harmon said this ... more...


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A look at the 10 biggest volume decliners on Nasdaq at the close of trading: Bank of the James Financial Group : Approximately shares changed hands, a 99.4 decrease from its 65-day average volume. ... more...


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Shares of some top telecom companies were down at the close of trading: AT&T Inc. fell $.01 or percent, to $34.74. ... more...


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