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  • As computer hackers dissect cars, automakers react

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Where consumers see an advantage in cars that connect to the Internet for entertainment or use computers to parallel park, hackers see an opportunity. In staged tests, hackers have shown that they can penetrate cars' networks and cut the brakes — or lock them up — or even kill the engine. While there are no publicly known...

  • HealthSouth to spend $750M on home health business

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — HealthSouth will spend about $750 million on the privately held owner of Encompass Home Health and Hospice in a deal that helps the rehabilitation hospital operator expand into home health care. The Birmingham, Alabama, company said Monday that Encompass, which is owned by EHHI Holdings Inc., will complement its...

  • Stocks rise, boosted by Asia, German news

    U.S. stocks rose in early trading in line with gains from Asian markets and thanks to improvement in German business confidence. The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose six points, or 0.3 percent, to 2,069 as of 9:35 a.m. Eastern time Monday. The Dow Jones industrial average climbed 40 points, or 0.2 percent, to 17,850. Bond prices fell. The...

  • Koch starts tender offer for Oplink transaction

    WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A subsidiary of Koch Industries Inc. has started its tender offer tied to its approximately $445 million acquisition of optical network device company Oplink Communications Inc. The deal between Koch Optics Inc. and Oplink was announced last week. At that time it was said that Koch Optics would start a tender offer for all...

  • Gap in deal with European online retailer Zalando

    NEW YORK (AP) — Gap is teaming up with Zalando to sell its clothing and accessories on the European online retailer's website, helping to expand its presence in the region. Gap Inc., which is based in San Francisco, opened its first company-run international store in the U.K. in 1987. It now has 190 company-operated stores and 33 franchise...

  • Review: 3 cheap smartphones to consider

    NEW YORK (AP) — The cheapest smartphones don't have all the gizmos of Apple or Samsung models, but I'm impressed by how many features you do get for roughly a third of the price. Processors are slower, yet that's not so noticeable for basic tasks such as email, Facebook and weather checks. Video and audio are also enjoyable, as long as I'm not...

  • Global stocks gain on China rate cut, German data

    LONDON (AP) — Stocks rose on Monday as Asian markets got their first chance to react to China's surprise interest rate cut late Friday and thanks to an improvement in business confidence in Germany. KEEPING SCORE: Germany's DAX rose 0.7 percent to 9,804.31 while France's CAC-40 gained 0.9 percent to 4,385.75. London's FTSE 100 dipped 0.1...

  • Meeting set about parking issues near Colorado Springs community market in former school

    A public meeting to discuss the future of parking near Ivywild School is set for 5:30-7:30 p.m. Monday. The meeting will focus on two potential options for Cascade Avenue between Cheyenne Boulevard and Brookside Road. City officials want to add to the 49 parking spaces on the street in that area. One option would convert Cascade Avenue...

  • Do you need to break the bank to get a good phone?

    NEW YORK (AP) — It might seem as though everyone has an iPhone or Galaxy smartphone. But many customers are eschewing the best cameras and screens — and their top-end price tags — and choosing models that can get the job done at less than a third of the cost. Sales of high-end Samsung and Apple phones remain robust, but demand for budget...

  • Questions, answers about Detroit's bankruptcy

    DETROIT (AP) — A judge overseeing Detroit's bankruptcy is holding an important hearing, more than two weeks after approving the city's plan to step out of the largest public filing in U.S. history. Judge Steven Rhodes and lawyers for the city are likely to discuss a specific date for Detroit's exit from bankruptcy Monday. The date will have an...

  • Jacobs Engineering CEO to retire this year

    PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — The construction services firm Jacobs Engineering says CEO Craig Martin will retire in late December because of health reasons. The company announced Sunday that former CEO and current board chairman Noel Watson will serve as executive chairman until a replacement for Martin is found. The 65-year-old Martin joined...

  • Obama defends moves on immigration

    HENDERSON, Nev. (AP) — President Barack Obama is shrugging off Republican criticism of his actions to lift the threat of deportation from millions of immigrants living illegally in the United States. In an interview broadcast Sunday on ABC's "This Week," Obama said it was important that he act unilaterally to prioritize the deportation of...

  • Health care M&A leads global deal surge

    In a big year for deal making, the health care industry is a standout. Large drugmakers are buying and selling businesses to control costs and deploy surplus cash. A rising stock market, tax strategies and low interest rates are also fueling the mergers and acquisitions. It's all combining to make 2014 the most active year for health care...

  • Fort Drum powered by wood in renewable energy push

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. (AP) — Bulldozers rumble up and down steaming mountains of wood chips 24 hours a day, stoking the boilers that provide electricity to all 168 square miles of Fort Drum, home of the Army's 10th Mountain Division. The 60-megawatt biomass power plant is providing 100 percent of the electricity for the sprawling northern New York...

  • Does bad behavior really hurt business?

    NEW YORK (AP) — Silicon Valley seems to have more than its share of companies behaving badly. Among up-and-comers in the tech world, privacy abuses and executive gaffes have become viral sensations. But is all that bad behavior actually bad for business? Last week, Uber sparked controversy after a top executive suggested spending $1 million to...

  • Some holiday travelers choose Colorado Springs airport, and share main reason

    Scott and Connie Kumpf and their three sons were exactly the type of passenger the Colorado Springs Airport hoped to attract during the traditionally busy Thanksgiving holiday travel week. The Castle Rock family was traveling Saturday from the Springs to Guatemala to visit their son Joshua, who recently finished his mission work for The...

  • Colorado Springs area business events starting Nov. 23, 2014

    MONDAY CC&V Coffee Club - 10 a.m., CC&V Visitor Center, 371 E. Bennett Ave., Cripple Creek, free; 689-2341, 689-4052. Pikes Peak Workforce Center - Federal Jobs - How to Apply, 10 a.m.-noon, Citizens Service Center, 1675 Garden of the Gods Road, free. Registration required: 667-3777. Pikes Peak Workforce Center - Social Media-Expanding Your...

  • Kohler introduces odor-eating toilet seat

    MILWAUKEE (AP) — Blow out the candle and ditch the aerosol can. Kohler Co. has introduced a deodorizing toilet seat that it says eliminates embarrassing bathroom odors and the need for candles and sprays to cover them up. A fan hidden in the battery-operated seat sucks in air and pushes it through an odor-eating carbon filter, followed by an...

  • Obama immigration plan good, not great for economy

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's expansive executive action on immigration is good for the U.S. economy — just not as good as partnering with Congress on broader reforms. The executive order signed Friday would prevent the deportation of about 4 million parents and guardians who lack the same legal status as their children. By...

  • New Jersey racetrack plans fantasy sports betting

    OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey racetrack says it will soon offer fantasy sports betting. Monmouth Park officials announced their plans in a statement Saturday. It came one day after a federal judge ruled the state can't partially lift a prohibition on sports betting in an effort to boost its struggling horse racing and casino industries....

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