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  • Tips on auto financing if you have poor credit

    Easy credit and longer-term loans currently being offered at auto dealerships can make buying an expensive car alluring. Greg McBride, chief financial analyst at the Bankrate.com website, says consumers with poor credit shouldn't bite. Consumers tend to focus on the payment rather than the interest rate, which likely will be far higher than...

  • Home Depot investigates breach

    NEW YORK (AP) — Home Depot is investigating a potential credit card data breach. The Atlanta home improvement retailer told The Associated Press Tuesday that it's looking into "unusual activity" and that it's working with both banks and law enforcement. The possible data breach was first reported by Brian Krebs of Krebs on Security, a website...

  • Obama names first Asian American EEOC chair

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Jenny R. Yang has been named as the new chair of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, becoming the first Asian American to lead that agency. President Barack Obama announced her elevation from vice chair on Tuesday. Yang has served as vice chair since April. Yang is a longtime civil rights and employment lawyer. She...

  • Where things stand with Detroit's bankruptcy plan

    DETROIT (AP) — More than a year after Detroit filed for the largest public bankruptcy in U.S. history, a federal judge is hearing evidence on whether he should approve the city's plan to emerge from billions of dollars in debt. Here's a look at the past, present and future of the city's finances: AT STAKE For decades, Detroit paid its bills...

  • Politico founder to be Washington Post publisher

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Post is ending 80 years of being led by the Graham family with the departure of Publisher Katharine Weymouth. The newspaper said Tuesday that Weymouth, the granddaughter of longtime Washington Post Co. CEO Katharine Graham, is stepping down. She will be replaced by Frederick Ryan, who previously ran the...

  • New York: Bank didn't lend to blacks in Buffalo

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A bank purposely avoided giving mortgages to African-Americans by locating all of its branches outside black neighborhoods and directing advertising and loan products toward largely white communities, New York's attorney general said in a lawsuit filed Tuesday as part of a wider investigation into an illegal practice known...

  • Quake jolts, doesn't stop 2014 Napa harvest

    NAPA, Calif. (AP) — The first pinot noir grapes of the season came in to Trefethen Family Vineyards as usual, glistening purple mounds stacked in white bins. Well, almost as usual. This year, harvest workers donned safety vests and hard hats in deference to their proximity to a circa 1886 building left sagging at the knees by the magnitude-6.0...

  • US manufacturing grows at fastest pace in 3½ years

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. manufacturing grew in August at the strongest pace in more than three years as factories cranked out more goods and new orders rose. The Institute for Supply Management's manufacturing index rose to 59 from 57.1 in July, the ISM said Tuesday. That was the highest reading since March 2011. Any measure above 50 signals...

  • McDonald's increases checks of Chinese suppliers

    NEW YORK (AP) — McDonald's says it will monitor its suppliers in China more closely after a food-safety scandal in the country hurt the hamburger chain's sales and reputation. The fast food company will increase audits and video monitoring at its food suppliers. It will also send more employees to meat production facilities to make sure its...

  • US stock market turns lower in afternoon trading

    NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks were mostly lower in afternoon trading Tuesday even after news that the economy was gaining strength. The S&P 500 dipped back below 2,000 points as oil producers weighed the index down. Investors looked ahead to major events later this week. The European Central Bank holds a meeting on Thursday, and a key U.S. jobs...

  • Google's corporate products division changes name

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google is hoping a new brand will help sell more of its services to other companies. The decade-old division responsible for corporate sales is now known as "Google for Work." It had been called Google Enterprise since the Internet company began to redesign email and other consumer products for business use. Google Inc....

  • 1-800-FLOWERS buying Harry & David for $142.5M

    CARLE PLACE, N.Y. (AP) — 1-800-FLOWERS.COM Inc. is buying Harry & David for $142.5 million to help broaden the assortment of foods that its customers can choose as gifts. The deal includes Harry & David Holdings Inc.'s brands, websites, 47 retail stores, some plants, orchards and its headquarters in Medford, Oregon. Harry & David's fruit,...

  • Detroit's historic bankruptcy trial to begin

    DETROIT (AP) — Opening arguments in Detroit's historic bankruptcy trial are expected to begin Tuesday afternoon in federal court, where lawyers for the city will attempt to convince a judge that its plans to wipe out billions of dollars in debt should be approved. Attorneys for the city and its various creditors debated last-minute legal...

  • Revel casino follows Showboat, closes its doors

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Atlantic City's newest casino — and its biggest, costliest flop — went out with barely a whimper. Revel Casino Hotel opened a little more than two years ago amid high hopes of turning around Atlantic City's struggling casino market. But the $2.4 billion resort shut down Tuesday as its casino closed one day after the...

  • Select Income REIT adds to portfolio in $2.7B deal

    NEWTON, Mass. (AP) — Select Income REIT will spend about $2.7 billion in cash and stock to buy Cole Corporate Income Trust in a deal that adds 64 office and industrial properties to the real estate investment trust's portfolio. The transaction will give Select Income strategic distribution centers for companies like Amazon.com and headquarters...

  • Home Depot investigates credit card breach

    NEW YORK — Home Depot is investigating a potential credit card data breach. The Atlanta home improvement retailer told The Associated Press Tuesday that it's looking into "unusual activity" and that it's working with both banks and law enforcement. The possible data breach was first reported by Brian Krebs of Krebs on Security, a website...

  • US stocks are mostly lower at midday

    U.S. stocks are mostly lower at midday as energy stocks weigh on the market and investors wait to see what actions central banks take later this week. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 44 points, or 0.3 percent, to 17,053 as of 11:53 a.m. Eastern time Tuesday. The Standard & Poor's 500 index eased four points, or 0.2 percent, to 1,998. The...

  • Some fear auto industry returning to bad habits

    DETROIT (AP) — Big discounts. Six- or seven-year loans, in some cases to buyers who would have been turned down in the past. As the auto industry strives to sustain its post-recession comeback, car companies are resorting to tactics that some experts warn will lead to trouble down the road. Vehicle discounts have risen 5.5 percent from a year...

  • Halliburton reaches $1B Gulf oil spill settlement

    NEW YORK (AP) — Halliburton agreed to pay $1.1 billion to settle what it calls "a substantial portion" of plaintiff claims arising from the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The settlement, if approved by a federal court, would allow businesses and property owners who were hurt by the oil spill to collect punitive damages from...

  • Dominion, Duke propose $5B natural gas pipeline

    NEW YORK (AP) — Dominion Resources, Duke Energy and other partners are proposing a $5 billion natural gas pipeline to connect the Southeast with the prodigious supplies of natural gas being produced in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia. Gas is being relied upon to generate more of the nation's electricity in recent years because enormous...

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