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  • Out-of-patience investors sell off Amazon

    NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon has long acted like an ideal customer on its own website: a freewheeling big spender with no worries about balancing a checkbook. Investors confident in founder and CEO Jeff Bezos' invest-and-expand strategy flooded into the stock as the company revolutionized shopping, upended the book industry and took on the cloud —...

  • Recalls this week: Arctic Cat all-terrain vehicles

    Certain models of Arctic Cat's all-terrain vehicles are being recalled because a component failure can cause a loss of control. Here is a more detailed look: ALL-TERRAIN VEHICLES DETAILS: Model year 2008 and 2009 Arctic Cat single-rider and 2 UP style ATVs. They were sold at Arctic Cat dealers nationwide from May 2007 to October 2014....

  • Figures on government spending and debt

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Figures on government spending and debt (last six digits are eliminated). The government's fiscal year runs Oct. 1 through Sept. 30.

  • ZeekRewards founder charged in $850 million scam

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina man that prosecutors say masterminded an $850 million Internet-based Ponzi scheme faces charges of wire and mail fraud, conspiracy and tax fraud. A federal grand jury in Charlotte on Friday indicted Paul Burks, the 67-year-old president of ZeekRewards and the online penny auction site Zeekler.com. The...

  • Earnings from Microsoft, others drive stocks up

    NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market is closing out its best week in almost two years as earnings gains from Microsoft and others got investors in a buying mood. The market is coming off a rocky two weeks. Indexes have made wide swings both up and down as traders balanced slowing growth in Europe with an improving profit picture for U.S....

  • Canada loses bid to make Ford engines to Mexico

    DETROIT (AP) — Canada has lost to Mexico in a bid to build engines for Ford Motor Co. Canada wanted 1.5-liter and 1.6-liter engine production for the Ford Fiesta go to Ford's Windsor Engine or Essex Engine plants, which are both in Windsor, Ontario. Unifor, the Canadian auto workers' union, said the deal would have secured more than 1,000...

  • US rig count up 9 to 1,927

    HOUSTON (AP) — Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. rose by nine this week to 1,927. The Houston firm said Friday in its weekly report that 1,595 rigs were exploring for oil and 332 for gas. A year ago there were 1,738 active rigs. Of the major oil- and gas-producing...

  • UPS expects double-digit surge in Dec shipments

    DALLAS (AP) — UPS might levy surcharges or even turn away some holiday shipments this year if retailers surprise the delivery giant by dropping off more packages than they had planned. UPS executives discussed the possibilities Friday as they detailed plans for improving on last holiday season, when many consumers didn't get their packages by...

  • Pittsburgh's Primanti Bros. to mail sandwiches

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh restaurant that stuffs its sandwiches with French fries and coleslaw will be stuffing those fixins in the mail. Primanti Bros. is teaming up with Goldbely.com, an online firm that delivers food to homes, to make $109 sandwich packs available anywhere in the United States. Primanti's, which now has several...

  • Hacker gets prison for cyberattack stealing $9.4M

    ATLANTA (AP) — An Estonian man who pleaded guilty to orchestrating a 2008 cyberattack on a credit card processing company that enabled hackers to steal $9.4 million has been sentenced to 11 years in prison by a federal judge in Atlanta. Prosecutors said Friday that 30-year-old Sergei Nicolaevich Tsurikov was also ordered to pay restitution of...

  • US Chamber on sidelines in close Georgia race

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The most powerful business group in the country is spending tens of millions of dollars to help Republicans win control of the Senate with one glaring omission — the tight Georgia Senate race. Rob Engstrom, political director for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, said Friday that the organization will stay on the sidelines in the...

  • Fitch upgrades Delta's credit rating

    CHICAGO (AP) — Fitch is upgrading Delta's credit rating, citing its improved balance sheet, solid operating performance and better-than-expected free cash flow. The ratings agency also touted the airline operator's efforts in dealing with operating cost inflation. Fitch boosted Delta Air Lines Inc.'s issuer default rating one notch in junk...

  • Wyndham 3Q adjusted profit tops Wall Street's view

    PARSIPPANY, N.J. (AP) — Wyndham Worldwide Corp.'s third-quarter net income rose 10 percent as revenue improved across all business segments. The hotel operator's adjusted profit topped analysts' estimates and it raised its 2014 adjusted profit forecast, but its preliminary 2015 guidance came in below Wall Street's view. The stock fell in...

  • Wyoming jobless rate up slightly in September

    CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming's unemployment rate increased slightly to 4.7 percent in September. The rate was 4.6 percent in August. The state Department of Workforce Services says the Wyoming rate remains lower than the national rate of 5.9 percent. In September, Fremont County had the highest jobless rate in the state at 4.8 percent,...

  • Ford profit falls in third quarter on truck costs

    DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Ford's new aluminum-sided F-150 will be a lot lighter and more efficient when it goes on sale later this year. But for now it's a serious drag on profits. Net income dropped 34 percent to $835 million in the third quarter, largely due to the cost of launching the pickup. The new F-150, which is 700 pounds lighter due to...

  • Hundreds of marijuana shop ATMs shut down

    Hundreds of ATMs in medical marijuana dispensaries - the lifeblood of businesses otherwise forced to work in cash - were shut down Wednesday, just days after similar machines were unplugged from recreational shops. The machines in Colorado and Washington were connected to a network served by MetaBank in South Dakota, which in January warned...

  • More earnings gains send US stocks higher

    NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are rising in midday trading as U.S. companies report more earnings gains. UPS and Microsoft rose after reporting earnings that were higher than analysts were expecting. Procter & Gamble rose after saying it would make its Duracell battery business a stand-alone company. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 84 points,...

  • US new-home sales close to flat in September

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. sales of new homes were nearly flat in September, after the government sharply revised downward what was initially an August surge in buying. New-home sales edged up 0.2 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 467,000, the Commerce Department reported Friday. The report also revised down the August...

  • MOVERS & SHAKERS

    Heather Whitworth has been hired as finance officer for the Downtown Partnership of Colorado Springs and will be responsible for the financial operations of the nonprofit and its three affiliate organizations. Whitworth worked for The Resource Exchange for 13 years, including nine as chief financial officer. She replaces longtime business...

  • Avis Budget buying licensee for $210M

    PASIPPANY, N.J. (AP) — The Avis Budget Group is acquiring a Budget Car Rental licensee for southern California and Las Vegas for approximately $210 million, plus the cost of its vehicle fleet. The acquisition of the licensee, which Avis Budget said Friday is Budget Car Rental's largest in North America, is expected to increase earnings and add...

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