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  • Small businesses hunker down, cope during big winter storm

    NEW YORK (AP) — The huge snowstorm that hit the Northeast Monday had some small companies hunkering down and others coping with a spike in business. Limousine company owner Bob Bellagamba expected to lose as much as 90 percent of his daily revenue Tuesday because the business people who are his biggest customers canceled meetings and trips....

  • Employers: Agreement made on key issue in port labor dispute

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Negotiators working on a new contract for dockworkers at West Coast seaports, which handle about $1 trillion worth of cargo annually, have resolved a key dispute in their difficult talks, an association representing employers said Monday. Dockworkers continued to move containers after the contract expired in July, but by...

  • CBO: Deficit to shrink to lowest level of Obama presidency

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Solid economic growth will help the federal budget deficit shrink this year to its lowest level since President Barack Obama took office, according to congressional estimates released Monday. The Congressional Budget Office also projects a 14 percent drop in the number of U.S. residents without health insurance, largely...

  • Texas Instruments matches Street 4Q forecasts

    DALLAS (AP) — Texas Instruments Inc. on Monday reported fourth-quarter profit and revenue that matched Wall Street's expectations. The Dallas-based chipmaker reported net income of $825 million, or 76 cents a share, for the quarter that ended Dec. 31. That was up from $511 million, or 46 cents a share, a year ago. Earnings, adjusted for...

  • Lyft cars doing away with pink furry mustache

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The pink mustache is out. Ridesharing company Lyft has pulled the pink furry mustache that drivers display on the front of their cars and replaced it with a 5-inch-long pink "glowstache" that goes on the dashboard. About 300 Lyft drivers on Monday formed a line that stretched three blocks from the company's San Francisco...

  • EPA: 4M gallons pumped from North Dakota saltwater spill

    More than 4 million gallons of a mixture of fresh water, brine and oil have been pumped from the area affected by the largest saltwater spill of North Dakota's current energy boom, according to a report issued Monday by the Environmental Protection Agency. The report provides an overall assessment on the nearly 3 million-gallon spill of...

  • Microsoft earnings report doesn't excite market

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Big jumps in sales of its Surface tablets, cloud computing software and Lumia smartphones drove Microsoft's quarterly revenue above expectations, as CEO Satya Nadella continues to steer toward the mobile gadget market and shift Microsoft away from its traditional focus on the PC. Revenue from cloud computing products, in...

  • Business Highlights

    ___ Cuban youth build secret computer network despite Wi-Fi ban HAVANA (AP) — Cut off from the Internet, young Cubans have quietly linked thousands of computers into a hidden network that stretches miles across Havana, letting them chat with friends, play games and download hit movies in a mini-replica of the online world that most can't...

  • Thousands of flights canceled as storm descends on the East

    Airline travelers are going nowhere fast because of the blizzard bearing down on the Northeast. By early Monday evening, more than 6,700 U.S. flights through Tuesday had already been scrubbed, according to tracking service FlightAware.com. Most were to or from cities in the storm's path, from Washington through New York to Boston. And 2,000...

  • Measles outbreak that began at Disneyland grows to 87 cases

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A measles outbreak that originated at Disneyland has grown to 87 cases. The California Department of Public Health said Monday most of the infections — 73— are in California. The rest are in Arizona, Utah, Washington, Colorado, Oregon, Nebraska and Mexico. Measles has been spreading since an outbreak linked to visits to...

  • Senate Dems block GOP effort to wind down pipeline debate

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats temporarily stalled progress Monday on a bill to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline, the top priority of the Republican-controlled Congress. In a 53-39 vote, the Senate blocked an attempt by Republican leaders to wind down debate. That's short of the 60 votes needed. The vote caps a partisan dispute —...

  • BP calls witnesses as it fights for lesser spill penalty

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — BP struggled for 87 days to contain the millions of gallons of crude that spilled into the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, but an expert witness on Monday called its cleanup response exemplary. "They were very prepared," said Frank Paskewich, a retired Coast Guard captain and president of Clean Gulf Associates Inc., an oil spill...

  • Key issues and updates on the Keystone XL oil pipeline

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate is closing in on a vote to authorize the Keystone XL oil pipeline, although Democrats temporarily stalled progress Monday. But the fate of the $8 billion project depends not only on what happens in Congress, but also in the courts, at the White House and with TransCanada, the pipeline's developer. The odds of...

  • United Tech beats 4Q profit forecasts, trims 2015 view

    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — United Technologies Corp. on Monday reported fourth-quarter earnings that topped Wall Street expectations but trimmed its forecast for 2015 citing the impact of the strong dollar and pension costs. The Hartford, Connecticut-based aerospace conglomerate reported net income of $1.47 billion, or $1.62 per share. That was up...

  • Law enforcement wants popular police-tracking app disabled

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Law enforcement is concerned that the popular Waze mobile traffic app by Google Inc., which provides real-time road conditions, can also be used to hunt and harm police. Waze is a combination of GPS navigation and social networking. Fifty million users in 200 countries turn to the free service for warnings about nearby...

  • Rates on US Treasury bills mixed at weekly auction

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Interest rates on short-term Treasury bills were mixed in Monday's auction with rates on six-month bills unchanged while rates on three-month bills dropped to the lowest level since October. The Treasury Department auctioned $24 billion in three-month bills at a discount rate of 0.020 percent, down from 0.025 percent last...

  • Zions posts 4Q profit

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Zions Bancorp on Monday reported fourth-quarter net income of $88.3 million, after reporting a loss in the same period a year earlier. The Salt Lake City-based bank said it had earnings of 36 cents per share. The results fell short of Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment...

  • 5 things about Obama's move to protect refuge from drilling

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama waded into a decades-long fight over drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge over the weekend, announcing that his administration would pursue a wilderness designation for 12.28 million acres, barring drilling in most of the South Carolina-sized refuge. Obama's plans will require congressional...

  • 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.

  • IBM "flatly denies" report of mass layoffs

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — 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. The company "flatly denies" the Forbes report, IBM spokesman Ian Colley said in a phone interview. IBM previously has announced layoffs affecting "several...

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