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  • B&N, Samsung unveil reading-focused Nook tablet

    NEW YORK (AP) — Barnes & Noble and Samsung unveiled a new reading-focused tablet that will replace the bookseller's own Nook tablets. The 7-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook will sell for $179, the same entry price of the non-branded Samsung Galaxy Tab 4. The move had been expected since Barnes & Noble said in June it would team up with Samsung...

  • Mandatory Pa. casino theft fine ruled tossed out

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has ruled unconstitutional a mandatory $75,000 fine imposed on a Pittsburgh casino poker dealer convicted of having stolen $200 worth of chips. The unanimous ruling Tuesday by the state's highest court called the fine "strikingly disproportionate" and said the fact that it was mandatory "merely...

  • Yellen to give her outlook as Fed honeymoon fades

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Janet Yellen has won credit for guiding the Federal Reserve's first six months of transition from the Ben Bernanke era. Bernanke's Fed had steered the U.S. economy through a grave crisis by slashing interest rates and restoring confidence in banks. Yellen has so far carried on his approach with barely a hiccup. She may one...

  • Trading in US stocks subdued ahead of Fed minutes

    NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are drifting in midday trading as traders wait for the latest news from the Federal Reserve. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 30 points, or 0.2 percent, to 16,950 as of noon Eastern time Wednesday. The Standard & Poor's 500 index was up two points, or 0.1 percent, at 1,983. The Nasdaq composite was flat at...

  • Macy's to pay $650,000 in shopper-profiling probe

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Macy's has agreed to pay $650,000 to settle allegations of racial profiling at its flagship store in Manhattan's Herald Square. Under the agreement signed Tuesday with New York's attorney general, the retailer will adopt new policies on police access to its security camera monitors and against profiling, further train...

  • Smucker misses Street 1Q forecasts

    ORRVILLE, Ohio (AP) — J.M. Smucker Co. (SJM) on Wednesday reported earnings of $116 million in its fiscal first quarter. The Orrville, Ohio-based company said it had profit of $1.14 per share. Earnings, adjusted for non-recurring costs, came to $1.34 per share. The results did not hit Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of analysts...

  • Stocks open lower after two straight gains

    NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are opening lower after two straight days of gains. The Dow Jones industrial average fell eight points, or 0.1 percent, to 16,911 as of 9:35 a.m. Eastern time Wednesday. The Standard & Poor's 500 index fell two points, or 0.1 percent, to 1,979. The Nasdaq composite lost seven points, or 0.2 percent, to 4,520....

  • Fortune Brands to sell window business for $130M

    NEW YORK (AP) — Fortune Brands Home & Security Inc. said Wednesday that it has agreed to sell its Simonton Windows business to building products maker Ply Gem Holdings Inc. for about $130 million. The deal is expected to close in October. Fortune Brands, which makes Master Lock padlocks, Kemper kitchen cabinets and Moen water faucets, said it...

  • Perkins Restaurant & Bakery returning to Colorado Springs

    Perkins Restaurant & Bakery is making a comeback in Colorado Springs. Three years after all three of the area's Perkins were shuttered by the chain's corporate owners, an Iowa franchisee is remodeling one of the former locations at Platte Avenue and Chelton Road and will reopen the restaurant in mid- to late September. The opening of...

  • Fort Collins OKs 5-cent bag fee despite opposition

    FORT COLLINS — Shoppers in Fort Collins will have to pay 5 cents for every disposable bag they use starting next April. City councilors approved the fee Tuesday night after hearing from many residents who opposed the idea. The Coloradoan (http://noconow.co/1thd96P ) reports that councilors originally considered imposing a 10-cent fee....

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