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  • Review: Devices, apps act like one under iOS 8

    NEW YORK (AP) — The scores of new features in Apple's software update for mobile devices can be boiled down to one word: unity. Many iPhone owners also have iPads and Mac computers, and family members are likely to have Apple devices, too. With the new iOS 8 software for iPhones and iPads, those devices start to act like one. Apps on those...

  • Upgrade to iOS 8 now or wait?

    NEW YORK (AP) — Apple's iOS 8 software update for iPhones and iPads is worth getting — but not necessarily right away. Those with an older device, such as an iPhone 4s or an iPad 2, might want to wait to see whether others have difficulties using iOS 8 with slower processors. Some of the new features won't be available on those three-year-old...

  • Asian stocks mostly down after Fed meeting

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Asian stock markets mostly fell Thursday after the U.S. Federal Reserve increased its estimate for the level of the central bank's benchmark interest rate by the end of 2015, surprising investors who expected a slower pace of rate hikes. KEEPING SCORE: Hong Kong's Hang Seng was down 0.7 percent to 24,199.87 and South...

  • Orman business tie part of Kansas Senate race

    TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Independent candidate Greg Orman's business dealings faced new scrutiny Wednesday in Kansas' unexpectedly competitive U.S. Senate race, as he acknowledged his friendship with a former Goldman Sachs board member sentenced to federal prison for insider trading. Orman said he has a "very modest" investment in a company with...

  • Amazon debuts new e-readers, kid-friendly Fire

    NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon keeps rolling out the devices. The largest U.S. e-commerce company is introducing two new e-readers and new styles of its Kindle Fire HD tablet as part of a fall lineup of Kindle devices. The new and updated devices come on the heels of Amazon's Fire smartphone launch in June and the launch of a Fire set-top box that...

  • Journalists criticize White House for 'secrecy'

    CHICAGO (AP) — Editors and reporters meeting in Chicago raised concerns Wednesday about what they described as a lack of access and transparency undermining journalists' work, several blaming the current White House for setting standards for secrecy that are spreading nationwide. Criticism of President Barack Obama's administration on the...

  • Suffolk Downs notifies workers it will close

    BOSTON (AP) — New England's only thoroughbred horse racing track has told its workers it will close by year's end because Mohegan Sun did not win a Massachusetts license for a resort casino at Suffolk Downs in Boston. Suffolk Downs' chief operating officer Chip Tuttle says workers were told Wednesday that the live horse racing season that ends...

  • Colorado marijuana industry battling stoner stereotypes

    DENVER — Tired of Cheech & Chong pot jokes and ominous anti-drug campaigns, the marijuana industry and activists are starting an ad blitz in Colorado aimed at promoting moderation and the safe consumption of pot. To get their message across, they are skewering some of the old Drug War-era ads that focused on the fears of marijuana,...

  • USDA approves new modified corn, soybean seeds

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Agriculture Department has approved the use of genetically modified corn and soybean seeds that are resistant to a popular weed killer. However, farmers won't be able to take full advantage of the seeds until the Environmental Protection Agency issues a second ruling allowing the use of Enlist, a new version of the 2,4-D...

  • Production of Lincoln Logs toy returning to US

    BURNHAM, Maine (AP) — Lincoln Logs, the popular toy created nearly a century ago by a son of Frank Lloyd Wright, is coming home to the U.S.A. Maine Gov. Paul LePage announced Wednesday the toy logs, created by John Lloyd Wright and used to create miniature toy buildings, will be made at Pride Manufacturing, a wood products company in Burnham....

  • ESSENTIALS: Business news from the Pikes Peak region

    - The Colorado Springs-based ISSAC company was recently honored by the Colorado Education Initiative as one of seven Colorado companies and organizations working to strengthen student education in STEM: science, technology, engineering and math. ISSAC president and founder Tim Jones represented ISSAC in receiving the STEM Champion award. ISSAC...

  • Group levels abuse allegations against NM dairy

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Livestock Board has launched an investigation into a southern New Mexico dairy after an activist working with an animal welfare group recorded secret video showing workers whipping cows with chains and wire cables, kicking and punching the animals, and shocking them with electric prods. Board officials...

  • Drugstores, retailers dive deeper into vaccines

    Walgreen provided enough flu shots last season to protect a population roughly twice the size of Los Angeles. CVS doled out more than 5 million, or double its total from a few years ago. And Wal-Mart, the world's largest retailer, offers flu shots at more than 4,200 of its U.S. stores that have pharmacies. The nation's biggest drugstores and...

  • Apple iOS 8 software bug affects health apps

    NEW YORK (AP) — A bug in Apple's new iOS 8 software for mobile devices is prompting the company to withhold apps that use a highly touted feature for keeping track of fitness and health data. Apple says it hopes to have HealthKit apps restored to its app store by the end of the month. Affected apps include Carrot Fit, WebMD and AskMD. Apple...

  • Experts want restrictions on testosterone drug use

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health experts said Wednesday there is little evidence that testosterone-boosting drugs are effective for treating common signs of aging in men and that their use should be narrowed to exclude millions of Americans currently taking them. The panel of Food and Drug Administration advisers voted 20-1 that prescribing...

  • Credit-easing steps by central banks, at a glance

    On Wednesday, the Federal Reserve signaled that it plans to keep a key interest rate at a record low because a broad range of U.S. economic measures remain subpar. It said it intends to keep its benchmark rate near zero as long as inflation remains under control, until it sees consistent gains in wage growth, long-term unemployment and other...

  • Amazon founder's firm to build new rocket engines

    WASHINGTON (AP) — founder Jeff Bezos plans to build a rocket engine that would eventually replace the Russian mainstay used in many American unmanned launches. United Launch Alliance, a collaboration of two aerospace giants that launches unmanned rockets, announced Wednesday that it will pay Bezos' Blue Origin space firm to develop...

  • Steel Dynamics gives solid 3Q forecast

    NEW YORK (AP) — Steel Dynamics forecast a strong third-quarter profit on Wednesday, citing increased shipments and solid demand from key markets. The Fort Wayne, Indiana, company said its steel operations will be more profitable in the third quarter than they were in the second quarter. It also said demand from the automotive, manufacturing,...

  • Holder calls for increased whistleblower rewards

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department expects to bring criminal charges in the coming months in investigations involving financial institutions, Attorney General Eric Holder said Wednesday as he called for better incentives for Wall Street whistleblowers who report crime. Holder did not describe the investigations in a speech at New York...


    Hannah Parsons has been named chair of the Downtown Partnership of Colorado Springs' board of directors. She is a real estate professional who co-founded Epicentral Coworking and is a former Business Improvement District chair. Joining the board as a new member is Larry Yonker, president and CEO of Springs Rescue Mission. He has worked with...


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