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  • Toyota recalls nearly 423K Lexuses for fuel leaks

    DETROIT (AP) — Toyota is recalling nearly 423,000 Lexus luxury brand cars in the U.S. to fix fuel leaks that can cause fires. The recalls affect the 2006 to 2011 GS, 2007 to 2010 LS and the 2006 to 2011 IS models. Toyota says that the cars' fuel lines have nickel phosphate plating to protect against corrosion. Some lines could have been built...

  • Colorado jobless rate hits 6½-year low

    DENVER — Colorado's unemployment rate has dropped by 0.4 percentage point to 4.3 percent in October, the lowest level in more than 6½ years. The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment said Friday that private-sector jobs decreased by 2,100 and government jobs increased by 2,400 in October, for a net gain of 300 positions. Officials say...

  • Japan orders air bag maker to conduct probe

    TOKYO (AP) — Japan's transport ministry said Friday it has ordered air bag maker Takata to conduct an internal investigation after cases of its air bags exploding triggered safety concerns in the United States and other countries. The ministry also ordered Takata and Japanese automakers to study whether additional recalls are needed in Japan...

  • Ahead of the Bell: SolarCity

    NEW YORK (AP) — SolarCity's stock is surging in premarket trading on Friday following the company's announcement that it is teaming with Walmart on some new solar power and energy storage projects. The California-based company said Thursday that it has a contract with Wal-Mart Stores Inc. to install new solar projects at facilities in up to 36...

  • Tribal head to speed North Dakota pipeline talks

    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The new leader of North Dakota's oil-rich Three Affiliated Tribes is pledging to speed negotiations on a proposed pipeline through tribal land that would curb the wasteful burning of natural gas in the state by more than 10 percent. North Dakota's booming oil production has led to an unmanageable increase in the state's...

  • Disney, Shanghai Media expanding partnership

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Walt Disney Co. and Shanghai Media Group are expanding their strategic partnership in China. The companies said Friday that their partnership will now include television content development, movie co-production, content distribution and cooperation on marketing. One project the companies are working on together is "Born in...

  • Mohegan Sun chief executive set to retire in 2015

    UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — Mitchell Etess, chief executive of the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority, says he plans to retire next year, but will stay on in a transition. Etess told investor analysts of his decision on a conference call Thursday. He said he'll remain with the parent company of the Mohegan Sun casinos in Connecticut and Pennsylvania...

  • Report: 2013 furloughs took big bite out of Colorado Springs' per-person incomes

    Did your wallet feel lighter in 2013? It wasn't an illusion. Per-person income in the Colorado Springs area last year grew at the slowest rate since 2009, and was at the lowest level compared with the national average in the 44 years the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis has compiled the data. The area's income per person rose just 0.2...

  • Some things to know from the AP-NORC employer poll

    Employers consider employee health insurance a priority. This is despite years of rising medical costs and pressure from the federal health care overhaul. But new surveys suggest coverage may grow skimpier in the coming years. A poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research found that companies that offer health...

  • Everest College in Colorado Springs part of Corinthian College's sell-off of 56 campuses

    LOS ANGELES - Everest College in Colorado Springs and a related 350-person call center on Garden of the Gods Road are being sold to a nonprofit entity as part of an agreement by their parent company, Corinthian Colleges Inc., to sell off 56 of its campuses for $24 million. The deal between Santa Ana, Calif.-based Corinthian and Minnesota-based...

  • MOVERS & SHAKERS

    Richard Lary has been promoted to chief technical officer at X-IO Technologies in Colorado Springs. Lary has been in the computer industry for more than 40 years, and has been awarded more than 30 patents. He joined X-IO in 2009. get More, submit item See Sunday's Business section for more Movers & Shakers. To submit an item, go to the...

  • Los Angeles company buys a third major commercial property in Colorado Springs

    Industrial Realty Group of Los Angeles has paid $9 million to buy an office and manufacturing campus on Colorado Springs' north side, marking its third major acquisition in the Pikes Peak region in the last five years. IRG, a privately owned real estate development and investment firm, completed a deal Thursday to buy a two-story,...

  • Explosion on Gulf platform; 1 dead, 3 injured

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — An explosion occurred on an offshore oil and gas platform in the Gulf of Mexico on Thursday, killing one person and injuring three. The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said Fieldwood Energy reported the explosion on its Echo Platform just before 3 p.m. about 12 miles off Louisiana's coast. In a statement late...

  • California tuition hike fight shifts to Sacramento

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — University of California President Janet Napolitano prevailed Thursday in persuading the system's governing board to authorize five years of tuition increases, a politically risky move likely to ignite months of debate to determine if the costs ultimately fall on students or taxpayers. Over the shouts of demonstrators and...

  • Asia stocks dulled by weak economic reports

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Asian stock markets were lackluster Friday as positive economic news from the U.S. was tempered by weakness in Europe, China and Japan. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's Nikkei 225 fell 0.8 percent to 17,154.61 while Hong Kong's Hang Seng was up 0.2 percent to 23,389.12. Australia's S&P/ASX 200 dropped 0.2 percent at 5,305.80....

  • Employers decry 'break' in West Coast port talks

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Negotiations over a new contract for dockworkers at 29 West Coast ports took an unexpected turn Thursday, as the union insisted on "small table" talks while employers decried the "extended break." The full teams for the longshoreman's union and the association representing trans-ocean shipping lines and operators of port...

  • How the AP-NORC Center poll was conducted

    The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll of employers on the health insurance market was conducted Aug. 19 to Oct. 8, 2014, among a random sample of 1,061 employers with at least three full-time or part-time employees. The survey was conducted with funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Interviews with the...

  • Senators get no clear answers on air bag safety

    WASHINGTON (AP) — There were apologies and long-winded explanations, but after nearly four hours of testimony about exploding air bags, senators never got a clear answer to the question most people have: whether or not their cars are safe. A hearing Thursday before the Senate Commerce Committee featured an apology from the quality chief for...

  • Kozy Shack recalls some puddings over labeling

    ARDEN HILLS, Minn. (AP) — Pudding maker Kozy Shack Enterprises is recalling some of its puddings because they are not labeled as containing milk. The voluntary recall involves 4-ounce cups of Foodservice Kozy Shack Simply Well Chocolate Pudding. The recalled pudding was distributed through foodservice distribution channels and not sold in...

  • Soaring generic drug prices draw Senate scrutiny

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Some low-cost generic drugs that have helped restrain health care costs for decades are seeing unexpected price spikes of up to 8,000 percent, prompting a backlash from patients, pharmacists and now Washington lawmakers. A Senate panel met Thursday to scrutinize the recent, unexpected trend among generic medicines, which...

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