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Retailer loses off-clock-pay suit's appeal

posted: 12/17/2014 4:26 a.m. Discuss

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. cautioned investors Tuesday that its earnings per share for the fourth quarter could be pared by as much as 6 cents in the wake of a class-action lawsuit ruling in Pennsylvania.

Board weighs allowing new weed controls

posted: 12/17/2014 2:17 a.m. Discuss

The State Plant Board will hold two public hearings Thursday on proposals to allow row crop farmers the option of using two new weed control systems based on the 2,4-D and dicamba herbicides.

Ruble buckling, Russia lifts interest rate to 17%

posted: 12/17/2014 2:16 a.m. Discuss

The Russian ruble was under intense selling pressure Tuesday, falling at one point by 20 percent to a historic low despite a huge pre-dawn interest-rate increase from Russia's central bank. Russian officials were clearly rattled even though state television urged citizens not to panic.

Apple off hook in lawsuit over iPod music blockage

posted: 12/17/2014 2:15 a.m. Discuss

A jury has decided that Apple did not use software to block songs sold by competing music stores from playing on the iPod so that it could secure a monopoly over the digital music market.

Construction of new housing slumps 1.6 percent in November

posted: 12/17/2014 2:14 a.m. Discuss

Construction of new homes fell slightly in November, reflecting weakness in construction of single-family homes.

Bill's add-ons aid defense industry, boot-maker, spuds

posted: 12/17/2014 2:14 a.m. Discuss

A Michigan boot-maker, potato farmers and more than 1,200 contractors that supply parts for a next-generation fighter plane are among the many winners in the $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill passed by Congress.

Market report: Last-hour sell-off wipes out early gains

posted: 12/17/2014 2:13 a.m. Discuss

Sudden twists in the price of oil and currency trading turned the stock market into a roller-coaster ride Tuesday.

Business news in brief

posted: 12/17/2014 2:09 a.m. Discuss

Plant board to hold ash-tree hearing The state Plant Board will hold a public hearing Thursday on a proposal to make permanent an emergency order barring the shipment of firewood as well as raw wood products from ash trees because of the presence of the emerald ash borer in Arkansas.

News in brief

posted: 12/17/2014 2:07 a.m. Discuss

Abshure leaving securities post Gov-elect Asa Hutchinson will replace Heath Abshure as Arkansas securities commissioner, Hutchinson spokesman J.R. Davis said Tuesday.

Wachter Inc. to expand operations in Lowell, add 20 jobs

posted: 12/16/2014 3:12 p.m. Discuss

Wachter Inc. announced Tuesday that it will expand its Lowell facility, adding 20 new jobs.

Ikea to open store in Memphis

posted: 12/16/2014 10:15 a.m. Discuss

MEMPHIS — Ikea is coming to Memphis.

Ruble slides again despite Central Bank rate increase

posted: 12/16/2014 6:53 a.m. Discuss

MOSCOW — A large interest-rate increase by Russia's Central Bank on Tuesday failed to stem the selling pressure on the ruble, which slid another 20 percent to new historic lows.

Manufacturing growth up 1.3%

posted: 12/16/2014 3:40 a.m. Discuss

Unbowed by a global slowdown or rising dollar, U.S. manufacturing roared ahead in November, giving the world's largest economy a charge heading into 2015.

Sony: Hacked data not public

posted: 12/16/2014 1:55 a.m. Discuss

Sony Pictures Entertainment has asked news outlets to stop disclosing material released from a November computer hack.

Truckers gear up for new hours rule

posted: 12/16/2014 1:54 a.m. Discuss

Trucking companies and others in the industry are working to get drivers up to speed on looming changes to hours of service rules.

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