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U.S. sugar program snags Pacific trade talks

posted: 08/31/2015 2:40 a.m. Discuss

A sweet deal for American sugar farmers is compounding delays in a proposed trade agreement affecting 40 percent of the world's economy.

Car innovators looking for own roads to success

posted: 08/31/2015 2:37 a.m. Discuss

A veteran computer scientist hates sitting in his car at stoplights, so he creates software that makes the experience less annoying. A former engineering professor wants to double the range of today's electric vehicles. And an aeronautics expert believes flying cars shouldn't be science fiction.

Coal firm says trees can offset its output

posted: 08/31/2015 2:36 a.m. Discuss

Tom Clarke is planting the seed that he hopes will save, or at least cushion the fall, of the coal industry that is so tied to the Appalachian region he calls home.

On Computers: Windows 10 search bar finds stuff lost in transition

posted: 08/31/2015 2:31 a.m. Discuss

A reader told us he was glad he installed the free Windows 10. Then his digital world crashed. He couldn't find Picasa, the program he uses for editing his family photos. He asked us to organize a search party. Here's what the posse found:

Pentagon funds flexible-sensor venture

posted: 08/31/2015 2:30 a.m. Discuss

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter announced Friday that the Pentagon is funding a new venture to develop cutting-edge electronics and sensors that can flex and stretch and could be built into clothing or the skins of ships and aircraft.

Business news in brief: Disney plans all-out 'Star Wars' toys push

posted: 08/31/2015 2:09 a.m. Discuss

For "Star Wars" fans, Christmas is coming early this year: on Friday, when the toys tied to Walt Disney Co.'s first film in the space-adventure series go on sale.

General Mills sets ambitious goal for greenhouse gas cuts

posted: 08/30/2015 1:08 p.m. Discuss

GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. — General Mills has set an ambitious goal of reducing its greenhouse gas emissions 28 percent by 2025 — not just within its own operations but from farm to fork to landfill.

'Good reason' to lift rate, Fed official says

posted: 08/30/2015 5:31 a.m. Discuss

Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer left the door open Saturday for a Fed rate increase in September, saying the factors that have kept inflation below the central bank's target level have begun to fade.

Low oil prices will linger longer

posted: 08/30/2015 3:13 a.m. Comment 1

When crude prices first plummeted last year in the face of a global oil glut, OPEC had one response: Keep pumping oil.

Walther Arms designs .45-caliber ACP gun

posted: 08/30/2015 3:06 a.m. Discuss

Famous for making the pistols carried by British secret agent James Bond, German gun-maker Walther is releasing its PPQ handgun chambered in the American .45-caliber ACP cartridge.

Car tech not used by many in survey

posted: 08/30/2015 3:04 a.m. Discuss

Drivers are shunning much of the technology that automakers are stuffing in cars. It amounts to a waste of billions of dollars in investment that's ultimately paid for by consumers, according to automotive research firm J.D. Power.

NWA Business news in brief: Workplace firm holds grand opening

posted: 08/30/2015 3:02 a.m. Discuss

Bentonville Workplace at 900 S.E. Fifth St., Suite 22, offers private offices, virtual office services and conference room rentals to businesses of all sizes. The company started accepting business users in June and celebrated its grand opening last week.

Iron market lays an egg, so miner sells them

posted: 08/30/2015 3:01 a.m. Discuss

The iron-ore business is so lousy that one Canadian mining company is shelving its biggest project and starting a new venture: selling Australian eggs to China.

Job market trends speak well for translators

posted: 08/30/2015 2:59 a.m. Discuss

When Dawn Taylor, 37, a doctoral candidate at Pennsylvania State University, started her part-time translation business in February 2013, she earned $15,000 that year.

Fidelity said to consider dropping two major cash-back card partners

posted: 08/30/2015 2:58 a.m. Discuss

Fidelity Investments is considering dropping American Express Co. and Bank of America Corp. to find new partners and better terms for one of the top-rated cash-back credit cards in the United States, according to people with knowledge of the matter.

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