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State's rice, proximity called ideal for Cuba

posted: 04/27/2015 1:54 a.m. Comment 1

To Carl Brothers of Stuttgart-based Riceland Foods Inc., Cuba is perfectly situated to take advantage of U.S.-grown rice rather than having it shipped thousands of miles from Asian nations such as Vietnam.

5 stores' closings: 1 battle in a war?

posted: 04/27/2015 1:53 a.m. Comments 2

Claims that Wal-Mart Stores Inc. shut down five stores across the country to squash labor protests have been disputed by the retailer.

Comcast largesse, lobbyists fall short

posted: 04/27/2015 1:51 a.m. Discuss

Comcast Corp. spends more than any other company lobbying Washington. Its chief executive has golfed with President Barack Obama. Its executives raise cash for Democrats -- all for when they need something in return.

Microsoft's moves toward cloud begin to show results

posted: 04/27/2015 1:50 a.m. Discuss

SAN FRANCISCO -- Microsoft is changing its business. The question has been whether it's changing fast enough.

Snapchat writes new chapter with Stories

posted: 04/27/2015 1:46 a.m. Discuss

Thousands of revelers descended on the Coachella music festival this month to rock out to their favorite bands and party day and night. But a far bigger audience from around the world -- at least 40 million -- joined in remotely through video snippets from Snapchat.

Business news in brief

posted: 04/27/2015 1:45 a.m. Discuss

Massmart sees oil prices hurting retail

Lower wages, tariff breaks luring automakersto Mexico

posted: 04/26/2015 2:17 a.m. Discuss

DETROIT -- Mexico has become the most attractive place in North America to build new automobile factories, a shift that not only has siphoned jobs from the U.S. and Canada but also has kept car and truck prices in check for consumers.

Customers not loving McDonald's as much

posted: 04/26/2015 2:17 a.m. Discuss

WASHINGTON -- Customers still aren't hungry for what fast-food giant McDonald's is selling.

Art, apartments outshine gold as stores of wealth

posted: 04/26/2015 2:15 a.m. Discuss

Gold's traditional role as a store of wealth has been usurped by contemporary art and apartments in cities such as New York and London, said Laurence Fink, head of the world's biggest asset manager.

Tesla signs Wal-Mart in solar, energy-storage push

posted: 04/26/2015 2:14 a.m. Discuss

Tesla Motors Inc. is signing up big customers like Wal-Mart and Cargill, accelerating efforts to become a leader in energy storage -- a new market that's poised to increase sales and profit at the electric vehicle pioneer.

Small businesses: Quotas on U.S. visas stifle hiring

posted: 04/26/2015 2:13 a.m. Discuss

NEW YORK -- Some small-business owners say government quotas are keeping them from finding the highly skilled help they need.

Hiring at Facebook up 48% in past year

posted: 04/26/2015 2:13 a.m. Discuss

Mark Zuckerberg is going to need to find some more pinball machines and rock-climbing walls. The social networking company, known for its many perks that make it a regular on the hottest-places-to-work lists, is increasing its head count at an incredible pace.

Owning, producing content next step for Netflix, CEO says

posted: 04/26/2015 2:11 a.m. Discuss

LOS ANGELES -- For most of its rapid ascent of the TV business, Netflix has rented shows. Now it wants to own them.

Comcast scraps Time Warner Cable takeover

updated: 04/24/2015 10:03 p.m. Discuss

Comcast confirmed Friday that it had called off its $45 billion takeover of Time Warner Cable, aborting its plans to create a national cable company with unprecedented control over the future of the country's television and broadband markets.

Ford gears up in Russia as GM stalls

posted: 04/25/2015 1:54 a.m. Discuss

General Motors Co. and Ford Motor Co., Detroit's two venerable rivals, usually compete toe-to-toe in everything they do. But in Russia, they are headed in radically different directions.

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