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LED bulbs help fill Japan's energy gap

posted: 03/02/2015 1:59 a.m. Discuss

TOKYO -- Japan's push to keep power flowing after it shuttered its nuclear program may best be illustrated by 73 million light bulbs.

Norwegians reaching end of oil-wealth 'fairy tale'

posted: 03/01/2015 2:09 a.m. Discuss

STAVANGER, Norway -- Losing his job on a Norwegian oil rig meant more to Kristoffer Sandberg than saying goodbye to a high salary. It downshifted his lifestyle and expectations, something an increasing number of people in this small oil-rich country are facing.

Detente stokes Cuba cigar makers

posted: 02/28/2015 1:51 a.m. Discuss

HAVANA -- Over six decades rolling premium cigars with his small, wrinkled hands, Arnaldo Alfonso has taken pride in seeing his "habanos" sampled by visiting heads of state and other dignitaries.

German Parliament approves Greece's bailout extension

posted: 02/27/2015 8:33 a.m. Discuss

BERLIN — Germany's Parliament overwhelmingly approved the four-month extension of Greece's financial bailout Friday, despite unease over the new government in Athens.

Toyota rolls out hydrogen cell car

posted: 02/26/2015 2:08 a.m. Comments 2

Toyota this week officially rolled out what it's betting will mark "a turning point" in automotive history -- a sleek, low-priced, ecologically friendly "future" car that can operate for 300 miles, takes less than five minutes to charge and comes with three years of free fuel.

Oil-boom hangover ails Latin America

posted: 02/26/2015 2:06 a.m. Discuss

Soaring oil prices the past decade transformed this rural backwater into Colombia's richest city as nearby fields pumped black gold, drawing new businesses, international pop stars and vanity art projects such as the biblical-themed arch that towers over these sweltering grasslands.

HSBC's tax case its latest blemish

posted: 02/26/2015 2:05 a.m. Discuss

First there was money laundering. Then foreign-exchange rigging. Now tax evasion.

Creditors OK Greek bailout extension, but hurdles remain

posted: 02/25/2015 2:09 a.m. Discuss

Greece cleared a hurdle Tuesday in its ongoing battle to remain solvent as its European creditors approved a four-month extension to its financial bailout -- but the cash-strapped country has much more to do to convince its partners that it deserves longer-term help beyond the summer.

Greece finalizing bailout changes

posted: 02/24/2015 2:09 a.m. Discuss

Caught between its own defiant campaign pledges and pressure from creditors, Greece's left-wing government continued Monday to finalize a list of changes demanded by debt inspectors for approval of extended rescue loans.

Agriculture service chief: Foreign deals need fast-track rule

posted: 02/24/2015 2:06 a.m. Discuss

The chief of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Foreign Agricultural Service on Monday said it is critical for Congress to grant the Obama administration fast-track authority to negotiate foreign trade deals.

Quality woes move Honda to oust chief

posted: 02/24/2015 2:02 a.m. Discuss

Honda Motor said Monday that it is replacing its president and chief executive, Takanobu Ito, a sign the Japanese automaker is addressing recent quality problems.

Business news in brief

posted: 02/24/2015 1:57 a.m. Discuss

Windstream plans quarterly results call Windstream Holdings Inc. of Little Rock will hold a conference call today to review its 2014 fourth-quarter financial results, which will also be released today.

Chinese Internet walls seen as crackdown sign

posted: 02/23/2015 2:09 a.m. Discuss

Working out of a Beijing office full of video-game designers from around the world, Chinese-born Pin Wang and his startup Substantial Games should be the face of the innovative, forward-looking China that the country's leaders say they want to build.

Business news in brief

posted: 02/23/2015 2:03 a.m. Discuss

Samsung buying mobile-payment firm NEW YORK -- Samsung is buying mobile-payment startup LoopPay as the South Korean phone-maker steps up to challenge Apple and its payment system on iPhones.

Greeks to submit bailout's provisos

updated: 02/22/2015 3:48 a.m. Discuss

Greece will submit a list of changes to be agreed with its creditors today, the country's finance minister said Saturday.

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