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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.

Sanctions off, Iran forecasts 6% economic growth for '16

posted: 08/31/2015 2:34 a.m. Discuss

Iran expects its economic growth to accelerate next year as the removal of sanctions under a nuclear agreement offsets a global slump in oil prices, a top aide to President Hassan Rouhani said.

Tech Spotlight: Apps make it fun to keep your eye on the sky

posted: 08/31/2015 2:33 a.m. Discuss

Ever look up at the sky and wonder what's up there? I happen to have a couple of apps that can answer that question, and in some very cool ways.

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.

Russians face price surge triggered by falling ruble

posted: 08/31/2015 2:29 a.m. Discuss

Russia's retailers may be forced to raise prices further after the ruble's slump this month, creating pain for consumers, according to retailers that reported earnings this week.

Bankruptcy watch

posted: 08/31/2015 2:25 a.m. Discuss

More than 170 bankruptcies were reported around Arkansas during the most recent filing period.

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.

Northwest Arkansas: On the Agenda

posted: 08/31/2015 1 a.m. Discuss

Today, 1:30-3 p.m. — Arkansas adult education classes, Goodwill Career Center, 1001 S. Mt. Olive St., Siloam Springs.

'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.

NW banking is mixed bag, analysis finds

posted: 08/30/2015 3:15 a.m. Comment 1

Depending on what criteria are used, the Northwest Arkansas metropolitan area has one of the most -- or least -- competitive banking markets in the country.

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.

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