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421.28 surge by Dow index a 3-year best

posted: 12/19/2014 2:45 a.m. Discuss

The Dow Jones industrial average had its biggest surge in three years Thursday, its second straight triple-digit gain after the reassurance by the Federal Reserve that it was in no hurry to raise interest rates.

Plant Board OKs 2 weed-kill systems

posted: 12/19/2014 1:52 a.m. Discuss

The state Plant Board approved two regulatory changes Thursday that will allow two new 2,4-D and dicamba-based weed control systems to be used by Arkansas row crop farmers.

Revival planned for newspaper's former LR home

posted: 12/19/2014 1:51 a.m. Discuss

A single small pigeon egg resting in an old rusted piece of equipment upstairs in the Fulk Building on Main Street signals promise of new life for the century-old building that once housed the Arkansas Democrat.

6,000 fewer sign up for jobless benefits

posted: 12/19/2014 1:50 a.m. Discuss

WASHINGTON -- The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits fell last week as the economy's continued improvement tempered dismissals.

Sony HQ waiting out crisis

posted: 12/19/2014 1:50 a.m. Discuss

TOKYO -- Sony Corp. leaders maintained their silence Thursday as Sony Pictures Entertainment, a trophy asset, worked to repair damage created by hackers who attacked the company because of a film that dares to portray North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

U.S. firms closer to ripe, but raw, market in Cuba

posted: 12/19/2014 1:49 a.m. Discuss

NEW YORK -- Companies considering doing business in Cuba will find a country ripe for a modern communications system, lacking U.S. consumer goods such as Coke and Pepsi, and craving more hotels, earth-moving equipment and even aluminum cans for beer.

Ford expands recall to all of U.S.

posted: 12/19/2014 1:48 a.m. Discuss

DETROIT -- Ford Motor Co. has agreed to government demands to expand a driver's side air bag inflator recall to the entire U.S.

Amazon debuts 1-hour delivery in NYC

posted: 12/19/2014 1:47 a.m. Discuss

Amazon.com Inc. on Thursday began offering one-hour delivery in Manhattan, the retailer’s latest effort to connect consumers with products they order online as quickly as possible.

Oil drop hurts Kansas' small producers

posted: 12/19/2014 1:47 a.m. Discuss

When crude prices were high, Kansas oilman Robert Murdock made plans to drill 20 new wells next year. Not anymore.

Business news in brief

posted: 12/19/2014 1:45 a.m. Discuss

Doubletree lease change on agenda in LR

News in brief

posted: 12/19/2014 1:44 a.m. Discuss

Wal-Mart to upgrade poultry safety rules

In state, growers see trade potential

posted: 12/18/2014 4:12 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas agriculture and business groups applauded the Cuba trade, travel and diplomatic policy announced by President Barack Obama on Wednesday.

November consumer prices take 0.3% slide

posted: 12/18/2014 4:09 a.m. Discuss

The cost of living in the United States fell in November by the most in almost six years, depressed by falling energy prices that signal inflation will stay below the Federal Reserve's goal well into 2015.

Sony pulls Interview after hackers threaten theaters

posted: 12/18/2014 4:07 a.m. Comments 7

The fallout from the theft of computer data from Sony Pictures Entertainment that began four weeks ago expanded this week after the shadowy group calling itself Guardians of Peace escalated its attack beyond corporate espionage and threatened moviegoers with violence.

S&P gains 40.15 as price of oil steadies

posted: 12/18/2014 2:16 a.m. Discuss

A pledge from the Federal Reserve to remain "patient" when deciding when to lift interest rates gave the stock market its biggest gain in more than a year.

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