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  • Kentucky bourbon makes its mark on state's economy Associated Press - 40 minutes ago

    Kentucky's bourbon industry is making a bigger splash in the state's economy, nearly doubling its workforce in two years and leading a $3 billion distilling sector, a study said Tuesday. By 2014, the number ...

  • McDonald's CEO outlines changes as sales slide Associated Press - 28 minutes ago
    McDonald's CEO outlines changes as sales slide

    NEW YORK (AP) — McDonald's CEO Don Thompson said Tuesday the company hasn't been keeping up with the times and that changes are in store for its U.S. restaurants.

  • Total CEO killed in Moscow runway crash Associated Press - 48 minutes ago
    FILE - This Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, file photo shows French energy giant Total CEO, Christophe de Margerie, posing prior to a press conference held in Paris, France. The CEO of French oil giant Total SA was killed when his corporate jet collided with a snow removal machine Monday night at Moscow's Vnukovo Airport, the company said. Total "confirms with deep regret and sadness" that Chairman and CEO Christophe de Margerie died in a private plane crash at the Moscow airport, the company said in a press release dated Tuesday and posted on its website. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon, File)

    MOSCOW (AP) — Christophe de Margerie, the charismatic CEO of Total SA who dedicated his career to the multinational oil company, was killed at a Moscow airport when his private jet collided with a snowplow whose driver was drunk, Russian investigators said Tuesday.

  • The meaning of 'organic' hazy for nonfood items Associated Press - 49 minutes ago
    In this photo taken Oct. 9, 2014, body products on display at a Whole Foods in Washington. There’s a strict set of standards for organic foods. But the rules are looser for household cleaners, textiles, cosmetics and the organic dry cleaners down the street. Wander through the grocery store and check out the shelves where some detergents, hand lotions and clothing proclaim organic bona fides. Absent an Agriculture Department seal or certification, there are few ways to tell if those organic claims are bogus. Some retailers, like Whole Foods, have stepped in with their own requirements for what can be labeled organic. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

    WASHINGTON (AP) — There's a strict set of standards for organic foods. But the rules are looser for household cleaners, textiles, cosmetics and the organic dry cleaners down the street.

  • Early Glance: Staffing companies Associated Press - 58 minutes ago

    Shares of some top staffing companies are up at 10 a.m.: Kelly Services Inc. class A rose $.03 or .2 percent, to $16.27. Korn/Ferry International Inc. rose $.26 or 1.0 percent, to $26.58. ManpowerGroup ...

  • Early Glance: Restaurant companies Associated Press - 58 minutes ago

    Shares of some top restaurant companies are mixed at 10 a.m.: Brinker International Inc. fell $3.53 or 6.7 percent, to $49.15. Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. fell $33.66 or 5.2 percent, to $619.38. Darden ...

  • Early Glance: Silver companies Associated Press - 58 minutes ago

    Shares of some top silver companies are up at 10 a.m.: Hecla Mining Co. rose $.04 or 1.6 percent, to $2.51. Pan American Silver Corp. rose $.16 or 1.5 percent, to $10.96. Silver Standard Resources Inc. ...

  • Early Glance: Railroad companies Associated Press - 58 minutes ago

    Shares of some top railroad companies are up at 10 a.m.: CSX rose $.35 or 1.0 percent, to $33.86. Canadian National Railway Co. rose $.47 or .7 percent, to $66.04. Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. rose $2.32 ...

  • Early Glance: Telecom companies Associated Press - 58 minutes ago

    Shares of some top telecom companies are down at 10 a.m.: AT&T Inc. fell $.10 or .3 percent, to $34.19. Verizon Communications Inc. fell $.10 or .2 percent, to $48.38.

  • Early Glance: Specialty Retail companies Associated Press - 58 minutes ago

    Shares of some top specialty retail companies are mixed at 10 a.m.: Autozone Inc. rose $5.52 or 1.1 percent, to $522.55. Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. rose $.28 or .4 percent, to $64.44. Best Buy rose $.28 or ...

  • Early Glance: Pharmaceuticals companies Associated Press - 58 minutes ago

    Shares of some top pharmaceuticals companies are up at 10 a.m.: Baxter International Inc. rose $.07 or .1 percent, to $68.01. Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. rose $.42 or .8 percent, to $50.98. Hospira rose $.22 ...

  • Early Glance: Utilities companies Associated Press - 58 minutes ago

    Shares of some top utilities companies are mixed at 10 a.m.: American Electric Power Co. fell $.16 or .3 percent, to $55.20. Consolidated Edison Inc. Holding Co. fell $.35 or .6 percent, to $61.11. Dominion ...

  • Early Glance: Oil companies Associated Press - 58 minutes ago

    Shares of some top oil companies are up at 10 a.m.: BP PLC rose $.87 or 2.1 percent, to $42.03. Chevron rose $1.84 or 1.6 percent, to $113.33. ConocoPhillips rose $1.13 or 1.6 percent, to $69.96. Exxon ...

  • Early Glance: Media companies Associated Press - 58 minutes ago

    Shares of some top media companies are mixed at 10 a.m.: Comcast Corp. rose $1.10 or 2.1 percent, to $52.40. Walt Disney Co. rose $1.48 or 1.7 percent, to $87.00. Gannett rose $.93 or 3.2 percent, to $30.01. ...

  • Early Glance: Supermarkets companies Associated Press - 58 minutes ago

    Shares of some top supermarkets companies are up at 10 a.m.: Kroger rose $.17 or .3 percent, to $53.02. Safeway rose $.02 or .1 percent, to $33.96. Supervalu rose $.07 or .9 percent, to $8.29. Whole Foods ...

  • Early Glance: Leisure companies Associated Press - 58 minutes ago

    Shares of some top leisure companies are up at 10 a.m.: Carnival rose $1.66 or 4.6 percent, to $37.58. Las Vegas Sands Corp. rose $1.14 or 1.8 percent, to $64.06. MGM Resorts International rose $.54 or ...

  • Early Glance: Managed Care companies Associated Press - 58 minutes ago

    Shares of some top managed care companies are up at 10 a.m.: Aetna rose $1.10 or 1.4 percent, to $77.55. Cigna Corp. rose $.81 or .9 percent, to $91.41. Humana Inc. rose $1.59 or 1.2 percent, to $131.69. ...

  • Early Glance: Internet companies Associated Press - 58 minutes ago

    Shares of some top internet companies are mixed at 10 a.m.: Amazon rose $1.79 or .6 percent, to $308.00. eBay rose $.63 or 1.3 percent, to $49.83. Google A fell $.80 or .1 percent, to $531.59. Groupon ...

  • Early Glance: Machinery companies Associated Press - 58 minutes ago

    Shares of some top machinery companies are up at 10 a.m.: Caterpillar rose $1.30 or 1.4 percent, to $95.33. Deere & Co. rose $.55 or .7 percent, to $82.75. Manitowoc rose $.81 or 4.4 percent, to $19.12. ...

  • Early Glance: Insurance companies Associated Press - 58 minutes ago

    Shares of some top insurance companies are up at 10 a.m.: ACE L rose $.28 or .3 percent, to $105.37. Aflac Inc. rose $.38 or .7 percent, to $57.60. American International Group rose $.52 or 1.0 percent, ...

  • Early Glance: Food companies Associated Press - 58 minutes ago

    Shares of some top food companies are mixed at 10 a.m.: ConAgra Foods Inc. fell $.16 or .5 percent, to $34.11. General Mills Inc. rose $.18 or .4 percent, to $50.10. Hormel Foods Corp. rose $.27 or .5 ...

  • Early Glance: Department Store Retail companies Associated Press - 58 minutes ago

    Shares of some top department store retail companies are mixed at 10 a.m.: Kohl's Corp. rose $.57 or 1.0 percent, to $58.09. Macy's Inc. rose $1.28 or 2.2 percent, to $58.35. Nordstrom rose $1.14 or 1.6 ...

  • Early Glance: Homebuilders companies Associated Press - 58 minutes ago

    Shares of some top homebuilders companies are up at 10 a.m.: DR Horton rose $.25 or 1.1 percent, to $22.36. Hovnanian Enterprises Inc. rose $.02 or .5 percent, to $3.80. Lennar Corp. rose $.39 or .9 percent, ...

  • Early Glance: Gold companies Associated Press - 58 minutes ago

    Shares of some top gold companies are mixed at 10 a.m.: Barrick Gold Corp. rose $.01 or .1 percent, to $13.69. Gold Fields Ltd ADS fell $.01 or .4 percent, to $3.77. GoldCorp. fell $.01 or percent, to ...

  • Early Glance: Education companies Associated Press - 58 minutes ago

    Shares of some top education companies are mixed at 10 a.m.: Apollo Group rose $.90 or 3.5 percent, to $26.65. Career Education Corp. fell $.05 or .9 percent, to $5.29. DeVryEd rose $.98 or 2.2 percent, ...

  • Early Glance: Health Care Equipment companies Associated Press - 58 minutes ago

    Shares of some top health care equipment companies are up at 10 a.m.: Becton, Dickinson & Co. rose $.72 or .6 percent, to $123.38. Covidien plc rose $3.14 or 3.7 percent, to $88.58. Patterson rose $.35 ...

  • Early Glance: Drugstore companies Associated Press - 58 minutes ago

    Shares of some top drugstore companies are mixed at 10 a.m.: CVSCaremark rose $.13 or .2 percent, to $81.61. Rite Aid rose $.03 or .6 percent, to $4.79. Walgreen fell $.01 or percent, to $60.19.

  • Early Glance: Consumer companies Associated Press - 58 minutes ago

    Shares of some top consumer companies are mixed at 10 a.m.: Clorox rose $.53 or .5 percent, to $98.26. Colgate-Palmolive Co. rose $.28 or .4 percent, to $64.82. Kimberly-Clark Corp. rose $1.16 or 1.1 percent, ...

  • Early Glance: Drug Benefits companies Associated Press - 58 minutes ago

    Shares of some top drug benefits companies are up at 10 a.m.: CVSCaremark rose $.13 or .2 percent, to $81.61. Express Scripts Holding Co. rose $.85 or 1.2 percent, to $72.37.

  • Early Glance: Tools and Appliances companies Associated Press - 58 minutes ago

    Shares of some top tools and appliances companies are up at 10 a.m.: General Electric Co. rose $.25 or 1.0 percent, to $25.28. Snap-On rose $1.84 or 1.5 percent, to $126.20. Stanley Works rose $.85 or ...

  • Early Glance: Credit Card companies Associated Press - 58 minutes ago

    Shares of some top credit card companies are up at 10 a.m.: American Express Co. rose $.82 or 1.0 percent, to $84.83. Capital One Financial Corp. rose $.98 or 1.3 percent, to $77.48. Discover Financial ...

  • Early Glance: Big-box Retail companies Associated Press - 58 minutes ago

    Shares of some top big-box retail companies are up at 10 a.m.: Costco Wholesale Corp. rose $.26 or .2 percent, to $128.68. Target rose $.71 or 1.2 percent, to $61.00. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. rose $.18 or ...

  • Early Glance: Computer companies Associated Press - 58 minutes ago

    Shares of some top computer companies are mixed at 10 a.m.: Apple Inc s rose $2.09 or 2.1 percent, to $101.85. Hewlett Packard Co. rose $.51 or 1.5 percent, to $34.33. International Business Machines Corp. ...

  • Early Glance: Aerospace companies Associated Press - 58 minutes ago

    Shares of some top aerospace companies are mixed at 10 a.m.: Boeing rose $1.43 or 1.2 percent, to $125.74. Lockheed Martin Corp. fell $8.07 or 4.6 percent, to $167.46. Northrop Grumman Corp. fell $.69 ...

  • Early Glance: Airlines companies Associated Press - 58 minutes ago

    Shares of some top airlines companies are up at 10 a.m.: Delta Air rose $1.37 or 3.8 percent, to $37.41. JetBlue Airways Corp. rose $.28 or 2.4 percent, to $11.51. Southwest Airlines Co. rose $1.71 or ...

  • Early Glance: Chemicals companies Associated Press - 58 minutes ago

    Shares of some top chemicals companies are up at 10 a.m.: Dow Chemical Co. rose $1.09 or 2.3 percent, to $47.60. DuPont Co. rose $.88 or 1.3 percent, to $68.69.

  • Early Glance: Construction companies Associated Press - 58 minutes ago

    Shares of some top construction companies are up at 10 a.m.: Fluor rose $.96 or 1.5 percent, to $63.34. Foster Wheeler rose $.57 or 1.9 percent, to $30.47. Quanta Services Inc. rose $.72 or 2.3 percent, ...

  • Early Glance: Beverages companies Associated Press - 58 minutes ago

    Shares of some top beverages companies are mixed at 10 a.m.: Anheuser-Busch Inbev ADR rose $.20 or .2 percent, to $107.28. Coca-Cola Co. fell $2.81 or 6.5 percent, to $40.48. Dr Pepper Snapple fell $.15 ...

  • Early Glance: Coal companies Associated Press - 58 minutes ago

    Shares of some top coal companies are up at 10 a.m.: Arch Coal rose $.06 or 3.1 percent, to $1.98. Consol Energy Inc. rose $.61 or 1.8 percent, to $35.36. Peabody Energy rose $.16 or 1.5 percent, to $10.62....

  • Early Glance: Banks companies Associated Press - 58 minutes ago

    Shares of some top banks companies are up at 10 a.m.: Bank of America Corp. rose $.11 or .7 percent, to $16.37. Citigroup Inc. rose $.45 or .9 percent, to $50.98. Goldman Sachs rose $1.32 or .7 percent, ...

  • Early Glance: Autos companies Associated Press - 58 minutes ago

    Shares of some top autos companies are mixed at 10 a.m.: Ford Motor Co. rose $.01 or .1 percent, to $14.18. General Motors Co. rose $.24 or .8 percent, to $30.58. Honda Motor Co. fell $.25 or .8 percent, ...

  • Early Glance: Biotechnology companies Associated Press - 58 minutes ago

    Shares of some top biotechnology companies are up at 10 a.m.: Amgen Inc. rose $1.55 or 1.1 percent, to $139.06. Biogen Idec rose $6.48 or 2.1 percent, to $317.89. Celgene Corp. rose $3.34 or 3.6 percent, ...

  • Lingering effects of subprime crisis in rural US Associated Press - 59 minutes ago

    Many rural residents jumped to get subprime loans at initial affordable terms during the mid-2000s, only to have fortunes disappear as housing boom turned to bust. Signs of the aftermath: — Empty homes. ...

  • Rural areas seek piece of subprime-loan settlement Associated Press - 59 minutes ago
    Rural areas seek piece of subprime-loan settlement

    Long seen as having devastated Sun Belt cities, the subprime mortgage crisis unleashed turmoil on Ohio and other rural areas. Now federal officials are pledging regulatory attention and financial help. ...

  • US stocks gain in midday trading; Apple, Harley up Associated Press - 1 hour 4 minutes ago
    Stocks rise, helped by Chinese data, Apple results

    U.S. stocks were solidly higher in midday trading as the market headed for a fourth day of gains. Traders were encouraged by economic growth figures from China, as well as strong quarterly earnings from ...

  • Dallas tycoon Wyly files for bankruptcy protection Associated Press - 1 hour 8 minutes ago
    Dallas tycoon Wyly files for bankruptcy protection

    Prominent Dallas businessman Samuel Wyly has filed for bankruptcy protection as he and the estate of his brother face up to $400 million in penalties after being found liable for hiding stock holdings ...

  • Staples investigating possible data breach Associated Press - 1 hour 11 minutes ago

    Staples is looking into a potential credit card data breach and has been in touch with law enforcement officials about the issue. The office supplies retailer said Tuesday that if it turns up any data ...

  • Oil CEO in sad toll of famed plane crash victims Associated Press - 1 hour 18 minutes ago
    Oil CEO in sad toll of famed plane crash victims

    Christophe de Margerie, the charismatic CEO of Total SA whose silver handlebar earned him the nickname "Big Mustache," died late Monday at a Moscow airport when his private jet collided with ...

  • Big slump is no cause to ditch stock market Associated Press - 1 hour 20 minutes ago
    Big slump is no cause to ditch stock market

    The stock market's big swings have raised concerns about how much longer the five-year bull market can last. But the volatility is no reason to abandon the market, say professional investors and strategists. ...

  • Packaging error prompts recall of naproxen pills Associated Press - 1 hour 24 minutes ago

    A North Carolina company is recalling nearly 12,000 boxes of pain relief tablets sold at Dollar Tree stores because some cartons contain a different medication that could cause allergic reactions. Greensboro-based ...

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