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  • Massachusetts again tops Milken Institute rankings of high-tech states

    April 10, 2013 7:26 PM 167

    Massachusetts once again achieved the top spot on an index that seeks to rank states by their technology and science capabilities --- only this time, the Bay State widened its lead over its closest rival. The State Technology and Science and Technology Index is compiled the Milken Institute, a California think tank that evaluates such factors as research

  • American Airlines expanding LAX service with eight new destinations

    April 10, 2013 6:28 PM 154

    For a carrier whose parent company is still in bankruptcy, American Airlines doesn’t show signs of retrenching. The airline announced plans Wednesday to expand to eight new destinations out of Los Angeles International Airport in an effort to secure more big-spending business travelers. It will bring to 51 the number of domestic and international destinations

  • Barrick Gold drops as Chilean court blocks project

    April 10, 2013 5:45 PM 143

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  • Stocks keep the rally rolling

    April 10, 2013 4:55 PM 128

    NEW YORK — The stock market continued its upward march Wednesday, propelling both the Dow Jones industrial average and the Standard & Poor's 500-stock index to fresh all-time highs. Stocks were the recipients of a wave of buying interest from investors who view the stock market, despite its lofty trading level, as a better place to park their money when cash and bonds

  • Sarah Palin Tesla slam: Is electric carmaker really a 'loser'?

    April 10, 2013 4:54 PM 120

    Sarah Palin attacked Tesla in a Facebook post recently, lumping the electric car company in with other federally-funded, clean-energy failures. While Fisker Automotive is a fair target, Sarah Palin doesn't have the same argument when it comes to the more-successful Tesla Motors. Both companies were backed by Department of Energy loan guarantees, but the electric

  • Postal Service backs off plan to stop Saturday delivery

    April 10, 2013 4:20 PM 136

    The postal service's board said Wednesday that it will continue to deliver mail six days a week. In February, the agency announced a plan to stop delivering mail on Saturdays, except for packages and express mail. The board said Wednesday it decided to stay the course because of a Congressional mandate for Saturday delivery that had been on the books

  • ConocoPhillips freezes 2014 Alaska drill plans

    April 10, 2013 3:49 PM 163

    The company said it could not justify the significant financial investment required to drill in the Chukchi Sea next year amid "evolving federal regulatory requirements and operational permitting standards". “While we are confident in our own expertise and ability to safely conduct offshore Arctic operations, we believe that more time is needed to ensure

  • McDonald's pulls regional ad parody of mental illness

    April 10, 2013 3:45 PM 146

    McDonald's has killed a regional ad that seems to poke fun at mental illness, but some critics say the fast-food chain may not be doing enough. Following consumer complaints, a regional ad for its Big Mac that parodies mental illness -- featuring a familiar photo of a woman who appears to be crying with her head in her hand -- has been yanked by the fast-food

  • Panic fleeing beyond official zone may bog down nuclear evacuation, says report to Congress

    April 10, 2013 12:54 PM 164

    The ‘Dirty Dozen’ tax scams the IRS wants you to avoid As a result, the GAO report says, “evacuation time estimates may not accurately consider the impact of shadow evacuations.” The Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the federal agency in charge of nuclear safety, disputed the findings. The investigation was requested by four U.S. senators: Democrats Barbara

  • Fallout from unprecedented drop in 1st-quarter PC sales hits Microsoft, other bellwethers

    April 10, 2013 12:17 PM 116

    What will Congress do with the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act? The stocks of industry bellwethers Microsoft Corp., Hewlett-Packard Co. and Intel Corp. all sagged on the news that PCs suffered an unprecedented sales decline during the first three months of the year. The double-digit percentage decline dimmed hopes that PCs would get a lift from a radical