12/05/2012 2:33amA language trap is blocking young people from seeking opportunity across the European Union. The Associated Press asks the Class of 2012: Would you move to another non-English speaking EU country in search of work?
12/05/2012 2:39amTesco, Britain's biggest retailer, said Wednesday it is reviewing options for its slow-growing U.S. venture Fresh & Easy.
12/05/2012 4:04amKorean Airlines and Qatar Airways have shown a preliminary interest in acquiring the troubled Czech national carrier, CSA.
12/05/2012 6:04amFrench Budget Minister Jerome Cahuzac is filing a legal complaint against a website that claims he has hidden money from French tax authorities in offshore accounts _ while he has been leading the country's campaign against tax evaders.
12/05/2012 7:13amFreeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold says it is buying oil companies Plains Exploration & Production and McMoRan Exploration for about $9 billion.
12/05/2012 8:28amMaria Menendez, a 25-year-old caught in Spain's job-destroying economic crisis, would love to work in Germany as a veterinarian. Germany, facing an acute shortage of skilled workers, would love to have her.
12/05/2012 8:37amStarbucks says it plans to open at least 1,500 more cafes in the U.S. over the next five years. Here's a look at the company's store count the end of each of its fiscal years, starting in 2005.
12/05/2012 9:10amShares of Western Digital Corp. rose Wednesday, after the computer hard drive maker declared a quarterly dividend of 25 cents.
12/05/2012 9:29amMining company Freeport-McMoRan is buying a pair of oil and gas producers for $9 billion, creating a natural resources conglomerate with assets ranging from oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico to mines in Indonesia.
12/05/2012 9:37amSomalia has bottomed out in an annual ranking of the perceived corruption of nations, joining Afghanistan and North Korea.
12/05/2012 9:42amRETAIL VOTE: The Indian government won a vote in its parliament's powerful lower house Wednesday that gave backing to its plans to open up the country's massive retail sector to international big-box companies such as Wal-Mart.
12/05/2012 9:42amMalawi plans to break ground on a $1 billion new railway line in the country to ferry both passengers and minerals through the nation.
12/05/2012 9:53amDEFAMATION CHARGE: French Budget Minister Jerome Cahuzac is filing a legal complaint against a website that claims he has hidden money from French tax authorities in offshore accounts.
12/05/2012 10:10amHEAT IS ON: Rich countries are to blame for climate change and should take the lead in forging a global climate pact by 2015, the head of the United Nations said Wednesday.
12/05/2012 10:34amMining company Freeport-McMoRan is buying a pair of oil and gas producers for $9 billion, creating a natural resources conglomerate with assets ranging from oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico to mines in Indonesia.
12/05/2012 10:47amRE-PORTING: Work resumed Wednesday at the nation's busiest port complex AT Los Angeles and Long Beach harbors after a crippling strike was settled, ending an eight-day walk-off that affected thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in cargo.
12/05/2012 10:53amMining company Freeport-McMoRan is buying a pair of oil and gas producers for $9 billion, creating a natural resources conglomerate with assets ranging from oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico to mines in Indonesia.
12/05/2012 11:01amMORE PRODUCTIVE, CHEAPER WORK FORCE: U.S. worker productivity grew at an annual rate of 2.9 percent, faster than the initial estimate of 1.9 percent. Labor costs fell at an annual rate of 1.9 percent, a bigger drop than the 0.1 percent dip initially estimated.
12/05/2012 11:56amDEALS APLENTY: All the national drugstore chains _ Walgreen Co., Rite Aid Corp. and CVS Caremark Corp. _ now offer a free customer loyalty program loaded with incentives. Walgreen, the nation's largest chain, became the latest to offer one when its Balance Rewards program debuted in September.
12/05/2012 12:03pmWalgreens wants to reward customers for merely taking a walk, and Rite Aid will help cover trial gym memberships for some of its frequent shoppers.
12/05/2012 12:14pmWARY NEIGHBOR: In the world's rush to get rich off China, Mongolia works mightily to ensure that Chinese investment does not become Chinese dominance.
12/05/2012 12:33pmBusinesses are shopping, but they are looking for a good deal on your health benefits for next year.
12/05/2012 12:35pmBoston Market Corp. is reporting record Thanksgiving sales this year _ and it's already planning for next Thanksgiving.
12/05/2012 12:59pmAn appeals court on Wednesday denied the federal government's request to reconsider a decision blocking a requirement that tobacco companies put large graphic health warnings on cigarette packages to show that smoking can disfigure and even kill people.
12/05/2012 1:15pmThe countries worst hit by the European financial crisis are also perceived as being among the most corrupt in Western Europe, and those perceptions appear to be getting increasingly negative, an international watchdog said in a report released Wednesday.
12/05/2012 1:15pmClearly, Bob Costas stirred up a hornet's nest Sunday with a halftime commentary about Kansas City Chiefs player Jovan Belcher, who killed his girlfriend (and the mother of his child) before killing himself.
12/05/2012 2:05pmMining company Freeport-McMoRan is buying a pair of oil and gas producers for $9 billion, creating a natural resources conglomerate with assets ranging from oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico to a huge copper mine in Indonesia.
12/05/2012 2:06pmThe federal Energy Information Agency put out its annual energy outlook on Wednesday, predicting a sharp increase in U.S. oil production and a smaller-than-expected rise in gasoline use. Here's a look at some of the report's key findings:
12/05/2012 2:15pmTAKING THE PULSE: Darden Restaurants Inc., which owns Olive Garden and Red Lobster, won't shift any current full-time workers to part-time status in 2014 when new health care regulations take effect.
12/05/2012 2:36pmMining company Freeport-McMoRan is buying a pair of oil and gas producers for $9 billion, creating a natural resources conglomerate with assets ranging from oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico to a huge copper mine in Indonesia.
12/05/2012 2:40pmThe official at the Securities and Exchange Commission who heads the division responsible for oversight of the securities markets and exchanges is leaving the agency.
12/05/2012 2:47pmExporting natural gas would benefit the U.S. economy even if it led to higher domestic prices for the fuel, according to a study commissioned by the Energy Department.
12/05/2012 3:30pmIt's only one number higher. But BMW is hoping that a small numerical change will translate into extra dolllars on the showroom floor.
12/05/2012 3:43pmCitigroup said Wednesday that it will cut 11,000 jobs, a bold early move by new CEO Michael Corbat.
12/05/2012 3:50pmThe stock-market debut of WhiteHorse Finance finally happened after a few false starts.
12/05/2012 4:00pmUnited Airlines says a failed electrical generator is the reason one of its new Boeing 787s made an emergency landing in New Orleans.
12/05/2012 4:04pmTO ERR IS HUMAN: The Nasdaq OMX Group blamed "human error" for a series of delays in the initial public offering of WhiteHorse Finance on Wednesday.
12/05/2012 4:12pmAnother Starbucks may soon pop up around the corner, with the world's biggest coffee company planning to add at least 1,500 cafes in the U.S. over the next five years.
12/05/2012 4:22pmStandard & Poor's has lowered Greece's credit rating to "selective default" in light of its offer to buy back bonds at well below their face value.
12/05/2012 4:44pmThe owner of Olive Garden and Red Lobster says it won't bump any full-time workers down to part-time status, after its tests aimed at limiting health care costs resulted in a publicity backlash that took a bite out of sales.
12/05/2012 4:50pmTreasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said Wednesday that the Obama administration is "absolutely" ready for the economy to go over the "fiscal cliff" rather than accept a budget deal that doesn't include higher tax rates for top earners.
12/05/2012 6:02pmFor years, some top managers at electronics multinationals would hold secretive meetings in Europe and Asia to fix the global market on the most expensive part of television and computer monitors.
12/05/2012 6:22pmChinese state media quoted a former worker as saying he set the fire that killed 14 young women at a Chinese undergarment factory because he was angry about less than $500 in unpaid wages.
12/05/2012 7:20pmState media say that China will allow most foreign visitors to stay in Beijing for three days without a visa if they are heading on to another country, a policy meant to boost tourism and smooth the way for transiting passengers and business travelers.
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