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Blue times are ahead for denim

 September 14, 2014; Updated: 11:29 pm

New York - Americans' obsession with jeans is beginning to wear thin.Jeans long have been a go-to staple in closets across the country. After all, not many pieces of clothing are so comfortable they can be worn daily, yet...

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Two Rothko paintings among items in estate sale

 September 13, 2014; Updated: 12:47 am

Two Mark Rothko paintings are among the objects that will be auctioned in the fall from the estate of Rachel "Bunny" Mellon, a noted horticulturist, philanthropist and heir to the Listerine fortune, Sotheby's announced Friday. The Rothkos, which...

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Cape Wind project shuns Rhode Island for construction base

 September 13, 2014; Updated: 12:47 am

The developers of a proposed wind farm off the coast of Cape Cod have signed a lease agreement with the state to use New Bedford for staging and construction of the 130 turbine project.

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Olive Garden ‘pasta pass’ hits the black market

 September 13, 2014; Updated: 12:47 am

On Monday, Olive Garden announced a marketing gimmick in which, for a mere $100, the restaurant would bestow seven-week “unlimited pasta passes” to 1,000 carb-loving fans. The passes sold out, predictably, in little more than an hour.

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Home Depot's malware details hint its hackers weren't Target's

 September 12, 2014; Updated: 5:07 am

Washington — Home Depot Inc. was hacked with a malicious software program that plunders store registers while disguising itself as antivirus software, according to two security researchers.

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Investor picks breadstick battle with Olive Garden

 September 12, 2014; Updated: 8:02 am

Olive Garden is hurting itself by piling on too many breadsticks, according to an investor that's disputing how the restaurant chain is run.

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Consumer confidence falls to lowest level in five weeks

 September 12, 2014; Updated: 11:42 pm

Washington - Consumer confidence fell to a five-week low as Americans' views on the economy and the buying climate soured.The Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index declined to 36.5 in the period ended Sept. 7, the worst reading since the...

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Regulators reject nuke plant shutdown

 September 12, 2014; Updated: 11:42 pm

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Wednesday rejected a federal expert's recommendation to shut down California's last operating nuclear power plant until the agency can determine whether its reactors can withstand shaking from nearby...

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RadioShack says it may need more capital for turnaround

 September 12, 2014; Updated: 11:42 pm

New York - RadioShack says it may need more capital to help complete its turnaround efforts.CEO Joseph Magnacca said in a statement on Thursday that the consumer electronics company is actively exploring options for overhauling its...

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State helps Atlantic City jobless

 September 11, 2014; Updated: 11:55 pm

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Apple rebound lifts tech sector, markets higher

 September 11, 2014; Updated: 11:55 pm

U.S. stocks rose Wednesday, with the Nasdaq 100 index recovering almost all of Tuesday's losses, as a rally in Apple lifted technology companies while investors continued to speculate on the timing of interest-rate increases.Apple jumped...

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Burger King risks customer loyalty

 September 11, 2014; Updated: 11:55 pm

Burger King Worldwide is at risk of losing U.S. customers in the wake of a decision to move its headquarters to Canada, according to a survey from YouGov BrandIndex. Consumer perception of the brand has turned negative following an Aug. 26...

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iPhones with bigger screens may find eager senior buyers

 September 11, 2014; Updated: 11:55 pm

San Francisco - Eden Adams, 65, is ready to upgrade after using her iPhone for about three years.The schoolteacher from Fremont, Calif., had looked at her daughter's Samsung Electronics smartphone, which has a larger screen, and...

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Trump casino gets reprieve with financing

 September 11, 2014; Updated: 11:55 pm

Wilmington, Del. - Trump Entertainment Resorts Inc. got court approval Wednesday to use cash that secures loans from funds affiliated with billionaire Carl Icahn to prevent immediate liquidation, even as a lawyer said the casino...

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Trump's casinos file for bankruptcy

 September 10, 2014; Updated: 12:08 am

By WAYNE PARRYAtlantic City, N.J. - Trump Entertainment Resorts filed for bankruptcy Tuesday and threatened to shut down the Taj Mahal Casino Resort, which would make it the fifth Atlantic City casino to close this...

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Dollar General goes hostile in bid for rival

 September 10, 2014; Updated: 7:10 am

Dollar General is going hostile with its $9.1 billion bid for Family Dollar after repeated rejections of previous offers by its rival.

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Apple debuts smartwatch, two new iPhones and mobile payments

 September 10, 2014; Updated: 12:08 am

Cupertino, Calif. - Apple CEO Tim Cook debuted Apple's first new product category Tuesday since the introduction of the iPad tablet computer, showing off a new smartwatch along with two iPhones and a mobile-payments offering built in to...

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Economic forecast in much of world: Dim to gloomy

 September 10, 2014; Updated: 12:08 am

The Great Recession officially ended more than five years ago. Yet the feeling of many people around the world can be summarized in one word: Gloom. In a survey of 48,643 people in 44 countries out Tuesday, the Pew Research Center found that 60...

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U.S. recovery drives the dollar sharply higher

 September 10, 2014; Updated: 12:08 am

In the world of currencies, the dollar is starting to look like a safe home in a tough neighborhood. A strengthening U.S. economy, combined with a gloomy outlook for growth elsewhere in the world, is pushing the U.S. currency sharply...

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Hiring, job openings on the rise

 September 10, 2014; Updated: 12:08 am

Washington - The number of U.S. job openings remained near the highest level in 13 years in July, and companies also stepped up hiring that month to the fastest pace in nearly seven years, two signs the job market is slowly...

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Developer plans remake of area near Faneuil Hall

 September 10, 2014; Updated: 12:08 am

A Boston real estate developer is proposing to transform a cluster of office buildings near Faneuil Hall into a vibrant commercial complex featuring restaurants, retail and hotel space. Related Beal's proposal for Congress Square calls for adding...

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Southwest selfies

 September 9, 2014; Updated: 11:43 pm

Southwest Airlines employees crowd under the belly of a plane Monday to get cellphone photos of the airlines' newly unveiled paint color scheme at Love Field in Dallas. The new look comes in a year during which 43-year-old Southwest has begun...

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Christie gives okay to sports betting

 September 9, 2014; Updated: 11:42 pm

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie issued a directive Monday allowing his state's casinos and racetracks to offer sports betting without fear of criminal or civil liability. The governor said he took his cue from previous federal court rulings that...

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About that raise ... Execs feel tight-fisted

 September 9, 2014; Updated: 11:42 pm

Washington - The corporate executives who decide whether workers get meaningful raises have a message: Don't expect one anytime soon.And if you're counting on a full-time job offer in the future, your prospects may be...

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Treasury nears final say on tax inversions

 September 9, 2014; Updated: 11:42 pm

Washington - The Treasury Department will decide in the "very near future" what actions it can take to deter U.S. companies from cutting tax bills by moving their addresses to other countries, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said...

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