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Going back to the rails

 July 26, 2014; Updated: 12:06 am

C&O steam locomotive 1309, one of the country's largest remaining steam locomotives, makes its way to Cumberland, Md., from Baltimore on a flatcar. The B&O Museum of Baltimore and the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad arranged for the transfer of the...

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Global strife doesn't dent stocks' armor

 July 26, 2014; Updated: 11:55 pm

A war breaks out between Israel and Hamas. An airliner is shot out of the sky in Ukraine. A Portuguese bank's finances look shaky.And the U.S. stock market's response? After dipping briefly on the bad news, it climbs...

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Wal-Mart's new U.S. chief faces bare shelves, surly shoppers

 July 26, 2014; Updated: 11:55 pm

New York - Empty shelves, grumpy customers, long lines at the register: These are just some of the challenges facing Wal-Mart Stores Inc.'s new U.S. chief.Greg Foran, who takes charge Aug. 9, inherits a chain wedded to an outdated...

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U.S. PROBES HYUNDAI AIR BAG PROBLEM

 July 26, 2014; Updated: 11:55 pm

U.S. safety regulators are investigating whether an electrical problem can knock out the air bags on some older Hyundai Sonatas. The probe announced Friday covers about 394,000 midsize cars from 2006 through 2008. The National Highway...

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Fast-food workers prepare to intensify push for better wages

 July 26, 2014; Updated: 11:55 pm

Chicago - Fast-food workers say they're prepared to escalate their campaign for higher wages and union representation, starting with a national convention in suburban Chicago where more than 1,000 workers are expected to discuss the future...

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RUSSIA: MCD'S SERVES 'TOO MANY CALORIES'

 July 26, 2014; Updated: 11:55 pm

Russia's consumer protection agency has filed a suit against McDonald's for allegedly selling food that does not meet legal standards.The case was announced Friday on the website of the agency, Rospotrebnadzor, which said it comes in the...

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Strikes and boycotts support an ousted CEO

 July 25, 2014; Updated: 10:50 pm

Employees protest over many things: higher wages, better benefits, safer working conditions in their jobs. What's far more unusual, if not unprecedented, is to see workers, organized by senior managers, stage a rebellion to help their CEO get his...

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Sales drop, profits rise for defense contractors

 July 25, 2014; Updated: 10:50 pm

General Dynamics alone sees Q2 earnings declineWashington - Three large defense contractors saw revenue fall in the second quarter, but profits increased as companies cut costs to cope with a...

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Dunkin’ Donuts pushes ‘upsell’ in afternoons

 July 25, 2014; Updated: 10:50 pm

If an iced coffee from Dunkin' Donuts is part of your afternoon routine, expect a nudge to buy a cookie or doughnut you didn't plan on. Dunkin' Brands CEO Nigel Travis said in a phone interview Thursday that the company is pushing to get its...

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Dick’s Sporting Goods lays off PGA golf pros

 July 25, 2014; Updated: 10:50 pm

The Dick's Sporting Goods chain has laid off 478 Professional Golfers' Association teaching pros months after the company reported that sales of golf gear are dwindling.Based in the Pittsburgh suburb of Findlay Township, Dick's operates...

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IBM tests Watson with consumers

 July 24, 2014; Updated: 11:03 pm

International Business Machines is putting its Watson natural-language technology to the test with consumers on a wide scale for the first time. On the website of financial-services firm USAA, military customers will be able to use IBM's tool to...

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Report finds business owner gender gap

 July 24, 2014; Updated: 11:03 pm

New York - Women who own small business are still far behind their male counterparts when it comes to getting loans and government contracts, a congressional report said Wednesday.The report by Democratic staffers of the Senate...

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Boston convention center may get $1B upgrade

 July 24, 2014; Updated: 11:16 pm

Boston - State lawmakers sent to Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick's desk on Wednesday a bill authorizing a $1 billion expansion of the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.Supporters of the measure tout the proposed expansion of the...

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Gasoline prices dip to four-month low

 July 23, 2014; Updated: 11:55 pm

San Francisco - Retail gasoline slid to the lowest level in almost four months as refineries boosted production.Pump prices averaged $3.593 a gallon Monday, down 4.2 cents from the previous week and the lowest since March 31, data...

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Fruit, veggie juices get trendy; can V8 ride the wave?

 July 23, 2014; Updated: 11:55 pm

Pricey fruit and vegetable juices have become fashionable among those on a quest for fitness, and now V8 is trying to grab their attention. Campbell Soup Co. is hoping it can spark a turnaround for the struggling beverage by hitching it to...

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App goes viral as Ukraine crash spawns planespotters

 July 23, 2014; Updated: 11:55 pm

Toulouse, France - The downing of Malaysia Air Flight 17 over Ukraine has thrust a plane-tracking application into the limelight as more people study global flight paths that previously only drew aviation enthusiasts and...

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Goodwill, feds probe possible data breach

 July 23, 2014; Updated: 11:55 pm

Nonprofit organization Goodwill Industries Inc. is working with federal officials to investigate a possible security breach.The Maryland-based organization said late Monday it was contacted Friday by a payment card industry fraud...

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Web helps Comcast top profit estimates

 July 23, 2014; Updated: 11:55 pm

New York - Comcast, the largest cable company in the U.S. that's in the midst of acquiring Time Warner Cable Inc., reported second-quarter profit that topped estimates on higher revenue from its Internet customers.Earnings,...

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McDonald’s profit slips; U.S. sales decline

 July 23, 2014; Updated: 11:55 pm

McDonald's Corp. said its profit slipped in the second quarter as sales in the U.S. continued to flag. The world's biggest hamburger chain has been struggling to boost sales in its flagship market amid intensifying competition, changing...

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Allergan to cut 1,500 employees

 July 22, 2014; Updated: 11:42 pm

Botox maker Allergan will cut about 13 percent of its workforce, or roughly 1,500 employees, as part of a push to become more efficient and productive. The Irvine, Calif., company also said Monday it plans to eliminate about 250 vacant...

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Verizon boosts FiOS upload speeds to match downloads

 July 22, 2014; Updated: 11:42 pm

New York - Verizon is boosting the upload speeds of nearly all its FiOS connections to match the download speeds, vastly shortening the time it takes for subscribers to send videos and back up their files online.Starting Monday, all...

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Premium Content From candy bars to cooking classes, pot edibles give rise to industry

 July 19, 2014; Updated: 11:42 pm

The proliferation of marijuana edibles for both medical and recreational purposes is giving rise to a cottage industry of baked goods, candies, infused oils and cookbooks.

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Starbucks sees more Apple-like stores after Colombia debut

 July 19, 2014; Updated: 11:42 pm

Starbucks Corp.'s new three-story café in Bogota could be the type of location the coffee-shop chain's customers see more often. Wednesday, the chain opened its first location in Colombia: a 2,700-square-foot store with a heated patio, concrete...

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Premium Content Many factors in weighing safety of foreign airspace

 July 19, 2014; Updated: 11:42 pm

The possibility that the civilian jetliner downed over war-torn eastern Ukraine with nearly 300 people onboard was hit by a missile could have profound consequences for the world's airlines.Airlines might have to be more vigilant about...

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Airbus beats Boeing in airshow orders

 July 18, 2014; Updated: 12:08 am

Farnborough, England - Airbus beat rival Boeing in the aircraft order stakes at this year's Farnborough International Airshow, getting nearly twice as many orders and commitments.The victory by the European aircraft manufacturer is...

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