Business

Economy Is Steaming Along in U.S.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Washington — A funny thing happened while the world financial markets shuddered in panic this week. A range of indicators about the U.S. economy, the world’s largest, showed a recovery that’s continuing to gain steam. Even as stocks whipsawed, data on housing, consumer confidence, the labor market and economic growth all showed the economy flexing its growing muscle. The latest data came Thursday when the Bureau of Economic Analysis said …

Secrets Routinely Sent by Email

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Washington — The transmission of now-classified information across Hillary Clinton’s private email is consistent with a State Department culture in which diplomats routinely sent secret material on unsecured email during the past two administrations, according to documents reviewed by The Associated Press. Clinton’s use of a home server makes her case unique and has become an issue in her front-running campaign for the …

CEOs Make 200 Times More Than Workers

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Earlier this month, the Securities and Exchange Commission approved a rule that will require companies, starting in 2017, to disclose a simple calculation: At what multiple is the chief executives’ compensation vs. the median-compensated worker. It’s a concept many in Corporate America have loved to hate ever since it was first included in the Dodd-Frank financial reform law back in 2010. For one, …

10 Reasons Why You Will Always Be Poor

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Many Americans are clearly not experts at managing their finances and end up broke month after month. The cycle of overspending leaves them poor, even if their income means they are considered well above the poverty line. A third of higher-income households — those that bring in $75,000 …

Social Security Q&A: What Can I Do at the Social Security Website?

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Question: What can I do at www.socialsecurity.gov? Answer: There are many things you can do on Social Security’s website. You can conduct most of your Social Security business online at www.socialsecurity.gov/onlineservices. You can get an estimate of future benefits, find out if you qualify for benefits now and …

The Hot Spots for Home Improvement: Who’s Rebuilding?

Sunday, August 23, 2015

After doing just enough to maintain their homes in the wake of the Great Recession, Americans are starting to ramp up spending on backyard decks, spa-like bathrooms and other vanity improvements. The amount people spend on home remodeling and repair is anticipated to hit $325 billion this year, …

Consumer Confidential: Columbia House — 12 Albums for a Penny! — Files for Bankruptcy

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Before there was iTunes, before there was Spotify — heck, even before Al Gore rolled up his sleeves and invented the Internet — there was Columbia House. The company defined mail-order music for generations of shoppers and pioneered some of the most obnoxious, misleading and hard-to-remedy marketing tactics …

At the Hospitals: Aug. 23, 2015

Sunday, August 23, 2015

DHMC Physician Assistant Hits Milestone Lebanon — Thomas O. Wansleben recently marked 40 years of certification by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. He is one of only 224 physician assistants in the United States to …

Parents Turn to Uber, Others To Ferry Kids

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Forget the big yellow bus or even mom’s taxi. This fall, more and more kids will be heading back to school via Uber and other ride-hailing options. From car pools to practices, a growing number of families are …

Leader of the Midsize Sedan Pack

Sunday, August 23, 2015

If you want to stand out in the marketplace, take something ordinary, give it a twist and you’ll wind up with something perceived as quite different. For instance, if you renovated Kmart stores and stocked them with items …

Baby Boomers, Better Economy Drive Up RV Sales

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Milwaukee — If you’re seeing a lot of travel trailers and motor homes on the highway these days, it’s more than a sign of summer. For the first time in a decade, the recreational-vehicle industry is poised to …

Listeria-Tainted Ice Cream Part of Broader Surge in Food Recalls

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Contaminated-food recalls are on pace to surge this year from 2014, buoyed by the discovery of bacteria in everything from ice cream to spinach. Companies recalled 3.7 million U.S. food items in the first half of the year because of viral or bacterial contaminants such as listeria and …

Lower Prices For Milk Hit Farmers Hard

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Milwaukee — Charlie Jones got into dairy farming four years ago when the industry was on the mend after one of the worst downturns in recent history. Now he’s getting a taste for what it’s like when milk prices plummet and profits become scarce. Jones milks 140 cows. …