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  • Business Highlights

    ___ Many see cause for optimism despite slower US job growth WASHINGTON (AP) — Consider looking past January’s so-so job growth. At first glance, Friday’s government report on U.S. hiring was a downer — 151,000…

  • LinkedIn shares plunge almost 44 percent

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Investors gave LinkedIn a poor job review Friday in the form of a dramatic sell-off that wiped out nearly $11 billion in the professional networking site’s market value. A surprise forecast…

  • HSBC reaches $470M deal with US, states over banking abuses

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Banking giant HSBC has reached a $470 million settlement with the federal government and nearly all states over mortgage lending and foreclosure abuses that officials say helped intensify the country’s economic meltdown,…

  • Big 12 leaders agree to single voice dealing with big issues

    IRVING, Texas (AP) — Big 12 presidents and chancellors came to one agreement Friday: While working through the possibility of a football championship game, expansion and a league-wide television network, they are going to defer…

  • How the Dow Jones industrial average fared on Friday

    NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks posted steep losses Friday, ending the week with broad declines, as investors fretted over a report showing that U.S. job creation slowed last month. Technology stocks fell especially hard, and…

  • Tyson Foods, LinkedIn are big market movers

    NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks that moved substantially Friday on the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq stock market: NYSE USG Corp., up $1.93 to $21.04 The maker of building materials, which has been…

  • Recalls this week: power cords, vacuum cleaners

    More than 2 million Microsoft power cords that can overheat and emit flames are among this week’s recalled consumer products. Others include vacuum cleaners with cord plug problems and dive computers that can short-circuit. MICROSOFT…

  • Hopeful sign for US economy: Job hunting ticks up

    WASHINGTON (AP) — For most of an agonizingly slow recovery from the Great Recession, millions of out-of-work Americans huddled on the sidelines of the job market. Yet Friday’s jobs report added to evidence of a…

  • Bridgestone-Firestone recalls over 36,000 truck tires

    DETROIT (AP) — Bridgestone-Firestone North America is recalling more than 36,000 heavy truck tires in the U.S. and Canada because the tread can separate from the body and cause the tires to fail. The recall…

  • Bridgestone-Firestone recalls over 36,000 truck tires

    DETROIT (AP) — Bridgestone-Firestone North America is recalling more than 36,000 heavy truck tires in the U.S. and Canada because the tread can separate from the body and cause the tires to fail. The recall…

  • Energy loans likely to cause further losses for big banks

    NEW YORK (AP) — The nation’s six largest banks have hit an oil slick. They have tens of billions of dollars of exposure to risky energy loans that won’t all be paid back because low…

  • Help wanted: Jobs aplenty at stores, restaurants, hospitals

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The best places to look for work last month? Retail, restaurants and health care. Those sectors alone accounted for more than 140,000 added jobs, helping offset losses in such areas as mining,…

  • France cracks down on food waste by supermarkets

    PARIS (AP) — French supermarkets will be forbidden from destroying unsold food and encouraged to donate to charities or farms instead as part of a national campaign against food waste. The senate approved the bill…

  • Union calls series of strikes on London Underground

    LONDON (AP) — London Underground maintenance workers are planning a series of strikes in a dispute over safety. The Rail, Maritime and Transport union is set to hold seven 12- or 24-hour stoppages beginning Feb.…

  • Scandal-hit VW postpones earnings release, annual meeting

    FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Volkswagen says it is postponing release of its full-year earnings as well as its annual shareholder meeting due to open questions about its diesel emissions scandal. The German carmaker said Friday…