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  • Google exec sets records with leap from near-space Friday, 24 Oct 2014 | 3:55 PM ET

    ROSWELL, New Mexico— Google executive Alan Eustace broke the sound barrier and set several skydiving records over the southern New Mexico desert early Friday after taking a big leap from the edge of space. The technology that has gone into developing the balloon, the spacesuit and the other systems that were used in Friday's launch will be used to advance...

  • Paintings in national parks spark probe, furor Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 5:34 PM ET

    SALT LAKE CITY— A series of colorful, eerie faces painted on rocks in some of the West's most famously picturesque landscapes has sparked an investigation by the National Park Service and a furor online. Agents so far have confirmed the images in Yosemite and four other national parks in California, Utah and Oregon. Last year in Utah, two Boy Scout leaders caused an...

  • Swift Transportation tops 3Q profit forecasts Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 5:06 PM ET

    PHOENIX _ Swift Transportation Co. on Thursday reported third-quarter net income of $50.2 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 35 cents per share. Analysts expected $1.1 billion, according to Zacks.

  • Glass maker deals to exit Apple, Arizona plant Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 2:31 PM ET

    PHOENIX— Nearly 2,000 furnaces installed in an Arizona factory to make synthetic sapphire glass for Apple Inc. will be removed and sold under a deal between the tech giant and the company that had been gearing up to produce huge amounts of the product for use in Apple's products. GT filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization on Oct. 6 and says it will use the...

  • Oct 23- Apple Inc said on Thursday it is studying options for sapphire supply and might work again with GT Advanced Technologies Inc if the distressed supplier can reduce production costs for the scratch-resistant material. GT, a former stock market darling and supplier to Apple, filed for bankruptcy on Oct 6 in a stunning turn of events for a company whose...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 23- Apple Inc said on Thursday it would keep evaluating its former supplier GT Advanced Technologies' progress on developing sapphire production and also consider other options for its plant in Mesa, Arizona. "Apple put a lot of effort into an ambitious new sapphire manufacturing process with GTAT which is not ready for production," Apple...

  • Mobile Mini beats 3Q net income expectations Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 9:42 AM ET

    TEMPE, Ariz. _ Mobile Mini Inc. on Thursday reported third-quarter earnings of $14.8 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 32 cents per share. Analysts expected $115 million, according to Zacks.

  • Oct 23- GT Advanced Technologies Inc said it reached an agreement with Apple Inc under which it will stop making sapphire materials and focus on supplying equipment to make sapphire crystals. GT said it would be released from all exclusivity obligations with Apple and a mechanism would be provided for the iPhone maker to recover its $439 million pre-payment...

  • Avnet beats Street 1Q forecasts Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 8:36 AM ET

    PHOENIX _ Avnet Inc. on Thursday reported fiscal first-quarter net income of $127.9 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 97 cents per share. Avnet expects full-year earnings in the range of $1.15 to $1.25 per share.

  • FLAGSTAFF, Ariz.— Navajo high court orders officials to postpone tribe's presidential election, reprint ballots.

  • Oct 23- GT Advanced Technologies Inc said it reached an agreement with Apple Inc, under which GT will exit sapphire materials production. GT will shut down its factories in Mesa, Arizona and Salem, Massachusetts, the company said in a statement on Thursday. Under the terms of the agreement, GT will be released from all exclusivity obligations with Apple and a...

  • A Republican Senate means changing the chairmen Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 | 1:58 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— If Republicans win the Senate, the Pentagon should brace for constant grilling from Sen. The size of a Republican majority would determine committee ratios and budgets; more seats in the Senate translate into a greater advantage on the panels. "If we lose the Senate, for one thing, the way this Senate's been operating, they could end up blocking all my...

  • The top 20 US cities for tech startup funding Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 | 1:44 PM ET

    About half of that funding went to San Francisco and Silicon Valley, according to the National Venture Capital Association. 1. San Francisco, $9.32 billion, 506 deals. 2. San Jose, California, $3.78 billion, 237 deals.

  • Report blasts rabbit massages among gov't waste Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 | 11:46 AM ET

    Coburn has crusaded against "pork barrel" projects since coming to Congress in 1995. While he has been on the losing end of most votes, he cites several examples in which publicity ended waste, such as an almost $500,000 annual subsidy for an Oklahoma airport that had hardly any flights. He criticized $4.6 million in overpriced housing for temporary Border...

  • Knight Transportation tops Street 3Q forecasts Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 | 9:03 AM ET

    PHOENIX _ Knight Transportation Inc. on Wednesday reported third-quarter profit of $25.1 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 27 cents per share. Analysts expected $264.8 million, according to Zacks.

  • Big utilities pushing into booming home solar market Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 | 7:00 AM ET

    Solar powers only half a million U.S. homes and businesses, according to solar market research firm GTM Research. In Arizona, the state's largest utility has proposed putting solar panels on 3,000 customers' homes, promising a $30 monthly break on their power bills. Residential solar grew 45 percent in the second quarter from the previous year and installations...

  • Oct 21- Apple and GT Advanced Technologies Inc struck an agreement on Tuesday that will let GT begin the shutdown of key Arizona operations, and shed some more light on why the former stock market darling abruptly filed for bankruptcy this month. A lawyer for GT, Apple's erstwhile sapphire supplier, described the deal at a hearing in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in...

  • DETROIT, Oct 21- Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signed a bill on Tuesday that will keep electric carmaker Tesla Motors Inc from selling its cars directly to consumers in the state, home to the biggest U.S. automakers. Michigan becomes the fifth U.S. state to keep Tesla from easily selling cars directly to consumers, joining Texas, New Jersey, Arizona and Maryland,...

  • Oct 21- Apple Inc and GT Advanced Technologies Inc have struck an agreement to shutter a key Arizona factory and allow the Apple supplier to explain the circumstances leading up to its abrupt bankruptcy filing, a lawyer for GT told a court on Tuesday. Scant details have emerged since GT Advanced, which was to have been a major supplier of scratch-resistant...

  • Oct 21- A lawyer for GT Advanced Technologies Inc, a specialty glass supplier of Apple Inc, told a bankruptcy court on Tuesday the company was close to a settlement with the iPhone maker over access to information. Scant details have emerged since GT Advanced filed for bankruptcy on Oct. 6, wiping out most of its market value and triggering speculation as to what may...