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  • See Spot relax: Pet massage gaining popularity Wednesday, 26 Nov 2014 | 9:45 AM ET

    PHOENIX— Spa treatments don't stop with people. "People call me because their dogs are having problems," said Shelah Barr, a San Francisco dog massage therapist. Pet owners spent $4.4 billion last year on "other services," a category that includes grooming, training and services such as massage, according to the American Pet Products Association, which tracks...

  • *Apple briefly crosses $700 bln market cap, ends lower. NEW YORK, Nov 25- U.S. stocks ended little changed on Tuesday as the U.S. economy grew more than expected last quarter but soft readings on consumer confidence and house prices kept major indexes in a tight range. "We did get that great GDP number noting earth-shattering but confirmation the U.S. economy is really...

  • Ford's new F-150 to get 26 mpg, tops among pickups Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 11:57 AM ET

    DEARBORN, Mich.— Ford said Friday that its new aluminum-bodied F-150 pickup will get up to 26 mpg on the highway, making it the most fuel efficient gas-powered full-size pickup. With gas now averaging $2.84 per gallon, the aluminum F-150 will save the average buyer only $100 to $200 a year in fuel costs over competing gasoline models from General Motors and...

  • SAN FRANCISCO/ WASHINGTON, Nov 20- President Barack Obama plans to make life a little easier for some foreign tech workers, but Silicon Valley representatives are disappointed that his immigration rule changes will not satisfy longstanding demands for more visas and faster green cards. The president's moves will make it easier for entrepreneurs to work in...

  • Obama's immigration tweaks leave Big Tech wanting more Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 7:21 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO/ WASHINGTON, Nov 20- Silicon Valley expects President Barack Obama to make life a little easier for foreign workers, but tech industry representatives were disappointed that his immigration rule changes will not satisfy longstanding demands for more visas and faster green cards for high-skilled employees. The president's moves will make it...

  • Arizona sues General Motors over delayed recalls Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 1:38 PM ET

    PHOENIX— Arizona's attorney general has sued General Motors for failing to recall millions of cars and trucks with safety defects the auto giant did not disclose for years. Attorney General Tom Horne said Thursday that he sued under the state's consumer fraud statutes and is seeking a $10,000 fine for each of hundreds of thousands of defective vehicles sold...

  • KKR, CD&R prepare joint bid for PetSmart: Sources Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 7:17 PM ET

    Buyout firms KKR & Co LP and Clayton, Dubilier & Rice LLC (CD&R) have teamed up to take PetSmart Inc private for more than $7.5 billion, people familiar with the matter said on Tuesday.

  • NEW YORK, Nov 18- Buyout firms KKR& Co LP and Clayton, Dubilier& Rice LLC have teamed up to take PetSmart Inc private for more than $7.5 billion, people familiar with the matter said on Tuesday, as the auction for the pet food retailer heats up. KKR and CD&R are planning to submit a joint bid for PetSmart next month, the people said. PetSmart shares traded up 2.2 percent on...

  • PetSmart tops Street 3Q forecasts Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 5:27 PM ET

    PHOENIX _ PetSmart Inc. on Tuesday reported fiscal third-quarter earnings of $92.2 million. Analysts expected $1.73 billion, according to Zacks. For the current quarter ending in January, PetSmart expects its per-share earnings to range from $1.34 to $1.38.

  • NRC chair: Work needed to finish Fukushima changes Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 3:16 PM ET

    ATLANTA— The outgoing chair of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Tuesday the industry must finish making the safety changes required after a nuclear disaster in Japan, and it faces unresolved questions over how to store nuclear waste as existing plants close. Allison Macfarlane became the agency's leader in July 2012 after the stormy tenure of...

  • A look at Arizona health insurance open enrollment Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 2:25 PM ET

    Arizona began its second open enrollment under the Affordable Care Act with an estimated 780,000 uninsured residents out of 6.5 million people in the state, based on estimates done by the Kaiser Family Foundation and the number who gained insurance this year. Three new insurance companies are entering the individual market in Arizona on Jan. 1, including the...

  • The pro-reform camp drew in more than $1.4 million in contributions, with more than $1 million coming from Arnold, according to the Arizona Republic newspaper. Pension costs and debt were significant factors in the bankruptcies of Detroit, and of Stockton and San Bernardino in California, where bankruptcy judges have said public pensions are no longer...

  • LOS ANGELES, Oct 30- A push to reform Phoenix's retirement system has become the latest front in a battle between union-backed groups and a Texas hedge fund billionaire over the future of America's public pensions. Hundreds of thousands of dollars, much of it anonymous out-of-state money, has been flowing to backers of a November 4 ballot initiative in Phoenix...

  • UPDATE 1-Behind the scenes of Sanofi's boardroom bust up Wednesday, 29 Oct 2014 | 8:25 AM ET

    PARIS, Oct 29- A boardroom tussle brewing for months at Sanofi came to a head on Wednesday when France's top drugmaker fired its chief executive, wiping more billions off its share price. While the showdown played out in leaks to national newspapers has stunned investors as a "how not to do it" guide to corporate governance, the writing was on the wall in the...

  • Freeport-McMoRan also said on Tuesday that the union leaders at its Grasberg copper mine in Indonesia, where a truck accident in late September resulted in the death of four miners, planned to conduct a 30- day strike beginning Nov. 6. Freeport-McMoRan said Indonesia had approved resumption of operations on Oct. 13 and while most operating areas had normal...

  • Oct 21- Apollo Education Group Inc said it expects new student enrollments at its flagship University of Phoenix to decline at a smaller rate in the coming year, offering hope that the worst is over for the beleagured U.S. for-profit education industry. Apollo's shares rose as much as 6 percent to their highest in over a month after the company said sign-ups at the...

  • SEATTLE, Oct 9- Microsoft Corp's chief executive officer suggested on Thursday that women in technology should not ask for raises but have faith in the "system", bringing a torrent of criticism and causing the executive to backtrack after the statement. Satya Nadella, who became CEO in February, was asked how women should get ahead in the tech world at a three-day...

  • SEATTLE, Oct 9- Microsoft Corp's chief executive officer suggested on Thursday that women in technology should not ask for raises but have faith in the system, bringing a torrent of criticism and causing the executive to backtrack after the statement. Satya Nadella, who became CEO in February, was asked how women should get ahead in the tech world at a three-day...

  • DALLAS, Oct 8- A Liberian man who was the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the United States died in a Texas hospital on Wednesday, his case having put health authorities on alert for the deadly virus spreading outside of West Africa. About 48 people who had direct or indirect contact with the man since he arrived in the United States from Liberia on Sept. 20 are...

  • NEW YORK, Sept 19- Though diet studies disagree about what's worse for you, carbohydrates or fat, most say nice things about eating protein, including its potential for better weight control. In July, Taco Bell started selling high-protein meals, which contain Greek yogurt options and twice the meat as in its traditional burritos and bowls.