Showdown in rare earth row with China

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Showdown in rare earth row with China

When Barack Obama's BlackBerry buzzes in his pocket, it wouldn't be a surprise if his mind turns to a big trade dispute with China. The super-powerful, super-small magnets that make many smartphones vibrate these days are made from neodymium, o…

When Debt Collectors Call: What You Need to Know

With many Americans struggling to pay their bills one business is booming: debt collectors. But many consumers say the collectors are taking their tactics too far. The Federal Trade Commission received a record number of complaints about debt collector…

College debt especially costly for parents

The burden of soaring college costs is often cast in public debates as an issue for students. But parents also are under growing pressure.

Grateful Dead inspiration for business, personal finance acumen

Change and improvisation are crucial in today's tough economic times, says professor.

Business news

ATLANTA – The unlikely duo of ex-Democratic Gov. Roy Barnes and former Republican House Speaker Glenn Richardson are teaming up to challenge Georgia Power over a surcharge they say has cost ratepayers up to $100 million.

Murdoch offloads TV technology firm NDS

Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation has offloaded its remaining stake in NDS, a satellite TV technology provider where computer hacking allegations have returned to haunt its former parent company.

State's high court hears suits against mortgage clearinghouse

The state Supreme Court heard arguments Thursday in two cases that could determine whether the nation's largest electronic mortgage tracking system has legal authority to foreclose on delinquent homeowners in Washington.

LifeLock buys ID-risk firm

Identity-theft protection firm LifeLock Inc. of Tempe said Wednesday that it has acquired a San Diego-based company that provides the credit industry with ID-theft-risk assessment data.

Window on Pasco, March 14

The Window on Pasco roundup of brief news and public event items from our March 14 West Pasco editions.

Chunks of data to calculate inflation

How the pineapple will be used to calculate the cost of living