Big food makers try hipster guises

Major companies are testing whether it would pay to tuck away their world famous logos such as McDonalds and Taco Bell, in favor of more hipster guises.
By Candice Choi

US economic growth in fourth quarter revised down to 2.2 percent

WASHINGTON — The U.S. economy slowed more sharply in the final three months of the year than initial estimates, reflecting weaker business stockpiling and a bigger trade deficit.
By Martin Crutsinger

Signed contracts to buy US homes rise to 18-month high

Signed contracts to buy US homes climb in January to highest level in nearly 18 months.
By Christopher S. Rugaber

US consumer sentiment slips in February on icy weather

WASHINGTON — Harsh winter weather left U.S. consumers feeling a bit less confident this month, the University of Michigan says. But confidence levels still remain at the highest level in eight years.

Former Denver mayor speaks at chamber's annual meeting

Wellington Webb, Denver's former mayor, served as the guest speaker Thursday during the Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce's annual dinner.
By Jenna Martin

Sears 4Q loss narrows, sales slide as business shifts

NEW YORK — Sears recorded its fourth straight year of falling profit and revenue, even as cost cutting and store closures helped narrow its loss for the fourth quarter.
By Michelle Chapman

Regulators OK 'net neutrality' rules for Internet providers

WASHINGTON — Internet service providers now must act in the “public interest” when providing a mobile connection to your home or phone, under rules approved Thursday.
By Anne Flaherty

Coke bottle's 100-year history featured at High Museum

ATLANTA - The curvy Coca-Cola bottle is celebrating its 100th birthday, and an art museum is exploring the origins and influence of a bottle design that's so recognizable, you'd know the brand if you held it in the dark.
By Kate Brumback

New Italian eatery open in Columbia County

Local chef Edward Mendoza has opened his second area restaurant, Cucina 503, at 502 Furys Ferry Road in Martinez.

Agency hired to speed up air bag probe

DETROIT — The auto industry, fed up with slow progress toward finding out why some air bags explode with too much force, has hired a Virginia rocket science company to investigate the matter.
By Tom Krisher

Drug company ordered to pay South Carolina $126 million

COLUMBIA - A Johnson & Johnson subsidiary should pay South Carolina $136 million over deceptive drug marketing of an anti-psychotic drug, the state's highest court ruled this week.
By Meg Kinnard
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