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China's impact looms large as US debates its own trade deals

China's impact looms large as US debates its own trade deals

WASHINGTON (AP) — If the U.S. doesn't write the rules of international trade, President Barack Obama warns, China will. In fact, China is already helping write those rules, and in some ways has jumped ahead of the game.
There's intense competition between the U.S. and China for economic influence in the world. As Obama seek ... (full story)


To fight bee decline, Obama proposes more land to feed bees

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration hopes to save the bees by feeding them better.
A new federal plan aims to reverse America's declining honeybee and monarch butterfly populations by making millions of acres of federal land more bee-friendly, spending millions of dollars more on research and considering the use of f ... (full story)


Now hear this

Dear Mr. Berko: Do know the name of a large drug company that is supposed to have a cure for deafness? I have profound hearing loss, and I'm interested in the company. And I have about $30,000 to invest if you think the stock would be a good long-term investment. -- TP, Erie, Pa.
Dear TP: The company to which you refer is Novarti ... (full story)


Port labor slowdown, bad winter hurt Macy's profit

Port labor slowdown, bad winter hurt Macy's profit

CINCINNATI (AP) — Macy's first-quarter profit fell 13 percent as the department store chain faced delayed merchandise shipments from the West Coast port slowdown, severe winter weather and lower spending by international tourists.
The company, which has been a standout in retailing throughout the economic recovery, is the f ... (full story)


A Youngstown farm that stands apart from others

Once ravaged by the loss of the steel industry, the city of Youngstown is now becoming known for its innovative businesses and efforts at revitalization.
So when Kevin Bachhuber and Jaci Ampulski were looking for a spot to start the first urban cricket farm in the United States exclusively devoted to raising human-grade entomopha ... (full story)