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Yoga workshops April 26-28

April 16, 2013

SHERIDAN — Santosha Yoga, on the top floor of the old Taylor School at 1030 N. Main St., is hosting a weekend of yoga workshops April 26-28. Baxter Bell, medical doctor and master yoga teacher, will share ways that yoga can keep you healthier and happier as you age. Scheduled classes are: • “The Bones Read More

Curl Up & Dye marking 12 years in business

SHERIDAN — Curl Up & Dye, LLC, is celebrating 12 years in business. An open house and anniversary celebration is planned for Thursday from 4-7 p.m. Refreshments, drawings, booking specials and retail specials will be offered during the open house. The hair, nail and makeup salon has had a facelift and welcomed employees Sara Tomisich Read More

Big Horn Ear, Nose and Throat hosting screening

SHERIDAN — Community members who think they might have allergies are invited to make an appointment for a simple allergy screening test to be held at Big Horn Ear, Nose and Throat. The test will take about 45 minutes and will test for several standard allergens. In the case of a positive test, options for Read More

US adds just 88K jobs; rate drops to 7.6 pct

April 5, 2013

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers added just 88,000 jobs in March, the fewest in nine months and a sharp retreat after a period of strong hiring. The slowdown may signal that the economy is heading into a weak spring. The Labor Department said Friday that the unemployment rate dipped to 7.6 percent, the lowest in Read More

Facebook unveils ‘Home’ Android product

April 4, 2013

MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) — With its new “Home” on Android gadgets, Facebook aims to put its social network at the center of people’s mobile experiences. Facebook has introduced software called Home that makes the social network the hub of any smartphone running Google’s Android operating system. The idea behind the software is to bring Read More

US is halfway to Obama 5-year export-doubling goal

WASHINGTON (AP) — Suddenly, outsourcing is on the way out and insourcing on the way in as the U.S. trudges unevenly toward President Barack Obama’s goal of doubling American exports around the world by the start of 2015. So far, export levels are about halfway to his mark.

Chrysler, Ford sales up

April 2, 2013

DETROIT (AP) — March was the best sales month for Ford and Chrysler in nearly six years, as buyers armed with tax refund checks were lured by flashy new vehicles and low interest rates. Ford’s sales were up 6 percent and Chrysler’s rose 5 percent compared with last March. It was the best month for Read More

Pensions at heart of Stockton, Calif., bankruptcy

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — On its first official day in bankruptcy, the city of Stockton now must grapple with the hard part of reorganizing its financial affairs — how to share the financial burden equitably among creditors while meeting its massive state pension obligations. At the conclusion of a three-day trial, a judge on Monday Read More

Where’s the beef (from)?

SHERIDAN — Sheridan area ranchers are criticizing a new rule handed down by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, saying it places an undue burden on independent cattle producers. The animal disease traceability rule, which went into effect last month, creates additional livestock identification measures for producers looking to ship animals out of state. Ostensibly, the Read More

Move over chicken: Boston Market introduces ribs

April 1, 2013

NEW YORK (AP) — Boston Market is expanding beyond its well-known rotisserie chicken offering for a new meat: ribs. The Golden, Colo.-based chain hopes the ribs, its biggest new food launch in six years, will help bring new customers into its restaurants.

Is home where the profit is?

NEW YORK (AP) — J.C. Penney is honing in on its home department as part of a bigger plan to turn its stores into mini-malls of sorts. The struggling department-store chain is unveiling revamped home areas within its stores that feature 20 boutiques that highlight 50 new brands. The areas will include an eclectic mix Read More

NYC deal is key in sick days push, advocates say

March 30, 2013

NEW YORK (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of workers in New York City are poised to get paid sick days in what may prove a pivotal moment in a national debate over whether businesses should be required to provide them. After reaching a deal that could affect about 1 million workers in settings ranging from Read More

Dell opens window on efforts to sell company

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Dell ‘s financial advisers tried to persuade 71 potential bidders to make an offer for the troubled personal computer maker before two of them emerged to challenge a proposed $24.4 billion deal with the company’s founder, according to documents filed Friday. The wide-ranging efforts to ignite a bidding contest for Dell Read More

NYC Council speaker: Sick leave plan a balance

March 29, 2013

NEW YORK (AP) — A plan to require thousands of New York City businesses to provide paid sick leave balances workers’ needs with businesses’ concerns, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn said Friday, a day after announcing that lawmakers and advocates reached a deal on the hotly contested issue. Meanwhile, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said he’d veto Read More

Monroe, Eisenhower letters to be auctioned

NEW YORK (AP) — Marilyn Monroe’s letter of despair to mentor Lee Strasberg and Dwight D. Eisenhower’s heartfelt missives to his wife during World War II are among hundreds of historical documents being offered in an online auction. Monroe’s handwritten, undated letter to the famed acting teacher is expected to fetch $30,000 to $50,000 in Read More

NY top court OKs tax on online sellers like Amazon

March 28, 2013

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York’s highest court ruled Thursday the state can collect sales tax from out-of-state retailers, rejecting claims by Amazon.com and Overstock.com that the tax law violates the U.S. Constitution’s Commerce Clause. The Court of Appeals said in a 4-1 ruling that the 2008 amendment meets the U.S. Supreme Court test that Read More

U.S. jobless claims jump 16,000 to 357,000

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits jumped by 16,000 last week, the second straight weekly increase. But the longer-term trend in layoffs remained consistent with an improved job market. Applications increased to a seasonally adjusted 357,000 for the week ending March 23, the Labor Department said Thursday. That’s up from 341,000 Read More

Panera trying new pay-what-you-want experiment

March 27, 2013

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Order a bowl of turkey chili at a St. Louis-area Panera Bread cafe and it’ll cost you a penny. Or $5. Or $100. In other words, whatever you decide. Three years after launching the first of five pay-what-you-want cafes, the suburban St. Louis-based chain on Wednesday quietly began its latest charitable Read More

Signed contracts to buy US homes dips slightly

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fewer Americans signed contracts to buy homes in February, but the level stayed close to a nearly three-year high. The report suggests sales of previously occupied homes will keep rising in the coming months. The National Association of Realtors said Wednesday that its seasonally adjusted index for pending home sales dipped to Read More

WCDA: Local housing market challenging for young people

March 26, 2013

SHERIDAN — New figures from the Wyoming Community Development Association suggest that Sheridan County’s rapidly aging population is making it difficult for younger people to gain a foothold in the area’s housing market. While Wyoming’s market remains generally favorable to buyers, affordable housing is harder to come by in Sheridan County than in much of Read More

three free workshops Sat.

SHERIDAN — Landon’s Greenhouse and Nursery invites the public to three free workshops Saturday.The day will start at 8:30 a.m. with “Plotting the Veggie Garden: Companion Planting, Raised Beds and More.” Janelle Gray and Phil Gilmore will explain the many styles of vegetable gardens including raised beds, vertical and square foot gardening. Plant placement for Read More

British teen entrepreneur strikes deal with Yahoo

LONDON (AP) — One of Britain’s youngest Internet entrepreneurs has hit the jackpot after selling his top-selling mobile application Summly to search giant Yahoo. Seventeen-year-old Nick d’Aloisio, who dreamed up the idea for the content-shortening program when he was studying for his exams, said he was surprised by the deal. As with its other recent Read More

Investment orders drop in February

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. orders for long-lasting goods that signal business investment plans fell in February by the largest amount in seven months, although the decline followed a strong month in January and may prove to be a temporary setback.The Commerce Department says orders for core capital goods declined 2.7 percent in February. Demand weakened Read More

T-Mobile gets rid of contracts for cellphones

March 25, 2013

NEW YORK (AP) — T-Mobile USA, the struggling No. 4 cellphone company, is ditching plans centered on familiar two-year contracts in favor of selling phones on installment plans. T-Mobile is the first major U.S. carrier to break from the contract model. The company changed its website over the weekend to begin selling the new plans. Read More

Brother of NY hedge fund founder pleads not guilty

NEW YORK (AP) — The brother of a jailed one-time billionaire hedge fund boss pleaded not guilty to federal fraud charges Monday after rushing from his Brazil home to the United States upon learning last week that he was swept up in a massive insider trading prosecution.Rengan Rajaratnam, 42, “dropped everything and headed to the Read More

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