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Retailers now lenders: Is that a problem?

By BERNARD CONDON

Short sellers say some of these non-traditional lenders have gotten sloppy in picking who to lend to and they are betting that defaults are coming.



Software firm accused of bias

The U.S. Department of Labor has filed a lawsuit accusing a high-flying Silicon Valley software company of systematically discriminating against Asian job applicants over the last five years.


Albertsons HQ gets Idaho tax break

The Idaho Department of Commerce has agreed to reimburse 30 percent of grocery chain Albertsons' state taxes for the next 15 years under a plan intended to promote job growth in Idaho.


Mileage estimates drop as EPA changes formula

By TOM KRISHER

Highway gas mileage estimates for about one-third of all new vehicles sold in the U.S. will fall by one mile per gallon because the government has changed the way it calculates the numbers on the window sticker.


Online services want your birthdate — but it's a risk

By BARBARA ORTUTAY

Of all the personal information people tend to give out willy-nilly on the internet, birthdate is perhaps the most ubiquitous.


Miami airport maintenance manager charged in $5M light bulb scheme

The director of terminal maintenance owned a Porsche, wore designer suits and rented sky boxes for concerts.


Ore. pot growers eye tourism options

Pot growers in southwest Oregon say the industry could eventually join vineyards and pear orchards as Rogue Valley agricultural mainstays and draw in more tourists.



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