SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The final curtain is falling on the remaining Blockbuster video-rental stores that Dish Network Corp. runs in the U.S.
About 300 Blockbuster locations scattered around the country will be closed by early January. But 50 franchised stores will remain open in the U.S.
4. Athlon goes deep - Friday, September 13, 2013
Sandwiched between the coupons, department-store flyers and comics, the little newsmagazine tucked into the Sunday paper has long been a staple of American households.
And even with the rise of online publishing and the decline of newspapers, a robust market for these publications still exists in many parts of the country, particularly rural areas.5. An early gain fades on Wall Street - Friday, August 02, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — An early rally on Wall Street fizzled, leaving the stock market slightly higher in midday trading Thursday.
Miners and other companies that make basic materials surged after news that China's trade rebounded in July, signaling the end of a six-month slowdown for the world's second-largest economy.
6. Sprint completes acquisition of Clearwire - Friday, July 05, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — Majority owner Sprint has completed its acquisition of wireless network operator Clearwire Corp.
Sprint Nextel Corp. paid $5 per share for the 51 percent of Clearwire it didn't already own. Bellevue, Wash.-based Clearwire runs a mobile broadband network that Sprint uses to provide "4G" service on many of its phones.7. Dish won't submit revised bid for Sprint - Friday, June 14, 2013
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Satellite TV operator Dish Network Corp. said Tuesday it would not submit a revised bid for Sprint, leaving the path open for the wireless carrier to accept what it already considers a superior offer from Japan's Softbank.8. Sprint sues to stop Dish Clearwire buyout - Friday, June 14, 2013
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — Sprint is suing to stop Dish Network's buyout of wireless data network operator Clearwire. The nation's third-largest cellphone carrier said the proposed deal violates the rights of Sprint and other Clearwire shareholders.9. Softbank sweetens offer for Sprint by $1.5B - Friday, June 07, 2013
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — A month after being challenged by a rival to raise its bid for Sprint Nextel, Japan's Softbank did just that, by $1.5 billion.
That brings Softbank's total bid to $21.6 billion for the nation's third-largest carrier, which is still short of the $25.5 billion offered by the rival Dish Network in April.
10. Stocks rise as lackluster reports ease Fed concern - Friday, May 24, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — A pair of lackluster economic reports eased concern that the Federal Reserve would pull back on its economic stimulus, pushing stocks higher on Wall Street.
The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits rose and an initial estimate of first-quarter economic growth was revised slightly lower. That suggests the U.S. economy may still need some time to recover from its funk and that the Fed will keep up its $85 billion in monthly bond purchases.
11. Softbank says its bid for Sprint Nextel superior - Friday, April 12, 2013
TOKYO (AP) — SoftBank Corp. says it believes its bid for U.S. wireless carrier Sprint Nextel is a better choice than the $25.5 billion counteroffer by Dish Network Corp.12. Dish Network offering to buy Sprint in $25.5B deal - Friday, April 12, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — Dish Network Corp. is trying to snag U.S. wireless carrier Sprint Nextel Corp. away from its Japanese suitor in recognition of the way satellite dishes are losing their relevance in the age of cellphones that play YouTube videos.13. Stock market takes biggest drop this year - Friday, April 12, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — A steep fall in commodity prices led the stock market to its worst day this year on Monday, as worries about the global economy resurfaced.
The Dow Jones industrial average dropped 265 points, its biggest loss in five months.14. An easy way to pay where cash is king - Friday, September 28, 2012
Customers who normally go to the MAPCO Express convenience store on East Thompson Lane for a bag of chips or a six pack can do something new – pay their bills.
The location is one of 37 MAPCO stores in Nashville and Memphis where self-service, reverse ATMs – machines that collect money instead of dispensing it – have recently been installed.15. Complaints about automated calls up sharply - Friday, September 14, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) — So much for silence from telemarketers at the cherished dinner hour, or any other hour of the day.
Complaints to the government are up sharply about unwanted phone solicitations, raising questions about how well the federal "do-not-call" registry is working. The biggest category of complaint: those annoying prerecorded pitches called robocalls that hawk everything from lower credit card interest rates to new windows for your home.16. How much better can it get? - Friday, September 14, 2012
A few of our out-of-town relatives came for a short visit during the Labor Day weekend, which prompted a lot of cooking and eating.
One evening, we did “build-your-own-wrap,” during which we put everything a wrap might need on the table and then folks got a soft tortilla and made their own. This was a great idea because it cut down on the time spent in a hot kitchen making casserole after casserole, which is usually the fare at family gatherings.17. Stocks close lower for fifth day straight - Friday, July 06, 2012
NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market mostly recovered from an afternoon slump to end with slight losses.
In minutes from their latest meeting released Wednesday afternoon, Federal Reserve officials said they saw a variety of threats to the U.S. economy, including a slowdown in China and a looming budget crunch in Washington. The Fed also didn't signal that new steps to stimulate the economy were on the way.18. I give up! Please, no more Food Network! - Friday, June 08, 2012
Every time I visit my hairdresser to get my hair trimmed (and gray covered), she turns her TV to Food Network. She knows I write about, cook and eat a lot of food, and have been cooking since I was able reach the stove by standing on a chair alongside my mom and granny. Well, maybe some of that is a little exaggerated, but some of it is true.19. Disney to banish junk-food ads from kid shows - Friday, June 01, 2012
NEW YORK (AP) — Disney says its programming will no longer be sponsored by junk food.
The Walt Disney Co. said Tuesday that it will become the first major media company to ban such ads for its TV channels, radio stations and websites intended for children. That means kids watching Saturday morning children's shows on Disney's ABC network will no longer see ads for fast foods and sugary cereals that don't meet company's nutrition standards.20. Verizon to set up streaming service with Redbox - Friday, February 03, 2012
NEW YORK (AP) — Phone company Verizon Communications Inc. will challenge Netflix and start a video streaming service this year with Redbox and its DVD rental kiosks.
Verizon and Coinstar Inc., Redbox's parent, said Monday that the service will be national and available to non-Verizon customers as well. It adds another dimension to Verizon's quest to become a force in home entertainment, and it looks set to compete to some extent with the cable-TV services it already sells.21. Humbled Netflix CEO still thinking, talking big - Friday, December 02, 2011
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — To hear Netflix CEO Reed Hastings tell it, the bone-headed decisions that have dragged down the Internet's leading video subscription service during the past five months eventually will be forgotten like a bad movie made by a great film director.22. Dish Network 3Q earnings climb 30 percent - Friday, November 04, 2011
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Dish Network Corp. says its third-quarter earnings climbed 30 percent, as revenue rose even though the satellite television provider lost subscribers in the quarter.23. Netflix snatches DreamWorks rights from HBO - Friday, September 23, 2011
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — After a deluge of disillusioning news, Netflix unveiled a coming attraction that its subscribers might like: the Internet video rights to films and television specials from DreamWorks Animation.