Small business

November 05, 2018 - 1:18 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — News of another mass shooting, including the recent attack on a synagogue in Pittsburgh, makes many people wonder what they would do if confronted with an active shooter or other assailant. And small business owners may wonder how they can prepare their companies to deal with a...
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The Skysource/Skywater Alliance co-founders David Hertz, right, and his wife Laura Doss-Hertz demonstrate how the Skywater 300 works Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018, in Los Angeles. The company received the $1.5 million XPrize For Water Abundance for developing the Skywater 300, a machine that makes water from air. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
October 25, 2018 - 2:00 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — It started out modestly enough: David Hertz, having learned that under the right conditions you really can make your own water out of thin air, put a little contraption on the roof of his office and began cranking out free bottles of H2O for anyone who wanted one. Soon he and his...
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FILE- In this July 23, 2018, file photo construction workers put down roofing paper on home in Houston. General contractors and other small businesses in the home remodeling industry can expect revenue to slow in 2019, the result of rising mortgage rates and sluggish home sales. That's the prediction of Harvard University's Joint Center for Housing Studies, which last week issued its quarterly report on home remodeling. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)
October 22, 2018 - 10:21 am
NEW YORK (AP) — General contractors and other small businesses in the home remodeling industry can expect revenue to slow in 2019, the result of rising mortgage rates and sluggish home sales. That's the prediction of Harvard University's Joint Center for Housing Studies, which last week issued its...
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U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announces a ban on new mining claims in the mountains north of Yellowstone National Park on Monday, Oct. 8, 2018, in Emigrant, Mont. The move extends a 2-year ban enacted under former President Barack Obama for another 20 years. (Matthew Brown/AP)
October 08, 2018 - 5:41 pm
EMIGRANT, Mont. (AP) — U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke approved a 20-year ban on new mining claims in the towering mountains north of Yellowstone National Park on Monday, after two proposed gold mines raised concerns that an area drawing tourists from the around the globe could be spoiled. As...
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FILE - In this Dec. 7, 2011, a waiter reaches for plates at a restaurant in San Francisco. The IRS is making it simpler for business owners to deduct the cost of meals with customers and clients. The agency last week issued guidance for the deductibility of food and meals under the tax law enacted in December 2018. The law eliminated a long-standing deduction for business entertainment expenses like tickets to shows and sporting events. But it left some confusion about whether company owners could deduct the cost of taking clients or staffers to a restaurant. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)
October 08, 2018 - 11:22 am
NEW YORK (AP) — The IRS is making it simpler for business owners to deduct the cost of meals with customers and clients. The agency last week issued guidance for the deductibility of food and meals under the tax law enacted in December. The law eliminated a long-standing deduction for business...
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This image released by Sony Pictures shows a scene from "Venom." (Sony Pictures via AP)
October 07, 2018 - 12:58 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — In a weekend of perfect counterprogramming for Hollywood, the comic-book movie "Venom" shrugged off bad reviews to shatter the October box-office record with an $80 million debut, while Bradley Cooper's "A Star Is Born" soared to $41.3 million. With $174.5 million in tickets sold at...
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FILE - In this Sept. 10, 2008, file photo, chickens huddle in their cages at an egg processing plant at the Dwight Bell Farm in Atwater, Calif. Proposition 12 on California's November ballot would require that egg-laying hens be cage free by 2022. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)
October 06, 2018 - 11:14 am
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California voters are right to think they already weighed in on how big cages should be for egg-laying hens. In 2008, voters ushered in Proposition 2, which sought to free egg-laying hens from tiny cages. It didn't outlaw cages but barred California farmers from keeping hens —...
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California Gov. Jerry Brown reviews a measure with his wife, Anne Gust Brown, second from left and staff Camille Wagner, left, Graciela Castillo-Krings, right, at his Capitol office, Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018, in Sacramento, Calif. Sunday is the last day for Brown to approve or veto bills passed by the legislature. Brown, who will be leaving office in January, is acting on some on the last pieces of legislation in his tenure as governor. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
September 30, 2018 - 9:58 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California has become the first state to require publicly traded companies to include women on their boards of directors, one of several laws boosting or protecting women that Gov. Jerry Brown signed Sunday. The measure requires at least one female director on the board of...
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FILE - In this May 31, 2012, file photo, then Assistant U.S. Attorney Bob Troyer, backed by representatives of law enforcement agencies, speaks at a news conference in Denver. In an op-ed published in The Denver Post late Friday, Sept. 28, 2018, U.S. Attorney Troyer, Colorado's top federal prosecutor, says his office may take legal action against licensed marijuana business that violate state law or use their status under state law "as a shield" but sell to the black market. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski, File)
September 29, 2018 - 11:55 pm
DENVER (AP) — Colorado's top federal prosecutor says his office may take legal action against licensed marijuana businesses that violate state law or use their status under state law "as a shield" while selling their product on the black market. U.S. Attorney Bob Troyer acknowledged that until now...
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Traffic backs up on Fremont Street and is diverted around the closed Salesforce Transit Center Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018, in San Francisco. A second beam in San Francisco's celebrated new $2 billion transit terminal shows signs of cracking, an official said Wednesday, a day after a crack in a nearby support beam shut down the building that opened just last month. The first crack found by workers installing roof tiles Tuesday spans a beam holding up a park over the three-block-long facility and runs over a downtown street, Salesforce Transit Center executive director Mark Zabaneh said. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
September 27, 2018 - 1:51 am
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco officials struggled Wednesday to find the source of unusual cracking in support beams that shut down a just-opened, $2 billion transit center meant to serve as a bold architectural statement from a wealthy, high-tech city. The Salesforce Transit Center opened to...
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