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HHGregg Inc., the 61-year-old seller of appliances and electronics, is preparing to file for bankruptcy as it grapples with slumping sales, according to people familiar with the matter. The filing may...

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  • Engineer at core of Google’s fight with Uber
    In 2013, Anthony Levandowski was the star of Google’s self-driving car project. The tall, swaggering engineer was featured in a long New Yorker story ...
    Updated Feb 25 2017 01:05 am   |     |   Share
  • Bizarre trades menace OPEC in its prized market
    OPEC pumped at will the past two years to defend its turf against rivals. Its recent volte-face has left it contending with additional threats in the ...
    Updated Feb 25 2017 01:05 am   |     |   Share
  • Deportation policy will drive up farm wages
    Across America’s orchards and crop fields, a shrinking supply of migrants has already driven pay up faster than in the broader workforce. President Do...
    Updated Feb 25 2017 01:05 am   |     |   Share
  • FILE- This Jan. 6, 2014, file photo shows a section of the Pinelands region in Lakehurst N.J. New Jersey regulators are set to vote Friday, Feb. 24, 2017, on whether a natural gas pipeline should run through the state’s federally protected Pinelands preserve. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry, File) Gas pipeline through protected ‘Jersey area
    Cherry Hill, N.J. • New Jersey environmental regulators on Friday approved a hotly contested plan to run a natural gas pipeline through a federally pr...
    Updated Feb 24 2017 05:15 pm   |     |   Share


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