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Atlanta • Open your ears. What do you hear? If you’re listening to music coming out of the tinny speaker on your phone, you’re not hearing much. And inexpensive Bluetooth speakers or flimsy earbuds aren’t much better, as they fail …

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  • In this Monday, Aug. 22, 2016, photo, Jake Wilson, owner of Top Class Lawn Care, mows a lawn on a job in Kansas City, Mo. Wilson is on the fence about his 5-year-old company and whether he should add to his staff of three and buy another truck. Wilson is concerned that if he does expand, he won’t be giving his customers the kind of service he does now. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner) Grow or not? Some small business owners say no
    New York • When a small business is successful, an owner will likely face the question of whether to grow. After a lot of soul-searching, many say no....
    Updated Aug 25 2016 01:05 am   |     |   Share
  • Top restaurants fight slowdown with happy hours
    Way back when, the phrase “happy hour” was guaranteed to get my attention. Two-for-one drinks! Snacks! Party! Countless unfortunate cocktails and lame...
    Updated Aug 25 2016 01:05 am   |     |   Share
  • Is China’s bid for chip supremacy unrealistic?
    China faces an uphill battle in its push to become the global leader in computer chips because of a lack of technological know-how and talent, accordi...
    Updated Aug 25 2016 01:05 am   |     |   Share
  • U.S. takes big bite of cheese with stockpile buy
    The Department of Agriculture plans to buy $20 million of stockpiled cheese to distribute to food banks and pantries nationwide in an attempt to stem ...
    Updated Aug 25 2016 01:05 am   |     |   Share


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  • Assemblyman Eduardo Garcia, D-Coachella, right, receives congratulations from Assemblyman Miguel Santiago, D-Los Angeles, after his measure to give lawmakers more oversight over the state’s efforts to combat global warming was approved by the Assembly Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016, in Sacramento, Calif. Garcia’s bill, AB197, would add two legislators as non-voting members of the Air Resources Board, which enforces California’s law targeting green-house gas reductions. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli) California lawmakers approve extension of climate change law
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  • A Jefferson Parish sheriff’s deputy, right,  tells protesters John Clark, carrying a box with a copy of a petition against federal oil lease sales, and Blake Kopcho, second from left, that they cannot enter the building where the leasing agency has offices, Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016 in Harahan, La. The protest was Tuesday, a day before the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has scheduled a lease sale for Gulf of Mexico water bottom off of Texas. Legal observer Bill Qugley, wearing hat, said Clark and Kopcho were among four demonstrators later arrested on a charge of trespassing. (AP Photo/Janet McConnaughey) Dismal time for Gulf oil — record low bidding
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  • Actresses Shailene Woodley, fourth from right, and Susan Sarandon, second from right, and Standing Rock Sioux Tribe member Bobbi Jean Three Lakes, right, participate in a rally outside the US District Court in Washington, Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016, in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in their lawsuit against the Army Corps of Engineers to protect their water and land from the Dakota Access Pipeline. A federal judge in Washington considered a request by the Standing Rock Sioux for a temporary injunction against an oil pipeline under construction near their reservation straddling the North Dakota-South Dakota border. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) Judge to rule on tribe’s oil pipeline request by Sept. 9
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  • FILE - This is a Aug. 17, 2016  file photo of  the Airlander 10, during its maiden flight at Cardington airfield  England , The Airlander 10   crashed during its second test flight in Wednesday Aug. 24, 2016, but manufacturer Hybrid Air Vehicles said no-one was injured. (Joe Giddens/PA via AP) World’s biggest aircraft damaged on test flight
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