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Charter to offer Dodgers TV channel as it moves to buy Time Warner Cable

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LOS ANGELES--The Los Angeles Dodgers TV shutout is about to end for thousands of L.A. baseball fans.

Hoping to build goodwill for its cable TV operations, Charter Communications said it will begin televising Dodgers games to the nearly 300,000 households it serves in the region within the next few weeks. The action comes as Charter moves to ...Read more

San Diego paper lays off 178 workers

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The San Diego Union-Tribune said Tuesday that it was laying off 178 employees, about 30 percent of its staff, in a cost-cutting effort that mainly affected its printing and delivery operations.

The job cuts came five days after Tribune Publishing Co., owner of the Los Angeles Times, completed its purchase of the San Diego newspaper. At the time...Read more

Classmates, FTD settle with 22 states over alleged misleading practices

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SEATTLE -- A social-networking site and floral-delivery company have agreed to pay $11 million to resolve allegations of deceptive billing and advertising in a multistate settlement, attorneys general from Washington and 21 other states announced Tuesday.

According to a news release from the Washington state Office of the Attorney General, the ...Read more

Tech news site Re/code acquired by Vox Media

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Fast-growing digital media company Vox Media has acquired tech blog Re/code.

Vox, which also owns news sites the Verge, Polygon and Eater, made the announcement Tuesday. It said Re/code, founded by Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg, would continue to publish at Recode.net and across other platforms; Re/code is also known for its Code conferences, ...Read more

Hormel agrees to buy organic and natural meat maker Applegate Farms

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Hormel Foods has agreed to buy Applegate Farms, a leading organic and natural meat maker, for $775 million, its largest acquisition and a big play in the hot organic food market.

The buyout of Bridgefield, N.J.-based Applegate is also the latest of three major deals for Hormel over the past two years, as the packaged food company...Read more

Ford expands operations in North Africa

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DETROIT -- Ford is expanding its presence in North Africa with new sales and purchasing offices, plans to double parts exports, and the introduction of seven new vehicles.

Casablanca, Morocco, will be home to a new regional sales office as Ford plans to open 13 new dealerships in North Africa this year, including eight in Morocco.

The new ...Read more

Charter/Time Warner Cable deal likely to face less static from regulators

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WASHINGTON -- The last time Time Warner Cable was part of a proposed major corporate merger, objections by federal regulators helped scuttle the proposed acquisition of the company by Comcast Corp.

Now, Charter Communications is the suitor, and experts said its $56.7 billion deal for Time Warner Cable, announced Tuesday, stands a better chance ...Read more

Nordstrom sells credit card operation

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SEATTLE -- Nordstrom sold its credit card operation to Toronto-based TD Bank Group, handing off to the Canadian bank some $2.2 billion in receivables while inking a deal that will allow the Seattle retailer to manage customer service for the cards and get a cut of future revenue.

The move, which involves both Nordstrom's U.S. visa and private ...Read more

GM rebuff aside, FCA's Marchionne pushes for more mergers

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DETROIT -- Fiat Chrysler Automobiles stock was down Tuesday after weekend buzz following reports that General Motors is among the automakers that has rebuffed the automaker's invitation for merger talks.

Add GM to the list of suitors not interested in the industry consolidation that FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne advocates globally.

On Saturday, ...Read more

Microsoft's Cortana coming to Google, Apple devices

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SEATTLE -- Microsoft's Cortana virtual assistant will be released later this year for users of Google and Apple smartphones.

The Seattle-area company announced the move on Tuesday, saying that Cortana is coming to other platforms alongside other new apps designed to let Windows 10 users to link the files on their iPhone or Google smartphone to ...Read more

GM to invest $1.2 billion at Indiana plant

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DETROIT -- General Motors will spend $1.2 billion to upgrade its Ft. Wayne, Ind., assembly plant that produces its highly profitable Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra full-size pickup trucks.

The money will be used to construct a new paint shop, expand the existing body shop and other new technology designed to boost productivity.

"Truck ...Read more

Adios fake pepper: Taco Bell and Pizza Hut to get rid of artificial flavors

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Goodbye, black pepper flavor; hello, actual black pepper.

Yum Brands chains Pizza Hut and Taco Bell said they plan to remove artificial flavors and colors from their food, following the lead of companies including Panera Bread and Nestle USA.

Irvine, Calif.-based Taco Bell said it would replace the artificial ingredients with natural ...Read more

Charter-Time Warner Cable deal would create nation's 3rd-largest pay-TV service

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Charter Communications has reeled in its big prize, agreeing to purchase Time Warner Cable in a blockbuster deal that would make it the third-largest pay-TV provider in the nation.

The long-sought-after acquisition, announced early Tuesday, values Time Warner Cable at $56.7 billion. Charter also is planning to purchase Bright House Networks, a ...Read more

Liz Reyer: What to do if you think a project is headed toward failure

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Q: I was on a project last year that was eventually shelved because it was losing money, wasn't properly staffed, and was generally not meeting its objectives. Now this year, the project has been restarted and I'm back on it. Nothing much has changed; what can I do to help it go better this time around?

A: This is a great chance to use "lessons...Read more

Your Office Coach: Tattling on time-wasting boss a tricky proposition

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Q: I recently discovered that my supervisor is behaving inappropriately. "Gina" often has to attend meetings outside the office, so she is frequently gone for long periods of time. Sometimes, when she is supposed to be at a meeting, Gina goes shopping instead or returns home for several hours.

Now I'm trying to decide whether I should report ...Read more

AbbVie closes $21 billion deal for Pharmacyclics

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CHICAGO -- AbbVie said Tuesday that it has completed its $21 billion acquisition of Pharmacyclics, giving the North Chicago-based company a presence in the multibillion-dollar market for treating blood cancers.

Pharmacyclics, based in Sunnyvale, Calif., sells a drug called Imbruvica, which has been approved to treat a rare lymphoma and a form ...Read more

The changing face of the oil industry in Alaska

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- On some things, the Alaska leaders of the oil giants BP, ExxonMobil and Royal Dutch Shell agree: The state's oil future remains solid despite today's global oil glut. Any natural gas development will require cooperation among a large circle of interests both in and out of government. And it probably shouldn't be news that ...Read more

Rex Huppke: Why we struggle to understand each other at work

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Social psychologist Heidi Grant Halvorson wants you to find someone at work who has known you for a long time and ask them to complete the following sentence: "If I didn't know you better, I'd think that you were ... ."

Most of us would hope to hear things like "a movie star" or "an acclaimed novelist" or "Thor." But Halvorson, who is ...Read more

A personal uniform can be a stress, time saver

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Matilda Kahl had an epiphany after a particularly stressful morning trying to get to a meeting on time.

It started out the way mornings do for many office dwellers picking out what to wear; a time-consuming process of mixing and matching pieces in the closet and tossing aside what doesn't feel right.

When she finally reached the office at ...Read more

Diane Stafford: It's hard to succeed by faking it

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Most people in the workplace are hungry for one of two things and maybe both of them. They want to have respect from others, and they want to respect their bosses.

The ingredients to gain or deserve either are easily recounted: Work hard. Work well. Be honest. Keep counsel. Communicate. Be a team player. Share credit.

Here's one more: Speak ...Read more