Amazon orders reset for some customers' passwords

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SEATTLE -- has required an undisclosed number of customers to reset passwords to their online accounts after the company said some passwords "may have been improperly stored" on devices.

Several Amazon customers reached out to tech-news site ZDNet, saying they received emails from Amazon that the passwords needed to be reset.

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'Good Dinosaur' and 'Creed' to battle 'Hunger Games' at holiday box office

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LOS ANGELES -- Animated dinosaurs and an up-and-coming boxer will fight "The Hunger Games" for box-office dominance over the Thanksgiving weekend, as Hollywood hopes for a busy five days of clashing heavyweights.

Pixar's new computer-animated film "The Good Dinosaur" and the "Rocky" franchise spinoff "Creed" are both expected to have strong ...Read more

A final earnings report from a vanished company: Hewlett-Packard misses expectations

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PALO ALTO, Calif. -- Hewlett-Packard disappointed Wall Street Tuesday, turning in a final quarter that fell below expectations.

The Palo Alto computer giant, which split into two companies at the beginning of this month, reported fourth-quarter earnings of 93 cents per share on $25.7 billion in revenue, which was down 9 percent from the 2014 ...Read more

Bezos says Blue Origin landing achieves 'Holy Grail of rocketry'

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SEATTLE -- Amazon boss and space pioneer Jeff Bezos scored a historic technical achievement Monday when his secretive Blue Origin space travel company successfully sent a rocket 62 miles up into space and then, in a carefully controlled descent, landed it upright just four and a half feet from the center of its launch pad.

"Here in mission ...Read more

Expedia to lay off 40 percent of Chicago Orbitz staff

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SEATTLE -- Expedia will lay off 326 employees, or 40 percent, of the Chicago staff of Orbitz, which Expedia acquired earlier this year.

The Puget Sound Business Journal reported the number Tuesday from a filing Expedia made with the state of Illinois. The Seattle-area online travel booking company previously confirmed the layoffs but declined ...Read more

Campbell Soup raises earnings outlook for fiscal 2016

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PHILADELPHIA -- Campbell Soup Co. on Tuesday raised the earnings outlook for its fiscal year ending next summer after benefiting in its first quarter from higher prices for products and gains in supply-chain efficiency.

That news helped push Campbell's shares to a 3.09 percent gain on the New York Stock Exchange, where it closed at $51.33, up $...Read more

E. coli in Costco chicken salad sickens 19

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SEATTLE -- At least 19 people in seven states have been sickened by E. coli poisoning linked to rotisserie chicken salad sold at Costco stores, health officials reported Tuesday.

Most cases have been reported in Western states, including six in Montana, five in Utah, four in Colorado and one each in California, Missouri, Virginia and Washington...Read more

Guantanamo prison seeks supplier of up to $1 million in detainee provisions

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MIAMI -- Guantanamo prison, with 107 detainees and defense attorneys purchasing basic supplies for long-held captives, is lining up a supplier for up to $1 million in socks, shoes, orange jumpsuits and other basic prisoner provisions through the year 2020.

In early October, a dozen lawyers for some of the detainees, separately, described their ...Read more

Hormel's profit growth exceeds expectations, sets optimistic targets for 2016

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Hormel Foods topped Wall Street expectations with its fiscal fourth-quarter profit, buoyed by a strong performance in its pork business and its grocery division, which includes Hormel Chili and Dinty Moore stew.

The packaged-food maker, based in Austin, Minn., about 90 miles south of the Twin Cities, also gave a better-than-...Read more

Fiat Chrysler agrees to limit Michigan state tax credit

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LANSING, Mich. -- The state of Michigan on Tuesday modified its tax credit agreement with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles to nearly $2 billion in an effort to cap a broader liability that critics say helped blow a hole in the state budget earlier this year.

The so-called MEGA tax credit for FCA was originally estimated at $1.3 billion and will end up...Read more

Patterson Co. misses expectations despite 26 percent growth in profits

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MINNEAPOLIS -- In the first quarter to include both a major acquisition and divestiture, Patterson Cos. saw sales bolt 42 percent, while profits climbed 26 percent, officials said Tuesday.

Still, results missed analysts expectations by 4 cents a share. Patterson's stock fell 2.51 a share to $46.12 in early morning trading.

The Minneapolis-area...Read more

US economic growth revised up for third quarter, which could ease path for Fed rate hike

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WASHINGTON -- The U.S. economy grew at a faster pace over the summer than initially estimated, a positive sign that could help convince Federal Reserve policymakers to raise a key interest rate next month.

Total economic output, also known as gross domestic product, increased at a 2.1 percent annual rate from July through September, the ...Read more

Liz Reyer: Making connections at work

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Q: I'm considered a loner at work. The problem is, I don't really want to be. I'd like to be one of the gang, but I don't know what to do to build closer relationships. It's always been kind of hard for me, but now that I'm in the workforce it's even worse. What can I do?

A: It's lonely to feel on the outside looking in, and there are ways to ...Read more

Your Office Coach: Put away the laptops when interviewing job candidates

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Q: I am trying to decide whether I should feel offended by my last job interview. The format was a panel discussion with three interviewers, including two young men in their 20s and a woman in her 60s. The woman was friendly, attentive and interested in my answers. The guys brought laptops and typed continuously for the entire hour, occasionally...Read more

Retailers are growing anxious as holiday shopping season looms

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Retailers are going into hyper-drive to attract shoppers with the approach of Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving that officially kicks off the holiday shopping season.

Unlike previous years, retailers are no longer tripping over one another to announce earlier-than-ever opening times on Turkey Day as they race to win shoppers away from ...Read more

Rex Huppke: The Doughnut Harpoon and other workplace gifts that don't exist but should

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What do you get for the "America's most-beloved workplace advice columnist" who has everything?

I'm sure that's a question many of you are wrestling with as we enter Thanksgiving week and prepare for a Black Friday filled with festive holiday shopping/trampling.

Believe me, I feel your pain. The world of workplace gifts and gadgets is woeful ...Read more

Even presidential candidates have to answer the dreaded, 'What's your greatest weakness?' interview question

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PITTSBURGH -- In the words of comedian Stephen Colbert, on Oct. 28 during the biggest, most consequential, most public job interview in the U.S., the first question was one "that no one in human history has ever answered honestly."

The moderators of the third Republican presidential debate kicked off a long evening with that dreaded interview ...Read more

Economic development chief is the force driving Rochester, Minn.'s $6B rebirth

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ROCHESTER, Minn. -- A pair of tennis shoes tucked into her bag, a water bottle at the ready, Lisa Clarke steps into a meeting in a busy morning full of them and drops a well-worn line.

"It's a good day to be in Rochester," she says, flashing a broad smile at those in attendance.

The extra shoes come in handy when she's hurrying through the ...Read more

Saladworks CEO working to freshen up stale brand

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PHILADELPHIA -- These days, chief executive Paul Steck, 53, is a happy guy, developing a new tahini salad dressing and bubbling over the future of Saladworks LLC, the franchise restaurant company that began in the Philadelphia area in 1986.

But a year ago, Steck, then Saladworks president, was miserable, ducking under his desk, figuratively ...Read more

A year after devastating cyberattack, Sony Pictures is returning to normal

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LOS ANGELES -- Once every two or three weeks, when Michael Lynton is eating lunch at a restaurant or traveling for business, someone brings it up.

It's usually an acquaintance, but it's sometimes a stranger. Either way, it's someone who has read excerpts of emails stolen from the 55-year-old chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment as part of ...Read more