Boo? No fear in consumer sentiment reading

| |Friday, Oct. 31, 2014

Nothing scary in the latest monthly reading of consumer sentiment by the University of Michigan, which Friday registered the highest level since July 2007.

Praxair to benefit from $30 million in state aid

|Friday, Oct. 31, 2014

A Connecticut-based supplier of industrial gases is receiving up to $30 million in state loans and tax benefits and will build a $65 million headquarters in Danbury.

No active fault under Hollywood development site

|Friday, Oct. 31, 2014

Los Angeles building officials say there is no active earthquake fault under the site of a proposed 16-story development in Hollywood.

Another North Fork coal mine cutting 150 jobs

|Friday, Oct. 31, 2014

Colorado's North Fork Valley is losing more coal jobs.

Voters to decide North Dakota pharmacy ownership

| |Friday, Oct. 31, 2014

On Election Day, North Dakota voters will have the chance to do what state lawmakers and the nation's highest court declined to do — reverse a half-century-old law requiring pharmacies to be majority-owned by pharmacists.

US, global stocks get big boost from Bank of Japan

|Friday, Oct. 31, 2014

Stocks markets are rising around the globe after Japan's central bank surprised investors with a new round of economic stimulus.

BC-Noon Oil

|Friday, Oct. 31, 2014

The spot month contract for light sweet crude was $80.30 per barrel at 12 p.m. Friday on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

Before midterms, Obama plugs policies for women

| |Friday, Oct. 31, 2014

With an election four days away, President Barack Obama urged women to raise their voices in favor of economic policies that benefit them and against politicians that he said belong in a "Mad Men" episode from a bygone era. Citing his own experiences as the son of a single mom and the father of two girls, he declared: "Some of this is personal."

TV space for campaign ads hard to find this late

| |Friday, Oct. 31, 2014

A Democratic super PAC wanted to run a 30-second ad during a Friday evening newscast on New Hampshire's one network station — and was even willing to shell out the $10,000 that the station demanded.

KCP&L seeks 15.8 percent rate increase

|Friday, Oct. 31, 2014

Kansas City Power & Light Co. is seeking a 15.8 percent increase for about half of its Missouri customers to collect revenue it says it needs to pay for federally required environmental upgrades at its La Cygne, Kansas, coal-fired plant.