Business

10:58am

Wed October 9, 2013
The Two-Way

Boston School Bus Drivers Back Behind The Wheel After Strike

Originally published on Wed October 9, 2013 3:52 pm

School buses sit idle in a lot at Veolia Transportation, Boston's school bus contractor, on Tuesday
Stephan Savoia AP

Hundreds of Boston school bus drivers are back on the job following a one-day strike that sent parents scrambling to find ways to get their kids to and from school.

The drivers' union said Wednesday that it had agreed to return to work after the company contracted by the school to run bus services, Veolia Transportation Inc., agreed to a meeting with the union. About 600 drivers had walked off the job.

Boston.com says:

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10:53am

Wed October 9, 2013
Parallels

A Recurring Tragedy: Death In A Bangladesh Garment Factory

Originally published on Wed October 9, 2013 3:06 pm

A Bangladeshi firefighter stands inside a damaged garment factory after it caught fire in Gazipur outside the capital, Dhaka, on Wednesday. The fire killed at least 10 people at the factory.
AP

There's been a deadly fire at a garment factory in Bangladesh — the latest in a series of such tragedies and just six months after the worst disaster in the history of the global garment industry.

At least 10 people were killed at the Aswad garment factory outside the capital, Dhaka, early Wednesday. The immediate cause was not known. This factory, like others where tragedy has struck, produced clothes for a number of Western companies.

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4:44am

Wed October 9, 2013
Business

U.S. Ban Unlikely To Affect Samsung's Bottom Line

Originally published on Wed October 9, 2013 10:22 am

The Obama administration has upheld a ban on the import and sale of some Samsung smartphones and tablets. The move represents a victory for Apple, which is embroiled in a longstanding patent dispute with Samsung. But the import ban is unlikely to affect Samsung's profits since the devices at the heart of the case are no longer big sellers.

4:44am

Wed October 9, 2013
Business

Health Scares In China Hurt Yum Brands' Profits

Originally published on Wed October 9, 2013 6:55 am

The owner of KFC and Pizza Hut has reported a near 70 percent drop in profits this quarter. Yum Brands relies on operations in China for three quarters of its revenue. Recent food safety issues and a bird flu outbreak there hit the company especially hard.

4:44am

Wed October 9, 2013
Politics

Obama, Boehner Stake Out Positions On Shutdown

Originally published on Wed October 9, 2013 5:49 am

President Obama made his case for reopening the government and raising the debt ceiling at a White House news conference Tuesday afternoon. It was his first news conference in several weeks. House Speaker John Boehner spoke at the Capitol for about five minutes.

4:44am

Wed October 9, 2013
Business

Ikea's Chinese Stores Invite Nappers To Try Out Their Beds

Originally published on Wed October 9, 2013 7:00 am

So many customers have been napping on the beds in Ikea's Chinese stores that employees have begun to change the sheets daily. One store in Hong Kong invited its customers to wear their pajamas and sleep over. About 80 of them did.

4:44am

Wed October 9, 2013
Business

Treasury Officials Mull Credit Default Solutions

Originally published on Wed October 9, 2013 5:44 am

The Treasury Department says it will begin running out of money to pay its bills by Oct. 17, if the partial government shutdown isn't over by then. That prospect worries the financial markets. Treasury debt plays a fundamental role in the global economy, and economists agree that a debt default would have dire consequences. But some Republicans insist that a default doesn't have to happen.

4:44am

Wed October 9, 2013
Politics

Federal Prison Workers Dismayed By Government Shutdown

Originally published on Wed October 9, 2013 6:38 am

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4:44am

Wed October 9, 2013
Politics

Rep. Labrador Of Idaho Weighs In On Government Shutdown

Originally published on Wed October 9, 2013 6:44 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

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3:00am

Wed October 9, 2013
Around the Nation

High-End Extras Aren't A Sure Bet For Tribal Casinos

Originally published on Wed October 9, 2013 9:53 am

Yvonne Smith is the director of La Rive Spa at Northern Quest Resort and Casino in Washington state. Across the country, Native American tribes are hoping high-end extras will draw visitors to casinos.
Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

What used to be no-frills slot parlors off the highway are turning into resort-style destinations with spas, golf courses and luxury hotels. Native American tribes are hoping these added amenities will give them an edge in an increasingly competitive gaming market.

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