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  • Jimmy Dean moves beyond breakfast for first time Jul 29, 2014 2:36 PM
    Jimmy Dean is coming to dinner — and lunch, too.The sausage brand started by the late country singer of the same name has become a breakfast staple, with products even including a pancake-and-sausage on a stick. Now the brand is hoping its new bowls and sandwiches can lure eaters at other meals. Jimmy Dean, owned by Chicago-based Hillshire Brands, is rolling out 16 microwavable products that cost around $3 each and are designed to be eaten later in the day, including a pulled pork sandwich and grilled steak bowl.

  • DuPage County manufacturing incubator nearing launch Jul 29, 2014 9:41 AM
    An innovation center that aims to provide entrepreneurs with space and manufacturing technology to launch their ideas is soon to have a home in DuPage County. Rev3 Innovation Center expects to choose a site in the next few weeks, said Nic Zito, business services director for Choose DuPage. “We’re 99 percent done with securing our space."

  • McDonald’s Japan to strengthen checks on chicken Jul 29, 2014 8:04 AM
    McDonald’s in Japan is increasing its checks on chicken from suppliers in China and Thailand after allegations a Chinese supplier sold expired chicken. It says the scare will hurt its earnings. The U.S. fast-food chain’s Japan unit on Tuesday withdrew this year’s earnings and sales forecasts, citing uncertainties from the food scandal. It promised to disclose information online about where its food comes from.

  • BP warns more russia sanctions may hurt business as profit rises Jul 29, 2014 8:16 AM
    BP Plc, the U.K. oil company with the single-biggest foreign investment in Russia, warned that more sanctions against the country could hurt its business. BP, with a 20 percent stake in OAO Rosneft, stands to lose the most from further sanctions in response to the country’s annexation of Crimea. The European Union and the U.S. may act as soon as today to intensify punitive measures aimed at key sectors of the economy -- finance, defense and energy.

  • Lake County sees steady boost in tourism spending Jul 29, 2014 1:32 PM
    Tourism spending in Lake County showed a steady increase in 2013, topping $1.2 billion, an increase of 1.6 percent from last year. Travel spending generated about $25.8 million in local tax revenue and helped support 10,190 jobs, offiicals said.

  • Escaping email: Inspired vision or hallucination? Jul 29, 2014 12:43 PM
    Dustin Moskovitz is plotting an escape from email. The 30-year-old entrepreneur has learned a lot about communication since he teamed up with his college roommate Mark Zuckerberg to create Facebook a decade ago, and that knowledge is fueling an audacious attempt to change the way people connect at work, where the incessant drumbeat of email has become an excruciating annoyance. Moskovitz is trying to turn that chronic headache into an afterthought with Asana, a San Francisco startup he runs with former Facebook and Google product manager, Justin Rosenstein.

  • Burger king follows Yum in cutting ties with vendor OSI in China Jul 29, 2014 11:02 AM
    Burger King Worldwide Inc., reacting to a health scare in China, cut ties with OSI Group LLC in the country after the supplier’s Shanghai operation was accused of changing the expiration dates on meat.Burger King’s Chinese division investigated the matter and decided it was safer to stop sourcing any products from OSI’s facilities throughout the country, Alix Salyers, a spokeswoman for the Miami-based company, said in an e-mail.

  • Airbus says not all a380s in backlog will get delivered Jul 30, 2014 8:08 AM
    Chicago-based Boeing competitor Airbus Group NV said it’s closely monitoring the financial health of customers for the flagship A380 and acknowledged that not all superjumbos on order will get built after it pulled a purchase accord with a Japanese carrier. “Without referring to any specific airline, I can assure you that we have cases where airlines are in the order backlog but not in the production plan,” Chief Executive Officer Tom Enders said today on a conference call to discuss earnings.

  • Illinois to ask voters about taxing millionaires Jul 30, 2014 6:47 AM
    Illinois voters will get a chance in November to weigh in on whether millionaires should pay an additional income tax to help fund schools after Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation Tuesday adding a nonbinding resolution to the ballot. The resolution asks voters whether incomes over $1 million should be taxed with a 3 percent surcharge. It comes as Quinn is locked in a hotly contested gubernatorial race with multimillionaire businessman Bruce Rauner, a Republican.

  • Batavia industrial park plan upsets neighbors Jul 30, 2014 5:28 AM
    Residents of neighborhoods in Batavia and Aurora showed up en masse to a Batavia committee meeting Tuesday to let aldermen know they don't want an industrial park built on the east side of Kirk Road. “When the residents of Kirkland Chase moved in, if this industrial complex had already been built at the entrance of the subdivision, I'm sure that most of us, including myself, would not have moved in there,” Dan Pepin, a resident of the neighborhood said.

  • Hbo pushes web expansion as Bewkes seeks to fend off Murdoch Jul 28, 2014 11:21 AM
    Jeff Bewkes is looking to the Internet to accelerate growth at his prized TV network, HBO, as he seeks to demonstrate to investors that Time Warner Inc. is worth more on its own than with Rupert Murdoch. HBO, home to “Game of Thrones” and “Boardwalk Empire,” may expand a $49-a-month trial introduced last year with Comcast Corp., people with knowledge of the plan said last week. The pilot, and a similar one from AT&T Inc., offers Web access paired with HBO and limited basic TV.

  • Contracts to buy US homes slip in June Jul 28, 2014 11:21 AM
    Fewer Americans signed contracts to buy homes in June, as the real estate market appears to have cooled off this summer.The National Association of Realtors says its seasonally adjusted pending home sales index slipped 1.1 percent to 102.7 last month. The index remains 7.3 percent below its level a year ago. Sales have been slowed by a mix of meager wage growth, rising home prices, and mortgage rates that rose steadily through the end of last year.

  • Airbus Said to Drop Order for Six A380 Jets With Japan’s Skymark Jul 28, 2014 11:21 AM
    Airbus Group NV has agreed to drop an order for six A380 superjumbos by Japanese low-cost airline Skymark Airlines Inc., said people familiar with the decision, in a blow to a program that’s struggled to keep customers. Skymark can no longer afford the aircraft, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the discussions remain private. Negotiations between the two sides continue about compensation, and options range from delaying delivery to outright cancellation, another person close to the talks said. The only Japanese airline to order the double-decker model, Skymark initially signed a firm contract for four A380s in 2011, and later came back for two more. The aircraft, the biggest and most expensive commercial airliner, has a list price of $414 million per unit, though customers get discounts and the jet would have been cheaper in 2011. Pulling the Skymark order extends a drought for the A380, which has failed to attract a new airline customer in two years and came away with no new business this month at the Farnborough Air Show, typically a forum for deals. Chicgo-based Boeing competitior Airbus’s most loyal customer for the aircraft is Emirates, with 50 in service and a total of 140 on order, almost half the backlog. Airbus spokesman Stefan Schaffrath declined to comment, while officials at Skymark were not immediately available to comment outside regular business hours. Airbus Group, based in Toulouse in southwestern France, reports earnings on Wednesday. Les Echos previously reported that Airbus and Skymark had decided to cancel the order, without saying where it got the information. To contact the reporters on this story: Andrea Rothman in Toulouse at; Chris Cooper in Tokyo at To contact the editor responsible for this story: Benedikt Kammel at

  • Activists target mid-sized firms as 2014 activity set for record Jul 28, 2014 11:21 AM
    Activist shareholders are increasingly targeting mid-sized companies as investor disruption looks set to reach record levels in 2014, law firm Linklaters LLP said in a report today.Investors such as Bill Ackman and Dan Loeb, who seek to shake up the way companies do business, started 272 campaigns against companies in the first six months of 2014, putting this year on track to beat last year’s total of 520 campaigns, the report said.

  • Japan to step up sanctions against Russia Jul 28, 2014 11:40 AM
    Japan is stepping up sanctions against Russia over the unrest in Ukraine.Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Monday the sanctions include the freezing of assets held in Japan by individuals and groups supporting the separation of Crimea from Ukraine, and a ban on Crimean imports. He said the steps are in line with measures taken by European Union and Group of Seven nations.

  • UN condemns terrorist oil sales from Iraq, Syria Jul 28, 2014 11:40 AM
    he U.N. Security Council is strongly condemning any sale of oil from Syria or Iraq by terrorist groups and is reminding all countries that buying this illegally obtained oil violates U.N. sanctions.A presidential statement approved Monday targets two terrorist groups: Jabhat al-Nusra, one of the most powerful Syrian rebel groups; and the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, which has seized a wide swath of territory in eastern Syria and western Iraq and now calls itself the Islamic State.

  • Comic-book convention organizers clash over name Jul 28, 2014 11:40 AM
    Organizers of two of the biggest comic-book conventions in the country are clashing over their names. A lawyer for San Diego Comic-Con has issued a cease-a-desist letter to organizers of Utah’s Salt Lake Comic Con demanding them to drop “Comic Con” from the name.

  • Ebay to try selling auto mechanics’ services in new offeringc Jul 28, 2014 1:53 PM
    EBay Inc. plans to experiment with selling auto mechanics’ services alongside car parts, said Devin Wenig, president of the marketplaces business, in an expansion of the e-commerce company’s offerings. “EBay will start a small test this fall in a couple of U.S. cities” for providing mechanics’ services, Wenig said in an interview today at Bloomberg’s headquarters in New York. He declined to be specific.

  • Pornography publisher Flynt selling his original Hustler Store Jul 28, 2014 1:53 PM
    Pornography publisher Larry Flynt is selling his original Hustler store on Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood, California.“We constantly review all of our businesses, and if a transaction makes sense strategically and financially, we will consider acting on it,” Arthur Sando, a spokesman for Flynt Management Group LLC, said in an e-mail. The store is in escrow, he said.

  • Medicare hospital fund to last 4 years longer Jul 28, 2014 2:28 PM
    Medicare’s finances are looking brighter, the government said Monday. The program’s giant hospital trust fund won’t be exhausted until 2030 — four years later than last year’s estimate. Meanwhile, Social Security’s massive retirement program will remain solvent until 2034, officials say, although disability benefits are in more immediate danger.

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