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Officials in Turkey have nutty plan to heat buildings

04/20/2014 06:12 PM EDT
Officials are examining plans to build the country's first ecological city with buildings heated by burning pistachio shells. 
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Brazilian attorney makes fresh start in North Olmsted with EmbroidMe
04/20/2014 01:14 AM EDT - NORTH OLMSTED - Avon Lake resident Cristina Bertero is stitching a big name for herself through her North Olmsted branding business, EmbroidMe.When a job opportunity uprooted her family from Brazil in 2012, Bertero, 51, said she saw the move to Avon Lake as an opportunity Full Story

Ayer Childcare Program spaghetti aupper April 30

The Ayer Childcare Program is holding its 12th Annual Spaghetti Supper on Wednesday, April 30, from 5-6:30 p. Full Story
Selectmen OK longboarding days with split vote

Blair says event is a 'nuisance'
HARVARD -- Selectmen last week approved the annual Longboarding Festival, set for August. But the vote was not unanimous. Full Story
Officials largely support elected to appointed

PEPPERELL -- If approved by voters at next Monday's election, the new town charter would change the positions of town clerk and treasurer/tax collector from elected to appointed. Full Story
Business Highlights

04/24/2014 06:24 PM EDT
——— FDA eases into regulating e-cigarettes WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government's move to regulate e-cigarettes is a leap into the unknown. 
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UPS blames winter weather for drop in 1Q profit
04/24/2014 06:09 PM EDT - DALLAS (AP) — First-quarter net income at UPS slumped 12 percent as winter storms increased costs for the shipping giant and cut into its revenue. Full Story

Tesla's Musk paid $70,000 in 2013
04/24/2014 05:34 PM EDT - DETROIT (AP) — Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk was paid just under $70,000 in 2013. But he could be eligible for much, much more. Full Story

Visa's 2Q profit jumps 26 percent as payments grow
04/24/2014 07:13 PM EDT - Visa Inc.'s profit jumped 26 percent in its fiscal second quarter from a year earlier as the company benefited from strong growth in payments volume, service revenue and a one-time tax gain. Full Story

Figures on government spending and debt
04/24/2014 04:09 PM EDT - WASHINGTON (AP) — Figures on government spending and debt (last six digits are eliminated). The government's fiscal year runs Oct. Full Story

Palladium prices rising as mining strike continues
04/24/2014 03:59 PM EDT - Platinum and palladium prices are rising as a dispute between Russia and Ukraine along with a strike in South Africa push prices up. Full Story

New York Times 1Q profit falls 51 pct
04/24/2014 03:44 PM EDT - NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Times Co. said Thursday that its first-quarter net profit dropped 51 percent, as higher costs outpaced small increases in circulation and advertising revenue. Full Story

Indiana cat missing 5 years reunited with owner

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — A cat that went missing five years ago has been reunited with its owner in Indiana thanks to an implanted microchip. Full Story
Vanska returns as Minnesota Orchestra music head

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — After quitting last fall amid a protracted lockout of union musicians, Finnish conductor Osmo Vanska is returning as music director of the Grammy-winning Minnesota Orchestra, its board of directors said Thursday. Full Story