Thursday, August 28, 2014
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Autistic business owners capitalize on strengths

JOYCE M. ROSENBERG NEW YORK — A growing movement to find work for autistic people is helping some start their own businesses. Work requiring an attention to detail and with repetitive tasks is ideal for an autistic person who wants to start a business, says Gregg Ireland, co-founder of Extraordinary Ventures, a Chapel Hill, North […]

Small talk: Entrepreneurship the answer for some with autism

Joyce M. Rosenberg NEW YORK — When Matt Cottle asked his boss to let him work in the supermarket’s bakery, she told him he’d never do anything more than collect grocery carts. After six years of bagging groceries and pushing carts, Cottle wanted more. He had already learned how to do some baking. Cottle is […]

Recalls this week: bean bag chairs, cribs

About 2.2 million bean bag chairs are being recalled following the deaths of two children who suffocated after they crawled inside the chairs. Other recalled products include convertible cribs with a defect that can create a hazardous gap. Here’s a more detailed look: BEAN BAG CHAIRS DETAILS: Ace Bayou bean bag chairs with two zippers […]

Asbestos pushed in Asia as product for the poor

VAISHALI, India — The executives mingled over tea and sugar cookies, and the chatter was upbeat. Their industry, they said at a conference in the Indian capital, saves lives and brings roofs, walls and pipes to some of the world’s poorest people. Their product? Asbestos. Outlawed in much of the developed world, it is still […]

USDA: Puppy imports must be healthy, 6 months old

LOS ANGELES — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved a regulation that will require all imported puppies to be at least 6 months old, healthy and up-to-date on vaccinations. The department said Friday that Census Bureau data show about 8,400 puppies a year were imported without regulation between 2009 and 2013. The Humane Society […]

Marijuana edibles burgeoning into an industry

MONTPELIER, Vt. — Move over, pot brownies. The proliferation of marijuana edibles for both medical and recreational purposes is giving rise to a cottage industry of baked goods, candies, infused oils, cookbooks and classes that promises a slow burn as more states legalize the practice and awareness spreads about the best ways to deliver the […]

Recalls this week: high chairs, cribs, bar stools

High chairs that can potentially entrap a child and poses a strangulation hazard are among this week’s recalled consumer products. Others include cribs and bar stools that can partially fall apart. Here’s a more detailed look: HIGH CHAIRS DETAILS: Dream On Me Dinah high chairs made with steel, powder coated tubing and an open-framed base […]

After hybrid success, Toyota gambles on fuel cell

TOKYO — Rocket science long dismissed as too impractical and expensive for everyday cars is getting a push into the mainstream by Toyota, the world’s top-selling automaker. Buoyed by its success with electric-gasoline hybrid vehicles, Toyota is betting that drivers will embrace hydrogen fuel cells, an even cleaner technology that runs on the energy created […]

Paltry car sales seen as sign of Cuba’s priorities

HAVANA — It’s not your typical car lot. Just steps from the Florida Straits, dozens of vehicles sit covered in grime and baking in the Caribbean sun. An elderly security guard slumps in a sleepy waiting area, and customers are nowhere to be seen. A price list hanging on the green chain-link fence hints at why: $85,000 […]

FBI issues warning about air conditioner coolant

ATLANTA — As the U.S. tries to phase out a polluting refrigerant that is used in millions of air conditioners across the country, unapproved coolant is popping up on the market — with potentially dangerous consequences. The FBI is warning people to be on alert for refrigerant substitutes that have not been approved by the […]

Recalls this week: LED light bulbs, bicycles

LED light bulbs that can separate from their sockets and fall onto consumers are among this week’s recalled products. Others include patio set chairs that can fall apart. Here’s a more detailed look: LED LIGHTBULBS DETAILS: Fourteen Halco LED bulb models used in recessed lights, as outdoor security lighting and in retail displays. “ProLED” is […]

Montgomerie maintains lead at Senior Open

EDMOND, Okla. — Colin Montgomerie shot an even-par 71 on Friday on the second day of the U.S. Senior Open and leads Scott Dunlap by one stroke. Montgomerie opened with a 65 on Thursday. Dunlap had a 69 in the first round and a 68 in the second to get to 5 under for the […]

Johnson, McGirt on top at PGA John Deere Classic

SILVIS, Ill. — Zach Johnson and William McGirt were at 12-under-par 130 and tied for the lead at the halfway point of the John Deere Classic. They were a stroke ahead of Steven Bowditch, Johnson Wagner and Brian Harman. Three-time Deere winner Steve Stricker shot a 65 Friday for a 133 total to vault into […]

McIlroy slumps, 3 share lead at Scottish Open

ABERDEEN, Scotland — Rory McIlroy surrendered the lead at the Scottish Open with his latest second-round meltdown on Friday, leaving three players tied for first place on a day when brutal winds played havoc with the field. Kristoffer Broberg of Sweden, Argentina’s Ricardo Gonzalez and Marc Warren of Scotland were atop the leaderboard on 6 […]

Martin takes 3-shot lead in Women’s British Open

SOUTHPORT, England — Mo Martin had a plan for Royal Birkdale, and it’s working better than she imagined at the Ricoh Women’s British Open. Martin took two putts from short of the green on the par-5 18th hole Friday for her 10th birdie in two rounds, and her second straight 3-under 69. That gave the […]

Recalls this week: power adaptors, knives

More than 30,000 power adaptors for cellphones have been recalled because they can overheat and pose a burn hazard. Other recalled items include charging kits that pose a fire hazard. Here’s a more detailed look: POWER ADAPTOR/CHARGER DETAILS: Adaptor/chargers used to charge cellphones and other electronic products and have model number ADCP3-1000 imprinted on the […]