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   Two articles on The Buffalo News Business Today cover have more in common than meets the eye: - Drillers defend ‘fracking’ - The Philadelphia Inquirer/The Buffalo News    The procedure known as hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” is designed to liberate gas locked in the shale by injecting pressurized fluid into a well to shatter the rock…

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   Upon further review, it now appears that consumer spending was down a tick in December.- December surprise: Retail sales fall - AP/The Buffalo News   Early reports from stores on the holiday shopping season looked good. But it turns out retail sales actually fell in December, leaving economists scratching their heads about the state of the recov…

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   The Rev. [sic] Pat Robertson says the earthquake in Haiti is the latest evidence of a curse that resulted from the "pact with the devil" that nation made when it threw off French rule more than 200 years ago. [Jon Stewart nailed this one.][So did Christopher Hitchens.]    Wonder who made a deal with whom for the news abo…

Uno Chicago Grill, which closed in Amherst this week, promised to fully refund gift cards bought at the pizza chain during a holiday sales push. Since then, The News has received several complaints from customers met by constant busy signals when calling for refunds. It turns out, the number given by store representatives was incorrect. The customer service hotline number…

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 Centerpiece of the Business Today section of The Buffalo News:- Bankers say they are sorry - AP/The Buffalo News    Challenged by a skeptical special commission, top Wall Street bankers apologized Wednesday for risky behavior that led to the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. But they still declared that it seemed appropriate …

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   Zooming around the big wide world of business news, in Business Today, and elsewhere:    The annual North American International Auto Show going on in Detroit is the hook for many stories today.- Detroit taking on Asian automakers - David Runk/AP/The Buffalo News     DETROIT — Asian automakers grabbed their biggest chunk ever of t…

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   Eleven million dollars, plus one consultant's report, equal some cautious optimism rising from the Business Today section of The Buffalo News: - Agency funds Canal Side, 4 other projects - Jonathan D. Epstein/The Buffalo News    The Empire State Development Corp. awarded $11.33 million to five Western New York projects, with nearly half of …

   From the Business Today section of The Buffalo News: - Termini, AM&A’s receive incentives    The Erie County Industrial Development Agency threw its support behind a planned revival of the former AM&A’s store on Main Street, but developer Rocco J. Termini said the project remains in jeopardy if a tax credit issue is not resolved quickly.…

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   Here's something to make that second cup of coffee go down more smoothly.   The local centerpiece of today's Buffalo News Business Today section focuses on a local businessman who is taking his organization green because he wants to, not because he has to. - Going green via the bean - Samantha Maziarz Christmann/The Buffalo N…

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   As predicted by this article in this morning's dead-tree edition of The Buffalo News:- Tops stikes deal to buy Penn Traffic stores - Samantha Maziarz Christmann/The Buffalo News     Tops Markets bid to buy Penn Traffic's 79 supermarkets has been accepted by the bankrupt grocery chain's committee of creditors and submitted to …

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   The Buffalo News can be read on paper, on the Internet, on mobile phones, on Twitter and, someday, maybe, soon, on an e-reader. As suggested by the centerpiece story in today's Business Today section:- E-reader popularity kindles nearly two dozen new options - Rachel Metz/AP/The Buffalo News   A cascade of e-readers will hit the market thi…

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   A lot of newspaper articles that get played in the Business Today section are still stories about government actions. - Paterson would end Empire Zones - David Robinson/The Buffalo News   Gov. David A. Paterson wants to replace the state’s flagship Empire Zone program with a series of new tax credits targeting companies that create jobs and…

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   Quote of the Day: "Gulp."   That's from economist Jennifer Lee, reflecting on how the U.S. housing market seems to have taken another turn for the worse, as outlined in:- Downturn in home sales raises concerns - Alan Zibel/AP/Buffalo News   The number of people preparing to buy a home fell sharply in November, an un…

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   Folks who get paid to fill out your 1040s are about to join those who get paid to handle your bank deposits or slaughter your beef: They will be working with a U.S. government seal of approval, or they won't be working.- Weeding out the bad - The Buffalo News   New Yorkers who get paid to prepare other New Yorkers’ income tax returns a…

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   Talk about economic pessimism. Even folks who still have jobs don't like them.- Americans’ satisfaction with their jobs hits 22-year low - Jeannine Aversa/AP/Buffalo News   Even Americans who are lucky enough to have work in this troubled economy are becoming more unhappy with their jobs, according to a new survey showing that only 45 perc…