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Mergers vs. acquisitions

Q: What's the difference between mergers and acquisitions? -- H.W., online
A: In general, a merger is when two companies (often of roughly similar size) combine to form a new company, often with a new name and new shares of stock issued. Acquisitions, which happen far more frequently, are when one company takes control of another ... (full story)

North Dakota looks at plastics as the Bakken booms

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — As pump jacks pull more and more oil out of shale rock buried deep below the western part of the state, an increasing amount of natural gas travels up through the wells with few obvious destinations in North Dakota.
Oil producers burn off some of the gas at well sites because the state has maxed out it ... (full story)

US unemployment rate hits a 50-year low even as hiring slows

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. unemployment rate fell to 3.5% in September, the lowest level in nearly five decades, even though employers appeared to turn more cautious and slowed their hiring.
The economy added a modest 136,000 jobs, enough to likely ease worries that an economy weakened by the U.S.-China trade war and tepid ... (full story)

Business economists foresee slowdown in US growth

WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation's business economists think President Donald Trump's trade war with China will contribute to a sharp slowdown in economic growth this year and next, raising concerns about a possible recession starting late next year.
The latest survey by a panel of 51 forecasters with the National Association f ... (full story)

Clampdown on vaping could send users back toward cigarettes

Clampdown on vaping could send users back toward cigarettes

WASHINGTON (AP) — Only two years ago, electronic cigarettes were viewed as a small industry with big potential to improve public health by offering a path to steer millions of smokers away from deadly cigarettes.
That promise led U.S. regulators to take a hands-off approach to e-cigarette makers, including a Silicon Valley ... (full story)