PRINEVILLE, Ore. This small town in the high desert of central Oregon has seen better days. The community of about 9,000 once had five saw mills employing some 1,200 people. Today all the saw mills are gone, and so are their jobs. Three years ago, Les Schwab, the town's best-known business, moved its headquarters to nearby Bend, taking with it about 100 well-paying jobs. In the last 18 months, more than 1,000 residents left the town and the county, which has the highest rate of unemployment in Oregon at roughly 20 percent.
People in Prineville have learned not to expect too much, said John Shelk, managing director of Ochoco Lumber, a wood-products business that opened in town in 1924. Belt tightening here has gotten down to the level of an art.
It's not a savior by any stretch of the imagination, said Gary Husman, publisher of The Redmond Spokesman, an area newspaper. But there will be benefits.
Foreign companies in the Internet poker industry have bankrolled a huge lobbying campaign in the U.S. to keep the government from shutting their operations down.
Neelie Kroes, the European telecommunications commissioner, will ask an advisory panel of national regulators to examine whether mobile operators are treating all data traffic equally.
Evian is introducing a second sequel to its hugely popular 2009 campaign that featured babies who appeared as if they were roller-skating.
Howard Books, an imprint of Simon & 038; Schuster, announced on Monday that on May 24, it would publish "Blind Allegiance to Sarah Palin," an account of Ms. Palin's time as governor and as a vice-presidential candidate, written by Frank Bailey, one of her former aides.
As the one-year anniversary of the BP oil spill approaches, both the oil industry and its top regulator say that reinventing the agency that oversees offshore drilling will require more time, money and people.
In suggesting that unconventional natural gas production might be worse for the climate than previously thought, critics say, the authors measured the warming potential of leaked methane over an overly short 20-year time frame.
Yahoo once touted its pledge to erase search data after 90 days. Now it plans to keep the data for longer than its competitors, angering privacy advocates.
In this writer's view, the iPad 2's minor upgrades to size, shape and speed add up to a significantly better experience, compared with the first model.
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