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No bucks, no boom on July 4th

No bucks, no boom on July 4th

Expect fewer booms this July Fourth because of financial busts in some cities and towns. As many folks pack up picnics and head to see the fireworks this holiday weekend, the skies over a couple-dozen cash-strapped communities will be missing the spectacular crackle of color that Americans associate with the nation’s birthday. Blame the economy. […]

Mattel gets pass on safety checks

Mattel gets pass on safety checks

The nation’s biggest toy maker, Mattel Inc., is getting another exemption on federal safety rules even as smaller companies struggle with testing costs imposed after a rash of Mattel toy recalls in 2007. Under the law passed after the recalls, the makers of children’s products must perform independent third-party tests for lead, lead paint and […]