US jobless claims to rise on auto plant shutdowns

WASHINGTON, Dec 18 (Reuters) – U.S. auto plant shutdowns
over the holidays will likely boost claims for jobless benefits
more than usual this winter, with automobile workers expected
to be idled by Chrysler’s month-long shutdown.

Asia Pacific Hotels Explore Best Practices in Internet Marketing at TravelCLICKs Global Seminar Series

More than 30 percent of hotel bookings come directly from the web, and online shoppers visit at least three websites before making an online hotel reservation purchase decision. These statistics and more are central to understanding Internet marketing, a

NutraCea Closes $10,000,000 Credit Facility Financing With Wells Fargo Bank

PHOENIX, Dec. 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — NutraCea , a world leader in stabilized rice bran (SRB), nutrient research and technology announced today it has closed a new credit facility with Wells Fargo Business Credit, a division of Wells Fargo Bank,

Crumbling world economy takes oil even lower

NEW YORK (Reuters) – As recession tightened its grip on Europe and leading economies leaned toward slashing interest rates to zero, oil prices fell on Thursday for the fifth straight trading day in a sign of deep pessimism over a recovery in the global economy.

Illinois refuses to pay for governor’s defense

CHICAGO (Reuters) – The top legal officer in Illinois told Gov. Rod Blagojevich on Thursday the state will not pay for his defense against charges he tried to sell President-elect Barack Obama’s vacated U.S. Senate seat.