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Rising gas prices likely weighed on first quarter U.S. economic growth, the head of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta said Monday, while another central bank official said companies are still reticent to hire.

Standard & Poor's Ratings Services has maintained its 'AAA' sovereign credit rating on the United States, but has revised the outlook on that rating to 'Negative.' This means that S&P believes there is a strong possibility -- a one in three chance -- that the country will be downgraded to a lower credit rating in the next several years.

The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded a $2.1 billion loan guarantee for a massive solar power project in California that will produce enough energy to power some 300,000 homes.

Economists and budget analysts say bolstering revenues a key ingredient to lessening the deficit.

President Barack Obama will use "town hall" meetings to tout his plan to trim the U.S. debt with spending cuts and tax hikes on the rich, the White House said.

Worried that low-income cell phone consumers could be hurt by the pending merger of telecom giants AT&T and T-Mobile, the Greenlining Institute sought to address possible negative implications of the deal.

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For more than two decades, the annual Hispanic Business 500 directory has served as a barometer of the U.S. Hispanic economy. A purchase of the 2010 directory provides the top 500 Hispanic-owned companies list in Excel format including: CEO names; company addresses and telephone numbers; e-mail addresses for 291 companies and Web addresses for 469 companies; and company revenue and employees numbers for 2008 and 2009.

Hispanics are now the largest ethnic minority in the United States and during the past decade, U.S. Hispanic purchasing power has rapidly increased. This report takes an in depth look at how today's Hispanic Economy is transitioning into an economic power in the U.S. Click here for the executive summary and table of contents!

The number of Hispanic-owned businesses in the United States is expected to grow 41.8 percent in the next six years to 4.3 million, with total revenues surging 39 percent to more than $539 billion, according to new estimates by HispanTelligence. Spurred by growing entrepreneurial trends and affluence among the nation's largest minority population, the increase is expected to come at a robust rate of 8.5 and 8.7 percent, respectfully, over the next couple years.

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From the current issue of HispanicBusiness magazine...
First Hispanic woman governor sees results as key to her success.

Gone is the peacock, President and CEO Jeff Zucker, and the space in the logo that separated "NBC" from "Universal," deleted when Comcast Corp., the nation's largest cable provider, took majority control in January of what is now known as NBCUniversal LLC in a $14 billion deal with General Electric.

The Woman of the Year class of 2011 certainly lives up to the tradition -- a tradition now 9 years old -- of adhering to a very consistent repertoire.

Hank Lacayo has spent his life following the call to civic duty, campaigning for worker's rights and furthering the development of U.S. Hispanic leadership.

Newly elected Hispanic Republicans want to limit government spending; Hispanic Democrats say opposition postures.

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