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New Jeep Cherokees are on the way

Updated: 2013-10-23T03:27:35Z

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Jeep Cherokees on the way

Chrysler has begun shipping the Jeep Cherokee small crossover SUV to dealerships. Distribution of the Cherokees had been delayed while the company reprogrammed the new nine-speed automatic transmissions’ computers to make them shift more smoothly. The SUVs were supposed to hit dealers between July 1 and Sept. 30.

Amazon squeeze

Amazon.com customers will have to spend more to qualify orders for free shipping. The online retailer raised the minimum order size needed for free shipping to $35 from $25. Amazon.com Inc. is pushing customers to sign up for its Amazon Prime service, which costs $79 a year for “free” two-day shipping.

Running scared

The Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation is criticizing Chipotle Mexican Grill’s video called “The Scarecrow” as an attack on agricultural producers and their methods. The group has sent a letter to the Denver-based restaurant chain, voicing “extreme disappointment and concern.” Chipotle has joined other restaurant groups in seeking more humane treatment of farm animals. Chipotle said the game and video “depict a scarecrow’s journey to bring wholesome food back to the people by providing an alternative to the processed food that dominates his world.”

Improper IRS payments

A Treasury investigator says the Internal Revenue Service has paid out more than $110 billion in tax credits over the past decade to people who didn’t qualify for them. The earned income tax credits were intended for poor working families. In a report released Tuesday, the IRS inspector general said more than one-fifth of all credits paid under the program went to people who didn’t qualify.

Big screen plans

Apple will probably start selling ultra-high-definition televisions with 65- and 55-inch screens during the fourth quarter of next year, according to an analyst at Advanced Research Japan Co. in Tokyo. The company is deciding on specifications, and the models are likely to have a frameless design, Masahiko Ishino, an analyst at Advanced Research, told Bloomberg News.

Windows restored

Microsoft says it has figured out what caused some Surface RT machines to shut down unexpectedly while downloading the free Windows RT 8.1 update. The update has been restored to the Windows Store. The company said Tuesday the problem occurred when previously released updates were still being installed while the Windows RT 8.1 update was being downloaded. For about 1 of 1,000 Surface RT owners who downloaded the 8.1 update, that caused the machine to shut down and become inoperable.

Microsoft has offered a way to revive the unit and complete the update using a USB drive.

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