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S&P downgrades Russia credit rating to junk

Standard & Poor’s rating agency on Monday downgraded Russia’s credit grade by one notch to junk status, citing a weakened economic outlook.

Stocks eke out small gains after driftin most of day

U.S. stocks eked out tiny gains on Monday after spending much of the day drifting sideways.

Low inflation likely to keep Fed ‘patient’ on a rate hike

The Federal Reserve ended 2014 with a pledge to be “patient” in raising interest rates from record lows. The way things are going, its patience may endure for a long while.

NRC names new resident inspector at Callaway Energy Center

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission officials selected Mike Langelier to serve as the new resident inspector at the Callaway Energy Center. Read more about Langelier's prior experiences in the field.

Added protectons for consumer information on health website

The Obama administration appears to be making broader changes to protect consumer information on the government’s health insurance website, after objections from lawmakers and privacy advocates.

Government policy change aims to help first-time homebuyers

Uncle Sam wants to make it more affordable for Americans to buy their first home.

BizBeat: Tan Club offers ‘premier, upscale’ salon

Monica Hoy hopes her new tanning salon, Tan Club, will offer Jefferson City a “premier, upscale” experience.

BizBeat: Some Like It Haute headed to Dunklin Street

Some Like It Haute hopes its customers will like the boutique’s new location in Jefferson City's Old Munichburg neighborhood.

Company seeks rights to names of iconic Grand Canyon lodges

To those who know and love the Grand Canyon, the names of its historic lodges are synonymous with the national park itself.

Fueled by oil, agriculture sector welcomes low diesel prices

The recent plunge in fuel prices has been a welcome relief across the agricultural sector, helping ease the pain of low grain prices for growers and boosting profits for cattle ranchers.

Settlements reached in so-called 'hot fuel' litigation

Twenty-eight oil companies and retailers have agreed to settle litigation claiming customers were knowingly overcharged when gas station fuel temperatures rose, plaintiffs announced Friday.

$2 gasoline: Good times keep rolling at the pump

At some point this will end, perhaps even soon.

US reports slight decline in union membership during 2014

Union membership in the U.S. is down slightly, making up just over 11 percent of the workforce last year.

Garden gnome fans fret: SkyMall files for bankruptcy

Apparently, airline passengers aren’t buying enough garden gnomes, superhero pajamas and heated cat shelters.

Anheuser-Busch buying Elysian Brewing

Anheuser-Busch is buying Seattle’s Elysian Brewing Co., expanding further its collection of craft brewers.

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Got Battery? Lots of low battery hacks but no quick fix

Smartphone users are tired of begging to charge devices behind bars or hunting for hidden electrical outlets in airports and train stations. Where, oh where, is a better battery?

Stocks fall, snapping 4-day winning streak; UPS slumps

A batch of mixed earnings reports Friday helped push the stock market to its first day of losses this week.

Union Pacific railroad hauls in 22 percent more 4Q profit

Union Pacific finished last year with a strong 22 percent jump in fourth-quarter profit, but volatile energy prices are making it difficult to predict how 2015 will unfold.

ECB unleashes its most aggressive effort to revive economy

Europe’s ailing economy will get a major dose of stimulus from the European Central Bank — a bond buying program designed to make loans and exports cheaper so companies can hire and expand.

Stocks rally, euro falls after Europe unveils stimulus plan

A plan to revive Europe’s sagging economy rippled through the financial world on Thursday, setting off a rally in the stock market that wiped out its losses for the new year.