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A blue Christmas for Amazon?

It might be a blue Christmas for Amazon.

Cloud business lifts Microsoft’s quarterly results

Microsoft’s latest earnings report shows CEO Satya Nadella is making progress in his push to embrace cloud computing.

Stocks surge as US companies report higher profits

Stocks are closing with big gains after several major U.S. companies reported higher profits.

Education Dept. loosens eligibility for parent loan program

The Education Department has loosened credit requirements for a federal student loan program used by parents and graduate students.

FedEx predicts increase in holiday deliveries

FedEx expects another record for holiday-season deliveries.

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Government ups air bag warning to 7.8M vehicles

The U.S. government is now urging owners of nearly 8 million cars and trucks to have the air bags repaired because of potential danger to drivers and passengers. But the effort is being complicated by confusing information and a malfunctioning website.

Packaging error prompts recall of naproxen pills

A North Carolina company is recalling nearly 12,000 boxes of pain relief tablets sold at Dollar Tree stores because some cartons contain a different medication that could cause allergic reactions.

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Staples investigating possible data breach

Staples is looking into a potential credit card data breach and has been in touch with law enforcement officials about the issue.

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McDonald's CEO outlines changes as sales slide

After posting yet another disappointing quarter, McDonald's CEO Don Thompson said Tuesday the company hasn't been keeping up with the times and that changes are in store for its U.S. restaurants.

Stocks rally; S&P 500 has best day of 2014

The U.S. stock market marched higher Tuesday, giving the Standard & Poor’s 500 index its best day of the year.

Big slump no cause to ditch stock market

After more than five years of stock market gains, investors could be forgiven for worrying that big sell-offs may be the harbingers of bigger slumps.

Toys R Us pulls ‘Breaking Bad’ dolls

Toys R Us is pulling its four collectible dolls based on the characters of AMC’s hit series “Breaking Bad” after taking heat from a Florida mom who launched a petition campaign last week.

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Pig farms rebound from virus; meat prices may drop

A virus that killed millions of baby pigs in the last year and led to higher pork prices has waned thanks to warmer weather and farmers’ efforts to sterilize their operations.

Huber expansion will mean more jobs in next 5 years

Huber and Associates celebrated an expansion of the company’s Mid-Missouri headquarters last week.

BizBeat: Victoria’s Bridal to close at end of October

Victoria’s Bridal and Formal Wear will close its Jefferson City store at the end of the month after more than 20 years in business.

BizBeat: Wilson’s Fitness gears up for big move

Wilson’s Fitness has found its Jefferson City home in the Capital Mall for approximately 14 years. It has grown significantly over the years, expanding and making use of the space around it.

BizBeat: Entrepreneurs test their ideas Saturday

The third annual Pitch It & Win It contest will be held Saturday morning. The event, hosted by StartUp JC and the Jefferson City Area Chamber of Commerce is designed to let entrepreneurs test their ideas for a new business venture to local business professionals.

Jefferson City business licenses issued in September 2014

Jefferson City issued 47 business licenses in September.

Fear-gauge flashes wild week on Wall Street

Europe’s economy sputters, oil prices plunge and stocks start swinging wildly. Wall Street’s long dormant “fear index” now predicts more turbulence ahead.

Soggy weather still crimping Illinois corn harvest

Amid growing expectations of record U.S. corn and soybean yields this year, farmers in Illinois and other Midwestern states are struggling to bring the crops in from the fields.