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Carl Vogel has 'good attitude' about cancer

Vogel, 60, is undergoing chemotherapy and has 'confidence' in his doctors

Facebook’s Messenger app adding more ways to connect

Facebook is trying to mold its Messenger app into a more versatile communications hub as smartphones create new ways for people to connect with friends and businesses beyond the walls of the company’s ubiquitous social network.

North Dakota oil rig count drops below 100

The number of drill rigs in western North Dakota’s oil patch has slipped below 100 for the first time in five years due to the sagging price of crude.

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HJ Heinz buys Kraft to build $28 billion food giant

Some of the most familiar names in ketchup, pickles, cheese and hot dogs are set to come under the same roof after H.J. Heinz Co. announced plans Wednesday to buy Kraft and create one of the world's largest food and beverage companies.

US stocks slump a 3rd day

Investors dumped high-flying technology and biotech companies and sent the stock market down for a third straight day Wednesday.

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AP Investigation: Slavery taints global supply of seafood

Here, in the Indonesian island village of Benjina and the surrounding waters, hundreds of trapped men represent one of the most desperate links criss-crossing between companies and countries in the seafood industry. This intricate web of connections separates the fish we eat from the men who catch it, and obscures a brutal truth: Your seafood may come from slaves.

Higher gas costs lift US consumer prices after 3 declines

A slight rise in gas costs and broad increases in other categories lifted consumer prices in February, a welcome sign after three straight months of declines that had pointed to excessively low inflation.

Google hires Morgan Stanley's Ruth Porat as CFO

Morgan Stanley's chief financial officer, Ruth Porat, is leaving the New York investment bank for the same job at Google.

US stocks decline as investors assess economy, earnings

U.S. stocks dropped Tuesday as investors weighed company news and the latest report on consumer prices.

US drillers scrambling to thwart OPEC threat

OPEC and lower global oil prices delivered a one-two punch to the drillers in North Dakota and Texas who brought the U.S. one of the biggest booms in the history of the global oil industry. Now they are fighting back.

Fed No. 2: Rate hike likely this year

Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer says he expects the Fed to start raising interest rates sometime this year. Once that happens, though, rates won’t likely move in any predictable pattern, he added. Fischer’s remarks Monday built on a message the Fed sent last week after its latest policy meeting ended.

More cash-strapped Americans turn to tax refund advances

Cash-strapped Americans anxious for tax refunds are increasingly turning to payment advances, prepaid cards or other costly services when getting tax preparation help, according to new federal data raising concerns among regulators about whether consumers are fully informed about the fees.

BizBeat: Cookie monsters welcome at Capital Mall

Meanwhile, Claire’s shifting locations

Capital Mall in Jefferson City will welcome a sweet shoppers’ favorite when Great American Cookie opens in April.

BizBeat: Holts Summit losing last video rental store

A sign of the digital times, Holts Summit will say goodbye to its last video rental store by mid-April.

BizBeat: Sam’s Club opens hiring center

Sam’s Club has opened a temporary hiring center in Jefferson City at 1406 Missouri Blvd. in Jefferson Plaza.

BizBeat: Tech-Know shuts down

A consumer technology repair shop that opened in Jefferson City last November has closed after about four months in business.

Jefferson City restaurant inspections for February 2015

Jefferson City’s Food Code requires food-service establishments be inspected at least once every six months. Here are the findings of the February 2015 inspection report.

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Judge OKs punitive damages in California gender bias case

A California trial judge ruled Saturday that a woman suing a Silicon Valley venture capital firm in a high-profile gender bias case may seek punitive damages that could add tens of millions of dollars to the $16 million in lost wages and bonuses she is pursuing.

News Tribune wins advertising awards

The Jefferson City News Tribune received awards in several categories from the Missouri Advertising Managers Association at its recent annual meeting.

BBB advises don’t ask just anyone to prepare your taxes

Every year, Better Business Bureau fields complaints from taxpayers about preparers who didn’t prepare taxes properly or who weren’t around when the taxpayer got a notice from the Internal Revenue Service about problems with the return.