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European data sharing pact with US ruled invalid

Facebook and thousands of other companies could find it vastly more complicated to do business in Europe after a court ruled that personal data sent to U.S. servers is potentially unsafe from government spying.

IMF downgrades forecast for world, emerging market economies

China’s slowdown and tumbling commodity prices will push global economic growth this year to the lowest level since the recession year 2009, the International Monetary Fund predicted Tuesday.

Feds, states announce settlement with BP over Gulf oil spill

The Justice Department and five states on Monday announced a $20 billion final settlement of claims arising from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

US, 11 Pacific Rim countries reach trade deal

Having hammered out an ambitious trade deal with 11 Pacific Rim countries, the Obama administration now faces a potentially tougher task: selling the deal to a skeptical Congress.

US stocks end sharply higher

Stocks rallied in the U.S. and overseas Monday after last week’s gloomy jobs report led investors to expect that the Federal Reserve will wait even longer before making its first interest rate increase since the financial crisis.

BC settlement agreement set in July to be filed today

The public is about to get a look at details of an $18 billion settlement agreement announced in July to resolve years of legal fighting over damage done by the 2010 Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill.

Bernanke: Wall St. execs should have gone to jail for crisis

Former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke says some Wall Street executives should have gone to jail for their roles in the financial crisis that gripped the country in 2008 and triggered the Great Recession.

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Homemade barbecue sauce hits area markets

Ronnie Childs’ barbecue sauce recipe took 10 years to perfect. It took more than 35 years to make it to tables outside the circle of his family and friends.

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BizBeat: Summit Villa nursing home doubling in size

The Guthrie family has owned and managed Summit Villa Assisted Living for five years, and decided this year to add a second 46-bed assisted living facility to make its full capacity 92 beds.

BizBeat: Freeman Mortuary to renovate chapel

A complete renovation of Freeman Mortuary’s second-floor chapel will keep the funeral home from hosting funerals on site for four to six weeks, but it will remain open for family consultations and operations.

Building permits issued in September 2015

Jefferson City issued 33 building permits during September 2015, as follows.

Hy-Vee receives 2 environmental awards

Hy-Vee received two GreenChill program awards from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for its stores’ efforts to reduce refrigerant emissions and decrease their impact on the ozone layer and climate change.

Don’t get spooked by pop-up Halloween stores

Tips from Better Business Bureau

While most stores that sell Halloween items are reputable, there are always a few pop-up stores and websites that horrify their customers with substandard business practices.

Wal-Mart lays off 450 workers at headquarters

Wal-Mart has laid off 450 workers at its headquarters as the world’s largest retailer attempts to become more nimble to compete with the likes of

Orders to US factories down 1.7 percent in August

Orders to U.S. factories fell in August by the largest amount in eight months, led by a drop in demand for commercial airplanes and weakness in a key category that tracks business investment spending.

General Mills finds listeria in 2nd batch of green beans

General Mills is recalling 60,000 bags of its Cascadian Farm frozen green beans after one package tested positive for listeria, the second time this year the company has found the bacteria in its green beans.

US stocks end little changed before monthly jobs report

A late turn gave the stock market a meager gain to start the month Thursday, a day after it finished its worst quarter in four years.

US auto sales jump last month

Just about everything broke right for the U.S. auto industry in September, as strong consumer demand, easy credit and generous incentives combined for double-digit sales gains at most major automakers.

Big gain for stocks as turbulent quarter ends

U.S. stocks rose across the board Wednesday following big gains in Asia and Europe, a buoyant end to the worst quarter for the market in four years.

VW: ‘Nothing has changed’ at Tennessee plant despite scandal

Inside Volkswagen’s only U.S. assembly plant there’s little hint of the diesel emissions cheating scandal embroiling the German automaker around the world.