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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.

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Companies tap into Vermont's large maple potential

Already, Vermont is maple syrup capital of the U.S., with production traditionally being a side business for farmers. Could a large-scale operation, tapping into thousands of acres of maple trees in a remote northeastern part of the state, be as sweet?

Regulators seek information from company on mine proposal

Montana regulators won't move forward on a proposal for a major new coal mine until sponsor Arch Coal Inc. addresses hundreds of deficiencies in its application, the state Department of Environmental Quality said Friday.

Popular weed killer deemed probable carcinogen by UN

One of the world's most popular weed-killers — and the most widely used kind in the U.S. — has been labeled a probable carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer.

Olive Garden gets boost from diners splurging on extras

Olive Garden is weaning diners off two-for-$25 dinners and luring them to splurge a bit on extras like drinks and desserts.

US stocks rise on rebound in oil, strong company results

Stocks advanced Friday, capping a strong week, helped by a recovery in the price of oil and earnings from Olive Garden owner Darden Restaurants and sportswear giant Nike.

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Judge OKs $10 million settlement in Target data breach

A Minnesota judge has endorsed a settlement in which Target Corp. will pay $10 million to settle a class-action lawsuit over a massive data breach in 2013.

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US stock market sinks as price of crude oil resumes a slide

Another drop in oil prices helped drive the stock market to a loss on Thursday, as major indexes gave up their gains from the day before. Chevron, Exxon Mobil and other energy companies led stocks down.

BNY Mellon settles suits on currency transactions for $714M

New York and federal authorities reached a $714 million settlement Thursday with Bank of New York Mellon in lawsuits alleging the bank fraudulently represented rates for client currency transactions for a decade.

Labor secretary says new overtime rules coming soon

Labor Secretary Tom Perez told Congress on Wednesday that his agency is still working on President Barack Obama’s directive a year ago that the department come up with new rules to make more workers eligible for overtime pay for working beyond their scheduled hours.

New law allows direct sale of Tesla cars in New Jersey

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie signed a measure Wednesday that would allow the sale of Tesla and other zero-emission cars in the state.

As Explorer loses ground, Microsoft readies new web browser

Look out, Internet Explorer. After 20 years of competing against rival web browsers, Microsoft is gearing up to launch its own alternative to its once-dominant Internet surfing program.

Fed: No rate hike until job market improves, inflation rises

The Federal Reserve signaled Wednesday that it needs to see further improvement in the job market and higher inflation before it raises interest rates from record lows. At the same time, the Fed at least opened the door to a rate increase later this year by no longer saying it will be “patient” in starting to raise its benchmark rate.

Stocks, bonds rally as Fed says it may move slowly on rates

The Federal Reserve surprised financial markets on Wednesday with a cautious outlook on the economy, pushing stocks and bonds sharply higher.

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GOP says Obama aides meddled in ‘net neutrality’

Congressional Republicans on Tuesday accused the Federal Communications Commission of bowing to White House pressure on its “net neutrality” decision, which has angered the nation’s cable and wireless giants.

Latest way to pay someone from your phone: Facebook

Facebook’s Messenger app will soon let you send your friends money, the latest in a crowded field of services aimed at an increasingly wireless and cashless generation.

US stocks mostly fall as Fed meets on interest rates

The guessing game over higher interest rates is making for a jerky stock market.

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Area stores, restaurants donate to food pantries

Samaritan Center and Salvation Army are so grateful to the local businesses that regularly donate perishable food items for their clients.

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BizBeat: Spa Nails II opens this week

Spa Nails II will offer a fresh option for nail care when the new nail salon opens in Jefferson City this Wednesday.