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AT&T paying $25M to settle US action over data breaches

AT&T is paying $25 million in a settlement with federal regulators over data breaches at call centers in Mexico, Colombia and the Philippines that compromised customer data for some 280,000 U.S. customer accounts.

Can phone companies do more to block robocalls?

Jeri Vargas put her elderly mother on the “Do Not Call” list years ago.

Burger King to pay for wedding of Mr. Burger, Ms. King

Burger King is paying the expenses and providing gifts for the wedding of an Illinois couple with an interesting connection to the fast food restaurant chain. Joel Burger and Ashley King accepted the company’s proposal Monday.

McDonald’s to roll out bigger burgers

Bigger burgers will be back on the menu at McDonald’s, at least for a while.

A look at college tuition perks at Starbucks, McDonald’s

Starbucks says it will now cover four years of tuition reimbursement for workers to earn an online undergraduate degree from Arizona State University, instead of just two years. Last week, McDonald’s Corp. also announced it was expanding a college tuition assistance program to workers at all its U.S. stores.

Consumer borrowing climbs to US record high in February

Consumers increased their borrowing to a record high in February, driven by a large jump in auto and student loans.

US stocks end lower after late-day sell-off

U.S. stocks fell Tuesday as an early advance fizzled in the last hour of trading. Energy stocks rose with the price of oil while consumer discretionary stocks were among the biggest decliners. Utility stocks also dragged down the major indices.

US job openings surge, yet employers slow to hire

U.S. job openings surged in February to a 14-year high, yet employers filled fewer of those jobs than in the previous month.

US service firms grew at slightly slower pace last month

U.S. service firms expanded at a slightly slower yet still healthy pace in March, an encouraging sign after multiple reports last week pointed to a slowing economy.

Stocks gain in quiet trading

Expectations that the Federal Reserve will be slow to raise interest rates following a weak jobs report last week helped send the stock market up on Monday. A jump in the price of crude oil set off a rally in energy stocks.

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Why job growth and cheap gas aren't doing what they should

Here are five factors that help explain why the U.S. economy isn't accelerating as you might expect.

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BizBeat: Capital Mall construction on track

Construction for the Ross department store at Capital Mall is on schedule, said Rob Kingsbury of Farmer Holding Company.

BizBeat: Antique shop gets second chance

Downtown Jefferson City antiques shop Finders Keepers will reopen soon in its previous location as Second Chance Cottage.

BizBeat: The Party Business ‘lets the good times roll’

Ryan and Colby Davis, respectively owner and sous chef of Argyle Catering Company — and brothers — recently rolled out a new venture, The Party Business.

BizBeat: Former nightclub building gets reboot

Steve Rollins, owner of Coleman Appliance Center at 108 Dunklin St., purchased the 710 Madison St. building a few weeks ago and has been remodeling it inside and out.

Iowa-based company purchases Riback Supply

Plumb Supply Company, headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa, has announced the purchase of Columbia-based Riback Supply Company, according to a news release.

StartUp Jefferson City hosting ‘Encouraging Entrepreneurship’

For the third year, StartUp Jefferson City will host its free “Encouraging Entrepreneurship.” The session will be from 9-11 a.m. on April 25 at the Capital Event Center, 623 Ohio St.

Jefferson City business licenses issued in March 2015

Jefferson City issued 101 business licenses during the month of March 2015.

7 tips can build solid contract with contractor

Better Business Bureau tips

Warming spring weather has many homeowners thinking about repair and remodeling projects to spruce up their homes. If you’re not the do-it-yourself type, how do you find a trusted professional to do the work?

Oklahoma poultry owners urged to increase health safety

The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry is encouraging owners of domestic bird and poultry to take additional biosecurity precautions after two new strains of avian influenza have been found in wild waterfowl and domestic poultry.