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Energy companies and banks led rally on S&P 500 in 2016

December 30, 2016 • BusinessComments (0)

In this Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016, file photo, an attendant at a Shell gas station pumps gas for a motorist in Hasbrouck Heights, N.J. Energy companies and banks led the rally on the S&P 500 in 2016. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File) NEW YORK (AP) — In 2016, the Standard & Poor’s 500 index jumped 9.5 [&hellip...

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US considers mining limits in West to save sage grouse

December 29, 2016 • Business, National NewsComments (0)

In this April 20, 2013 file photo, male greater sage grouse perform mating rituals for a female grouse, not pictured, on a lake outside Walden, Colo. The Obama administration will release five possible plans Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016, for limiting mining on...

US Steel: Keetac steelworkers to return to work in Minnesota

December 29, 2016 • BusinessComments (0)

KEEWATIN, Minn. (AP) — Idled workers soon will be returning to their jobs at the Keetac taconite plant on northern Minnesota’s Iron Range. U.S. Steel announced Thursday that the company has reached agreements to supply iron ore pellets to third-party...

Pay to rise for millions as 19 states increase minimum wage

December 29, 2016 • Business, National NewsComments (0)

In this April 4, 2016 file photo, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signs a law that will gradually raise New York’s minimum wage to $15, at the Javits Convention Center, in New York. New York joins 18 other states by raising its minimum wage in 2017. (AP...

Final goodbye: Roll call of some of those who died in 2016

December 28, 2016 • Business, Entertainment, National News, World NewsComments (0)

This photo combination shows performances by pop music icons, from left, Prince in 1985, David Bowie in 1995, and George Michael in 2008. The entertainers were among a number of influential entertainers, sports stars and political figures who died in 2016....

Where to sell your unwanted stuff online and earn extra cash

December 28, 2016 • BusinessComments (0)

This Dec. 22, 2009, file photo shows a gift card kiosk in New York. If you know you won’t be using a gift card, you can sell them at a number of sites, including CardCash, Cardpool and Giftcard Zen. How much money you get depends on a number of factors,...

Judge: Duke Energy doesn’t owe $350M for scuttled nuke plant

December 28, 2016 • BusinessComments (0)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A federal judge has ruled Duke Energy doesn’t have to pay $350 million sought by Westinghouse Electric Co. over scuttled plans to build a nuclear plant in Florida. The ruling on Dec. 22 by U.S. District Judge Max Cogburn says...

Business Highlights

December 28, 2016 • BusinessComments (0)

___ US stocks headed for big gains in 2016 despite early stumble NEW YORK — In a year with no shortage of surprises and stomach-churning turns in the market, stock investors can feel pretty good about 2016. Wall Street repeatedly bounced back from steep...

Fred’s and Nvidia sink while Coach rises

December 28, 2016 • BusinessComments (0)

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily on Wednesday: Qualcomm Inc., down $1.50 to $65.75 South Korean regulators fined the chipmaker $865 million and said it engaged in unfair sales practices. Fred’s Inc., down 95 cents to...

South Korea cuts 2017 growth forecast to 2.6 percent

December 28, 2016 • Business, World NewsComments (0)

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea has revised down its growth outlook for 2017 citing increased uncertainties in the United States and a sagging recovery in domestic consumption. South Korea’s finance ministry said Thursday that Asia’s...