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  • Columbus-based payment firm to expand in McDonough

    MCDONOUGH, Ga. (AP) — State officials say a Columbus-based payments company will expand in McDonough, creating up to 450 jobs. Gov. Nathan Deal said in a statement that TSYS will build a new customer service center in the Henry County community. Officials said the 62,000-square-foot facility...

  • Oligarch buys Russia's most popular social media

    MOSCOW (AP) — A media company owned by Kremlin-friendly oligarch Alisher Usmanov has splashed out $1.5 billion to gain full control of Russia's most popular social network, VKontakte, bringing an end to a months-long dispute that saw the original investors sue each other in court. London-listed...

  • US stocks open lower ahead of Fed meeting

    NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are falling in early trading ahead of an important Federal Reserve meeting. The Standard & Poor's 500 index fell four points, or 0.2 percent, to 1,979 shortly after markets opened Tuesday. The Dow Jones industrial average slipped 40 points, or 0.2 percent, to...

  • Greater chance of Ohio drivers hitting a deer

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohioans have a greater chance of running into a deer on the road over the next year. That's according to State Farm, the state's largest insurer, which says motorists in the Buckeye State have a 1-in-127 chance of hitting a deer in the one-year period that began Aug. 1....

  • Toyota adding 180 jobs at Indiana factory

    PRINCETON, Ind. (AP) — Toyota says it plans to add 180 full-time production jobs to its southwestern Indiana factory over the next five months. Toyota officials say the first 60 of those workers will come next month from among employees of its temporary staffing company Aerotek. The Princeton...

  • Hertz adds Icahn-backed candidates to its board

    NAPLES, Fla. (AP) — Dodging a proxy fight with billionaire Carl Icahn, Hertz has added three of his chosen candidates to the board. Two of the new board members, Vincent Intrieri and Samuel Merksamer, will also be part of a of a five-person CEO search committee. Hertz CEO and Chairman Mark...

  • Plans for upstate NY landmark venue causing rift

    CHAUTAUQUA, N.Y. (AP) — Plans to rebuild a landmark venue at the Chautauqua Institution are causing a rift between preservationists and the organization. The Buffalo News reports (http://bit.ly/1tYuKSY ) that the institution plans to tear down most of the 120-year-old amphitheater after the...

  • Lower gas, food costs keep US producer prices unchanged in August as inflation remains mild

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Lower gas, food costs keep US producer prices unchanged in August as inflation remains mild.

  • Dutch ease off austerity, will spend on military

    AMSTERDAM (AP) — The Dutch government is presenting a budget for 2015 that for the first time in years will be focused less on financial austerity and more on security in light of international conflicts. In a day full of pomp and ceremony, King Willem Alexander rode in a golden carriage to...

  • Adams County approves $3M loan for hospital sale

    NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) — Adams County leaders have signed a $3 million loan to help finalize the sale of Natchez Regional Medical Center. Board of Supervisors attorney Scott Slover tells The Natchez Democrat (http://bit.ly/XumqMI ) the loan will pay administrative fees to close out the sale of the...

  • Bleak chic: Urban Outfitters incurs wrath of the Internet with 'blood splattered' Kent State sweatshirt

    Urban Outfitters came under fire Monday after online users discovered the "Vintage Kent State Sweatshirt," a sun-faded cotton sweatshirt apparently spattered in fake blood.

  • Corporate America heads for the exits

    Corporate "inversions" are a problem that President Obama might find intractable, given a corporate tax system that most people agree is outdated and in urgent need of drastic reform at a time when Congress is too divided to fix it.

  • GOP tax writer: Treasury has a hidden tax-reform plan

    "I believe the Treasury Department has completed — or is very close to completing — such a plan, but refuses to make it public," House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp said Wednesday.

  • Right fumes as business supports Obama's immigration executive action

    "Increasing the legal labor workforce is something we are going to support nine times out of 10," said Angelo Amador, vice president of labor and workforce policy at the National Restaurant Association.

  • McDonald's: Vive la France!

    I have never eaten at a McDonald’s in France. But evidently a lot of French men and women do. Business Insider reports that France is McDonald’s most profitable country after the United States. So much for all the French cuisine snobs who lament the presence of McDonald’s in la belle France,...



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