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US hiring slows for 3rd month in sign of struggling economy

WASHINGTON (AP) — America’s employers added 661,000 jobs in September, the third straight month of slower hiring and evidence from the final jobs report before the presidential election that the economic recovery has weakened. With September’s hiring gain, the economy has recovered only ...

Woodlands Bank sponsors students of Clinton County

LOCK HAVEN —The Pennsylvania Council on Financial Literacy (PennCFL) provides to all students in grades third through 12 in Pennsylvania a world-class, web-based stock simulation platform and curriculum. Students can learn how to trade all year long by using the whole curriculum, courses ...

Wind halts McElhattan McDonald’s from getting an upgrade Thursday

McELHATTAN — The golden arches did not take flight on Thursday. At the McDonald’s in McElhattan, workers assembled new golden arches and they sat on the back of a flatbed. A crane was at the ready to put the new golden arches into place. Alas, it didn’t happen. High winds made the job ...

Marshall, Parker & Weber attorneys named best lawyers

WILLIAMSPORT — Marshall, Parker & Weber, LLC, an elder law and estate planning law firm, has announced that Founder Jeffrey A. Marshall and Managing Principal Tammy A. Weber have been selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2021 Edition. It is Jeff ...

Pandemic accelerates power shift in fashion, advertising

NEW YORK — The pandemic has accelerated a power shift in the fashion and advertising world, with models and influencers by necessity wielding more control over their own images during remote photo and video shoots. Modeling agencies are calling for companies to ship clothes directly to ...

Virus-induced spending spurs sales at Home Depot, Walmart

NEW YORK — Americans turned to Walmart and Home Depot for supplies and do-it-yourself projects as they stayed close to home at a time when new cases of virus surged, resulting in soaring sales for their fiscal second quarter. Walmart's online sales nearly doubled in the fiscal second ...

New wineries tout views, alter business plans amid pandemic

MUSCODA, Wis. — The ridge a few miles north of here holds 20 varieties of grapes, orchards filled with peach, apple, cherry, apricot and other fruit trees and one of the largest black current patches in the state. What sold Colleen and Aaron Halverson on this 81-acre property in southern ...

Laura Arnold opens New Wave Salon in Bellefonte

BELLEFONTE — It’s never easy starting your own business. Add in a pandemic, and it becomes nearly impossible. For Laura Arnold, 28, owner of New Wave Salon in Bellefonte, she’s taking everything in stride and not letting any hurdles get in her way. The salon, located at 118 N. Allegheny ...

Mauritius races to contain oil spill, protect coastline

JOHANNESBURG — Thousands of students, environmental activists and residents of Mauritius were working around the clock Sunday, trying to reduce the damage to the Indian Ocean island from an oil spill after a tanker ran aground on a coral reef. An estimated 1 ton of oil from the Japanese ...

Trump allows some unemployment pay, defers payroll tax

BEDMINSTER, N.J. — President Donald Trump on Saturday bypassed the nation's lawmakers as he claimed the authority to defer payroll taxes and replace an expired unemployment benefit with a lower amount after negotiations with Congress on a new coronavirus rescue package collapsed. Trump's ...

Time to go ‘Up the Crick’

Businesses in the Pine Creek Valley are plentiful and are a source of recreation, entertainment and a gathering place for friendship and comfort, especially during what many agree is a stressful time dealing with a pandemic. One stop in the valley is Up the Crick Wine and Antiques along Route ...

Thousands of British Airways employees face job losses

LONDON (AP) — Some 4,000 British Airways workers are learning Friday whether they will be fired as the airline slashes jobs amid the drop in demand and travel restrictions stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic. The trade union Unite accused the airline of forcing workers out due to “naked ...

Inside Big Tech: Pulling back the curtain with ‘hot’ email

WASHINGTON — The House Judiciary chairman was closing in on his Perry Mason moment with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Fortified with “hot” internal company documents, Rep. Jerrold Nadler was building his case at a hearing that seemed almost like a trial for Facebook and three other tech ...

Wall Street rallies again; S&P 500 pulls within 2% of record

NEW YORK — Stocks are rising again on Wall Street Wednesday, and the S&P 500 is ticking closer to its record high as it tries for a fourth straight gain. The S&P 500 was 0.7% higher in midday trading, following up on gains in European markets and across much of Asia. It’s back ...

Alaska Airlines says 331 Anchorage employees face job cuts

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Airlines said 331 employees among the company's workforce in Anchorage may lose their jobs on Oct. 1. The company said the Anchorage layoffs are part of company-wide job cuts because of the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, Alaska Public Media ...

Four Big Tech CEOs getting heat from Congress on competition

WASHINGTON — Four Big Tech CEOs — Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Sundar Pichai of Google and Tim Cook of Apple — are answering for their companies’ practices before Congress as a House panel caps its yearlong investigation of market dominance in the industry. The ...

Wall Street rally carries on after Fed keep rates ultra-low

NEW YORK — Stocks are holding on to their gains on Wall Street Wednesday after the Federal Reserve said it will keep the accelerator floored on its aid for the economy, and the S&P 500 is on pace for its best day in two weeks. The benchmark index was 1% higher in afternoon trading, ...

AP-NORC poll: Nearly half say job lost to virus won’t return

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly half of Americans whose families experienced a layoff during the coronavirus pandemic now believe those jobs are lost forever, a new poll shows, a sign of increasing pessimism that would translate into roughly 10 million workers needing to find a new employer, if not ...

Asia shares slip after worst S&P 500 loss in nearly four weeks

MITO, Japan (AP) — Worsening China-U.S. friction, worries over aid to Americans and U.S. businesses and a stumble on Wall Street combined to push shares in Asia lower on Friday. Shares fell in Hong Kong, Sydney and Shanghai. Tokyo’s markets were closed for a national holiday. Trump ...

Local attorneys recognized as Top 100 People

WILLIAMSPORT —Julieanne Steinbacher, Esq., CELA and H. Amos Goodall, Esq., CELA, LLM, have been named to the Pennsylvania Business Central Top 100 People of 2020. This annual list, which is published each January, recognizes 100 people representing large and small businesses and nonprofits ...