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Slammed by the flu, businesses scramble to get work done

NEW YORK — The flu season has slammed many small businesses, weakening already thin staffing levels and forcing some owners to scramble to cover shifts or get the work done. All but five of the 26 staffers at BusBank, a transportation booking service, have been sick at some point this season. On the worst day [...]

By | Friday, February 24, 2017|

Exodus of outdoor show from Utah criticized by beneficiaries

SALT LAKE CITY — Sales double twice a year at the Toasters sandwich shop in downtown Salt Lake City when tens of thousands of plaid-shirted outdoor retailer representatives arrive in town for a massive industry trade show. And Laser Exhibitor Service hires 100 people before each show to set up and take down about 60 [...]

By | Friday, February 24, 2017|

Health care’s future: Turning patients into savers, shoppers

The U.S. government may soon lean on someone new to help lower health care costs: you. The idea is that when your money is on the line — and not the insurance company’s — you’ll look for the best value and do your part to curb national health care spending. The Affordable Care Act’s fate [...]

By | Friday, February 24, 2017|

Americans buy existing homes at fastest pace in a decade

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans shrugged off rising mortgage rates and bought existing homes in January at the fastest pace since 2007. That has set off bidding wars that have pushed up prices as the supply of available homes has dwindled to record lows. Home sales rose 3.3 percent in January from December to a seasonally [...]

By | Friday, February 24, 2017|

Rise in premiums lays bare 2 Americas on health care

WASHINGTON — Michael Schwarz is a self-employed business owner who buys his own health insurance. The subsidized coverage “Obamacare” offers provides protection from life’s unpredictable changes and freedom to pursue his vocation, he says. Brett Dorsch is also self-employed and buys his own health insurance. But he gets no financial break from the Affordable Care [...]

By | Friday, February 24, 2017|

Former white supremacists attempt to help others leave hate groups

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — The Celtic cross tattoo on Shannon Martinez’s leg gives away her past. A victim of sexual assault at age 14 and never quite able to meet her parents’ expectations, Martinez sought out other angry teens. By 16, she was a skinhead spouting white supremacist rhetoric, giving stiff-armed Nazi salutes and tagging [...]

By | Thursday, February 23, 2017|

From restaurants to reefs: Recycling oyster shells

ON LAKE ATHANASIO, La. (AP) — If you slurp oysters from the half-shell in New Orleans, you may be doing more than satisfying a culinary craving: You could be helping to construct reefs that environmental groups hope will save a bit of Louisiana’s coastline. Since 2014, restaurants have contributed nearly 2,600 tons of shells to [...]

By | Thursday, February 23, 2017|

Wal-Mart earnings fall, but online sales surge 29 percent

NEW YORK (AP) — Wal-Mart drew more shoppers to its namesake stores in the United States and its e-commerce sales soared, signs that its efforts to lower prices and improve web services are helping it compete better against online leader Amazon. The company saw the biggest gain in a key revenue measure in its U.S [...]

By | Thursday, February 23, 2017|

How long should injured pro athletes get workers comp?

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Should injured pro athletes be allowed to earn worker compensation benefits until they are 67 years old, like other workers, even if their athletic careers normally would have ended more than 30 years earlier? That issue is being debated between the Chicago Bears and the NFL Players Association in the Illinois legislature [...]

By | Thursday, February 23, 2017|

Atlanta, other cities eye test tracks for self-driving cars

ATLANTA — Self-driving vehicles could begin tooling down a bustling Atlanta street full of cars, buses, bicyclists and college students, as the city vies with other communities nationwide to test the emerging technology. Atlanta would become one of the largest urban areas for testing self-driving vehicles if plans come together for a demonstration as early [...]

By | Thursday, February 23, 2017|