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May 27, 2017

WASHINGTON  — U.S. orders for long-lasting manufactured goods dropped in April for the first time in five months, and a key category that tracks business investment went nowhere for the second straight month.

The Commerce Department said Friday that durable goods orders fell 0.7 percent…


Spa owner works to pamper clients

May 26, 2017

Local resident Renee Sessoms was curious about the products she was putting on her skin and in her hair.

That interest eventually led her to start her own skin care line and also sell natural hair products, which Sessoms has been doing for the past five years under the name Sereniti Bath Body and…


Businesses find vets are dedicated, capable employees

May 26, 2017

NEW YORK — Clinton Smith hires veterans because he knows military service has helped them become dedicated and hard-working staffers.

“When you say, ‘I need you to do this right now,‘ they get it done and get it done well,” says Smith, a former Marine who is CEO of…


Drugmaker paying $33M over recalled nonprescription meds

May 25, 2017

TRENTON, N.J.  — Johnson & Johnson has reached a $33 million settlement with 42 states, resolving allegations the health care giant sold nonprescription medicines that didn’t meet federal quality requirements.

The settlement was announced Wednesday by attorneys general from the…