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August 31, 2016

WASHINGTON — U.S. consumer confidence rose in August to its highest level in 11 months, suggesting economic growth could pick up in the second half of the year.

The Conference Board said Tuesday that its consumer confidence index rose to 101.1, up from 96.7 in July. It was the highest level…


PNC plans security upgrades for ATMs

August 30, 2016

One of the largest banks in the United States with several branches in Rocky Mount has taken another initiative to protect local customers from potential scams.

Ken Justice, PNC senior vice president and ATM executive, said PNC Bank is enhancing its ATM security with upgrades enabling ATMs to read…


Consumer spending posts slower growth in July

August 30, 2016

WASHINGTON — American consumers boosted spending at a slower pace in July, while their incomes accelerated slightly.

Spending grew 0.3 percent in July following a 0.5 percent increase in June, the Commerce Department reported Monday. The slowdown had been expected given an earlier report that…


Then there was one: HoJo soon will have sole restaurant left

August 29, 2016

BANGOR, Maine — The closing of one of the last two Howard Johnson restaurants next week will mark the end of its fried clam strips, ice cream and other menu staples that nourished baby boomers and leave the once-proud restaurant chain teetering on the brink of extinction.

The slice of…