Traditional toys remain popular Christmas buys

Traditional toys are remaining at the top of Christmas lists despite the rise of high-tech gadgets.
By Jenna Martin

Cuban cigar boom? Not yet, stores and customers say

MIAMI — The coveted Cuban cigar is set to make its first legal appearance in the U.S. in years. But the cigars won’t roll into stores just yet, and owners say they aren’t worried about any dip in business.

Surrey Center restaurant reopens with new name, concept

Bistro 491 closed in late May so chef and owner Todd Schafer could turn the French-style restaurant into a more modern, casual dining spot. The location reopened last week as Abel Brown Southern Kitchen and Oyster Bar.
By Jenna Martin

Another big catch for Thai company in $1.5B bid for Bumble Bee

BANGKOK — A Thai food company may be landing another whopper in the U.S. with its $1.5 billion bid for Bumble Bee Seafoods.

Unemployment rates fell in 41 US states last month

WASHINGTON — Unemployment rates fell in 41 U.S. states in November and were unchanged in six more, reflecting healthy job gains across the country.
By Christopher S. Rugaber

T-Mobile settles 'cramming' case

T-Mobile US will pay at least $90 million, mostly in refunds, for billing customers for cellphone text services they didn't order, under a settlement with federal regulators.
By Marcy Gordon

Road extension offered to lure company to Augusta

The Augusta Commission approved the construction of a 1-mile extension of Valencia Way if the interested, unidentified industrial company announces its intent on or before Feb. 1 and begins construction on the plant on or before Sept. 1.
By Jenna Martin

FDA official warns of dangers of caffeine powder

ATLANTA — A U.S. Food and Drug Administration official is warning of the dangers of powdered pure caffeine after the deaths of a Georgia man and an Ohio teenager.

Gauge of US economy rises 0.6 percent in November

WASHINGTON — An index designed to predict the future health of the economy posted a third straight solid gain in November.
By Martin Crutsinger

Georgia jobless rate drops to 7.2 percent

ATLANTA — State officials say Georgia’s unemployment rate has dropped to 7.2 percent.

Pisani: On Kickstarter, everyone wants to be 'Staff Pick'

NEW YORK - Want your project to get selected as a "Staff Pick" on crowdfunding site Kickstarter? Good luck with that.
By Joseph Pisani

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