How 'Pokemon Go' went from prank to phenomenon

SAN FRANCISCO — All it took was a prank to hatch a mobile video game that has turned into a cultural phenomenon.  
By Michael Liedtke

Empty nesters should take advantage of prime time to save

CHICAGO - Raising kids costs a lot of money, so when they finally strike out on their own it stands to reason that parents would have more money to spend, save or invest.
By Adam Allington

What is 'Augusta' in terms of business?

What is “Augusta”? It’s an existential question most would find pragmatically irrelevant, but one that a small but influential few consider culturally, politically and economically important.
By Damon Cline

Chamber corner

Ribbon-cuttings from the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce

Biz Bits

Biz Bits honors people and businesses receiving awards, earning certifications or getting appointed to civic boards.

On the move

On the Move recognizes new hires and promotions.

Good deeds

Augusta Technical College has received a three-year, $198,865 grant through the National Science Foundation’s Advanced Technological Education program for the college’s Virtual Simulation Process Control Lab.

VW dealers give details on emissions fix in works

DETROIT — Volkswagen’s plan to fix most of its 2-liter diesel engines that cheat on emissions tests includes a software update and a larger catalytic converter to trap harmful nitrogen oxide, and it might not hurt mileage or performance, according to dealers who were briefed by executives on the matter.
By Tom Krisher

Big US airlines see $3.9 billion quarter

FORT WORTH, Texas -Com­pared with their checkered track record, major airlines are enjoying boom times. Planes are full, and jet fuel is still much cheaper than it was last year. The four biggest U.S.
By David Koenig

New Augusta sports bar in the works

Names such as Bill Fulcher, Charley Britt and Craig Baynham probably don't resonate with most sports fans. But they just might after a visit to the soon-to-open Augusta Athletics Sports Bar & Grill.
By Damon Cline

Best Ga. jobless rate since 2007

ATLANTA - State labor officials say Georgia's seasonally adjusted jobless rate has dropped to 5.1 percent - the lowest it has been since the start of the recession in December 2007.

Articles from the Business section archive

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

US health care costs to hit high, government says

WASHINGTON - The nation's health care tab this year is expected to surpass an average of $10,000 per person for the first time, the government said Wednesday.
By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar

Company holds groundbreaking for Barnwell County expansion

BARNWELL, S.C. - Swiss Krono held a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday on an expansion that is expected to create more than 100 manufacturing jobs in Barnwell County.
By Laura McKenzie

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Major beer brewers back providing more content information

WASHINGTON - Beer drinkers who can often find out details about the grain and hops that went into their beverage might get more information from major brewers - about calories, carbohydrates, ...
By Matt Ott

Free workshop on contract procurement Thursday

A free workshop to help area small businesses obtain procurement contracts with the city of Augusta and local federal entities will be held Thursday at the Julian Smith Casino.

Dow Jones index follows S&P in setting record

NEW YORK - It's been a long time coming, and perhaps a cause for celebration. But when it comes to your finances, the new record high for the Dow Jones industrial average will probably have zero ...

Pokemon game injuries rise

LOS ANGELES - Beware: "Pokemon Go," a new smartphone game based on cute Nintendo characters like Squirtle and Pikachu, can be harmful to your health.
By Ryan Nakashima

Monday, July 11, 2016

Starbucks will boost workers' base pay

NEW YORK - Starbucks is boosting the base pay of all employees and store managers at U.S. company-run stores by 5 percent or more.

Southern Co. to share pipeline

Southern Co. has acquired a 50 percent interest in Kinder Morgan Inc.'s Southern Natural Gas pipeline, a 7,600-mile system that connects the Southeast to natural gas supply basins in Texas and the ...

Pokemon Go players feeling pain from new app

LOS ANGELES - Beware: "Pokemon Go," a new smartphone game based on cute Nintendo characters such as Squirtle and Pikachu, can be harmful to your health.
By Ryan Nakashima

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Biz Bits

Biz Bits honors people and businesses receiving awards, earning certifications or getting appointed to civic boards.

On the Move

On the Move recognizes new hires and promotions.

Good Deeds

Riley Nordin, of Saluda, S.C., won the 2016 National Wild Turkey Federation National Scholarship sponsored by Mossy Oak. The $10,000 scholarship will be used to fund his education this fall at ...

Scuttlebiz: People are working their way into town

It's mid-July, so if you're planning to get your vacation on this summer, you had best get crackin'.
By Damon Cline

Filmmaker brings cyberwarfare into focus in 'Zero Days'

NEW YORK - Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney believes the first atomic bomb of the cyberwarfare age has already been dropped. That bomb was Stuxnet, a computer virus that's the ...
By Bree Fowler

Friday, July 8, 2016

Robust hiring gain in June points to resilient economy

Last month's gain - 287,000 jobs, the most since October 2015 - showed that employers shook off a hiring slump in April and May and suggested that the economy will continue to grow steadily.
By Christopher S. Rugaber

Leukemia treatment study halted after 2 deaths

WASHINGTON - A study of an experimental treatment for leukemia was abruptly halted this week after two patient deaths, raising questions about a closely-watched approach to cancer that involves ...
By Matthew Perrone

Theranos CEO banned from running lab for 2 years

Federal regulators dealt a major blow to troubled blood-testing startup Theranos, banning its founder and CEO from owning or running a medical laboratory for two years.
By Matthew Perrone

Your Money: Be cautious when attempting to sell timeshares

Many are looking for ways to reduce expenses. One popular option is to unload timeshares so owners can recoup investment and stop paying maintenance fees.
By Kelvin Collins

Chamber Corner

Ribbon-cuttings from the North Augusta, Augusta Metro and Columbia County chambers of commerce:

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Wendy's latest toll from hack reaches 1,025

NEW YORK - Wendy's said hackers were able to steal customers' credit and debit card information at 1,025 of its U.S. restaurants, far more than it originally thought.
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