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Twitter tries to make it easier to report abuse

Twitter tries to make it easier to report abuse

December 2nd, 2014 6:06 pm by Associated Press

The short messaging service said Tuesday that the new tools will roll out to users over the coming weeks. It's available now for a small group of Twitter's 284 million members.

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Update: $14-an-hour jobs expected at new Kingsport call center

Update: $14-an-hour jobs expected at new Kingsport call center

December 2nd, 2014 10:20 am by Hank Hayes

The Findlay, Ohio-based medical collections company said it will employ 100 people within a year and forecasts between 350 and 500 new jobs within four years of opening its Kingsport "Patient Contact Center."

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Markets solid despite global growth fears

Markets solid despite global growth fears

December 2nd, 2014 9:24 am by The Associated Press

A solid session in Asia helped shore up markets around the world Tuesday despite ongoing concerns over the state of the global economy and further market volatility in Russia.

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Cyber Monday shoppers give retailers sales bump

Cyber Monday shoppers give retailers sales bump

December 1st, 2014 8:41 pm by Associated Press

Retailers rolled out discounts and free shipping deals on Cyber Monday, with millions of Americans expected to log on and shop on their work computers, laptops and tablets after the busy holiday shopping weekend.

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Stocks slip after retail sales weaken, China slows

Stocks slip after retail sales weaken, China slows

December 1st, 2014 5:13 pm by Associated Press

Earlier sales, a shift to online shopping and stagnant wages meant fewer Americans showed up to stores over the Thanksgiving weekend, the National Retail Federation said Sunday.

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Ready-to-eat popcorn sales popping

Ready-to-eat popcorn sales popping

December 1st, 2014 9:14 am by By Cheryl V. Jackson, Chicago Tribune (TNS)

A boom in gourmet flavors coupled with a reputation for being a healthier snack food are boosting the ready-to-eat popcorn business, with sales growing faster than those of microwave brands.

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High-deductible insurance plans put pressure on independent physicians to collect bills

High-deductible insurance plans put pressure on independent physicians to collect bills

December 1st, 2014 8:55 am by By Steve Twedt, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

High-deductible plans are proliferating as employer-based plans look to lower or contain their annual health-care costs.

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Advocates seek to preserve Low Income Housing Tax Credit program in Tennessee

December 1st, 2014 8:41 am by Hank Hayes

The LIHTC program, according to a state of Tennessee document, is described as "the single most important form of federal assistance to preserve and expand the supply of affordable rental housing for low-income households."

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Haslam to hold 4 days of budget hearings this week

Haslam to hold 4 days of budget hearings this week

December 1st, 2014 8:25 am by Associated Press

The Republican governor kicks off the hearings Tuesday with presentations from the state agencies responsible for human resources, safety, intellectual and developmental disabilities and commerce.

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Numbers say Black Friday weekend losing allure

Numbers say Black Friday weekend losing allure

November 30th, 2014 4:21 pm by ANNE D'INNOCENZIO, AP Retail Writer

Early discounting, more online shopping and a mixed economy meant fewer people shopped over Thanksgiving weekend, according to a survey of shoppers released Sunday by the National Retail Federation.

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