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Starbucks to Accelerate Store Closings Next Year

NEW YORK (AP) — Starbucks says it will accelerate its store closings in the U.S. next year as it tries to boost sluggish sales. The Seattle-based company announced Tuesday that it will close 150 under-performing stores in heavily penetrated markets,…

Cooking Connection: Chicken Norway

Chicken Norway Recipe:   4 airline chicken breasts Olive oil                         ½ C. plus 2 T. Thyme dry                     1 t. Oregano dry                  1 t. Basil dry                         1 t. Garlic chopped             1 t. Salt                                  ¼ t. Pepper                            1/8…

Instagram Unveils new Video Service in Challenge to YouTube

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook’s Instagram service is loosening its restraints on video in an attempt to lure younger viewers away from YouTube when they’re looking for something to watch on their smartphones. The expansion announced Wednesday, dubbed IGTV, will…

Supreme Court Rules for States in Online Sales tax Case

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court says states can force online shoppers to pay sales tax. The 5-4 ruling Thursday is a win for states, who said they were losing out on billions of dollars annually under two decades-old Supreme…

Utility Buys Wisconsin Land for Substation to Power Foxconn

MOUNT PLEASANT, Wis. (AP) - American Transmission Co. has purchased land to build a proposed electrical substation for the massive Foxconn Technology Group complex in southeast Wisconsin. The Kenosha News reports that ATC confirmed Monday that it purchased 33 acres…

PolyMet, Forest Service Land Exchange to Close June 28

DULUTH, Minn. – The U.S. Forest Service has notified PolyMet Mining Corp that the land exchange between the two agencies is set to close on Jun 28. This means that PolyMet, upon title transfer, will now have surface ownership rights…

Judge Approves AT&T-Time Warner Merger

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. District Judge Richard Leon said the government failed to meet its burden of proof in its antitrust suit against the AT&T-Time Warner merger. Leon said the government had “taken its best shot” to oppose the merger.…

Trump to Host Fundraiser, Attend Foxconn Groundbreaking

MILWAUKEE (AP) - President Donald Trump plans to attend the Foxconn Technology Group groundbreaking ceremony later this month and attend a luncheon fundraiser. The Milwaukee Business Journal reports that prominent Milwaukee business executive Ted Kellner is hosting the June 29…

Germany's Bayer Completes Purchase of Monsanto

BERLIN (AP) - German pharmaceutical company Bayer AG says it has completed its purchase of U.S. seed and weed-killer maker Monsanto Co. Bayer said Thursday that it is now the sole owner of the company and Monsanto shares will no…

Electrolux Workers to get Federal Assistance Amid Layoffs

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) - Nearly 900 employees who'll be laid off by the planned closure of an Electrolux plant in central Minnesota will have access to additional help. The St. Cloud Times reports that the U.S. Department of Labor…

Apple set to Preview Updates for iPhones, Siri and More

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Apple is expected to preview new capabilities for its Siri digital assistant and showcase other upcoming software features. The peek at the new software will come Monday at a gathering in San Jose, California, for…