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  • FINRA fines Oppenheimer $3.75M in employee fraud case

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority is ordering Oppenheimer & Co. to pay $3.75 million for failing to supervise an employee who defrauded clients and the producers of a canceled Broadway musical. FINRA ordered Oppenheimer to pay a $2.5 million fine and $1.25 million in restitution for failing to investigate Mark Hotton...

  • Census: Florida city tops list of fastest-growing areas

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Sure, Florida's got sunshine, beaches and palm trees. But the driving force behind it being home to many of the nation's fastest-growing cities has been the return of hospitality, trade and construction jobs. New figures released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau showed Florida was home to six of the nation's 20...

  • FDA to scrutinize unproven alternative remedies

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal officials plan to review the safety and evidence behind alternative remedies like Zicam and Cold-Eeze, products that are protected by federal law, but not accepted by mainstream medicine. The Food and Drug Administration says that it will hold a two-day meeting next month on regulations for homeopathic medicines,...

  • Spotify's Top 10 most streamed tracks

    The following list represents the most streamed tracks on Spotify, based on the number of people who shared it divided by the number who listened to it, from Monday, March 16 to Sunday, March 22 via Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Spotify. UNITED STATES 1. Mark Ronson, "Uptown Funk" (RCA Records) 2. Kendrick Lamar, "King Kunta"...

  • Spotify's Top 10 most viral tracks

    The following list represents the most viral tracks on Spotify, based on the number of people who shared it divided by the number who listened to it, from Monday March. 16, to Sunday, March 22, via Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Spotify. UNITED STATES 1. Grace, "You Don't Own Me (feat. G-Eazy)" (RCA Records) 2. Phoebe Ryan, "Ignition / Do...

  • US average rate on 30-year home loan falls to 3.69 percent

    Average U.S. long-term mortgage fell for a second straight week, edging closer to historically low levels at the start of the spring home-buying season.

  • Rosetta Stone President and CEO Swad resigns

    ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — Rosetta Stone President and CEO Stephen Swad has resigned, effective April 1, and is stepping down from its board. Rosetta Stone Inc. said Thursday that director A. John Hass, 49, will serve as interim president and CEO. Swad will serve as an adviser for an undisclosed period of time in order to help with the transition...

  • Jersey shore pier where coaster fell into sea to be rebuilt

    SEASIDE HEIGHTS, N.J. (AP) — The New Jersey shore amusement pier that became an iconic image of Superstorm Sandy when the storm knocked its roller coaster into the ocean will be rebuilt — on dry land and not over the surf. The owners of the Casino Pier in Seaside Heights have submitted plans to the state Department of Environmental Protection...

  • From the venue to the menu, how to save on wedding food

    NEW YORK (AP) — Weddings have a way of getting expensive: any detail of a ceremony or reception or party can be blown out to epic proportions. But the good news is that whatever your price range, there always opportunities to save money. Here are some ways to lower the cost of catering your reception, which is typically the biggest single item...

  • Average US rate on 30-year mortgage falls to 3.69 percent

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates fell this week for a second straight week, edging closer to historically low levels at the start of the spring home-buying season. Mortgage giant Freddie Mac said Thursday the national average for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage declined to 3.69 percent from 3.78 percent last week. The...

  • Fred's reports 4Q loss, adjusted earnings match expectations

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Fred's Inc. booked an $8.2 million fourth-quarter loss as a rise in expenses countered a small sales gain, and the discount retailer continued working to improve its performance. The Memphis, Tennessee-based company said Thursday that its loss totaled 22 cents per share in the quarter that ended Jan. 31, but it earned 2...

  • Steelers stadium keeps Heinz Field name despite Kraft merger

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers' football stadium will keep the name Heinz Field despite the company's planned merger with Kraft Foods Group. Pittsburgh-based H.J. Heinz Co. says if the merger announced Wednesday is approved, the new company will be Kraft Heinz Co. But Heinz senior vice president Michael Mullen confirms that the...

  • Scholastic reports wider 3Q loss

    NEW YORK (AP) — Scholastic reported a wider fiscal third-quarter loss than a year ago, even as the popularity of its Minecraft video game guides and other children's books helped lift revenue. Scholastic's children's book unit reported Thursday a 7 percent increase in revenue, thanks to the "Minecraft Handbook" and "Harry Potter" series....

  • Bleisure: Korean barbecue, karaoke for biz travelers to NYC

    NEW YORK (AP) — New York City is a 24/7 kind of place. That makes it easy for business travelers to squeeze a little sightseeing in after a day of meetings. Take in a Broadway show and late dinner, or a nighttime view from Top of the Rock, the Empire State Building or Times Square. The Staten Island Ferry glides past the Statue of Liberty 24...

  • PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi paid $19.1 million in 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi was given a pay package worth $19.1 million in 2014 after the snack-and-beverage maker said it met or beat its own financial targets for the year. The compensation for Nooyi represents a 45 percent jump from the previous year's pay of $13.2 million, according to a regulatory filing. The increase was the...

  • US market open lower, pushing losing streak to a 4th day

    NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stock indexes are opening modestly lower as the market extends a losing streak to a fourth day. Declines were sharper in European and Asian markets Thursday. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 89 points, or 0.5 percent, to 17,631 as of 9:35 a.m. Eastern time. The Standard & Poor's 500 fell eight points, or 0.4...

  • Fewer Americans filed for unemployment benefits last week

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Fewer people sought U.S. unemployment benefits last week, evidence that strong hiring should continue despite signs of slower economic growth at the start of 2015. The Labor Department said Thursday that weekly applications for jobless aid fell 9,000 to a seasonally adjusted 282,000. The decrease suggests that a recent...

  • ConAgra 3Q hurt by charge; adjusted profit tops expectations

    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — ConAgra Foods Inc. moved to a loss in its fiscal third quarter because of a hefty impairment charge, but its adjusted profit beat analysts' expectations. The maker of Chef Boyardee and other packaged foods also boosted its full-year profit outlook. The company's stock climbed in Thursday premarket trading. The Omaha,...

  • US applications for jobless benefits dip to 282k; sign employers are shrugging off slow winter

    WASHINGTON (AP) — US applications for jobless benefits dip to 282k; sign employers are shrugging off slow winter.

  • SanDisk lowers 1st-quarter revenue forecast

    MILPITAS, Calif. (AP) — Flash-memory chip maker SanDisk is cutting its fiscal first-quarter revenue forecast partly because of lower-than-expected sales of enterprise products and lower pricing in some areas of the business. The stock slid more than 11 percent before the market open on Thursday. SanDisk now expects first-quarter revenue of...

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