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July 30, 2014 The Altoona Beauty School is featured in this month’s Seventeen magazine. The local school offers four programs: cosmetology, esthetician, nail technician and beauty teaching. more »»

Four chosen for chamber’s 2014 Hall of Fame class

July 29, 2014 Four businesses will comprise the Blair County Chamber of Commerce Business Hall of Fame’s Class of 2014. Holiday Inn Express, Homewood at Martinsburg, J.C. Orr & Son, Inc. more »»

Dollar Tree buys Family Dollar

July 29, 2014 NEW YORK — The fight for penny pinchers is intensifying. Dollar Tree said Monday it is buying rival discounter Family Dollar for $8. more »»

Red Lobster focuses on quality

July 29, 2014 NEW YORK — Red Lobster wants to be seen as a purveyor of quality seafood, so it’s getting rid of some of its promotional discounts and stacking the food higher on plates, as is the style at fancier... more »»

Bedford pleases palates

July 27, 2014 You won’t find chain restaurants like Olive Garden and Red Lobster in downtown Bedford, but you will find some high-quality eating establishments. more »»


July 27, 2014 New hires and promotions -- Cindy Ginter has been named by First Common­wealth Mortgage as mortgage loan originator to serve Altoona, Johnstown and the surrounding areas. more »»

PUC approves emergency ride-sharing permits

July 25, 2014 PITTSBURGH — The state Public Utility Commission approved emergency permits Thursday for two ride-sharing companies to operate in the Pittsburgh are. more »»

Hershey profit climbs 5.4 percent

July 25, 2014 HERSHEY (AP) — Hershey Co. (HSY) on Thursday reported net income that rose by 5.4 percent in its second quarter. The results matched analysts’ expectations. more »»

Norfolk Southern 2Q profit rises 21 percent

July 24, 2014 NORFOLK, Va. — Norfolk Southern executives are optimistic about the economy after delivering a 21 percent rise in second-quarter profit as the railroad hauled more freight. “We believe that the U.S. more »»

Social Security spent $300M on IT failures

July 24, 2014 WASHINGTON (AP) — Six years ago, the Social Security Administration embarked on an aggressive plan to replace outdated computer systems overwhelmed by a growing flood of disability claims. more »»

FDA approves new painkiller

July 24, 2014 WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new combination pain pill from the maker of OxyContin that is designed to discourage abuse by painkiller addict. more »»

Shear determination

July 20, 2014 Joe Martin admits he’s taking a risk. more »»

Court further limits reach of gas drilling law

July 18, 2014 HARRISBURG — A Pennsylvania court has further limited the reach of a major 2012 law that modernized drilling regulations, ruling Thursday that state public utility regulators cannot review how local... more »»

Microsoft cutting 18K jobs

July 18, 2014 LOS ANGELES — Microsoft announced the biggest layoffs in its 39-year history Thursday, outlining plans to cut 18,000 jobs in a move that marked the CEO’s sharpest pivot yet away from his... more »»

Fox bid for Time Warner sparks content merge race

July 17, 2014 LOS ANGELES — Even though Rupert Murdoch’s $76 billion bid for rival media giant Time Warner Inc. more »»

Visa launches ‘Checkout’ service

July 17, 2014 NEW YORK — Payment processor Visa is launching a new service called Visa Checkout that eliminates a few steps in online paymen. more »»


July 13, 2014 New hires and promotions -- Mallory Romani of Hollidaysburg was recently hired as Human Resources Coordinator at General Cable Corp. in Altoona. more »»

Scientists turn to crowdfunding to help raise funds for research

July 10, 2014 NEW YORK — In over three decades of studying ferns, Duke University professor Kathleen Pryer has received her share of grant mone. more »»

Stocks fall for a second day; Twitter slumps

July 9, 2014 NEW YORK — Investors unloaded stocks for a second straight day ahead of a slew of corporate earnings that will help them determine whether a recent run-up in the market is justified. more »»

Improper payments by federal government top $100 billion

July 9, 2014 WASHINGTON — Tax credits for families that don’t qualify. Medicare payments for treatments that might not be necessary. Unemployment benefits for people who are secretly working. more »»

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