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Columbiana County sees gas boom resumption

By TOM GIAMBRONI Staff writer LISBON — Columbiana County commissioners are optimistic the gas development boom could resume as early as 2019 once area pipelines are in place to transport the product to market. “When that infrastructure is in place things will pick up again,” ...

U.S. MOVES CRITICIZED — This 2015 file photo shows a laptop computer screen displaying the website of Alibaba's Taobao main site at an office in Beijing. China is criticizing recent moves by the U.S. government and Congress targeting the sale of fake goods and Chinese telecoms equipment. Among the Chinese online markets listed was e-commerce giant Alibaba’s online marketplace Taobao, which has struggled for years to shed its reputation as an Internet emporium for fake goods.

China blasts U.S. moves on sale of fake goods

BEIJING (AP) — China on Thursday criticized recent moves by the U.S. targeting the sale of fake goods and Chinese telecoms equipment, saying Washington lacks “objectivity” in its approach to Chinese businesses. Separately, the foreign ministry sought to deflect accusations that China is ...

14 automakers list more models in Takata recall

DETROIT (AP) — U.S. safety regulators have released models from 14 different automakers that are being recalled to replace potentially deadly Takata air bag inflators. Documents posted Thursday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration include many made by Ford, Nissan, ...

Quick takes

SHUTTLE FLIGHTS: American Airlines will begin operating hourly shuttle flights between Chicago and New York this spring. That’s a highly competitive route favored by business travelers. American said Thursday that it will run 15 shuttle flights each weekday between Chicago’s O’Hare ...

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Martha Manor improvements

Martha Manor, a longtime assisted living and adult daycare facility at 408 N. Fifth St., Steubenville, has undergone numerous improvements, thanks to a $40,000 grant awarded through the Mary Jane Brooks Charitable Trust. Work included boiler upgrades; elevator improvements; tree removal and ...

Wheeling Heritage inventories office space

WHEELING — There is no comprehensive list of available office space in downtown Wheeling, but Wheeling Heritage plans to compile one this spring with help from an Americorps recruit. The group wants to catalog empty properties, buildings and office space in Wheeling so any available ...

Cities mum about Amazon

PHILADELPHIA — State and local governments have been more than happy to play up the amenities they think make their locations the best choice for Amazon’s second headquarters. But many of them will not disclose the tax breaks or other financial incentives they are offering the online ...

Wal-Mart wage rises to $11 an hour for starting workers

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Wal-Mart, the world’s largest private employer, is boosting its starting salary for U.S. workers to $11 an hour, giving a one-time cash bonus of up to $1,000 to eligible employees and expanding its maternity and parental leave benefits. The retailer said Thursday ...

Cindy Crawford back pitching Pepsi

NEW YORK (AP) — Cindy Crawford is heading back to the Super Bowl: The model has recreated her iconic 1992 Super Bowl ad for Pepsi, now featuring her 18-year-old son. Crawford recently filmed the commercial, which will debut at Super Bowl LII on Feb. 4. It includes her son, Presley Walker ...

Quick takes

WORKSHOP SLATED: The West Virginia Small Business Development Center will offer a business fundamentals workshop from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Thursday at West Virginia Northern Community College. Led by Ed Powell, the session will cover getting a business license, identifying the market and writing ...