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NEW YORK (AP) - Oil's slump didn't just hit the stock market; it's shaken up the junk-bond market, too. High-yield bonds are on track for their worst drop in a year and a half after investors dumped risky securities issued by energy companies. … more
Sunscreen may not top many shopping lists this time of year, but stocking up now can keep you from wasting money. December is the final month for many people with employer-sponsored health coverage to spend the remaining balance in their health … more
ATLANTA (AP) - Companies across the globe are on high alert to tighten up network security to avoid being the next company brought to its knees by hackers such as those that executed the dramatic cyberattack against Sony Pictures … more
NEW YORK - Online shopping has become as volatile as stock market trading. Wild, minute-by-minute price swings on everything from clothes to TVs have made it difficult for holiday shoppers to "buy low." A growing number of retailers are using … more
WASHINGTON (AP) - Suspicions that North Korea was behind a destructive hacking attack against Sony Pictures and a threat against movie theaters are intensifying calls for tougher U.S. steps to cut that country's access to hard currency and declare … more
Local readers with ties to the military and defense department may welcome an old ally in the coming weeks. On Jan. 8, The Sumter Item will begin printing and distributing free copies of the American weekly edition of Stars and Stripes, an … more
Since opening his C. Anthony's Menswear store nine years ago, owner Chip Bracalente has pitched the downtown Sumter area through photographs and marketing efforts in his store. By mid-March, his store will dress up the downtown area as he … more
A baker's delight is often seasoned with the satisfaction people acquire from enjoying his or her dishes. For years, that was the case for Lela Bolden. Cooking was her hobby, and the Lee County native was known for her signature dish: pound … more
NEW YORK - Being a teen can be tough, but catering to one is even more difficult. Retailers for teens are learning that lesson the hard way this holiday season. The longtime CEO of Abercrombie & Fitch on Tuesday abruptly retired just a week … more
A local restaurant celebrates five years today. Most new restaurants only make it two to three years, said Jeff Dennis, head chef of Simply Southern Bistro. He opened the Sumter eatery at 65 W. Wesmark Blvd. on Dec. 14, 2009, with his parents, … more
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