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Lions Gate to buy Starz in $4.4 billion deal NEW YORK - Film and TV studio Lions Gate is buying cable channel operator Starz in a deal worth $4.4 billion. Lions Gate is the company behind "The Hunger Games" movies and the "Orange Is The New … more
NEW YORK (AP) - Farmers, lumberjacks and fishermen have the highest suicide rate in the U.S., while librarians and educators have the lowest, according to a large study that found enormous differences across occupations. The study didn't explore … more
NEW YORK - They're not household names such as McDonald's or The UPS Store, but small franchises beyond the usual restaurant groups and retailers are attracting buyers who want something new or different and see greater challenges and opportunities … more
The Rev. Clay Smith realized early in his career as a pastor that he needed to implement a different strategy than an authoritative approach to persuading his congregation to form a consensus to move in a needed position. While seminary school … more
The thread that wends its way through the finger tips of Earline Smith to her daughter Wendy Burroughs started early. Smith, a long-time tailor from home for the former Kirkland Cleaners in downtown Sumter, taught Burroughs the craft from such an … more
NerdWallet Writer for The Associated PressAs parents prepare their rising freshmen for life at college, many are leaving out a crucial piece of information: how to build credit.The college years are the best time to begin the process. After … more
If you normally buy your Powerball tickets at Persimmon Hill Exxon, at the corner of Liberty Street and Alice Drive, you may have to wait in line. The store sold a $1 million Powerball ticket there for the July 30 drawing, one of the highest ever … more
Sumter native Breanna Moore is only 23 years old, but she already has her own clothing company based in Ghana, a country she came to love while studying there as a University of Pennsylvania student. She received a bachelor's degree in International … more
NEW YORK (AP) - Expect more talk about small business issues such as taxes and regulations as the post-convention presidential campaigns intensify, with Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton trying to woo entrepreneurs and show they … more
NEW YORK - America has a debt problem, but it's not what you think. Yes, the federal government owes trillions of dollars more than it did a few years ago. Yes, Americans are still struggling to pay off mortgages and student loans. But it's the … more
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