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Stocks higher as Nasdaq hits record and oil rises

A day of quiet trading on Wall Street ended Tuesday with the Dow Jones industrial average inching closer to 20,000 and a record high for the Nasdaq composite. Materials and technology companies led U.S. stocks slightly higher overall. Energy companies also rose as the price of crude oil moved ...

UPS expects 1.3 million returns

WASHINGTON — Christmas is the season of giving, and January the month of returns. UPS expects to deliver 1.3 million packages back to retailers on Jan. 5, celebrated by the delivery service, but no one else, as “National Returns Day.” Surging online sales have been followed by a surge ...

Franchises gaining in popularity

After his family business was sold, Mike Folcarelli said he was “looking for something to do.” So in 2014, Folcarelli opened a HoneyBaked Ham Co. and Cafe franchise in the Pleasant Valley Shopping Center. “I thought at my age (49 at the time), this was the best way to go, ...

Blair County Nonprofit of the Month

Name: Allegheny Lutheran Social Ministries Years in existence: 68 Employees: 509 Type of Non-Profit: 501(c)(3) Populations served: Allegheny Lutheran Social Ministries offers services that span the generations serving young children through older adults. Areas of focus: We provide ...

Workplace

New hires and promotions -- Jessica Svidergol has been promoted to director of nursing at Conemaugh Miners Medical Center in Hastings. Svidergol has been the assistant director of nursing at Conemaugh Miners since 2015, and has been an employee of Conemaugh Health System for more than 10 ...

Early press start tonight

The Mirror will print early tonight — Christmas Eve — so our staff can spend time with their families. Consequently, the evening lottery numbers along with some sports results, including the late afternoon NFL games, will not be in Sunday’s paper. That information will be included in ...

Rockland buys former Cannondale building

From Mirror staff reports BEDFORD — Rockland Manufacturing, a national leader in the production of heavy construction equipment attachments, will expand its operation in Bedford County with the company’s recent acquisition of the former Cannondale building. “The 221,000-square-foot ...

Briefcase

STATE COLLEGE AccuWeather recognized at CBICC awards dinner AccuWeather was named Technology Company of the Year for 2016 at the CBICC Excellence in Business Awards and Vision Dinner. The Technology Company of the Year Award “recognizes a company with innovative products and ...

Briefcase

JARI Growth Fund created JOHNSTOWN — JARI officials have announced the formation of the JARI Growth Fund Inc. The fund is considered an emerging Community Development Financial Institution by the Treasury Department and is currently applying to the federal government for its certification ...

City man creates job search platform

David Hite knew he wanted to be a recruiter. “I like to hunt down good talent. Getting people better jobs is very fulfilling,” said Hite, 46, of Hollidays­­burg. In 2004, after working in human resources for a company in Florida, he moved back home and started David Hite ...

Workplace

New hires and promotions Dr. Roseanne Gichuru has joined Bedford Ob/Gyn Associates-UPMC. Gichuru, who graduated with a dual degree in osteopathic medicine and a master’s in health care management from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, joins UPMC Bedford’s team of ...

Behind the Desk

Address: 319 Allegheny St., Hollidaysburg Telephone number: 696-1100 Website: www.sbritzcpa.com Position: CEO/owner Years with company: 20 Family: Wife, Beth; sons: Patrick, 30, and Joseph, 27 What products or services does your company provide? Tax, accounting, business ...

Employee of the year

Mirror photo by J.D. Cavrich LuAnn Ulicne, classified manager, was named the Altoona Mirror’s 2016 Employee of the Year recently. Presenting her with the honor are Mirror General Manager Ray Eckenrode (left) and Publisher Ed Kruger.

Yahoo: Hackers access a billion user accounts

SAN FRANCISCO — Yahoo has discovered a 3-year-old security breach that enabled a hacker to compromise more than 1 billion user accounts, breaking the company’s own humiliating record for the biggest security breach in history. The digital heist disclosed Wednesday occurred in August 2013, ...

California orders Uber to stop giving rides in self-driving cars

SAN FRANCISCO — Hours after Uber began offering people in San Francisco rides in self-driving cars Wednesday, California regulators told the ride-hailing company to stop and said it could face legal action if it does not get a state permit. Uber started a public pilot program in the ...

Exxon Mobil names chairman, CEO

DALLAS — Exxon Mobil Corp. will promote insider Darren Woods to chairman and CEO, replacing Rex Tillerson, who is leaving the oil giant after President-elect Donald Trump picked him to become secretary of state. Woods, 51, has been with Exxon for nearly a quarter-century. He rose through ...

59 vehicles in Pennsylvania pileup on snowy, slick I-80

DUBOIS, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation says 59 vehicles crashed in a snowy pileup along a western Pennsylvania highway, and three people were hurt. PennDOT spokesman Jim Carroll says 22 tractor-trailers and 37 cars are involved in the crash on Interstate 80 in ...

Dow nears 20,000 as energy companies, tech stocks climb

NEW YORK — Major U.S. stock indexes set records again Tuesday as energy companies continued to climb following international deals that will cut oil production. Big-name technology companies like Apple and IBM also traded higher as the Dow Jones industrial average closed above 19,900 for the ...

GOP looks to overhaul Social Security

WASHINGTON — A senior Republican lawmaker wants to overhaul Social Security, the decades-old program that provides benefits to some 60 million retirees and disabled, with a plan to gradually increase the retirement age and slow the growth of benefits for higher-income workers. Rep. Sam ...

Local business briefs

Mount Aloysius recognized for community service Mount Aloysius College has been notified that the 15,353 hours of community service performed during the 2014-2015 academic year has once again earned recognition on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. The ...