Business

The Sleep Inn & Suites Hotel in wins hospitality award

BELMONT — The Sleep Inn & Suites hotel of Belmont has been recognized with the 2018 Platinum Award from Choice Hotels International Inc., franchisor of the Sleep Inn brand. “This is our third consecutive year to receive this award, and it is an amazing accomplishment for our staff. ...

Modra joins Belmont Savings Bank

BELLAIRE — Belmont Savings Bank has named Tom Modra vice president. Modra, a Powhatan Point native, has more than 25 years of experience in the industry. His experience includes lending, management and IRAs. “It’s great to have Tom join our team,” said Todd Cover, president and CEO ...

Protesters angry over fuel taxes clash with police

PARIS (AP) — French police fired tear gas and water cannons to disperse violent demonstrators in Paris on Saturday, as thousands gathered in the capital and beyond and staged road blockades to vent anger against rising fuel taxes. Thousands of police were deployed nationwide to contain the ...

Lord & Taylor prepares to say goodbye to Fifth Avenue

NEW YORK (AP) — For generations, the Lord & Taylor on Fifth Avenue helped define Christmas in New York. It was the city’s first department store to turn its big sidewalk windows into animated, theatrical holiday displays. Tourists lined up to see them transformed into enchanted forests, ...

Nissan board fires Ghosn as chairman following arrest

TOKYO (AP) — Nissan Motor Co. fired Carlos Ghosn as chairman Thursday, curtailing the powerful executive’s nearly two-decade reign at the Japanese automaker after his arrest for alleged financial improprieties. In an hourslong meeting, the company’s board of directors voted unanimously ...

Greece’s creditors approve the debt relief package

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A eurozone bailout fund has approved the implementation of a major debt relief plan for Greece that it says would provide the crisis-scarred country significant savings over several decades. The measures include a complex mix of interest rate improvements and repayment ...

As Facebook faces fire, heat turns up on No. 2 Sandberg

NEW YORK (AP) — For the past decade, Sheryl Sandberg has been the poised, reliable second-in-command to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, helping steer Facebook’s rapid growth around the world, while also cultivating her brand in ways that hint at aspirations well beyond the social ...

New yoga studio opens in Belmont County

By ROBERT A. DEFRANK Times Leader Staff Writer ST. CLAIRSVILLE — A longtime yoga instructor opened the doors of her own studio earlier this month, offering a variety of exercises to promote health and fitness. Nicole Snodgrass said the St. Clairsville location is her first venture into ...

New Levo system helps treat patients with tinnitus

ST. CLAIRSVILLE – Davison Audiology now offers an innovative medical device that will help people who live with tinnitus. The Levo System, an FDA-approved device, mimics the specific sound of a patient’s individual tinnitus, the audiology office said in a released statement. Patients ...

Democrats gear up for more digital spending in 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — One of the largest outside Democratic groups says ramped-up spending on digital advertising played a key role in midterm battleground races, offering a lesson for potential presidential contenders in 2020. “You’re going to have to have an organization that speaks ...

Amazon’s would-be NY neighbors: Cynicism, some hope for jobs

NEW YORK (AP) — Shawn Smith has heard the promises before. When new hotels sprang up near the public housing complex in Queens where he’s lived for 17 years, residents were told they would bring jobs and economic opportunity. He hasn’t seen any of it. So he’s cynical about the ...

First pot shops get OK to open in Massachusetts

BOSTON (AP) — Two marijuana stores in Massachusetts were given the green light Friday to begin selling to recreational customers next week, making them the first commercial pot shops in the eastern United States. Both stores, one located in Northampton and the other in Leicester, said they ...

Facebook says it’s better at detecting rule violations

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook said it’s making progress on detecting hate speech, graphic violence and other violations of its rules, even before users see and report them. Facebook said that during the April-to-September period, it doubled the amount of hate speech it detected proactively, ...

Incentives to Amazon could top $2.8 billion in NYC

NEW YORK (AP) — The total value of the incentive package New York is using to lure Amazon could top $2.8 billion. Amazon announced Tuesday that it would build new headquarters in New York City and Washington D.C.’s Virginia suburbs, each of which would host around 25,000 workers. The ...

Stung by Amazon’s rejection, cities look on the bright side

Sometimes losing is winning. Or at least that’s what some of the 18 North American cities passed up by Amazon for its new headquarters are telling themselves. After 14 agonizing months of wooing and then waiting for the online retail giant to make up its mind, the finalists learned that ...

Juul Labs Inc. halts store sales of some flavored e-cigarettes

NEW YORK (AP) — The nation’s leading e-cigarette maker is halting store sales of some flavors to deter use by kids. The move by Juul Labs Inc. comes ahead of an expected U.S. government crackdown on underage sales of flavored e-cigarettes. Juul said it stopped filling store orders ...

Amazon goes bicoastal, will open HQs in New York, DC suburb

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon has set its sights on two of the nation’s largest and most powerful metro areas, announcing Tuesday it had chosen a buzzy New York neighborhood and a suburb of Washington for its new East Coast headquarters. The online shopping giant ended its 14-month-long ...

Foldable smartphone screens as next big thing

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — For the past few years, the smartphone industry has been searching for a breakthrough to revive a market mired in an innovation lull and a sales slump. A potential catalyst is on the horizon in the form of flexible screens that can be folded in half without ...

Motel 6: $7.6 million for guests reported to immigration

PHOENIX (AP) — The national budget chain Motel 6 has agreed to pay up to $7.6 million to Latino guests who say the company’s employees shared their private information with immigration officials, according to a proposed settlement filed in federal court. A federal judge must still approve ...

China unveils stealth combat drone in development

ZHUHAI, China (AP) — A Chinese state-owned company says it is developing a stealth combat drone in the latest sign of the country’s growing aerospace prowess. The CH-7 unmanned aerial vehicle also underscores China’s growing competitiveness in the expanding global market for drones. ...