Facebook to beef up election ‘integrity’

By BARBARA ORTUTAY and TOM LOBIANCO Associated Press NEW YORK — Facebook is slowly acknowledging the outsized — if unintended — role it played in the 2016 U.S. presidential elections. Bowing to pressure from lawmakers and the public, the company said it will provide the contents of […]

Target raising minimum wage to $15 by end of 2020

By ANNE D’INNOCENZIO AP Retail Writer NEW YORK — Target Corp. is raising its minimum hourly wage for workers to $11 starting next month and then to $15 by the end of 2020, a move it says will help it hire and keep the best employees and […]

Semi-autonomous Cadillacs en route to dealerships

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors’ Cadillac luxury brand is embarking on a cross-country drive to show off its version of a car that almost drives itself on the freeway. A dozen Cadillac CT6 sedans will leave the brand’s New York headquarters Monday and head for Los Angeles […]

Are you a yo-yo debtor? Ways to break that cycle

By LIZ WESTON NerdWallet RELATED LINKS: NerdWallet: How to pay off debt – Americans’ debt loads, like our waistlines, tend to expand as we approach middle age and then gradually diminish as we get older. Some people, though, are yo-yo debtors, fighting an ongoing up-and-down battle […]

BBB alerts businesses to watch for fake emails

By EMILY VALLA Better Business Bureau If you or your business received an email this week claiming to be from the Better Business Bureau saying you violated a federal act, do not click anything. Better Business Bureau is warning business owners and consumers that scammers are using […]

Squeamish about buying used items? Get over it

By LIZ WESTON NerdWallet Bedbugs. Weird smells. The possibility of imminent breakdowns. People have all sorts of excuses for not buying used stuff. Those who deliberately buy used items, though, say such fears are not just overblown — they’re also expensive. Katy Wolk-Stanley, a Portland, Ore., labor […]

Idaho Power maps plan for Idaho and Oregon

By KEITH RIDLER Associated Press BOISE — Idaho Power wants to retire two coal-fired power plants it says won’t be able to produce electricity at competitive prices as part of a 20-year plan to provide energy for Idaho and Oregon that has drawn concerns about cost, pollution […]

Panda Express to open first Rexburg restaurant

By JEFF ROBINSON Panda Express will launch its new Rexburg location, at 1490 N 2nd E, at 10:30 a.m. Friday. To commemorate the new location, the restaurant will give 20 percent of its launch-day proceeds to the Grand Teton Council Boy Scouts, a Panda Express news […]

The Equifax breach and preemptive strategies to protecting personal info

By EMILY VALLA Better Business Bureau Credit monitoring company Equifax revealed a massive data breach earlier this week, potentially losing critical personal information of 143 million Americans. That’s nearly one out of every two Americans whose Social Security Number, date of birth, address and potentially driver’s license […]

Car-centric Houston struggles after Harvey

KATY, Texas (AP) — Bryan Harvey is frequently reminded that he shares a name with the storm that dumped 50 inches of rain on metropolitan Houston and unleashed the floods that have him working 14-hour days towing water-logged cars. Even in their despair, some victims have salvaged […]

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