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  • AbbVie, Shire agree on $55B combination

    The drugmaker AbbVie has reached a deal worth roughly $55 billion to combine with British counterpart Shire and become the latest U.S. company to seek ...
    July 18, 2014 - 2:06 pm
  • Amazon rolls out 'Netflix for books'-style service

    NEW YORK – Amazon is rolling out a new subscription service that will allow unlimited access to thousands of electronic books and audiobooks for $9.99 ...
    July 18, 2014 - 1:50 pm
  • Marijuana edibles burgeoning into an industry

    MONTPELIER, Vt. — Move over, pot brownies.The proliferation of marijuana edibles for both medical an ...
    July 18, 2014 - 8:22 am
  • Microsoft cutting 18,000 jobs, signals new path

    LOS ANGELES – Microsoft announced the biggest layoffs in its history Thursday, saying it will cut 18,000 jobs as it streamlines its Nokia mobile devic ...
    July 17, 2014 - 4:48 pm
  • Illinois unemployment rate falls again in June

    CHAMPAIGN – Illinois' unemployment rate fell to 7.1 percent in June, driven to its lowest level since October 2008 by a fourth straight month of impro ...
    July 17, 2014 - 4:48 pm
  • After hybrid success, Toyota gambles on fuel cell

    TOKYO – Rocket science long dismissed as too impractical and expensive for everyday cars is getting a push into the mainstream by Toyota, the world’s ...
    July 17, 2014 - 11:42 pm
  • Home construction falls 9.3 percent in June

    WASHINGTON – U.S. home construction fell in June to the slowest pace in nine months, a setback to hopes that housing is regaining momentum and will bo ...
    July 17, 2014 - 4:46 pm
  • MCC offers bookkeeping certificate program

    CRYSTAL LAKE – McHenry County College is offering a bookkeeping certificate program through its Fast Track program in August.
    July 17, 2014 - 4:45 pm
  • Largest U.S. insurer’s move signals industry shift

    The nation’s largest health insurer expects to play a much bigger role in the health care overhaul next year, as the federal law shifts from raising g ...
    July 17, 2014 - 4:41 pm
  • IHOP restaurant returns to Crystal Lake

    CRYSTAL LAKE – IHOP has returned to its former Crystal Lake this week, a year after the chain’s Route 14 restaurant was closed.
    July 17, 2014 - 11:38 pm
  • Senators call on GM CEO to fire top lawyer

    WASHINGTON — Lawmakers on Thursday demanded General Motors fire its chief lawyer and open its compensation plan to more potential victims as a Senate ...
    July 17, 2014 - 11:59 am
  • Daimler launches new version of tiny Smart car

    FRANKFURT, Germany – Germany’s Daimler AG is unveiling a new version of its tiny, two-seat Smart model in hopes the car won’t just grab attention with ...
    July 16, 2014 - 5:16 pm
  • Rejected Fox bid for Time Warner shows growth mood

    NEW YORK – In a move that aims to counter consolidation among TV distributors, Rupert Murdoch’s Fox has made an unsolicited takeover offer for rival m ...
    July 16, 2014 - 5:16 pm
  • Ace Hardware returns to Fox Lake with new store

    FOX LAKE – Ace Hardware recently returned to Fox Lake.The 9,100-square-foot Fox Lake Ace Hardware st ...
    July 16, 2014 - 5:16 pm
  • U.S. homebuilder confidence surges in July

    U.S. homebuilders' confidence in the housing market surged this month to the highest level since January, reflecting a pickup in sales of new homes an ...
    July 16, 2014 - 5:16 pm
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