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    Target expands subscription service tenfold

    Target is vastly expanding the goods available to order by subscription as it fends off its biggest non-traditional retail rival, Amazon.com.

    Apr 20, 2014 5:55 AM

    Target is vastly expanding the goods available to order by subscription as it fends off its biggest non-traditional retail rival, Amazon.com. The nation’s second-largest discounter first dabbled with subscriptions last September, trying to win over haggard parents by making available 150 baby care products.

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    Some exempted from minimum wage, increased or not

    This July 24, 1933 file photo shows President Franklin D. Roosevelt appealing to the nation via radio for immediate enrollment of all employers under the blanket agreement to raise wages and create jobs, in Washington. When the Senate debates a Democratic proposal to raise the federal minimum wage, some workers won’t benefit even if lightning strikes and the long-shot effort prevails.

    Apr 20, 2014 6:11 AM

    Some low-paid workers won’t benefit even if a long-shot Democratic proposal to raise the federal minimum wage becomes law. More than a dozen categories of jobs are exempt from the minimum, currently $7.25 an hour. Those exclusions, rooted in labor law history, run from some workers with disabilities to crews on fishing ships to casual baby sitters.

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    How Chipotle’s average sales per restaurant rank

    Apr 20, 2014 6:09 AM

    Chipotle restaurants are ringing up more sales than ever before. The chain said that sales at established locations rose 13.4 percent in the first quarter as it saw an increase in customer visits.

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    Mentors help minority companies accelerate growth

    In this Jan. 22, 2014 photo, Tillie Hidalgo Lima, chief executive officer of Best Upon Request, a concierge services provider, left, works with marketing director Jessica Lima Bollin in their offices in Cincinnati. A mentoring program created by the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber called a minority business accelerator has helped Lima get contracts with Fifth Third Bank Corp. and the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

    Apr 20, 2014 6:11 AM

    Minority business accelerators have launched in a handful of metropolitan areas in recent years as local businesses, chambers of commerce and economic development groups work to create more jobs and improve the quality of life in their regions. The Cincinnati accelerator, created by the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber in 2003, has inspired officials and business people in the Greenville, S.C.; Charlotte, N.C., and Newark, N.J. areas to start similar programs.

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    Mid-cap stocks are getting some love, finally

    Managers of mid-cap stock mutual funds say they’ve experienced the middle-child syndrome for years: Small-caps are young companies that offer the thrill of big growth, the thinking goes, while large-cap companies have well-established brands and can be more dependable. But it’s the middle ones that have delivered the best results over the last generation.

    Apr 20, 2014 1:01 AM

    Managers of mid-cap stock mutual funds say they’ve experienced the middle-child syndrome for years: Small-caps are young companies that offer the thrill of big growth, the thinking goes, while large-cap companies have well-established brands and can be more dependable. But it’s the middle ones that have delivered the best results over the last generation.

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    Hawaii is genetically engineered crop flash point

    A tassel of corn grows in a field Wednesday on Pioneer Hi-Bred International land in Waialua, Hawaii. The nation’s leading corn seed companies have farms in Hawaii.

    Apr 19, 2014 5:00 PM

    Kauai and Hawaii counties have moved in the past several months to regulate genetically modified organisms and the pesticides the farms use. In Maui County, a group is collecting signatures for a potential ballot measure that would impose a temporary ban on the crops.

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