Scott Burns: Couch Potato investing disappointing in 2015

Couch Potato investors, like most investors, have no reason to celebrate 2015.

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Trying to find peace at work

NEW YORK — When workers say they hate their jobs or their bosses are abusive, people wonder: Why don’t you quit?It can happen at any company. Staffers may feel that their atmosphere is unpleasant or contentious....

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Despite volatility in stocks, investors staying steady on retirement savings

Panic is so passé.

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Kim Phillips: Discovering Denton’s ultimate bucket list

Do you have a bucket list? I do, but I only recently started it.

Scott Burns: How we live ... and how long our money lasts

Worried about a plunging stock market that has hit every trading floor on the planet? Me too.

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Federal pill panel rife with links to pharma companies

WASHINGTON — A federal panel that has recently criticized efforts to cut back on painkiller prescriptions is studded with members who have financial ties to drug companies.

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Google parent Alphabet may soon top Apple’s market value

SAN FRANCISCO — As the digital advertising market booms and demand for smartphones wanes, Alphabet Inc. could soon dethrone Apple as the world’s most valuable company.

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‘This is still home’

Rick Ali wanted to open a craft beer bar in Denton years ago, but first he needed to perfect his concept.

Kim Phillips: DBFF is a cultural awakening

With two film festivals on our near horizon, it is movie season in Denton.

Kyle Taylor: TechMill to help groom local talent in 2016

Kicking off 2016, I looked back at 2015 at all the initiatives TechMill and our community members completed over the past year.

Scott Burns: Nerds staying alive longer than general population

If you were a nerd in high school, I’ve got some good news. Remember all those kids who made your life miserable? Well, you’ll have the last laugh. You’re probably going to outlive them.

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Small retailers go back to drawing board on holidays

NEW YORK — A disappointing holiday shopping season has small and independent retailers thinking about how to get customers interested in shopping in 2016.

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U.S. seeks to limit methane gas ‘flaring’ at drilling sites

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration on Friday proposed new rules to clamp down on oil companies that burn off natural gas on public land, arguing the effort will reduce waste and harmful methane emissions as part of President Barack Obama’s bid to curb climate change.

U.S. home purchases rebound with strong 2015

WASHINGTON — U.S. home sales rebounded in December after new regulations had delayed the completion of purchases in November. And total sales in 2015 were the most in nine years.

DRC

H-E-B property has sign, no plans

Despite a new, large sign stating a shopping center with an H-E-B store is coming soon, representatives of the San Antonio-based grocer said there are no plans to develop a store in Denton.

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Farm in a box

BOSTON — Shipping containers have been turned into housing, art, even playgrounds. Now, a Boston company is recycling them into high-tech mobile farms as part of a new wave of companies hoping to bring more innovation to agriculture.

H-E-B hiring in North Texas fuels expansion talk

H-E-B said Wednesday it hired the president and CEO of the North Texas Commission, Mabrie Jackson, to lead its public affairs and community outreach in North Texas for both of its brands, H-E-B and Central Market.

Study: Lower pay for poor is widening U.S. income gap

WASHINGTON — The income gap in major U.S. cities goes beyond the trend of rising paychecks for those at the top: Pay has plummeted for those at the bottom.

Kim Phillips: Denton and weddings: A perfect fit

Last summer, CBS Sunday Morning featured a segment called “How a Wedding Photographer Captures Special Moments,” about a New Jersey-based wedding photographer named Inku. World-renowned for capturing love in pictures, his work is pretty amazing.

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Fed transcripts show concerns about leaks

WASHINGTON — Transcripts released Friday show that in the fall of 2010, officials of the Federal Reserve were worried not just about a sluggish economy but also about infighting at the Fed and possible leaks of sensitive information.

U.S. retail sales dip in December; low gas prices a factor

WASHINGTON — Americans tapered off from shopping toward the end of the holiday season, while lower gasoline prices cut into overall retail sales in December.

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Obama administration halts coal leases on federal land

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is imposing a moratorium on new coal leases on federal lands, arguing that the $1 billion-a-year program must be modernized to ensure a fair financial return to taxpayers and address climate change.

Kim Phillips: Meet the man behind Denton’s Black Film Festival

He wasn’t born here, but he got here as fast as he could. That was 38 years ago, and Harry Eaddy’s passion for others has made a definitive mark on Denton.

Scott Burns: What readers say about increasing Social Security

How about increasing Social Security rather than shrinking it?Many readers greeted the proposal, in a recent column, with cheers. Other readers worried. The folks who are still cursing Franklin Delano...

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Sally Beauty opening store, names new leader

Kim Phillips: Denton CVB turning 40 this week

This is the opening paragraph to a contract that turns 40 years old this week.

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Making meat obsolete

NEW YORK — Patrick Brown is on an improbable mission: Make a burger Americans love, minus the meat.

Speakeasy to open in Hailey’s former building

New Year’s Eve was the last night Hailey’s music venue as Denton residents have known it for more than a decade will exist.

Scott Burns: Earning a better life in five not-so-easy pieces

Reading entrails is popular at this time of year. Most stink already. Others stink in the future. There are pronouncements about China, the Middle East, Europe and Russia. There are predictions on oil prices, interest rates and stock prices.

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Oil slump weighing on housing markets

There’s a dark side to those delightfully low gas prices: Housing markets are slumping in communities that were recently flush from the U.S. shale oil fracking boom.

Universities tap into craft beer growth

MONTPELIER, Vt. — With an explosion in growth in the craft beer industry over the last decade, it’s not enough to simply have a passion for brewing and beer when it comes to starting a brewery or working for one as the industry gets more competitive.

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China, commodities bust top headlines

WASHINGTON — China’s economy lost some luster and its leaders their aura of invincibility. A commodities boom went bust, spreading pain from Texas oil fields to Indonesian coal mines.

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Booming scene in 2015: Many new, expanded businesses made Denton home this year

Dozens of new businesses made Denton home in 2015, from megastores to newly filled storefronts on the Square.

Kim Phillips: This was a year of fun, change in Denton

On the verge of a new year, I marvel at all we packed into 2015.

Scott Burns: Four fearless forecasts for the upcoming year

Did you see 2015 go by? I blinked and it was Christmas.

The Dallas Morning News

D/FW, Love expecting increase in passengers over last year's numbers

The two largest airports in the Dallas-Fort Worth area say they’re ready for the uptick in holiday travelers they expect this year.

Kim Phillips: Today is the day before

Last Christmas, this happened.

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Big break: Small businesses looking for annual tax deduction

NEW YORK — Small businesses are close to getting a permanent half-million-dollar tax break when they buy equipment like cars, computers and machinery. But tax pros say owners should crunch some numbers before claiming the big deduction.

Scott Burns: Another big win for reverse mortgages

In the vast universe of consumer borrowing, reverse mortgages get little respect.

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Warm weather leaves stores in the cold

NEW YORK — The unseasonably warm weather has left some people feeling cold about holiday shopping.

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Southwest suspends employees who it says skipped work

DALLAS (AP) — Southwest Airlines has suspended more than 100 ground workers who it says skipped work without permission to attended union meetings in California and Florida last month.

Women out-earning men in corporate finance

Women may be badly outnumbered in the top ranks of corporate America, but at least they aren’t underpaid.

Hasbro hits back in lawsuit over The Game of Life

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Hasbro hit back Friday in a lawsuit over who owns the rights to The Game of Life, flatly denying claims by a toy inventor’s widow who says her husband created the board game and that she is owed $2 million or more in royalties.

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Small business owners are left waiting on edge as Congress debates a tax break increase

NEW YORK — Small business owners are on edge as they wait to see if Congress will approve a big increase in the tax break they get to buy new equipment.

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Jerry Jones plans residential community in Prosper

A straight 20-mile drive east down U.S. 380 from Denton soon will land drivers in Jerry World.