Business & Economy
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Amazon is teaming up with Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase to form a new company that could disrupt the U.S. healthcare industry in the same way the online retailer has changed the way consumers buy just about everything. The new venture, as yet unnamed, will help employees of all three companies find reasonably priced healthcare services. “The ballooning costs of [healthcare] act as a hungry tapeworm on the American economy,” Berkshire founder Warren Buffett said in a prepared statement. “Our group does not come to this problem with answers.

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Record-breaking Christmas retail sales

by Kiley Crossland
Posted 12/27/17, 11:58 am

Retail sales in the United States jumped 4.9 percent this year during the Christmas season, the largest increase since 2011, according to the latest Mastercard SpendingPulse report. A strong economy and growing consumer confidence helped to fuel retail spending, said analysts, noting retailers benefited from Christmas falling on a Monday this year, giving shoppers a full weekend for last-minute gift buying.

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Chick-fil-A performs works of necessity for stranded travelers

by Mickey McLean
Posted 12/18/17, 02:10 pm

Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A answered the call from the city’s mayor and came to the rescue Sunday night to help feed thousands of stranded travelers at powerless Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. “The mayor called about 10 p.m. and asked for assistance,” Chick-fil-A said in a statement.

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