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The state Department of Agriculture conducts annual inspections of food-serving businesses to ensure public safety and safe food-handling practices.   Full Story

WASHINGTON — A Senate Democratic bill gradually increasing the federal minimum wage to $10.10 hourly would require private businesses to spend $15 billion more in salaries when it takes full effect in 2017, the Congressional Budget Office estimated Thursday.   Full Story

Seth Wenig — The Associated Press
NEW YORK — Who says America has lost its muscle? Growling, unapologetic performance is the theme of this year's New York International Auto Show, which opens to the public Friday.   Full Story

Two local travel agencies announced a merger Thursday afternoon. Lancaster-based Travel Time - a branch of Tzell Travel - and Travel Leaders of York have merged, serving corporate and vacation travelers throughout the region.   Full Story

Environmental groups say Pennsylvania's federally mandated plan to reduce smog would allow coal-fired power plants to emit more pollution than they do now.   Full Story

Gene Goodman rolled skeeballs toward holes with the highest point values, showing onlookers that baseball won't be the only game played at Santander Stadium this year.   Full Story

Retirement has crossed Dorothy Marks' mind. But the 90-year-old North Hopewell Township woman said she will keep doing what keeps her going.   Full Story

Kirkland's is the latest store to eye the new West Manchester Mall site. The Tennessee-based retailer of home goods submitted plans to West Manchester Township to open a store at the revamped shopping hub, said Monica Love, township zoning officer.   Full Story

CHICAGO — Penny pinchers will be forgiven for skipping the shrimp scampi this season. Prices for shrimp have jumped to a 14-year high in recent months, spurred by a disease that's ravaging the crustacean's population.   Full Story

State Rep. Seth Grove said Tax Day was the perfect time to introduce his latest bill. The Dover Republican's plan would get rid of some of the headaches small business owners face during tax season every year, he said.   Full Story

Efforts to fix the notorious Heartbleed bug threaten to cause major disruptions to the Internet over the next several weeks as companies scramble to repair encryption systems on hundreds of thousands of websites at the same time, security experts say.   Full Story

Following a recent acquisition, company executives said no job cuts are anticipated at Strine Printing.   Full Story

Brigitt Rees was exhausted as she loaded groceries into her car. But it wasn't the weight of the canned goods that had her down.   Full Story

GENE J. PUSKAR — The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — U.S. retail sales in March rose by the largest amount in 18 months, led by strong gains in sales of autos, furniture and a number of other products.   Full Story

Lifestyle Foods is moving out of the city and plans to build a new headquarters in Dover Township. The maker of healthy grab-and-go salads, sandwiches and snacks has an application before the township's zoning hearing board this week.   Full Story

SAN FRANCISCO — Netflix's videos are streaming through Comcast's Internet service at their highest speeds in 17 months, thanks to a recent deal that bought Netflix a more direct connection to Comcast's network.   Full Story

The state Department of Agriculture conducts annual inspections of food-serving businesses to ensure public safety and safe food-handling practices.   Full Story

Rite Aid has left the recovery ward and appears ready to break into a sprint after booking its sixth straight quarterly profit and making a deal to strengthen the drugstore chain's foothold in the burgeoning health clinic market.   Full Story

NEW YORK — Frozen foods are about to get some badly needed image therapy. With sales slipping in the category, frozen food makers are in the final stages of preparing a major public relations campaign to defend the nutritional reputation of their products.   Full Story

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has denied a petition from numerous environmental groups asking to expand safety and evacuation zones around nuclear power plants.   Full Story

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