Store coming to Maine Mall holding job fair next week

Bon-Ton, which is set to open a new department store at the Maine Mall on Sept. 12, plans a job fair Monday through Wednesday with the goal of filling about 100 positions.

Bon-Ton Stores Inc. said the job fair will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Monday and Tuesday, and from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, at the Holiday Inn Express at 303 Sable Oaks Drive, in the conference room adjacent to the lobby.

The company said job-seekers should apply before the job fair at its website:


Losing day ends losing week as market indexes stumble

Friday was the ho-hum capstone to a ho-hum week in the stock market as unimpressive earnings kept investors feeling wary and news about the U.S. economy left them uninspired.

All three major indexes ended lower, and almost everything about the day screamed summer. Trading was light and earnings season was nearly over.

Friday marked not just a losing day but also a losing week for the Dow, the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq composite. For the Dow, it was its first weekly loss since June.

The Dow closed down 72.81 points, or 0.5 percent, to 15,425.51. The S&P 500 index lost 6.06 points, or 0.4 percent, to 1,691.42. The Nasdaq composite was down 9.02 points, or 0.3 percent, to 3,660.11.

Regulators find Samsung violated two Apple patents

Apple won a partial victory in its long-running patent dispute with Samsung on Friday when a federal administrative panel found the South Korean company in violation of two Apple patents and blocked imports of some Samsung devices.

Even as the U.S. International Trade Commission found Samsung in violation of the two patents, it cleared the South Korean company on four other patents in dispute.

Samsung Electronics Co. and Apple Inc. are in a global legal battle over smartphones. Apple argues Samsung’s Android phones copy vital iPhone features. Samsung is fighting back with its own complaints.

The legal disputes come as competition in the marketplace intensifies. Samsung has been cutting into Apple’s dominance in phones and is now the leading smartphone manufacturer. Samsung is also pushing into Apple’s territory with its own Android tablet computers.


Tyson to stop buying cattle fed growth-inducing drugs

Tyson Foods Inc. told cattle feeders this week it will no longer buy animals fed a supplement that’s designed to bulk them up before slaughter, citing experts who suggest the drug may be causing cattle to become lame.

The decision by the food giant has raised concerns from industry experts that less beef will be available, which would drive up consumer prices. The growth-inducing drugs are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and help feedyards get roughly 25 more pounds of beef from each carcass. They’ve been increasingly used to offset dwindling cattle herd numbers, especially in the face of last year’s drought.

– From staff and news services

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