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Report: Sandy's fallout affecting small business

|Monday, Apr. 21, 2014

The Federal Reserve Bank of New York says a third of small businesses in tri-state Superstorm Sandy disaster areas reported financial losses a year later.

USDA establishes rural business investment program

| |Monday, Apr. 21, 2014

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Monday a new $150 million program designed to provide investment capital to help small agriculture-related business in rural areas with cash needed to expand.

Congressional race in SW Florida heats up

| |Monday, Apr. 21, 2014

The Republican voters of southwest Florida have either been entertained or appalled by the allegations made by the candidates seeking to replace their congressman, who resigned in January after being arrested for buying cocaine.

Elizabeth Spencer wins $30,000 short story prize

|Monday, Apr. 21, 2014

Elizabeth Spencer, a revered Southern author still active in her 90s, has won a $30,000 short story prize.

Supreme Court stays out of Florida drug-testing challenge

| |Monday, Apr. 21, 2014

The Supreme Court on Monday declined the chance to review Florida's random drug-testing of state employees.

Alec Baldwin helps Rhode Island library _ again

|Monday, Apr. 21, 2014

A struggling public library in Rhode Island is getting help from actor Alec Baldwin — again.

Crews fill in sinkhole in central Florida

|Monday, Apr. 21, 2014

Repair crews filled in a sinkhole that opened between two houses in a sprawling Florida retirement community.

Stock edge higher at start of busy earnings week

| |Monday, Apr. 21, 2014

Stocks edged higher Monday at the start of another major week for company earnings. The Standard & Poor's 500 index had its best week since July last week as first-quarter corporate earnings began to come in.

MARATHON WATCH: 'We're taking back our race'

|Monday, Apr. 21, 2014

A look at the 118th running of the Boston Marathon.

UAW withdraws appeal of Volkswagen union vote

| |Monday, Apr. 21, 2014

The United Auto Workers announced Monday it is withdrawing its appeal of the outcome of a union vote at Volkswagen's assembly plant in Tennessee.