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Is tipping getting out of control? Many say yes

NEW YORK — Across the country, there’s a silent frustration brewing about an age-old practice that many say is getting out of hand: tipping. Some fed-up consumers are posting rants on social media complaining about tip requests at drive-thrus, while others say they’re tired of being ...

Public asked to fact-check FCC broadband map

LOWVILLE — Even though the Federal Communications Commission believes 100% of North Country households and businesses have access to high speed internet, thousands of people would disagree. But don’t worry, the FCC wants to know about the discrepancies, so there’s a map for ...

Broadband expansion continues across Franklin County

MALONE — Kevin Lynch, CEO of SLIC Network Solutions, updated the Franklin County legislature on continued efforts to expand broadband access across the county prior to its regular meeting Thursday at the courthouse in Malone. Lynch told legislators that work is ongoing, focusing on ...

Biden sees economy avoiding recession, but risks remain

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden assured Americans on Friday that the U.S. economy is chugging along in the holiday season, but the very strength of a new jobs report showed that high inflation remains a recession threat. At the White House, the president signed an emergency bill to avert a ...

Businesses propose hiding trade data used to trace abuse

A group of major U.S. businesses wants the government to hide key import data — a move trade experts say would make it more difficult for Americans to link the products they buy to labor abuse overseas. The Commercial Customs Operations Advisory Committee is made up of executives from 20 ...

Small businesses brace for cautious holiday shoppers

NEW YORK — Small businesses are stocking the shelves early this holiday season and waiting to see how many gifts inflation-weary shoppers feel like giving. Holiday shopping was relatively strong during the past two years as shoppers flocked online to spend, aided by pandemic stimulus ...