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112 million consumers shop & dine on Small Business Saturday – more than ever before

More than 6,700 small businesses and organizations signed up to be Neighborhood Champions, a 63% increase from approximately 4,100 in 2015

As Small Business Saturday wrapped up its seventh year on Saturday, November 26th, the outpouring of support for local businesses across the country hit record highs with 72% of U.S. consumers aware of the day. More shoppers reported visiting local independent businesses on Small Business Saturday this year than ever before, according to results from the Small Business Saturday Consumer Insights Survey, released today by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) and American Express. This year, an estimated 112 million consumers reported shopping at small businesses on Small Business Saturday, marking a 13 percent increase from 2015.

Court blocks plan to extend overtime pay


LAS VEGAS (AP) — In a blow to the Obama administration's labor-law plans, a federal court has blocked the start of a rule that would have made an estimated 4 million more American workers eligible for overtime pay heading into the holiday season.

As a result of Tuesday's ruling, overtime changes set to take effect Dec. 1 are now unlikely be in play before vast power shifts to a Donald Trump administration, which has spoken out against Obama-backed government regulation and generally aligns with the business groups that stridently opposed the overtime rule.

Russian scientists extract gold from coal

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It may not be pure alchemy, but a team of Russian scientists from the Scientific Center of Amur has discovered how to extract one gram of gold from a ton of coal.

By analyzing the structure of coal from different deposits in the Amur River region for 15 years, the group realized that each ton of solid fuel from the Erkovetskiy basin contains about a gram of the precious metal.

The ratio of gold to coal was ascertained through actual extraction and filtration. So far though, the filtration process has only been experimentally tested, but it is slated for installation for commercial use in 2017, the press service of the Far Eastern Branch of Russian Academy of Sciences reported.

ASHI launches the Lovebright Sweepstakes

Ashi 1(NEW YORK) - Social Media has evolved into one of the most effective and widely used forms of marketing in recent times. Knowing this, ASHI® is pleased to announce the launch of The LOVEBRIGHT® Sweepstakes. To kick off the holiday season ASHI will be giving away a beautiful 1 carat halo diamond pendant, crafted in 14K white gold, with a retail value over $2,500, to one lucky consumer from one of their participating retailer partners.

There’s a new gold rush happening – in Minnesota?

COOK, Minn. — AngloGold Ashanti continues to move quickly in its efforts to find mineable gold in Koochiching County in far northeast Minnesota.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources reports this week that AngloGold has submitted a plan to do exploration drilling on state-owned mineral leases about 20 miles west of Cook.