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BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — From appliance stores in the United States to food markets in Hungary and gas stations in Poland, rising consumer prices fueled by high energy costs and supply chain disruptions are putting a pinch on households and businesses worldwide.

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FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The holiday tree is towering over the main square in this central German city, the chestnuts and sugared almonds are roasted, and kids are clambering aboard the merry-go-round just like they did before the pandemic. But a surge in coronavirus infections has left an uneasy feeling hanging over Frankfurt's Christmas market.

VFP Inc., a producer of enclosures used to protect infrastructure for telecommunications, public-safety radio, data centers and utility projects will invest $7.2 million to expand its operation in Scott County, Gov. Ralph Northam announced here Monday.

Kingsport Power, doing business in Tennessee as AEP Appalachian Power, this week filed an application with the Tennessee Public Utility Commission (TPUC) that would raise residential customer rates by approximately 6.8% and provide customers with new options and benefits.

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For small-business owners, failure isn’t an option — it’s a reality. For example, consider the roughly 733,000 businesses that launched in the U.S. in the year leading up to March…

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Christmas 'Chris' Whitaker always believed she was destined to spread Christmas joy through her love of toy making. When Chris was 10 years old, instead of a lemonade stand she sold homemade toys at her neighborhood Christmas stand, always with her best friend, Joe Sullivan. Chris and Joe fulfilled their dream of running a toy company together, forming CJ Toys while in college. As their company grew, Chris began to lose sight of why she loved toymaking in the first place and focused on profit margins instead of making quality toys. Disheartened by the new direction of the company, Joe stepped back from the business rather than sacrifice the craft of quality toymaking. But when Chris gets a once-in-a-lifetime offer to merge with a mega toy company and become its CEO, she needs her estranged, ex-business partner Joe's signature to seal the deal. While Chris tries to get Joe to sign the papers, what Joe helps Chris rediscover just might change both their lives.

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Grace Ryan, the co-owner of a home staging company, returns to her hometown to be with her family for the Christmas holiday. The Ryans, seasonal holiday decorators, are competing in the annual Bright Nights contest for the opportunity to not only secure a lucrative contract to decorate every municipal building in town next season, but also a substantial cash prize. With Grace's father's furniture business on the ropes financially, this prize could turn his fortunes around. But they will have to compete against Mr. Ryan's ex-business partner-turned-arch-nemesis Frank Sotto and his family, as well as a tech-heavy newcomer. As Grace reunites with her childhood friend, Tony Sotta, Frank's handsome son, they realize the only chance the families have to defeat the new tech-heavy company is to team up. Can the two families put aside their differences to work together towards a common goal, and possibly mend a decadesold feud?

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