Business

  Nationwide GM strike enters its second day, Parma businesses feel the hurt

GM workers say they’re willing to sacrifice now for gains later. But, when they’re not spending money, it pinches local businesses’ pockets.

  Capital One data breach has consumers on edge once more

Stadium Mustard, not to be confused with Bertman Original Ballpark Mustard, celebrates 50 glorious years

  If you haven’t been to Cuyahoga Falls in a while, you won’t even recognize it (video)

Rocky River’s Pearl of the Orient saying goodbye after 35 years

Walmart and Rural King recall potentially diseased rhododendron plants after sudden death of oak tree

Reports: Charming Charlie closing all 261 stores after filing bankruptcy

Continued Coverage

As The Vindicator folds, ProPublica pledges to hire investigative reporter in Youngstown

Register outage impacts Target stores nationwide

  Trump opens state visit, needles Japan over trade issues

  DuPont opening production facility in Stow, holding hiring fair May 17 & 18

  There’s not a lot you can do if a contractor doesn’t finish a remodeling job for you.

  City officials: No hacking, no ransom demanded in Cleveland Hopkins International Airport malware incident

  Will Ohio AG help homeowners who have unfinished jobs with questionable contractor?

Angry homeowners are flooding the Ohio Attorney General's Office with complaints over questionable contractor Tom Cutura.

  Cleveland condo owners have had it with contractor delays

Condo owners begin Facebook campaign after shoddy work not repaired by contractor.

  Glut of Cleveland dollar stores bringing down health and economy of city’s neighborhoods, councilman argues

Drive down many major streets in the city of Cleveland and you are likely to see one dollar store after another.

  Insurance company hand-delivers refund check to 81-year-old woman after Cleveland 19 investigation

Woman gets refund from insurance company after Cleveland 19 gets involved.

  81-year-old Bedford Heights woman fighting for refund of unused insurance

Schwebel’s announces bakery closure, cuts 200 jobs in Solon

New parents won’t get a good night’s sleep for at least 6 years, study says

  Invasive or essential? Crocker Park Wi-Fi will track shoppers and send alerts to your phone

  400,000 live in food deserts in Cuyahoga County, Dave’s Supermarket aims to change that

Bridgestone will build a state-of-the-art tire manufacturing facility in Akron

ALDI to host hiring event at Northeast Ohio warehouse location

The starting pay rate is a whopping $16.50 an hour

  Gray Chairman, CEO Hilton H. Howell Jr. rang the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange

Gray Television now owns and operates television stations and digital properties in 91 markets across the U.S., including nearly 150 affiliates of ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC networks.

  Lakewood White House decorator fondly recalls Christmas with George H.W. and Barbara

For more than three decades, Bill Hixson has traveled from his Lakewood Floral and Christmas shop to Washington D.C. to work on the team that designs and decorates the White House for Christmas.

  Small Business Saturday sends Cleveland shoppers flocking toward local shops, boutiques

“It was like insane. It was awesome. We had a line out the door. It was crazy, like herds of people coming in.”

  'Prayers From Maria’ lights up Christmas spirit to pursue noble cause in Westlake

A local foundation known for its commitment to finding a cure for pediatric cancer is making Black Friday a night to remember.

  ‘Fresh Brewed Coffee’ tempting palates in Cleveland’s Ohio City

You may know him as the T-shirt guy, or the man who ran for mayor of Cleveland.

6 toys that are sure to be hot items this holiday season

Every holiday season, certain toys break out as the hottest and hardest to find.

Break out the burgers: Swensons opening date announced in Avon

Swensons Drive-In announced on Monday the opening date for the new Avon location.

  Eastlake company develops robot program to detect guns in schools

A robot that could detect guns in schools may sound like a thing of the future, but a local company is working on software right now that can do just that.

Bird leaves Cleveland amid controversy, then posts photo of Baker Mayfield on scooter

Bird scooters took off in the city of Cleveland on Aug. 10, but this past Tuesday the trial run screeched to a halt.

Aldi's wine and cheese Advent calendars coming to US

It's official, there will be a wine and cheese Advent calendar available in the U.S. in 2018.

  Cleveland's Euclid Avenue entering a new age of prominence

Cleveland City Council recently approved a tax financing plan that should lead, finally, to the redevelopment of what is known as the Hartness-Brown Complex on Euclid Avenue.

  Source: Dan Dee chip company closing its doors for good in Cleveland

Dan Dee Pretzel & Potato Chip employees have reported that the longtime Midwest company plans to close its doors in Cleveland as early as Saturday.

'Hartville Potato Chips' is a new brand with a familiar taste

When entrepreneurial brothers Paul and Anthony Laguardia were looking for a venture it just seemed inevitable that a potato chip company might happen. Cousin Ted Robb once owned "OK Potato Chips," an Akron flavor.

  Homeowners fuming after property reappraisals more than double in Cuyahoga County

Some homeowners in Cuyahoga County are in shock after property re-appraisals more than doubled their home values. If they're not looking to sell, that's not necessarily a good thing.

  Unhappy with the county's tax assessment of your home? Here's what to do

There's a process in every county that homeowners go through to contest the county's assessed value of their home.

Akron firefighters and medics will start wearing ballistic vests and helmets

Firefighters and medics are now wearing ballistic vests and helmets when they are called out to a violent or potentially violent situation. Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan says their firefighters and medics can't help other unless "they are safe and protected themselves".

Toyota to Announce Lexus Recall in U.S.

TORRANCE, CA (WOIO) - Lexus, a division of Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc., is expected to announce the recall of 138,000 Lexus vehicles this week.

Report: Verizon to Sell iPhone

(CBS NEWS) -Verizon Wireless customers who have been holding out for an iPhone on their carrier's network may finally get their wish early next year, according to Bloomberg News. The wire service reported on Tuesday that Verizon Wireless will start selling Apple's iPhone in January.

How to Avoid Hidden Fees

(CBS)  Every penny counts, so it's important to make sure that you're not being hit with hidden charges. But hidden fees can pop up everywhere, from banking fees to hotel stays to telephone calls.

United and Continental Ponder Possible Merger

(WOIO) - United and Continental could be joining forces in the sky. The two airlines are in the early stages of exchanging financial information which could lead to a merger.

Toyota Suspends Sales of Lexus 460 SUV

(WOIO) - Toyota has temporarily suspended sales of the 2010 Lexus GX 460. This, after Consumer Reports magazine gave the Lexus GX 460 SUV a rare "Don't Buy" warning,

Ohio Unemployment Creeps Upward

Ohio's unemployment rate rose to 10.9% in February, up from 10.8% in January, according to data released this morning by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

On the Road: No Future Prius Recall for Floor Entrapment

UNDATED (WOIO) - Media reports, citing a Wall Street Journal article, have incorrectly reported that Toyota plans to announce a new recall for the 2004-2009 Prius to address the potential risk for floor mat entrapment of accelerator pedals. There is no new recall being planned for the Prius to address this issue.

New Life: General Motors Offers New Lease on Life for 600 GM Dealerships

DETROIT, MI (WOIO) – General Motors executives announced Friday that 600 out of the 1,100 dealerships seeking to stay with GM will receive letters giving the option of staying with the automaker.

Get Paid!: Home Depot Looking to Fill 400 Jobs

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - The Home Depot is currently seeking approximately 400 seasonal, part-time associates for its area stores to help provide excellent customer service during our busiest selling season.

Hybrid Help: Toyota Announces Prius, Lexus Recall

ORRANCE, Calif (WOIO) - Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc, today announced it will conduct a voluntary safety recall on approximately 133,000 2010 Model Year Prius vehicles and 14,500 Lexus Division 2010 HS 250h vehicles to update software in the vehicle's anti-lock brake system (ABS).

Buyer Interest In Prius Grows! Say What?

NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- By now, you've heard that some 2010 Toyota Priuses have a braking problem blamed for several crashes. That sounds scary, but to some it sounds like a deal. A recent analysis of online car shopping shows that more people are seriously looking at a Toyota Prius than before the problematic brake news was uncovered.

Rocky Road: Feds Probing Prius Brakes

NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced Thursday it is opening a formal investigation into problems with the braking system of Toyota's Prius hybrid.

$74 Million Deal Saves Saab

NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- General Motor's Swedish Saab brand has been saved from certain death thanks to a last-minute deal with Dutch exotic car builder Spyker.

Toyota Recalls Tops 5.3 Million Vehicles

NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- Toyota's recall troubles continue to grow, with the total number of vehicles affected by two recalls involving gas pedals growing to at least 5.3 million.

Apple Unveils the iPad

San Francisco, California (CNN) -- Apple CEO Steve Jobs on Wednesday unveiled the iPad, a tablet computer that he called "a truly magical and revolutionary product." "What this device does is extraordinary," Jobs said. "It's the best browsing experience you've ever had. Way better than a laptop. Way better than a smartphone."

GM Has a Permanent CEO: Ed Whitacre

NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- General Motors' chairman and acting CEO Ed Whitacre will become permanent CEO, the automaker said in a press conference Monday. Whitacre also announced that GM would pay back all of its government loans, in full, by June.

FHA Announces Stricter Standards

NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- It's going to be harder to get a government-backed mortgage from now on. Looking to shore up its weakening finances, the Federal Housing Administration is set to announce stricter standards on Wednesday.

Homebuyer Tax Credit Problems

NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- Good news homebuyers: You can file for your $8,000 first-time buyer tax credit again. Bad news: You still can't e-file your taxes if you want the cash. And there are long delays.

White House: 2 Million Jobs from Stimulus

NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- The economic stimulus program has boosted employment by 1.5 million to 2 million jobs, the president's chief economic adviser said Wednesday.

American Businesses Contribute over $24 Million to Haiti Earthquake Relief

NEW YORK (CNN) -- A large and growing number of American companies have made sizeable donations to the relief effort in Haiti after a magnitude 7.0 earthquake devastated the impoverished Caribbean nation. As of Thursday afternoon, a group of at least 12 American corporations had each pledged donations of $1 million of more to the relief effort.

Too Many Job Seekers, Not Enough Jobs

NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- In another sign that the labor market is not out of the woods yet, the number of job openings fell again in November, according to a government report released Tuesday.

Job Growth Returns -- Then Fades

NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- Employers once again slashed a substantial number jobs off their payrolls in December, according to a disappointing report from the government Friday. But there was a small glimmer of hope as well. The payroll number for November was revised to a net gain of 4,000 jobs. That's the first increase in jobs in nearly two years. The government had previously indicated that 11,000 jobs were lost in November.

8 Hot Tech Trends at CES

(CNN) -- The Consumer Electronics Show kicks off this week.

Claim: HP Webcams Can't See African-Americans

(CNN) -- Can Hewlett-Packard's motion-tracking webcams see African-Americans? It's a question posed on a now-viral YouTube video and the company says it's looking into it. In the video, two co-workers take turns in front of the camera -- the webcam appears to follow the white employee as she sways in front of the screen and stays still as the African-American man moves about.

Pepsi Takes a Pass on Super Bowl Ads

NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- Pepsi will not advertise in next year's Super Bowl, the company confirmed Thursday, deciding to sit out the big game for the first time in 23 years.

House Votes To Extend Jobless Benefits Deadline Two Months

NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- The House Wednesday overwhelmingly approved extending the filing deadline for unemployment benefits and the COBRA health coverage subsidy through the end of February.

GM to Repay Bailout Loan Early

NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- General Motors will pay off a $6.7 billion federal loan by June, well ahead of the deadline for the repayment under terms of the bailout, company CEO Ed Whitacre said Tuesday. Whitacre had said a week ago that GM was looking at making an early payment.

Citigroup Strikes Deal to Repay TARP

NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- Citigroup said Monday it has struck a deal with the government to return $20 billion in bailout money to taxpayers. The New York City-based lender said it would raise the money through a combination of stock and debt, the bulk of which would come from a $17 billion common stock offering.

Spending: Retail Sales Leap 1.3% In November

NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- Retail sales jumped 1.3% in November, according to the Commerce Department, well more than the expected increase. Economists had expected retail sales to rise 0.6% from October, according to a consensus of forecasts compiled by Briefing.com.

Retail Sales Leap 1.3% in November

NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- Retail sales jumped 1.3% in November, according to the Commerce Department, well more than the expected increase. Economists had expected retail sales to rise 0.6% in the month of November, according to a consensus of forecasts compiled by Briefing.com.

Home Values Plummet $500 Billion

NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- American homeowners will have lost nearly $500 billion in home value by year's end. Still, that's a big improvement over 2008, when values fell by $3.6 trillion, according to a report released Wednesday by real estate Web site Zillow, which provides online appraisals for tens of millions of properties nationwide.

eBay Apologizes For Website Glitch

(CNN) -- Online auction giant eBay apologized Sunday for a daylong glitch that inactivated the search function on its Web site, and said it will compensate sellers for their losses. When shoppers searched for an item Saturday, the site returned limited or no results.

Ohio Unemployment Rate Spikes In October

(WOIO) - Ohio's unemployment rate was 10.5% in October, up from 10.1% in September, according to data released this morning by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. Ohio's nonfarm wage and salary employment increased 1,400 over the month, from 5,097,000 in September to 5,098,400 in October.

6 Economic Warning Signs

(CNNMoney.com) -- Most economists agree the U.S. economy is in recovery. The question is whether it will stay that way. The economy grew at a 3.5 percent annual rate in the third quarter. But even with that shot in the arm, there are plenty of worries about whether the economy could topple into another period of decline, or "double dip" recession, early next year.

Unemployment Claims Slide

NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- The number of Americans filing for initial unemployment insurance fell last week, the government said Thursday, with a total figure that was below analysts' expectations. There were 512,000 initial job claims filed in the week ended Oct. 31, down 20,000 from a revised 532,000 the previous week, the Labor Department said in a weekly report.

Johnson & Johnson Cuts Jobs By 7%

NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- Johnson & Johnson said Tuesday that it will cut up to 7% of its global workforce as part of an ongoing cost-cutting plan that the company says will save between $1.4 and $1.7 billion by 2011. The New Brunswick, N.J.-based consumer health product maker has about 117,000 employees spread across more than 250 companies.

Ford Reports Nearly $1 Billion Profit

NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- Ford Motor reported a surprise profit for the third quarter Monday, helped by a bump in sales from the Cash for Clunkers program and problems at its U.S. rivals. The only major U.S. automaker not to file for bankruptcy this year earned earned $997 million, or 29 cents a share, compared to a loss of $161 million, or 7 cents a share on that basis a year earlier.

Dept. of Education's $650 Million Stimulus

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The U.S. Department of Education is looking to give innovative school districts and non-profit organizations a share of $650 million in education stimulus money now available in a new fund, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said Tuesday.

Unemployment Rate Highest Since 1983

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The nation's unemployment rate rose to 9.8 percent in September, up from 9.7 percent in August, the Labor Department said Friday. The September unemployment rate is the highest in the United States since July 1983, when the unemployment rate was 10.1 percent.

Jobless Rate Below 10%

NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- The number of U.S. metropolitan areas with jobless rates above 10% decreased in August, according to government figures released Wednesday. The Labor Department said 129 metropolitan areas suffered unemployment rates of at least 10% last month. That was down from 139 metro areas in July.

Bank Reforms Overdraft Fees Amid Uproar

NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- Bank of America says it will reduce overdraft fees and overhaul checking account options, amid a burgeoning backlash over banks' policies on overspending. Overdraft fees reap banks billions of dollars per year -- and as financial system reform remains in national focus, consumers and lawmakers alike have called for banks to revamp their penalties.