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WASHINGTON – The Internal Revenue Service delayed the start of the tax-filing season for one to two weeks, citing the recent 16-day federal government shutdown.The IRS, which had been scheduled to open filing Jan. 21, will now begin accepting returns for tax year 2013 as early as Jan. 28. The agency will make a final decision on the date in December, according to a stateme…

Employers in the U.S. added fewer workers to payrolls than projected in September, indicating the world’s largest economy had little momentum leading up to the federal government shutdown.The addition of 148,000 workers followed a revised 193,000 gain in August that was larger than initially estimated, Labor Department figures showed Tuesday in Washington. The median forec…

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World Series pressure doesn’t apply just to the Boston Red Sox and St. Louis Cardinals. Delaware North employees will feel it, too.The Buffalo-based company has the concessions contract at the Cardinals’ home field, Busch Stadium. And when the Series shifts there for Game 3 on Saturday, fans will be eager to watch the game, not wait in line for what they buy.“People want t…

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SAN FRANCISCO – Apple unveiled a new, thinner, lighter tablet called the “iPad Air” along with a slew of new Macs ahead of the holiday shopping season as it faces growing competition from rival gadget makers.The Cupertino, Calif., company made the announcements Tuesday at an event in San Francisco. The iPad Air weighs just 1 pound, compared with 1.4 pounds for the previous…

DOVER, Del. – The DuPont Co. said strong demand for agricultural products in Latin America offset weak pricing for a key industrial pigment in contributing to an increase in third-quarter earnings.The Wilmington chemical company reported net income of $285 million, or 30 cents per share Tuesday, on revenue of $7.8 billion. Removing one-time tax and pension costs, earnings …

TROY, Mich. – Move over, silver.After more than a decade as the world’s favorite car color, silver is falling in popularity to white. PPG Industries, the leading supplier of automotive paints, says 25 percent of the vehicles it supplied in the 2013 model year were white, up 3 percent from the prior year. Silver and black tied for second, with 18 percent each.White dominate…

WASHINGTON – Spending on U.S. construction projects rose at a solid pace in August, helped by further gains in residential building. Overall construction activity climbed to the highest level in more than four years.Construction spending increased 0.6 percent in August compared with July when spending increased a strong 1.4 percent, the Commerce Department reported Tuesday…

Hires/Promotions/HonorsJaeckle Fleischmann & Mugel partner Patrick L. Emmerling and associate Christopher N. Ollinick will serve as presenters at the 60th anniversary of the Institute on Taxation, offered by the University at Buffalo School of Management on Nov. 6 and 7. Emmerling will co-present “Estate & Gift.” Ollinick will co-present “MultiState with Nexus.” ...Univer…

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The Hamister Group is spearheading major development projects in downtown Buffalo and Niagara Falls. Both multi-use facilities will include hotels.Mark E. Hamister, president and CEO, talked with The Buffalo News’ Brian Meyer about regional development and tourism. Here are some issues covered in an interview that is part of the “In Focus” series. Watch the full interview …

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Do you like your job? Your colleagues? Your bosses?If you are one of the lucky people who works at a place you enjoy, we would love to hear about it and share it with the community.We are looking for the best places to work in Western New York – as judged by the people who work there.Anyone can nominate any organization that has at least 35 employees. It can be a private c…

National Fuel Gas Co.’s natural gas production in Pennsylvania keeps growing by leaps and bounds.The Amherst-based energy company said Tuesday that it expects its oil and natural gas production during the fiscal year that began this month to be nearly 11 percent higher than it forecast just three months ago, largely because of rapid growth in its drilling program in the Ma…

Delaware North Companies is the intended anchor tenant of Uniland Development Co.’s proposed 12-story building at 250 Delaware Ave., at Chippewa Street in Buffalo, taking up about half of the office space in the proposed 515,000-square-foot project, according to a public hearing notice from the Erie County Industrial Development Agency.The Buffalo-based hospitality company…

The roles that innovation and research play in the economic vitality of a region will be the topic of a panel discussion Friday among seven of the most prominent local college and university presidents and top economic development officials.With the strategic plan developed by the Western New York Regional Economic Development Council placing a high priority on tapping int…

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WICHITA, Kan. – To steal huge shipments of valuable cargo, thieves are turning to a deceptively simple tactic: They pose as truckers, load the freight onto their own tractor-trailers and drive away with it.It’s an increasingly common form of commercial identity theft that has allowed con men to make off each year with millions of dollars in merchandise, often food and beve…

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Buffalo developer James R. Swiezy’s long-simmering plan to convert the vacant but historic Bosche Building in the 900 block of Main Street into market-rate apartments got a boost Monday from the Erie County Industrial Development Agency, which approved $355,000 in tax breaks for the project.Swiezy, who has been working on the conversion project for more than four years, pl…