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Walmart relocation opens up 250 new jobs

About 250 full- and part-time jobs are opening as the Amherst Walmart relocates. The employees will work in all areas of the store, including supervisory roles.

Walmart is moving from its current 2055 Niagara Falls Blvd. location to 3242 Sheridan Drive. Most employees will begin work in September, before the fall grand opening.

Walmart hired 350 to 400 people last summer to open its Lancaster store, 4975 Transit Road.

There are nearly a dozen Walmart stores in Western New York, including stores in Williamsville, Hamburg, Buffalo, Niagara Falls, Lockport, Batavia and Springville, according to Walmart's website.

Applications are available online at walmartstores.com/careers or at a hiring kiosk inside in the Niagara Falls Boulevard store. Interviews will be scheduled from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at the store. Walk-ins are welcome.

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Boeing 787 cleared for flight

NEW YORK (AP) -- The Federal Aviation Administration has cleared the way for the new Boeing 787 to take its first commercial flight.

Both the FAA and European regulators certified the plane for flight Friday. Boeing plans to deliver the first 787 to Japan's All Nippon Airways in September. The airline plans to fly it for the first time as a charter on Oct. 26 and begin regular service Nov. 1.

Delivery is about three years late. Boeing completed flight tests on the 787 this month. The Chicago airline maker has orders for more than 800 of the planes from 55 customers.

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Social network use is high

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A new study says half of all American adults are now on social networks, and use among Baby Boomers is growing.

A report from the Pew Internet & American Life Project says that of the adults who use the Internet, nearly two-thirds use social networks such as Facebook or Twitter. That's up slightly from a year ago.

Among Baby Boomers aged 50 to 64, 32 percent say they use a social networking site on a typical day. That's up from 20 percent a year ago.

Seniors are also testing the waters of social networking.

Pew says its survey, which was released Friday, was conducted April 26 to May 22 among 2,277 adults.

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Facebook photo size to grow

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Facebook is increasing the size of photos that people post to its website and making them load twice as fast as before.

Photos will now be 33 percent wider, with a variable height. The last time the company increased its photo size was in March 2010.

Facebook said Friday that sharing photos is one of the most popular activities on its social network. Users upload more than 250 million photos each day. Facebook said the new features will be available to users over the next few days.

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Treatment center to open

SANBORN -- Horizon Village, the drug and alcohol treatment program serving Western New York, next month will celebrate the opening of a new facility and the start of construction of another.

The grand opening of the Primary Care and Wellness Center is scheduled for Sept. 9. The $2.5 million center offers medical, psychiatric and recreational services to all campus residents, with additional focus on veterans' special needs. It is adjacent to Horizon Village at 6321 Inducon Drive East.

The project was funded by the New York State Department of Health through former Senator William T. Stachowski, The Grigg-Lewis Foundation, The James H. Cummings Foundation, Inc. and The Key Bank Foundation.

Also next month, ground will be broken for a $3.9 million Veterans Treatment Center named "Freedom House." It will provide intensive chemical dependency treatment to area veterans, incorporating specialized individual and family services for those who also may have post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury or mental health issues.

Horizon plans to add 30 full-time staff members at the Center.

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