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Planes are more crowded and fees seem to keep rising, but travel experts say ticket prices aren’t shooting up this year, and with a little planning, you can fly affordably this holiday season.“Our data shows ticket prices for Thanksgiving up about 1 percent compared to last year, which is less than inflation,” said Rick Seaney, CEO of FareCompare.com.But cheaper air travel…

Your credit score affects whether you qualify for a mortgage and how affordable your car insurance will be. It also can indicate the success or failure of your most important personal relationships.According to a study released last month by the Federal Reserve Board, credit scores are not only highly influential when choosing a mate, but also are very predictive of whethe…

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Inside his dark, windowless office, lit only by a string of Christmas lights, Matt Linton, 33, loves working as a “digital firefighter,” battling hackers from all over the world inside NASA’s research labs in Silicon Valley.But this week, the “cybersecurity guy,” with a mohawk tinged pink and orange, is having coffee with two of the nine private industry recruiters who tri…

ALDEN• 13893 Genesee St., Thomas F. Sacher; Judith M. Sacher to Nicholas Foss, $160,000.• 13289 Colonial Woods Drive, John G. Zielinski; Georgette P. Zielinski to Jessica S. Tracy, $134,000.• 11032 Broadway, Volovest Group to Rachelle Szymanski; Alan Martin Szymanski, $110,820.• 3D The Tradewinds, Gail Didio to Ruth Fierro-King; Mark A. King, $59,000.• 1153 Exchange St., L…

CAMBRIA• Upper Mountain Road, Ann V. Oxley; Joseph M. Schweitzer; Paula L. Wootton to Jessica M. Panza, $133,400.• 4948 Lower Mountain Road, HUD to Marc David Gschwend, $117,700.HARTLAND• 3387 Stone Road, Michael J. Decker; Lynnette G. Decker to Derek A. Wagner, $90,000.• North Hartland St. & Sherman St., Casper Louis Todd Hoffman to Kelly M. Halstead; Ryan J. Halstead, $1…

The state put a ban on handing out tax breaks to retail projects this spring, yet that didn’t stop a new Dick’s Sporting Goods store in Batavia from landing $1.8 million in incentives.The Clarence Industrial Development Agency this summer had lengthy discussions about providing tax breaks for a project to build a new dog kennel in the town. The kennel’s backer, James Dorig…

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Merchants Insurance Group appointed Thomas A. Meyers vice president and chief financial officer. Meyers, a CPA, obtained his bachelor’s degree from Houghton College and his MBA from the University at Buffalo.The University at Buffalo and Kaleida Health jointly appointed Dr. Carroll McWilliams Harmon chief of the division of pediatric surgery and director of the pediatric s…

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Ten years after Ford planted vegetation atop a massive truck assembly plant, the largest living roof in the U.S. is flourishing and others have followed the automaker’s lead.Ford was a pioneer a decade ago when it created a living roof on top of the Dearborn Truck Plant. It was a unique way to save on roofing materials and cooling costs while addressing water runoff and ot…

Coming soon maybe to a grocery store near you – chicken from China.The U.S. Department of Agriculture ruled recently that poultry processed in China can now be sold in the United States. But first the birds must be born and raised in the U.S., Canada or Chile. Then they’re exported to China before being shipped back to the Americas.Food safety experts worry about the quali…

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SAN FRANCISCO – Nearly every day, Amazon announces a new venture.It just bought an online education company and introduced a payment mechanism for Internet retailers that competes with PayPal. It started selling wine for the first time in New York, updated its line of tablets, gave the go-ahead to three new comedy pilots and began a design competition for its fashion divis…

ATLANTA – After firmly denying that it used software on its rent-to-own computers to spy on customers – including capturing passwords, sensitive financial information and images of private intimate moments – Atlanta-based Aaron’s has owned up to the practice in a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission.The agency last week said the company – one of the nation’s bigges…

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Some on Wall Street have portrayed JPMorgan Chase as a victim of government zealotry.The bank is close to striking a $13 billion settlement over mortgage practices – the largest sum a corporation has ever paid to resolve government investigations. Adding to the sense of injustice, the bank’s defenders say JPMorgan is paying for the sins of two firms it bought in the depths…

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Yahoo’s recent announcement to expand its operations in Lockport could mean 200 new local jobs. The 150,000-square-foot data center and customer care center facility represents a $170 million investment for the company that opened its first data center in Lockport just three years ago.Rich Kropfl is vice president of data center operations for Yahoo, overseeing the tech gi…

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As Fort Erie worries about the future of its 116-year-old horse-racing track, construction kicked off this month on the massive new Canadian Motor Speedway racetrack that could bring major international races to more than 65,000 fans just four miles from downtown Buffalo.Heavy excavation equipment and about a dozen workers are at work on the 820-acre site, relocating and e…

The conversion of the former Donovan State Office Building into the new headquarters for law firm Phillips Lytle LP is on schedule and on budget, with the firm planning a mid-November move-in over a single long weekend.The building is in the Canalside district, a block north of First Niagara Center on Washington Street. The reuse of the building is part of the larger devel…