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Makers of Budweiser, Miller joining forces in takeover

BRUSSELS The world's top two beer makers agreed Tuesday to join forces to create a company that would control nearly a third of the global market and bring together top U.S. brands Budweiser and Miller Genuine Draft.

Va. Beach shop's specialty: properly fitting bras

VIRGINIA BEACH Fredericka Zappe and Bob Foster supported The Full Cup recently, in more ways than one. The duo from the global lingerie and swimwear company Wacoal Eveden came from New York to attend the bra boutique's trunk show, and to share some product knowledge. The Laskin Road salon not only sells bras, but educates women on why it's important to wear the correct-size bra.

Is Suffolk still the peanut capital of the world?

SUFFOLK Thirty years ago, a Suffolk mayor traveled to the Deep South to defend his city's peanut honor. During a visit timed around peanut festival season, Mayor Andrew Damiani rode down Main Street in Dothan, Ala., with a banner proclaiming that Suffolk was the peanut capital of the world, in a town that claimed the same.

Airlines post better on-time rate but get more complaints

WASHINGTON More flights are arriving on time but consumer complaints about the airlines have risen sharply. The U.S. Department of Transportation said Thursday that the nation's leading carriers posted an on-time rate of 80.3 percent in August. That was better than the 78.1 percent mark in July and 77.7 percent the previous August.

Lumber Liquidators paying $10M in wood importation probe

Lumber Liquidators announced a combined $13.2 million settlement Wednesday with the Justice Department over the company's illegal importation of wood. About $10 million of the settlement will resolve a two-year federal investigation into Mongolian oak harvested in eastern Russia, where illegal logging of timber threatens the habitat of wild Siberian tigers.

Health clinic coming to Virginia Beach grocery store

VIRGINIA BEACH In addition to ordering fresh sushi and a Starbucks Frappuccino at your local Farm Fresh, you’ll soon be able to have a health practitioner check out your stuffy sinuses and other ailments.

Is convenience worth 40 cents more per gallon?

Gas prices have plunged to the $2 range in Hampton Roads - but not everywhere. Some stations are charging more than the $2.01 average for regular. A lot more. Topping the list Thursday: Three stations - one in Norfolk and two at the Oceanfront in Virginia Beach - charged $2.40 a gallon, or $2.399 to be exact, according to GasBuddy.com. That's nearly 40 cents above the local average.

Around Town | Aldi grocery may come to Va. Beach

VIRGINIA BEACH What is happening on the property at the intersection of Newstead Drive and Nimmo Parkway? Zoning signs are up. - Staci Potts The cost-cutting supermarket chain Aldi has submitted an application for the site, said Stephen White, Virginia Beach Department of Planning’s special projects coordinator.

5 Things: Getting ready for Hurricane Joaquin; new credit card chips; changing football schedule

Five things today include a long weekend of rain and wind, changing high school football games to beat the hurricane and a murderer’s possible execution Thursday night. Hurricane Joaquin lumbering along: The storm has become a category 3 hurricane as Hampton Roads and much of the east coast brace for bad weather.

Credit cards with chips are the standard — are you ready?

A colossal shift in credit card technology aimed at curbing fraud was supposed to wrap up by today, but the transition is still playing out in slow motion.

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