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Want a free burrito? Here’s how to get BOGO Chipotle at local stores this week

Show your team spirit at local Chipotle stores on Friday, and you’ll get buy one, get one free burritos.

For #HockeyJerseyDay, Chipotle is offering a special deal for hockey fans. Rock your favorite hockey jersey on March 2 from 10:45am to 10 p.m. and get a buy-one, get-one free burrito, bowl, salad or order of tacos in honor of USA Hockey’s Hockey Weekend Across America.

» TRENDING BUSINESS NEWS: Chipotle testing new ‘trendy’ menu option

The offer is valid from 10:45 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday at participating Chipotle locations.

The deal cannot be combined with other coupons, promotions, or special offers. A Chipotle spokesman told this news organization that all local stores will be participating.


Macy’s outlet store to open at shopping center in Dayton area

Toys “R” Us reportedly plans to close another 200 stores

Check out this $1 million home for sale in Clearcreek Twp.

Tyra Patterson: Every day is a second chance

Kroger sells off convenience store business for $2.15B

Equifax hacked again

It’s the hacking of Equifax, the sequel.

The credit reporting and monitoring bureau said Thursday it has taken one of its customer help website pages down as its security managers looked into a potential malware attack at the company.

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“For several hours on Wednesday, and again early Thursday morning, the site was maliciously manipulated again, this time to deliver fraudulent Adobe Flash updates, which when clicked, infected visitors’ computers with adware that was detected by only three of 65 antivirus providers,” the web site Ars Technica reported Thursday.

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Equifax has been in the spotlight for admitting last month that it suffered a “cyber-security incident” that affected tens of millions of American consumers.

Last week, Equifax said that a completed review of the summer cyber-breach determined that about 2.5 million additional U.S. consumers were potentially impacted, for a total of 145.5 million people.

The earlier unauthorized access to the company’s data happened from mid-May through July this year, but the company did not alert customers until about six weeks after it was uncovered.

RELATEDSenator calls for SEC, Justice investigation into Equifax

Information stolen primarily included names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and even some driver’s license numbers, the company said.

Shares of Equifax (NYSE:EFX) were down $1.32 a share to about $109.17 at about 3:10 Thursday afternoon as the market reacted to the latest mishap.

Country Concert president pledges ‘layers of security’

The president of Ohio’s Country Concert at Hickory Hill Lakes says he and his colleagues have developed “layers of security” for their summer event.

“Safety is our highest priority,” Paul Barhorst, president of Country Concert, said in a text to this news outlet. “We want fans to make friends and awesome memories in a safe, fun environment.”

RELATEDWATCH: Videos show shots fired and panic at Las Vegas concert shooting

Barhorst sent his message in the wake of a mass shooting last night at an unaffiliated country concert in Las Vegas. More than 50 people were killed and more than 400 injured in that event.

“We have developed multiple layers of security at our event over the past 37 years,” Barhorst added. “Shelby County Sheriff, John Lenhart, has been involved as our sheriff, advisor or head of our security for each event. He brings with him experience as former superintendent of Ohio’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation and second-in-command at the Ohio attorney general’s office.

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“He’s (Lenhart) has presided over Ohio’s crime labs, chaired Ohio’s organized crime unit and peace officers training offices,” he also said. “We continue to monitor, learn and improve our safety techniques every year and use the best safety options possible.”

Added Barhorst: “Our thoughts, prayers, love and support are with the victims, everyone in attendance, first-responders, performers and everyone involved with the event in Las Vegas.”

“We’ll look forward to hosting another fun, peaceful and safe event in July of 2018.”

Barhorst declined to comment beyond his written statement. 

The Country Concert happens every summer in Fort Laramie, about 55 miles northwest of Dayton, near Sidney.

As local restaurant boycotts NFL games, DirectTV offers fans refunds

The owner of Beef O’Brady’s restaurant in Beavercreek says he will not air NFL games at his restaurant while NFL players kneel during the national anthem.

“They need to return to respect for the flag and the anthem,” restaurant owner Bill DeFries said in an interview Wednesday. “They can certainly exercise their right to free speech — but not during that one period of time, as far as I’m concerned.”

DeFries is a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. “While I respect the right of every American to express their views and voices freely, the actions demonstrated by NFL players during our country’s national anthem are offensive and disrespectful to me as a proud veteran,” DeFries said in a prepared statement.

PUBLIC RESPONDS: Restaurant owner says response to NFL boycott has been ‘overwhelming’

And CBS Sports and the Wall Street Journal are reporting that DirectTV is letting “at least some” customers cancel subscriptions to its Sunday Ticket package of NFL games and obtain refunds if they cite players’ national anthem protests as the reason, customer service representatives told the news outlets.

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About 150 NFL players took a knee -- or protested in some other way -- before or during the playing of the national anthem this past Sunday. Many did it to protest or call attention to what they feel are instances of racial injustice or police brutality. Others did it to express solidarity with, or support for, fellow players.

“It baffles me that our protest is still being misconstrued as disrespectful to the country, flag and military personnel,” San Francisco 49ers safety Eric Reid wrote in a recent New York Times column. “We chose it because it’s exactly the opposite. It has always been my understanding that the brave men and women who fought and died for our country did so to ensure that we could live in a fair and free society, which includes the right to speak out in protest.”

“We’ll do it indefinitely until they (NFL players) can have a conversation among themselves and maybe even include President Trump,” DeFries said in an interview. “When the national anthem is played, if you’re anywhere within earshot of that, you stop what you’re doing, and face towards the flag.”

“They need to pick the right time and place to have that protest,” he added. “We’re going to exercise our right to let them know that what they did was misguided.”

Instead of airing NFL games, DeFries said he will offer a 50-percent discount to all active-duty military and veterans on Sundays, Mondays and Thursdays during all NFL games.

Asked how he will respond if his stance hurts his business, DeFries said: “We’re ready.”

He said he assured his servers and bartenders that he will compensate them “out of my own pocket” for any tips or gratuities they miss if business falls as a result of his decision.

Said DeFries: “Even though we may lose business, it’s important for us to be heard as well.”

Beef O’Brady’s is a restaurant at 3347 Seajay Drive in the Beaver Valley Shopping Center.

DeFries has owned and overseen Beef O’Brady’s restaurants in Centerville and Beavercreek for a total of nearly 14 years. He sold the Centerville location five years ago.

Bob Evans Farms has been sold for $1.5B

Post Holdings, Inc. will acquire Bob Evans Farms, Inc. for $1.5 billion, the companies announced today.

Post Holdings and Bob Evans Farms have entered into a definitive agreement in which Post will acquire Bob Evans for $77.00 per share. The deal will “significantly strengthen Post’s portfolio of brands, expand choices for customers and increase Post’s presence in higher growth categories of the packaged food market,” the company said in a statement.

» Bob Evans CEO: Restaurants will remain open

Bob Evans, which was founded in 1948 in Ohio, produces and distributes refrigerated potato, pasta and vegetable-based side dishes, pork sausage, and a variety of refrigerated and frozen convenience food items under the Bob Evans, Owens, Country Creek and Pineland Farms brands.

“We have enormous respect for Bob Evans’ success and are excited about the growth opportunities this combination will create,” said Rob Vitale, president and chief executive officer of Post Holdings. “Combining with Bob Evans expands our portfolio of top brands and gives Post a leading position in the perimeter of the store. We look forward to welcoming the talented Bob Evans team to Post and working to create a successful future together.”

» RELATED: 5 things to know about Bob Evans selling restaurants

After the acquisition, Post expects to combine its existing refrigerated retail egg, potato and cheese business with Bob Evans, establishing a refrigerated retail business within Post. That business will be led by Mike Townsley, Bob Evans’ current President and CEO. Jim Dwyer will continue in his current role as President and CEO of the Michael Foods Group, managing the commercial foodservice egg, potato and pasta businesses. That will include the Bob Evans foodservice business.

» RELATED: Bobs Evans restaurants officially sold

Bob Evans Farms Inc. has a major presence in Springfield, with a transportation center at AirparkOhio. The company opened its first distribution center at AirparkOhio in 2002, according to the park website.

» RELATED: Bob Evans sells Springfield plant

» RELATED: Bob Evans 100 adds jobs, truck center

The acquistion comes after Bob Evans Farms Inc. sold its Bob Evans Restaurants to Golden Gate Capital in May. Bob Evans sold its restaurant to the private equity firm for $565 million. Golden Gate Capital has bought the restaurant chain, and will retain the Bob Evans leadership team to guide the transition as it takes part of the company private, the company said. Net proceeds are expected to be between $475 million and $485 million, according to a company statement.


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Marijuana legalization initiatives could inject $7.8B into economy

Voters in nine U.S. states will decide on marijuana legalization initiatives come November. And if just seven of those initiatives pass, a new report says those states could inject $7.8 billion into the nation's economy by 2020.

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Of course, marijuana is still illegal under federal law.

But Arizona, Nevada, Massachusetts, Maine, Montana, Florida and California are all voting to loosen their own pot restrictions.

And the report from New Frontier Data and Arcview Market Research says it could mean big money.

The study also claims the entire cannabis industry in the U.S. could hit $20.6 billion by 2020, which is slightly less than what was predicted earlier this year.

Still, as New Frontier's CEO said in a statement, "The cannabis industry is one of the fastest growing sectors in the economy and continues to astonish those in and out of the space."

Currently, 25 states and the District of Columbia have laws legalizing marijuana in some form.

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Fact-checking Donald Trump: Is federal unemployment number a 'hoax'?

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump addressed hundreds of people gathered in Detroit on Monday to outline his economic policies.

"This is what I want to do for our country – I want to jumpstart America," Trump said. "It can be done, and it won't even be that hard."

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He said policies supported by President Barack Obama and Democratic rival Hillary Clinton created "a silent nation of jobless Americans."

"There are now 94.3 million Americans outside the labor force," he said. "It was 80.5 million when President Obama took office – an increase of 14 million people. The Obama-Clinton agenda – tax, spend and regulate – has created a silent nation of jobless Americans."

He went on to say that those numbers reflect real unemployment, as opposed to the rate released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The federal agency puts unemployment at about 5 percent.

"These are the real unemployment numbers," Trump said. "The 5 percent figure is one of the biggest hoaxes in American modern politics."

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It's not the first time Trump has questioned numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. He's made similar claims at least half a dozen times since launching his bid for the White House.

So are federal unemployment numbers incorrect?

No, they aren't.

The problem with Trump's claim is that he appears to be looking at the total number of jobless Americans without factoring out those who aren't looking for work, such as stay-at-home parents and full-time college students.

>> Got a question about the news? See our explainers here 

Let's take a look at the numbers.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics on Friday said the nationwide unemployment rate was steady at 4.9 percent last month. During that same time, the Bureau measured the workforce participation rate at 62.8 percent.

The numbers may seem to be incongruous, but that's not the case when you look at how the government determines the unemployment rate.

Feds deem "people who are jobless, actively seeking work and available to take a job," as unemployed. This means people who are jobless, but not looking for work, are factored out of the ultimate unemployment percentage.

To reach its calculation, the government uses the results of a monthly survey combined with statistical sampling. Each month Census Bureau employees reach out to 60,000 sample households to interview people about whether they are looking for work and whether they are employed.

The interviewers don't determine whether a person is unemployed, but instead ask questions which determine the person's status.

"Each person is classified according to their activities during the reference week," according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. "Then, the survey responses are 'weighted,' or adjusted to independent population estimates from the Census Bureau."

The government has been using the survey since 1940 to determine employment rates.

It is worth noting that even if there is some discrepancy between government numbers and real unemployment, economists still put the number at 15.6 percent at the highest, according to PolitiFact.

Ending gender inequality could pay off in the trillions

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What would actually happen if we had worldwide gender equality? Well, one estimate says the global economy would take off.

The director of the McKinsey Global Institute says there would be a $28 trillion boost to the global economy if women and men became equal overnight. That's nearly 1.5 times that of the United States' current economy.

With all that extra money, global government debt could be eliminated. Currently, government debt is estimated at $25 trillion.

>> People in Florida struggle to make ends meet

Researchers studied what would happen if women were as economically involved as men. They looked at factors like job opportunities, leadership positions and wages. The World Economic Forum estimates globally women won't be earning the same as men for another 118 years.

But if countries focused on being as equal as the nation in their region with the least inequality, the boom could still be high, the director also said. We're talking $12 trillion or the total of China's current economy.

The prediction was reiterated at the World Economic Forum's annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, but even there, women aren't equally represented. This year they made up less than 20 percent of participants.

What's the best job in the U.S. in 2016?

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Looking for a new line of work or just hoping to brag about your current line of employment?

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The best job in the United States in 2016 is data scientist, according to’s annual list of the 25 best jobs in America.

The company ranks jobs based on its Glassdoor Job Score, which factors in the number of job openings, career opportunities rating and salary.

If you’re a data scientist — or want to be one — chances are you’re making a six-figure salary. According to Glassdoor, the average data scientist is bringing in about $116,840 a year.

A definite trend on the list: Many of the jobs involve technology.

Rounding out the top 10 are:

• Tax manager

• Solutions architect

• Engagement manager

• Mobile developer

• HR manager

• Physician assistant

• Product manager

• Software engineer

• Audit manager

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