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Comcast is waiving early termination fees and has stopped billing residential and business customers whose service was affected by the flood that washed through Ellicott City last Saturday night. The announcement and an apology to customers came after one business, Park Ridge Trading Co., took to Facebook on Thursday to lash out against a $600 termination fee it said Comcast was charging to disconnect service that had been wiped out in the flood. "We're really sorry we..."/>
Comcast waives termination fees, stops billing for customers affected by Ellicott City flood [The Baltimore Sun]
Big Lots on East Leffel Lane. Traci Smoot and her husband Tyrone Smoot will open their new rental hall, Dos Palomas, in a roughly 10,400- square-foot building at 195 E. Leffel Lane. Earlier this week contractors were working on some finishing touches needed to have the business open by this weekend."/>
New banquet hall, rental business to open in Springfield [Springfield News-Sun, Ohio]
Apple. The deal was worth about $200 million, according to Bloomberg News, citing two people familiar with the situation. Geekwire reported news of the acquisition earlier."/>
Apple buys Seattle machine-learning startup [The Seattle Times]
Wingstop chain in West Seattle. His communication on the subject has been concise. Spotted at another Wingstop in May 2015, he offered this premonitory tweet:."/>
Eat a Seahawk's wings: Richard Sherman opens Wingstop in West Seattle [The Seattle Times]
Everyone gets a sales tax break [Sarasota Herald-Tribune, Fla.]
Century Casinos Inc. plans to convert and expand the historic and long vacant Palace Hotel in Cripple Creek into a 30- room boutique hotel in a bid to solve a shortage of rooms in the mountain gambling mecca. The Colorado Springs-based gaming company plans to spend $5 million to renovate and expand the 120- year-old building by more than fivefold to add 30 rooms to the 21 that Century already operates as part of its casino complex on Bennett Avenue, said Eric Rose, general..."/>
Century Casinos unveils plan to restore historic Palace Hotel in Cripple Creek [The Gazette (Colorado Springs, Colo.)]
Fairholme Fund owns 14 percent of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac preferred stock-- is among a group of investors suing the U.S. government over the two government-backed mortgage insurance giants. Treasury Department illegally confiscated the companies' earnings after their bailout, gutting the firms when it was supposed to rehabilitate them and setting a dangerous..."/>
Without Freddie and Fannie, could 30-year mortgage be a thing of the past? [The Miami Herald]
CrossAmerica Partners LP turned in a second-straight profitable quarter despite lower revenues hampered by reduced profit margin on wholesale and retail fuel sales. The Allentown company, which leases, operates and supplies service station and convenience store properties, on Friday reported second-quarter net income of $3.6 million, or 8 cents per share, compared with $28 million, or a loss of 1 cent per share for the same quarter in 2015.."/>
Allentown's CrossAmerica Partners sees $3.6 million second-quarter profit [The Morning Call (Allentown, Pa.)]
Toyota Motor Manufacturing plant in San Antonio has come a long way since its first Tundra truck rolled off the line nearly 10 years ago. The plant came to Texas when the state's major auto industry operations were mostly limited to a General Motors plant in Arlington. In addition to growth at its San Antonio plant, Toyota is now centralizing its North American headquarters and other operations in Plano."/>
Texas continues growth into auto industry powerhouse [Austin American-Statesman]
Starbucks eGift Card using Visa Checkout. The first 200,000 to buy a minimum $10 eGift Card gets the bonus through Aug. 18.. After you buy, the amount will not be reflected at checkout but will be confirmed in your email receipt."/>
BRIEF: Free $5 bonus with purchase of a $10 Starbucks gift card [Sun Sentinel]

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